COUNCIL ON AGING - Agendas & Minutes

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ November 12, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 1:25pm on 1/14/2020


The meeting began at 5:35 PM in the small conference room, upstairs in the town hall.
Present: Marion Tinney, Carol Pullo, Cathy Spinney, Judy Casey, Elva Hughes, Alice Gmyrek
Absent: Eve Gripaldi, Janet Verge, Ward Tinney, Sheryl Robins, Jill Cole and Barbara Lufkin
Guest: James Sullivan
 SECRETARY’S REPORT – The October 15, 2019 COA meeting minutes have been read and approved by all in attendance. Carol made the motion to accept and Cathy seconded it.
TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the members with a print out of our updated accounts. The State Grant account has a balance of $1.90. Our Town Account has a balance of 2911.64. The Donation Account has a balance of $8720.97. It was discussed that the state grant money comes in January. Also, we will be receiving $3000 from the town for our town account. Marion made a motion to accept the report and Carol seconded it.
OLD BUSINESS
Newsletter Update – Carol is updating the names and addresses of Hinsdale and Peru seniors, sorting out who still lives here and adding their PO Box numbers instead of street addresses. She will give these lists to ZIP and Sort to amend. There are 165 seniors over 65years old in Peru and 305 in Hinsdale. There will be a total of 470 newsletters mailed out for December.
Christmas Party – Elva brought a sample of the table decorations. Members will gather at the old town hall on, Wednesday, November 20 at 3:00 to make 15 of them. Elva will bring materials.
Marion brought fliers for the members to display around town. She will see that an invitation is given to the select board, police chief, Bob Graves, and the fire chief. It has been posted on the web site and on Facebook. A press release was sent to the Eagle. People are starting to sign up.
Judy will get vanilla cupcakes. She will call Dave M to let him know what time the party starts and he can come and setup when he wants.
Marion will be in charge of making coffee and tea. She will purchase bottles of water, coffee, sugar, and creamer and bring her 100 cup coffee pot.
Barbara will purchase 20 red and green tablecloths and twelve inch paper doilies.
We should arrive around 9:30 to set up. James offered to help set up tables.
Cathy will contact the fire chief to find out if more firemen can help get the station ready.
Members will decorate the tree on Thursday the 5th at 10:00. Cathy has the ornaments.

Senior Lunches Update – The meal from Ozzie’s on Thursday Nov. 14 is macaroni and cheese with ham. There are 37 people signed up. The speaker will be Mariah Aumon from the Berkshire Natural Resources Council.
There will not be a luncheon in December due to the Christmas party.
The next luncheon will be January 16.

Trips – There are no trips planned at this time.
NEW BUSINESS
There will not be a COA meeting in December. The next COA meeting is January 13, 2021.
For the January meeting, Cathy Spinney  suggested we set the meeting dates and luncheons for the year. Also, members are requested to think about positions on the committee needing to be filled.  Members should also come with suggestions for trips for the new year.

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD
James announced that he is the BRTA trips representative for Hinsdale. BRTA is coordinating with Greyhound Bus to provide discounted rates for senior trips. It is a state subsidized pilot program.
James mentioned the need for a senior center in town which will be for future discussion.

  ADJOURNMENT – A motion to adjourn the meeting was made and seconded at 7:05 PM. Submitted by Marion Tinney.

 

 

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / January 13, 2020 at 5:30pm                                                        

Small Conference Room, Upstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 11:40am on 1/8/2020

SECRETARY’S REPORT

         Secretary’s report  ________ approved/declined

TREASURER’S REPORT

         Treasurer’s report ________ approved/declined

OLD BUSINESS

Newsletter

Christmas Party - update

Senior lunches – update

NEW BUSINESS

Members to select tasks for 2020

ANYTHING TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

 

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ October 15, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 1:40pm on 11/14/2019

The meeting began at 5:30 PM in the town hall community room.

