2nd Annual Seniors Resource Fair

Caregivers and Seniors are invited to the 2nd Annual Seniors Resource Fair on Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you're new to the community or a long-time resident, a senior or a caregiver, the experts at the Seniors' Resource Center and Lutheran Medical Center will provide you with valuable information and options to plan for the years ahead at this free event.

Mark Koebrich, host of 9News' Senior Source, will kick off the morning at 9 a.m. with a special presentation "Making the Transition: An Expert Panel Discussion about Resources, Advice and Options as You Grow Older."

New! Educational Breakout Sessions!
• Scams Targeting Seniors, 10:30 a.m.
• Newest Treatments for Hip & Knee Pain, 11:30 a.m.
• Long Term Care Using Medicaid – Debunking Myths and Clarifying the Truths, 12:30 p.m.

There will be plenty of health and safety assessments, screenings, educational vendors and fun interactive activities. For more information and to register for the event, please call 303-689-4595 or visit www.seniorresourcefair.org.

Date: Friday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Location: Lutheran Medical Center
Address: 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Member: Lutheran Medical Center
Contact: Answerline, answerline@sclhs.net, 303-689-4595, www.SeniorResourceFair.org
Submitted by: Lindsay.Reinert@sclhs.net

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Planning is underway to make some improvements and udates to the ABA website. The website committee would like YOUR input to improve the user experience. Please participate in this survey to provide us with your feedback.

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1st Prize – 3 month Banner ad on the ABA Website – $360.00 value.
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BF Borgers CPA PC and Applewood Business Association – BUSINESS AFTER-HOURS PARTY AND SOCIAL!

JUNE 22nd 4pm-7pm
at BF Borgers CPA PC
5400 W Cedar Ave | Lakewood, CO 80226

BBQ and more!!!!
Invite the family and friends.

Details to follow…be on the lookout!

Cost: Free to members and guest!
Location: BF Borgers CPA PC – Main Offices
Address: 5400 W Cedar Ave | Lakewood, CO 80226
Member: BF Borgers CPA PC
Contact: Billy D Downs, 303-953-1454, billy@bfbcpa.com
Submitted by: billy@bfbcpa.com

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Anthony M’s Visions in Gold Business After Hours

Come join in the fun of networking, relax, enjoy free fine wines and drinks, catered delicacies to tempt your taste buds.
Bring your friends in to see our newest creations.
Register to win some fabulous door prizes.

Date: April 19, 2017 5-7pm
Cost: Free
Location: Anthony M's Visions in Gold Jewelers
Address: 6789 W. 44th Ave. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Member: Anthony M’s Visions in Gold
Contact: Gayle – 303-424-1881, Gayle@visionsingold.com
Submitted by: Gayle@visionsingold.com

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JCBL Legislative Update

Bipartisan agreement on problems, but not necessarily on solutions

By Jeff Weist, Jefferson County Business Lobby

The Applewood Business Association is an active member of the Jefferson County Business Lobby, the unified voice of 3,000 Jefferson County businesses advocating for public policies that strengthen our economy. We wanted to give you a preview of some of the business issues on which the JCBL is engaging at the State Capitol in Denver as the 2017 Colorado General Assembly gets underway.

The dynamics of the Legislature will, for the third year in a row, be dominated by split partisan control.  Democrats retained control the State House of Representatives while the Republicans hang onto their slim one seat majority in the State Senate. Split control means both parties have to work together to accomplish anything of significance.

Remarkable agreement exists between the Democrats and Republicans on the major problems facing the state – such as inadequate transportation funding and escalating housing costs – but finding agreement on the solutions to such problems have been elusive.

The JCBL’s priorities for the coming year include:

New Transportation Funding: Colorado is one of the few states in the nation not dedicating state General Fund dollars to transportation infrastructure. The Colorado Legislature must find new sources of transportation funding for the short, medium and long-terms.

Attracting and Retaining Skilled Employees: The shortage of skilled employees in Jefferson County and around the State is actually becoming a drag on economic growth. Colorado needs better training for skilled employees. And we need to fix the broken litigation system that is preventing the construction of new, affordable, housing.

Fostering a Strong, Competitive Business Climate: While Jefferson County’s economy is strong today, the Legislature must provide effective economic development incentives, lower regulatory burdens and reduce lawsuits if we are to withstand future downturns.


We will keep you updated on the Legislature’s progress on these important business issues through out the 2017 legislative session.


Jeff Weist can be contacted at jeff@weistcapitol.com

November Luncheon Speaker – Dr. Jon Kedrowski

Jon grew up in the Vail Valley Colorado and is a local ski mountaineer, professional guide, and adventurer.

He climbed every Colorado 14,000 foot peak by the time he turned 18, and has Skied from the top of nearly every Colorado 14er.

