January 2012 Newsletter

“We Are Better Together”

 By Leslie Huntley, President NAMI Four Seasons

We have had a very successful and interesting year at NAMI-FOUR SEASONS. More and more community members are aware that there is an active NAMI in Henderson and Polk Counties – they may even know what NAMI means. As most of you know, some major goals have been fulfilled thanks to the hard work of a number  of volunteers.

•  We had a good turnout at NAMI-WALKS in May and actually made some $$ to put into our kitty. Thanks to all who participated, ESPECIALLY Clubhouse Walkers.
•  We enjoyed Pete Earley and a wonderful panel of local officials on October 8 at Blue Ridge Community College. Thanks to Adrienne Brady and her small band of advocates.
•  We hosted the FIRST Local Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement (CIT) from October 31 – November 4 and 21 Officers from our area graduated. It was a wonderful experience to meet these gentlemen. This was thanks to the hard work (over a three year period) of Barbara Smith.
•  We now have a website thanks to Donna Lyerly who has persevered even though she is dealing with those of us who are electronically challenged.
•  We participated in the Hendersonville Mayor’s Health Fair and the Arts Fair.
•  NAMI-FOUR SEASONS brochures have been updated, redesigned and printed – they are really quite attractive.
•  We had some very interesting programs each month and will continue to do so in 2012.

[important title=”Mark Your Calendar”]At our meeting on January 21st, we will install our new Board Members for 2012, and say thank you to all those people who helped make 2011 a good year for NAMI-FOUR SEASONS.

We encourage you to attend so that you can say thank you to our community supporters and hear more about the year ahead. The Board Members will furnish meats and main dishes, NAMI-FS will furnish beverages and all the cutlery, etc.

MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO BRING SIDE DISHES SUCH AS SALADS AND DESSERTS AND TO ARRIVE AT 10:15. The pot luck luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m.[/important]

Your Board must be moving along on the pathway to remain a NAMI Affiliate by meeting the
Standards of Excellence Schedule. This is a formidable task and will take up much of the Board
Members’ time. The theme being used by NAMI is “We Are Better Together.” Therefore,
NAMI-FOUR SEASONS needs members to volunteer for tasks in the year ahead.
• Telephone Tree Callers
• Publicity
• Newsletter
• Website Assistant (you can learn something new)
• Hospitality helpers (bring refreshments and help set up for meetings)
• Assist Sara Hiles, our membership chair
• Finance Committee
• Assist with fundraising
• Provider Liaison

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2011 Year in Review
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Help NFS and the environment! When you shop at Grove Street Co-op Hendersonville, bring your own shopping bag and receive a token for 10 cents. NAMI Four Seasons will have a collection box for the Bring Your Own Bag Program through April 30, 2012.

Polk County Family Support Group meets the first Monday morning each month. We meet in the Columbus community. At present there is an average attendance between 4-6 persons.We send e-mail reminders the week before. For info. please call Annie @ 864-457-7278.

Polk County Consumer Peer to Peer Group At present is posting announcements for a new group forming. Location has not yet been determined. Please call Ren @1-828-223-1835 for info.if interested.

NAMI Four Seasons Support Group for family members or caregivers of an adult with a mental illness on: The 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church – corner of 6th Ave & Blythe.  Co-facilitators are Bob Andersen and Joe Gernoske.  We normally send email a reminders.

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[column width=”55%” padding=”0″] SPECIAL APPRECIATION by Annie Ewing

Leslie at 2011 NAMIWalks

Please join us, Saturday, January 21st at 10:15 when we will install our new Board Members for 2012 and say thank you to all those who served in 2011 with special appreciation being given to Leslie Huntley.

Leslie, our current President, is resigning from the Four Seasons Board, after seven (7) years of service in various capacities. Of those seven, she was Board President for three years. All seven years she helped train Leaders and also taught in the Family to Family (F2F) program, one of our most valuable programs for our families. Three years ago, Leslie and Barbara Smith planned and put together another valuable program – this one that serves the community as well as families with mental illness – the Crisis Intervention Training (CIT). Transylvania County and Henderson County were the two training sites, consecutively.

Leslie also made time to serve on her local Polk County Mental Health Advisory Committee, The Western Highlands Advisory Committee and CFAC advisory committee.
We agree that our dedicated leader deserves a time to sit back so that others may serve us and the community in their own unique ways. So, let us take the occasion to give her our good wishes and thanks for her valuable contributions to our community.



