February 3, 2011 Board of Director Meeting Minutes

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Board of Directors

FEBRUARY 3, 2011

President Jim Whitfield called the February 3, 2011 meeting of the Board of Directors of Apex Park and Recreation District to order at 6:32 p.m. at the Apex Center, 13150 W. 72nd Avenue, Arvada, Colorado. Apex board members in attendance were: Jim Whitfield, Lee Humrich, Jeff Glenn, Bob Loveridge and Ken Harrell. Apex participating staff members were Mike Miles, Executive Director, and Luann Levine, Recording Secretary.


MOTION: Director Glenn moved for the approval of the Agenda as posted. Director Humrich seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

MOTION: Director Humrich moved for approval of the Minutes of January 20, 2011, as presented. Director Glenn seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

PUBLIC INPUT – There was no public input


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 nine volunteers and one model senior will be honored this evening. Ms. Wellnitz and Lynn Weis, Recreation Coordinator, presented awards to the following volunteers.

Rotary Awards
Since February 2006 the Arvada Sunrise Rotary has provided the Community Recreation Center with the opportunity to honor one senior every other month. We have honored the following seniors who have actively contributed to the Center and/or the community:

Patricia “Pattie” Garland
Pattie was honored in February by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary as a Senior Hero. Pattie became one of the charter members of the Community Recreation Center in 1982, known then as the North Jeffco Senior Recreation Center. In 1983 she organized a group of volunteers at the Center called the Crafty Seniors, who took donated craft supplies and created sellable items to benefit the Center. These ladies knit, sew, crochet, assemble, paint and do whatever it takes to make a whole host of items such as sweaters, blankets, kitchen towels, dolls, and more. Over the years the proceeds from this group’s sales have helped to purchase furniture for the lobby, commercial oven and stove, electric doors and many other things that help keep the center in tip top shape. This group is still active today! Pattie has volunteered 5,365 hours over 29 years for the Community Recreation Center. In addition to the Community Recreation Center Pattie volunteers to deliver Meals on Wheels to home-bound seniors and has singlehandedly knitted 154 sweaters for Warm Woolies, a non-profit that provides sweaters to American Indian orphans and to children in South Africa. Pattie volunteers as she loves to help others and enjoys meeting people. We salute Pattie for spending her 84 years of life on others.

Mary Stipe
Mary Stipe was honored in April by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary as a Senior Hero. Mary is an amazing volunteer who is a survivor and a bionic woman, overcoming cancer and three joint replacements. At age 78 she continues to volunteer weekly at the Community Recreation Center as a front desk customer service representative. She has served in this position since 1999 and over the eleven years has donated over 2134 hours. She is quick to greet people, answer phone, register participants and welcome the hundreds of seniors who visit during her Wednesday morning shift. Additionally Mary helped to give direction to the Community Recreation Center as she served on the advisory board for several years. Mary has also served as a volunteer for the 9Health Fair for 10 years, and has the pins to prove it. Mary volunteers because she enjoys helping and has passed this passion on to her children. Mary truly is a hero as she keeps on going and giving, even when health challenges make it tough. We thank Mary for making a difference for others.

Laura Miura
Laura Miura was honored in June by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary as a Senior Hero because she is a great role model for active aging. Laura does not let her 93 years slow her down. It is rare for Laura to miss her twice a week line dancing class that she has been attending for 12 years at the Community Recreation Center, and prior to that she had been dancing for 5 years at Holiday Hills. She line dances because it keeps her challenged, keeps her mind alert, and because she vowed not to do housework after she retired in 1975. She attributes her longevity to good eating habits, exercising three times a week, line dancing twice a week, and trying to stay mentally alert. This year Laura and her husband will celebrate their 70th anniversary. Shortly after they married in 1941 they were relocated to the Japanese American Internment Camp, where their first son was born. In the camps they were relocated several times, ending up in Colorado, where they have resided for over 50 years. We honor Laura and her zest for life.

Norma Brown
Norma Brown was honored in August by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary as a Senior Hero. This Pennsylvania native and Navy Veteran is 86 years young, and does not let her years of seasoning slow her down. When asked what Norma attributes her longevity to, she replied, good genes, home cooking instead of fast food, and a little gin and orange juice. Norma attributes her positive outlook to her father who always said, “Life is a bowl of cherries.” The Community Recreation Center has the privilege of having Norma’s optimism as she serves as a front desk receptionist, where she has provided more than 535 hours of service over the past three years. Norma loves to be with other people and her outgoing personality is an asset to our Center. Norma’s philosophy of life is to enjoy everything and respect everyone. When you see her smile and share a laugh you know Norma lives her beliefs.

