Ms. Erica Meyer, Community Outreach Coordinator for Mountain View Electric Association Inc., assisted by Kevin Holbrook and Sarah Schaefer, Communications Supervisor for MVEA, discussed alternatives that ordinary citizens can pursue to conserve power usage in and around their homes.  Erica presented an interesting video overview describinh where electrical power is obtained and how it gets to your residence.  She also outlined how energy conservation activities can significantly reduce utility costs.  She pointed out that there are many energy saving tips on their web site, www.MVEA.coop.  These include an “Energy Calculator” that can be used to determine where and how much energy things like electrical heating systems, appliances, hot tubs, and outdoor lights use, and how to reduce their impact on an overall monthly electric bill.  Erica, Kevin, and Sarah also answered many pertinent questions from the audience including how one applies for Co-Op Rebates. Erica Meyer can be reached at 719.494.2654.

         Chapter Vice President, Patricia Dix welcomed back to the area Chapter President Charles Karlstrum, and wife Shirley, after their extended stay out of town.   She also mentioned the upcoming June 10 free shredding event, another volunteering opportunity later in June, and our annual Chapter Picnic in July.   Pat also reminded members that the Chapter’s 45th Anniversary is in September.  The anniversary is developing into a special event with a visit by Mr. Jeremiah Mora, from AARP Colorado in Denver.  The Chapter Awards Committee will also present longevity badges on that occasion to those who have been Chapter members for an extended period of time.

         All present at the meeting enjoyed the usual delicious potluck meal followed by a drawing of door prizes and the give-away of bright red AARP T-Shirts to all who did not already have one.

         As a awesome surprise event, Ray Rozak honored each mother present with a beautiful long stem rose.   They were delighted and flattered.   

         The June 14 Chapter meeting program will be presented by Claire Anderson, Executive Director, Innovations in Aging Collaborative in Colorado Springs.  She will speak on what it means to be part of Colorado Springs as an Age Friendly Community.

         The invitation to visit a Chapter 1100 meeting is always extended to individuals who would like to be involved in community service activities and share in the chapter fellowship.  For meeting details contact Chuck at 303.807.6933 or Pat at 719.481.5347.  Check out the chapter web site at http://aarpchapter1100blackforest.weebly.com/index.html and view the chapter schedule of events and to see what the chapter does in the community.

 

Photo:  Erica Meyer, Communications Outreach Coordinator for Mountain View Electric Association and Kevin Holbrook (both standing) speak to the membership at the 10 May Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 meeting in Black Forest. 

 

Photo:  Ray Rozak, standing left, presented a long stemmed rose to each of the mothers present at the May chapter meeting.    

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