WEEKLY MEETING February 6, 2019

Another nice turnout today. Walt reminds us the annual 2-$1500 C.I.T. Scholarships will be awarded on Wed. May 1stat a luncheon at CIT.  Put Saturday May 4th8am-10am on your calendar for another delicious FlapJack Fundraiser at the Applebees on Nazareth-Easton Highway. Some of our sponsored youth from K-Kids and Builders Club are expected to join us as “servers.” Always a fun event while raising money. A reminder that on Feb. 20thwe will be on a Road Trip to THE EASTON HOME, 1022 Northampton St. Lunch will be $10 and since THE HOME is providing the lunch, funds will go to a charity. While there is parking on the street, it is limited, but in the alley behind THE HOME THERE is parking behind there and you will enter via the rear doors. Today, although still on her honeymoon, Janet arranged for Pamela Wallace, Program Coordinator at PROJECT CHILD to be our speaker. Project Child is a program of the VALLEY YOUTH HOUSE. Project Child exists to prevent child abuse and neglect in the Lehigh Valley. Child Abuse is a disease that in 2017 affected over 2400 children in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Every child death to age 18 is investigated by authorities. They are trying to prevent abuse BEFORE it can start. Their services are designed for parents, professionals, and paraprofessionals in the community. They do this via: Parenting Education and Support with Ongoing parenting classes that meet weekly; One drop-in parenting support group; Resources and Information provided to parents of the Lehigh Valley; Referrals and Public Awareness; A variety of handouts for the community including Child Abuse Primers. The first “known” case of child abuse dates to the late 1870’s when a child in New York City went to the SPCA to report her abuse to them. It made sense since she knew the SPCA was concerned about animal abuse. From this an investigation was begun on her abuse. Northampton & Lehigh counties budget some $10Million/year for their agencies. There are some leading causes of child abuse: we are a violent society; mental illness; poverty; affects all economic levels; substance abuse of various drugs; learned from parents; weak extended families. The Easton Suburban Kiwanis under the direction of long-time club president Kevin Dolan has provided funding via the TORTOISE & HARE RACEfor many years for this organization. Kevin himself is Administrator of Northampton County Children, Youth and Families Division. Learn more at their web page www.projectchildlv.org.

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