From the President's Corner …
Bling, Bubbly, and Blessings Gala!
By the time this article is published in the newsletter, the first ever NAMI SWI gala/fundraiser, “Bling, Bubbly, and Blessings”, cosponsored by Furry Friend Recovery, will be behind us. We will likely be basking in the success of it all! In this final week of preparations, all is coming together, thanks to the hard work of Jessica Gruneich, Tricia Hogan, Marie Krysnoski, Vicki Short, Vickey Gonzalez, and Karen Mavers. Special thanks to NAMI Member Cathy Schultz for assisting in helping with the gala planning and silent auction. The gala was a huge undertaking and a huge amount of work, love, and effort was put into it by staff and by volunteers. Board directors and members have participated in ticket sales and getting the word out. Thanks to all who donated auction items and services – so much variety! Thanks to Julie Weeman and staff from Villa Maria Winery in Maryville, IL. Special thank you goes out to Laura Klein, Senior Executive Director of Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, who donated jewelry giveaways for the event. She also is a 1K Sponsor and helped inspire the theme of “Bling, Bubbly and Blessings.”
Tuning Out Stigma
On November 6th, NAMI SWI did a Tuning Out Stigma presentation and panel discussion at Greenville University. Theresa San Luis gave an amazing presentation of her music and personal story of recovery. Panel members included Jen Gerlach, Sr. Linda Hylla, Vickey Gonzalez, Sonja Vauters, and me; Jessica Gruneich moderated the panel. Theresa San Luis did her Tuning Out Stigma presentation at SIUE on October 10th along with a panel discussion which included Herbert Lomax, Julie Swogger, Donna Sheard, and Sonja Vauters; and moderated by Jessica. Both events were well attended by students and other members of the university communities. A special thanks to the psychology student organizations who were our on-campus sponsors and provided a warm welcome and did a great job of coordinating between NAMI and the universities.
Provider Education Presentation
Thanks to Kris Gamm-Smith, George Smith, Sylvia Morisette, and Jessica Gruneich, who did our first Provider Education presentation in Bloomington, IL at the Statewide Veterans Educational Summit on September 27th-29th. Thanks, Kris, George, Sylvia, and Jess for a great job and launch of Provider!!
Family to Family
Mary Gruneich is to lead Family to Family Education Teacher Training in Champaign, IL on November 18th-20th. So proud that one of our own NAMI SWI members is training on the state level and is training future teachers of Family to Family. Thank you, Julie Boker and Cortnie Stone, for teaching our latest Family to Family class.
Thanks to Cathy Knowlton and Donna Sheard for teaching Basics Education beginning January 25th, 2018.
Warm Winter Wishes
Donations for Warm Winter Wishes of warm clothing such as hats, gloves, and sweats are being accepted through December20th.
Such an exciting time for NAMI SWI ... I say that a lot, LOL!
Please consider an end-of-year financial donation to our affiliate to help us continue to provide programming to our communities.
Thanks to all who have made this a great year for NAMI SWI. Our staff, Jessica, Marie, and Kami have done an amazing job this year. A special shout-out to you ladies for expanding programs, fundraising, and advocacy for individuals and families. Our communications team, Sandy and Tom Giger, Marie Krysnoski, Mary Gauen, Donna Sheard, Fabi Clubb, Ann Barnum, Tai Prohaska, and Kalin Pearce – you guys are so dedicated and have done so much to get our message out there.
It’s been a great year. Thank you all!
November 14th, 2017 NAMI SWI President, Beverley Watkins, Ph.D., LCSW