Board of Directors Meeting In Person and on Zoom

October 28, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. – Boardroom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 8004 4944 — Passcode: 904455

Dial in: (301) 715-8592


Board Members

Burton, Don              Hyman, Will              O’Field, Bill               Waddy, Betty

Dotson, Janet           Jeffries, Harley         Phillips, Bill               Fitzgerald, Beth, Ex Officio

Hairston, Franklin    Kennedy, Ryan        Stuart, Donna          

Hamilton, Sharon     Mossor, Sandra        Thomas, Susan

Call to Order, Prayer, and Pledge of Allegiance

Reading of Correspondence

Approval of Minutes – August 26, 2021, and September 20, 2021

Executive Director’s Report

Old Business

  • Updated Committee Assignments
  • 2022 Election Procedures (attached to By-Laws)

Committee Reports

  • Finance Committee
  • Health, Nutrition and Wellness Committee
  • Marketing Committee

New Business

  • 2022 Meeting Schedule
  • 2022 Safety Walk Through Evaluations Schedule

Member Comments – Five-minute time limit per person

Action Items

Next Meeting: Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. in the Boardroom and on Zoom


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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Webinar for stakeholders in the aging services field.

Good afternoon,

You’re invited to join the Office for Older Americans on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET for a free webinar. We’ll highlight new resources and initiatives available that can assist you to help older consumers and their families.

This webinar is intended for stakeholders in the aging services field, including legal services attorneys, social workers, service coordinators, faith leaders, librarians, meal service providers, bank or credit union staff, law enforcement officers, and many others. We’ll end the webinar by taking questions from attendees. We hope to gain insights from those working in the aging services field.


Deborah Royster, Assistant Director – CFPB, Office for Older Americans Michael Herndon, Deputy Assistant Director – CFPB, Office for Older Americans Webinar


Wednesday, December 14, 2021, 3:00pm ET

Join the webinar

No pre-registration required!

Event Number: 2763 473 0604

Event password: OAWebSeries22! (62932737 from phones)

Audio Conference:  To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code.

Dial In: 1-404-397-1590

Access code: 2763 473 0604

If you have questions for us or need additional information, contact

Learn more about the Office for Older Americans. Thank you, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 
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3G Network Shutdowns

Helping Older Adults Prepare for
3G Network Shutdowns

3G wireless networks are scheduled to shut down next year, which will prevent older cell phones that utilize these networks from making or receiving calls or using data services. In addition to cell phones, other connected devices such as certain medical devices, alert systems, and security systems that use 3G network services will be impacted.

Although most people have devices on 4G or 5G networks, the shutdown will likely disproportionately impact older adults and low-income individuals, who may be using older phones, life alert systems, and other devices still on 3G. Connectivity is critically important in this time when people are utilizing telehealth services and connecting with the courts and service providers remotely.

Advocates can take steps to help people prepare for the 3G network shutdown:

  • Share information in your community and with your clients on the upcoming shutdown. Some people may not be aware of the upcoming change, and others may not have taken steps to replace items if they were avoiding contact with technicians and service providers during the pandemic. Each mobile carrier has different dates for the planned shutdown, with AT&T scheduled as early as February 2022. The Federal Communications Commission has a consumer guide with more details.
  • Help clients identify potential devices that may be impacted. Lifeline, a program used by many older adults, utilizes major service providers like AT&T and T-Mobile, which are included in the shutdown. iPhones older than the iPhone 6 will no longer work for calls and data. Medical alert devices, watches, and home security systems that utilize 3G may also be impacted. Advocates can assist by helping individuals log into their accounts to check whether they use 3G. Consumers can also contact the individual carriers and reach out to product companies to determine if their device will be affected.
  • Connect people to new options for discounted devices if they need to replace them. For people with limited resources, this change could present challenges if they have to spend money on new products. Some carriers are offering free or discounted replacement phones. Older adults and low-income individuals may qualify for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, which could help them get discounted, updated devices. The local Area Agency on Aging may have a program for device distribution, and many libraries have technology lending programs, which could help keep people connected.

Advocates play an important role in outreach and education, particularly to communities who may be most impacted by this change, including older adults of color, those living in rural areas, and other marginalized groups.

