Kiwanian Betsy Pohl introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Fred White, Ph.D., an Augusta area licensed psychologist who has been working with the Healthy Communities of the Capital Area (HCCA) group on the current opiate and drug overdose crisis facing the state. He reminded us that the affected individuals represent all demographic identities and noted that we are all being affected in various ways, such as increases in burglaries and breaking & entering crimes. Dr. White emphasized that solutions will have to come from coordinated efforts from multiple stakeholders and will not be solved by only one or two parties. Individuals, medical professionals, law enforcement, courts, schools, business and business groups, to name just a sample, will have to work together.Roy Hussey won the Senator brunch certificate and Bill Tozier won the 50/50 drawing.
President Kim Mondonedo gave special notice to the day’s most fashionable accessories:
The club hosted Kasey McDonough and Susan Lasselle of KidsPeace, this private, non-profit agency is teaming up with Maine DHHS with an effort to raise awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families for children in DHHS care. The initiative, called “A Family for ME” is seeking assistance from community groups and individuals to care for children who are temporarily removed from their families due to unsafe conditions or abuse. In other cases, the need is for permanent new homes when the birth family is no longer able to take care of them.
They noted that almost 2,000 children are in foster care in Maine. If anyone is interested in helping every child in Maine have a good home, either by becoming a foster parent or just sharing this need with your friends, neighbors, or co-workers, call KidsPeace at 1-844-893-6311 for more information.
Chuck Hayes (left) received the Legion of Merit from President Kim Mondonedo recognizing his ten years of Kiwanis membership.