She’s no knitter: Alsdorf stays busy working for Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs |

She’s no knitter: Alsdorf stays busy working for Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs

Heidi Rice
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

Mildred Alsdorf was certainly not going to sit around in a rocking chair and knit just because she retired last year after 35 years with the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office ” 28 of which were spent as the elected county clerk.

“Knitting is boring,” the 79-year-old Alsdorf said with a laugh. “I couldn’t do that.”

Because sitting still was not an option, less than six months after her retirement with the county, Alsdorf is working temporarily as co-director for Colorado Mountain College’s Senior Programs ” a position she shares with Mickey Neal.

The pair recently received the “Wonder Twins” award in the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards ” a category that recognized their efforts to help senior programs in the area.

Alsdorf handles the transportation for seniors while Neal oversees the nutrition program.

Alsdorf came on board with Senior Programs in October 2007 before then executive director, Gwen Stephenson, left the position after about a year and a half. Earlier in the year, Senior Programs experienced another major change when CMC announced in May that it was planning to “unload” the programs and wanted to transfer it to other agencies.

Senior Programs has been operated under the umbrella of CMC for the past 30 years and includes the RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), the Traveler bus system, which provides transportation to seniors and disabled adults and the senior nutrition program.

A consultant was hired and a task force formed to develop a strategic plan and to assist in transitioning the programs.

Alsdorf serves on the task force, which includes representatives from Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, CMC officials and Senior Programs staff.

“Mickey and I are working on (the transportation and nutrition programs) until something definite comes out with the consultant and we know where we’re headed,” Alsdorf said. “We hope in late May or June to come up with some good models.”

Interviews are already being conducted for a permanent director for Senior Programs, with the candidates whittled down from six to three.

“I think we’re going to get what we’re looking for,” Alsdorf said. “Once that happens, we’ll look at making the transition. The main thing we need to get out to seniors is that (Senior Programs) is not going to go away or lose any programs. It’s just a matter of whose umbrella it’s going to be under.”

Until a new director is found for Senior Programs, Alsdorf will continue to work part-time as the co-director. But that’s not all she does. A resident of Glenwood Springs for more than 45 years, Alsdorf is also a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and volunteers on a number of organizations that include the Eastern Star, Eagles Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and the RSVP Advisory Board.

She’s a busy gal.

And it’s not likely we’ll see her rocking in a chair and knitting any time soon.

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