HOMELAKE – Six new members were elected to the Homelake Community Advisory Board Friday morning, increasing the board to 14.
The bylaws of the board, established in 1984, call for a board of nine to 15 members. The board acts as an advisory body to Colorado State Veterans Center administrator
Mindy Montague. In December, the board dropped to nine and a call went out for volunteers, with radio stations and The Valley Courier publicizing the need.
Elected were former Conejos County Assessor and veteran Harold Abeyta, retired Alamosa teacher Lisa Absmeier, Vietnam veteran and retired building contractor Ronald Kern of Del Norte, retired Monte Vista educator and veteran Tom Kuske, Homelake resident Ann Marshall, and Conejos County resident and veteran Middle Passage.
They join board members Harold Benson, Daryl Booker, Ray Cole, Sue Getz, Bill Gibson, Manert Kennedy, Erin Macgillivray Smith and Jeff Washburn. Smith, who joined the board in 1984 and is its longest-serving member, is chairman; Gibson is vice chairman, Getz is secretary and Booker is treasurer.
“We are grateful to the news media for publicizing our need for members and we are delighted with the composition of the ‘new’ board. I don’t think we could have gotten the membership back up to a good operating number without the help of the media, who have always been very supportive of Homelake,” Chairman Smith said.
“We have one more seat to fill and have three excellent candidates for the slot, however, they were not able to appear on Friday. We hope they will do so in April,” she said.
Long-time board member Margaret Teckenbrock, who joined the board in December 1997, resigned last month, citing ill health. Friday the board accepted Teckenbrock’s resignation with regret and thanked her for her service.
The next meeting of the board will be at 9 a.m. April 5 at the administration building. The meetings had been held at 7:30 a.m. to accommodate those who had to go to work but with most board members retired, the meeting time was changed for April.
The board meets the first Friday of the even-numbered months.