Council On Aging Board

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STM 1973, Art. 8 [voice vote]

Voted: to create a Council on Aging and to adopt the following by-law in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 8B of the General Laws:

Section 1 - The Board of Selectmen shall appoint a Council on Aging for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the problems of the aging in cooperation with programs of the Commission on Aging established under Chapter 6, Section 73 of the General Laws.

Section 2 - The Board of Selectmen shall appoint the Council on Aging consisting of seven (7) members.  Upon acceptance of this by-law, the Board shall appoint three (3) members for three (3) years, two (2) members for two (2) and two (2) members for one year.  Thereafter each member shall be appointed for a three (3) year term.  The members of the Council shall serve without pay.

Section 3 - Whenever a vacancy shall occur in the membership of teh Council, by reason of death, resignation, inability to act or for any other reason, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Selectmn for the remainder of the term.

Section 4 - The Council on Aging at its first annual meeting and thereafter, annually in April of each year, shall elect from its membership a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  Each officer shall hold office until the next annual election.  In the event a vacancy occurs in any of the office until the next annual election.  In the event a vacancy occurs in any of the offices above, the Council shall hold a special meeting for the purpose of electing one of its members to fill such vacancy.

Section 5 - The Coucil shall prepare and submit an annual report of its activities to the Town and shall send a copy thereof to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

Section 6 - The Council may appoint such clerks and other employees as it may require.  Approved by Atty. Gen. Dec. 28, 1973.

STM 2016


Section 1.  Name

Inasmuch as the voters of the Town of Wellfleet created by their affirmative vote at Town Meeting on October 15, 1973, a Council on Aging, now therefore, this board shall be known as the Wellfleet Council on Aging Advisory Board.  Originally established to administer the Council on Aging (COA), since the hiring of a full-time Director, the Board now serves in an advisory capacity.

Section 2.    Responsibilities

Work with the Director of Community Services to:

  1. Identify the over sixty year old population of the Town of Wellfleet that are eligible for services

  2. Ascertain the needs of this segment of the population

  3. Educate the community about these needs

  4. Enlist the support and participation of all citizens in programs to meet these needs

  5. Assist the Wellfleet Director of Community Services to design, develop and implement services to fill those needs and/or enhance existing services

  6. Request funding from the Friends of the Wellfleet Council on Aging, or from the Town Meeting (through the Director of Community Services) in support of programs or information-gathering activities such as periodic surveys


    Section 1.  Membership

    The Board shall consist of at least eleven residents of the Town of Wellfleet, at least six of whom are sixty years of age or older.   Each member will be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for a term of three fiscal years (except when appointments are made to fill unexpired terms) with suggestions from the current Board members.  Such appointments shall be made after the Annual Town Meeting and before July 1st of each year.  Terms shall be staggered so that not more than four appointments shall be made in any year (except where necessary to fill an unexpired term).

    Section 2.  Regular Meetings

    The Board shall hold regular monthly meetings on such dates and times as shall be determined by Board members.  Ordinarily, the Board shall meet on the third Wednesday of each month, September through June, at 9:00am.  Additional meetings may be held in July and/or August at the discretion of the Chair.  All meetings of the Board, regular, annual or special shall conform to the Open Meeting Law.

    Section 3.  Annual Meeting

    The first regular meeting of the year (September) shall be considered the Annual Meeting of the Wellfleet Council on Aging Advisory Board.

    Section 4.  Special Meetings

    Special Meetings may be called at any time by the Chair or may be called by the Chair or Secretary on the written request of three or more Board members.

    Section 5.  Quorum

    The presence of at least half the members plus one shall constitute the quorum necessary to transact business at all Board meetings.

    Section 6.  Attendance

    Board members should notify the Chair, Secretary, or member of the COA staff in advance if unable to attend a Board meeting.  The absence of a member from four or more consecutive meetings … shall serve to vacate the office, provided, however, that this provision shall not apply when said consecutive days occur within the same fourteen (14) day period.  When such a vacancy has been created, the Chairperson shall advise the appointive authority forthwith, who shall fill the vacancy within thirty days. [Section 8-10-5 of the Wellfleet Charter]


    Section 1.  Officers

    The Officers of the Board shall consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.

    Section 2.  Election

    The officers shall be elected for a term of one year at the Annual Meeting and shall assume office at that meeting.  They may serve more than one term if so elected by the Board except that the Chairman shall not serve more than two consecutive terms.


    Section 1.  Chair

    The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the Board, shall appoint committees and shall be an ex-officio member of those committees, shall be responsible for representing the Board at public meetings or designating another Board member to represent the Board and when necessary, support and advocate for Council on Aging programs and budget with the town administration and Board of Selectmen.

    Section 2.  Vice-Chair

    In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall preside at Board meetings and perform all duties normally performed by the Chair.

    Section 3.  Secretary

    The Secretary shall be responsible for:

  7. Notifying each Board member as to the time and place of meetings

  8. Posting the meetings times/dates at the Clerk’s office at least forty-eight hours prior to the time of the meeting

  9. Keeping complete minutes and records of each meeting, mailing or emailing minutes of meetings to members to review prior to the next meeting and submitting the official signed copy of the approved minutes to the Town Clerk

  10. Maintaining all official correspondence

    Section 4.  Nominating Committee for COA Advisory Board Officers

    At the June meeting, the Chair shall appoint a nominating committee which shall prepare a slate of officers for election at the Annual Meeting (September) of the Wellfleet Council on Aging Advisory Board.


    Section 1.  Periodic Review

    The Bylaws shall be reviewed by the Board every three years and amended as necessary.

    Section 2. Amendments

    These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members of the Board at any regular or special meeting.

    Section 3.  Notice of Amendments

    Members must be notified by the Secretary two weeks prior to the meeting in which Bylaws are to be amended.  Such notice shall include the wording and purpose of the proposed amendments to be considered by the Board.

    Section 4.  Town Meeting Approval

    All amendments approved by the Wellfleet Council on Aging Advisory Board shall be submitted to the next Town Meeting for approval.




Board Members

Name Title
(Mary) Carol Magenau Member (06/30/2020)
Ernest Bauer Member (06/30/2018)
Sarah Multer Member (06/30/2020)
Frederick Nass Member (06/30/2019)
Brian Quigley Member (06/30/2019)
Evelyn Savage Member (06/30/2019)
Maureen Schraut Member (06/30/2018)
Patricia Shannon Member (06/30/2019)
Evelyn Sheffres Member (06/30/2018)
Robin Slack Member (06/30/2019)
Paul Goetinck Member (06/30/2018)
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