Present:  Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Carol Pullo, Cathy Spinney, Ward Tinney, Judy Casey, Elva Hughes, Sheryl Robins and Barbara Lufkin

Absent: Margaret Chieffo, Eve Gripaldi

Guests: Alice Gmyrek and Jill Cole

SECRETARY’S REPORT – The September 9, 2019 COA meeting minutes have been read and approved by all in attendance. Janet made the motion to accept and Carol seconded it.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the members with a printout of our updated accounts. The State Grant account has a balance of $230.34. Our Town Account has a balance of $2911.64. The Donation Account has a balance of $8,848.62. Carol made a motion to accept the report and Marion seconded it.

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches Update – On Thursday October 17, the luncheon will be provide by Ozzie’s and it is a meatloaf dinner. There are about 37 people attending. The guest speaker will be Cathy Spinney regarding the SHINE program.

The speaker for the November 14 luncheon will be Mariah Auman, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator for the Berkshire Natural Resources Council. She will discuss their conservation work throughout the Berkshires. This will include the different ways BNRC protects land, public access, education and community engagement.

Tracy will be coming over early to set up sterno buffet trays to keep the food warm.

Newsletter Update –Cathy and Carol have been working on the mailing list names and addresses. Eleven people have asked to have theirs emailed to them.

Peru was given 58 newsletters and needed 100 more. Irene Morrisey, the Peru administrative assistant, needs to give Carol a list of names and addresses. Once this list has been obtained the board felt that Peru would need to pay for printing and mailing for the number of copies they want.

If anyone has any special items for the December newsletter, please submit to Carol by the November COA meeting.

Health Fair – Janet provided summary files for the board to guide us next year. About 56 people attended the event. The total cost of the event was $310.85. It was felt that we spent too much on food. We will need to adjust the number of sandwiches to the count of vendors and workers. It was felt that the Healthy Spine vendor was a good addition. She had great handouts and advice. We need to send Thank You cards to the vendors.

Trips – Tom will do the fall mum show at Smith College. It runs from Nov 2 to Nov 17. It is a $5 donation. A tentative date was set for Nov 12. However, the November COA meeting had been scheduled on that day because of the holiday on the 11th. Also, the board felt that the $15.95 cost of lunch at the Brewmaster’s Tavern was too expensive for seniors. Cathy will discuss this with Margaret and get back to us with dates and suggestions for lunch.

NEW BUSINESS

Christmas Party – The event will be at the Fire Station on Dec 6. Cathy thought possibly Bob Graves would be our Master of Ceremonies. It was mentioned that we would need to get help setting up the tables. Judy will get cupcakes and she has already talked to Dave Malachino who will entertain us with music and song. Marion will bring her 100 cup coffee pot, the COA’s 30 cup (for decaf) and coffee/tea supplies. Marion will make the advertisement flyer. Elva will be in charge of decorations and needs an idea for the centerpieces. We may need more tablecloths.

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

Cathy and Janet are working on the state grant Monday the 21st at 12:30.

Starting in January the board will need someone to take charge of guest speakers for our luncheons.

On Wednesday, Oct 23, the Select Board will be extending its meeting to discuss what will be done with the Old Town Hall which has an effect on yoga class and the knitting group, both COA programs.

The next COA meeting is scheduled for November 12 at 5:30 PM.

ADJOURNMENT – A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Ward and seconded by Carol. The meeting adjourned at 6:38 PM. Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / November 12, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Small Conference Room, Upstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 9:25pm on 11/5/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT

         Secretary’s report  ________ approved/declined

TREASURER’S REPORT

         Treasurer’s report ________ approved/declined

OLD BUSINESS

Newsletter

Christmas Party

Senior lunches – update

Trips

NEW BUSINESS

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ September 9, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 8:10am on 10/18/2019

The meeting began at 5:31pm in the town hall community room.

Present:  Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Carol Pullo, Eve Gripaldi,  Cathy Spinney, Ward Tinney,  Judy Casey, Margaret Chieffo and Elva Hughes

Absent: Sheryl Robins and Barbara Lufkin

SECRETARY’S REPORT – The August 12, 2019 COA meeting minutes have been read and approved by all in attendance. Cathy made the motion to accept and Janet seconded it.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the members with a print out of our updated accounts. The State Grant account has a balance of $709.46. Our Town Account has a balance of $3,000. The Donation Account has a balance of $8,821.09. Ward made a motion to accept the report and Cathy seconded it.

