Archive for November, 2011

Busy Construction Season for C.I.D.E.R.

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Certainly the Spring, Summer and Fall of 2011 was a busy construction season for C.I.D.E.R.  As you know we assist in the building of wheel chair ramps for Grand Isle County residents.  We design, order materials, put a work crew together and construct the ramps.  We only ask the the home owner make a donation toward the cost of the materials.  We have received several grants over the last few years that help defray the cost of the materials that are not covered by the home owner.  Most recently, we received a grant of $3,000.00 from IBM that will be used toward the purchase of ramp materials.A typical C.I.D.E.R. built ramp in Grand Isle.

This year we built, assisted in building or obtained the materials for: 1 ramp in Isle La Motte, 2 in Alburgh, 2 in North Hero, 5 in Grand Isle and 1 in South Hero.  The last  building project was completed just before the cold weather and snow settled in.  Dolf Wirsing and his crew of expert helpers took advantage of the mild fall this year and completed several projects in October and November.  Folks who helped Dolf this year included Dick Ernst, Butch Soule, Shane Sullivan, Joe Lareau, Jeannie Bass, Bill Bingham, Leonard Brisson, Malcom Allen, Robert Arnett, Bob Buermann, June Chamberlin, and Jim Holzschuh.

If you need increased access to your home call the C.I.D.E.R. Office at 372-6425.  Someone will come and assess your individual situation and determine if a ramp can be built.  If you would like to volunteer with one of these projects, and we are always looking for additional members of the construction crew, call the C.I.D.E.R. Office at the same number and get ready to be put to work–helping another islander.

2011 Annual Report

Monday, November 28th, 2011

C.I.D.E.R. Board of Directors

2011 Annual Report

Report of the Board President

Every year brings new challenges and new priorities.   We continue to move forward on several different fronts.   In addition to ensuring that C.I.D.E.R. is maintaining or improving upon its existing level and quality of services, the Board has tried to maintain its focus on 1) the senior housing project, 2) increased community awareness and participation, and 3) board self-evaluation and succession planning.  A strategic planning effort for the next five year period is also underway.  The participation of all board members, their ideas and perspectives, has been and will continue to be important to C.I.D.E.R.’s ability to meet the growing and changing makeup and needs of the community it serves.

In 1988, a small group recognized that some of their Island neighbors needed community support to continue to live independently in their homes.  Each year since, C.I.D.E.R. has increased the number of persons served and maintained or added to the services provided.  As you can see from this Annual Report, our efforts reach broadly.  But the needs of individuals here in our community, known and unknown, are also expansive.  While mindful that there are many needs, it is the task of the Board to remain faithful to the C.I.D.E.R. mission.

This year the Board has continued its goal of increasing its presence and involvement in the community, particularly in the northern lands.  This added focus in the north appears to have been successful in increasing memberships and volunteer activity from that area.

Another board focus, the senior housing project effort, has progressed, but the pace is slow.  We are hopeful that we will be able to recruit more persons interested in this effort and gain greater momentum in the coming year.

For most of this year, 19 of the 21 seats on the Board were filled.  Each community has had at least three of its residents on the Board.  In addition to serving on board committees and volunteering for various events, board members act as C.I.D.E.R. ambassadors on an ongoing basis.  As ambassadors, they bring to the attention of the Board issues and needs that arise in their communities.  Moreover, they provide a source of information to their fellow town’s people regarding the services and opportunities that C.I.D.E.R. provides.  Each board member’s awareness of or ability to find out what is occurring in his or her community is of paramount importance to C.I.D.E.R.’s ability to provide help where help is needed and not try to help where help has already arrived.

All in all, it has been another active and productive year.  I am encouraged.

I am convinced that it is only through our involvement in one fashion or another with organizations like C.I.D.E.R. that we create and sustain a continuing and faithful vision of hope for our future.

A sincere “thanks” to the Board, the Membership, and all of C.I.D.E.R.’s supporters.

Respectfully Submitted,

Rick Whittlesey

Note:  If you wish to see a complete copy of the 2011 Annual Report containing all committee reports, stop by the C.I.D.E.R. Office, 324 US Rt 2, South Hero during normal business hours.