JUNE - 2017

 90by30 Play Your Part
Roots of Empathy Director Mary Gordon
Save the Date for the 90by30 Conference
Mark your calendars - 90by30 has scheduled its fifth annual Conference for October 14 at Lane Community College's Center for Meeting and Learning. The keynote speaker will be Mary Gordon, director of Roots of Empathy, a program that has caught the attention of many regions as a potential prevention strategy. Workshops on equity and inclusion, a first look at the countywide Play Your Part campaign, and presentations of each region's prevention plan will round out the day. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule, times, and registration information.
More Surveys, More Members
The Eugene team is pushing ahead toward its community survey goal, and members are excited to add to that tally at a number of upcoming tabling events. Keep an eye on the 90by30 calendar to see where you can find the team next!

At recent meetings, the team has worked to identify specific subcommittees – such as recruitment, asset mapping, surveying – to best play to members’ interests and strengths. With a streamlined recruitment process that includes reaching out to past members as well as following up with people who have expressed interest, the Eugene RLT hopes to widen its scope and strengthen its roster as it welcomes the soon-to-be-announced 90by30 Eugene-Springfield coordinator.

Team members at the first prevention planning meeting
A Common Goal on the River
May was a month of unprecedented excitement and activity for the McKenzie Leadership Team. Members opted for a very rigorous timeline for prevention planning, scheduling sessions just one week apart. 90by30 Prevention Planning Consultant Teri Gutierrez makes a 100-mile round trip up the river each week to prepare the agenda and ready the team for each session. Each session reveals a little more about the community’s resource gaps and assets, allowing the team to select strategies that best fit the region.

Through the prevention planning process, the team has been able to make connections with wonderful families in the Walterville area. Members have found that the common goal of preventing child abuse and neglect bridges the upriver/downriver disconnect, and look forward to continuing to unite the community around the determination to create a better environment for kids and families.

Team members strategize with Phyllis Barkhurst
New Voices in West Lane
West Lane’s first prevention planning meeting was held May 16 in Florence. Fourteen people took part, and the interest level was high as 90by30 Director Phyllis Barkhurst delivered a PowerPoint presentation to kick off the process. The second prevention planning meeting is scheduled for June 20. The team hopes to be welcoming new faces this summer, as outreach and recruitment efforts have been strong. Commitments from residents of Swisshome, Deadwood, and Mapleton to attend the planning meetings will ensure that a broad range of community members are represented.

Team coordinator Jeanne Shannon and co-chair Suzanne Mann-Heintz recently met with Andy Grzeskowiak, the Siuslaw School District superintendent, to recruit school personnel. Grzeskowiak appointed two staff members to attend the prevention planning meetings and intends to be at the July meetings himself. A presentation to the Siuslaw School Board and members of the staff was another good recruitment opportunity, and drew considerable interest and thought-provoking questions. New member Karen Harden, who runs the Foodshare in Mapleton, generously offered the organization’s offices for the third prevention planning meeting. A presentation by Suzanne Mann-Heintz to the Vision Keepers, a volunteer group committed to a multi-year process of revitalizing the local community, is also expected to bring in new recruits.

New Current co-chair Jesika Kaczenski will be stepping down when she and her family move to Portland this month. As a former team coordinator and a longtime member of the West Lane team, Jesika’s contribution to child abuse prevention in the area has been invaluable. The team will miss her but wishes her all the best in her new endeavors!

Prevention Planning Begins
The East Lane team has been hard at work, meeting twice a week to begin crafting its prevention plan. Team members are working on organizing all the data gathered from the asset mapping process and are nearly ready to lay out a rough draft of the plan itself. Team meetings have focused on recruitment efforts, with the next monthly meeting planned for June 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Lowell Youth House. This month's East Lane star is Bobbie Whitney, who has remained involved in 90by30 and a key player in prevention planning despite juggling a new job and a shifting schedule.

South Lane team members and supporters at the Baby Shower
A Box of Love
The Welcome Baby Box made its official debut on Saturday, June 3, at the Community Baby Shower in Cottage Grove’s Bohemia Park. The event, hosted by Parent Partnership with the help of Family Relief Nursery, was in its second year. South Lane county parents and their families were treated to some well-deserved pampering and snacks, and checked out some amazing raffle items. Student volunteers from Cottage Grove High School Interact club engaged little ones in crafts and story time. Live music by the Restless Souls and the adjacent carnival held by the Chamber of Commerce provided entertainment for the event.

In addition to participating in activities, the public heard from local community leaders – including 90by30 cofounder Jeff Todahl and Pip & Grow CEO Amber Kroeker – and had a chance to explore all the resources in South Lane for families. Families could sign up for the Welcome Baby Box, which will begin distribution to parents of newborn babies in August. The Community Baby Shower was a great success, and Parent Partnership looks forward to the third installment of the event in late spring 2018. 

Community Connections
The Springfield Regional Leadership Team is planning a Faith Community Gathering for July and is excited to hear from local leaders about how their religious organizations are supporting children and families. At the June team meeting, guest presenter Tiffany Grantom of the Doulas of Lane County shared the great work the doulas do for mothers, babies, and families in the community. The goals of 90by30 and the Doulas of Lane County are very well aligned, and the hope is to have a doula as part of each regional leadership team.

Meeting, Greeting, and Recruiting
The North Lane team is planning two “Meet and Greet” events for the communities of Junction City and Veneta to learn about 90by30, speak with members of the team, and learn about the region’s place in the Lane County prevention effort. In addition to the Meet and Greets, the team will hold a meeting to begin drafting its prevention plan on June 20 at the Fair Winds Acres in the Grange Hall. The North Lane RLT hopes to welcome new members from both the Junction City and Veneta communities. 

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Smitten with Baby Boxes
A big thank-you goes out to Amber Kroeker, CEO and founder of "Smitten" manufacturer Pip & Grow, for joining us at the launch of the Welcome Baby Box on June 3. We're glad Kroeker, seen here with South Lane Coordinator Karol Kuhn Simons and Family Relief Nursery Executive Director Diane Hazen, was able to be on hand for Cottage Grove's Community Baby Shower.
Summer Reading
It may not quite be beach reading, but parents looking for a way to keep kids engaged with literature during the summer should check out United Way and the Early Learning Alliance's Summer Reading Spots. Twice a week, children get an hour of reading in the park, plus a free book to take home. Find a location near you in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, or Dorena by checking out the flyer on Facebook.
The Benefits of Connectivity
The importance of social connections - one of the Center for the Study of Social Policy's five protective factors - is becoming clearer. Parents and others benefit from reaching out, this NYT piece explains: "The emotional support provided by social connections helps to reduce the damaging effects of stress and can foster 'a sense of meaning and purpose in life,' the Texas researchers wrote."
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