Forty people were present at the Morganton Community House on Friday, April 29, 2016 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.
Derrick Reynolds, Board Member at Flynn Recovery Community, offered the invocation.
Joseph Marks, Community Relations Director at Burke Recovery, welcomed the group and presented a few updates as central to our coalition’s mission:
- The News Herald has been covering a local case of a parent being charged for contributing to underage drinking this Spring in Burke County.
- A Flynn Recovery Community program graduate has written an account of what recovery means to him, which Joe is sharing in his local presentations.
- Pastor George Logan, one of today’s speaker, is among other leaders in our faith community who are working to connect people together, which is one of the biggest missions of BSAN, and our community would benefit by having the participation of these local church leaders.
Joe went around the room and asked for BSAN member updates:
Burke Recovery 50th Anniversary Gala – Rita Gallagher, Board Member at Burke Recovery, addressed the disciplined and passionate work of Burke Recovery staff, volunteer leadership, and coalition involvement, which helps make recovery possible in Burke County. For 50 years, Burke Recovery has made a difference. At a gala, set for this Saturday April 30, the agency will honor leadership and successes. There are four tickets available.
NC Medical Board and BSAN – Dr. Edward Plyler, chief medical officer for Carolinas Health Care Blue Ridge and BSAN RxEAP task force member, reported that the April Medical Board meeting, which was attended by Burke Recovery Staff and BSAN members, was one of the best meetings the NC Medical Board has had. He thanked the coalition for their partnership with the medical community.
Keys 2 Life – Rhonda Cook, BSAN’s Underage Drinking Initiative Coordinator, announced that Draughn High School will be host today to BCPS’s 2016 Keys 2 Life, a pre-prom DUI prevention program that details the effects of underage drinking and driving, complete with a staged crash and life flight scene. This project was made possible by several BSAN members, including Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Burke County Public Schools, NC Alcohol Law Enforcement, NC Highway Patrol, BSAN, Burke County EMS, Med Center Air, Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Valdese Fire Department, Valdese Police Department, Chick Fil-A, Jakes Towing, Wendy B’s Embroidery & Screen Printing. BSAN is helping to promote the live event by sharing tweets and hashtag posts with Draughn High School’s social media person. News Herald coverage HERE.
Parents Town Hall – Rhonda reminded the group that there’s a Parents Town Hall hosted at Summit Community Church and invited the group to attend on May 15, 5:30pm. She also encouraged anyone who has connections with parents of school aged children to share this information via social media. Links and flyer HERE.
Guest Speaker Sarah Dergins
Joe Introduced Sarah Dergins, Sarah Dergins, Prevention Specialist from Burke Recovery, to give a presentation on the various programs she is coordinating.
Lock Your Meds Media Campaign – Sarah announced that a billboard and advertising campaign will begin in May, encouraging people to keep prescription medications out of the hands of others by locking them securely. This message will reinforce the RxEAP Task Force’s project of getting lock boxes into the hands of those households most at risk for misuse and overdose.
Girls Empowerment Summit – Sarah reminded the group that the 2nd annual Girls Empowerment Summit is scheduled for May 7 at Patton High School. This event is planned by Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth (SABY), one of BSAN’s community partners. Sarah described the development of the Girls Empowerment Summit, which started with a steering committee of three passionate young women from Burke County. The three began working on this as a partner with Strategic Alliance for Burke Youth, who sponsored the first event, are sponsoring this second event, and are official hosts this year. In it’s first year, approximately 60 girls grades 7-12 attended in exchange for public school service hours. Sarah described the agenda for this years event. Event info and flyer HERE.
Life Skills Training Program – Sarah discussed other community partners involved with outreach to youth through BSAN and SABY partners, including the Grandparents Support Group and Burke County Public Schools, in developing a self-growth Life Skills Training Program to put new skills into place.
Group comments included those from Dr. John Whalley, who mentioned how important it is to follow up and follow through with those young people who do present at these events and meetings that they do need support; Sarah reinforced this concern with a call to the group for support if they are able to on any level.
Guest Speaker George Logan
Joe introduced Pastor George Logan from New Day Christian Church in Morganton.
Pastor Logan started his talk about Crossover Camp, a summer camp, which is going on its 11th year. During this two weeks, they have 80 kids who are made to feel special and highly appreciated. Camp Director is Tim Lewis, who has been a part of this each of the last 10 years.
Pastor Logan showed a video including footage of past Crossover Camps. Camp includes lots of physical activity, group participation, leadership and values training activities. Pastor Logan explained that they work to create inroads into the lives of these young people, creating relationships. These relationships are key to supporting young people as they grow up in the life challenges they face. Pastor Logan challenges to the rest of the faith community to reach into our community to make a difference. He included personal stories of those who have attended camp. He also led the group through some interactive activities as examples of some of the messages that are shared during camp.
George Logan announced the KBR grant to build a playground, Kaboom, in front of the church, and invited the BSAN community to visit. 320 people came out to do the build a few weeks ago, which was a great example of how the the community comes together to create something special.
May BSAN Meeting
Next month’s BSAN meeting will be held Friday, May 27, 2016. Speaker will be Rhonda Cook, who will discuss progress made during Burke County’s NCCI funding for our Underage Drinking Initiative.