Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition
General Membership Meeting Minutes
December 2, 2020
- Welcome: Nine members representing eight agencies attended.
- Billie Jo announced that the Coalition Board was awarded $1,803.50 from the Dr. Pratt and Pauline Irby Trust Fund. Janet Braun, daughter of the Irbys, had notified her of the award.
- The next Red Cross blood drive will be held on December 15 and 16 at Buck Run. Due to Covid, it is best for donors to make appointments because “walk-in donors” are not guaranteed to be accepted.
- There is a vacancy on the Coalition Board; interested Coalition members should contact Billie Jo.
- Billie Jo shared the following email announcement from Tammy Alcantar: The Crawford County Health Department is still taking referrals for the programs they offer in Bourbon County: WIC, Baby and Me Tobacco Free, Case Management Teen Wrap for moms aged 10-20 on Kan Care insurance, and Early Detection Works. Prenatal classes per Zoom will begin in January.
- Member Introductions and Announcements:
- Patty Simpson, Fort Scott Housing Authority, informed members that she does have a three bedroom unit available for a family and possibly a two bedroom unit soon. Patty can also assist people with the application process for the Kansas Eviction Protection Program.
- Cinda Reynolds, American Red Cross, noted that she had recently assisted a Fort Scott family who had lost everything in a home fire.
- Nancy Van Etten, American Red Cross, shared that Red Cross is performing virtual deployment to disasters due to Covid. She and Cinda are also involved in online training for new Red Cross procedures. Of special note, Nancy announced the “Aunt Bertha” webpage that allows users to access all resources available in their areas. Simply type “Aunt Bertha” into a search engine and follow the links.
- Sandra Haggard, RSVP, thanked members for helping with the RSVP poinsettia fundraiser; the group sold 200 flowers.
- Michelle Worsley, SEK CAP Head Start, noted that they have openings in both the 3-5 and Birth to 3 programs. Head Start is an income based program where parents are taught how to work with their children to ensure school readiness.
- Robin Griffin, Thrive, shared that she is in charge of the Opioid Coalition which includes Bourbon County. She mentioned that FDA approved sharps containers can be obtained at the Health Department. She also reminded members that CHC does offer MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment.
- Amanda Gilmore, Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse, introduced Ann Dare, a first time Coalition attendee. She shared that their group is looking for a building; they meet on Wednesdays at noon and Thursday evenings.
- Program (no programs until January, 2021, at the earliest):
- Open Forum: Following discussion concerning the low attendance numbers, the consensus of the group was to hold a Zoom meeting on January 6. Robin will be the Zoom host; notification of the meeting will be sent via email.
- Adjournment: Next General Membership meeting will be January 6, 2021, on Zoom.