RAPAD Coalition Meeting
June 20th, 2014
Max’s Grill, Olivia/12 noon
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition CoOrdinator, Susan Williams, Dave Torgelson/Renville County Attorney, Virginia Sullivan/Parent, Kris Smith/Pact For Families, Derek Lee/Olivia Police Dept.
Old Business: Tobacco compliance checks (Educate & Congratulate) Rita had better results, 19 passed and only 2 failed. Responsible Beverage Server training will be June 23rd in the Danube City office. Annie talked about the Rock in Prevention program that Gina Hagen had introduced to the coalition. It is an evidence based prevention program for grades K-8. Annie stated prevention education is appropriate at younger ages due to youth using alcohol and drugs earlier. Sarah Reznechek and Gina Hagen are trying to get donations for the program from the Kiwanis Club and Lions Club. Annie stated RAPAD will act as the host to assist with the presentation to Bold/St.Mary’s and RCW students. Teachers will receive an informational email concerning the event which lasts most of the school day. Activities will count towards in kind match for the coalition. Annie asked the coalition if they felt this was a good use of funds towards this presentation. Coalition members agreed. Virginia made a motion and Dave Torgelson seconded the motion, coalition was in agreement and motion was carried.
New Business: Annie printed out some information from the Minnesota Student survey showing drug abuse trends in Renville County & surrounding counties including Minneapolis. Renville County had lower percentages of alcohol consumption, and awareness of the concerns with alcohol and health. This is good news for the coalition. Hector passed their Social Host Ordinance. Franklin and Bird Island may be the only two that have not yet passed theirs. Coalition members discussed outreach and informing the community about the Social Host Ordinances. Derek stated that if his source alerts him to a possible party for teens with alcohol, he will call the home owner mentioned & inform them of the ordinance. He stated that many times plans are changed because they realize it is not a good idea. Annie discussed her meeting with the Renville County Fair board concerning the beer tent for the Renville County Fair. The fair board has decided to allow the sale of beer and have patrons free to walk the grounds. This is a change from last year when they were compliant with fair regulations concerning the beer tent area. She stated they compared their venue to Valley Fair or the Ren Fest where patrons are free to purchase alcohol and walk the grounds. Annie and some board members feel this is contrary not only to fairground regulations but to youth who will have more access to alcohol purchased by older friends or family. Annie would like to do an environmental assessment. Kris Smith volunteered to assist with the environmental assessment. Annie asked coalition members to assist at the RAPAD booth this year. Virginia stated she was able to. Kris Smith is meeting with each county about the Truancy Meetings -Class Action Curriculum to find out what is causing students to miss school. She will continue to work with them to reduce barriers students face with truancy. Annie is working with the new SHIP Coordinator Leah Schueler to reduce tobacco use in Renville County.
Media-Public Awareness: Chuck had Annie apply for a media grant & RAPAD was chosen for additional radio ads. Annie asked coalition members to volunteer if they would like to help with reading the ads. Annie is creating parent packets similar to the WTC (Working Together Coalition) to help parents with talking points about alcohol and drugs with their children. Kris would like to include a parent survey in the packet for parents. Susan asked if there would be translations available for some of the material in the parent packets. Annie stated she received a good response through email for the parent survey for RCW. Annie stated that she would like RAPAD to have new brochures to continue to promote RAPAD. Virginia stated that one of the managers of B & D Market in Olivia said he would like to have some RAPAD brochures for display and to put in customer’s grocery bags.
Trainings and Workshops: CADCA Mid-year conference July 20th -24th Kelly Allen will not be able to attend. Annie will attend. She reminded coalition members costs would be paid for by RAPAD for all trainings. SAPSTS June 16-19 was held in Mankato. Annie handed out a flyer sponsored by Safe Avenues “The Impact of Pornography” will be held July 17th in Willmar. Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters workshop will be held August 19th at Willmar Minnwest Campus. SOTT (Shutting of The Tap) Conference will be in Coon Rapids on August 21st. Program Sharing (Alcohol/Tobacco prevention) will be held October 23rd in St. Cloud.
June Activities and Accomplishments: Susan Williams and Annie are working on the website updates. Rock in Prevention letters have been sent to Kiwanis & Lions Club. Hector Social Host Ordinace passed. Public Health Tobacco Compliance Checks, 19 passed, only 2 failed. Annie, Kris Smith and Jennifer Rodriguez attended the Pact For Families 5/25 Committee meeting. B & D Market is iinterested in distributing RAPAD brochures. Deputy Swyter will attend the Responsible Beverage Server training in Danube June 23rd.
Next Meeting: July 11th (Friday) Max’s Grill, Olivia, MN
Virginia Sullivan/RAPAD Coalition Secretary