Thursday, May 31, 2012

No Commission Action, Campaign Update, Tri-County Ofc on Aging

This week, there were no committee meetings and there was not a County Commission meeting. Committee meetings are the first and third week of the month and Commission meetings are the second and fourth weeks of the month, so months with a fifth week have no County Commission meetings. As such, this month I had no meetings.

The State Rep campaign is going exceptionally well! I have personally knocked several precincts in Lansing and Lansing Township, and my campaign team has knocked between 4,000 and 5,000 doors. We will be done with the entire dstrict soon, and will start over again! One of my opponents went up with lawn signs this week, so we responded in kind and are getting them up this week. Fundraising continues to be on track. If you would like to have a yard sign, want to get exercise and knock some doors, or want to contribute to the campaign, you can email me at or can go to Thanks for all your support!

As for this week’s Blog, I am proud to serve on the Tri-County Office on Aging Board (TCOA). I have been on this Board for many years, serving as one of three Ingham County Commissioners. There are also Clinton and Eaton County Commissioner, and members from the Cities of Lansing and East Lansing. I asked Marion Owen, Executive Director of TCOA, to provide information about what TCOA does and the services provided. Below is the information. Thanks, Marion!’

Since 1974 the Tri-County Office on Aging (TCOA) has been the region's source for information and services that older adults, persons with disabilities and their families need to live independently and remain active in their communities. TCOA was designated the Area Agency on Aging through the state Office of Services to the Aging, as a response to the 1973 amendments of the federal Older Americans Act and was established by the Cities of Lansing, East Lansing and Ingham, Eaton and Ingham Counties. The mission of the agency is to promote and preserve the independence and dignity of the aging population.

At TCOA, we serve our neighbors, friends and family members every day. Our mission is to promote and preserve the independence and dignity of the aging population. To accomplish this mission, we connect people who need help to service providers, volunteers, donors, businesses and governments throughout Eaton, Clinton and Ingham Counties and the Cities of Lansing and East Lansing. Our mission is, therefore, a fundamentally personal one. The individuals we support and their unique dreams, beliefs, circumstances and goals are at the core of all that we do. Although TCOA's Meals On Wheels is our best-known program our reach goes well beyond providing nourishing meals. Many of our services are provided at no or low-cost or have fees based on a sliding scale. To see a comprehensive list of our services please visit our website at and “like” us on Facebook.

In addition to our many services TCOA is also excited about the 5th Annual Older Michiganians Day on June 20th, 2012. Each year approximately 800 older adults gather at the State Capitol to advocate for issues that matter to them and talk to legislators. This year’s theme is the Senior WAVE: We Advocate, Vote, and Energize the Economy. The 2011/2012 Legislative platform includes:
1. Invest in quality Long Term Care options focused on cost-effective solutions that meet the needs of citizens.
2. Provide suitable housing, transportation and health care choices to support independent living and strengthen the economy.
3. Ensure safety and security through elder abuse protection.

Please join us to show your support. If you would like to receive a ticket for a box lunch please call 517-887-1382. (tickets are required to obtain a lunch.) For more information on this event and to see pictures and video from last year’s event, please visit

Other activities include the 27th Annual Dinner and Auction on November 1st, 2012. The event will be held at the Eagle Eye Banquet Center with musical entertainment by the Sea Cruisers Band and all proceeds raised will benefit the TCOA Meals on Wheels Program and other in-home services. For more information or to be involved, contact Vaughn Thompson, Fundraising and Volunteer Specialist, at 517-887-1377. Also, TCOA is holding a public hearing on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at The TCOA, 5303 S. Cedar, Lansing, Suite 1 to solicit input on its fiscal year 2013 Annual Implementation Plan. For more information please contact LeeAnna Olson at 517-887-1382. Project Fresh is currently distributing coupons to eligible people sixty and older in Ingham County that can be used at local farmer’s markets for fresh Michigan produce. This program is first come first served and quantities are limited. For more information call Marion Miller at 517-887-1393.

TCOA is in the planning stages of many other upcoming activities. For updates please visit our website at and visit our Facebook Page.

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