FEBRUARY 20, 2014
CALL TO ORDER
President Jeff Glenn called the February 20, 2014 meeting of the Board of Directors of Apex Park and Recreation District to order at 6:31 p.m. at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Apex board members in attendance were: Jeff Glenn, Jim Whitfield and Bob Loveridge. Lee Humrich and Ken Harrell were absent. Apex participating staff members were Mike Miles, Executive Director, and Luann Levine, Recording Secretary.
MOTION: Director Loveridge moved for the absence of Director Harrell and Director Humrich to be excused due to advance notice to the board. Director Whitfield seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND ADDITION OF AGENDA ITEMS
MOTION: Director Loveridge moved for the approval of the Agenda as posted. Director Whitfield seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 16, 2014
MOTION: Director Whitfield moved for approval of the Minutes of January 16, 2014, as presented. Director Loveridge seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
PUBLIC INPUT –
Barbara Barth, who resides at 5400 Quay St., Arvada 80002 which is in the Columbine neighborhood, addressed the board. Ms. Barth asked the board to consider building a recreation and fitness center near the Olde Town area of Arvada between 57th and 51st streets and Wadsworth bypass and Marshall. The recreation/fitness center would include an eight lane competitive swimming pool, a river walk, a lap pool, and an area for children; a full length multipurpose basketball and volleyball court, two handball courts, meeting rooms and men’s, women’s and family locker rooms. The second floor would contain a free weight area, area for weight machines, a large exercise room, and would be surrounded by a 3 lane indoor walking track. Income could be generated in a variety of ways: 1. General memberships, 2. Silver Sneaker and other wellness programs, 3. swimming lessons, swimming and diving competitions, 4. basketball and volleyball tournaments, and 5. the rental of meeting rooms. Ms. Barth thanked the board for their consideration and the board thanked Ms. Barth for attending the meeting.
1. Seniors Who Shine Recognition
Nancy Wellnitz, Community Adult/Senior Services Director, addressed the board and expressed her thanks to the board for allowing the volunteers to be honored this evening and noted that ten volunteers will be honored, several are here tonight. Ms. Wellnitz, Lynn Weis and Laura Schwenker, Recreation Coordinators, presented awards to the following volunteers:
The next group of senior volunteers received recognition for their volunteer efforts either from the Volunteer Connection who annually provides the opportunity for Jefferson County agencies to nominate Outstanding Volunteers who are then recognized at a county-wide luncheon, or from the Arvada Sunrise Rotary who honors one Senior Hero every other month at their breakfast meeting.
Edna Ogle was born and grew up in Wyoming, but headed to Nebraska to complete a degree in elementary education. After graduating her dad let her know it was time to get a job, so she headed home to land her first job in a one room school house in the small prairie town of Ulm. Recently when downsizing her house, Edna ran across her yearbook the Ulm kids had made for her, which motivated her to take Apex’s Creative Writing class to document this adventure of her life. At the age of 87, Edna published her first book of the joys and challenges of this first teaching job. The book was released in September, and has sold several hundred copies. Not only did this book record her memories for generations to come, but the publicity on it inspired others to take the class and try their own hand at writing. For this accomplishment Edna was recognized as a Senior Hero in 2013 by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary.
Ken Marquardt, more commonly known as “Pickleball Ken,” has grown this sport in Arvada and the surrounding area from barely-existent to hundreds of players. As the USA Pickleball Association’s Ambassador for Denver Metro North, he promotes the love of this sport, inspires new players and fosters the game. Ken is a testimonial to the sport’s many benefits. Like many players, he was introduced to the sport after suffering major physical setbacks. An avid tennis and racquetball player, he faced many challenges, including two shoulder replacements, lung problems, fractures and other serious illnesses. As a result, for many years he was unable to participate in sports until a friend introduced him to pickleball. Now Ken introduces many others to the fast-paced and social game through drop-in play and skills classes. He also coordinates socials for the players and hosts fundraising event to benefit the new outdoor courts. He maintains a pickleball website and e-newsletter to keep players connected. Ken has been recognized as a Channel 7 Everyday Hero and as a 2013 Senior Hero by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary.
