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BLS Committees

BLS has numerous opportunities for smaller group interaction with its committees. Members are encouraged to "shop around" and find the best fit for your time and talents. The following committees are part of BLS:

  • Senior Resource
  • Professional Development (one subcommittee: Professionals in Transition)
  • Membership
  • Communications
  • Falls Prevention
  • Elder Advocacy (two subcommittees: Mental Health Awareness & LGBT Elder Initiative)
  • FUNdraising Committee

Please scroll down to read about all of the committees.

SENIOR RESOURCE COMMITTEE

The Senior Resource Committee works to actively promote The Helpline and its resources to caregivers, elders and aging network professionals. There are two ways you can help us do that. The first way is to encourage eligible companies to register with The Helpline through the online guide so they can be used as referrals for callers who need their service. The second way is to sponsor refrigerator magnets that will feature not only your company name, but The Helpline number in bold font. These magnets are affordable, will be processed in quantities of 1,000 and handed out at health fairs, marketing visits, networking events, etc. Please call Frank Pascoe at 727-215-5348 to order magnets today. To register your business for The Helpline follow this link: http://www.agingcarefl.org/how-to-be-listed-in-the-helpline-database/

As a special project, The Senior Resource Committee assists with the Silver Santas project. The purpose of Silver Santas is to provide gifts for those in assisted living and retirement communities who might otherwise be forgotten during the holidays. Our Santas connect gift givers with seniors who are less fortunate wards of the court or case managed. Trees are placed in local retail and business offices with tags on them for each senior. Members of the community are able to take a tag and fill a bag with the desires of the elder. Senior Resource Committee members are asked to assist with placing a tree in a specified location, identifying additional locations, working with the locations’ staff to retrieve filled bags and to help sort and complete the bags prior to pick up by the guardians/case workers. In 2016 over 725 bags were delivered to these needy seniors.

The Senior Resource Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month, 3pm, at Harmony Home Health in Largo.

See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.

Chairperson
Frank Pascoe
frank@seniorhometransitions.com
727-215-5348

Vice-Chairperson
Tal Bratton

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The BLS Professional Development (PRO DEV) Committee supports Educational events that provide growth and development opportunities to BLS members, students and the general public. Monies raised from these events support a scholarship fund for nursing students at St Pete College and BLS initiatives. We host the May BLS Consortium and it is held each year at Mease Manor in Dunedin. When not working on fund raising our newest goal is to network among ourselves to better understand how we each interact in our careers with seniors and what makes a good referral for each other. We will continue to evolve as new members join this committee. Visitors and those new to BLS are invited to attend our meetings to see if we are a good fit. We are in search of members with enthusiasm, new ideas and those who want to contribute and get involved.

We meet the 4th Tuesday of every month at Empath Health, The Garden House, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater from 9:00 am – 10:00 (check the monthly calendar for any changes)

Chairperson
Pat Smoot
Psmoot@tampabay.rr.com
727 656-5657

Vice-Chair
Tina Costa
tina.costa@rescare.com
813 334-3472

PROFESSIONALS IN TRANSITION (PIT):

This offers support and assistance with job search information for professionals in employment transition. This is not a committee. Members are requested to refer individuals in transition or under-employed professionals to Ginny. Any information regarding job openings is also appreciated.

Professionals in Transition (PIT) Liaison
Ginny Moore
g@advocacy4aging.com
727-644-7472

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

This committee oversees all activities that relate to the growth of the membership of the organization.

Responsibilities include:

- Assisting with the administration and tracking of membership and payment of dues;
- Handling registration and collection of donations and non-member/guest fees at BLS events;
- Welcoming new members through the Ambassadors Program;
- Coordinating New Member receptions;
- Reporting changes in the industry in the BUGLE;
- Selecting and interviewing members for the Member Spotlight in the BUGLE; and
- Assisting with the annual Member of the Year Awards.

The Ambassador program and New Member receptions are designed to welcome new members into the organization. Ambassadors are available to answer questions and provide helpful information to making the most of membership for new members.

See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.

Chairperson
Tammy Mohr
tammy@seniorlivingonline.com
727-439-9999

Vice-Chairperson
Becky Moultrie
bmoultrie@assistinghands.com
727-804-9928

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

The Communications Committee is responsible for the creation and production of The BUGLE Newsletter, a publication of BLS. This committee is also responsible for the content and maintenance of this website. All Social Media efforts for BLS, including photos of major events, also falls under Communications. Additionally we maintain the Events Calendar and e-mail blasting of events. Our meetings are the last Wednesday of each month at 10:30am in The Go! Agency offices located at 1301 Seminole Blvd, Suite 128, Largo FL 33770.

