Page 6 . 50 Plus Marketplace News . Denver Metro . June 2010 Glenda lives in the Denver met-ro area. She needed to replace her air conditioner and get her car re-paired, but her checking ac-count balance was too low. She could cash-in a C. D. or bond, but they weren't yet ma-ture. What to do? Barter! But how? Bartering with strangers was a little scary. She searched the internet. The local bartering group she found was for businesses. It had a mem-bership fee of almost $ 300. She didn't want to make a business out of this; she was just looking to meet some personal needs. Are you financially comfort-able? Does your income match your spending goals? Do you al- Neighbor- to- Neighbor Mary Orchard ways have the right skills to hand-craft an item for your best friend? If you're answering " No" to any of these questions, consider joining a senior bartering group. " That's a good idea," you say, " but is there such a group in the Denver Metro Area?" A survey of several pages of google search results found none. Would you like to trade a hair-cut for a car wash? How about a cooked- and- delivered meal for a household repair? A gift you never gave for a more suitable item? A senior bartering network would be a resource for conserv-ing cash, getting more, and mak-ing friends. Some of us want to explore this idea, to see whether others feel the need. Want to meet with us? Call me at 720- 747- 4568. If voice mail picks- up, please leave your name and number and say, " I'm calling about a bartering group." Seniors' Resource Center ( SRC) has elected two new members to its board of directors. Walter Han-kwitz ( FACHE, CMPE), Execu-tive Director of Lutheran Health Partners, and Steve Smith, Man-ager at Xcel Energy. Prior to joining his current posi-tion in June 2009, Mr. Hankwitz was Executive Director of High-lands Physicians, Inc. for 10 years, and concurrently served for seven years as the Co- Executive Direc-tor of the Highlands Wellmont Health Network, a clinically inte-grated URAC accredited PHO in Tennessee. He was introduced to the healthcare industry over three decades ago through management consulting positions in Los Ange-les, Calif. with Ernst & Whinney and A. T Kearney, Inc. " I'm honored to be a new mem-ber of the board, and look forward to our collaboration to make sure continuity of care and the needs of seniors in our communities is met." said Mr. Hankwitz. He has served on the board of di-rectors with various organizations, including the Hospital Council of Southern California, Highlands Wellmont Health Network, Care- Spark, and PrimeHealth of South-ern California. Mr. Hankwitz re-ceived his MBA in Health Care Administration from The George Washington University in Wash-ington, D. C. and served as Ad-junct Professor at the University of Southern California's Graduate School of Public Health. Seniors' Resource Center Weclomes Two New Members to the Board of Directors Mr. Smith is a 1978 graduate of the University of Colorado's Col-lege of Engineering and Applied Science. He started his career with Xcel Energy in 1979 as a Consum-er Services Engineer with the Pub-lic Service Company of Colorado subsidiary Cheyenne Light Fuel and Power. In 1988, he moved to the Economic Development De-partment and transitioned them from Economic Development to Area Managers of Community and Local Government Affairs. From 1997- 1999, Mr. Smith was the Manager of the New Century Energy Community Develop-ment Department and from 1999 - 2008, he was the Area Manager of Community and Local Gov-ernment Affairs for Broomfield, Jefferson, Adams, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties. In 2005 he led an Xcel Energy process improvement team to increase efficiencies with-in the Outdoor Lighting Depart-ment. " I am honored to have the oppor-tunity to serve on the SRC board of directors," said Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith was the 1999 Chair-man of the Jefferson Econom-ic Council and Chairman of the Metro North Chamber of Com-merce. From 2001- 2003 served as Chairman of the Adams County Economic Development Board. SRC is a 32- year- old leading non- profit provider of person- fo-cused, coordinated services to en-hance independence, dignity and quality of life for seniors. Author Erynn Miller said: " It takes a lot of understanding, time and trust to gain a close friendship with someone. As I approach a time in my life of complete uncertainty, my friends are my most precious asset." I had a friend who felt that way. I sat next to Hal's " death-bed" and thought about the fact that I had known him for over twenty years. Hal knew he was dying and that these next few days would be his last. I held his hand. We spent time reminiscing about his long and fruitful career as a church pastor. We talked about old friends. We chatted about his family. And I listened as he offered a piece of sage wisdom to someone he believed represent-ed a " younger generation." Hal seemed to carefully consid-er what he was about to say next. Then he squeezed my hand, gazed intently into my eyes and whis-pered, just loud enough for me to hear, " Nothing is more important Your Life Support: what Is most Important Steve Goodier than relationships." I knew that this utterance somehow mattered a great deal to him. He seemed to consider a lifetime of experiences - personal, professional, spiritual and family - and this one simple observation surfaced above the rest: " Nothing is more important than relation-ships." " Don't get too caught up in your career," he said. " And don't use people just to get what you want, then throw them away. No project, no program, no task - nothing - is more important than your friends and family." " Remember," he repeated, " that in the end, only your relationships will matter. Tend them well." Writer Og Mandino put it this way: " Beginning today," he said, " treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again." At the end of a long life, my friend Hal would have agreed. v Steve Goodier's books & newslet-ter: http:// LifeSupportSystem. com.
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