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PCMC Holiday Breakfast: Accomplishments and Changes

Holiday-Breakfast-2018-pic1 The Author, Susan Stahley (Rider), Barbara Sprechman, Incoming Chairman- Joe Hadge (TCNJ), and out-going Chairwoman, Justine Frank

     On Wednesday, December 12, our coalition hosted a holiday breakfast to review our year and to announce some big changes in our leadership. Our coalition members had an opportunity to catch up, introduce themselves to others, network and socialize over a nice breakfast of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, fruit and more. As the meeting portion began, our guests introduced themselves, their organization, and for fun, their Elf Names!
(Mine was Merry Glitter Cheeks if you were wondering!)

     We had the opportunity to introduce our coalition to our many guests and describe a bit of what we do and the accomplishments we made during 2018. Some of those accomplishments include an extension of our Drug Free Communities funding for the next five years, a forum held on marijuana legalization, the launch of our “Tackling Opioids through Prevention for Athletes” program, and many opportunities where we were active in our Mercer County communities, such as the National Night Outs, Community fairs and much, much more.

     Many of our coalition activities involved our accomplished chair-woman, Justine Frank. Justine has served in the addiction and prevention communities for several years, and we have been honored to have her as our voluntary leader for the last 6 years. Her devotion to keeping our communities healthy and safe have been magnified by her planning amazing events such as three annual International Overdose Awareness Day fairs, several outreach events, where she spoke to hundreds of parents and families, and using her creativity to offer hope to those in need. We celebrated her service to the coalition and thanked her for her dedication. While she stepped down from the leadership of the coalition for health reasons, we know her heart and passion will still be with us!

     Our new Coalition Chairman is Joe Hadge, who is currently the Assistant Director of the College of New Jersey’s Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP). We look forward to serving with additional leadership in the coalition as well with Judith Aptaker-Shine as our Vice Chairwoman, and an executive council. After a brief introduction, Joe took an opportunity to review our Logic Models and what we hoped to continue to achieve as a coalition and shared a parable for us to ponder and to inspire us to work as a team and support each other’s efforts. (See the parable here Do we have as much sense as a Goose? ) The Coalition has worked with Joe since its very beginning, and members of the coalition have worked with Joe at TCNJ in various programs, projects, and initiatives and we know he will continue to bring his passion and dedication to the leadership of the coalition!

 Announcements about upcoming events were made, and we adjourned for the holidays. We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful organizations and members of our community that are striving to help promote prevention and support recovery! We are so grateful for our past leaders of the coalition and are thankful to have motivated leadership for the future.

We look forward to the many new adventures that await us in 2019!


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