Mequon Thiensville Positive Parent Involvement
Meeting Minutes, October 5, 2004
Members present: Cheryle Rebholz, Jean Stern, Nancy Russoniello, Diane Rosenberg, Bridget Sandlow, Lori
Jelinek, Lynn Fraaza, Nancy Guy, Suzanne Spaeth, Mandie Rudolph, Robin Steckler, Paula Mayer, Lori Menchaca,
Joyce Gitter, Cindy Bock, Amy Masters, Rita Ramnarayan, Amy Katz, Nancy Klug, Deb Wagner, Vickie Hogan,
Leeann Moats, Sheryl Reed, Pam Liegeois, Karen Van Drisse, Shea Halula.
Guests: Carri Wittenberg, Carol Morelllo, Dr. Bob Slotterback
Prior to the start of the meeting, the Grade 4-8 reps met and dates for Fun Nights were determined. They are:
Saturday, Feb 5, Grade 6
Friday, Feb 25, Grade 7
Friday, March 4, Grade 4
Saturday, March 5, Grade 5
Friday, April 15, Grade 8
Ann explained the items on the sign-in sheet, including help with sending out the directory, sorting t-shirts, putting
up RRW posters and the fundraising breakfast.
Approval of minutes: Minutes were approved as they had been sent out.
Treasurer’s Report: Lynn Fraaza reported that little money has been spent so far, and membership money is still
Ozaukee Council: Shea Halula provided several handouts, including info about a traveling exhibit from the DEA
that explains the link between drugs and terrorism. Shea explained that the Council was awarded a grant for
$86,000 from the Federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program. They will work with the Northern Ozaukee
School District, hoping to then move the same program into the other schools in the county in subsequent years.
There is concern that this could affect funding from the county, but it is “new money” for a specific program and
needs to be matched by funds from the county. All reps are encouraged to contact their county supervisors to voice
their support for the Ozaukee Council, and if possible, appear at the public hearing on Monday, November 1 at
7:00pm in downtown Port Washington.
Shea reminded reps that the Ozaukee Council’s fundraising dinner will be Thursday, November 11 and that
invitations were mailed out to reps; if you did not receive one, call the Council at 375-1110 to request one.
Shea also told the group about the upcoming Drug Awareness Night to be held at the Cedarburg Performing Arts
Center (note—a couple things sent out by PPI have said its at the Cedarburg Cultural Center—the PAC is the
correct location) at 7:00pm on November 22. The speaker, Dr. Brian Fidlin, is excellent, and all parents are
encouraged to attend. We will try to ensure that the letter and flyer about this event get out to middle and high
Suzanne Spaeth/Officer Mandie Rudolph: Suzanne encouraged parents, especially middle school parents, to
attend the M-T ATOD Prevention Advisory Meeting which will be October 19. She encouraged reps to bring this
up to other parents and encourage their attendance.
Red Ribbon Week Planning: Reps were asked to take a few posters and put them up at area businesses they
frequent. We have received a donation from Columbia St. Mary’s which will allow us to give RRW t-shirts to all
faculty and staff at the public elementary and middle schools and Sts. Cecilia & James. Reps will be needed to help
count out the shirts and distribute them in their schools. High school reps were asked to meet for a few minutes
after the meeting to work out plans at HHS, and Ann encouraged reps to meet with their school counselors if they
have not to finalize plans for RRW. Ann also distributed flyers detailing give-aways from area businesses for
students who come to their business wearing their red ribbons.
Rita Ramnarayan asked if PPI would consider purchasing banners for the schools. Her school was interested in a
large banner to hang outside. Rita did some checking and found out that banners could be purchased and made for
about $140 each; several people suggested other places to check to compare prices. It was moved and seconded that
we spend up to $1000 purchasing banners for the schools. Since we are not spending part of our RRW budget on
pencil and bracelets for kids (because we got the t-shirts donated), we do have funds available. The group voted to
proceed. Ann asked the reps from the other schools to talk to their principals in the next day or so and find out if
they would like a banner and to communicate that to Rita.
Developmental Assets: Ann handed out this month’s newsletter, which includes on the back a quiz which can be
taken by parents and kids about the assets. Also mentioned is communication, a key component in parent/child
relationships, and the subject of this month’s newsletter article.
PPI Registration: Many thanks to Vickie Hogan for doing the directory! Any registration forms need to be in to
Vickie. She hopes to finish the directory by the end of the week (or close to it) and will need volunteers to help with
labels and seals sometime in the next couple weeks.
Fun Nights: Thanks to all who came early to get the dates set. Rita Ramnarayan and Nancy Guy offered to
purchase some new games and sports equipment for us to use to shore up current supplies.
Fundraising Breakfast: Thanks to all who signed up to help at the breakfast. With a core group of volunteers
doing each of the different tasks and all other members of the group pitching in with the business contacts, we can
again make this a very successful event.
Parent to Parent Program: Ann received 2 calls from parents interested in setting up Parent to Parent groups.
She will wait to hear back from them but would also like reps to try to set up something at their schools.
Along those lines, Shea Halula and Suzanne Spaeth are going to present to the Range Line PTA at their October
meeting, addressing the question, “why is middle school too late to start talking to your kids about drugs and
alcohol?” Thanks to Jean Stern making the request to put this together, and if it goes well, it may be something the
other reps may want to suggest to their PTA’s.
Questions/Comments: Paula Mayer shared info about speaker Rachel Simmons, author of “Odd Girl Out” who will
be in Cedarburg tonight addressing the topic of bullying among females.
Suzanne Spaeth asked the group about their support for doing the Development Asset Survey. The PPI board
approved funds in this years budget for this last spring; some discussion was held explaining the survey and that its
benefit might be to get at more of what is behind youth’s decisions to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, whereas
the Red Ribbon Week survey basically measures use and sources of it. Both are valuable measures, but the Asset
Survey might be more useful in developing action plans to take to try to decrease use among teens. The group was
in favor of the survey and the money that is was budgeted but agreed that it might be more appropriate for other
community groups to help cover the rest of the appx. $7500 cost (we have $2000) budgeted.
Dr. Bob Slotterback explained that he is putting together groups to create a vision for the district in the future. He
asked that everyone think about what they would like the district to look like 5-10 years from now, what programs
or things they would like to see initiated and emphasized.
It was also suggested that Ann send out some type of prototype letter for reps to use in contacting their county
supervisors about supporting the Ozaukee Council
Next Month: Fundraising Breakfast organization. PLAN TO ARRIVE 15 MINUTES (9:15 PROMPTLY)
EARLY IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR A COMMITTEE FOR THE BREAKFAST. If you aren’t on a
committee at this point but would like to help, please come and find out how you can get involved!
10 Person Challenge: Ann challenged the reps to share something they have learned at the meeting—info that
Shea shared, info about the importance of the Ozaukee Council and supporting it.