Board Minutes: November 20, 2019: 11:30-12:45pm

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Meeting

November 20, 2019, 11:30 – 12:45PM

Present: Board members Michael O’Neill, Kay Gunter, Tiffany Ames, Olivia Aumiller, Tim Krueger, and Sharon Weinhold, Coordinator. Guest was Julie Worrall, ESD 112.

Excused: Louise Brown, Pastor Megan Filer, Zaheen Khan, Ray VanTongeren

Unexcused: none

Quorum: Yes

Welcome and Introductions: Michael welcomed everyone and thanked them for their attendance and participation. Introductions were made around the room.

Additions to the Agenda: None

October 16, 2019 Minutes: The Board meeting minutes were sent to Board members for their review prior to the Board meeting. The seven actions listed in the minutes were completed.

Motion to approve the October 16, 2019 Network Board meeting minutes as presented: Kay; second: Tiffany. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

Grant Status Report:

Current Grants Status:

-Financial Literacy Training ($10,000). This funding for Financial Literacy Training is available for one year through June 30, 2020, and will be used to train at-risk youth and families who live in poverty or have very low incomes, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, or are financially vulnerable. Amount expended through October 31, 2019, $2,887; amount reimbursed, $2,269.

-Behavioral Health Grant Help for At-Risk Youth with Behavioral Issues in Child Care ($22,900). This funding for Behavioral Health training is available for two years through June 30, 2021. The funding will be used to help children with behavioral challenges in child care by providing training for childcare providers and family members who work with and/or have children with behavioral challenges. Amount expended through October 31, 2019, $3,973; amount reimbursed, $3,107.

-Draw the Line ($750). This funding will be used to host a Town Hall Meeting to Prevent Underage Drinking on November 27, 2019. Details will follow below.

Approval of Expenditures:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $3,018.22 was presented to the Network Board for review and approval. The bills presented were:

Invoice #591-2019       Cowlitz County Purchasing Svc, Phone, September 2019           $     18.22

Invoice #2019 12T       Cowlitz County Treasurer, October payroll/processing $3,000.00

Payroll for the period October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 was $2,507.56, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $54.66. As of October 31, 2019, the balance in the checking account used for payroll and payroll processing was $6,632. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.

Motion to approve the voucher as presented: Tiffany; second: Olivia. The vote was unanimous and the motion carried.

The WA State Auditor’s Office began their Assessment Audit of the Network’s 2018 annual report. The estimated cost is $300. 

Financial Literacy Training:

-Grant Details. The Financial Literacy Grant funding is for training at-risk youth and families who are financially vulnerable. The training topics are geared to the audience and may include Bank on It, Setting Financial Goals, Borrowing Basics, Saving for Cars/College/Housing and more depending on the audience.

-The Network presented two sessions of Financial Literacy training, one at 11:15am and the other at 4:30pm, to Columbia Wellness clients on November 6. There were eleven participants. Feedback from both sessions was excellent and there were requests for additional information and support. Future trainings are scheduled for February 26 and April 22, at 11:15am and 4:30pm on each of those days.

-The Network, in partnership with Fibre Federal Credit Union, began a Money Smart training series at the Phoenix House on November 19. Those who complete the series will receive a Second Chance to establish a positive relationship with a financial institution and open a checking and savings account. Six people attended the first session.

-The Network is scheduled to present Financial Literacy training to the Holland Reunion Group at Lifeworks on December 19, 4:30 – 5:30pm. The training is for parents of persons who are developmentally challenged. Budgeting will be the focus.

-The Network participated in the CAP Resource Fair on November 7 and shared Money Smart tips and ways to work with children with behavior challenges.

-Other opportunities being explored include training at Loowit HS, Discovery HS, Quest, Elementary Schools, and the Juvenile Facility.

ACTION: Continue to explore opportunities for Financial Literacy training. (Sharon)

Behavioral Health Grant:

-Grant Details. The Behavioral Health Grant funding provides technical assistance and training for child care providers who serve children with behavioral issues, and offers training and resources for family members who have children with behavioral challenges.