Jeralyn Westerhoff
Jeralyn Westerhoff was honored in October by the Arvada Sunrise Rotary as a Senior Hero. Jeralyn is one of those behind-the-scene volunteers who make a huge difference. It would take a book to list all of Jeralyn’s volunteer efforts. She admits that she would not have so many experiences if she learned to say “no”. She enjoys volunteering because she loves giving back and meeting new people, and wants to keep her mind active. Her volunteering days began in college at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital. She has volunteered over the years with the Masons, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Lutheran Hospital, 9Health Fair and at her grandchildren’s elementary schools. At the Community Recreation Center we are glad Jeralyn does not know how to say “no,” as for 16 years and over 1,449 hours she has volunteered in our library. Most of these years she served as head librarian, helping to lead and train the other volunteers. Each week these volunteers organize, mend, sort and shelve the library’s 3,000+ book selection. Most of these books have been donated to the Center. Older books and duplicates are sorted and donated to the Veteran’s Home. Jeralyns’s motto of life is to “get involved” and we are grateful she is involved with us.

Volunteer Connection Awards
The following volunteers were honored in April at the Volunteer Connection Luncheon, which honors outstanding volunteers of Jefferson County:

Evelyn “Eve” Burchell
Eve Burchell was honored by the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection for being an outstanding volunteer. Eve has donated 678 hours since 2006 to the Community Recreation Center. She is a customer service representative at the front desk and makes sure everyone is taken care of with ease. Along with her front desk duties of answering the phones, registering and directing participants to their classes and giving center tours, she helps with special events and serves on our Senior Advisory Council. Several years ago Eve stepped forward to get the monthly Book Club off the ground. Eve also regularly participates in fitness, trips and special events at the Center. Eve’s love of volunteering got in her blood at an early age as she served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Eve is a busy lady outside of the Community Recreation Center, volunteering at the Arvada Center for Performing Arts and working part-time. We thank Eve for all she does to make the Center a welcoming place.

Carol Labenz
Jefferson County Volunteer Connection honored Carol Labenz as an outstanding volunteer. Carol has donated 892 hours since 2006 at the Community Recreation Center. Her primary duty is working in our Craft Carousel Gift shop and is presently serving as the Co-Chairperson. As Co-Chair she has taken the shop to new heights, and in 2010 had the grueling task of getting the shop in compliance with state regulations. She has tackled new bylaws, registering it as an official non-profit corporation in the state of Colorado, plus several other legalities, and she created a new consignor agreement for the 100+ consignors. 20% of the gift shops sales benefit the Center. The shop has been instrumental in purchasing many things for the center including a camera, commercial stove, electric doors and more. Carol also volunteers with the Apple Dumpling Gang in the kitchen to help cook and serve meals. She helps with special events and has served on our Senior Advisory Council. Carol is a very busy lady and is willing to help wherever she can. And if that isn’t enough to keep her on her toes she volunteers at the Family Tree and belongs to a bowling club. Carol always brings a refreshing positive attitude to all that she does.

Butch Augustine
Butch is a jack-of-all trades and received the distinction as an outstanding volunteer by the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection. He has donated 767 hours since 2002 to the Community Recreation Center. His primary responsibility is driving the bus or van for trips and outings, which has included driving the Rockyettes (our dance troupe) to performances. At Christmas he has been seen driving the trips dressed as an elf. His fantastic smile and good nature make him popular with everyone. He also helps with special events: setting up for concerts, escorting the models at the Strawberry Brunch and Fashion Show, playing Santa at the Santa Breakfast and flipping pancakes or scrambling eggs at the Bunny Breakfast. Butch is currently serving on the Senior Advisory Council and has served on the Vision 2020 to help the District prioritize the master plan, and last but not least has helped with the 9 Health Fair. Although Butch wears many hats at the Community Recreation Center, and he believes his main job is to harass the staff. We thank Butch for keeping many folks, including the staff, smiling.

Lois Watt
Lois’ “get ‘er done” attitude and dedication to giving of herself earned her the honor of an outstanding volunteer by the Jefferson County Volunteer Connection. Lois has donated 902 hours since 2005 working as a Front Desk Customer Service Representative at the Community Recreation Center. She does a fantastic job of keeping the front desk organized during one of the busiest days of the week and has to deal with the foot clinic and tax days, which can get very crazy. She answers phones and takes registrations as well as directs participants to their classes or events. Lois is a busy lady and volunteers at her apartment complex, the Arvada Center for Performing Arts, and the City of Westminster as well. Prior to moving to the west side of town, Lois volunteered with the Aurora Senior Center, Morningstar Adult Day Care Center, Aurora Police Department, Denver Health Medical Clinic at Lowry and Kaiser East. Lois volunteers as she enjoys people, and wants to expand her horizons beyond the walls of her senior retirement community. We are grateful to have Lois’ helpful hands starting us off every Monday morning.

