F A M I L Y R E S O U R C E C E N T E R S T . C R O I X V A L L E Y FA M I LY M AT T E R S Supporting families in the St. Croix Valley since 1998 Spring 2015 Tenth Annual Reach for the Stars Celebrates Innovation, Partnerships Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley hosted their tenth annual “Reach for the Stars” event on April 19, with the theme New Orleans Jazz. Featuring live jazz played by local music educators and flavorful, New Orleans-inspired cuisine provided by R&D Catering, the stage was set for a dynamic dialogue on the state of early childhood in the region. Summer Programs Play & Learn in the Parks begins the week of June 8, with registration on Monday, June 1. New this summer: Healthy Families St. Croix Valley, located at Hungry Turtle Institute in Amery. Call 715-684-4440 to register today. See program schedule on page 3 for details! “I was thinking about our jazz theme for tonight and how early childhood is like jazz,” said executive director Patty Draxler. “[Both involve] innovation and staying ahead of trends. Early childhood experiences shape our nation’s health and it is a tribute to the Family Resource Center’s teaching team that they always stay ahead of the curve.” Patrick and Donna Hayes were honored for their leadership, dedication and support of the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley. Photo credit: Knoebel Portrait Design Scott Hippert, CEO of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) National Center in St. Louis, MO, was a featured speaker of the evening. He praised the organization’s innovative model, affirming that “Family Resource Center of the St. Croix Valley has set the standard for blending Parents as Teachers and primary health care. [The organization] has proven that home visiting partnerships with health agencies can transform the lives of young parents and put their children on a strong path to good health, literacy and school success.” Mr. Hippert was a guest at the event as part of the agency’s recognition as recipient of the PAT Losos Award for Innovation in late 2014. “Parents as Teachers National Center intends to more deeply study your work in order to replicate it across the nation,” he said. “Your story of success and innovation is one that I will share, including with White House staff, during my visit there next month.” Board Chair Barbara Nelson presented the annual Volunteer of the Year award to Patrick and Donna Hayes, stating that “As children, families and communities are rewarded by the mission of the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, we are rewarded by the dedication and generous support and commitment of these two special people.” The Hayes’ have supported the work of the Family Resource Center since 2006, through hosting the annual Liquor Haus Wine Tasting, serving on the Board of Directors and multiple committees, and also during the organization’s office remodel of 2012. (Continued on page 4) Family Resource Center publishes book for new parents Find us on Facebook Like us on Facebook to get updates about classes, registration deadlines, field trips and links to child development resources: Parent educators from Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley meet with about 1,000 parents annually when babies are born in six area hospitals. Educators offer information to new parents, invite them to participate in programs, and at times make referrals to other agencies. Staff decided they wanted to create a gift for families that will convey a message for weeks and months to come: Parents are their child’s first and best teachers, and the Family Resource Center is here to help. Working with a publisher in New York, the Family Resource Center has printed their own board book to distribute in partner hospitals titled “Me & You,” with generous funding from St. Croix Valley Foundation and United Way Success By 6. (Continued on page 4) www.facebook.com/frcscv 715-684-4440 [email protected] • www.frcscv.org FRCSCV Board of Directors Barbara Nelson, Chair Mary Sue Ash Sam Cari Chad Fett Bill Findlay Larry Gee Jessie Klopp Aaron Mork Kristen Novak Carla O’Connell Alison Page Jack Pollitt Kathy Rasmussen Agnes Ring Dr. Larry Solberg The mission of the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is to strengthen children, families, and communities by offering education, resources, and support. FRCSCV Staff Patty Draxler, Executive Director [email protected] Betsy Byker, Parent Educator/ Coordinator [email protected] Keri Fitts, Office Manager [email protected] Kristin Thompson, Development and Communications Coordinator [email protected] Robbyn Bowman, Parent Educator [email protected] Marla Butler, Parent Educator [email protected] Susan Hodnefield, Parent Educator [email protected] Sky Holt, Parent Educator [email protected] Julia Kannel, Parent Educator [email protected] Lesley Simons, Parent Educator [email protected] NEWSLETTER Writer/Editor: Kristin Thompson Design: Minuteman Press Printing: Minuteman Press Please notify us if your mailing address has changed. For an electronic version of