Longtime Supporter, Volunteer and Former Board Chair Shares her Story!
Marian Melville, an Aspen resident since 1955, started her philanthropic pursuits in the 1980s after former Easterseals Colorado President and CEO, Francis Steers wanted representation from the mountain communities on the Board of Directors. With six children, Marian juggled life as a mother, owner of a lodge and Easterseals Colorado Board Chair. During her time as Chair, Marian helped oversee the expansion of Rocky Mountain Village Camp, the Talking with Technology program and the ADA laws still in effect today. Her support of Easterseals from then to now is incredible.
Let the better-weather days provide a Post-Polio respite. Here are some suggestions to get you up and going. Some helpful ways to connect are:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE meetings are when our planning takes place. Members are always valued to comment on our future goals and activities. Meetings are scheduled for Mondays, March 19, June 18 and September 17. Meetings begin at 4:00 PM at Easterseals Office at 393 S Harlan St in Lakewood. If you can’t come, please contact one of our Committee members with your suggestions. Please make a note of these dates and come!
Attend a SUPPORT GROUP. If none fits your bill, maybe you can start one. We give plenty of help and encouragement if you do so. Support Groups are the BEST way to receive encouragement and education about Post-Polio and its effects. Everyone’s Polio story has details of the same condition, including different ideas for coping. Contact Sue Brandon if you’d like to volunteer for a group.
Watch for and be a guest at the VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCH on May 19, 2018 at 11:30am at Wellshire Inn. We value and honor ALL our volunteers once a year. At the lovely lunch, we always provide a suitable speaker whose inspiration, vitality and information is worth taking home with you. This LUNCH is a way Colorado Post-Polio lets those who volunteer know how much their time and efforts matter in keeping this organization alive and thriving.
Take part in the TRAVELING CLINIC and MINI-EDUCATIONAL MEETING. The Colorado Post-Polio Traveling Clinic will visit Colorado Springs for two weeks this summer. Tentative dates are the week of June 19 and the week of August 14. Information about the location and scheduling an appointment will be sent to polio survivors in the area early this spring. Patients receive a written Post-Polio evaluation, including a muscle test and a list of recommendations to help you preserve or improve your quality of life. The clinic is conducted by Dr. Marny Eulberg, a polio survivor and polio specialist and her team, including a Physical Therapist.
Watch for and join us at the FALL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE probably in September. Final dates, time and location aren’t settled yet. The tentative program highlights hands-on experiences in a safe environment to help you preserve independence, improve your health and keep you connected. Three areas of concentration include: Physical choices that fit your needs and abilities. Tools to keep you mobile and safe in your daily living and Connectivity through electronics. These include how to use tablets, smart phones monitors that help you keep track of your daily events and the Internet for exploring Web sites about Polio.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP set up the FALL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE. The Council needs a few good volunteers to help arrange the presenters for the conference. The work is easy, and there are some resources already known that need to be contacted. Most of the work can be done on the phone or through the Internet. Contact Jan Hamilton at 720.341.2879 for more information.
Be sure to attend the ANNUAL MEETING in the fall. Enjoy a free lunch with your Polio friends to celebrate what we have achieved through the year and what is planned for 2018. We usually have a short program with a worthwhile speaker.