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QLC Quick Tips A monthly publication of the Quality of Life Coalition, Inc. Making Where We Live A Better Place

October 2008 Volume 12, Issue 10

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October Community Forum

Community Calendar Sept 30, 6:30p, Baby Signs (Abilene) Oct 4, 1p, Free Financial Fair Oct 7, 7p, I am Moving, I am Learning Oct 7,14,21, 9:45a, Baby Signs (Herington) Oct 8, 8:30a, Community Forum Oct 8, 12p, United Way Kick-Off Luncheon Oct 10, 10a, Babysitter Instructor Class Oct 13, 7p, Bereavement Support Group begins Oct 14, 3:30 p, Underage Drinking Prevention Oct 16, 12p, Brown Bag Oct 18, 10a, Employment Expo Oct 19, 7p, Childcare Provider Recognition Oct 21, 7p, Stress workshop Oct 22, 12p, QLC Board of Directors Oct 23, 10a, Flu Shot Clinic (Abilene) Oct 28, 7p, I am Moving, I am Learning Oct 29, 10a, Flu Shot Clinic (Herington) Oct 31, GPTF Our Town begins Nov 10, Blood Drive

The forum is held the second Wednesday of each month starting at 8:30 A.M. and meets in the Conference Room, 203 N Cedar St. If you have not been to the meetings in awhile, please consider coming again or encourage others to attend. Opportunities for collaboration abound!

Six organizations have moved their offices to downtown Abilene. The new address is 203 N Cedar St, Abilene. Stop in and see us! Suite Suite Suite Suite Suite Suite

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Smart Start Dickinson County United Way of Dickinson County Quality of Life Coalition Red Cross Big Brothers Big Sisters Arts Council of Dickinson County

United Way kicks off campaign Wednesday October 8, 2008 12:00 p.m. Abilene Civic Center, 201 NW 2nd St Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by 10/3/08 Guest speaker is Bob Davis, voice of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks. The United Way phone number has changed to 785-200-6260. Please call to RSVP for the luncheon.

The Quality of Life Coalition is proud to be sponsored by the City of Abilene & the Dickinson County United Way Please share this newsletter!

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Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force This group will meet again on Oct 14, 3:30 pm, to continue building capacity. DID YOU KNOW: *Dickinson County is in the top 5 highest in Kansas for underage drinking *48% of youth reported that they drink at their friends’ homes *33% of youth reported that they have drank in the past 30 days and 20% of youth reported that they had five or more drinks on at least one occasion. WHAT CAN YOU DO? *Join a Parent Network. *Report Underage Drinking. *Talk to Youth. *Support Enforcement. *Get Involved! Call 263-1550 to join in this effort.

Community Foundation Announces Fall Grant Cycle

Loren Barten, chair, Community Foundation of Dickinson County Grants Committee, announces the Fall 2008 Grant Cycle for nonprofit organizations. This funding opportunity is for programs and projects in the areas of arts and culture, civic improvements/affairs, community development, education, the environment, health, human services and youth in Dickinson County. Nonprofit organizations within Dickinson County who would like an application may contact Meyer at 785.263.1863 or The deadline for submission is October 30, 2008. IRS Free Online Courses for Exempt Organizations New! now features free web-based mini-courses on current topics of interest to exempt organizations. Learn about navigating IRS resources, applying for tax exempt status, the ban on political campaign intervention, foundation classification, and the charitable contribution deduction. Courses on the new Form 990 coming soon.

Green Tip By Solvie Karlstrom,

Bisphenol A (BPA), which has been associated with health risks including, diabetes, heart disease and obesity, is found in the blood of 92 percent of all Americans over the age of five. Even after abandoning BPA-leaching polycarbonate water bottles, the hormone-disrupting chemical can still make it's way into the bloodstream via seemingly safe foods like canned soup. The majority of canned foods on the market come in containers whose linings are laced with traces of BPA that can migrate into food. Cut back on BPA by purchasing foods packaged in Tetra Paks, made from aluminum and polyethylene, and pick up products packaged in BPA-free cans, like beans and soups by Eden Foods.

