MEETING & MINUTES

May Day Drug Free 1st Meeting Feb 18th, 2016 Elizabeth City River City UMC

MAYDAY-MAYDAY-MAYDAY
SEPTEMBER IS RECOVERY MONTH

posted September 2017

JOIN US FOR A FREE FAMILY EVENT DESIGNED TO PROMOTE A DRUG FREE LIFESTYLE AND ENCOURAGE THOSE SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION TO SEEK RECOVERY!  THIS EVENT WILL BE A DAY FILLED WITH FUN ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH, INSPIRATIONAL STORIES OF RECOVERY, AND ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMED TO HEAL THE SOUL.

THIS YEARS EVENT WILL KICK OFF THE FESTIVITIES AT 8 AM WITH THE 5K RUN FOR HOPE, SPONSORED BY JAHHS PROJECT PURPLE.  SPEAKERS WILL TAKE THE STAGE AT 10 AM AND WILL INCLUDE DR. BOHAN AND HIS TEAM OF ADDICTION COUNSELORS, AS WELL AS OTHERS FROM THE RECOVERY COMMUNITY.  AT NOON, LITTLE DICKIE AND THE MISFITS WILL RETURN TO THE MAYDAY STAGE, FOLLOWED BY BOBBY PLOUGH AND THE LOS GRINGOS, DRUNKEN CONFESSIONS AND FOREST PARK PRAISE AND WORSHIP BAND.  YOUTH ACTIVES WILL BEGIN AT NOON AND CONTINUE TO 4 PM.

DURING THE EVENT, PROFESSIONALS, VOLUNTEERS AND MEMBERS FROM THE RECOVERY COMMUNITY WILL BE THERE WITH VARIOUS RESOURCES ON WHERE TO FIND THE RECOVERY RELATIONSHIPS NEEDED TO OVERCOME THIS DEBILITATING DISEASE.  PLEASE JOIN US AS WE UNITE TOGETHER TO STOP THIS EPIDEMIC! SADLY THE FACT IS THAT MORE LIVES ARE LOST PER YEAR IN THIS COUNTRY AS A RESULT OF ADDICTION THAN IN CAR ACCIDENTS AND GUN VIOLENCE COMBINED.

Peace
❤️🙏👣


Meeting August 19th, 2017
10am Planning Meeting
Location: River City United Methodist Church
1400 Edgewood Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

We will be hosting a MAYDAY planning meeting Saturday, 8-19-17 @ 10 am. If you cannot attend the planning meeting, but do plan to volunteer at the event scheduled for 9-30-201 from 8 am to 4 pm, please advise me via email or phone, so that I can schedule volunteers where need be. We hope to have some advertising materials available for our MAYDAY partners to assist with distribution, such as we did last year.

 


Meeting March 30th, 2016 /  7pm Fundraiser
Attendance: 100
Location: River City United Methodist Church
1400 Edgewood Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

“Little Dickie and the Misfits” will be hosting OUR fundraising event tonight for “MAYDAY” at Riverside United Methodist Church at 7pm.  Hope you can join us and tell a friend.  Free admission but they will be passing the hat for donations to support our mission.  I know it will be an amazing night of music and entertainment by some of the most talented people I know.  Hope you can join us.

PERSONAL MESSAGE
Good evening friends of MAYDAY,
Hope each of you are well and enjoying the spring weather.  Today, is the 1st anniversary of my decision to move forward with MAYDAY.  I took a leap of faith by creating our Facebook group page and began to post addiction oriented stories and links.  Humble beginnings for sure! So many things have happened in a year.  I have lost some dear friends and nearly lost my husband too of severe complications after a triple bypass surgery last Aug.  More bad news of deaths of people I know, that have died waiting to hit their rock bottom and find the recovery they so desperately needed. Makes this mission even more important to me and everyone else that is involved, as each one has a story of what has encouraged them to be a part of this great mission.

The MAYDAY event is fast approaching and we have been extremely busy with ironing out the details of the event.  I am truly overwhelmed with all of the positive things that are in the works to make this event so much more than I could have ever imagined, thanks to each one of our volunteers and supporters. We had a fundraising event tonight at Riverside UMC hosted by none other than “Little Dickie and the Misfits”.  Many thanks to these guys for taking time to do this as well as be our headliner band at the MAYDAY event.