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches Update – On Thursday Sept 12, the luncheon will be assorted meat sandwiches, salad, dessert and beverages, provided by Hinsdale Trading Post. There are about 30 people attending. The guest speaker will be Tom Butler from the Hinsdale Public Library.

Next month the meals will be from Ozzie’s.

Ideas for future possible guest speakers were suggested, such as: someone representing the ambulance, Viv regarding how to use the  town website, someone to discuss Alzheimers, and/or Peter White about Hinsdale’s history.

Carol mentioned that our speakers could be alternated monthly, someone from town and then from outside of town. It is hoped that they would speak for half to three quarters of an hour. If less than that, we may need two speakers.

Newsletter Update – About 350 newsletters were mailed out plus 100 to be placed at strategic locations around town. The deadline for submitting articles and info for the next newsletter is mid November since the next one is expected to go out in December. Carol is planning on putting the Hinsdale and Peru seal on the front of the next newsletter along with an article about how and why the Hinsdale COA joined forces with the Peru COA. Margaret volunteered to write the article.

Health Fair – Janet has received confirmation from only 10 vendors after sending out a second email. Also, there will not be Reiki this year.

Margaret mentioned Peg from Age Friendly may be interested in attending. Marion will contact “My Core Floor.” Everyone will try to come up with anyone else who may be interested to be a vendor by the next meeting.

On September 30, anyone planning on working at the health fair will meet at 5:30 pm at the Community Room to take care of last minute details.

Marion will call Ralph Cormier to find out when to put the message out on the board in front of the firestation. Margaret and Marion will get the message on the board next week.

Trips – The Lady B river cruise only takes 49 at a time and already has some reservations in place so they may not be able to accommodate us this fall.

Essox Steam Chain Riverboat and lunch, bus tour out of Pittsfield, is $139. We will revisit this in the spring.

Tom will do the fall mum show at Smith college. It runs from Nov 2 to Nov 17. It is a $5 donation. Margaret will set a date with Tom for the flower show and lunch at the Williamsburg Inn, which is under new management. The cost of lunch would be on your own. The number of people on the trip would be limited to 30.

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

Cathy made a motion to accept Barbara Lufkin to the COA board and seconded by Carol. The motion was accepted by all nine members in attendance.

ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 6:33 PM. Submitted by Marion Tinney

 

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / October 15, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 1:35pm on 10/9/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT

         Secretary’s report  ________ approved/declined

TREASURER’S REPORT

         Treasurer’s report ________ approved/declined

OLD BUSINESS

Senior lunches – update

Newsletter

Health Fair - update

Trips

NEW BUSINESS

Christmas Party

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ August 12, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 8:55am on 9/12/2019

The meeting began at 5:35 PM in the Town Hall community room.

Present:  Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Carol Pullo, Eve Gripaldi,  Cathy Spinney,  Sheryl Robins Ward Tinney, Barbara Lufkin and Elva Hughes

Absent: Judy Casey, and Margaret Chieffo

 SECRETARY’S REPORT – The June 10, 2019 and July 8, 2019 COA meeting minutes have been read and approved by all in attendance. Janet made the motion to accept and Cathy seconded it.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the members with a print out of our updated accounts. The State Grant account has a balance of $709.46. Since we have spent down this money, we can now apply for a state grant which would have a minimum of $6,000. Our Town Account has a balance of $3,000. The Donation Account has a balance of $11,990.83. Janet and Cathy met with Erika of the Adams, COA to learn how to spend the money in our accounts. It is possible to buy items, such as a TV to show instructional videos. Since we have a contract with the vendors, we are able to use the state grant funds to pay Ozzie’s and Hinsdale Trading Post for food. A much needed computer and printer can be purchased with state grant funds.

