Special Events and important announcements for Bartow County Georgia

REMINDER…
The next Bartow Collaborative will be Friday, February 28 @ First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Cartersville. Check out updates from the Strategy Teams that were discussed Friday on our website….www.bartow.gafcp.org.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE…
The biggest news last week was the House passage of the 2014 Amended Budget. The Senate will review this week. Weekly Updates from Voices for Children will be available to review on http://www.bartow.gafcp.org. Highlights of the week January 20-24 can be found under the Weekly Update January 27. Most of the updates will reflect child welfare issues.
PARTNER EVENTS…
Goodwill Career Center This month the Career Center will offer two new classes: Introduction to Computers and Dress to Impress. Please take a look at the February Calendar for dates and times. To access February’s Career Center calendar, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 27 or visit http://www.goodwillng.org. The next multiple employer Job Fair will be on Thursday, February 13th. For marketing purposes, the deadline to register is Friday, February 7th. . To access the registration form visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 27 or visit http://www.goodwillng.org.
LakePoint Sports Complex
The Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Half Marathon, 10k & 5k will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ The LakePoint Sports Complex – 755 Highway 293. Emerson, GA 30137. The race will be a Ladies Only Half Marathon/10K/5K Run or Walk. Mom and Kids are welcome (sons up to age 17 allowed to run with Mom or Grandmother). Dads are welcome to Cheer On! The day will begin @ 5:30 am with registration, 7:30 am National Anthem, 8:00 am Half Marathon, 5K and 10K start @ 8:20 am. The Expo opens at 9:00 am with a Block Party and Wine Brunch. For more information, contact Leslie McMillian @ 678.488.4088 or leslie.mcmillan@lakepointsports.com.
Bartow Resource Center
5k/1 Mile Walk for Life and Family Fun Day will be held on March 29, 2014 @ 10:30. For more information contact Maryland Guthas @770-881-6621 or visit bartowfamilies.com.
WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES/WEBINARS…
Vision and Voice Family Engagement Conference will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 @ year on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College campus from 8:30am – 3:30 pm. Sponsored by the Rome and Floyd County Collaboration Team, this is a free conference. Register online @ http://www.floydboe.net. For more information contact Tina Black @706-234-1031.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a ready group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operate at the neighborhood level. They are prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster. The CERT Program prepares volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by volunteer “subject matter” experts such as firefighters, EMTs, and building
safety personnel. The next basic course scheduled for Bartow County will be Saturday
Feb. 8th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom), Sunday Feb. 9th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom), and
Saturday Feb. 15th 10:00 – 2:00 (simulation exercise). *All three dates required to equal
20 hours. For more information or how to become part of the CERT program contact:
Bartow County EMA (770) 387 – 5089, call CERT Volunteer Coordinator
bbrown@bartowcountycert.org or visit http://www.bartowcountycert.org. To access a flier, visit the
Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 20.
I’m in Love! Understanding and Handling Those Fabulous Love Chemical Webinar.
Join Marlene Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS will present the
brain chemistry behind falling in love and how it affects us. The free webinar will be
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific. To register visit
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/825762918. For questions, contact
Cathy@DibbleInstitute.org.
The success of any team depends on effective communication, understanding of roles and
responsibilities, and performance of duties. Sharing Leadership: The Board-Staff
Partnership Training will be held February 25, 2014 @ the Mansour Center in Marietta.
The training will help participants identify their roadblocks to success and solutions for
implementation through individual reflections, small group exercises, and whole group
discussions. The cost is $80 for a CEO and Board or Committee Chair from the same
nonprofit, $50 for each additional Board Member attending from that same nonprofit, and
$65 for each person attending individually from a nonprofit agency. Training is for Board
Chair / Staff CEO, and Committee Chair of a Board Governance or Nominating Committee
of nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit http://www.bartow.gafcp.org to download the
flier and additional information. Space is limited so please register early:
https://www.123signup.com/register?id=dsfyv. To access a flier, visit the Collaborative
website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 20.
The Alzheimer’s Association, North Georgia Region, is gearing up for the annual
Caregiver Conference in Calhoun on March 4, 2014. Keynote speaker this year is Teepa
Snow, one of America’s leading educators on dementia. Exhibitor/sponsor registration form
can be downloaded from the Bartow Collaborative website….www.bartow.gafcp.org –
Weekly Update January 27. For more information contact Donna Voyles @
dvoyles@alz.org.
Avocates for Children
Prove to everyone that you’re the coolest of the cool as you plunge into the frigid waters of the Dellinger Park Pool!
We DARE you to join us Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. and brrrrave the icy waters for a great cause. Spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on their fearless friends as they are judged on their dives, cannon balls and can-openers!
Prizes include:
Best Costume: iPod
Best Jump: iPod
Most Money Raised: $200 QuikTrip giftcard
Overall Best Plunger: kayak
All of our plungers will receive a signature Polar Plunge towel and that warm and fuzzy feeling you get only from helping children in our community!
Swim teams, friends, family and Bartow County Polar Bears…TAKE THE PLUNGE and register today! http://www.advochild.org