He has over 500 ascents of the Colorado including he has twice climbed each of the 58 Colorado 14ers in one season both in 2005 in 40 days and 2011 in 95 days When he became the first person to spend the night on the top of every Fourteener Summit and has recently released his book called "Sleeping on the SummitsColorado Fourteener high Bivys".  He has climbed every 14er at least 5 times and has as many as 25 ascents of some of the popular 14ers including Elbert, Grays, Torreys, and Quandary, as well as Bierstadt.

John is a veteran of nine major climbing expeditions to peaks above 20,000 feet including climbing four of the seven continental summits.  He will be guiding a trip to Kilimanjaro in 2014 for his 5th Seven Summit.

He recently accomplished climbing to the summit of Everest in 2012 after having turned around only 800 feet from the top the week before.  His story was featured on DATELINE NBC in a Documentary.

He Earned his Ph.D. In 2010 in Mountain Geography from Texas State University San Marcos and has spent time Climbing Mt. Rainier in WA over 15 times.  In 2009 Jon Climbed the three Highest Volcanoes in Mexico (18,000' high) in only 5 days.

He is currently working on a sequel to Sleeping on the Summits, called SOSII, which will be released later this year.


Dr. Jon Kedorwski
Ski Mountaineer, Professional Guide,
and Adventurer
Climb Your Everest

September Luncheon Speaker – Suzanne Asaff Blankenship

Suzanne’s experience with eldercare came the hard way – by doing it. Suzanne is in the second decade of eldercare, managing both her mother's care as well as her in-laws. After countless conversations, discussions and requests for advice, Suzanne decided to share what she discovered with others walking the same path.  Her guidance is practical but delivered with the laughter that makes the journey so much more doable.  Suzanne will have you crying tears of laughter with her quips, her lens of humor and her refreshing honesty.  Her book is short, packed with guidance, resources and real ways to stay ahead of the next eldercare emergency.  You can read it in one night and return to it over and over as needed.

Suzanne has spent her 20-year corporate career in marketing and customer service, leading and training teams at The Coca-Cola Company, Bueno Foods, and Ogilvy & Mather as well as her own consulting firm, Parkin & Blankenship. 

Born in Longview, Texas and raised in Dallas, Suzanne now calls Colorado home. She believes in advocacy, the importance of family, and the need for balance in life. Humor is her favorite resource.


Suzanne Asaff Blankenship
Author, Speaker, Eldercare Expert


July Luncheon Speaker – Rebecca Winning

Rebecca joined Jefferson County Public Library as manager of communications and public engagement in January 2010; in 2011 she was named communications director. She is responsible for internal and external communications, media and community relations, advocacy and strategic partnerships for the Library. Prior to joining JCPL, Rebecca held leadership positions in communications and investor relations for Quovadx, Inc.; MediaOne Group; U S West; Adolph Coors Company and other public companies. She has served on the board of directors of local chapters of the International Association of Business Communicators and the National Investor Relations Institute. She has received numerous national awards for her communications efforts, including a Gold Quill (highest available award) from the International Association of Business Communicators for her work in corporate media relations for Coors. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePauw University (1974), a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Regis University and a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of Denver (1979). She has also completed 28 hours of graduate work in business and finance at the University of Denver.


Rebecca Winning, Communications Director, Jefferson County Public Library

May Luncheon Speaker – George Bentley

George Bentley is nationally recognized as an expert author, speaker, aging-in-place specialist and consumer advocate. He is one of the leading legal, business and consumer advocacy minds in the country, once described by US District Court Judge, Henry Woods, as a “true Renaissance Man.”

He is well trained and experienced in the fields of law, business, finances, learning and wellness technologies, personal growth, and human development. He has studied at Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law; and is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver College of Law.

Following the death of his mother in a nursing home due to health issues stemming from a preventable fall, George committed his life to discovering how to avoid this from happening to others. He writes extensively on safe aging and senior health issues and has personally interviewed and consulted with thousands of seniors, their adult children and caregivers.

He recently completed developing the professional education certifications and course work for the professional designation of Certified Safe Bathing Specialist. He also created the Medical Hydrotherapy® Program, a unique and revolutionary therapeutic process designed to fight degenerative age related health problems and assist seniors and the health challenged to remain in their own homes. The program has been so well received by the medical profession that virtually every doctor has prescribed it for their patients who desire to enroll.

George is the founder and CEO of Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of high quality fully ADA complaint walk-in bathtubs, transition tubs and safe bathing appliances designed to help keep seniors living independently in their own homes. He is also the creator of Medical Hydrotherapy®.

George Bentley,
Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc

Member Meeting – May 11

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on May 5 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, May 11, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: George Bentley, Bentley Wellness Technologies, Inc
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Rosalind May, Four Seasons Farmers and Artisans Market

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
RSVP for May Luncheon

April 5 Minute Spotlight – Andy Deitel

Andy Deitel is the owner of the Sports and Entertainment Marketing Group (SEMG) a multifaceted company specializing in fundraising charity auctions, providing corporate gifts to companies and individuals as well as organizing casino night parties for companies, non-profits, and individuals. He is generous with his time and enjoys assisting organizations with their fundraising efforts.