NEW BUSINESS

COA Newsletter – Janet suggested that Carol research the Adams COA’s website and Facebook page for newsletter ideas. Also, we must say in the newsletter that it is funded by Elder Services and then we will be able to use state grant funds for expenses.

Christmas Party – The group chose December 6 as the date and Janet made the reservation with Ozzie’s for the catering. We will try to get Dave Malenchino for the music.

Music for events – Jim Sullivan would like to be considered when we need music. His duo is called Garson and Sullivan.

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches Update – On Thursday Aug 15, the luncheon will be BLT wraps provide by Hinsdale Trading Post. There are about 30 people attending. Future meeting and luncheon dates are as follows:

COA meetings: Sept 9, Oct 15, Nov 12, and Dec 9

Senior luncheon dates: Sept 12, Oct 17, Nov 14

Speakers: Sept – Tom Butler- Library, Oct – Cathy Spinney, Nov – Possibly BNRC (Berkshire Natural Resources Council)

Another possible speaker for the future could be someone from Homecare Veterans Benefits.

Newsletter Update – Carol handed out a note sheet and price quote from Zip n Sort and Staples. Zip n Sort will print, barcode, sort fold and put tabs on. The cost of each newsletter is .304 cents apiece.  The  bulk rate postage will be approximately $0.29 each, making the total cost $216.89 for about 365 newsletters. They will also update our name list. Janet made a motion to use Zip n Sort for our newsletter mailing to go out quarterly at the start.  All 9 members present were in favor.  We will be getting extra newsletters printed to distribute in key places. Cathy and Carol have been cross referencing names and addresses of Hinsdale seniors so we can try to get the first newsletter out the first week of September.

Health Fair – Janet organized the preparations into four categories and volunteers chose what they would like to do to move the health fair forward.

  1. Janet: Vendors – Coordinate the vendors, make table signs, track down door prizes.

  2. Marion: Publicity – Make signs for the scarecrows in bright card stock and have laminated. Put out 15 scarecrows at various places according to the list. Get them out by September 1st and pick them up after. Notify the Eagle the middle of September. See that the marquee gets put up in front of the fire station. Give info to the congregational Church and St. Agnes.

  3. Sheryl: Food and lunch for vendors – order food from Hinsdale Trading Post. Make coffee and goodies. Monitor the kitchen. We should all bake something to bring.

  4. Elva: Table set-up and decorations – Elva and Eve will work the welcome table.

Other discussions regarding health Fair : Reiki needs a better place for visibility and we need another folding screen. Elva will ask her son if he has one.

Since the estate lawyer has not been well attended in the past two years we will not have that station this year.

Trips – Tom cannot drive in September so we will not be going on the Magic Wings Trip.

Elva mentioned an October river boat trip out of Hadley on the Connecticut River with lunch at the Marina. She will send the idea to Margaret.

ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM. Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / September 9, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 2:35pm on 9/3/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT
TREASURER’S REPORT
NEW BUSINESS
OLD BUSINESS
  Senior lunches – update
  Newsletter
  Health Fair
  Trips
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD
ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ July 8, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 8:25am on 8/14/2019

The meeting began at 5:40 PM in the town hall community room.

Present:  Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Margaret Chieffo, Carol Pullo, Eve Gripaldi,  Cathy Spinney, and Sheryl Robins

Absent: Judy Casey, Ward Tinney,and Elva Hughes

Guests: Margi Roussin and Barbara Lufkin who are interested in joining the COA

SECRETARY’S REPORT – Had been read by all but could not be voted on or acceptance due to the agenda not being posted on time.

TREASURER’S REPORT – There was no treasurer’s report, however, Cathy represented the Hinsdale COA at the meeting of the Berkshire COAs. The Adams COA rep, Erica, will help Cathy and Janet set up our accounts so we will have better access to them. It is a good time to do it because July 1 is the beginning of the new fiscal year. A problem we are having is the town wants to take back $2676.31 of the $3500 we received. We are hoping to have this money rolled over for this year.