News, Special Events, Opportunities and Dates around Bartow County , GA

REMINDER…
Bartow Collaborative will meet this Friday, January 24 @ First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Cartersville. This month we’ll here from Heather Barnes with Family Intervention Specialist and have a chance to provide input into upcoming trainings, programs, and activities! Feel free to bring fliers, brochures, and business cards to share with your community partners. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Coffee and Networking @ 8:15. The meeting will begin promptly @ 8: 30 am. Visit http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update January 20 to review the minutes from the Dec. 6, 2013 meeting.

THINGS TO KNOW…

Last week the General Assembly convened for the 2014 Legislative Session, and was in session for five legislative days. Weekly Updates from Voices for Children will be available to review on http://www.bartow.gafcp.org. Highlights of the week January 13-17th can be found under the Weekly Update January 20. Most of the updates will reflect child welfare issues.

PARTNER EVENTS…

Goodwill Career Center
To access January’s Career Center calendar, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 20 or visit http://www.goodwillng.org.

LakePoint Sports Complex
The Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Half Marathon, 10k & 5k will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ The LakePoint Sports Complex – 755 Highway 293. Emerson, GA 30137. The race will be a Ladies Only Half Marathon/10K/5K Run or Walk. Mom and Kids are welcome (sons up to age 17 allowed to run with Mom or Grandmother). Dads are welcome to Cheer On! The day will begin @ 5:30 am with registration, 7:30 am National Anthem, 8:00 am Half Marathon, 5K and 10K start @ 8:20 am. The Expo opens at 9:00 am with a Block Party and Wine Brunch. For more information, contact Leslie McMillian @ 678.488.4088 or leslie.mcmillan@lakepointsports.com.

Bartow Resource Center
5k/1 Mile Walk for Life and Family Fun Day will be held on March 29, 2014 @ 10:30. For more information contact Maryland Guthas @770-881-6621 or visit bartowfamilies.com.

WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES/WEBINARS…
Powerful Tools for Caregivers, sponsored by NW Ga. Area Agency on Aging is a highly effective educational program which helps family caregivers of adults build the skills they need to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. A two day training prepares and licenses class leaders to successfully teach the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers series. The next Class Leader Training is scheduled for January 29 and 30, 2014 in Dalton at the Gaston Community Center. To download the application, agenda and brochure, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update Jan. 20. For more information, contact Cara Pellino @706-295-6485 or cpellino@nwgrc.org. There is no fee associated with becoming a class leader.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is offering two webinars to kickoff Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Media, Pop Culture & Teen Dating Violence – Introduction to Technology and Media will be held January 30, 2014 @ 2:00p.m. Webinar is 1 hour and
15 minutes and includes Amber McKeen, Child Abuse Prevention Trainer, Kara Klein, Child
Life Specialist and and Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta. This presentation is intended for those who have a limited knowledge
of current technologies and social media. To register
visit https://choa.ilinc.com/register/wvmpsbc.

