DECEMBER 2021

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Upcoming Events 
  • We need your support Dec 2: 7:30 pm Webster Town Board Meeting where local marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges will be considered. Please attend and wear your WHEN T-shirt to show your support for a drug-free Webster! (Email Janine if you would like a shirt: director@whendfcc.org). Location: Town Board Room - behind the main Town Hall building next to the Justice Courts (building with the blue roof). You don't need to commit to speak, your presence alone is a show of support. See meeting agenda and attendee guidelines here.  To avoid having local dispensaries and consumption lounges, municipalities must pass a local law by Dec. 31, 2021. If a municipality does not opt out by that deadline, they will not have another opportunity to do so; however, those localities that passed a local law opting out may choose to opt back in at a later date by repealing their local law. Learn more in our October article, "Marijuana Dispensaries in Webster?".

  • Dec 9: 12:30-1:15 Live webcast panel discussion - "VAPING: KNOW THE TRUTH – Empowering Students with the Facts on E-Cigarettes & Tools to Quit" from Truth Initiative. See details and registration.

  • Jan 10: 6:00 pm: FREE Online Naloxone Training. Learn to save the life of an overdose patient with a nasal spray. Your kit will be mailed to you upon completion of the class. See details and register here.

 
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Community Training 

We hosted 17 naloxone trainees online on November 15th. We are very grateful to Jason Teller, our amazing instructor, who has trained countless local residents. Naloxone kits are being sent to attendees.

Board of Directors Meeting

The WHEN:DFCC board met on Tuesday, 11/30 and came to consensus on plans for bylaw and policy development. Expect to hear more about these, including your opportunity to participate in their development at our next coalition meeting on December 8th at noon.

An All-Time High!
Unique visitors to our website in October hit an all-time high (1,320), doubling our previous record – set the month prior – thanks to our Red Ribbon Week content and local Drug Take Back event. Please keep sharing our social media posts and encourage friends and family to visit WHENdfcc.org to help increase the positive impact we can make together.

Welcome to the WHEN Team

We are happy to welcome new members Babette and Kate, and encourage you to log in and take a look around. Please reach out to any member with questions.

 

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Holiday Stress Busters

A quote by Richelle E. Goodrich says, “The holidays are like candy: they slowly melt in your mouth, sweetening every taste bud, making you wish they could last forever.” The holiday season can also be just like consuming too much candy. It can upset your belly, make you tired, give you a headache, and make you feel sick. 

 

According to Psychology Today, “Regardless of one’s religious affiliation, the holiday season often inspires feelings of warmth, joy, and belonging. But for some people, this time of the year can evoke feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety. The holiday blues are a real phenomenon.” An American Psychology Association survey reports, “While the majority of people in the survey reported feelings of happiness, love, and high spirits over the holidays, those emotions were often accompanied by feelings of fatigue, stress, irritability, bloating, and sadness.”

The good news is there are actions you can take to limit the holiday stress from taking a toll on your physical and mental health. Begin with thinking about and setting your priorities. A VeryWell Mind article states, “It’s important to decide what traditions offer the most positive impact and eliminate superfluous activities. Pick a few favorite activities and skip the rest.” You can limit who you exchange gifts with, make less or buy pre-cut out cookies to decorate, spend less, decorate less, schedule get togethers for after the holiday season.

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If you are feeling lonely and wanting connections, look for places to volunteer and seek out time with people you want to be around. Do kind actions for others. Other holiday stress busters include: maintaining your sleep schedule, making time for exercise, limiting your intake of food, drink, and social media, being gentle with yourself, and not comparing yourself to anyone.

 

Belifenet.com defines the true holiday spirit as “one of kindness, compassion, and caring.” You do not have to give all of you to show your kindness, compassion, and caring for others. Give yourself permission to modify the way in which you experience the holiday season. As Jane Fonda said, “The challenge is not to be perfect - it is to be whole.” 
 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

 
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Upcoming Meetings

We meet online via Google Meet the second Wednesday of each month at noon. Many of us join during our lunch break. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. In fact, our goal is to have representation from all walks of life, to better meet the needs of the whole community.

 

Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 8th at noon. Simply register here to receive the meeting link, or email Janine Sanger, Executive Director for more information.

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Spotlight

Our executive team has been working hard to create and grow local partnerships with like-minded organizations. We are thrilled to have a new opportunity with Webster Parks and Recreation to create a community event for families that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser in March. Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!

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Reminder

If possible, please try to join us at the Webster Town Board Meeting on Thursday evening at 7:30 to show our support for OPTING OUT of having marijuana dispensaries and consumption lounges in Webster. A decision to opt out must be made and acted upon by the end of this month, or Webster will be opted-in by default. You can find more information about this matter here.

Happy Holidays!