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October 2014 Meeting Recap
We held our annual membership meeting for TFM on October 3 this year and had an excellent turnout! We have lots to report!
There was a great turnout at this meeting. Lydia Ahlum Hanson from Affirmations presented findings from LGBT focus groups regarding tobacco issues. We were lucky to be one of the first groups to receive the report filled with valuable information for our members!
Hilary Baca from National Jewish Health was also on hand to talk about the Michigan Quitline - how it works, new programs and successes. We were fortunate to have her in Michigan from Colorado!
Our Mosquito Award recipient for October was Cindy Lanning Burch from Kent County. Nominated by Sharon Briggs from Cherry Street Health Services, Cindy "is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference. Without her support and guidance the Tobacco Free Living Committee would have had a lot harder time with the requirements of this grant."
Last, but not least, we held elections for the TFM Board of Directors. Elected to the board were DeBorah Borden from Washtenaw County Health Department, Ann Goldon from Genesee County Health Department, Ricki Torsch from Macomb County Health Department, Lisa Danto from Traverse Bay Area Tobacco Coalition, Rhonda Rudolph from the Jackson County Health Department and Chris Franklin from American Indian Veterans of Michigan. Congratulations and welcome to the board!
July 2014 Meeting Recap
Our summer membership meeting was held on July 18. If you were unable to attend, you missed some great information!
TFM Board Member Lisa Danto, along with Traverse Bay Area Tobacco Coalition member Karl DeFoe, presented on the recently completed National Cherry Festival. For those of you that don't know, the festival was smokefree this year. Lisa and Karl presented on some of the successes and challenges of the project. We hope that TFM members may be able to work with their local festivals, and keep the Cherry Festival experience in mind as a starting point!
Karl was also awarded with a Mosquito Award for all this hard work on the festival and in the coalition. He is accepting his award in the above picture, joined by Board Chair Amanda Holm and Lisa Danto, who nominated him. Congratulations Karl!
The Multicultural Network also presented some information regarding their group and a recent legislative visit they had, where they presented information on how tobacco use affects disparate populations and how the Master Settlement Agreement funds are used in Michigan. We appreciate their hard work in presenting this message!
Information was also presented regarding the latest challenges regarding e-cigarette legislation in Michigan. No law has been put in place as of yet, but we are working to make sure that public health concerns are addressed in the final version. Stay tuned for more updates!
Please consider joining us for our October meeting, where we'll be electing board members and providing more information for you to use at home in your work!