Merle Schmidt
In 2010 Merle Schmidt was selected as the Adult and Senior Division’s “Fish of the Year” for his excellence in customer service. Merle drags in most mornings, but once he meets other living beings he comes alive. Merle is the type of guy that is no longer a stranger once he meets you, and his zeal and enthusiasm for life are loud and contagious. If he has a good hand in Mahjongg or Pinochle, he whoops and hollers so no one misses that he is having a good time and doing well. He volunteers over 17 hours weekly at the Community Recreation Center and has volunteered 1245 hours over his two years of service. Merle learns new peoples’ names so that he can greet them. He encourages and jokes with customers to keep the weight room upbeat, even during the most grueling workout. The word “no” is not in Merle’s vocabulary, so you often find him climbing a ladder to retrieve the Crafty Ladies supplies, setting up rooms, substituting as custodian, helping the fitness instructors with their classes, teaching new people the game of Mahjongg or Pinochle, emptying the recycling, taking donations to the food bank or other local charity, decorating for special events, escorting for the Strawberry Brunch, setting up equipment for the Summer Concerts… Merle’s willingness to pitch in everywhere helps many staff, volunteers and hundreds of participants. As a volunteer Merle does not have to be here every day, but we are glad he chooses to make a difference in the lives of others.

President Whitfield and the board thanked the volunteers for their contributions. President Whitfield added that their volunteer hours are an inspiration and there is so much that would not happen without their volunteer help.

Ms. Wellnitz then reported that the Leadership Arvada group approved 6 projects at the Community Recreation Center and their goal is to raise $12,000 to fund these projects.

2. Consideration of Resolution APRD2011-04 – Scientific and Cultural Facilities District Grant Request for the Cultural Entertainment and Arts Series
Mr. Miles stated that this is a grant that we apply for each year which is used for our concerts in the parks. Mr. Miles added that the Apex Foundation has approved to add $1000 to this project.
MOTION: Director Loveridge moved for approval of Resolution APRD2011-04 stating their complete support for a Scientific and Cultural Facilities District grant request for the 2012 Humanities Enhancement Series. Director Harrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Laura Schwenker, Community Center Recreation Coordinator, invited the board to the Art for the Young at Heart Art Show opening reception on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 4-6 at the Community Recreation Center.

3. Consideration of US Bank Depository Services Resolution for Governmental Entities
Mr. Miles stated that this requires a motion by the board to update the signers on our bank accounts.
MOTION: Director Glenn moved for approval of the Depository Services Resolution for Governmental Entities with US Bank designating US Bank as a depository of the Apex Park and Recreation District. Director Harrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

a) Master Swim and Fitness Program – We have been working with the Master Swim and Fitness Program on requests for additional time at the pool. We have reached a resolution and will open the pool for additional hours and in return they will recruit at least 16 new swimmers. This additional time will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9-10:30 in the spring, 9:30-11 in the summer and 9-10:30 in the fall. The District will also be recruiting for the program and if we have enough registered swimmers by early fall to cover our costs we will continue the program into 2012.

b) Ground Breaking for the Apex Field House will be Saturday, February 5 at 11:00am.

c) Valentines Dinner – Saturday, February 12 at Indian Tree from 6-9pm, $35 per couple.

d) Apex Foundation – At this morning’s meeting the Foundation approved $1000 for the concert series and $27,000 for starting blocks at Meyer’s pool. February 20 is the Foundation Silent Auction from 10-2. On-line bidding will begin at 9:00 am February 14. The Foundation still needs volunteers for the auction on the 20th. Funds raised at the Silent Auction will be used to replace spectator glass in the Apex Center west ice arena and purchase updated equipment for the gymnastics.

e) The O’Kane site behind the Apex Center has officially been renamed the Gibbs West Park.

f) Simms Street Center – There are numerous issues related to the remodel project. The various elements are being reviewed. Plans are being developed to address the issues.

President Whitfield stated that the board should consider joining the Metro North Chamber of Commerce.
Director Harrell suggested that the board join the Metro North Chamber of Commerce instead of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.

MOTION: Director Glenn moved that the meeting be adjourned. Director Harrell seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

President Whitfield adjourned the meeting at 7:21 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Luann Levine, Recording Secretary

Ken Harrell, Secretary/Treasurer

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