Saturday February 2, 2013

PUTNEY -- At the Putney Cares December board meeting, the group looked back over an energetic and productive year. All programs continue to run including their newest program, Gentle International Folk Dancing, organized by Anne Fines. Grants were received from the Agnes Lindsay Trust and the Crosby-Gannett Fund. The combination of these grants and fundraising events such as the Walk for Healthy Aging and Annual Appeal allowed for the completion of the renovation of the second floor of the Activities Barn, including an upgraded fire alarm system.

Judy Morton completed her board membership of many years, but will continue to actively participate on the finance committee.

Board officers were elected for the upcoming year. Julie Forsythe will continue as president and Jill Hinckley as secretary. Joan Bowman will become the new treasurer and Ann Coakley will serve as the new vice president of the board.

Upon completion of the renovation of the Activities Barn, Putney Cares welcomed Putney Family Services and Earth Bridge Community Land Trust offices to the building.

At the January meeting Tiffin Mabry was welcomed as a new board member serving an initial three-year term. She has been an active Putney Cares volunteer.

Looking ahead in 2013, the board committed to a thorough review of the Noyes House, and is opening dialogue with the group’s partners in stewardship of the house. A committee was formed, headed by Bruce Whitney, to explore the best options to optimize use and usefulness of the house.

This past year volunteers gave over 1,000 hours to the seniors in the community. Thanks were given to: Pamela Cubbage for answering phones, organizing rides, running the monthly community lunches, and overseeing the medical equipment on loan; to Maria Ogden for running the Foot Clinic; to Mary Quinn for organizing Meals on Wheels; to the drivers who make the deliveries; to Putney School, Putney Inn, and Brattleboro Senior Meals for preparing the meals; to Steve Haisley for his over sight of the Noyes House; to the drivers for medical visits; and those who run the many programs at the barn including Living Strong and The Artist in Each of Us.

Anyone wishing to volunteer is asked to call Pamela Cubbage at Putney Cares at 802-387-5593.