PKS Council on Aging Meeting Minutes – August 2023

A woman waiting for a man to cook crepes in a food truck

Today’s meeting was informal, spirited and focused on updating our activities to date. It’s been a busy month.

Hotel Meet and Greet

Hotel Alice is hosting a meet and greet on August 13, 2023 for all of PKS.

Announcements were posted around the area thanks largely to John and Jean Macheca and our FB page.

Specialty drinks will be offered as well as charcuterie boards and snacks. Two bartenders will be on hand to serve the crowd. We sincerely appreciate the outreach the Hotel is making to our community.

Hotel Alice Local’s Discount

Hotel Alice is offering a 15% discount on rooms if callers mention ‘PKS’ when they call. The Hotel is one of the best choices for our friends and relatives when they visit here.

Food Trucks in PKS

Hotel Alice also hosts food trucks for a variety of eating out options. We post the planned visits on our FB page. An accompanying margarita is often recommended and prepared at a discount price at the Hoffman Bar.

Spoondrift Market Extends Hours

Spoondrift Market’s popularity has grown quickly and hours now extend to Saturday. Their special wine tasting evenings have gained a following.

Connecting Spots

John Macheca continues to lead our group’s efforts to establish nearby ‘connecting spots’ for PKS. The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores will be approached and the Trinty Center will be scouted out as possible locations.

Join the PKS Town Mailing List

Leslie Yarbrough, our Public Safety Admin, is now compiling and emailing weekly listings of Upcoming Happenings in Pine Knoll Shores.

If you are not on her email list, you can sign up on the town’s website or directly with her by calling (252) 247-2268 ext. 10 or emailing Stay in the know! We post these listing on our Facebook page.

Service Provider and Medical Personnel Lists Now Available

Paper copies of our lists of Service Providers and Medical Personnel are available in the lobby of Town Hall.

At the meeting, four members were given folders with forms to be passed to neighbors for their input to these lists.

It’s a great way to meet your neighbor and involve them in a service that will also benefit them when they have a home maintenance or medical need.

The list will be updated and expanded over time. The format is being revised so that it will easily be read on our website whether you view it on your computer or on your phone.

PKS Transportation

Karen Murphy heads our Transportation initiative.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers willing to take residents to local doctor’s appointments, pick up prescriptions, grocery store errands, etc. These trips may include medical appointments in New Bern.

If volunteers are not available, there are low-cost options that we can recommend.

Carteret County Concierge

The group was made aware of a new business serving our county: Carteret County Concierge.

In addition to providing additional transportation options, this group offers a variety of services including help with personal storm preparation, property services, gift/party planning, home/pet monitoring, vacation planning and senior companionship.

Each service is designed and priced to meet individual needs. Call Cindy Blizzard at 252-342-4392 for schedules and quotes. This notice also appears on our Facebook page.

Hospice Community Forum

Mike Dilauro has scheduled our next community forum for Thursday, August 28, 2023 at 10:30 AM at Town Hall.

Kay Coole, interim director of the Crystal Coast Hospice House, will update us on the services and care Hospice provides. She will also discuss volunteer opportunities.

You can watch the entire presentation below:

COA Website Updates

Lastly, website 2.0 was launched this month.

The website has a new design and organization as well as additional content.

It is now linked with our FB group page, and provides opportunities to send us suggestions and ask questions.

Features will continue to be enhanced for ease of navigation and communication. It is also the subject of next month’s Shoreline article.

Members were encouraged to continue spread the word that these tools are available.

Official Document

Download a copy of the official PKS Council on Aging Meeting Agenda and Minutes for August 2023.


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