-The Network presented Conscious Discipline training to the Foster Parent support group on October 21. Nine parents participated.

– Conscious Discipline training was presented to families at New Song Worship Center on Sunday, November 17. Twenty five people participated in the training. Part two of the training is scheduled for December 1. Participants at the first session were actively engaged and are looking forward to the next session.

-The Network is scheduled to present NEAR training to the Lower Columbia School Garden’s staff and volunteers on November 21.

-The Network is scheduled to present Conscious Discipline training to the Holland Reunion Group at Lifeworks on December 19, 5:30 – 6:30pm.

-The third meeting of the book club to discuss Becky Bailey’s book Managing Emotional Mayhem, was held on November 19. The fifteen participants were primarily childcare providers from childcare centers and the school districts.

Conversation continues to be robust as people share how they have used what they learned from their reading and follow on conversations.

-Olivia reported on the Parent’s Group for parents with children with severe behavior challenges. The group has met 3 times and will meet for the 4th time this evening. Three to four parents are participating. The group has been kept intentionally small to learn what parents need and the best way to help them. There have been several self-referrals from parents to join the second group and members from the first group can continue to participate. Julie expressed interest in receiving and sharing information about the group with her contacts.

ACTION: Email Parent Group flyer to Julie. (Sharon)

ACTION: Continue to explore opportunities for Conscious Discipline/NEAR training. (Sharon)

Community Charter Meeting: Community Charter committees are scheduled to meet on November 21 to discuss the two focus areas identified at the October 3 Community Charter meeting. The focus areas are:

1-Expand training for childcare providers, teachers, parents and anyone who makes contact with children or adults who have experienced trauma. Require childcare providers and school teachers to take a set amount of social emotional training classes so they can work better with children with behavior challenges.

2-Seek funding for affordable, quality childcare in Cowlitz County. Money is needed for new facilities to increase capacity and to support those with special needs, for specialized training for childcare providers and school teachers who work with children with behavior challenges, and for guidance from others already doing this kind of child care.

Sixteen people signed up and others expressed interest in joining. The goal for this meeting is to brainstorm realistic goals and activities for these areas to be completed in 2020.

ACTION: Check Cowlitz County Administration Building meeting room availability for a follow on committee meeting in early December. (Sharon)

Health Forum: Five Health Forums will be hosted within Cowlitz County during December and a county-wide forum will be held in January 2020. The Network will be invited to participate if/when ACEs or Conscious Discipline is addressed.

Draw the Line Between Youth and Alcohol: An Assembly/Town Hall meeting is scheduled for November 27, 11am at Monticello Middle School. The highlight will be the announcement of the winners of the “Through My Eyes” Healthy Living Essay Contest. The essay topic is: Why did you choose a healthy life style, staying alcohol and drug free? Twenty-six students from grades 6-8 have submitted essays. The students who have written the winning essays will be recognized and read their essays at the assembly/town hall meeting and receive a monetary award of $75, $50 and $25 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Parents of the Monticello Middle School students will be invited along with a reporter from The Daily News.

Review/Feedback on Events:

-Town Hall Meeting, Youth & Family Link, November 7. Great event!

– Parent Support Group, Youth and Family Link, Started 10/30/2019 for 10 weeks. This initial 10-week session is a trial run; parents will be asked for their input on their needs and the best way to meet them.

Upcoming Events:

-FYSPR meetings, third Tuesday of every month, 4:30–6pm, Youth and Family Link.

-Book Club meetings, 3rd Tuesday of every month through January, Head Start.

-Life Works is exploring inviting a “sensory friendly” Santa Claus so children with these challenges can experience a visit with Santa Claus.  

ACTION SUMMARY:

ACTION: Continue to explore opportunities for Financial Literacy training. (Sharon)

ACTION: Email Parent Group flyer to Julie. (Sharon)

ACTION: Continue to explore opportunities for Conscious Discipline/NEAR training. (Sharon)

ACTION: Check Cowlitz County Administration Building meeting room availability for a follow on committee meeting in early December. (Sharon)

Next Meeting: December 18, 2019

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