Media, Pop Culture & Teen Dating Violence – Understanding TDV & current
technologies will be held February 5, 2014 @ 2:00p.m. The webinar is 1 hour and 15
minutes and includes Amber McKeen, Child Abuse Prevention Trainer, Kara Klein, Child
Life Specialist and Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s
Healthcare of Atlanta. This presentation is offered with the understanding that participants
already have a basic understanding of current technology and social media, such as
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and cell phone or tablet functions or applications (apps)
such as texting, Snapchat, Vine, etc. Each session is approved for 1 unit of continuing
education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors, Physicians, Physician Assistants,
Nurse Practioners, and Nurses. Credit has been applied for Social Workers, Law
Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel. To register
visit https://choa.ilinc.com/register/wvmpsbc.

Vision and Voice Family Engagement Conference will be held Saturday, February 1,
2014 @ year on the Georgia Northwestern Technical College campus from 8:30am – 3:30
pm. Sponsored by the Rome and Floyd County Collaboration Team, this is a free
conference. Register online @ http://www.floydboe.net. For more information contact Tina Black
@706-234-1031.

(new) A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a ready group of organized
and trained volunteer disaster workers that operate at the neighborhood level. They are
prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster. The CERT Program
prepares volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is
provided by volunteer “subject matter” experts such as firefighters, EMTs, and building
safety personnel. The next basic course scheduled for Bartow County will be Saturday
Feb. 8th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom), Sunday Feb. 9th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom), and
Saturday Feb. 15th 10:00 – 2:00 (simulation exercise). *All three dates required to equal
20 hours. For more information or how to become part of the CERT program contact:
Bartow County EMA (770) 387 – 5089, call CERT Volunteer Coordinator
bbrown@bartowcountycert.org or visit http://www.bartowcountycert.org. To access a flier, visit the
Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 20.

(new) I’m in Love! Understanding and Handling Those Fabulous Love Chemical
Webinar. Join Marlene Pearson, author of Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS will
present the brain chemistry behind falling in love and how it affects us. The free webinar will
be Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific. To register visit
https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/825762918. For questions, contact
Cathy@DibbleInstitute.org.

(new) The success of any team depends on effective communication, understanding of
roles and responsibilities, and performance of duties. Sharing Leadership: The Board-
Staff Partnership Training will be held February 25, 2014 @ the Mansour Center in
Marietta. The training will help participants identify their roadblocks to success and
solutions for implementation through individual reflections, small group exercises, and whole group discussions. The cost is $80 for a CEO and Board or Committee Chair from the same nonprofit, $50 for each additional Board Member attending from that same nonprofit, and $65 for each person attending individually from a nonprofit agency. Training is for Board Chair / Staff CEO, and Committee Chair of a Board Governance or Nominating Committee of nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit http://www.bartow.gafcp.org to download the flier and additional information. Space is limited so please register early: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=dsfyv. To access a flier, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 20.

The Alzheimer’s Association, North Georgia Region, is gearing up for the annual Caregiver Conference in Calhoun on March 4, 2014. For more information contact Donna Voyles @ dvoyles@alz.org.

JOIN BARTOW COUNTY’S COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM! CLASSES START IN FEB.