Beth volunteers at the Community Recreation Center, where we benefit from her library expertise, as she weekly helps to sort, mend and organize the Center’s library which cycles several hundred books a week. Many seniors take advantage of this library and Beth’s behind-the-scenes efforts help to keep it accessible. Beth also serves on the Senior Council, which is the advisory council to the Center, and she volunteers for many “one-time” projects, such as greeting for events, or stuffing packets for the county’s Senior Law Day. Since 2007, Beth has logged in over 658 hours. Beth’s efforts were honored in 2013 as an Outstanding Volunteer in Jefferson County by Volunteer Connection.
Kelly Lavrinc brings her youthful zest for life to many areas of the Community Recreation Center. She has worked 811 hours since 2007. Kelly donates her time and energy to various programs, including serving on the Center’s Senior Advisory Council, calling BINGO, and helping with special events and expos. Originally Kelly served as a clerk in the Craft Carousel Gift Shop and served two years as Chairperson helping the shop establish their status as a stand-alone non-profit. Kelly received an Outstanding Volunteer award in 2013 from the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection.
Linda Monroe began volunteering at the Community Recreation Center in 1998, but had to take a short leave from 2002-2005 to return to work. She came back in 2006, and has been contributing ever since. She has put in over 1,994 hours, primarily in the gift shop, where she served as Chairperson for two years and is currently serving as secretary. She helped renew the Craft Carousel with her upbeat, positive, “let’s get it done” attitude; as she works with 20 volunteers and more than 110 consigners. Linda is currently on the Center’s Advisory Council and has served several terms in the past. She also helps with special events and has served as host for our Newcomers Welcome. Linda is active both in fitness classes and playing golf at Indian Tree. Linda is a champion for the Center and the District as a whole. Linda’s dedication was honored in 2013 as a Senior Hero by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary.
Jack Monroe brought his experience with the U.S. Postal Service and their creed of “neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” to the Community Recreation Center where he serves a volunteer driver. In many types of weather Jack drives day trips, as well as drives and helps lead hike and snowshoe trips. Jack also volunteers for special events and has also served on the Senior Council. Jack has volunteered 949 hours since 2006. We appreciate Jack’s willingness to drive our participants safely and he was honored in 2013 as an Outstanding Senior by the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection.
At age 80+, Viola “Vi” Villano rarely misses a beat. This Colorado native grew up in north Denver. Viola’s daughter encouraged her to come by the Community Recreation Center and Vi found a volunteer position in the Craft Carousel Gift Shop. Vi helps to sell the array of homemade crafts, works to help the artisans consign their creations, and also calls the volunteers to remind them of meetings. Proceeds of the shop benefit all who use the Community Recreation Center. Since starting in 2010, Vi regularly works a half day per week in the gift shop and has logged in 655 hours. Vi was honored in 2013 as a Senior Hero by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary.
This vivacious 80+ year old, Doris Isbrecht, was born in the Bronx of New York City. Doris retired at age 78 and moved to Colorado to be near her family. Once in Colorado, Doris did not let any grass grow under her feet, as she began volunteering at the Community Recreation Center in 2012 and has already donated over 347 hours. At the Center she serves as a Front Desk Receptionist, where she answers phones, registers and checks-in participants, gives Center tours and provides great customer service.
Doris believes it is important to help others and to be positive, as the world is full of plenty of less-than-positive people. Her volunteer work truly reflects her beliefs. Doris’s volunteerism was honored in 2013 as a Senior Hero by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary.
Jeanette Price has volunteered since 2008, and has recorded over 1,646 hours, but there are countless additional hours that have gone unrecorded. Jeanette has a knack for taking craft materials and matching them to creative hands to make an assortment of items. For many years she has served as Chairperson for the Crafty Seniors, a group of 20 volunteers, age 50 to 90+ years old, who take donated craft materials and make handcrafted items that are sold in the Craft Carousel Gift Shop, or at the annual Craft Fair. Proceeds from these sales benefit the Community Recreation Center. The Crafty Seniors also donate craft items to local non-profits, and at Christmas have made up to 140 holiday stockings for local families in need. Their craftiness benefits many. Jeanette also was a volunteer with the Center’s ArtReach program that distributed event tickets to low-income seniors. Jeanette’s efforts were recognized in 2013 by both Arvada Sunrise Rotary and Jefferson County Volunteer Connection.
