Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 20, 2016

Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

Sep 27, 2016


Lynn Kane conducted her first meeting as president of the board of directors for The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties recently at the Fairfield Tenco Industries office. The agenda included a review of activities since the May board meeting, and considerations for upcoming months.

Secretary Kathy Henry read thank-you notes from the following: Betsie Wotherspoon for camp accompanied by a picture; Kimberly Heisel for graduation card and gift; Aaron Becker expressing appreciation of two scholarships to students at Fairfield High School; Kaitlyn Potts for graduation gift and card; Adult Challenger League; Alex Koffman for graduation card and gift; McKenzie Harwood for scholarship; Cash Cooper for gift in kids drawing at the county fair.

Treasurer Barb Withrow distributed a report of financial activities since June 1, including a memorial donation of $50 from Nell Swygard in memory of her granddaughter, Kelly Swygard, and a $100 donation from Dick and Judie Herzog of O’Grady Cleaners. Once again, $2,000 has been sent to Camp Courageous, and $2,000 sent to Fairfield Park & Recreation Department allowing swim passes for individuals with developmental disabilities as the result of donation in June from the Fairfield Elks Lodge. The group approved expense of bowling practices in preparation for Special Olympics, and $55 was approved to National Child Safety Council conducted through the local Police Department.

Darlene Vorhies updated the Board on the status of grant applications, and indicated that due to returns on investments, The Arc would not receive a grant this year, usually received from the Charlotte Hammons estate through Greater Jefferson County Foundation. Vorhies reported over $3,500 for silent auction items at the county fair and profit of over $700 with the raffle.

Lori Vaughan shared a report received from Doug Cunningham, executive director of The Arc of Iowa. Cunningham shared concerns of the Medicaid/MCO’s and indicated he is in on the oversight committee for Medicaid. He also reviewed the success of the year-old Heartland Self-Advocacy Network, and efforts to raise money to build a legal defense clinic for a better process flow to get individuals with disabilities a legal defense to promote their wellness and success in Medicaid services.

Vorhies shared information on a video series directed toward improvements of individuals with autism through exercise, and a non-profit organization in Ottumwa called Share the Weight, the purpose of which is training to make weighted blankets which seem to have special significance to individuals with autism.

Janet Morris has agreed to continue sending birthday cards; persons with a developmental disability may be sent a card if The Arc has permission with the name and address.

Persons wishing further information about The Arc or this meeting can contact President Lynn Kane at 919-9793.


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