NEW BUSINESS

COA Newsletter – Carol presented a copy of the Hinsdale newsletter that she has been working on. Included is an insert of all the COA services and offerings. The first one will be mailed out hopefully by September. Cathy has been helping her purge the address list and they have 367 mailing addresses so far. In the meantime Carol is working on getting emails from Bob Graves. The first fifteen people to sign up with emails will get a free luncheon voucher. The cost for printing 3 pages at Staples is about $110. Other expenses are sticky sealers and postage. She will check with Zip & Sort to compare prices.

Magic Wings Trip – A trip to the Magic Wings Butterfly Museum and the Yankee Candle is tentatively being scheduled for August 25. Margaret will talk to Tom Butler about driving the school bus. Discussion followed about the cost and times. The Magic Wings fee is $14/senior. The lunch will be “on your own” from Hillside Pizza in the candle shop. The price of the tickets for the trip could be about $20. Departure time would be 10:00, Magic Wings 11-1, Yankee Candle 1-4 and return around 5:30.

OLD BUSINESS

Mac-Haydn Theater Trips – Margaret collected and deposited all the money for the trip which was $2880 by check and $55 cash. Lynn has made a payment to Mac-Haydn using a credit card from the town and will later draw the money from our account. The bus is leaving the Hinsdale fire station at 12 noon and will pick up at the Dalton Senior center at 12:15. We will be returning around 7:30 or 8 PM.

Future COA meetings – Aug 12, and Sept 9

ADJOURNMENT – The meeting adjourned at 6:25 PM

Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ June 10, 2019 at 5pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 8:25am on 8/14/2019

The meeting began at 5:05pm in the town hall community room.

Present:  Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Elva Hughes, Margaret Chieffo, Carol Pullo, and Eve Gripaldi  

Absent: Judy Casey, Ward Tinney, Cathy Spinney, and Sheryl Robins

 SECRETARY’S REPORT – A motion was made by Elva to approve the May 13, 2019 minutes. It was seconded by Carol and approved by all in attendance.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the balances for our accounts as follows: Town - $2,676.31, Donation - $11,040.54, and State - $2,009.46. A motion was made by Marion to approve the Treasurer’s Report. It was seconded by Elva and approved by all in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS

COA Assistant Position – Margaret informed the board that her sixth month term would be over on June 30. She indicated that she would like to continue on for another sixth month term.

The board voted, 5 to 0, all in favor to appoint Margaret Chieffo as the COA assistant for another sixth month term. Marion will call Cathy about sending a letter to the select board stating Margaret’s appointment.

COA Newsletter – Carol presented a draft of a newsletter for the board to look over. A discussion followed. It was mentioned that possibly twice a year it could be distributed. Send out a first issue and see what kind of response it generates. People will be able to request an email copy. Some copies could be placed where people frequent. Carol will research the least expensive way to do a bulk mailing. Lynn or MaryLou could probably give us a list of people 60 or over which will need to be purged according to the census. For our next meeting members should think about what to include in the news letter.

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches – There are about 26 people attending the June 13th luncheon which will be pulled pork from Hinsdale Trading Post. Possible future speakers: Bob Graves, Larry Turner, and an antique appraiser.

Mac-Haydn Theater Trips – Margaret reported that all but one seat has been filled for the Mac-Hadyn trip and all the money is in. A discussion followed on the possibility of another trip. The board voted not to move forward on the Mac-Hadyn trip to Oklahoma due to lack of enthusiasm. A trip to Boston, a fall foliage trip to the Vermont Country Store and Cabot cheese, and Bridge of flowers were mentioned. Things to avoid are too much walking and being too expensive for seniors. What garnered the most attention was a trip to Magic Wings Butterfly Museum with a stop at Yankee Candle and lunch tentatively for the Sunday after Labor day. Margaret will check with the El Dorado Bus Company and First Choice Bus for prices.

Paint and Swish event – Seven people attended. It was well organized and every one had a good time.

