We started off the year with a potluck get-gather at Mary Kerschner's catching up on summer activities, professional activities, and upcoming year plans. We welcomed our new Treasurer Christine McDermott, Legislative Events Coordinator CJ Cullinan, and Board At-Large Denise Burroughs. CNA Membership Assembly in September was discussed as well and we hoped for a many members to attend.
At our first Fall meeting, Co-Chairs Laurie Freeman and Lisa Neison of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provided an educational presentation. They were personally l involved with suicides and now advocate to lessen the stigma of suicide. They talked about how to prevent suicides and AFSP's work to provide mental health resources, research and crisis assistance. A key to prevention is to listen, hear the clues, "We don't say the person committed a heart attack or committed diabetes so what do we say they committed suicide?" They experienced a suicide death or death by suicide. The organization provides a 24/7Suicide Crisis line (800-273-8255 (TALK). For additional information, go to Colorado@AFSP. DNA 16 teamed up as the "Sweet Sixteen's" to join the Colorado AFSP at their Out of Darkness Walk on October 3.
We're bidding goodbye to Mary Lambert. as she is moving to Loveland to be closer to family. We will miss you, Mary. Thank you for being there for us. Her At-Large position was graciously accepted by Lavonne Harris will assume Mary's At-Large position.
We had a great DNA-16 attendance for the September 25-26 CNA membership Assembly.
Our October 20 meeting featured a presentation by DNA-16 member Chris Schmidt on Public Health issues in Colorado.
Upcoming calendar includes:
--to verify times and locations, please visit the CNA website www.coloradonurses.org and click on "About"--"Districts"--District 16.
November 17, 2015 6 pm DNA volunteering at Project Cure, 10377 E. Geddes Ave., Centennial.
December 15, 2015 6pm Holiday Dinner at Carol Brautigam's with donation collection for Good Samaritan.
January 19, 2016 6pm Nan Morgan's homeLegislative Connection Dinner Planning.
February 9, 2016 5pm Legislative Connection Dinner at the Scottish Rite Temple, 1370 Grant St., Denver. Watch for registration information on the CNA website www.Coloradonurses.org
March 7, 2016 8am Legislative Day at the Capitol ... more information to come.
Caption: Front row: Mary Lambert, Rebecca Sposato, Mary Kershner Middle row: Chris Schmidt, Denise Burroughs, Nan Morgan, Christine McDermott Back row: Carol Brautigam, CJ Cullinan