this newsletter, email [email protected] or call Keri@ 715-684-4440. Thank You! From the Director ’s Desk move into spring and the warmer, busy It is always so nice to write this note to you as we you about our very successful annual days of summer. I am pleased to share news with e for our 2015 Annual Gala held at fundraising event. “New Orleans Jazz” was the them What a wonderful evening it was. R&D Catering Banquet Facility in New Richmond. friends that support the mission of I am grateful that we have such a strong family of FRCSCV! evening: Anne Moore and Michelle Special thanks to the participant speakers for the to life for all those in attendance! Plahn. Their words brought the FRCSCV programs ts as Teachers and Suzy Rodriguez, Thanks to Scott Hippert, President/CEO of Paren Wisconsin Parents as Teachers office Home Visiting National Model Specialist with our hear Mr. Hippert acknowledge the for attending this year’s event. It was exciting to to say he will be sharing our story in wonderful work going on in St. Croix Valley AND to Donna and Patrick Hayes, our Washington D.C. Finally, a heartfelt congratulations r! volunteer award winners, for a much-deser ved hono Reach for the Stars sub-committee, Thanks also to the Development Committee and rs and bidders. A special thank-you to business sponsors, volunteers, auction item dono in Thompson and Office Manager Development & Communications Coordinator Krist that it was. If you haven’t attended Reach Keri Fitts who really made this event the success We would love to see you there. for the Stars in the past, consider it for next year. ership. Thanks to generous I would also like to announce an exciting new partn partner with Polk United and will support from the St. Croix Valley Foundation, we 4-week classes this summer. This Hungry Turtle Institute to provide a series of three focus on nutrition and exercise and pilot initiative, Healthy Families St. Croix Valley, will a dietician & yogi, a parent educator and facilitated by experts in the field including a chef, ination event at one of the CSA farms – a master gardener. The series will end with a culm ” concept. where families can see first-hand the “farm to table wishes to Nini Milbrath as our outgoing I would also like to take a moment to extend best to welcome incoming board members board member. Thank you Nini! I would also like you both to the FRCSCV Board of Agnes Ring and Larry Gee. We excitedly welcome Directors. Have a GREAT summer! Patricia Draxler, Executive Director Michelle Plahn and family of River Falls have participated in Home Visiting and Play & Learn in the Parks. Michelle spoke at Reach for the Stars. Anne Moore and family of Amery have participated in Baby & Me and Play & Learn. Anne was also a participant speaker at Reach for the Stars. FRCSCV’s Grandchildren Honor Roll CHUCK & MARY SUE ASH of Hudson, WI Grandchildren: Christian & Charlie Ash of Fridley, MN Elizabeth & Gracie Strandberg of Duluth, MN BRAD & BETSY BYKER of Osceola, WI Grandchildren: Ava Schueller of Osceola, WI August Byker of Wasilla, AK HOWARD & TERESA CAMERON of Hudson, WI Niece & Nephews: Rachel, Andrew & Noah Burns of Hudson, WI SAM & TERESA CARI of Hudson, WI Grandchildren: Clara & Evan Cari of Hudson, WI Taylor, Carson & Caroline Cari of Hudson, WI George, William & Charlie Cook of Hudson, WI Nell Cari of Deephaven, MN BOB & CINDY CAMPBELL of Hammond, WI Grandchildren: Finley & Jordyn Campbell of River Falls, WI CHRISTINE ENGLISH of Hudson, WI Grandchild: James English of Hudson, WI ANN & BILL FINDLAY of Baldwin, WI Grandchildren: Maggie, Ian, Caden & Thane Findlay of US Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea KEN & MOLLY GALEWYRICK of Amery, WI Grandchild: Olive Weinberger of Victor, MT Great Nephew: Wyatt Hebb of Cloquet, MN MELVIN & VIVIANNA HANSON of Downing, WI Grandchildren: Bridget Draxler of Monmouth, IL Breanna Draxler of Manhattan, NY Brooke Draxler of Mounds View, MN Trish Meyers of Madison, WI Christopher Hanson of New Richmond, WI Rhonda Rassbach of Downing, WI Bo Standaert of Downing, WI Treena Bonte of New Berlin, WI Tara Bonte of Spring Valley, WI Great Grandchildren: Izabella & Peyton Rassbach of Downing, WI Landon & Nolan Standaert of Downing, WI Amelia & Stella Meyers of Madison, WI Rowen Hanson of New Richmond, WI SHARON & GARY LOVELL of Hudson, WI Grandchild: Finn Russell Norton of Woodbury, MN BARBARA NELSON of Emerald, WI Grandchildren: Finn, Erin & Nolan McCarthy of Eagan, MN JEFF & LEANN NIELSEN of Henderson, MN Grandchildren: Collin & Colton Deiss of Spring Valley, WI Jace Nielsen of LeSueur, MN TOM & JANET O’CONNELL of Hudson, WI Grandchildren: Emma & Tess O’Connell of Wilson, WI KATHLEEN and the late FRANCIS OBERMUELLER of Glenwood City, WI Grandchildren: Jake, Caleb & Elijah Heimer of Glenwood City WI Greg & Aaron Obermueller of Eagan, MN Abigail, Lucas & Logan Obermueller of Hudson, WI Halle, Royal & Reggie Bignell of Baldwin, WI ALLEN & JOELL OBERSTADT of Fremont, WI Grandchildren: Adam & Michaela Meier of Woodville, WI DR. JAMES QUENAN & DR. DANIELLE BUSSE-QUENAN of Amery, WI