UW Extension and Clarity Care Stop by Kiwanis

This is a two-week update for you from August 21 & 28

Monday Morning
We only had 14 members at Monday’s meeting along with our guest speaker, Michelle Tidemann. Marlin Towne continued distributing the dinner tickets for our 36th Annual Pork Fest on September 27th. It’s not too early to start selling. Gary Ring encouraged all members to think about alternate meeting places for our Monday morning meetings as we evaluate what to do about the price increase proposal that we’ve received from the new restaurant/banquet operator at the Ramada Hotel. Bonnie Baerwald won the 50/50 Raffle drawing and drew the Nine of Clubs, not a winner, but gets us one card closer to a possible winner. Next week’s drawing will only have 30 cards in the deck with six pay cards and a pot of over $488.

FDL County UW-Extension Parenting Newsletter, August 30
Michelle Tidemann, Family Living Educator at the UW Extension joined us on Monday morning to give us an update on the Parenting Newsletter Project. The University of Wisconsin-Extension produces and distributes three series of educational newsletters for parents – “Preparing to Parent,” “Parenting the First Year,” and “Parenting the Second and Third Years.” These newsletter series are age-paced, so parents receive a newsletter specific to their child’s age. For example, the parents of a 24-month-old toddler receive information on the physical, intellectual, and social skills being developed by children this exact age, and learn ways to promote optimal development. Parents receive the newsletters free, usually in the mail. UW-Extension offices across the state coordinate the distribution of the newsletters with community partners, including local health departments and hospitals, and dozens of other businesses and service clubs, such as Kiwanis. In 2010, UW-Extension began to offer a new option for newsletter delivery. Electronic delivery is free to the 72 county Extension offices around the state, their local partners and the families they serve. If they choose electronic delivery, parents will receive an email each month with a link to the newsletter specific to their child’s age. Currently about 50% of the newsletters are sent via e-mail.

Clarity Care, August 23
Mary Kummerow-Johnson is the Director of Marketing for Clarity Care. She joined us on Monday morning to tell us about Clarity Care. Clarity Care, Inc. is a private, non-profit agency dedicated to providing care and services to individuals with acute, chronic or long-term conditions, including those with disabilities and special needs. From in-home healthcare, to senior living options, to employment services, they enable their clients to feel in control of their lives and remain an active part of the community. A leader in providing quality care since 1972, Clarity Care serves individuals in the Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin regions, including Appleton, Green Bay, Marshfield, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and beyond. Their employees collaborate with area agencies, case workers and employers to deliver compassionate care within every service line. They treat all of their clients as if they were their family members, often providing them with the assistance needed to gain a level of independence. This ensures that all people – regardless of age, health, income or ability – feel safe, happy and respected under Clarity Care’s attention.