BSAN Minutes: August 2017

BSAN Meeting Minutes, August 25th, 2017

48 people were present at the Collett Street Recreation Center in Morganton, NC on Friday, August 25th, 2017 for this 7:30am breakfast meeting.

BSAN member Sherriff Whisenant offered the invocation.

Joseph Marks, Executive Director at Burke Recovery, welcomed the group with an important update regarding the upcoming Rally for Recovery and announced the goal of today’s meeting, organizing a BSAN Steering Committee.  Afterwards, Mr. Marks requested updates from the group.

2nd Annual Burke Rally for Recovery: September is National Recovery Month!

The 2nd Annual Burke Rally for Recovery will be held on Saturday, September 16th at 10:00am. Come join us as we celebrate and spread the message that people DO ACHIEVE SUSTAINED RECOVERY from mental health concerns, alcohol, drugs, and other life challenges. Speakers! Live music! Free food! Wall of Recovery! Games for kids and more! This is a FREE EVENT!

For sponsorship information, contact Joe Marks at or (828) 433-1221.  Make all checks payable to Burke Recovery.  Burke Recovery is a 501(c)(3) organization.  A receipt of your tax deductible sponsorship will be produced.

Joe Marks announced the need for raffle items (gift cards & certificates) to be donated for the rally.


Catawba County Shares the Date for Upcoming Recovery Event

Renee Moriarty of the Cognitive Connection Corp. of Catawba County shared with us the upcoming recovery rally for Hickory! It will be held at the Hickory Soup Kitchen in Downtown Hickory from 1pm-3pm on September 30th 2017. Continue the celebration of recovery in September!


Youth Coalition and Young Adults

Sarah Gregory and Bryan Austin, Prevention Specialists from Burke Recovery updated the group regarding the Burke Youth Health Coalition.  The youth recently followed-up on their recent park assessment(s) project, and met with chief of police, Chief Jack Moss of Valdese. The youth spent the afternoon sharing and proposing their plan to improve various issues within our parks. The youth are excited to accept the offer of presenting their plan to the Town Council in October. Also, a reminder that the upcoming Vocal Lens project is coming soon and the youth are very excited.  Several stakeholders in the community are on board and Burke Medical Society is very involved as well.  The Vocal Lens Project is an opportunity for the youth to take photos of the community and share them with the community.  Sarah also informed the members about the latest Focus Group session that was held with young adults.  The main topic was prescription drug use in our community.

Health Department Events of September

Lisa Moore of the Burke County Health Department reminded and shared with us upcoming events: Family Day! Will be held at Catawba Meadows on September 25th from 4pm to 7pm. The rain date is will take place the following Monday. Sponsors are needed and welcome!

The community Substance Abuse Forum is coming up on the 28th of September at 7:30am until 12pm. You will need to register for the event via Survey Monkey or by calling Lisa Moore. Come and let your voice be heard!


Morganton Public Safety: Naloxone and Medication Drop Box

Captain Jason Whisnant from Morganton Public Safety updated the group on the new Medication Drop Box located onsite at Morganton Public Safety.  The box should be operational within the next couple of weeks and will be located outside near the main parking lot.  Captain Whisnant also reported on the possibility of all officers carrying Naloxone in the near future.



Joe Marks began the meeting giving a detailed outline of BSAN: how the coalition formed, why, and our mission and hope for the future. Mr. Marks spoke about doctors and law enforcement becoming aware of the substance use issues in Burke county, funding, Grant dollars, United Way, the RxEAP Task Force, parents, Rally for Recovery, and the Youth Coalition.  This led into a working meeting—the first meeting to usher in BSAN’s first Steering Committee. We broke into sectors that represent the various foundational branches of our community (i.e. recovery allies; mental health; prevention; schools, etc.).

September BSAN Meeting

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on September 6th, 2017 at 9:00am at the Burke County Health Department

September BSAN Meeting

Next month’s BSAN meeting will be held at 7:30am on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at the Collett Street Recreation Center in Morganton.

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