ELDERLY COMMISSION MEETING
REGULAR MEETING: November 26, 2007 at 5:00pm
East Windsor Town Hall
Meeting Minutes of November 26, 2007:
I. Meeting called to order at 5:16pm, by Claire Badstubner, Chairman.
Present Members: Claire Badstubner (Chairman), Elizabeth Burns (Municipal Agent), Catherine Drouin, Madeleine Thompson, Deb Donovan
Absent Members: Trevor Bray
III. Previous Minutes:
Regular Meeting 10/22/07:
MOTION made by Ms. Drouin to accept minutes of the above regular meeting, as presented. SECONDED by Ms. Thompson. ALL IN FAVOR, MOTION PASSED.
IV. 2008 Meeting Schedule:
MOTION made by Mr. Drouin to approve the 2008 Meeting Schedule as presented. SECONDED by Ms. Thompson. ALL IN FAVOR, MOTION PASSED.
Schedule to be sent to Town Clerk for posting.
V. ITN Community Teas:
The first tea is scheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 11:00am at Spring Village. A notice has been passed out to all members. Chris Casey from ITN will be doing the presentation.
Ms. Burns proposed two locations for teas (for January, 2008), to be sponsored by the Elderly Commission. Locations proposed were Park Hill and the Warehouse Point Library.
Ms. Burns spoke with Darlene from Park Hill and determined that an ITN informative meeting would work best at either 9:30-10:30 or 11:30-1:00. After a brief discussion amongst commission members, it was agreed that a “luncheon” at 11:30 may draw the biggest audience. Commission members decided to schedule the luncheon for Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11:30 with a snow date of Thursday, January 17, 2008. After confirming this date with Chris Casey (ITN), Ms. Burns will contact Darlene (Park Hill) with date and time.
Liz at the Library suggested either Monday or Tuesday evening for the community tea, however, both 1/8/08 and 1/22/08 are not available. Ms. Burns suggested that the commission hold their January 28, 2008 meeting at the library (at 5:00pm) followed by the community tea at 6:30pm. MOTION made by Ms. Donovan to change the January 28, 2008 meeting location to the library. SECONDED by Ms. Thompson. ALL IN FAVOR, MOTION PASSED. Memo will be submitted to Town Clerk for posting. After confirming tea date and time with Chris Casey, Ms. Burns will inform Liz at the Library.
Commission members had a brief discussion of Dial-A-Ride. Ms. Donovan questioned who contributes to the program and that those who do may not have a problem with paying a membership fee for a program like ITN. Ms. Burns added that this program (ITN) is for individuals/families with income who want and can afford transportation “at their disposal”. Members further discussed why seniors sign up and pay for D-A-R now. Ms. Donovan and Ms. Burns explained that some citizens rely on it for many doctors’ visits and would therefore, sign up and pay a contribution to D-A-R. There are citizens who use the service only for special “outings”, of which the outing fee most likely includes the cost of the transportation.
A brief discussion of ITN followed regarding multiple riders. It was clarified that those citizens sharing a ride (the cost of), must all be members of ITN.
Ms. Burns did contact Chris Casey (ITN) during meeting to confirm January dates for Park Hill and the Library. The dates were approved by Ms. Casey and Ms. Burns will contact Park Hill and the Library with those dates. Ms. Burns also asked Ms. Casey if pizza can be served at the Park Hill meeting (as it is more of a “luncheon” than a “tea”). Ms. Casey will check into it.
Ms. Donovan recommended doing an ITN presentation at the churches for February, 2008. Ms. Donovan commented that within the church communities we (and ITN) may reach more volunteers for the program (i.e. drivers). Ms. Burns will contact the Ecumenical Council to see if they would sponsor a “tea” in conjunction with the Elderly Commission.
This subject of advertising for the upcoming teas was presented. Ms. Donovan and Ms. Badstubner both questioned how the teas will be advertised. Ms. Burns stated that, besides “word-of-mouth”, she will put together a flyer (in conjunction with Chris Casey) and notify the newspaper.
MOTION made by Ms. Badstubner to adjourn meeting at 6:00pm. SECONDED BY Ms. Drouin.