Monday, June 20, 2011

Tuolumne County Commission on Aging: Senior Volunteer of the Year / Calendar 2011

Welcome to the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging blog: it’s our ongoing effort that we hope will bring information to help and inform seniors in our county.

The commissioners, with their extensive and varied experience and expertise, are all volunteers and without exception are primarily concerned with doing whatever they can to improve the lives of our county’s seniors in and around the Motherlode.
“Jots & Thoughts”
by editor Roberta Goodwin, email me at:

From Roberta Goodwin:
Cathie Peacock is honored...
The evening of June 23rd I attended Cathie’s award ceremony at the Soroptimist of Sonora’s annual awards/installation of officers dinner at the National Hotel in Jamestown.  Laurel Utecht outlined a brief history of Cathie’s decades of good works and activities in the Sonora area and then presented Cathie with the Soroptimist "Ruby Award: Women Helping Women" plaque. Cathie, who attended with her fiance, Robert Killgore, was her usual humble, gracious self.  Congrats Cathie!   Well done.

From Roberta:
Groveland Meeting June 13 report
The Commission met in Groveland at the Little House Monday June 13, 2011.  We are excited about joining forces with more South County residents who are interested in being involved with the Commission's senior issues and events. Commissioner Luci Tyndall, Administrative Services Coordinator at Little House, is instrumental in coordinating our mutual efforts.  County Board of Supervisors Chair John Gray spoke before the commission that day. We thank John for his time, and his most interesting information.

From Carleton Penwell:
Past Commissioners! The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging (COA) wants to let any former COA commissioners know that we’d like to contact you to get your input on senior issues and concerns, then and now.  If you see this appeal, and want to participate, please contact Carleton Penwell at 209-532-8583 or by email at:

From Roberta:
Good info and interesting reading Joan Aragone (columnist for the San Mateo County Times) writes a column aimed at seniors entitled "The Time of Your Life" ...
to view

From Sandi Romena: “I have a contract with Catholic Charities for a pilot program.  This survey is different from most; it is concentrating on seniors and their community.  The link to the survey:  A public link is now functional.  Click -->
We on the COA encourage all seniors to enter their input.
Did you know?
by editor Roberta Goodwin, email me at:

That Google is a treasure trove of information.  If you go, as I did, to:
you'll be able to view the history of the “Old Sonora-Mono Road – Highway 108" - Enjoy!
Year of the Family Caregiver: 2011 has been designated as Year of the Family Caregiver by the U.S. Administration on Aging in honor of the 10th anniversary of the federal National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Area 12 Agency on Aging offers a “Minor Home Repair” Program for eligible county seniors
“designed to assist seniors over 60 who have home repair problems they cannot resolve which threaten health & safety”. To be eligible, you must:
  • be 60 years of age or older
  • Reside in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa Counties
  • Live in your own home
    Typical repairs include... (among others)
  • hard to turn faucets; leaky toilets; door knob repair; install grab bars; repair doors and windows; ramp repair
    Call Area 12 Today for more information on how you can arrange for needed home repairs 209-532-6272... or go to:
    Also, you can view their website at:
    or email them at:

    Interfaith has a wood donation program.  Their crews can come and cut it, load it and haul it off as long as the tree is on the ground and “easily accessible”.  They give it away in August to their low-income and no-income clients to heat their houses the following winter.  To donate your tree or wood, call Cathie Peacock or Barbara Woodward at Interfaith 532-0905.  And to sign up for the program to receive ½ cord free firewood, call Interfaith in August.
    Centenarian Society Event is October 19
    The Commission on Aging is seeking information on local centenarians, those who have reached or surpassed the age of 100 years.  A special recognition and honoring event is planned for Wednesday, October 19th, 11AM, at the Senior Center on Greenley Rd., in Sonora.  The Commission on Aging is asking eligible individuals’ family members, friends, churches, residential care and skilled nursing facilities to submit names.
    In addition, anyone who has reached the ages of 96, 97, 98, and 99 yrs will be honored as well, in recognition of their status in Tuolumne County’s Centenarian University of Life. Those who are aged 96 years are freshman, 97 years are sophomores, 98 years are juniors, and 99 years are seniors.  Upon reaching the age of 100 years, those individuals will be inducted into the Centenarian Society of Tuolumne County.  Their name will be placed on the Centenarian Society wall plaque at the Senior Center on Greenly Rd.  Each name submitted will receive a personal invitation, including their families, and a certificate of recognition of their status in our communities.  The Senior Center will provide lunch free to the honorees, and $3.50 to all others, to be served by community leaders and Commission on Aging members.
    For additional information, contact Cathie Peacock at 586-4802 or JoAnn Rascon at 588-9004.
    Ed. NOTE: we lost Elwood Johnson the other day, on June 8, aged 102. 
    He was our very first Centenarian Award winner. 
    Obit in the UD:
Tuolumne County Commission on Aging... encourages and welcomes not only visitors to our meetings but we have vacancies at the moment, and so we always welcome any interested parties to apply.  Attendance at our meetings is a prerequisite. Please come to our meetings and see what we’re about! And remember to always....

"Practice Random Kindnesses and Senseless Acts of Beauty"

Commission on Aging Events Calendar 2011
*      Commission on Aging general meetings 1:30PM, 2nd Monday each month, at Area 12 Agency on Aging, Standard Rd., Conf. Room C
 Commission on Aging Executive Board meetings 1:00PM, 1st Monday each month, at the Senior Center
*     NOTE, NEW: The Commission on Aging will begin a series of quarterly appearances before the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors in order to update them on Commission activities.  Dates TBD
*      Commission on Aging Public Relations committee meetings, 12:00PM, 1st Wednesday each month, at Interfaith 
*   Commission on Aging Education committee meetings, 9:00AM, 3rd Tuesday each month, Starbucks Junction store Prudential Conference Room
      October – Former COA Commissioners Reunion Event
*  October 19 - Centenarian Awards Ceremony 11AM Senior Center Sonora
***2011 Speakers’ schedule***
(to inform the commissioners on senior related issues.)
o        August - Kathy Toepel, Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton
o        September – Evan Royce, County Board of Supervisors
o        October – no speaker due to ex-COA members "Reunion" Event
o        November – speaker pending
o   December – 2011 year-end wrap-up
All COA meetings are open to the public. Please come and give us your ideas, concerns, and information regarding senior issues!
In future, we will be blogging with more information on matters of interest to county seniors so stay tuned!  And please feel free to let us know YOUR ideas for events or forums that you want to see! We actively solicit your comments.  You may contact the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging by email

To go to the Little House website, go here:

To go to Friends and Neighbors website go here: To go to the San Francisco Institute on Aging website, go here:

Blog Editor: Roberta Goodwin
What thoughts have YOU?  Email them to me at: aging2010@gmail.comRoberta