Grandchildren: Alex, Maddie & Francesca Quenan of Libertyville, IL Jonathon, Anna, Sean & Kate Quenan of Arlington Heights, IL Clara Thoreson of Austin, TX Connor, Josie, Ava & Colton Botz of New Richmond, WI Tyler, Drew, & Max Botz of Eagan, MN Gavin Botz of Eagan, MN Kaelyn & Tristan Olson of Baldwin, WI Khelsy Pilacinski of Baldwin, WI LANCE & SHARON REYZER of Roberts, WI Grandchildren: Carmen Reyzer of Woodville, WI Evan Reyzer of River Falls, WI CHARLES & SHARON RYAN of Duluth, MN Grandchild: Teddy Mukka of Somerset, WI JAMES & MARY SCHACKER of St. Paul, MN Grandchildren: Maggie and Lily Jansen of Baldwin, WI JANET & JON SCHNEEWIND of Hudson, WI Grandchildren: Erin Dusek of LaCrosse, WI Christopher & Connor Dusek of Knapp, WI Rachel Frankel of Cedar Park, TX STEVEN & CONNIE SORG of Spring Green, WI Grandchildren: Makenna & Natalie Menter of Roberts, WI GAIL & GERALD TESSMAN of Amery, WI Grandchildren: Jessie Maule of Denver, CO Tyler & Sarah Maule of Madison, WI Nick & Erica Tessman of Woodbury, MN Casey & Rachel Miller of Vadnais Heights, MN S. MARK & JACKIE TYLER of Woodville, WI Grandchildren: Rhyan, Roslyn & Wesley Nichols of Baldwin, WI LOU & KATHLEEN WILLIAMSON of Amery, WI Grandchildren: Hans & Elin Williamson of Amery, WI Quinn Williamson of New Richmond, WI HONOR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN Honor your grandchildren for their birthdays, for their special achievements or milestones, or simply for the joy they bring to your life! Your name and your grandchildren’s names will appear in four issues of this newsletter when you donate $100 or more to the Family Resource Center. *Please notify Kristin at 715-684-4440 or [email protected] to add a new grandchild to your list Dick’s Fresh Market hosts “Donate a Dollar” campaign Thank you Dick’s Fresh Market in Amery, Osceola and River Falls for hosting a “Donate a Dollar for Kids” the week of March 23, raising $1,137 for Family Resource Center programs! If your business is interested in hosting a fundraising event to benefit FRCSCV, please contact Kristin at 715-684-4440 or [email protected] Thrivent Financial supports programs for local families ACTIVITIES – June - July - August CALENDAR FOR SUMMER 2015 GROUPS BABY & ME A play and discussion hour for parents and their infants (Birth to one year). Baby & Me classes are provided by Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley as a component of United Way St. Croix Valley’s Success by 6 partnership. Pre-registration is required by calling 715-684-4440. Amery Wednesdays 10:30 am – 11:30 am @ Amery Hospital & Clinic, Birthday Suites Waiting Room Baldwin Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm @ Baldwin Area Medical Center, Old Clinic New Richmond Mondays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 367 W. River Dr. (sponsored by Westfields Hospital & Clinic) Osceola Thursdays 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ Osceola Medical Center, Cascade Room River Falls Fridays 10:30 am – 11:30 am @ River Falls Area Hospital, Classrooms B & C St. Croix Falls Tuesdays 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm @ St. Croix Regional Medical Center, O.B. Waiting Room PLAY & LEARN IN THE PARKS Parents and their toddlers or preschoolers will have the opportunity to explore the natural resources of the St. Croix Valley. Learning activities will include planting vegetables and sampling healthy snacks from our local farmer’s markets, as well as plenty of physical activity for the family. As usual groups will include music, structured group activities, story time and snack. Note: Park stickers will be needed for state park locations. A limited number of scholarships are available. Amery Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am, DD Kennedy County Park Hudson Thursdays, 10-11:30 am, Willow River State Park River Falls Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am, Kinnickinnic State Park Pre-registration is required by calling 715-684-4440 beginning June 1 at 9:00 a.m. Classes begin the week of June 8 and run through August 24. Play and Learn Groups will not meet the week of June 29 or July 27. Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley is eligible to receive contributions through a unique charitable grant program called Thrivent Choice®. Eligible members of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans can recommend where some of Thrivent Financial’s charitable outreach funds go by participating in Voting Events and directing Choice Dollars®. To learn more, visit Thrivent.com/ thriventchoice. HEALTHY FAMILIES ST. CROIX VALLEY Join us this summer for a new 4-week class on healthy food preparation and cooking, activities for parents and children (preschool age and younger), yoga and relaxation instruction. Three sessions available at no cost to families. Offered in partnership with the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley, the Hungry Turtle Institute and Polk United. Funded by the St. Croix Valley Foundation. Mondays, 1-3 pm at Hungry Turtle Institute, 110 Keller Ave N., Amery Sessions begin June 8, July 6 and Aug 3. Registration for this new program ends June 1. Call 715-684-4440 to register today. Fall Play & Learn registration is Monday, August 31 by calling 715-684-4440. Classes begin the week of September 8. Tenth Annual Reach for the Stars (cont’d) Attendees heard from two participant speakers about the impact the Family Resource Center had for them as parents. “I feel that the programs at the Family Resource Center are important to both new and experienced parents to give them that sense that they are not alone and they belong, said Anne Moore of Amery. “Home visiting helps me be a better parent,” said Michelle Plahn of River Falls. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world knowing these resources exist.” The success of Reach for the Stars is possible, in part, due to the generosity of event sponsors. Family Resource Center would like to thank the 2015 sponsors and recognize those who provided support at $1,000+: es! I want to help the Family Y Resource Center St. Croix Valley give children the best start possible! Name(s)__________________________ ________________________________ Address__________________________ ________________________________ City_____________________________ State___________ Zip______________ Phone___________________________ This tenth annual event set a new standard for fundraising, with a record high total of almost $53,000 raised for Family Resource Center programs for area families. The bar was raised for the annual Reach for the Stars dessert auction as well, with the total funds raised exceeding $15,000 and the highest bid on a cake going to a dessert baked by Emma O’Connell, age 14, herself a past participant of Play & Learn. E-mail____________________________ ________________________________ Gift Amount: o $1000 o $500 o $250 o $100 o $50_____Other _____My check, payable to FRCSCV, is enclosed. Please charge my pledge of $25 or more to: (circle one) Visa MasterCard AmEx Card #_________________________ Exp._________ CSC#______________ E-mail (required for credit card gifts): _______________________________ Emma O’Connell and Karissa Danielson volunteered to serve desserts at the 10th annual Reach for the Stars. I would like to make a recurring monthly donation. Amount $___________ PHOTO CREDIT: KNOEBEL PORTRAIT DESIGN ______My employer will match my gift; please contact me. FRCSCV Publishes Book (cont’d) Resource Center staff ventured into publishing a book because of the desire to make a lasting impression with families during a joyful, yet stressful and sleepless time. “New parents receive lots of information during their brief hospital stay,” said Program Coordinator Betsy Byker. “We hope our book will serve as a reminder that we are here to help.” Local photographer Stacey Knoebel, owner of Knoebel Portrait Design in Roberts and Family Resource Center volunteer, provided her professional photography and graphic design services for the project. “I started working with the Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley a few years ago when I photographed their annual Reach for the Stars fundraiser,” said Knoebel. “When [Development & Communications Coordinator] Kristin Thompson approached me about the board book idea, I jumped in wholeheartedly because I knew this would be a great way to help them reach families.” ______Please contact me about making a gift through my will or estate plan. Photo (L to R) back row: Betsy Byker and Kristin Thompson, Family Resource Center; Angie Pilgrim, St. Croix Valley Foundation; Patty Draxler, Family Resource Center; John Coughlin, United Way St. Croix Valley; Lesley Simons, Family Resource Center. Front row: Participant Amanda Wersal and son Ryan, Participant Ahri Clark and daughter Vienna, Stacey Knoebel, Knoebel Portrait Design. Family Resource Center programs. “The pictures are showing real-life people navigating parenthood for the first time, said Parent Educator Lesley Simons. “We hope parents feel a connection with these families and can see themselves in the pages. Reading is a life-long skill that starts at birth, and our hope in creating this book is that as parents read the words, they see the amazing ways their baby is showing them All of the families in the book are participants in exactly what they need.” I want my gift to fund: ______ Greatest need ______ Program support ______ Grandchildren Honor Roll (for a gift of $100 or more, please send us the names and locations of the grandchildren you would like to honor) ______ Permanent fund ______ Other Thank you for helping us “Grow Kids By Growing families!” Detach Donation Form and mail to: Family Resource Center St. Croix Valley 857 Main Street P.O. Box 2087 Baldwin, WI 54002 FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER St. Valley Growing Croix Kids by Growing Families Growing Kids by Growing Families 857 Main Street FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER ST. CROIX VALLEY PO Box 2087 Baldwin, WI 54002 Phone: (715) 684-4440 Fax: (715) 684-5122 E-mail: [email protected] NON-PROFIT ORG. 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