Even better, avoid packaged foods altogether and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables and homemade dishes.

Kansas Employer Tax Update Effective July 1, 2008, employers with a total withholding tax liability over $45,000 for the calendar year must remit taxes via EFT.

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The Wellness Partnership of Dickinson County This coalition was organized July 22, 1994 to support the KDHE CDRR (Chronic Disease Risk Reduction) grant. The purpose of the grant is to promote healthy lifestyles to prevent or limit the effects of chronic disease in our county. There are three main areas of emphasis this grant targets: tobacco use, cessation and prevention. Physical activity and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption. The Wellness Partnership will meet November 12, 2008; February 11, 2009; and April 18, 2009 at 9:30am after the Community Forum. Additional meetings will take place in the Herington community.


This eight week session on Bereavement Education and Support teaches you what to expect with the grieving process. These free sessions will help you come to terms with the loss and reality of life without your loved ones. When: Starting Monday, October 13th Where: Home Health & Hospice Office (515 NE 10th) Time: 7 pm to 9 pm Moderator: Chris McKee, LSCSW, Bereavement Counselor Sponsored By: Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County Any Questions? Call 785-263-6630 Both Hospice families and the public are welcome. Persons interested in the support group are encouraged to bring along a supportive partner. Pre-registration is not required.

Kansas Health Foundation has just launched its “Smoke Is Poisonous” website that is interactive—with fact sheets and other materials. The website complements several secondhand smoke media campaigns going on in some Kansas communities. Please set this website up on your “favorites” list and share it with your partners.

Babysitter Instructor Class October 10, 2008 – 10AM At the American Red Cross—145 S Broadway, Salina Cost: $75.00 includes instructor materials. (Must have Fundamentals of Instructor Training and Basic CPR/First Aid certification prior to enrollment) For more information call Connie at (785) 827-3644

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Flu Shot Clinics The Dickinson County Health Department is gearing up for flu season and will be hosting several October/November influenza vaccination clinics in the county.

The CDC recommends flu vaccine for all children 6 months and older and all adults, especially older adults and adults with weakened immune systems or chronic disease. AnyAs part of an emergency prepar- one who lives with or cares for people at high risk for influenzaedness exercise the Health Derelated complications such as partment will have a flu vaccine healthcare workers and childcare Point of Dispensing (POD) site providers are strongly encourin Abilene on Thursday, October aged to receive a yearly flu vac23 from 10am – 7pm at the Abicination. lene Community Center, 1020 NW 8th ST. A Herington POD The flu is a contagious respirasite will be at the Herington tory illness caused by influenza Community Building, Herington viruses. It can cause mild to seFairgrounds, on Tuesday, Octo- vere illness, and at times can ber 29 from 10am – 7pm. lead to death. The best way to This exercise is to practice mass prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. dispensing of vaccine in the event of an actual disease outEvery year in the United States, break or pandemic. Other on average: county agencies, such as the local police departments, sheriff’s department, and emergency  5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; management will be on site assisting.  More than 200,000 people All county residents are are hospitalized from flu complistrongly encouraged to visit cations; and Approximately one of these sites to get your 36,000 people die from flu. flu vaccination. The actual POD testing time will be from 5pm – 7pm on both dates listed above. In this timeframe we hope to vaccinate 200 persons per hour.

heart disease), are at high risk for serious flu complications. Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Please contact the Dickinson County Health Department at 785-263-4179 if you have further questions. Sources sited: Provided by: Dickinson County Health Department 1001 N Brady ST Abilene, Kansas 67410 785-263-4179

Some people, such as the elderly, young children, and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or