What Is CERT?
A Community Emergency Response Team is a ready group of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operate at the neighborhood level. They are prepared to be self-sustaining for five days following a large disaster.
When disaster strikes, CERT volunteers spring into action: they check on neighbors, suppress small fires, conduct light urban search and rescue, and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their neighbors.
In the post-disaster environment, CERT members organize and direct spontaneous volunteers who offer to assist in the community during the crisis. CERTs may also be called upon to help in other areas during emergencies even when their own neighborhood is not impacted.
The CERT Program prepares these volunteers with 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. The training is provided by volunteer “subject matter” experts such as firefighters, EMTs, and building safety personnel.
This spirit of volunteerism, with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a part of the Citizen Corps Program.
For more information or how to become part of the CERT program contact: Bartow County EMA (770) 387 – 5089
CERT Volunteer Coordinator: bbrown@bartowcountycert.org
Website: http://www.bartowcountycert.org
Next basic course scheduled for:
Saturday Feb. 8th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom)
Sunday Feb. 9th 8:00 – 5:00 (classroom)
Saturday Feb. 15th 10:00 – 2:00 (simulation exercise)
*All three dates required to equal 20 hours

News, Important Events and dates for Bartow County Georgia

Bartow Collaborative will meet Friday, January 24 @ First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Cartersville. This month we’ll be hearing what’s new from our three Strategy Teams and find out how you can get involved! Feel free to bring fliers, brochures, and business cards to share with your community partners. We will meet in the Fellowship Hall with Coffee and Networking @ 8:15. The meeting will begin promptly @ 8: 30 am. Visit http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update January 13 to review the minutes from the Dec. 6, 2013 meeting.
MEETINGS…
Family Promise of Bartow County will meet Thursday, January 16, 2014 @ Grace Baptist Church @ 6:30 pm. For more information contact Pat Eberlein @ pat_eberlein@huntsman.com.
PARTNER EVENTS…
Rollins Child Development Center
Please celebrate our first year on January 14, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The Center is located @ 676 Henderson Drive in Cartersville. For more information call 678-535-5200 or lowens@rollinschilddevelopmentcenter.com.
Goodwill Career Center
The Annual New Job Fair Recruitment Event for employers across all North Georgia will be Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ the Cartersville Goodwill Career Center from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm. Goodwill will be hosting this large event and anticipate a large number of job seekers to attend. To participate, complete the application form found on the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update Jan. 13 and return to jbenham@ging.org and CC Phyllis Bunch, pbunch@ging.org by 5:00PM, Wednesday, January 8th, 2014. For more information, contact James Benham @ (770) 276-7036.
To access January’s Career Center calendar, visit the Collaborative website @ http://www.bartow.gafcp.org – Weekly Update – Jan. 13 or visit http://www.goodwillng.org.
LakePoint Sports Complex
The Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Half Marathon, 10k & 5k will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 @ The LakePoint Sports Complex – 755 Highway 293. Emerson, GA 30137. The race will be a Ladies Only Half Marathon/10K/5K Run or Walk. Mom and Kids are welcome (sons up to age 17 allowed to run with Mom or Grandmother). Dads are welcome to Cheer On! The day will begin @ 5:30 am with registration, 7:30 am National Anthem, 8:00 am Half Marathon, 5K and 10K start @ 8:20 am. The Expo opens at 9:00 am with a Block Party and Wine Brunch. For more information, contact Leslie McMillian @ 678.488.4088 or leslie.mcmillan@lakepointsports.com.
(new) Bartow Resource Center
5k/1 Mile Walk for Life and Family Fun Day will be held on March 29, 2014 @ 10:30. For more information contact Maryland Guthas @770-881-6621 or visit bartowfamilies.com.
WORKSHOPS/CONFERENCES/WEBINARS… College Connections for Student Success will be held February 18-19, 2014 @ Atlanta Evergreen Conference Center Stone Mountain. Sponsored by the College Access
Challenge

Become a Board Member for United Way of Bartow County

United Way of Bartow County is currently seeking nominees for board members starting in April of 2014. The board member term is 3 years and the commitment is one meeting a month along with support of our agencies, programs, and events. If interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Brenda Morehouse at morehouseb@bartowga.org.

COME HELP US SUPPORT THE BARTOW COMMUNITY AND “LIVE UNITED” !