If you are interested in any of our Communication Committee efforts we would welcome you to attend our monthly meetings.

See Monthly Calendar for meeting date/time.

Chairperson
Trisha Randall
Trisha@seniorlivingonline.com
727-553-5100

Vice-Chairperson
Dale Griffen
dale@thegoagencyusa.com
727-409-9200

FALLS PREVENTION COMMITTEE

The Falls Prevention Coalition (Committee) is part of The Falls Free Coalition, organized by the National Council on Aging’s Center for Healthy Aging. This is a collection of national organizations and state coalitions working to reduce the growing number of falls and fall-related injuries among older adults.

Our committee attempts to address the four fall risk factors identified by the National Council on Aging:

  1. Physical Mobility – We promote and participate in "A Matter of Balance" with presentations and educational materials provided by members. We offer free health screenings to identify multiple causes of balance issues, and promote other exercise programs like Tai Chi.
  2. Medications Management – We offer free individual and panel presentations at multiple venues throughout the community, providing access to medical professionals and service providers.
  3. Home Safety – We educate the public on safe homes and disseminate the Falls Free brochures, offering free in-home assessments by professionals and service providers.
  4. Environmental Safety – We seek members who can affect change in our community regarding public safety and include them in community events.

Additionally, we further educate and empower seniors through our Senior Advisory Council. Here, we invite their participation through shared concerns and suggestions for educating their peers.

Our committee meets at 2:30pm on the 4th Thursday of every month at at the Sunshine Senior Center at 330 5th St North, St Petersburg, Fl. 33701

Chair
Carole Ware-McKenzie
carole.Ware@stpete.org
727-432-2297

Vice-Chair
Arlene Grosso
arlene@accessanddesignfl.com
727-560-8965

ELDER ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

There are two subcommittees under this new BLS Committee: LGBT Elder Initiative and Mental Health Awareness. Below is information on each.

LGBT Elder Initiative subcommittee

The subcommittee’s mission statement is:

“The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elder Initiative builds bridges
between the Elder Services market and the LGBT elder community in order
to advocate, inform and educate on behalf of LGBT elders.”

All BLS members are invited to attend. Guests/non-members are encouraged to visit our committee, as they are deciding about BLS membership.

Each month an educational topic will be presented as the focus of the meeting. Time for introductions, brainstorming and community announcements will be included.

Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM.at the Area Agency on Aging offices.

See monthly calendar for specific meeting date/times.

Chair
Val Palla
beambear@msn.com
727-798-7519

Vice-Chair
Helen King
helen.king@aaapp.org
727-570-9696 x 210

Mental Health Awareness subcommittee

The Mental Health Awareness subcommittee has been formed to advocate, educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness for all of our seniors who suffer from Mental Health issues.

Our goal is to bring Mental Health issues for seniors out to the fore front using openness, compassion and understanding. We strive to break the silence and to put an end to the shame, guilt and stigma so commonly associated with Mental Health Issues for seniors and their families.

All BLS members are invited to attend. Guests/non-members are encouraged to visit our committee, as they are deciding about BLS membership.

Meetings are held at the offices of Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc., 9549 Koger Blvd N #100, Saint Petersburg at 10:00am on the 1st Friday of each month

See monthly calendar for specific meeting date/times.

Chair
LynnMarie Boltze
LynnMarieGuardian@gmail.com
813-625-8734

Vice-Chair
Natalie Lemke
natalie@seabreezeadultdaycenter.com
727-365-5481

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

This new committee will plan and implement fundraising events involving BLS members and Partners and bring more awareness to the vital role that BLS and the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas play in the community.

We are interested in involving community organizations and businesses in our efforts for seniors, encouraging them to join BLS and participate in our events. The more we inform others and enable them to learn about our activities and services, the greater we enhance the lives of the population we serve.

If you are interested in having FUN while working for a stupendous cause, join the FUNdraising- "Moneymakers". We are off to a roaring start with vibrant participants, enthusiasm and ideas. We have already identified two events for 2017 and now the planning begins!

Please check the BLS calendar of events link for upcoming meetings.

For more information, contact:

Chair
Carol Radin
Malibu30@live.com
727-580-0028

Vice-Chair
Ginny Moore
g@advocacy4aging.com
727-644-7472



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