November 2017 Meeting Minutes

Livonia Save Our Youth Coalition
General Meeting Minutes
November 1, 2017

In attendance: Jerry Kwas (Board President), Michaeline Raczka (St. Mary Mercy), Rachel Zuckerman, Billy Keppen (Special Events Coordinator from Livonia Parks & Rec), Lt. Rob Weimer (Michigan State Police), Marceille Arbuckle (Center for Urban Youth Family Development), Karla Truxell (SPN Survivors), Lin Hogan-Wilson (Unity of Livonia, Youth Director), Jules Cobb (Dawn Farm) Charmagne Lundberg (Abundant Hope Christian Counseling)

LSOY Staff:  Karen Bonanno, Shari Davidek

Special Guest

Rachel Zuckerman, 2013 Stevenson grad, 2017 Iowa State grad. She is trying to encourage LPS to update their health curriculum to include more current drug information. She would like to partner with us on this project. One suggestion was that Rachel should go to a schoolboard meeting to present her proposal. Another was to make sure she can offer resources and will assist the schools in this process.

Minutes Approval

  • Shari made one change. The line that says, “from the June 2017 meeting minutes.” Should read “September 2017.” Michaelene made the motion to approve the minutes from the October 2017 General Meeting. Jerry seconded the motion. The minutes were unanimously approved.

Coalition Update

  • Impaneling process – We are grant funded by Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. Impaneling is a credentialing process that we need to do to keep our grant. This is something we haven’t had to do before, but is required by the state. Karen is working hard to get all of the information together and fill out the forms. Our deadline is November 30th, 2017.
  • Quality – Procedures for events and activities – Karen, Shari and Juliana are collaborating to create a procedure manual for events and activities.
  • Meaningful contacts: Lt. Robert Weimer from the Michigan State Police: William Sabado from DWMHA, Chief of Staff.
  • November 13th is the quarterly Board of Directors meeting.
  • Dec the Rec @ Kirksey Rec Center. LSOY will set up a tree again. We want to win! Watch the Livonia Rec Facebook page to vote for us after all of the trees go up! December 4th is the set-up date.

Updates – Old Business

  • October 4 – Rx & Heroin Town Hall Meeting hosted by DWMHA. Karen and Shari attended, we set up a resource table and Karen was on stand-by to speak if needed. There were mostly professionals there, not many from the community. Livonia Police were also there.
  • October 7 – Clarenceville Parent Meeting. Karen attended, and had a few more parents than the usual five!
  • October 13 – Stevenson High School Homecoming Tailgate. Shari attended and the students did most all of the work! They were fantastic. We went through about 100 hot dogs, handed out pom poms and had a great time dancing , goofing off and showing the kids that you can have a blast at a tailgate without alcohol and drugs!
  • October 20 – Webster Elementary Trunk or Treat. Shari attended and passed out our new bracelets that have our name and website. Webster provided the candy we passed out. There were about 200 kids who attended with their parents.
  • October 23 – Current Drug Trends & Prevention Talk, Youth Ministry, St. Mary Cause of Joy in Westland. Karen spoke to this group.
  • October 26 – Star Forum, St. Mary Livonia Group, topic was Human Trafficking. Shari attended.
  • October 27 – Wayne County Tobacco Coalition Call-in meeting. Shari was on the call. LSOY is part of the prevention subcommittee. Working on ways to help prevent kids from starting smoking.

Ongoing Planning

  • Community Addiction Series – ADDICTION: What you need to know and what you can do. Eighteen people attended in October. First three Tuesdays of the month, September – May. Brian Spitsbergen is the facilitator. Karen, Shari and Juliana are in attendance each week, either one or all of us!
  • Marijuana Awareness Campaign Committee – ongoing planning for ballot initiative awareness for November 2018. Looking for new members who would like to join us. We would like to create more community awareness. Proposing Monday the 20th or the 27th of November for a meeting.

New Business

  • November 1 – Opioid Crisis Facing Youth & Families – Garden City High School, 7-8:30 pm. Community is invited.
  • November 1 and December 6 – The Opioid Crisis: A Parent’s Response. Farmington Youth Assistance (see enclosed flyer)
  • November 2 – Healthy Partners Meeting at Madonna Nursing School. Karen will be doing a power point presentation to the group regarding the opioid crisis.
  • November 8 – Prevention Resource table at Dorsey Business School Health Fair 8 am – 3:15 pm. Karen will man the table.
  • November 8 – Burning issues conference, Michigan Prevention Association, Peckham Center in Lansing. Shari will be representing. Register at
  • November 14 – SMML Recipient Rights Advisory Meeting 10:00 am
  • November 16 – SMML Community Health Needs Assessment Survey Results (see Michaelene’s report below as well as enclosed flyer for more details.)
  • November 17 – Opioid Crisis Presentation at Stevenson High School, Career Center project. Karen is helping two students present to 10th grade students who are taking health class.
  • November 17 – Fall Marketplace hosted by Chamber of Commerce at Laurel Park Mall, 10 am – 4 pm. Karen and Shari will both be there.
  • November 18 – Blessings in a Backpack Bowling Fundraiser, 2- 4 pm at Merribowl. Details included on enclosed flyer.
  • November 28 – Opioid Awareness Presentation for Kiwanis Early Risers at 7:30 am. Karen will be doing this presentation.
  • December 1 – Regional Collaborative Meeting, Mobilizing Michigan. 9 am – noon at the Oakland County Offices (flyer enclosed.)

Community Reporting

  • Michaelene – St. Mary Mercy Community Health Needs Assessment survey was completed September 30th. 1,174 surveys were returned. A Community Forum is being held on November 16th at Thurston High School 26255 Schoolcraft Rd. 5:30 – 8 pm to share the results and encourage community input and discussions. St. Mary would like to share the results. Use this link to register . Nutrition, physical activity and access to care as well as substance abuse and mental health were identified as the greatest needs.
  • Karla– She met with Brian Spitsbergen. The only two health conditions that people are blamed for (as if it is your fault) are drug addiction and suicide. She passed out bracelets that say AKF (Always Keep Fighting)
  • Marceille– PBS show regarding suicide.
  • Billy– He is new to the job at the Rec Center and spoke about the Livonia parade and wants to connect on other special events in the future.
  • Jules– Jules plans to attend more meetings and would like to be involved in the marijuana awareness committee.