After snow forced the cancellation of last week’s meeting, we had a good turnout for today; 17 members plus our speaker. President Bill welcomed back Bill Fifield who we are glad to see back with us after his bout with pneumonia. Pres. Bill gave a quick report on the Opioid Awareness committee which was meeting this afternoon and then he also gave a quick report on the progress of our “Project of the Century”.
Walt reported that one of our scholarship winners wants to do a fundraiser for our club and he will invite her to be a speaker at a meeting. PA Kiwanis Midwinter One Day will take place at the Penn Stater on Saturday March 17. Let Pres. Bill know if you are interested in attending. We collected $21.50 for ProJeCt Food Bank. Skip introduced our speaker for today, Phillip Chaney who is the program director for Change on 3rd Street, a Recovery Center. Phil is in his 18th year of recovery himself and has been involved with the Opioid Awareness Campaign being spearheaded but Easton & Palmer Kiwanis along with the Boys & Girls Club and the Easton Police Department. The Northampton County Agency has 2 outreach workers who help to guide people to an agency that can help them. As Phil said, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink, meaning that an addict has to be ready and want to recover from their addiction. He goes out into the community to make people aware that help is available, no matter what their circumstances are. Change on 3rd Street works with other agencies such as mental health to help break the vicious cycle of addiction. Follow up is important and Change on 3rd Street will even help their clients with job searches. Many questions from our members were addressed including the legalization of marijuana, the responsibility of doctors, and how pharmacies can check to see if people are “double dipping” or “doctor shopping” with prescriptions. Phil invited any of us to drop in and see for ourselves the many programs they have available there to give the clients the support that they need to break their addictions. Click here for Change on 3rd Street’s web site, or click here for their Facebook Page.
Remember next week’s meeting is at 8AM at the Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St.