Although Shirley Mitchell recently retired from serving as a front desk volunteer, we appreciated the 752 hours she has donated since 2007. As a front desk volunteer she answered phones, registered participants for classes and trips, directed people to their classes, and provided center tours to newcomers. Shirley used to volunteer in the weight room as an attendant as well. We thank Shirley for her seven years of welcoming participants to the center. Shirley was acknowledged as an Outstanding Volunteers in 2013 by the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection.
Volunteer Group Donations
We would like to recognize and thank the Crafty Seniors for their 2013 donation of $2369 to Apex Park and Recreation District to help purchase the commercial refrigerator and freezer and the new chairs for the snack bar area. These items were budgeted for 2013, but we added upgrades to the projects that exceeded the budgeted amount, so this group stepped forward to help in the effort. We appreciate the many volunteers who put in hundreds of hours and tons of creativity to make handcrafted items to sell to benefit the Community Recreation Center and this project. For over three decades the Crafty Seniors handiwork as provided funding for many projects that enhance the Community Recreation Center. Many thanks!
Craft Carousel Volunteers
We would like to recognize and thank the Craft Carousel volunteers for their 2013 donation totaling $800 to Apex Park and Recreation District to help sponsor the Concert Series, as well as the Bunny and Santa Breakfasts. In 2013 alone their efforts directly touched the lives of the 3,024 people who attend these events. This is the third year they have sponsored these events. We appreciate the many volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to consign and sell handcrafted items to benefit the Community Recreation Center and this project. For over three decades the Craft Carousel has provided funding for many projects and events, as well as provided an outlet for community crafters to sell their wares. We also commend the Craft Carousel volunteers who worked tirelessly to establish the shop as a non-profit and for their efforts to make 2013 their biggest year of sales. Their dedication helps improve the Community Recreation Center and our programs. Many thanks!
Mike Miles, Executive Director, stated that this is a grant that the Community Center submits every year for the Concert Series, Children’s Performances, Cultural Enhancement events, and Art for the Young at Heart Show.
MOTION: Director Whitfield moved for approval of Resolution APRD2014-07 stating their complete support for a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District grant request for the 2015 Humanities Enhancement Series. Director Loveridge seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
3. Pickleball Fundraising Events
Mr. Miles stated that the pickleball group that plays at the Apex is quite active and on 3 separate occasions has raised over $10,000. One individual alone has donated $2,000 for a sports wheelchair. This group is stepping up providing support for pickleball and the Heroes Park development. The pickleball email list has grown to 1400. Mr. Miles added that on April 23rd a group of Jefferson County teachers will attend an in-service on pickleball here at the Apex Center.
1. Meyers Pool Update
Mr. Miles stated that the renovations at Meyers should be finished by end of next week. The next step would be to take a look at the future concerning Meyers and the east/south side recreation center.
2. Simms Site Update
Mr. Miles reported that we are moving forward with OSAC monies, moving dirt and getting engineering done. Architects are finishing designs for the restrooms. We are finalizing the GOCO grant for the park project. This grant will be submitted by March 5 and we should have an answer by June 11. In response to questions from the board Mr. Miles stated that there are some fire code issues with the interior renovations of the church and those are being addressed.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR REPORT
a) We are moving forward with the second phase of the pickleball courts using the grant money from OSAC
BOARD MEMBER REPORTS
Director Whitfield reported that House Bill HB14-1164 (the new Colorado Local Government Election Code) was signed by Governor Hickenlooper. This bill has stirred up some controversy.
Friday, February 21, is the Apex Foundation Sweetheart Auction.
MOTION: Director Whitfield moved that the meeting be adjourned. Director Loveridge seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
President Glenn adjourned the meeting at 7:17 p.m.
Luann Levine, Recording Secretary
Lee Humrich, Secretary/Treasurer
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