will county substance abuse prevention coalition

Approved May 25, 2021

Members Present: Kesha Ainsworth (#10), Gloria Bloodsaw (#10), Betsy Cozzie (#10), Tim Cramer (#12), Diane DeVries (#4), Courtney Garfield (#7), Brittany Gruver (#7), Candace Gunby (#12), Jennifer Hahs (#12), Dan Hamilton (#10), Wendy Hill (#12), Kelsey Hirmer (#10), Chief Dan Jungles (#7), Chief Terry Lemming (#7), Cornell Lurry (#3), Vic Markowski (#3), Chuck Mascolino (#7), Kaylaa McGinnis (#12), Bonnie McPhillips (#7), Caitlin Murray (#10), Robert Platos (#7), Jeren Szmergalski (#7), Jackie Van Overmeiren (#7), Lindsay Wilson (#12) and Loren Yaksich (#9).

  1. Call to Order/Welcome
    • President McGinnis called the April 2021 meeting of the Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition to order at 4:33 pm
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
    • Kaylaa McGinnis led the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
  3. Introductions
    • Kaylaa McGinnis welcomed members and introductions were made on Zoom and in-person.
  4. Officer Reports
    • Treasurer – Loren Yaksich presented the April financial report from the United Way. A motion was made by Diane DeVries and seconded by Bonnie McPhillips to approve the report. Motion approved.
    • Secretary – Candace Gunby asked for approval of the March minutes. A motion was made by Chief Jungles and seconded by Chief Lemming to approve the report. Motion approved.
  5. WCSAPC Requirements
    • DFC Grant Report
      • Bonnie McPhillips reported that the new coordinator and educator have signed up for the virtual CADCA training. If anyone is interested in attending the virtual CADCA conference, contact Bonnie McPhillips.
      • There has been no update on the grant continuation paperwork i
      • Staff positions filled. Welcome Courtney Garfield and Kesha Ainsworth
  6. Subcommittee/Action Team Reports
    • Alcohol: Kaylaa McGinnis reported that there is a need for more participation in the committee. The logic model will be revamped and updated.
    • Marijuana—Chief Terry Lemming reported that the committee has created objectives for their four goals. There will be no marijuana subcommittee meeting in May.
    • Nicotine – Caitlin Murray reported that the subcommittee finalized some survey questions for the tobacco retailer, that were reached last year, for feedback.
    • Social Media— Jackie Van Overmeiren reported an increase in social media engagement. The HIPS trailer promo video has been posted on the sheriff department Facebook page, which led to a lot of views. A YouTube channel will be created for the coalition. Chief Jungles reported that the WCSO app has been released on all app stores and it has a direct link to the coalition website on it.
    • CARE Team— Sgt. Robert Platos reported that the HIPS trailer will be having a training event in May. The HIPS trailer will be at some of the festivals occurring this summer.
    • Illinois Youth Survey (IYS): no report
  7. Sector Reports & Sharing: Loren Yaksich reported that the sector representative agreements have been completed and the leader will of the sector will need to sign an agreement.
    • Business in the Community—OPEN
    • Civic Volunteer Groups: United Way Staff—no report
    • College or University: Jennifer Casey-Stewart—no report
    • Faith-Based, Religious or Fraternal Organizations: OPEN
    • Healthcare Professionals: OPEN
    • Law Enforcement Agency: Chief Terry Lemming reported that there is new legislature will decrease the penalty for meth, cocaine, heroin drug use is going to the senate. It has a good chance at passing.
    • Media: Diane DeVries reported that the snapchat campaigns (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana) have started in April. There will be a report on the success of the campaigns given next month.
    • Organizations Focusing on Substance Abuse: Tim Cramer will be joining the alcohol committee
    • Parents: OPEN
    • Schools: OPEN
    • State or Local Government Agencies: Dr. Kathleen Burke—no report
    • Youth: OPEN
    • Youth Serving Organizations: OPEN
  8. Old Business 
    • No Mercy Youth Event
      • This event is to reengage youth and parents. The coalition will be collaborating with a youth sports nonprofit (No Mercy) to survey the parents and do a social media video challenge with the youth. Date: May 21, 2021, Time: 6-8p, Place: Mission Bible Church—748 Jones Road, Minooka
      • The HIPS trailer will also be at the event
  9. New Business & Announcements
    • Gloria Bloodsaw reported that the Gateway Foundation is filling a substance abuse counselor position at the Joliet office and the new office in Skokie has gone from virtual to in-person sessions
    • Joliet Family Fun Fest occurring in September at the Slammers Baseball field
  10. Adjournment
    • Chief Jungles moved and Wendy Hill seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Motion approved. The meeting was adjourned at 5:12pm.

Next Meetings

Will County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition – May 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at the Will County Safety Complex 16911 W. Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433 and via Zoom

Minutes submitted by Candace Gunby