Board Minutes: May 16, 2018

Cowlitz County Community Network

Board Member Update

May 16, 2018


Because the Community Charter Member meeting was held on May 15 and most Network Board members participated, it was decided to provide an update for Board members and not hold a formal Network Board meeting.


April 18, 2018 Meeting Minutes: All actions were completed or in process. Updates of those in process will be discussed at the June Board meeting.


Budget Update:

The Itemized Voucher amounting to $2,229.53 had been presented to the Network Board Vice Chair for review and approval. The bills presented were:


Invoice #173-2018                   Cowlitz County Purchasing, Feb Phone Bill      $    14.98

Invoice #2018 5T           Cowlitz County Treasurer                                      $2060.00

Invoice #6726                MPC Digital Solutions, May Email                  $    10.00

Invoice 2018 3                Training Fees/Supplies                                $  144.55


Payroll for the period April 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018 was $2,189.93, which includes the cost of the payroll and associated employer costs. Payroll processing charges were $53.29. As of April 30, 2018, the balance in the checking account used solely for payroll and payroll processing was $1,481.58. All other Network funds are held with the Cowlitz County Treasurer’s Office.


On May 15, the Network received a $900 donation from the Walmart Store on 7th Avenue in Longview to support the Behavioral Health Grant work. Thank you notes were sent to Walmart for the donation and the Safeway stores on 15th Avenue, Longview and in Kelso for the support they provided for our training for child care providers on April 19.


Financial Literacy Training:

The Network, along with Lower Columbia CAP, is presenting Money Smart for Young Adults, a 4-part training series, at Monticello Middle School in conjunction with their after school program. The training began May 1 and will end on May 22. After the third training session, nine students have completed all three sessions. Students completing all four sessions will receive a Certificate of Completion and $15 to open or add to a savings account at either Fibre Federal Union or Mint Valley Credit Union.

Behavioral Health Grant:

A second training on Conscious Discipline was hosted and presented by Head Start personnel on April 19. It was an outstanding training with 30 child care providers attending. Feedback on the training was excellent and attendees asked for more. The Network is working with the Head Start staff to offer a third training on Conscious Discipline that will be a deeper dive into several topics specifically requested by the attendees. The tentative date for that training is June 26.


Training participants also suggested training on Youth Mental Health First Aid training for providers who work with children with behavioral challenges. Adam Scattergood was proposed as a trainer. Adam was contacted and is open to giving the training after the school year ends. The training would be for a full day.


The Network will host an information table at the Children’s Discovery Museum on Sunday, May 20 in conjunction with an open house and festival for children and families. It is expected there will be a nice turnout and this will be an excellent opportunity to connect with families.


Louise gave a presentation on the Network’s work with child care providers at a Ministerial Association meeting on May 15. She discussed the strategy and goals, and asked for their input on how to engage families and whether they would be willing to host trainings. Louise said there was a lot of interest in including their Sunday School teachers and volunteers in the trainings. They also expressed willingness to host future trainings.


Community Charter Meeting:

The Community Charter meeting held on May 15 was well attended with 31 participants.


Lower Columbia CAP, Ilona Kerby and Melissa Taylor, gave an overview of their agency wide process to become more trauma informed. They shared the meaningful changes they made, what was the most rewarding to them and the challenges that arose and how they addressed them. In separate activities, participants identified areas where they saw toxic stress and trauma impacting service delivery in their organization and the specific things they’d like to focus on to become more trauma informed. Participants also discussed what progress will look like in the next year and the steps their organization is taking to achieve progress.


Additional details about the items addressed above will be provided in a separate document to be shared with Community Charter members and at the next Network Board meeting on June 20, 2018.

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