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January 22, 2020:

Good Afternoon,

The Raymond Coalition For Youth has roared into 2020 and 22 days in we are still full steam ahead.  We have some exciting news to share with you and want to make sure you know about our famous, and very well attended, Family Fun Night this Friday night, January 24th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Iber Holme Gove Middle School in Raymond.  

I am going to ask you to join me in welcoming our three new RCFY Board of Directors members:  Deb, John, and Stephen.  Their info is below and we are grateful to have them join our amazing team of people who give of their time to ensure the long term sustainability of RCFY into the future.  

I want to make sure you know about our 7th Annual Fundraising Gala on March 21st.  We once again have Juston McKinney joining us.  He was hilarious last year and there is a great interest in this event again this year.  We have 300 tickets to sell and our goal is to sell out.  You can get your tickets online or by contacting our office.  All funds raised support the mission and programming of RCFY. 

Thank you!!  It is important that everyone knows that RCFY is only possible because of the many people who are involved and share their time, talent and treasure.  Just twenty-two days into 2020 and it is apparent how amazing our community is and what great passion we have to make a difference.  Project Safeguard, NAMI NH Connect Suicide Prevention Training, Family Fun Night, our RCFY monthly meeting and our Youth Action members.  Phew.  So much great stuff, supported and made possible by everyone who is RCFY.  Thank you! 

Please take a moment to check out the pictures and articles below.  If you have any questions or want to be more involved in any of the events please contact our office. 

I hope you have a great day,

Celeste Clark,
Executive Director, Raymond Coalition For Youth 
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The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community to promote positive youth development and reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk.
Join us in Welcoming our new members!
RCFY is a 501(c)(3) and as such requires a dedicated volunteer board of directors.  They are responsible for the direction and long term sustainability of RCFY.  We are grateful to each of them listed below and our new members who each bring a diverse background of talents to share with, who are listed here.  We would like to thank Mr. Pat Arsenault for being our Treasurer for the past several years and welcome Mr. Cutler Brown into his new position.
Deborah Intonti, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen as well as the Human Resource Coordinator for the Town of Raymond, NH. She has over 35 years of experience in the executive business world and in her five years with the Town, she has experienced significant personal growth in the intricacies of people management through expanded education and professional development. ....learn more here.
John S. Gagliardi is a long-time resident of Raymond, NH and the owner of Alarm Systems Plus. John has been in business for 38 years and has served on several boards throughout the Community.  John is a long-time member and past President of the Raymond Area Rotary Club. John has been a continuous supporter of the Coalition and we are looking forward to working with him on our team. 
Stephen Stofanak is an accomplished engineer, manager, instructor, consultant, and entrepreneur with over 35 years of business experience. His consulting company delivered project & organizational change management training, consulting, & coaching to over 300 companies throughout New England. Stephen held various management positions during his 23 years at Digital Equipment Corp. .... Learn more here.
This is Prevention!  On Friday, January 17th we trained 80 school district staff in Connect Suicide Prevention and will be training 40 youth leaders and adult mentors on January 31st.  Thank you to Raymond School District for working with #RCFY and letting us bring NAMI New Hampshire in to provide these The Connect Program #Suicide #Prevention Trainings.

Recognizing the warning signs of suicide helps to connect those in need to resources, support, and help. Thank you Exeter Hospital for funding to help make this happen.  If you are interested in hosting this important training please contact our office.  Keeping our youth and community safe is everyone’s job, we can all make a difference.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline '1-800-273-TALK (8255)'

Project Safeguard Recap:  On January 10, 2020, seventh-grade students and their teachers from Iber Holmes Gove Middle School along with parents attended the 16th Annual Project Safeguard at Southern NH University in Manchester, NH.  This day was planned in partnership with the Raymond Coalition For Youth and the Raymond School District teachers and staff.

