PKS Council on Aging Meeting Minutes – October 2022

People taking notes on paper during a meeting

We held our third meeting at town hall on October 11, 2022. This is a summary of that meeting. We hope you will join us next time on November 15, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. All Pine Knoll Shores residents are welcomed.

Health Care Options

John and Anne Clarke summarized their conversation with Dick Brvenik, retired Carteret County Hospital president regarding expanded health care specialties.

Key learning: Recruitment priorities are based on X/1000 population to determine the ability to generate revenue and build a practice.

Questions remaining include: While the value of a hard metric is understood, can community input be considered? If yes, what channels are available for citizen input?

All agreed to having a hospital representative come to speak with us on if and how citizens can have a voice in the process would be useful.

Gathering Places

John Macheca reiterated the importance of a gathering place for the Pine Knoll Shores community. To that end, he reported on conversations with the Hotel Alice. The hotel is well suited for small group meetings and emphasizes Pine Knoll history.

While the hotel is now open, not all services are available. We await the go-ahead from the owners to announce the best time to promote the opening as a gathering place.

New Business – Broadening Our Base

A Facebook group has been created for the Pine Knoll Shores Council on Aging.

  • As of this writing, 75 have joined.
  • All minutes of our meetings will be posted here.
  • All relevant information is welcomed.
  • Similar posts are on the PKS Second Homeowner’s page.

Police Chief Ryan Thompson joined the conversation on ways to reach out to our community. The ‘I’m o.k.’ initiative checked on residents who live alone, are confined to their home, or who have little community interaction.

Ike Pipkin will work with Chief Thompson to explore ways to resurrect the program or establish a new one, and engage individuals who are interested.

Coffee Shop for PKS Residents

In keeping with the goal of establishing meeting places that will draw residents together for social interaction, Marion and Ted Goetzinger, with the help of Amy Hahn and Paula Stadiem, agreed to repurpose the Pine Knoll Realty office as a coffee/café shop open to all Pine Knoll Shores residents.

  • It is hoped that the new coffee venue will be opened before Thanksgiving.
  • It is located in the same building as the library.
  • There will be a large ‘coffee room,’ and smaller rooms for individual activities, e.g., cards, bridge, quiet conversations.
  • Stay tuned for a call for volunteers as this space is redesigned.
  • The group was encouraged to complete the ‘Age My Way’ survey that will inform NC policymakers and help set priorities for the next 20 years.

We continue to emphasize neighbor-to-neighbor interaction to achieve our goals.

Official Document

Download a copy of the official PKS Council on Aging Meeting Agenda and Minutes for October 2022.

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