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From the President's Corner

Hello, Everyone!


Our recent fundraisers have been both fun and quite successful. “Glo Bingo” was held on April 28th, 2017 at the Knights of Columbus in Highland, Illinois. The Annual Race/Walk was on May 13th at Grizzlies Stadium.

Glo Bingo

Glo Bingo

“Glo Bingo” was a new fundraiser and we had a great turnout for a new event. It was bingo with a modern twist: music, glow-in-the-dark cards, and stamps. Marie Krysnoski, Sandy Giger, Ann Barnum, Donna Sheard, Toby Griffen, Royal Boeder, and other NAMI members worked at the event. Marie was chairperson for the event and she worked hard to bring all the moving parts together; it was awesome! Thanks to all who donated silent auction items.

2017 Race/Walk

The Race/Walk was quite successful and is already the most successful fundraising event in our history. We are still accepting and processing money and will probably top $20,000.

To Katie Vanvertloh, chair of the committee: a Huge Shout-out and Thank you!! Your organizational skills are amazing. Jessica Gruneich, our ED, also deserves a big shout-out. Others who worked on social media, getting sponsorships, and coordinating the event include Tai Prochaska, Vickey Gonzalez, Vicki Short, and Kami Bonnell. You guys rocked it. Your dedication and work on our behalf are amazing. Thanks again to Mint Green for the t-shirt design. The llama was a big hit, as usual.

Annual Race/WalkI have to share that I had a great time sharing the microphone the day of the Race/Walk with Vickey Gonzalez. Vickey was our emcee, while I gave information about NAMI, made announcements, etc.

CIT Meeting

Several board members, including me, and other NAMI supporters, members, and staff members, Marie Krysnoski and Jessica Gruneich, participated in CIT training held at Grace Church in Swansea the week of May 8-l4th. Our goal in participating was to partner with CIT officers and create awareness of how NAMI SWI can help them and the community.

Family to Family

Greg and Cindy Beabout finished teaching a Family to Family class on May 9th. Thank you, Greg and Cindy, for your many years of service and teaching.

In Our Own Voice

Vickey Gonzalez and Cara Emrich did an In Our Own Voice presentation at Simmons Law Firm in Alton on April 25th, and did an awesome job. Staff at the firm expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn about NAMI. Thank you, Vickey and Cara. Thanks to Karoline Carstens, board member and attorney with Simmons for helping set up this presentation.

Annual Meeting

Our fiscal year is drawing to a close, and the Annual Meeting will take place on June 13th at Gateway Regional. Please plan to attend and hear Vickey Gonzalez, our speaker, who is on our board and the board of NAMI National. Hope to see you there.

President’s Report
May 18, 2017   NAMI SWI President, Beverley Watkins, Ph.D., LCSW