Health Fair – Marion will contact Brittney Cappiello from “MY Core Floor” to see if that group would be willing to be a vendor. They are a multifaceted resource for women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Elva will ask her son if he can find two folding screens for us. A discussion about food followed. Margaret thought it would be a good opportunity to put together some packages of food to sell for the people who visit the fair. It was mentioned that we need to tone down the amount of food we provide for the vendors. More discussion on this topic is needed at the next meeting

Future COA meetings – July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9

ADJOURNMENT – A motion to adjourn was made by Elva and seconded by Janet. The meeting adjourned at 6:15 PM.

Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / August 12, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Downstairs, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 2:35pm on 8/6/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT

TREASURER’S REPORT

NEW BUSINESS

OLD BUSINESS

  Senior lunches – update

  Newsletter

  Health Fair

  Trips

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ May 13, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 3:25pm on 6/11/2019

The meeting began at 5:30 PM in the town hall community room.

Present:  Cathy Spinney, Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Ward Tinney, Elva Hughes, Sheryl Robins,  Margaret Chieffo, Carol Pullo, and Judy Casey  

Absent: Eve Gripaldi, and John Genzabella

 SECRETARY’S REPORT – A motion was made by Janet to approve the April 8, 2019 minutes. It was seconded by Ward and approved by all in attendance.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the balances for our accounts as follows: Town - $2,676.31, Donation - $10,435.08, and State - $2,204.46. A motion was made by Marion to approve the Treasurer’s Report, it was seconded by Ward and approved by all in attendance.

NEW BUSINESS

John Genzabella has officially resigned from the COA board after 10 years of service.

Hinsdale Peru Lunch Price – Margaret mentioned that there is confusion about the cost of the luncheons.  Sometimes the fliers say the cost is $3 but Peru seniors pay $5. Janet said from now on the fliers would show both prices.

Wahconah School Project – The select board feels that the process to obtain the votes from the various towns for the building of a new school was unfair. The individual towns were not approached for permission to change the voting method. The same company that did a feasibility study was awarded the construction bid which could be a conflict of ethics. The COA was asked to inform the seniors about this and to send letters to our state officials and school committee members. The COA members composed a letter with the information about the issues that the seniors can sign when they come to our luncheon and we will address and mail them.

Robo Calls – Cathy mentioned that she had received information from Diane Gomez regarding seniors receiving calls about “Competitive Electric Supply” and getting caught into paying more for electricity. They will come and talk to a group. We need to decide if they should come to our luncheon as a speaker or have a separate date for it such as a Saturday.

 

Age Friendly Walking Workshops – Margaret brought information  about these workshops which will be held at the Cheshire Community Center on June 11 from 9:30 – 11:30AM and on the same day at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington from 1-3 PM. Register at: agefriendlyberkshires@gmail.com

2019 Town Report – Margaret  suggested that we send emails to her throughout the year to highlight activities we would like to include in this year’s report.

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches – There are about 28 people attending the May 16th luncheon which will be grilled chicken on a bed of salad from Hinsdale Trading Post. The speaker for this luncheon will be Peg McDonough  from Age Friendly with a short video . Dates for upcoming luncheons are:  June 13 (speaker Beth Mathistorrey a nutritionist), July 11, Aug 15, and Sept 12. A possible speaker for July could be Lynn Pandell with a medicare quiz. August’s topic will be geneology.

Mac-Haydn Theater Trips – Margaret has 38 people signed up for the show, “Grease” so far with $1100 collected. The next trip to Mac-Haydn Theater in July is for the show ”Oklahoma”.  Margaret stated that this trip does not seem to be gaining a lot of enthusiasm. Elva suggested a trip to Magic Wings, a butterfly garden in Deerfield with a stop at Yankee Candle. Margaret thought possibly another trip to the Tall ships in Boston.

Paint and Swish event – The members chose the bird house with finches painting for this event. There are about 5 people signed up for it so far. It will be held June 8 from 1-4.  Laurie MacArthur charges $20/person for the COA and the COA is sponsoring $5/person. So the cost will be $15 each.

