United 4 Youth Countywide 12.7.17

Submitted by United 4 Youth Countywide

The United 4 Youth Countywide board met Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Sabetha Board of Education Office. Members present were Nick Scott, Scott Anson, Susan Bowman, Jennifer Haynes and Adam Reel. Also present was executive director Sarah Renyer. There was less than a quorum at the meeting, so no official action could be taken.

Two Sabetha SADD members, Laurel Smith and Anna Cochenour, and their sponsor Elysia McGill were introduced. They gave a report on their first semester activities to date and plans for next semester. They are planning for the Netawaka Lock-In in February and a Fifth Quarter after a basketball game. We discussed with them the importance of getting the junior high kids aware and involved so they are ready to join SADD as freshmen.

The board reviewed the minutes from the November meeting. Approval of the minutes was tabled until the January meeting. Scott gave the treasurer’s report.

The board discussed holding the first half SADD payment for Centralia. Renyer informed the board that there were no Centralia students or sponsor at the SLC meeting, and she was not informed until the evening before. The next meeting will be in Centralia, so the board hopes to discuss the issues with the sponsor that night.

The Grant Coordinator was not present to give the report. This report was tabled until the January meeting.

Old Business

Interviews: Renyer reported that 11 interviews have been completed and that her and grant coordinator Heather Stewart will score them and submit the report in January.

Thrivent Speaker: The speaker presentations scheduled for the end of December were canceled. There was communication issues with Thrivent as to their sponsorship.

Brochure: The updated brochure has been printed. Renyer did not have any copies with her.

New Business

Netawaka event: The Netawaka event will be held Saturday, Feb. 3. The event will be split between with activities for senior high only from 10 to 11 p.m. Board members are encouraged to volunteer to sponsor.

KANZA guest speaker: Brown County is offering to share a speaker on mental health and suicide awareness that they are scheduling in September 2018. Renyer had presented it to the SLC students, and they were in favor.

The next meeting is to be held in Centralia. Renyer will check with Centralia’s SADD Sponsor Lisa Schmitz for available dates and email a poll to board members .

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