Vision 2020: Ending Poverty in Waushara County
Meeting Minutes – January 16, 2017
Mission: “To engage and mobilize individuals, families and organizations in efforts to build a community of opportunity.”
Awareness – Education – Action
Present: Jan Novak, DHS; Jill Wilbert, CAP Services -Domestic Abuse Outreach; Peggy Hetzel, Plainfield Business Association/Oasis HCE; Mary LaBlanc, DHS, Patrick Nehring UW-Extension; MaryAnn Schilling, UW-Extension; Zina Soltis, UW-Extension; Corey Jungwirth, Family Health/LaClinica; Rev. Rafael Cubilette, Grace United Methodist Church and Auttum Powell, DHS.
- Welcome and Introductions. Meeting called to order at 10:32am
- Meeting Secretary – Jill will take notes for today’s meeting.
- Approval of Agenda and Minutes – Mary made a motion to approve the agenda and the minutes, seconded by Zina. Motion carried.
- Workgroup Reports –
Food Connections –
Patrick said the committee has not met for a while. However, they are working on a project of having a current list of fresh food stands in our area/region. They are also working on developing a website, with other counties (Taylor, Lincoln, and Marathon), that would include this updated information on the farm stands and having a google maps application to locate them.
Back Pack Nutrition –
Jan said they serve 128 students every week. They are trying to reinforce nutrition education students are receiving by adding My plate (myplate.com) nutritional labels to appropriate food items. They are doing their second outreach to Coloma Elementary school to increase the numbers there.
Resource Awareness –
Jan said that they have updated the resource page and the Help for Hard Times publication and will soon go to the printers.
Economic Profile –
Patrick went through Waushara County economic profile PowerPoint presentation and snapshot. We will use the updated snapshot as an outreach/educational tool.
- Plunge into Waushara County Economics – Wednesday, Jan. 25
Theda Care CHAT team will sponsor this full-day event. It will start in Wild Rose and then head to Wautoma to visit the Food Pantry and back to Wild Rose for a poverty simulation. Contact Kaye Thompson if interested in going.
- ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report
Jan handed out this report that is done by United Way. It is very interesting.
- 2017 Membership Agreements
Members invited to sign 2017 Waushara Prevention Council, Inc. membership agreements to signify continued commitment to the committee’s work.
- Outreach and Promotion Planning Group –
We have a new mission but looking at changing/updating our logo. We are looking at people who are interested in forming a committee to discuss this further. We would like to use the same colors and font. Jan will check with WCCF for other Vision 2020 groups and see how they are transitioning with the logos. The year 2020 is just around the corner and wondering if they are changing names or logos to reflect that. We have 96 likes on our Facebook page.
Will be agenda item at next meeting.
- 2017 Meetings
2017 meetings include: April 17, July 17 and Oct. 16. These meetings will take place in the Demo room.
- Announcements and Open Forum –
MaryAnn shared that there is a Financial Literacy workgroup that have developed facilitation guides/concepts for children’s books. Nine out of the fourteen books were approved. Now, they are working on doing presentation for childcare providers.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, April 17th from 10:30 – 12 Noon in the Demo Room (lower level) at the Courthouse.