United 4 Youth Countywide

The United 4 Youth Countywide board met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, at the United 4 Youth board office in Seneca. Members present were Jason Drahota, Tina Zartman, Adam Reel, Krista Stallbaumer, Jessica Atwood, Brianna Gruber, Heather Stewart, Scott Anson, Jill Mady and Sarah Kramer. Executive Director Sarah Renyer also was present.

Jose Osterhaus with the Nemaha County SADD group came to present to the board what they have been working on this year. Osterhaus said they have done seat belt checks monthly and seat belt pledges. They held a High School SADD night in September and plan to hold a Middle School SADD night out soon. They will also be participating in Mental Health Awareness week by wearing different colors to show awareness for different mental health issues. They also will be hosting a parent awareness night where a lawyer, victim, doctor, police officer, and insurance person will come in and talk about drunk driving and the repercussions.

The board approved the October meeting minutes.

Stewart gave the treasurer’s report and the grant coordinator’s report.

Stewart reported they were still waiting on September grant funds to come through from KDADS. The board voted to approve a transfer of $5,000 to the grant account to help cover additional expenses. Stewart gave an update on the action plans that are currently being worked on. Family Day workgroup will be distributing materials to the schools two days before Thanksgiving break. The 5,000 Talk They Hear You Letters were complete and will be delivered to the local post offices this week for distribution throughout the county.  The It Matters action plan has slowed down due to low funds in the grant account. There will be a grant training in Wichita Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 5, and two board representatives are required to attend.

Renyer gave the director’s report. She reported that the Facebook Campaign during parent teacher conferences did not go well. We handed out more than 300 rally towels, but only increased our Facebook likes by three. Renyer asked the board for ideas on how to increase Facebook traffic. Renyer updated the board on the Resist Grant and the SADD Monthly Reports.

Old Business

New Hire Recommendation: The hiring committee presented a candidate to the board and suggested to extend an offer to the candidate chosen. The board approved to extend an offer to the candidate that was recommended.

Sheila Hasenkamp: Hasenkamp will be presenting Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Seneca and Sabetha schools and then at a community presentation on Wednesday night.

New business

Insurance Policy: Renyer discussed possibly increasing the liability coverage the board has. The board approved Renyer to move forward with getting quotes.

Centralia Red Ribbon Week Request: Renyer reported that $200 was requested in August to pay for Red Ribbon Week supplies. The board decided to pay for this request with the money that has already been budgeted.

Community Promotional Item: Renyer told the board that texting and distracted driving is our topic and that we budgeted $3,500. Renyer suggested that if and when we get the Resist Grant, to combine those funds with the current budget and change the topic to vaping/juuling.

Seneca Council: Renyer said that if the SADD students meet with the Seneca Council on the Dec. 5, we will need board presence as Renyer will not be able to attend.

Nemaha County Commissioners meeting: Renyer reported that the Nemaha County Commission meeting that we will attend will be Monday, Nov. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Stallbaumer said she will plan to attend.

Next Meeting: Renyer will send out dates for the December meeting.

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