Older Kansans with disabilities get help to purchase assistive technology A limited pool of money is currently available for Kansans with disabilities, 60 and older in need of assistive technology. United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas announced today that $120,000 is available on a first-come, first-served basis thanks to a Kansas Department on Aging grant and matching funds from the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc. Awards of up to one-half the purchase price (not to exceed $2,500), will be made to individuals who are seeking such items as manual wheelchairs, van modifications, lift chairs, home modifications for accessibility, ramps, walkers and crutches, to name a few. The funds can also be used for Medicare or insurance co-pays and deductibles on eligible equipment. According to UCP, the funds cannot be used to cover costs of items such as scooters, electric wheelchairs, hospital beds or communication devices. Applicants must meet UCP’s financial eligibility criteria and submit claims to Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, if applicable. “Once these funds are expended, they are gone until next year when we reapply for another grant,” explained Dave Jones, UCP of Kansas executive director. “That’s why it’s imperative that folks get their application in now.” To learn more or request an application, contact Jones at (316) 652-1538 or

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Community Bible Church, 121 NE 5 Abilene 7-8 p.m., 2nd & 4th Monday of each month Contacts: Mike Prescher 785-479-1828 Kathy Prescher, 785-263-1588 These contacts are not affiliated with the Church. This Support Group is affiliated with the headquarters of the Depressive and BiPolar Support Alliance (DBSA) located in Chicago, IL.

Single Moms Silent Children a support group for single moms with facilitator Bev Schmutz Provides a non-threatening, non-denominational setting where moms can find support and understanding. Meeting Saturday mornings, 10:30 am First United Methodist Church, 601 N Cedar, Abilene Sponsored by Kids In Crisis (Kan-KIC) Call June DeWeese for more information 263-3474

Military & Loved Ones of North Central Kansas For more information: Kimberly Thurston-Bynum (785) 209-0798

Community Grief Support When: 1st Monday of each month Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Facilitator: Chris McKee Cost: Free Location: Home Health & Hospice, 511 NE 10th

Brown Bag Luncheons occur the third Thursday monthly at noon at the First United Methodist Church, 601 N Cedar, Abilene. Everyone brings their own lunch and information is shared on programs which assist individuals in crisis. Anyone is welcome to attend who might serve in a caregiving position for lowincome individuals/families. Typically those attending would include representatives from KGS, DS&O, Westar, HOPE Center, SRS, Food and Clothing Bank, Salvation Army, Red Cross and ministers from area churches or other individuals who are involved in programs to assist low-income persons. For further information, call 785-263-2341.

Sept 26-Oct 12, “Barefoot in the Park” at Great Plains Theatre Oct 31-Nov 16, “Our Town” at Great Plains Theatre Dec 5-21, “Christmas My Way” at Great Plains Theatre 300 N Mulberry, Abilene 785-263-4574

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Roadmap to Becoming a Nonprofit Organization Thursday, October 9th, 2008 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wichita, Kansas The Center for Community Support & Research at Wichita State University is pleased to offer a free workshop which will provide an overview of how to build organizations which qualify for IRS nonprofit status. Workshop topics will include characteristics of well-constructed charitable organizations, questions for prospective nonprofits, and a review of primary tasks and government requirements. Building shared leadership from the start of your effort will also be discussed. Presenters will include Susan Whitfield-Lungren, attorney and nonprofit developer. This workshop is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Please make your reservations no later than October 3rd by contacting Angela Gaughan at (800) 445-0116 or Specific location information and other details will be provided with RSVP confirmation.

Smart Start Dickinson County Contact 263-1550 for information

Baby Signs Helping Babies talk before they can talk-Learn to use sign language with your baby Presented by Lindsey Smith Cloud County Community College Resource & Referral 6:30-8:30 pm Tuesday, September 30th Dickinson County Annex 710 S Buckeye, Abilene KS

STRESS Presented by Gina Delehanty, Central Kansas Mental Health Center 7-9 pm Tuesday October 21st First United Methodist Church 601 N Cedar, Abilene, Ks

Do you feel Stressed? Have you tried counting to.. 100 and its not working? Learn effective ways to cope and control your stress