Project Safeguard is an offsite conference day designed especially for seventh-grade students and their parents or guardians, addressing current issues impacting teenagers today.  RCFY works with many of our partners who are experts in their perspective fields to offer a variety of classes to choose from that include peer pressure, self-esteem, alcohol, tobacco and drug education, media messages, internet safety, and communication between parents and students, and much more.

Guest speakers included Raymond NH Police Department’s Lieutenant Chad Shevlin, Zach Brewster and Alex Ippolito from Teen Challenge NH. Classes were presented by NH Teen Institute, Rick Alleva of UNH Cooperative Extension, SOS Recovery, Haven NH, Seacoast Mental Health Center, Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, and Leah Pacione Yoga.

Also - a special gift, made with much admiration, for a very special partner, friend, and mentor. A Quilt of Valor, made by Pamela Turcotte, especially for Lt. Chad Shevlin of the Raymond NH Police Department, was presented to him after he did an amazing job as our Keynote speaker. Thank you Chad for your dedication as a Marine to the USA and your dedication to #RCFY and our youth and community.
 

Visit our YouTube Channel for video highlights of our Keynote Speakers as well as excerpts from a couple of classes: 
Family FUN Night is happening THIS Friday night!  This event is free to all families in the community. We have free refreshments, while they last, including Pizza from Pizza By George. This is a great opportunity to see what services and resources we have right here in our community, as well as having some fun, and have chances to win raffles and door prizes!

Raymond Town and School Deliberative Sessions are coming up on 2/1 and 2/8, and we have our Youth Action students running concessions once again to raise money for Youth Action!  We are currently signing up volunteers for baked goods and crockpot items.  Please contact Christine at 895-7062 or cbostaph@rcfy.org to sign up!

Mark your calendars:  Our February Community Meeting is happening February 13, 2020.  Our special guest will be Mary McGarry from NH DHHS talking about vaping prevention resources.
 
 
 
The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community
to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use and suicide risk.
RCFY 7th Annual Fundraising Gala is
March 21, 2020

Tickets on Sale Now!



Have a service, item, unique piece of art, sports tickets, vacation tickets, or goodie basket you'd like to donate to our auctions and raffles?  Please contact us.  Want to sponsor this event?  We reach a wide audience with our promotions.  All tickets, donations, and sponsorships are tax-deductible.
Donate here, 94% of your donation goes directly to RCFY programming that directly impacts our community.
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Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:
Ali Bousquin, Chair; Family Ministries Coordinator, Bethany Church
Mark Hassenpflug, Vice-Chair; Retired - Banking/Non-profit  
Carrie Chooljian, Secretary; Lamprey Health Care; Care Manager
Cutler Brown, Treasurer; Veteran, Retired - Business
Patrick Arsenault, Director, Raymond 21st Century LEAP Program
Dustin Ramey, Development Director; Edward Jones Financial Manager
Deborah Intonti, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager
John Gagliardi, Owner - Alarms Plus
Stephen Stofanak, Community member, retired Engineer

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:
Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

Our mailing address is:
4 Epping St, Raymond NH 03077
603-895-7061   info@rcfy.org



December 20, 2019:

Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy and Stress-less 2020!
 
We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes up the Raymond Coalition For Youth.

Our youth, parents, businesses, health care, law enforcement, government officials, and faith-based partners – who remind us of just how important this hopeful time of year is.
 
We know the holidays can be tough for too many people, but also know that this time of year brings out the best in just about everyone.

It is a time to count our blessings, and as we do that at RCFY, we are most definitely grateful for the passion, energy, time, talent and treasure that is collectively shared to help us continue to make a positive impact for youth, families, and communities. 
 
As we move into 2020 we want to be more mindful about the stress that creeps into our lives and how to handle that stress in a healthy manner.  Please join us in looking forward to a “Stress-less 2020.” 

This will be good for not only individuals but everyone around them, including our youth.  Our youth, surprisingly, have a lot of stress and we want to support them being “Stress-less in 2020.”  So take a breath and enjoy some important downtime with family and friends. 

With Gratitude,
The Board and Staff of The Raymond Coalition For Youth


 
2020 Fundraising Gala is
March 21, 2020


Tickets on Sale Now!





