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Commission on Aging aims to grow

Current commission members, from left, Renee Swickard, Bonnie Montgomery and Lynne Ybarra, listen Thursday to concerns people at the Senior Circle voiced about transportation and other issues and answered questions about area resources for seniors. The commission members say they plan to add two members soon. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The City of Roswell Commission on Aging plans to add two more members in the next few months.

Holding its regular bimonthly meeting, the advisory group to city officials met at the Senior Circle at 2801 N. Main St. on Thursday afternoon.
With members Bob McCrea and Monica Duran absent, the three other members, Renee Swickard, Bonnie Montgomery and Lynne Ybarra, talked about new officers and new members.
Montgomery told the group that lawyer McCrea had agreed to serve as chair of the commission. His official appointment will need to wait until the group has a quorum, which could occur at its next meeting in September. If McCrea’s appointment is ratified, commission members then will fill the vice-chair position he would be vacating.
The existing members also will vote for two people among five nominees to recommend to Mayor Dennis Kintigh to join the commission, which can have up to seven members, Ybarra said.

Nominees include retired psychologist Dr. Charles A. Berry, Senior Circle Director Marifrank DeHarb, lawyer Chelsea Seaton and community volunteers David C. Holdridge and Christina Schilder.
Ybarra said that the commission members might be asked by city officials to wait until the group meets with a quorum to make their nominations to Kintigh, but that they hope to have new members approved by the city within a few months.
One of the current priorities of the commission is to organize and hold its semiannual Senior Forum in August. To be televised on a cable channel and held at the First Baptist Church in Roswell, the upcoming hour-long forum is expected to include a presentation by the director of the Chaves County JOY Center, a speaker talking about Medicaid and a person discussing elder abuse. Specifics will be announced at a later time.
The next meeting of the commission is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Senior Circle. Meetings typically occur at 3 p.m.
Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.