Andy is from New York and got into the sports/entertainment and fundraising business while working as the Director of Marketing/Development for the Brooklyn Sports Foundation (BSF). The Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission was to develop a 9,000 seat arena in Brooklyn for high school, college and amateur sports as well as hosting touring shows such as the circus, concerts, and the WWF.  One of the fundraising events Andy initiated and organized for the BSF was The Sports and Entertainment Fantasy Auction at Mickey Mantle’s restaurant in New York City.  Besides having a silent auction at the event, Andy created Sports and Entertainment Fantasy packages to auction off including a punting lesson from the Football GIANTS, a doubles tennis match with the McEnroe brothers, a meet ‘n greet with the Pope and tour of the Vatican, and many unique travel packages. He was also able to bring in sports and entertainment celebrities (boxer Joe Frazier, WWF’s Sgt. Slaughter, rock n roll radio personality “Cousin” Bruce Morrow) to these events.

Andy Deitel
Sports and Entertainment
Marketing Group

Andy can also supply corporate and personal gifts such as custom slate pieces, Beatles’ charcoal lithos, autographed guitars and local sports team items if you’re looking to retain your clients or say “thanks” for your business. His prices are reasonable (start at under $100) so you don’t have to spend a lot to make a great impression.
For further information please contact Andy at 720 635 9111.

April Luncheon Speaker – Donald Tallman

Donald Tallman, Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum, has operating, marketing, and financial management experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit arenas, with such organizations as Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Inc., an international management consulting firm, The Newberry Library, one of the largest privately endowed research libraries in the world, General Motors, and Wells Fargo Bank. The Colorado Railroad Museum is recognized as one of the foremost, independently-supported railroad museums in the United States.

Mr. Tallman began his 11th year as Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in October and has the distinction of being the first non-railfan to lead the Museum. The Museum has made great progress during that time in terms of care and interpretation of its Collections, developing new audiences, expansion of educational programs, and increasing visibility outside the railfan community. Museum attendance has nearly doubled during his tenure, and the Museum’s budget has also grown by over 40%.

Donald Tallman, Executive Director, Colorado Railroad Museum

Mr. Tallman has worked closely with local and state tourism agencies to help them understand the important economic impact of tourist railroads and railway museums to the Heritage Tourism market. He is a community leader and serves on several Boards, including the Budget and Audit Committee for the City of Lakewood, the Membership Committee for the National Western Stock Show Association, the Golden Visitor Center Board and the Board of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railroad Museums. He is known and respected by both city officials and legislators. Mr. Tallman is a strong proponent of the power of collaboration, and works closely with other cultural organizations in the region to develop opportunities to collaborate on programs.

Donald has a strong background in organizational development, and has served as a consultant to emerging organizations.

Donald has also been active in the arts community, both as a performer and as an administrator for a number of Arts organizations in San Francisco and Denver. A professional singer, Mr. Tallman is in demand as a tenor and performs throughout the Denver metro area. He regularly performs the National Anthem at civic and professional sporting events throughout Colorado.

In his spare time, Donald enjoys climbing the mountains of Colorado as a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and cooking. He and several of his favorite recipes are featured in the cookbook "Denver Men in the Kitchen".

Member Meeting – April 13

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on April 7 ***

Luncheon – Thursday, April 13, 11:15am – 1:00pm
Rolling Hills Country Club – 15707 West 26th Avenue, Golden

Cost: ABA Member $20.00, includes meal (Non-member is $25)
Speaker: Donald Tallman, Executive Director, Colorado Railroad Museum
5-Minute Spotlight & Door Prize: Andy Deitel, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Group

IMPORTANT – please read:

  • If you are a member, you must be logged into your account by clicking on the yellow "Member Login" button on the right to get a member pricing. If you are a sponsor and are using your meeting voucher, please login to apply your voucher.
  • Guests are welcome! If you are new to ABA, we'll even buy your lunch for the first time. Guests may visit our meetings up to 2 times before they join the ABA (Must purchase ticket the 2nd time for $25).
  • The deadline to RSVP for meetings is 5pm on Friday before the meeting date. If you RSVP after that time, we can not guarantee your meal.
  • Starting 1/1/2016, if a member (includes sponsor with vouchers) shows up without RSVP, they will be charged $25 instead of member pricing. We would like to be considerate of our caterer. We appreciate your cooperation.
RSVP for April Luncheon

Quarterly Breakfast Meeting – March 30

*** Please RSVP for this meeting by 5 pm on March 24 ***

Breakfast – Thursday, March 30, 7:15am – 9:00am

The Vista at Applewood Golf Course – 14001 W 32nd Ave, Golden, CO 80401
Cost: $15.00, includes meal

Program: Networking-focused activities

RSVP for March Breakfast