www.mybaycity.com October 20, 2015
Rotary Article 10160

CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region

October 20, 2015
By: Stephen Kent



Suzanne Greenberg
Suzanne Greenberg of the CAN Council spoke to Rotary about her organization's programs. The organization, which partners with the Nathan Weidner Foundation, addresses Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) issues in the region.

Greenberg talked about several of CAN's programs including CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates. Trained CASA volunteers are assigned to follow individual children who are in the Bay or Saginaw County coutr systems dues to abuse or neglect. Volunteers are trained then deputized by the court, giving them the authority to go almost anywhere and collect any information on the child's behalf. CASA is a national program.

Among the other programs are Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs), which provide "a safe and supportive environment for children who have been sexually abused or have witnessed a violent act". CACs have trained nurses and other staff who know how to deal with children to provide "counseling, support and follow-up throughout the process".

Greenberg also introduces Rolando, one of 70 "infant simulators" owned by the CAN office and used in their "Safe Baby" program. Passing Rolando around the gathered Rotarians, Greengerg explained that these are computer controlled simulators that teach what caring for a real baby would be like. They do everything you would expect with the exception of having real bodily fluids, although diapers do need changing.

The simulators are quite expensive. Many schools have them, but most have just two or three due to the cost. With 70 babies representing all ethnic types, CAN will visit two classrooms at a time and send babies home with 25 to 30 students from two classes. Up to 60 simulators will be out every weekend "which is important because we have 60 miserable children from the same school each weekend."

"This is one of the most realistic" experience a teen can have without having a real baby. The simulators record everything that happens to them and that is reported back to CAN when the baby is returned. "We see everything, but we're really trying to address shaken baby syndrome" said Greenberg. She also described the current thinking about how to put a baby to bed safely.

Although she could not specifically address the issue of preventing teen pregnancy, she did note that there is a noticeable delay after having the simulator. "The kids are so excited when we go in on Wednesday to talk about babies. When they get their babies, baby clothes, and diapers on Friday they're even more excited. When we go back on Monday morning to pick them up the teens are almost throwing those babies at us".

For more information visit CANcouncil.org



CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS

Andrea Hales presided on Tuesday in Brenda Scramlin's absence. Among the announcements, Andrea read a thank-you note from the Bay City Public Schools which talked about the golf outing funds the club recently gave for technology in the schools.

The club also raised over $500 last week to purchase one pallet of water for the Flint schools during their water emergency.

Members were reminded of the World Polio Live Stream viewing party to be held at the Bay City Times this Friday from 6 to 8 (an event that occurred prior to this newsletter being distributed.)

Rotarians are still needed to distribute Dictionaries and Thesaursuses to schools.

Andrea needs a second host family for the Spring school session. She also says that the exchange for next year is being scheduled now and she needs a first host family on file so they can get busy on obtaining a passport.

Remember that Vocation Day is coming up November 10. Congressman Dan Kildee is the scheduled speaker. The club expects 100+ students. Rotarians are encouraged to attend. The Doubletree will be providing pleanty of room!

The Club will MEET OFF-SITE at the Depot on October 27.

The current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available in the LINKS section below.


DATES TO REMEMBER



October 23, 2015: World Polio Day LIVE STREAM: Bay City Times / MLive offices on Water Street. 6pm to 8pm.

October 27, 2015: OFF-SITE Meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot

November 3, 2015: OFF-SITE Meetikng at Lumber Barons

November 10, 2015: Vocational Day - Congressman Dan Kildee is the scheduled speaker. The club expects 100+ students. Rotarians are encouraged to attend. The Doubletree will be providing pleanty of room!

November 24, 2015: Rotary Homecoming - Hosted by Rob Clark. Wear your school colors. Rotary Outstanding Service and Excellence (ROSE) award will be presented.


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

October 27, 2015: Club Membership Growth and Retention. Presented by Rotary District 6310 Membership Chairperson Rich Flemming.

November 3, 2015: Hospice 101 November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Bonnie Marsh will talk about hospice care and palliative care - how they differ from and complement one another.

November 10, 2015: Rotary Vocational Day - Congressman Dan Kildee will speak. The club expects 100+ students. Rotarians are encouraged to attend. The Doubletree will be providing pleanty of room!

November 17, 2015: Bay Arenac Community High School presented by Superintendent Erin Sullivan. The presentation will highlight students, faculty and staff and their efforts to lead the State of Michigan as the only High School to obtain 'Great Expectations' status.

November 24, 2015: Rotary Homecoming Hosted by Rob Clark. Wear your school colors. Rotary Outstanding Service and Excellence (ROSE) award will be presented.


Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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LINKS

RotaryBayCity.org BayCityMorningRotary.com
District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at RotaryEclubOne.org
The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
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