RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
Friday August 28th, 2015
Max’s Grill, Olivia 12:00 P.M.
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Co Ordinator, Susan Williams/Volunteer, Virginia Sullivan/Volunteer/Coalition Secretary, Hannah Abraham/SHIP Co Ordinator, Hope Torma/Regional Prevention CoOrdinator, Lamont Jacobson/Renville County Commissioner, Chuck Blum/KOLV/Big Country Radio, Rita Felton/Renville County Public Health, Sarah Reznechek/RCW Social Worker
Business: Coalition members introduced themselves & match forms were handed out. A motion was made by Susan Williams to approve the meeting minutes; Lamont Jacobson approved and Chuck Blum seconded the motion. Rita Felton from Renville County Public Health talked to coalition members about the recent Tobacco Compliance Check. She stated it has been difficult to get students 15 & 16 years old to do the complaince checks due to they not knowing if it will be held against them for sports (which it won’t) because they are attempting to purchase tobacco while underage and most youth know it’s illegal so they may have other concerns. Rita shared that the last few years the failure rate of these tobacco compliance checks has been 35% to 75% but due to Annie’s work with the coalition and helping with the checks, for the past 2 years the failure rate has only been 10 to 15% which is quite a significant change. Hannah Abraham talked about how the new Tobacco Ordinace will increase the fine for businesses to ($200-400 dollars) and lower it for employees ($100). Annie stated that it is the responsibility of the business to make sure their employees are properly trained in order to pass the compliance checks. Susan and Lamont asked Hannah about existing businesses like the new building for Cenex in Renville & how the ordinace is applied. Hannah stated they are “grandfathered in” if the business is an existing business closer than 1,000 feet to a school or sports field. With the new ordinace a single cigar is now increased to $2.10 and e-cigarettes in all forms are now part of the language. Hannah shared that the SHIP grant is near the end and they are continuing with projects like the smoke free housing and collaborated with Annie to help with the tobacco free parks. Leah & other Renville County employees had a booth at the fair to encourage healthy eating. Annie stated that the DFC reporting has changed to just the 4 core reporting because Federal funding allows coalition to work on their own community problem areas. Annie is also working with the Renville County Truancy communication plan to help youth that may either have mental health issues or an existing problem with substance abuse or their truancy could lead to it if they drop out of school. The committee is working on positive messaging in schools for students and parents. Annie asked coalition members for feedback on a Volunteer Appreciation picnic. It would be held during the next regular meeting for September. Annie would like to see the youth groups attend and meet the coalition members. Annie will contact other coalition members to find out if this is possible.
Media: Chuck Blum reported to the coalition that there are several ads that will run for the school year. Coalition members listened to 4 ads from which they chose 2 to run on KOLV. One ad had a youth going through his parents prescriptions & a tag line to encourage people to use the medication drop offs. The other ad was for a parent talking to their youth about marijuana and a possible conversation that they may have. Coalition members discussed ways to encourage medication drop off, Rita would like to see more information provided to the schools; Chuck suggested the funeral homes & drop boxes at football games & a plaque located in a visible area for people to see to remind them of the drop off sites. Virginia stated that the Thrifty White Pharmacy in Renville kept running out of the pamphlets with the drop box information and the library and the B & D Grocery store would welcome some pamphlets to be available for the public to utilize. Annie stated that more pamphlets would be made available. Susan Williams shared her experience volunteering at the Renville County Fair RAPAD Booth. She spoke to a young man from Marshall that makes his own e-cig liquid to add to the cartridge. There were many people interested in staying informed. Virginia stated that some parents thought their children were too young, but were encouraged to start the conversation early to help educate them. Annie stated that she & Pablo not sure what direction the Latino group wants to go. Pablo is currently working with the Guia program which helps underage Latino youth at risk for substance abuse.
Youth Groups: Sarah reported that the youth coming back to school are already asking when they can attend another leadership conference. The youth were very enthusiatic about the program at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center and the Respect Retreat; so she is planning to continue that this year. Lamont asked if she went from class to class to recruit youth to join the TADA group. Sarah stated that she no longer does that due to the youth knowing about the group. She stated that she is visiting with the elementary youth to invite them to consider joining. She also informed the coalition that the youth pick most of the activities and direction of the group. The TADA group will have another sticker shock activity this fall, getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving activities.
Upcoming Trainings: 41st Annual Program Sharing Conference will be held in St. Cloud October 22 to 23rd. Coalition members were informed that RAPAD can cover the cost of attendance and mileage. Hope informed coalition members that if they have someone they would like to nominate for their hard work to contact her. *Native Anerican Curriculum- Substance Abuse and Prevention Programs will be held in Granite Falls September 21-23rd. This is a 22 CEO course. $25 dollars covers all 3 days with room and meals. Hope stated there are 4 additional spots open for coalition members to attend.
Next meeting: Friday, September 25th, Max’s Grill, 12 noon
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary