9/6/16 Minutes

Waushara Prevention Council, Inc.  

Meeting Minutes September 6, 2016


Attendance: Amanda Kutcher, Jan Novak, MaryAnn Schilling, Mary LaBlanc, Judy Meier, Ashley Rome, Jill Wilbert, Chris Dolata


Meeting called to order at 12:35 by Jan Novak


Motion to approve minutes ML/JM – APPROVED

Financial Report: Freedom Fest $1800 up from $1500 last year ; Vision 2020 Backpack received grant funding from United Way, ThedaCare and Salvation Army. The program will be starting soon.

Correspondence: Thank you from Chamber for helping @ Fireworks

Business After 5: looking for someone to go


New Business:

Funding request

The Resource Awareness Committee requests $200 (estimate) for printing 2017 Pocket Resource Cards. Motion approved Judy Meier/ Mary Ann Shilling- Jan Novak abstained. Motion carried.

Prev. Pointers –

  • 9/16 Mary Ann Shilling
  • 9/23 Jan N. – Foster Care
  • 9/30 Jill W.
  • 10/7 Amanda K. – Tai Chi
  • 10/14 Jill W.
  • 10/21 Amanda K. – Community Fair
  • 10/28 Ashley R – Flu Clinics
  • 11/4 Jan – V2020
  • 11/11 Kelsey
  • 11/18 Jan – WPC
  • 11/25 SKIP

Poverty Simulation

CAP Services would like to work with us to offer a Poverty Simulation in Waushara County. Our role would be to promote and recruit community members and policy makers to participate.  The simulation would be held sometime between October 2016 and February 2017. Challenge is to recruit enough people to participate. Retired community members and vacation property owners are less interested in community issues. Poverty simulations take 2-3 hours. A related training is the Food Security Simulation– Mary Ann Shilling reported that this usually lasted between 1-1.5 hrs. It highlights barriers to accessing safe affordable food and using food pantries.  The Wild Rose ThedaCare CHAT (Community Health Action Team) identified poverty as its #1 community concern. They coordinate community plunges to educate and mobilize communities around topics. Is it possible to combine these in one community event? Could a plunge include the poverty simulation, food security simulation and a visit with programs that work to address issues (Skills Enhancement, Welding Program, Food Pantry, etc.).



  • Keep poverty simulation separate so community members can process the experience and follow up with other activities
  • Invite Kay Thompson from ThedaCare to Council meetings and discuss idea of working together on this issue



Committee Reports:

Active Aging Committee hosting the Community Fair on October 1st from 10-2 at the Wautoma/Waushara Senior Center. Committee is continuing assessments of parks for aging and disabled patron use. Working with Waushara County Parks Department in hopes of making park improvements.


Old business

  • Freedom Fest– 8-9 volunteers, about $1800, next year 7-9 pm busiest time, people very willing to donate, 2017 likely to be July 1st
  • AmeriCorps member– Mary LaBlanc shared that we have a new member who will be starting in County on Sept 19



  • Chris– Upward Bound Program writing a grant to continue services. Looking for letters of support to identify in-kind assistance. Jan completed this for WPC
  • Amanda– Becoming trained in Tai Chi. Will be offering classes targeting older adults


Future agenda items

  • Invite Kay from Theda Care to next mtg. Nov 1 (Annual Mtg)



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