We had a really great meeting on November 13th with a good many completed action items and several exciting new action items to be worked before our next meeting of December 11th. (see Events notice for next meeting details).
Highlights and Accomplishments:
We had an extremely productive and positive meeting on Thursday evening at the Franklin Community Center – Thank you all who attended!
Follow-Up Actions Since Last Meeting:
RAIS Business Cards: We distributed “business cards” for people to hand out when introducing RAISaratoga. The cards were donated by Karla Kelly – Thank you Karla!
RAIS Wristbands: We also distributed RAISaratoga.org wristbands that were donated by Julie Ann Brennan – Thank you Julie Ann!
RAIS Logo: Jacob Weakland created and posted a new RAIS logo on the website and Facebook page. It looks great! Thank you Jacob!
RAIS Group Photo: A photo taken at our last meeting has been added to our website and Facebook page. Thank you Ray!
RAIS Participation at ASAP Conference: RAIS members were special guests at the New York State Alcohol and Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP) Annual Conference in Saratoga showing of “The Anonymous People”, hosted by Friends of Recovery- New York.
RAIS Presentation to Malta Business Professional Association: Ray Patterson presented the trailer of the movie, The Anonymous People and discussed Recovery and RAISaratoga.org at the November 12th breakfast meeting of the MaltaBPA held at Curtis Lumber in Ballston Spa. There is interest in further presentations perhaps to joint meetings of local Business Professional Associations, including showing of The Anonymous People or other Recovery related videos.
We are developing more ways to get our word out and inviting others to join us as we RAIS our Voices for Recovery!
Special Press Guests: Meg Hagerty, Features Writer for The Post Star and Megan- photographer attended our meeting and let us know that they have just been notified that The Post Star has received The President’s Award from Lee Enterprises for their series on the heroin epidemic! Congratulations Meg and The Post Star! And, thank you for “spreading the word” about the epidemic, recovery and RAIS.
We also established five committees to further expand our ranks and opportunities for volunteer participation and engagement. The committees are: (I may have missed some names so please reach out to the chairs of the committees directly to become involved. I will also be identifying these committees within our website and membership so the committee leaders can use the site for emailing committees if you like.)
Family and Community Education: Julianne Thomas – chair, Maggie Kenworthy, Marc Hartman, Brian Farr
Events: Jacob Weakland – chair, Sue Malesky, Joseph Bryant, Wendy Knowlton-Cook, Judy Moffett
Policy: Janine Stuchin – chair, Kurt Flubacher, Jacob Weakland, Kurt Flubacher, Bob Lindsey
Fundraising: Julie Brennan – chair, Kurt Flubacher, Bob Lindsey
Training: Bob Lindsey, Ray Patterson
The expectation is that the committees will meet (in-person or via teleconference) prior to our December 11th meeting (7-8:45pm in the Susman room of the Saratoga Public Library), and will share their ideas and action plans during our December meeting.
Remember that Julianne offered Hedgerow House for daytime committee meeting space (between the hours of 9am-3pm). Contact Julianne directly for scheduling.
Other notable discussion included:
Connecting with the Drug Courts in the towns and counties to see how we might offer support and partner with them.
Exploring connections with the jails to provide connections for people about to be released and help get them and their family to get connected with resources to assist in their successful recovery.
Identifying other Recovery initiatives and resources in the region so that we can connect with them and collaborate on initiatives/activities.
Mark your calendars to be with us at our NEXT MEETING – December 11th 7-8:45pm in the Susman Room (downstairs) at the Saratoga Public Library.