BSAN Meeting Minutes, January 2016
Forty eight people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, January 29, 2016 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.
Joe Marks, Community Relations Director for Burke Recovery, welcomed the group. Chuck Moseley, Board President of Burke Recovery, offered the invocation.
BSAN Members offered community updates:
Connect NC $2 Million Bond Referendum
Johnnie Carswell from the Burke County Board of Commissioners announced the appearance of the Connect NC bond on the March 2016 ballot. He is encouraging people to vote for this $2 million bond referendum, as NC has seen its population grow by 2 million people since 2000, and there is a need to expand and repair existing infrastructure to ensure we can meet the demands of our growing population, continue the development of new jobs, and grow our economy. This bond could create new jobs for Burke County, add funding support to the region for eco-tourism, and potentially create an NC School of Science and Mathematics on eighteen the Broughton or NCSD campus. State leaders have indicated that there will be no new taxes created by the passage of this bond and neither will the passage of the bond jeopardize the state’s strong credit rating since interest rates are presently at historically low levels. More information can be found at www.connect.nc.gov.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
John Whalley from Burke Integrated Health reported that Big Brothers Big Sisters has a need for adult mentors. There are 4 young ladies and 15 young men on a waiting list for mentors. People are asked to please consider becoming a “Big”, or to pass the info along to anyone who might be interested. Contact Nancy Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Moore from Burke County Health Department and Burke Recovery announced that Burke Recovery will hold its 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 30 at the Morganton Elks Lodge. BSAN members are invited to attend and also to consider sponsorship. Watch for a Save the Date notice.
Peer Support Specialists
Tim Lentz, Clinical Director at CVBH and with Burke Integrated Health discussed Partners Behavioral Health’s upcoming peer support specialist training in March. He announced that there are scholarships available for this who are planning to work with in the Partners Network after certification for at least one year. People should contact Partners at 1-888-235-4673 with questions about applying or find information here: www.partnersbhm.org.
Point in Time Count
Doug Jarrell reported that the Point In Time Count of homeless people in Burke County on January 28. The count is a national effort that happens annually in Burke County to find out how many people are needing services from homeless or transitional housing agencies. The effort also makes the community aware of the homeless issues that are going on and what they can do to better help people come out of homelessness. This year’s event had a great deal of community support.
Drug-Free Community Program Grant Application Process
Joe Marks updated guests on the ongoing prevention efforts by coalition members. Through a few grants in the past two years, BSAN has gone from a networking to an action-oriented coalition. This year, Burke Recovery, with the help of several community supporters, including members from the medical sector, has secured a grant writer for the federal Drug Free Community (DFC) Program grant, which would provide more than $100k per year for 5 years, with the option of receiving another 5 years, mainly to staff and coordinate environmental change through evidence-based strategies geared towards reducing substance use among youth in Burke County.
Joe introduced this session’s process, which would include breaking into community sector groups, discussing and approving BSAN coalition by-laws, and assigning one person per sector to sign an Agreement per requirements by the DFC Program grant application. Anyone in the community willing to assist with the DFC grant application process should contact Joe at email@example.com.
Grub Grab Fundraiser
Rhonda Cook displayed the Grub Grab Fundraiser board, which raises money for BSAN’s youth prevention efforts through Burke Recovery. Coalition members purchased local restaurant gift cards and raised approximately $300 at this meeting. The Grub Grab Fundraiser board will be available to bring to local businesses for customers’ or employee participation. Contact Rhonda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The February BSAN meeting will held on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:30am at the Morganton Community House.