News from Colorado Senior Lobby
In this issue you will find:

  • Colorado 2019 General Assembly has come to a Close
  • CSL has a Senior Hero - Ed Shackelford
  • Poverty
  • CCOA Vacant Positions
  • Volunteer with CSL!
  • Seeking Candidates for CSL Board
  • Have you joined for 2019
  • Thank you 2019 Senior Day Sponsors!
May 2019
Greetings!

As the 2019 General Assembly has come to a close. It’s been a wild one at times. I am focusing here on two things in particular: first, gratitude for our team of volunteer citizen lobbyists who contributed their extensive talents and experience to inform and persuade, sometimes late into the evenings. Their unselfish dedication to advocating for Colorado’s older adults at the Capitol is remarkable as they heartily threw their time and energy into the cause.

Often, a short conversation with a legislator or an ally organization at a critical time can make a huge difference. It can actually be exciting; the Capitol kind of hums with the energy of diverse interests and activities from the beginning of the session to the end. Politics is a “contact sport” – building relationships is critical.

Secondly, I also thank them for the results of their efforts. Many important bills were advanced thanks to both their individual and collaborative work with other organizations. It is an extremely rare situation where one person, from one organization, actually moves the needle. It takes a team, and typically that team is working with other teams (and that includes of course the legislators) to get things done.

Every advocacy organization, no matter their cause, can only do their best to inform and persuade, working with other teams of people; it’s up to our elected officials to actually create new legislation. Fortunately, there are many legislators who are willing to work with various groups, like CSL, to refine bills until they are workable - READ MORE
CSL has a Senior Hero!
Help Celebrate Ed Shackelford's Contribution to CSL on May 9th
A tradition in Jefferson County Colorado is the Senior Heroes event that celebrates the efforts of older adults who volunteer to make their communities a better place to live. This annual event is hosted by Seniors’ Resource Center and the Jefferson County Council on Aging, along with event host Mountain Vista Senior Living. Master of Ceremonies, Jim Beneman, a co-anchor from CBS4 will help us honor 11 older adults who have worked to make their community better for seniors. One of the honorees is Colorado Senior Lobby’s past president, Ed Shackelford. We would love to fill the room with Colorado Senior Lobby members! Plan to attend on May 9th – tickets are free but please register.
View Invitation and Awardees – CLICK HERE
Event Flyer – CLICK HERE
Register – CLICK HERE
Poverty
An Editorial by Ed Shackelford, Colorado Senior Lobby Member
"The cost of poverty to society is clear: It prevents children from achieving a great or even good education. Poverty during one’s working years makes it difficult to earn a living wage. And poverty in retirement creates a drain on government resources at all levels ..." - READ MORE
CCOA will soon have 2 Vacant Positions
"The Colorado Commission on Aging (CCOA) will soon have 2 vacant positions as of July 1, 2019 for which we are currently accepting applications. The positions available, are as follows: Congressional District-6 (Aurora/Littleton) Republican or Unaffiliated and Congressional District-3 (Eastern Plains) Republican or Democrat ..." - READ MORE
Volunteer with CSL
We are reaching out to see if you want to volunteer to help grow Colorado Senior Lobby. There are many ways you can help from event planning to fundraising, membership drives, media promotion and more. Send us an email and tell us about your interests, skills and talents - CLICK HERE
Seeking Candidates for CSL Board
We are also seeking candidates for CSL board positions. If you have an interest, please read carefully the board member application and board member agreement first, then contact Bob Brocker with any questions at president@coloradoseniorlobby.org

Board Member Application - CLICK HERE
Board Member Agreement - CLICK HERE

Deadline for new board member applications for the 2019-2021 two year is May 17. 

Regards, Bob Brocker - President Colorado Senior Lobby
CSL Main Phone: 303-832-4535
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Mysteries of Colorado Amendments Revealed …
Death and Taxes: Understanding at Least One of Them.
How Colorado’s Unique Tax Structure Matters to YOU and YOUR Family.
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