3rd Annual Child Care Provider Recognition Night Sunday October 19, 2008 5:00 pm –7:00 pm At The Abilene Civic Center 201 N. W. 2nd Abilene KS 67410 Call Smart Start at 263-1550 for more information Kansas Non Profit Association Writing the Fundraising Letter Thursday, October 2, 2008 1 - 4PM Parsons Library, 311 S 17th St, Parsons Participants will have the opportunity to: • Determine the target audience, Develop the mailing list, Designing the letter, Writing the letter, Enclosures, The Follow-Up More information at

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Come and enjoy 2 exciting trainings that will energize you and the children you care for. •

You will.. Learn healthy ways to promote healthy and active lifestyles • Learn about good nutrition • Help prevent obesity and cardiovascular disease Receive 6 free CD’s to use with the children in your own program • Experience fun activities • Get your children moving while learning October 7th and 28th 2008 First United Methodist Church 601 N Cedar, Abilene 7-9 pm Presented by Korey Hensley, Heartland Programs Director Matt Pounds, Heartland Programs Program Coordinator Emily Porter, Early Education Specialist KDHE approved Call Smart Start Dickinson County at 263-1550 for your reservations

Sponsored by Heartland Programs and Smart Start Dickinson County Made possible through a grant from The Community Foundation of Dickinson County

8TH A N N U A L EMPLOYMENT EXPO 10am-2pm at Salina Central Mall Contact Phylis Anderson or Aneta Wilson at 785-827-9383 Features • 100's of job openings of all types and skill levels • Access to representatives from about 40 area employers • On-site interviews • Convenient location Resources for Job Applicants • Assistance with cover letters and resumes • Community resources to help find employment • Internet access to several online employment sites • Information on benefits and training for adults, dislocated workers, and youth

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Parents and Children….a FREE class for you! Would you like to communicate better with your baby by learning some basic sign language to teach your baby? October 7, 14, 21, 2008, 9:45am, United Methodist Church 3 South B Street, Herington The Baby Signs® Parent Workshop This 30-minute class provides parents with an overview of the Baby Signs® Program including the many benefits of signing, basic "How Tos" for teaching babies to sign, and many of the most useful signs through games, songs, and entertaining activities Benefits of the Baby Signs® Program for children and their parents: Reduces tears, tantrums and frustration Makes learning to talk easier Boosts self-esteem and self-confidence Stimulates intellectual development Strengthens the parent-child bond Made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Dickinson County and the Dickinson County Health Department Call Parents As Teachers USD 481/ USD 487 for more information or to sign up, 785-258-2263

Come One, Come All To the FREE Financial Fair! Consumer Credit Counseling Service, Inc. is hosting a FREE Financial Fair Saturday October 4th * 1:00pm to 5:00pm Holiday Inn Holidome * 1616 W. Crawford * Salina Kansas Fair Topics: Spending Plans * Credit Reports * Building Savings Seating is limited so call TODAY to make your reservation! Check-in from 12:30pm to 1:00pm 785-827-6731 or 800-279-2227 Sponsored by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner, Mortgage and Lending Division Aging on the Plains Conference, September 24-26, Wichita, KS The Wichita State University Regional Institute on Aging is convening "Aging on the Plains" September 24-26 at the Broadview Hotel in Wichita, KS. and well-being of older adults The conference includes an "Innovation on the Plains" panel. Kansas, like much of the central U.S. has a few population centers with the remainder of its population spread over relatively large geographic areas. As people age in Kansas, the often stay in their local community, even if services are scarce or nonexistent. In the current economic and workforce climate, it is not feasible to build "brick and mortar" solutions for care in every small community. Rather, solutions are emerging from local grassroots efforts in combination with technological and communication advances that are aimed at improving the lives and enhancing the well-being of those elders who choose to age in place. The panel will showcase a variety of innovative programs aimed at addressing services and needs of older adults. CEU's are available for Adult Care Home Administrators, Social Workers, and Nurses. The conference is sponsored in part by a Health Fund grant of $11000. Full conference information, agenda, and on-line registration are available at conferences.

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