WEEKLY MEETING-Beth Miller, Northampton County Drug & Alcohol Division

We had a GREAT turnout for our meeting this week; 22 members plus our speaker. Pres. Bill attached a new podium sign with our club’s centennial logo and the new Kiwanis “buzz words”: KIDS NEED KIWANIS.  He let us know of an invitation from Pocono Daybreak Club on Oct. 3 to attend their evening event.  District Governor Phil Weber will be there for their installation of officers.  Bill reminded us of what is necessary for us to be a “distinguished club” as we have been many times in the past as evidenced by the many banner patches displayed.  He read a column from Stan Soderstrom, Kiwanis Executive Director, pointing out the importance of being a distinguished club and how that has impacted the entire organization in growing clubs world-wide.  So, think about who you could invite to become a member of our “awesome” service organization and continue to help the children of the world. Dues are now due!  Please send in your dues now to Treasurer Gary. Bill announced that beginning this month, September, we will no longer be meeting in the morning on the last Wednesday of the month, but will have a regular lunch time meeting with either a board meeting or maybe a hands on project.  All members are always welcome!  Reminder that the rose sale is continuing, and orders and money must be in by that last meeting in September, the 26th. Walt reported that we may have a new advisor for the Builders Club.  Neil will be collecting for his “walk for diabetes”; and announced that his wife has filled out her application for membership!  Skip reminded us that next week’s meeting will be at Bushkill Park, rain or shine, (flooding may be the exception though) for pizza and a tour.  I’m sure many of us have fond memories of the park and it will be nice to re-visit the past as well as learn about the future of Bushkill Park.  Future noon meetings include the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Sal Panto, PA State Police, Jeff Finnegan, our installation of officers October 24th,  and on Nov. 14 the Easton Home.  He then introduced Beth Miller, administrator of the Drug and Alcohol Division and the Treatment Coordinator for the Drug Court.  She has 4 case management officers in her office and they make assessments of those requesting treatment.  With four recovery centers in Northampton County it is a model county.  They are even open on holidays to give those in recovery a non-alcohol and drug free alternative to the usual holiday gatherings. Thanks to the Easton Opioid Awareness Task Force they now have an easy to remember phone number; 610-829-HELP. When someone calls that number they are referred to the proper agency to get them help and it is answered with a live person always .  Rehab can take as long as 28-90 days and then another 90 days at a half-way house and if necessary the county will pay the costs. They are referred to a CRS-Certified Recovery Specialist who will assist them in receiving any benefits they are entitled to as well as recommending alternative housing etc. They have partnered with Lafayette and Lehigh athletes where they are available at games for information.  They have also partnered with police departments, hospitals, several providers, the Center for Humanistic Change and others who are trained to help those wanting it.  It is proven that the Drug Court is saving money for the county with their programs.  They now have 15 graduates of the program.

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