SAVE THE DATE – Important Upcoming Events

January 21 – Saturday – 10:15 a.m. – General Education Meeting – we will install our new Board Members for 2012. We encourage you to attend so that you can say thank you to our community supporters and hear more about the year ahead. The Board Members will furnish meats and main dishes, NAMI-FS will furnish beverages and all the cutlery, etc. MEMBERS ARE ASKED TO BRING SIDE DISHES SUCH AS SALADS AND DESSERTS AND TO ARRIVE AT 10:15. The pot luck luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Pardee Education Center at Blue Ridge Mall – Four Seasons Blvd.


2011 – Year in Review – Reports from Committee Chairs

Adrienne Brady – Event Chair:

2011 was a busy and productive year for NAMI Four Seasons.

Our Mental Illness Awareness Week celebration with a program focus on the criminalization of the mentally ill with guest speaker Pete Earley was extremely successful and no denying it, a lot of hard work by a dedicated core of volunteers.

In his speech Mr. Earley explained how jails and prisons have become our new asylums, why this is wrong and what needs to be done in order to turn mental health back into a health issue instead of continuing to make it a criminal justice problem.

The panel discussion that followed really emphasized the need to make changes in our local community.

Our intention was to create more public awareness of the existence and function of NAMI Four Seasons as well as raise funds for ongoing Crisis Intervention Training for police officers. Our goal is to create a “Task Force” to address exactly what is needed in our local community and in doing so create a working relationship between concerned parties and lawmakers. The side effects were that our website www.namifourseasons.org was launched in record time our new brochures were completed and have made their appearance in doctors’ offices and many other venues, we learned how to “fund raise” write grants and organize a successful fund raising event and we raised over $8,500.00.

I look forward to 2012 as another year of opportunity to increase public awareness and understanding and decrease stigma.

Adrienne Brady – Program Chair:

The Saturday education program for 2011 was reasonably well attended each month averaging about 20 people.

Disability Partners gave a presentation discussing their advocacy on behalf of the mentally disabled . We had a DVD presentation “Minds On The Edge” very interesting and thought provoking.

Cynthia Schirmer Attorney-At-Law gave a talk and answer session about applying for disability. We are hoping to have her return in 2012 to discuss “Trusts and Wills”.

The team from Cooper Riis , the healing farm community, made quite an impression with their candid response to our questions about their road to recovery.

Police officers from the sheriff’s office were invited for a panel discussion regarding their Crisis Intervention Training and the positive results they are achieving on a daily basis.

We want to continue to present interesting and informative meetings and in doing so encourage more to attend. Please e-mail or call with program suggestions info@namifourseasins.org  – 888-955-6264

We would really like to hear from you!

Sara Hiles – Membership Chair:

We currently have 54 members in our NAMI-FS affiliate. Many of you have memberships that will be due for renewal this first quarter of the year. If so you will receive a renewal letter/form from me by the end of January. If you have any questions regarding renewals and/or membership, feel free to contact me at 828-684-8237 or swhiles126@yahoo.com

Annie Ewing – Phone Tree Committee:

All NAMI members should receive monthly e-mails and/or phone calls about up-to-date announcements, etc. If you are not in receipt of this service, or do not wish contact, please let it be known to your caller. Also, if you should change your e-mail provider, we need that info. for all communication, including newsletter. Thanks, Annie – annieewing33@windstream.net –  864-457-7278

Barbara Smith – Crisis Intervention Training:

We are very happy to announce that the CIT class held at Blue Ridge Community College Oct. 31, 2011 through Nov. 4, 2011 was very successful. The responses and evaluations of the attendees were excellent. Providers were very complimentary and many requested the opportunity to be on the visitation list again.

Class pictures were taken by Ed Smith and one 8×10 picture was given to each law enforcement agency represented. An article and the class picture were also published in the Times News.

Elizabeth Burgess, CIT Training Coordinator with Western Highlands, has received requests from three of the local law enforcement agencies for notification of the next CIT class to be held at Blue Ridge Community College. She will be working on the time frame and will notify Nami Four Seasons accordingly. We will continue to follow up on this in order to be advised of our involvement and to insure that this training continues. If you are interested in volunteering to help with NAMI’s involvement in the CIT training duties, please contact Barb Smith at 828- 272-5080.


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