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Storm Awareness

Keep yourself, family, and neighbors safe before and after flooding

(ASL videos on these safety topics can be found under the resources section at the bottom of this message.)

  • Stay off the roads: Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
  • Check on neighbors who may require assistance if it is safe to do so. This includes individuals with infants, children as well as older adults, people with disabilities and others who may need help.
  • Don’t drive through flood waters: Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay out of floodwater. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines or contain hazards such as human and animal waste, dangerous debris, contaminates that can lead to illness, or wild or stray animals

Stay safe from post-storm hazards

  • If you need to evacuate post-storm, be extremely careful driving as roads may be damaged or blocked. If you go to a community or group shelter, remember to follow the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19. FEMA is prepared and activated to respond to disasters in states in a COVID-19 environment and is well postured to handle this upcoming storm despite the Delta surge.
  • Check local media for a list of shelters, including those who can accommodate pets. If you are staying in a hotel, Please call before you go and ask if pets are permitted.
  • If you are in the path of Ida as it moves inland, gather supplies. Have enough supplies for your household. Include medication, disinfectant supplies, face maskspet supplies and a battery-operated radio with extra batteries. After a hurricane, you may not have access to these supplies for days or weeks.
  • If your home has flood water inside or around it, don’t walk or wade in it. The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Never attempt to turn off power or operate circuit breakers while standing in water.
  • Be careful when cleaning up. Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves and sturdy thick-soled shoes. Do not try to remove heavy debris by yourself. Use an appropriate mask if cleaning mold or other debris. People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. Stay far away and report them immediately to your power company.
  • Stay informed. Individuals in Louisiana can text IDA to 67283 for storm updates from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness or visit GOHSEP > GOHSEP ( Individuals in Alabama should follow the guidance of local officials or visit For storm updates in Mississippi, visit Hurricane Ida – MEMA (
  • Stay put. Stay off the roads. Emergency workers may be assisting people in flooded areas or cleaning up debris. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way. If you evacuated, do not return home until local officials say it is safe.
  • Don’t drive through flood waters: Almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Check on friends and family: If you are able, please check on your neighbors, friends, and family because some may need more help than others.

Stay safe during power outages

  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. A grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices should never be used inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. These should only be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows.
  • Use a generator safely. Never use a generator inside a home, basement, shed or garage even if doors and windows are open.
  • Keep generators outside and far away from your home. Windows, doors and vents could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Read both the label on your generator and the owner’s manual and follow the instructions.
  • Use only flashlights or battery-powered lanterns for emergency lighting. NEVER use candles during a blackout or power outage due to extreme risk of fire.
  • Power Outages can impact the safety of food in your refrigerator and freezer.
    • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep your food as fresh as possible. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary.
    • Throw away any food that has been exposed to a temperature of 40°Fahrenheit (4° Celsius) or higher for two hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, heat-resistant bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly.

Additional Resources

o    Be Prepared

o    Don’t Drive Through Flood Waters

o    Need to Evacuate?

o    Learn Your Evacuation Route

o    Get Vaccinated to Protect You and Your Family

o    CDC Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

o    CDC Flood Waters During and After a Disaster

o    Cleaning Up After a Disaster

o    CDC Mold Safety After a Disaster

o    CDC Shelters and Evacuations During a Disaster

o    USDA Food Safety After a Disaster

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Public Comment

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2021 Produce Vouchers Have Arrived!!

Distribution Schedule:

Distribution in the Kinley Café – Bring ID if you are the recipient or proxy

Proxy must know birthdate and monthly income of recipient

Friday, 8/6  8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1p – 3p

Saturday 8/7 (Special Day) 9a – 2p

(come to the side door on 6th Street for entrance – you can park in the church lot on the corner of 6th and Pike)

Monday 8/9  8:30 am – 11:30 am and 1p-3p

Tuesday 8/10  9a-11a and 1p – 3p  Check in at front desk

Wednesday  8/11 Center Closed for Staff Training

Thursday 8/12  9a-11a and 1p – 3p  Check in at front desk

Friday  8/13  9a-11a and 1p – 3p  Check in at front desk

More dates and time posted next week

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