Flathead County Peer Advocates provided a Disability Awareness Presentation to an MSU nursing class in Kalispell on September 13; this was a first-time presentation for some of our peers and they did a great job. A Men’s Support Group is meeting the third Monday of every month at 6:30 PM in the United Way conference room at Gateway Community Center; this group is led by Rich Heitz. A Living Well with a Disability Workshop begins October 4 and another workshop will be scheduled to begin in January; workshops are taught by peers Rick Heitz and Claudette Byrd-Rinck. Please call the office at 257-0048 if you would like to participate in any of our groups, or if you have a suggestion for a new group you would like to see started.
Summit’s Flathead Rustic Retreat in August was a great success. We had beautiful weather and 21 people stayed overnight. Saturday was filled with summer camp adventures; paddle boats and canoeing in the lagoon, swimming in the lake, Yoga class with Linda Miller, great food and an evening campfire on the beach complete with sticky s’mores. Sunday began with a great breakfast and an inspirational Sunday morning discussion on the beach with Rick Heitz. Then everyone had an opportunity to play in the lake one more time and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. It was summer camp déjà vú again when it came time to leave, as many were reluctant to go home. Thanks go to the Flathead Peer Advocates who put in a tremendous amount of effort in making our retreat a success. Also thanks to Linda Miller for providing us with a wonderful Yoga experience at the lake. We all look forward to our next retreat and hope you will come next time!
Our next social event is coming December 3 2:00 to 4:00 PM. We will be having a Murder Mystery called Ho, Ho, Homicide. What part would you like to play? An elf, a reindeer, or maybe the postman? You must RSVP to receive one of the main character roles, but everyone will play a part. Get ready to have a hilarious good time!
Flo Kiewel, Flathead County Coordinator