Sponsorship Needed to Replace Our Trees!

  • May 24, 2016

The parking lot at our Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro is undergoing great change! The good news is we had it completely repaved and the new lines were painted to mark the parking spaces. The bad news is we had to remove the existing red maple trees that “were diseased and dying from ‘gloomy scale’, a serious and extremely difficult to control insect pest of maples,” said Charlotte Glenn, Chatham County Agent for the NC Cooperative Extension.  A tulip poplar and a redbud also had to be removed due to physical damage to the bark of the trunks.

Stephanie Lilly of Audobon Tree Service is mapping out the tree locations available for sponsorship. Audobon also helped us by grinding the stumps of the old trees. We want to plant a tree and shrubs in each of the six parking lot islands.

With your sponsorship of $600, we can purchase and plant a tree and shrubs in our parking lot. You will not only have the joy of helping us rejuvenate our landscaping, but  we will place a permanent plaque by the tree with your name or your business name, or with the name of someone you wish to honor or remember.  Please contact Melanie Girard at melanie.girard@chathamcoa.org for more information or to sponsor. Don’t delay, there are only six islands open for sponsorship.

Welcome Melanie Girard as our new Development & Communications Director

  • May 16, 2016

I am pleased to announce that Melanie (Mel) Girard will be serving as the Council on Aging’s Development & Communications Director.  Mel has a long history of service to the Council and Chatham seniors and this opportunity will allow us to further benefit from her rich experience and many skills.

Mel has been an active member of the Chatham community since 1993, and has been associated with the Council on Aging since 2013 when she became a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer.  She subsequently helped coordinate the Council’s medical transportation service and served as interim Volunteer Coordinator.  Most recently, Mel has helped organize the Council’s use of a grant from the Home Depot Foundation to assist older veterans needing minor home repairs.

While Mel will continue as a local real estate broker, she has assured me that her work with the Council will certainly be her passion and primary focus.

In her time with the Council, Mel has consistently shown herself to be someone who is highly motivated, a quick study, honest, diplomatic, an effective communicator, a team player, well organized, and eager to help seniors and their families.  Her positive attitude and ‘can-do’ spirit are contagious.

Mel is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Her commitment to aging and human services was evident early on when she volunteered to assist the Charles House Adult Day Care program in Chapel Hill in 1998.  She also served as a volunteer for UNC hospice.

In Mel’s words, “I wholeheartedly believe in the Council’s mission. I am going to think “out of the box” and look for many different opportunities to help the Council achieve its objectives and remain a respected and effective force for serving and engaging our growing older population.”


Please join me in welcoming Mel to this new role with the Council on Aging.

Welcome Chris Turner as our new Facilities Maintenance Specialist at the Western Chatham Senior Center!

  • May 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce that we have selected Christopher (Chris) Turner as our new Facilities Maintenance Specialist at the Western Chatham Senior Center.

Chris comes to us with a great deal of valuable experience. He has operated his own floor cleaning and restoration business for 26 years and worked 29 years at Chatham Hospital in environmental services and as director of security where he was highly regarded.

As a Drill Sergeant in the US Army, Chris learned to pay close attention to detail. He prides himself on ‘being raised in the old school,’ where loyalty, honesty, team spirit,and a strong work ethic are important values.

While working his required notice at his past employer, Chris may also begin putting some hours into the Western Center.  Please join me in welcoming Chris when you have a chance to meet him.

Allison had a baby boy!

  • May 10, 2016

Congratulations, Allison, from your COA family!

Meet Taylor Dale Andrews! Taylor was born Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:22 am, 5lbs13oz, 19 3/4 in long.