norman seniors association
The Norman Seniors Association Board has voted unanimously to not endorse any candidate for the City of Norman elections being held on 12 February 2019 or any CIty or State Elections in the future.
The Norman Senior Association is diverse and all inclusive. All those who are 50+ and have a passion for quality of life and interest in our growing community are welcome to join us regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, physical limitations or financial status. We are here to support, encourage, inform and utilize the wisdom and assets of our Seniors.
Last night, the OU Foundation withdrew its proposal for the UNP Expansion north of Rock Creek Rd. Here is the Transcript article.
Here's an interesting clip from an article in the Wall Street Journal: By Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy
Updated March 13, 2018 9:13 p.m. ET
People over 65 years old would outnumber children by 2035, a first in U.S. history, according to updated projections released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday.
The milestone would be the latest marker of the nation’s aging, which has accelerated with baby boomers’ move into their senior years and recessionary effects on births and immigration over the past decade.
The growing elderly population will also put pressure on lawmakers to shift funding toward programs such as Medicare and Social Security, particularly because elderly Americans vote at high rates, said Kenneth M. Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire.
Last night the Norman city council unanimously passed a resolution to enter into a lease agreement with the University of Oklahoma for land that can be used for Norman Forward projects including a stand-alone senior center. The 21st Century Norman Seniors Association would like to thank the Mayor, the City Council and especially Steve Lewis and his staff, for their work in reaching this milestone in the journey to establish Norman as a visionary city in quality of life issues for all citizens. Many challenges lie ahead but with continued cooperative efforts progress will be made.
The next milestones for the stand-alone senior center, developing a long term concept and securing funding, can begin in earnest now and we look forward to working with the city to achieve these goals early in the coming year.
In addition, there is still ongoing work evaluating other sites that hold promise. We support the city’s effort in continuing to do these evaluations while work begins on the next steps for the north base site.
We urge each of our members to reach out to your council member and thank them for their support.
In October 2015, Norman voters approved a groundbreaking quality-of-life package known as Norman Forward, agreeing to dedicate funds generated from an increase in sales taxes to fund new parks, pools, sports fields, libraries and public art projects.
Included in the material used by proponents of the plan to sell it to voters was the promise of a senior citizens center. Unlike all of the other Norman Forward projects, however, no specific dollar amount was dedicated to the center.
Current and former city council members have expressed support for a new stand-alone senior citizens center, albeit with some concerns about whether Norman Forward will generate enough money to fund it. But we’ve heard over and over again that the center is a priority. At a forum in 2016, every city council candidate expressed support for a stand-alone center.
Granted, the Norman City Council and city staff have been busy, implementing Center City zoning regulations, developing and passing a budget, determining the steps to take on the DeBarr Avenue name issue and considering a masterplan proposal for the north portion of the University North Park.
But it’s clear the senior citizens center hasn’t been a priority over the last two years.
And with the holidays advancing quickly upon us, it won’t be long before we’re listening to new city council candidates make senior center promises.
Consider again the words of our July 24, 2016, editorial, which expressed frustration that the verbal commitments of our city leaders to a stand-alone senior citizens center had yet to produce a tangible plan: “The truth is, our local candidates have used a stand-alone senior center as political bait for one of the most faithful voting demographics — senior citizens. But up to this point, while every member of the city council has acknowledged the importance of a senior center, we still lack a cohesive, comprehensive plan for what the center will look like, where it will be, how much it will cost and how we’re going to pay for it.”
That was 16 months ago. Norman Forward was passed two years ago. We’ll repeat the questions from our May 6 editorial: “Where will it be built, how much will it cost, how will the city pay for it and when will it be built?”
The 21st Century Norman Seniors Association concluded elections for management positions yesterday. The attached chart shows the organization and staff members selected for each position.
We want to thank everyone, especially those that ran for a position, for your interest in our board and management elections. However, this is only the beginning of our work for the coming year and you should continue your interest and involvement in the association. We have positions in all of our committees for people to get involved and work to improve the quality of life of seniors in Norman. All you have to do is contact the staff member in charge of the committee you are interested in. Their email address is listed on our web site at https://nsa.wildapricot.org/Contact If you wish more information, just send me your questions.
If you have friends that are not yet a member, please ask then to go to our web site and click on “JOIN US”. We are growing and want to involve everyone who is interested in influencing the future of our seniors and our seniors to be.
When you do get involved, no matter how much or how little time you commit, you will find your efforts meaningful and very satisfying.
Thank you again,
Richard Bailey, Chairman of the Board
Today, the 21st Century Norman Seniors Association certified the results of the election for the board of director positions. The results are attached.
The nominating committee received all of the ballots in individual sealed envelopes and met in private to count them. The ballots were opened and each of the three committee members independently counted them and put the number of votes each candidate received on a tally sheet. The three tally sheets were then compared and a recount done for any individual if all three tally sheets did not match. We had 16 candidates for 10 positions and the top ten candidates by votes received were declared winners. After the winners were identified, a random drawing was done to assign a one, two or three year term to each winner. The committee reported the results to the current board of directors today. The ten new members are effective as of Monday, October 16th, and their first meeting will be October 26th at 1:30 p.m. in the main library.
21st Century Norman Seniors Association
2018 Board of Directors
The nominating process for the election of new board members to the 21st Century Norman Seniors Association has concluded. We are happy to have several new candidates and look forward to the election which will be held on October 12th. Following seating of the new board, we will have an election to select management positions and committee chairs for several positions.
The management positions consist of:
In addition to the management positions, in this election, the board will select three committee chairpersons:
I urge you to consider standing for election for one of the management or committee chairperson positions. Any member of the association is eligible to run for the positions and being new to the operating process will not be a deterrent for your selection. Our organization is very interested in having new people bring varying views to the organization.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 12th with your preference if you would like to run for one of the positions to be selected. If you have questions about the positions email me and I will be happy to answer them for you.
Thank you for being a member of the 21st Century Norman Seniors Association. I know you joined because you have a passion for helping improve the situation of seniors in our community. There are many things that can be done to improve our city and its interaction with seniors and our association is geared to advocating for making Norman one of the best places in the country for seniors.
Opportunities for you to make a bigger impact exist and one of those opportunities is coming up in October. Our association will have two elections that month, one to chose a new board of directors and one to select the management positions for overseeing the association. All board and management positions are open to all members of the association and I would like for you to consider nominating yourself or someone you know for one of them. I know that moving our organization forward and making it better is a challenge you can see yourself undertaking.
In addition to the management positions, the board will select three committee chairpersons:
I urge you to consider standing for election to the board and one of the management or committee positions. If you are willing to do so, please send your name and a short synopsis of your background by September 22, to:
If you would like more information about the election process or the responsibilities of the board or any management or committee position you can also send your questions to Richard Bailey at the email above.
Thank you for considering doing more to help the association move forward.
Chairman, Nominating Committee
According to Jud Foster, director of Norman's Parks & Recreation department, the FY17 budget for the EXISTING senior center, not the new, proposed one, is $165,717. Robert Castleberry commented that the animal shelter's budget is 3 times that. I do NOT begrudge the animals one dime, and they are being cared for better that Norman's elderly. Call and email your council member and let her or him know how you feel about this level of neglect and disrespect.