Advertising will begin on local radio and TV channels within the next couple of weeks. Funding sources are still being identified and are looking very promising.  Due to lack of funding in a timely manner, it has taken us longer to achieve our goals with promotional materials and advertising.  We do have sponsorship brochures now that are currently being distributed.  We are in the process of establishing our group as a 501-C non profit but this will not be accomplished before event day.  Riverside United Methodist Church is our donation hub for this year. They have been really wonderful and very supportive to our mission.  Great thanks and praise to them!. This year we will establish our brand, host the 1st Annual MAYDAY event and offer educational and supportive information as well as community spirit to make it a day to lift people up and encourage them to never give up hope.  After the event we will continue to use our website as an easy go to for those seeking helpful information through our amazing website that was donated by LK & Associates and That Girl Productions.  If you have links to add, please send them to me.  We will work on the calendar next to identify all recovery meetings and other events that promote a substance free lifestyle.  Please send any meeting dates that will be helpful to me as well so we can load those too.  Please check out this site at the link below, as it is getting better everyday.  We now have a GO Fund Me page, Twitter account, and Facebook page.  We are definitely moving forward.

This is our first year, so just identifying the need, listening to all of the recommendations, and then learning the ropes course of such a out of the ordinary journey is quite a task in itself. Finding our sense of direction is very overwhelming as well but we anticipate learning a lot this year that will be very helpful in the years to come .  The committees leaders are doing a magnificent job working hard to pull everything together.  Please be patient with us as we work to lay the foundation of this enormous task that will help many of our neighbors that are being devastated by an epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse.  Most of our volunteers have full time jobs and are doing all they can to put forth the many hours it takes to pull it all together.  Almost 2000 volunteer hours put forth to date!  I have 2 jobs and much to be responsible for outside of MAYDAY and to be quite honest, I am having some difficulty getting everything done in the time frame that I had hoped.  I just realized that our next meeting was not identified in my last update email and I do apologize for that.

We will be having a meeting for all volunteers on the grounds at Perquimans County Recreation Dept. located at 310 Granby St. Hertford NC to finalize the details and work in break out sessions with your committee leaders on Saturday 4-2-2016 at 10 AM.  Our agenda will be to define everyone’s roll and to assign volunteer tasks and times for event day that is 5-14-16.  We will meet behind the large brick building. The meeting should not last more than 2 hours.  Please RSVP via email to let me know who can and cannot attend.  Please bring anyone you know that will be willing to help volunteer on event day.  If you cannot attend the meeting but still want to volunteer please contact me ASAP so we can determine who is really serious and who we need to remove from our list.  If you do not respond, we will assume you no longer want to volunteer.  Some of you are on our email list to keep you abreast of our progress so you do not have to respond unless you want to help us out on event day which would be awesome if you can.

Again thanks so much, 12:45AM is definitely time to turn it off.
Love, Prayers & 1 Set of Footprints,
Connie Riddick


 

1st Meeting Minutes February 18th, 2016 7pm
Attendance: 30
Location: River City United Methodist Church
1400 Edgewood Dr, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Lisa Creef – Counselor
Introduction Opening Mission Statement
Connie Riddick – Founder

  • Power Point Presentation – Airing out the dirty laundry about CO-DEPENDENCY/Re-Covering Enablers of family members and friends affected by Heroin, drugs and alcohol.
  • Goal to educate loved ones on the FRONT LINES how to cope with drugged children, spouses, relatives and friends  how to help by ‘letting go’ and all that it means
  • The Wall – sharing success stories and the loss of loved one
  • Statistics
  • Dream Big, Make it Happen, Awareness!
  • Suggestions Welcome!
  • Substance Abuse Awareness
  • Trying to find solutions

EVENT SCHEDULE – MAY 14TH, 2016  11AM -4PM
LOCATION: Perquimmans Rec Center Booths

  • Local Substance Abuse and Mental Health professionals will be available to provide information, educational materials and appropriate referral to persons who may have a substance/alcohol problem or families affected by these issues.
  • Volunteers –
  • MAYDAY VOLUNTEER SHEET Booths: AA, Inspiration, Law Enforcement, Self Care (Massage/Facial), Kids Booths Face Painting, Food, Tee Shirts,
  • Need Tents, Food, donations, possible raffle items?
  • Donations will go through River City UMC 5013c
  • Event details to be continued via email communications/May Day! Facebook
    Candle lighting
    Mingling
    Group Photo
    Close 8:30pm