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Empower Tusc Coalition Meeting

  • Friday, May 10, 2024
  • Meeting Minutes


  • Sgt William Bower, Ohio State Hwy Patrol
  • -Robert Bray, WBTC Radio & Media Chair
  • -Mary Burkhart, Retired Pastor/Teacher
  • -Kevin Cochenour, Kraton Pine Chemical
  • -Lakyn Craig, Health Educator-Tusc Co Health Dept
  • -Bill Harding, Citizen Member
  • -Heather Hill, OhioGuidestone TTS
  • -Bill Houglan, Citizen Member
  • -Gail Houglan, Citizen Member
  • -Leslie Korns, ADAMHS Board Member
  • -*Rebecca (Bee) LeMasters, ADAMHS Board Member/Be the Mission
  • -Connie Limbacher, Citizen Member & Coalition Secretary
  • -*Katie Maurer, OhioGuidestone, Addiction Line-Access Navigator
  • -Terri Miller, OhioGuidestone TTS & Suicide Prevention Chair
  • -*Jeff Neidig, Pharmacist  Mediwise Pharmacy
  • -*Beverly Pearch, Ex Dir Big Brothers, Big Sisters
  • *Jacqui Price, Ex Dir The Movement
  • Cheryl Ramos, Citizen Member & New Phila City Council Member
  • Melissa Rath, OSHP Tusc Branch
  • Clay Riker, Tusc Co JFS
  • -*Miles Riley, Dir. Marketing-Springvale Health Centers
  • -Jodi Salvo, OhioGuidestone, Dir of SUD Prevention & Coalition Coordinator
  • -Gerald Sanders, Citizen Member
  • -Sierra Schweitzer, OhioGuidestone TTS & Y2Y Coordinator
  • -Joe Svancara, Pastor & Friends of the Homeless Shelter
  • -*Harley Wheeler, Pastor

(-) Members
(*) Present Virtually

Meeting Summary:

Meeting called to order at 9:02 AM by Jodi Salvo. Observed a moment of silence in remembrance of Doug Wills who passed away and was longtime community volunteer and Republican Party Chair. 26 people were present (19 Present & 7 Virtual); (21 members & 5 Non-Member) Introductions made. Approval of Minutes– Bill Harding made a motion to accept April 12th, 2024, meeting minutes with the corrections of spelling of Danyell, Terri and Victoria to Veronica. Robert Bray seconded, and all voted yes. 

Committee Reports

Executive/Steering CommitteeNo Report—Did not meet.

Alcohol Prevention Committee: DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas)—Cheryl explained what the City of New Philadelphia is considering and asked ANYONE in opposition to please come to a council meeting and voice their concern. There is a petition out that has 400 signatures already against this proposal. This would also be a good time for the churches to chime in with their concerns, as well. Much discussion was given and voiced. Parents Who Host, Lose The Most (PWHLTM) Campaign. Signs and banners are out. Anyone still needing a sign, can pick one up in the United Way vestibule.

Faith-Based Committee Pastor Briefing—Bee LeMasters reported that there would be a faith leader meeting on May 20th 10AM-1PM at the Monarch Center in Dover entitled “Bridge the Divide”. Eric Frederickson will be speaking. Resources are being created for this event.  Focus will be on Addiction & Recovery and how the churches can be a unified presence to support those struggling with addiction, and our recovery community.

Media CommitteeRobert reported that public service radio (PSA) messages are completed and ready to air.  The other committees will be reporting on the different campaigns. 

Prescription Drug CommitteeJeff reported that the National DEA Drug Take Back was held at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital (CCUH) on April 27th from 10AM-2PM. The stats were a little lower this time, but since we have several drop boxes and the DETERRA Bags for disposal now, many are using them.  Generation RX presentations have not had the attendance as expected so we will be looking into a different audience. 

