RAPAD Coalition Meeting Minutes
Friday October 29th, 2015
Max’s Grill, Olivia 12:00 P.M.
Present: Annie Tepfer/RAPAD Co Ordinator, Susan Williams/Volunteer, Virginia Sullivan/Volunteer/Coalition Secretary, Jennifer Mendoza/Guia Program, Pablo Obregon/Guia Program, Lamont Jacobson/Renville County Commissioner, Dave Torgelson/Renville County Attorney, Dave Drager/Pastor, Hecktor, MN, Chuck Blum/KOLV Radio, Sarah Reznechek/RCW Social Worker, Don Orth/Volunteer
Business: Match forms were passed out to coalition members. Susan Williams called the meeting to order and asked for a motion to approve the September meeting minutes. Virginia made a motion, Lamont seconded. Annie talked with coalition members about the Program Sharing Conference in St. Cloud. The Award was Prepared & Aware. Susan shared that the speaker was interesting and informative. 3 TADA students from RCW attended to accept the Prevention Award for RAPAD along with Susan Williams, Annie Tepfer, Lamont Jacobson, Janine Kramer, Olga Angeles, Sarah Reznechek, Rick Loseth, Alex Loesch. Congratulations RAPAD coalition members! Annie informed the coalition that now that the grant is underway, she, Kari and Susan will attend the New DFC training in Washington December 6-8th. Annie shared a video of a teen that died from synthetic drug use. The news story highlighted the fact that 2 other teens have died from the same substance. Coalition members are aware of these substances and how youth obtain them. Coalition members elected Steering Committee members. Lamont made a motion to vote and Dave seconded the motion. Pastor Dave stated he would like to be involved but may be called away unexpectedly. So Lamont made a motion that Pastor Dave will participate when he is available and Sarah seconded the motion. Steering Committee members will be Susan, Virginia, Jennifer and Pastor Dave as an alternate. Steering committee members will meet after the coalition meeting to choose Chair, Vice chair and Secretary. By laws were reviewed by the coalition and changes made to the following sections: Section 6: youth of the coalition in each respective school was changed to “youth in the coalition from their respective school district” because not all of the schools have youth groups. Article VI: Section 1: The Renville County Chemical Health Coalition shall meet at least monthly was changed to: “The Renville County Chemical Health Coalition will attempt to meet monthly” as suggested by Chuck Blum so that the By laws are not violated due to a missed meeting due to weather. Section 3: Jennifer suggested putting the full name of Pact For Families. Coalition members will vote on approval of the Bylaws at the next meeting. The Strategic Plan and Review was handed out to all coalition members. Annie asked them to take it home and look it over for discussion next month to review strategies and make recommendations or changes.
Radio Ads: Chuck Blum informed coalition members of radio ad packages available for the holidays. After discussion of when and how the ads would run and possible changes that could be made; like adding a Thank you to the public for helping youth to be prepared and aware and mention the prevention award won by RAPAD. Annie requested the 24, 30 second ad package for $325.00.
Other: Virginia shared an article in the Star Tribune about Minneapolis police officers who are educating college students about “ABV” alcohol by volume; which means that 2 drinks may actually be equivalent to 4 due to serving size or alcohol content. Also shared was a hearing aid ad that stated “If Grandpa says what one more time I am going to take away his beer” Which was odd because most people would expect it to say “I am going to get him a hearing aid” This ad indirectly brought attention to alcohol abuse.
SHIP Grant: Annie and Hannah have been working with local apartment owners and managers for smoke free housing. Hannah can provide them with resources to use to help make this possible.
Youth Groups: Cedar Mountain: Paula Sturm is working with the youth group on Red Ribbon week. Resources to help with this were funded by RAPAD. RCW: Sarah Reznechek gave an update on youth activities for Red Ribbon week. The youth had a dress up day and were enthusiastic about informing grades K-6 about TADA. TADA youth are putting messages about “respect yourself be drug free” on lockers. They will travel with Canby schools to Excel Energy’s “We Day” event, which will be televised. The youth will also participate November 7th in “Food for Kids” held at the Sacred Heart Community Center. Don Orth expressed his gratitude for RCW allowing a fundraiser during the Volleyball game for the Gustafson family. YME: There is a youth group getting started. GUIA: Jennifer reported that there are several families active in the program. The youth are having successes as well as setbacks with jobs and housing. They continue to work with the youth on relationship building. Pablo is working on more involvement from the BOLD Latino liason Laura.
Faith Based: Pastor Dave is continuing to work with BLHS to get involved in the coalition. He gave them an open invitation to attend. He stated that the dean of students is interested in being more involved. Pastor Dave will continue outreach with them.
Upcoming Trainings: Training Youth in a Global Community and World will be held November 17th in Willmar. The Brain Conference will be held November 19th at Willmar High school from 3pm to 8pm.
Next Meeting: Friday, November 20th, 12 noon, Max’s Grill in Olivia
Respectfully submitted: Virginia Sullivan/Coalition Secretary