 
Here are some quick links to resources & info in this newsletter:

CBD - What You Need to Know
You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and animal health products. Other than one prescription drug product to treat two rare, severe forms of epilepsy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any other CBD products, and there is very limited available information about CBD, including about its effects on the body.  Read more here...
Know parent tips – How to fight teen depression
The holiday season is filled with peace and joy for many, yet sadness and despair for others, creating the perfect storm for the onset or worsening of depression.
 
As a parent or other caregiver, do you feel confident you would know if your child was experiencing depression? And if your child was, would you know what to do?

It is important to know that teen depression presents itself differently than adult depression in several ways. In the previous tip, Know! The Red Flags of Teen Depression, we provided tips for talking with your teen on the subject, and shared the signs and symptoms of depression, specific to teens, so that parents are better armed to recognize even subtle hints. Read and learn more here: (with these tips from HelpGuide: Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression).
 
Important tips to remember during the holidays regarding Alcohol -
Know the NH Party Host Liability Law:



If you or a loved one are in need of recovery support please check out our updated calendar for the many options for meetings in our area.  You are never alone and people always want to help.  
 

Take a few minutes to view this new video from the Addiction Policy Forum to learn a bit more about the dangers of vaping and the teen brain, specifically.  Click the video or visit our Tobacco/Vaping Resources Page

Mark your calendars for our first meeting of the new decade (!!) on January 9th, 2020.  Our special guest will be Grant from Teen Challenge.  We are expecting a larger than usual amount of guests for this meeting as we are combining this meeting with that of our Recovery Task Force.  We look forward to learning more about the successes of the Teen Challenge program and how we as a community could support the possibility of a location in Raymond or nearby.
 


We hope you enjoy the holidays, and please remember, if you or a loved one are struggling with substance misuse and looking for treatment or recovery support please call 211, and please feel free to look at our Resources pages on our website.
 
 
The Raymond Coalition For Youth empowers the community
to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use and suicide risk.
Donate here, 94% of your donation goes directly to RCFY programming that directly impacts our community.
Website
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube
LinkedIn
Instagram
Email
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:
Ali Bousquin, Chair; Family Ministries Coordinator, Bethany Church
Mark Hassenpflug, Vice-Chair; Retired - Banking/Non-profit  
Carrie Chooljian, Secretary; Lamprey Health Care; Care Manager
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer; Director, Raymond 21st Century LEAP Program
Dustin Ramey, Development Director; Edward Jones Financial Manager
Cutler Brown, Veteran, Retired - Business

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:
Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

Our mailing address is:
4 Epping St, Raymond NH 03077
603-895-7061   info@rcfy.org

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December 6, 2019:


Hello, Happy Friday!

We have two fun events/opportunities happening this weekend that we don't want you to miss out on.  Unique gift-giving opportunities, as well as a chance to win a holiday gift for your family while benefiting local families in need at Christmas. Win-Win!

Custom RCFY Hooded Sweatshirts are available to order NOW through Monday, December 9!  Great gift idea!  
 

 
  • Each pullover or Zip Front sweatshirt is black and features the RCFY logo in white on the front and back as shown.  
  • All items are custom printed when you order, please allow 5-10 business days for printing.  
  • We will contact you when it's time to pick up your items.  
  • The price is $25 each, except for the 2X - 4X sizes which cost $5 more.  
  • Please specify in the special notes section which size you need if it's 2X, 3X or 4X.  Thank you!  
  • Order safely & securely via PayPal on our website. 

Secondly - Visit the Raymond 5th Annual Festival of Trees happening at New Life Church, this afternoon through Sunday at 1 pm.  Raymond Coalition for Youth sponsored a "Family Fun" themed tree, jam-packed with some fun family games, gift certificates and more.  Everything you need to spend quality time with your family, laughing and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  Family Fun is a protective factor for everyone and is a big part of Prevention.  Making positive healthy choices and having fun without the use of substances is a way to help your family stay healthy and happy.


