What Is a Mentally Ill Person to Do?


Monday Morning

We had 16 members at our Monday meeting at the Retlaw along with our speaker Dale Hans, President of the local NAMI chapter along with current Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Joan Pinch.  Gary Miller reported that we had 18 attendees at the Noon Club’s Grilled Cheese & Chili Lunch on February 19th as our February Inter Club.  Joan Pinch promoted the upcoming Mid-Year Conference this March, the Summer International Convention in Indianapolis and the need for a new District 11 Lt. Governor candidate for the next administrative year.  Sharon Kollman was the 50/50 Raffle winner on Monday and she drew the Ace of Hearts, not a winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 48 cards, including eight pay cards, and a pot of at least $40.  Gary Ring was the second winner of the morning and he won a bag of coffee that Dale brought as a door prize.

Dale Hans, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Dale Hans is the President of the local NAMI Chapter and he joined us on Monday to tell us about NAMI.

The mission of NAMI Wisconsin is to improve the quality of life of people and families affected by mental illnesses and to promote recovery.

NAMI Wisconsin will accomplish its mission through the following:

  • Promote public education and understanding of mental illnesses.
  • Advocate at all levels of government and throughout the public sector to improve mental health care in Wisconsin.
  • Support affiliates by providing follow-up advice and counsel; educational and training programs and materials; access to financial resources as appropriate; and by offering conferences, seminars, and presentations.
  • Establish and strengthen local affiliates to keep with NAMI’s principles and guidelines.

Dale also brought along several brochures that described several various educational opportunities that NAMI has available in their goal to educate about mental illness.