October 19, 2018

ACT Coalition Meeting Minutes | October 19, 2018

VDH Community Room | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.



In Attendance: Melissa Mears (ESD), Ben Lackey (Bennington Police Dept.), Lenora Volkner (GMRSVP), Ken Sigsbury (TPC), Rachel Newton (VDH), Justine Fortune (TPC), Ryan Scutt (CAT-TV), Zirwat Chowdhury (Town of Bennington), Mark Shin (MAUMS), Kim Phillips (CRJ), Dare Meunier (ACT), T.J. Anania (ACT/ VISTA)









  • Spirit of sharing applications are out and available at Economic Services Dept. Anyone who wishes to donate to ACT or become part of a shopping team for ACT please watch for further email updates from Dare.



  • Turning Point Center is working with Dept. of Corrections on new program to refer people to TPC for recovery and treatment. 18 and up. TPC working to get folks into treatment within the week.
  • Applying for Vermont Community Fund grant to establish scholarship program for nature’s classroom.



  • Just applied for a grant for “Youth Empowerment Program” formerly known as Summer of Fun. The grant is to expand program this summer, specifically transportation to and from Bennington for youth.
    • The town may be able to help arrange Green Mountain Express rides.
    • Approach colleges for transportation needs. They have larger vans.
  • Speaking at Bennington college on October 28.
  • November 8 at 7 p.m. CRJ and Vet’s Home will be screening the documentary Coming Home for free. Contact Kim if you wish to help out with that.
    • For future screenings let’s compile a list or series of screenings and approach Old Castle Theatre for a Winter Series.
  • 3rd annual Turkey Trot is coming up. This year the target is 20 families. Kim will send info to coalition via Dare. Be on the lookout.



  • Puerto Rico documentary on November 2. Tickets on sale through CAT TV Facebook page. $25 tickets to benefit CAT-TV and the ongoing relief efforts in PR.
  • If you want to know more about the SVSU vaping policy, head to the CAT-TV youtube page and search for policy committee hearing.



  • Working together with GBICS and Ken from Turning Point to hold a couple classes on how to make bread. Will push out a few months past the holiday season for logistical reasons.



  • Conference about post-legalization of marijuana with Jason Kilmer was insightful. Waiting on the slides from the conference, but will likely give presentation to the coalition in the near future. Also touches on the new CBD aspect.


  • Teen Room Challenge project will be debuting at MAUMS Parent Night 11/15. The Collaborative will also be there with additional vaping information boards.




The coalition decided to go with the typeface and design of the black and white design. For color purposes, we like the turquoise (middle).


Transition Update:


BCRC has granted ACT a 6 month extension. We need to focus on building a strong board and getting MOUs and CIAs in. Please if you have yet to get yours in (MOUs for members and CIAs for Sector leaders, please do so.)


Office change: ACTs lease at the Lightning Jar expires in December. We’re looking the Baptist Church, the Harvest Christian youth ministries, or behind CRJ offices for office space.


Call to Action:

  • Ad-hoc Fundraising Committee: Dare to send out an email to the coalition. Need to start raising funds.


  • Battle of the Bands Planning. Already have two youth ready to be involved. Need some more support from coalition members.


  • Member Recruitment: First member to recruit a new member will get a $10 gift card to a restaurant of their choice.


  • Dept. of Liquor Control handouts: Need to be distributed to alcohol and tobacco retailers in the area.


  • Could we think about doing another sticker shock in the near future but with electronic tobacco items instead of alcohol?


  • Youth Appreciation Day planning to start soon. Be on the lookout for further updates.


  • Possible Veteran’s Day Ice Cream Social? On November 11.
    • Contact Stewart’s.


Prepared by T.J. Anania, ACT VISTA October 2018