 
Money raised from raffle tickets for the event go directly back into the community, to help bring Christmas to families and seniors in need here in our community.  Purchasing raffle tickets not only gives you chances to win a tree but to contribute to others who will greatly appreciate the help especially at this time of year which can be difficult for many people on many levels. 

We thank you for considering these opportunities to participate in Giving this Christmas season while benefiting our community!

PS - Next Thursday is our final meeting of 2019, and the decade!  December 12th, 9:00 am - 10:30 am at the Raymond Baptist Church.  Our guest will be Danielle from Aware Recovery to talk about the impact of our words when we are with young children in regard to addiction, treatment, and recovery. 14,000 children are impacted by the opioid crisis. They are in our schools, doctors’ offices, and community. They have loved ones who could be struggling with addiction or embracing recovery. The words we use when we talk with these children are important. We hope you will join us for this important discussion.
 

Have a great holiday weekend and please remember, if you or a loved one are struggling with substance misuse and looking for treatment or recovery support please call 211, and please feel free to look at our Resources pages on our website. 
 
Sincerely,

Celeste Clark, Executive Director
Raymond Coalition For Youth 
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4 Epping St, Raymond, NH  03077

603 895-7061       cclark@rcfy.org 

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to promote positive youth development and
reduce youth substance use, and suicide risk.

 
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Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:
Ali Bousquin, Chair; Family Ministries Coordinator, Bethany Church
Mark Hassenpflug, Vice-Chair; Retired - Banking/Non-profit  
Carrie Chooljian, Secretary; Lamprey Health Care; Care Manager
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer; Director, Raymond 21st Century LEAP Program
Dustin Ramey, Development Director; Edward Jones Financial Manager
Cutler Brown, Veteran, Retired - Business

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:
Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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November 26, 2019:


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Happy Thanksgiving & Thank You

When reflecting on all we have to be grateful for this week, I want you to know you are on the list. You are one of the important rocks that make up our soup!

The Raymond Coalition For Youth is only possible because of the many individuals, organizations, and businesses that each contribute something different, but make up the amazing organization that is RCFY.   

RCFY is like the Rock Soup story we heard in childhood.  One person might have nothing but a rock, but when we put each of our rocks into a pot and invite others to share their special ingredients in the same pot, we have an amazing soup and we are able to nourish our hungry community.   

The resources, events, and programs RCFY has brought to our community and beyond this past year have made a difference.  We have inspired change by providing information, saved lives by increasing access to the supports and resources, given hope to individuals and families struggling, and empowered youth to know that they have a voice and adults want to listen. 

It has been a great year, and we have much to be grateful for -- yes there are concerns and work to still be done, this work cannot stop --but today, this week, this season, let us focus on the good things and be grateful for the “Soup” that we have created to feed and nourish our community.

Join us in being Thankful For RCFY and YOU, and the delicious ingredient you bring to our table.

On behalf of the Raymond Coalition For Youth Board of Directors and staff, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

With gratitude,

Celeste Clark, Executive Director
Raymond Coalition For Youth   www.rcfy.org         Facebook            YouTube

4 Epping St, Raymond, NH  03077

603 895-7061       cclark@rcfy.org 

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 is Giving Tuesday.  We thank you for considering RCFY for your important tax-deductible donation.
 
Donate here, 94% of your donation goes directly to RCFY programming that directly impacts our community.
Website
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube
LinkedIn
Instagram
Email
Raymond Coalition for Youth Board of Directors:
Ali Bousquin, Chair; Family Ministries Coordinator, Bethany Church
Mark Hassenpflug, Vice-Chair; Retired - Banking/Non-profit  
Carrie Chooljian, Secretary; Lamprey Health Care; Care Manager
Patrick Arsenault, Treasurer; Director, Raymond 21st Century LEAP Program
Dustin Ramey, Development Director; Edward Jones Financial Manager
Cutler Brown, Veteran, Retired - Business

Raymond Coalition for Youth Staff:
Celeste Clark - Executive Director 
Pam Turcotte - Finance Coordinator 
Christine Bostaph - Program Coordinator
Kathy Pouliot - Communications/ IT Coordinator

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November 4, 2019:

Hello,

 

I hope you had a great weekend, I wanted to share the link below, and some excerpts from this article regarding risk management and marijuana, with our health care partners.