Health Fair – A discussion followed about the number of attendees. In 2017 we had 97 and 2018 we had 46. We recalled that it rained that day and also we had gotten a late start organizing the event. Next month we will work on the Health fair and everyone should come with ideas.

Future COA meetings – June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9

ADJOURNMENT – A motion to adjourn was made by Janet and seconded by Elva. The meeting adjourned at 6:40 PM.

Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / May 13, 2019 at 5pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale   

posted 8:35am on 6/4/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT

TREASURER’S REPORT

NEW BUSINESS

OLD BUSINESS

•Senior lunches – update

•Mac-Haydn Trips

•Laurie MacArthur Painting review

•Health Fair

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

COUNCIL ON AGING MINUTES/ April 8, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale 

posted 8:45pm on 5/14/2019

The meeting began at 5:30pm in the Town Hall community room.

Present:  Cathy Spinney, Janet Verge, Marion Tinney, Ward Tinney, Elva Hughes, Sheryl Robins, and Margaret Chieffo  

Absent: Eve Gripaldi, Judy Casey, and John Genzabella

SECRETARY’S REPORT – A motion was made by Janet to approve the March 11, 2019 minutes. It was seconded by Cathy and approved by all in attendance.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Janet provided the balances for our accounts as follows: Town - $2721.27, Donation - $3489.01, and State - $3165.48. Janet will review our account records and Margaret will check with Lynn for a record of our inputs as well as outputs. She will also give Charlie a call regarding our finances. We may still be able to apply for the formula grant to replenish our monies.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 It was brought to our attention that we should have a poster hanging in the community room that gives the procedure for responding to a choking episode in case this should happen during our luncheons. Cathy will acquire a poster for us.

Health Fair – A date was set for our annual health Fair – Tuesday, October 1. Cathy volunteered to contact the vendors from the list that Jeanne had compiled. Janet mentioned we need to send out a ‘save the date’ card to the vendors.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Senior Lunches – There are about 27 people attending the April 11th luncheon which will be meatloaf muffins, roasted potato, and salad from Hinsdale Trading Post. The speaker for this luncheon will be Ben Smith with legal information for Senior Citizens. Elva has organized Easter decorations. Dates for upcoming luncheons are:  May 16, June 13, July 11, Aug 15, and Sept 12

May speaker - May, Peg McDonough  – Age Friendly – 12 min. video regarding livability in the Berkshires.

Future speakers: a nutritionist, and possibly geneology

Super Senior Party – The date for the event is May 7. Elva has been gathering items for table centerpieces with a spring garden theme. Dave has agreed to play the music. Marion is keeping track of the numbers. We have two frames for the gifts so we have enough. Marion will ask Judy if she would order the cupcakes.

Mac-Haydn Theater Trips –

“Grease” will be on Sunday, July 14 and the cost will be $65 per ticket ($55 for senior citizens of Hinsdale). The bus has been confirmed. 28 people have signed up so far. Margaret is contacting St. Agnes and The Berkshire Eagle to get the word out.

Paint and Swish event – Janet found out that the community room is available any Saturday except in May when the town votes. No alcoholic beverages are to be served. Marion  contacted Laurie MacArthur. The community room has been reserved on Saturday, June 8 from 1-4 for this event. She charges $20/person for the COA. Janet suggested we keep the number of attendees to 15.

Future COA meetings – May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9

ADJOURNMENT – A motion to adjourn was made by Janet and seconded by Elva. The meeting adjourned at 6:37.

Submitted by Marion Tinney

COUNCIL ON AGING AGENDA / May 13, 2019 at 5:30pm                                                        

Community Room, Town Hall, 39 South St., Hinsdale                                                                                   posted 5:05pmm on 5/7/2019

SECRETARY’S REPORT

TREASURER’S REPORT

NEW BUSINESS

OLD BUSINESS

Senior lunches – update

Super Senior Party - overview

Mac-Haydn Trips

Laurie MacArthur Painting

Health Fair

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

ANYTHING NEW TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD

ADJOURNMENT

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