June meeting in review

Meeting in Review, 6.01.2011

I.
Attending:
Jesús Navarro Meza (Volunteers of America), Lisa Normand (Eastham School), Dawn Wade (County Juvenile Department), Lisa Nunes (OCity Police Dept), Debbie Cole (Volunteer Services, OCSD), Brenda Myers (The Living Room Project), Aaron Anderson (Mountain View Youth Ministry), Jen Forsman (Northwest Family Services), Julie O’Dwyer (Stand for Children), Kitty Huffstutter (Clackamas County Prevention Coalition), Elizabeth Russell (OCT Coalition Coordinator)

II.
Thank you to Dawn Wade from the Clackamas County Juvenile Department for presenting information on MIP Court.  She provided an overview of the options available to a person charged with MIP (minor in possession) or PCS (possession of a controlled substance).   Dawn also outlined the diversion process and discussed the family perception of pros and cons to accepting diversion vs. paying a fine.

Areas of concern include parent involvement and awareness; limited time with families (for counseling) before their court date; the imbalance of fines between alcohol and other substances; and the cost of diversion counseling services.

III.
Elizabeth presented a start-up timeline and proposal for organizational structure:

  1. Immediate Timeline includes getting mission/vision and bylaws in place as well as establishing a basic work groups and leadership.
  • Contact Elizabeth for a copy of the provided flow charts and role descriptions.
  1. Organizational Structure and Decision-Making Process are also on the front burner.
  • Identified four primary work groups or teams (names indicate primary interests and skills, teams will take more formal shape in the coming months).
    • Infrastructure  (Elizabeth, Lisa Normand, Kitty H.)
    • Outreach & Membership (Brenda, Debbie, Julie, Jesús, Lisa)
    • Planning & Education (Kitty, Jen, Aaron, Jesús, Lisa)
    • Action & Programs (Aaron, Brenda, Jen, Debbie, Jesús)
    • Lisa Normand offered to serve as one interim co-chair and the Coalition will actively seek someone to fill role of the second chair.

IV.
Next meeting is an Open House on July 13th from 4:30-6:00p.m.   It will include food, surveys of perceived issues, community vision board, and a presentation/overview of the Coalition.  The intention is to offer an introduction to Oregon City Together and the opportunity to invite potential members.
Open House:
Wednesday July 13th

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Location TBD