Marijuana is a tricky and difficult issue for many reasons and its impact also has complications that our health care systems are now starting to experience: 


·        In NH therapeutic cannabis is allowed through a dispensary and marijuana has been decriminalized.  Both of these have contributed to an increase in use.

·        CBD is now available just about anywhere and is not even regulated, due to the recent farm bill.  This has led to an increase in use by all ages, but we are finding especially the senior population.

·        Recreational marijuana use still remains illegal federally and in NH, although legislation is in place trying to change this in NH.  In 2019 prevention advocates were able to stop this from happening and it is important to note that it was also defeated in NY and NJ, so this is not a given or something that “is inevitable” or “just a matter of time”. 

 

Risk Management

State cannabis laws present medical malpractice conundrum

 

·        “At the end of the day, practitioners are also thinking about ‘What happens if I get sued? What’s the liability?’ Well, you want your medical record to tell the story of your shift, and if you don’t have it in the medical record, you can’t point to it,” he said.

 

·        Something to consider and be aware of:  “Patients are likely to ask questions about issues such as delivery methods, frequency of use, the dosing ratio of the elements of marijuana — THC and CDB — and drug interactions," she said.  “How can a budtender, without any professional or medical training or certification, speak to the risk of drug interactions or how the body will metabolize everything?”

 

As we move into 2020 we want to make sure everyone is aware of the risks and complications that are associated with legalization so we can work together, share our voices, and do what is best for the state of NH and the health, safety, and wellbeing of our citizens.

 

Please feel free to share this information with your partners.  If you have any questions or comments or would like more information please let me know.

I hope you have a great week,

 

Celeste Clark, Executive Director

Raymond Coalition For Youth   www.rcfy.org         Facebook            YouTube

4 Epping St, Raymond, NH  03077

603 895-7061       cclark@rcfy.org

 

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  • Previous Newsletters:
  • 2019:
  • 10/18/2019 - Red Ribbon Week
  • 10/08/2019 - Thursday, Summit Recap & Thanks
  • 10/02/2019 - October is Prevention Month
  • 09/25/2019 - Spend an Evening with Tom Brady - Raffle!
  • 09/13/2019 - May we have a moment of your time?
  • 09/09/2019 - Reminder, September RCFY Meeting This Thursday
  • 08/29/2019 - Thanks for a Great Summer!
  • 08/05/2019 - August, fun night out, resources and more
  • 07/17/2019 - July Happenings - Raymond Rocks!
  • 07/08/2019 - July - out front location
  • 07/03/2019 - Celebrate 4th of July Safely
  • 06/27/2019 - Washington Recognition in NH
  • 06/10/2019 - Reminder: June Meeting
  • 06/06/2019 - Raymond Recreation Needs You!
  • 05/30/2019 - Grateful for You
  • 05/20/2019 - Prevention Week Done Well
  • 05/08/2019 - May meeting
  • 05/03/2019 - Is It May?
  • 04/24/2019 - Got Drugs - Dispose Sat.
  • 04/18/2019 - 4/20, 4:20, 420 - What's new?
  • 04/09/2019 - April news & networking
  • 04/01/2019 - Spring Prevention in Action
  • 03/11/2019 - Thursday Reminder Resources
  • 03/08/2019 - A Note from the Executive Director
  • 02/21/2019 - Tickets are selling fast!
  • 02/13/2019 - Better than Roses Valentine
  • 02/01/2019 - Marijuana in NH, Tuesday HB 481
  • 01/16/2019 - Need a Good Laugh?
  • 01/07/2019 - Kicking off 2019

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