A Message from the Executive Director
Greetings, <<First Name>>,
It has been a while since I have sent out a newsletter. Much has been happening, all exciting - great crowds in Detroit Lakes, presentations to excited students at NDSU and folks at numerous conferences, new faces on our board, and new digs, just to name a few!
One initiative in particular that has taken wing is our idea for pregnancy test dispensers. Throughout our literature and during speaking engagements, I have been asking "Why can’t we put pregnancy test dispensers in the women’s restrooms in bars?" Well, this question was brought front and center in February when I presented at the Detroit Lakes event to an overflowing crowd. One of our attendees, Kelly, asked: "So, where are you at with the pregnancy test dispenser idea?" Thanks to Kelly for providing me the perfect opportunity to announce our Think Before You Drink Pregnancy Test Dispenser Initiative.
Building on this momentum, I was invited by our Advisory Council member, Patty Corwin (Senior Lecturer for Sociology, North Dakota State University) to speak to students on the NDSU campus. Over 450 students and invited guests attended. In a meeting following the presentation, I met several faculty and students and explored future possibilities for collaboration with the university regarding our pregnancy testing initiatives, among other items. There are exciting possibilities for collaborative research into effective prevention strategies that I look forward to relating in future newsletters.
We have also been very active presenting and exhibiting (with new posters and banners!) at conferences and events, community groups, college classes and university classes; since August of 2011, we have spread the prevention message to over 7,500 people - not including fairs and community events which bring that total to well over 20,000 people.
We have also added several board members over the past year. I will highlight one or two each newsletter as we go forward. We have also added an Advisory Council made up of highly experienced individuals in many areas to provide me with advice on international issues, fundraising, academic issues, financial, legal, and nonprofit management. I am excited with folks' willingness to volunteer their time to help in this worthy cause.
Finally, we continue to look for resources to further our cause. We have requested over $130,000 in grants, currently pending, and continue to search for foundations that match our mission, and we welcome any suggestions for foundations that may be right for our grants. I am confident we will have a healthy financial future ahead of us.
I'm also excited about our new location in St. Paul and my own move from Mankato to the twin cities area in June - please don't hesitate to set up a visit with me!
On the path to prevention,
Jody Allen Crowe