Suicide Prevention Committee—May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Terri reported that Man Therapy Training was held and will continue to be the focus for the committee. Most of the deaths by suicide are Men 50+ years of age. This ties into the coalition work with youth as when men show healthy behaviors, it also helps reduce stigma. Leslie shared that there would be QPR Trainings (Question, Persuade, Refer) for anyone that would like to attend. It is 90 minutes in length and one will be held May 20th at the Tuscarawas Co Public Library at 6PM and another in Carroll Co on May 30th at 6PM at The Carroll Co Police Department. Pre-registration is needed for both, due to space constraints. 

Tobacco/Vaping Committee—Lakyn reported that she is back as the chair for the committee. At the next meeting the strategic plan will need to be revised due to the passing of the preemption law in Ohio.  Since the PSA’s are completed—they will be posted and sent out to the public for broadcasting.

Youth SectorSierra reported that the final end of school year things are being completed. Schools took part in “prom promises” where they promised to have a safe and healthy prom night, and end of the year feedback was given on Youth-to-Youth programs.  Graduation chords for Youth-To-Youth members are blue and gold. 

Marijuana Committee –Jodi reported that there is a big push to move operationalization of recreational marijuana program from September to June. She has a power point with slides, and we can provide presentations to cities, villages, townships and civic organizations. We will start offering presentations to city and village councils and township trustees, asking their consideration to pass an emergency ordinance or resolution to ban recreational marijuana sales in their jurisdictions.  The points are traffic safety, workplace safety, mental health, and youth access and addiction. Each jurisdiction is given information on their constituents vote on issue, and research on negative impact on four areas of focus to include outcome data to show the increase of youth use near dispensary placement. Educational Event is being planned. Volunteers are needed to help with doing environmental scans and focus groups at multiple locations. Volunteers are really needed for this committee. 

Old Business – No Report

New Business/Upcoming Coalition Events—HIPS (Hidden In Plain Site) trailer Training—Jodi will hold a training after our next meeting in June.  The problem is we need to have at least 3 volunteers to be a part of each event. One outside, inside and at our regular booth. The intent is to educate the parents and people. May Is also National Foster Care Month. Connie reported for Job & Family Services (JFS) Rep David Riker. There is currently 33 local foster parents licensed at the agency. Anyone interested in learning more can contact Supervisor Beth Kiggans. As of May 3rd, there were 29 children in permanent custody of which 3 are in adoptive placement leaving 26 awaiting for a forever home. 72 are in temporary custody and another 19 in kinship placements. Fostering Love is 501C3 organization that helps to meet the needs of local foster parents and youth providing necessity bags at removals with pajamas, hygiene items, and a comfort item like a stuffed animal. They also provide freezer meals for foster parents, and host events throughout the year.  They also do supportive activities for agency staff throughout the year like mugs with candy, donuts for a staff meeting, etc. Contact Liz Renner at 330-353-9327 for more information on this group.  Summer Youth Employment—(Deb Whitney) Info distributed and Juvenile Court recently started a Community Service/Work Program

Public Speaks/Organization Share

  • May 15-Windsor Laurelwood Open House—Re-Opening of Recovery Center for Hope—11AM-2PM—35900 Euclid Ave, Willoughby, OH 440-567-3017 Samantha May Comm Liaison 
    • May 14- Leadership Tusc graduation
  • May 16- Friends of Homeless—5:30PM
  • May 20- Bridge the Divide, Faith Leader’s Event
  • May 25- Canal Day Parade
  • May 25- Bicycle Rodeo Provia Walnut Creek
  • June 8- Newcomerstown Back to Summer event
  • June 8- Newcomerstown McDonald’s Safety Day
  • June 15- Newsy Towne Zoo 

 Adjourn– Bill Harding made a motion to Adjourn at 10:29AM.

Next Meeting – Hybrid Meeting

Visitor & Convention Bureau – 124 High Ave., New Philadelphia- Friday, June 14th, 2024

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