RAPAD Coalition Meeting
May 23rd, 2014
Max’s Grill, Olivia/12 noon
Vision: Renville County Youth living substance free.
Mission: Engage Renville County members in reducing substance use through awareness, policy, enforcement, education and training.
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Coalition Coordinator, Susan Williams, Sarah Reznechek/RCW Social Worker, Chuck Blum/KOLV Radio, Virginia Sullivan/parent, Dave Torgelson/Renville County Attorney, Sgt. Brad Rekstad,MN National Guard Drug Task Force
*Old Business: Match forms were handed out to coalition members. Annie talked about the Spring Forum held at RCW to help educate parents and students about the facts of marijuana use. Debbie Gerrety & Joyce Nyhus attended. Tobacco Compliance checks were done under the MDA Services grant without fines. Students were asked to assist with the compliance checks in the Renville County area. 26 checks were done with 7 fails. Annie stated $40 of each check goes to back to RAPAD & is helping to educate vendors. Annie stated she hopes to coordinate a Tobacco Server Training soon to help vendors. Sarah Reznechek reported on the Town Hall Meeting. Kris Smith reported on the findings of the SHARE survey and a discussion with parents and students with Wendell Veruink, Dave Torgelson & Renville police Ben Demhlow, & Sheriff Hable followed. Sarah would like to see a larger turnout of parents and students. Responsible Beverage Server Training: 16 people attended. Annie is planning a date and time for the next training. Training: Annie attended a training for “What Works in Prevention with Dr. Ken Winters. He presented on drug trends. Annie said it was valuable information to add to the RAPAD agenda.
*New Business: Chuck Blum reported he has ads going for graduation targeting parents so they remember about hosting parties and the responsibility of that. Chuck asked Annie to run a Social Host Ad for June 1st & June 2nd with the “Bad Mom Meg” ad. Annie stated this was a good idea. Media Awareness: Susan Williams will contact area businesses to continue education and awareness of RAPAD and activities as well as continued update of the RAPAD website. Virginia Sullivan asked Annie if she could recontact new owners of B & D Market in Olivia, MN because the previous owner was willing to include RAPAD pamphlets or flyers in each customer’s grocery bag. Virginia also mentioned that she had trouble getting her pass for the Renville County Fair because the people in the booth did not know what “RAPID” was. They finally found the pass so that Virginia and her son could man the booth. Also Virginia stated that at last years fair, the sunglasses were a hit with the youth, and she made a point to include the flyers & pamphlets inside the free totes made available to patrons because otherwise they did not take them & that having free totes was a good way to get out pamphlets and other education about drugs, alcohol & tobacco as well as the Social Host Ordinance. The committee discussed recruiting Pablo again to help translate any new materials in Spanish for the Hispanic population.
*Work Groups: This was tabled since there was a small group, Annie decided that everyone could begin looking at the RAPAD strategies. Committee members worked on media & community awareness and education; translating educational materials; and trainings, outreach to youth and parents. CADCA Conference in July 20th-24th Annie is attending, coalition members were invited to attend. Youth groups; some youth groups will continue with sticker shock and other activities until school is out for summer.
*Next Meeting: Friday May 20th, Max’s Grill, Olivia 12:00 Noon
Respectfully Submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary