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Civility Project - Lunch & Learn Update

Civility Project - Lunch & Learn Update

Detroit journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson founded The Civility Project in 2020 to bring people with opposing viewpoints together and teach them the tools to have civil conversations, explore civic discourse without animosity, and learn how to listen productively.
The last decade has been one of the most politically and emotionally divisive in American history. Confrontation happens when civility breaks down, and it’s more important than ever for Americans to be able work through disagreements in a respectful, productive manner.
 
On February 7th at  Westland City Hall, The Civility Project discussed tools to stay civil in these times of discord and extreme opinions. Thank you to all who attended.

The Civility Project was presented by Westland Community Foundation , part of Local Impact Alliance.

Here are pictures from the event, video of the conversation is now available available on the website of https://localimpactalliance.org/.

Click to watch

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn

The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn

 

 

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We invite you to bring your lunch and feed your mind!          

 

 

 The Civility Project - Lunch & Learn  

with Nolan Finley & Stephen Henderson

 

 civility projectAmericans are at their best when they can talk with one another, disagree, even argue — but agree to keep the dialogue going. Unfortunately, too many people today feel like they can’t do that. Instead they avoid speaking to people with whom they disagree. The Civility Project is changing that. Civility is defined as “formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.” It’s a process of treating one another — regardless of different opinions, perspectives or political leanings — with respect and kindness. It’s about listening to another viewpoint, even if you don’t agree with it, searching for the humanity behind a perspective or stance. If you’ve never had the opportunity to attend a Civility Project session (or even if you have), we hope that you will plan now to join us for this amazing experience with these two giants of Michigan journalism. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to:

• Agree to disagree

• Learn to listen to other sides

• Engage in civil conversation

• Use what you hear too challenge or affirm your own views

• Build respect for each other’s humanity

• Stay curious

 

DETAILS:

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 — Westland City Hall Ballroom, 36300 Warren Rd., Westland, 48185 11:30-1:00

FREE (however, registration is required)

Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200 to register

Register Here

 

About Our Hosts:

Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been longtime friends, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. The one thing they agree on is the importance of their friendship — which includes a healthy does of disagreement and mutual respect.

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Nolan Finley began his newspaper career as a copy boy at The Detroit News while a senior in college. After a brief stint with the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Finley returned to The News as a reporter. In 2000, he was named Editorial Page Editor, where he directs the expression of the newspaper’s editorial position. He is also the co-host of One Detroit on PBS. In 2012 Finley was inducted in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

 

 

Hendersonn Stephen Henderson is an American journalist who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists “Journalist of the Year” award while writing for the Detroit Free Press. Since 2015, Henderson has hosted Detroit Today on WDET. In 2020, he founded BridgeDetroit, where he serves as Executive Editor.

 

 

How High School Students Are Filling the Local News Void - Lunch & Learn

How High School Students Are Filling the Local News Void - Lunch & Learn

Local news coverage, particularly at smaller local newspapers, is in the midst of a long financial crisis. As local news coverage has declined precipitously due to consolidation, declining budgets, and shrinking news staffs, communities like Canton, Plymouth, and Westland are not receiving the local media coverage they have in the past.

Plymouth-Canton's Educational Park student-run public station, WDSP-FM, 88.1 the Park, is working to fill that void. The high school students at 88.1 the Park have made a renewed investment in local news and community profiles with the goal of becoming the local media source for the community.
 
Join us on January 18th to learn more about how this student-led radio station is successfully filling the local news gap.
 
This is a FREE event, but we ask that you register so that we have enough seating
 
Details:

When: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
 
Where: Canton Administration Building - First Floor Board Room
1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48187
 
Cost: FREE (but we do ask that you register so we have enough seating)
Please bring your lunch or something to nibble on.
 
Register Here
 
About Speakers
 
  Anuya Shetty is currently a junior at Canton High School. She serves as the News Director for WSDP, 88.1 the Park.
 
Avneet Pandher is a Salem High School Junior. She currently serves as the Public Affairs Director at WSDP. 
 
Together, these two amazing young women co-host the K-Poppin' Show which spotlights the latest K-Pop music from artists. Both Anuya and Avneet joined the team at WSDP as freshmen.
 
 
 
Bill Keith has been the Station Manager at 88.1 the Park since October 1991. Under his leadership. WSDP was named "High School Station of the Year" 11 of the past 21 years. The station has also been a four-time national finalist for "Non-Commercial Station of the Year." You might also run into Bill on the weekends at Livonia's Trinity House Theatre where he volunteers as a board member and the concert coordinator for the listening room.
 
A graduate of Canton High School, John Kreger is the P-CCS Assistant Station Manager at 88.1 the Park and helps lead the station's news and sports programming. John is also the color commentator for Detroit City FC, play-by-play host for MSU volleyball and broadcasts high school games for the MHSAA Network.
  
 
 
How to Prevent Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn

How to Prevent Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn

Thank you to Pam Sargent and Kristin La Forest of Community Financial Credit Union for speaking on How to prevent Elder Fraud as part of December Lunch & Learn.
 
Elder fraud is on the rise and has resulted in over a billion dollars in losses in 2021. The attendees learned about scams targeting older adults, what to do if you are a victim of fraud, and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones.
 
The event took place at the Canton Township administration building on 12-14-22, 11:30-1:00 pm.
 
Next in the series of Lunch & Learn:
• January: How Public Radio Is Filling the Local News Gap - January 18th
• February: The Civility Project - February 7th
• March: Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed - March 15th
 
 
If you have questions, call 734-495-1200 or log into https://localimpactalliance.org/
 
 Here are some pictures from the event.
If you were not able to attend, a recording of the discussion can be watched below
 
Winter Social Update

Winter Social Update

 

Giving Hope, Women's Giving Circle

Winter Social Update

On November 30th, 41 Giving Hope ladies came out for the long-awaited return of our Dixboro General Store Christmas shopping event. Brenda, owner of Dixboro General Store, and her crew did an amazing job making the store look like a Christmas wonderland! They were very generous with their time in assisting our guests with their shopping ... and our ladies know how to shop! We spent $4000 (and that's after the 20% off Brenda gave our guests).

As we shopped, sipped and socialized, we supported The Rainbow Connection through our Pass the Purse. Our in-person collection totaled $550 and another $1100 was collected through on-line donations. The Rainbow Collection's mission is to make wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. They also provide support services to eligible "wish" families in need.

As always, thank you to all of our volunteers - Karen Hanchett, Jackie Jossey, Becky Hurst, Dianne Neihengen, Dian Slavens and Debbie Maloni - for helping with set up, clean up and serving cookies and wine. Also, thank you to Sharon Filips, Denise Murray and Maureen Visser for greeting our guests at the sign-in table.




     

Next Special Event

Our next special event is tentatively set for Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Village Arts Factory. We are planning to support MOD Market. They may even set up a pop-up shop for our guests to purchase handmade items.

Merry Christmas Wishes and Happy 2023 New Year!

Raeann Neil

Special Events Chair

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Preventing Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn

Preventing Elder Fraud - Lunch & Learn

 

Preventing Elder Fraud

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Statistics show that an increasing number of people, in general, are falling victim to scams. Part of the problem is that scammers are highly adaptable and can mimic legitimate communications from romantic partners, tech support staff, and government employees. One group particularly affected by this issue is the elderly. Those homeowners with healthy financial savings, good credit scores, and a trusting nature often prove to be attractive targets for scammers.

Elder fraud is on the rise and has resulted in over a billion dollars in losses in 2021. Learn about scams targeting older adults, what to do if you are a victim of fraud, and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones.  

We hope you will join the conversation Wednesday, December 14th.

Details:

When: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where:  Canton Administration Building - First Floor Board Room

1150 Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48187

Cost: FREE (but we do ask that you register so we have enough seating)

Please bring your lunch or something to nibble on.

About Our Speakers:

Pam Sargent has been with Community Financial Credit Union for 7 years and currently works as a Fraud Investigator. She started her career as a teller, working the front line at the Plymouth branch. She quickly became interested with the fraud part of the business and worked her way to her current position by mentoring in the department. Pam's passion is to assist members who have been victims of fraud and to provide education in this area.

Kristen LaForest is the Community Outreach & Engagement Coordinator for Community Financial Credit Union. Kristen travels around the state providing educational programs in the schools and communities that CFCU serves.

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Future Lunch & Learn Topics:

·    January: How Public Radio Is Filling the Local News Gap - January 18th

·    February: The Civility Project - February 7th

·    March: Healthy Yard Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Watershed - March 15th

Questions? Call Beth Meade at the Local Impact Alliance

Local Impact Alliance

734.495.1200

LocalImpactAlliance.org

 
TOY DRIVE

TOY DRIVE

TOY DRIVE 

 

Thursday, December 1st

Westland City Hall

36300 Warren Rd., Westland, MI 48185

5:30-7:30 pm

 

$5 per person recommended donation. Please bring an unwrapped toy to help the Westland Salvation Army provide Christmas gifts

to local disadvantaged children.

 

Entertainment by the John Glenn High School Choir

6:15-6:45

No registration necessary - come when you can, leave when you must.

Questions? Contact the Community Foundation office at 734/495-1200.

Giving Hope - Fall Business Meeting Update

Giving Hope - Fall Business Meeting Update

Fall Annual Business Meeting Event October 12th

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle enjoyed Our Fall Annual Meeting at Rocky’s of Northville. Members were given the updated Operating Guidelines of Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle, along with a reminder that annual dues of $125 are now due.

The Emergency Granting Fund was introduced. Emergency fund requests are vetted by CCF/LIA and approved by the Advisory Board to ensure donations will be used appropriately for true needs.

Members were asked to consider serving on our Advisory Board which meets 4-6 times a year. This is an opportunity to be more involved and collaborate with some talented ladies while providing support to local women, children and families in our community.

New Members

Giving Hope extends a very warm welcome to 5 new members: Penny Irwin, Jackie Jossey, Christine Schingeck, Mary Miller and Sue Smith. Our membership has grown to 64; and this, in turn gives us an even greater opportunity to help those in need!

Annual Meeting Recap

Along with our annual business meeting, ladies enjoyed socializing, a delicious plated dinner and learned about the Lead #Like A Girl program which has been empowering young ladies in our community for success for the past 7 years. The program’s director, Laura Mortier, gave a brief presentation overview of the program. Recent program graduates Sunhani Manosh and Natalie Richardson spoke about their personal experience with Lead #Like A Girl. $841 was raised in Pass the Purse and online donations, which will be applied towards the Lead #Like@Girl college scholarship fund awarded annually at their May graduation celebration. Giving Hope members will be invited to attend the ceremony.

Another treat of the evening was seeing some of our recent granting funds in action. Giving Hope member Christina Bair brought a variety of sample soaps from MOD Market. MOD Market recently received a grant from Giving Hope to support this new soap making program for the participants at Living and Learning Enrichment Center. The soaps will be sold at MOD Market in downtown Northville.

Special thank you to Karen Hanchett for suggesting and coordinating our efforts to support Lead # Like A Girl program and Becky Hurst, who helped clean up after our vent.

Dixboro General Store Christmas Shopping Event

Our next special event will be The Dixboro General Store Christmas shopping event on Wednesday, November 30th 7-9 pm.  Invite your lady friends to come shop at 20% off items! Our Pass the Purse will go to support The Rainbow Connection. Their mission is to make wishes come true for Michigan children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Pass the Purse collection will focus on gift cards that the Rainbow Connection can give to wish families.

Suggested gift cards:Taco Bell, AMC, Chic Fil A, Amazon, McDonald’s, Panera, Meijer, Little CaesarsDairy Queen *Cash is always welcome.

 

Raeann Neil

Special Events Chair

Giving Hope, Women’s Giving Circle

Long Covid

Long Covid

Lunch & Learn - Surviving Long Covid

 

Most People with Covid-19 won't become severely ill and will often recover within weeks of illness. But even a mild infection can cause long Covid. And with the high transmissibility of certain variants - which often results in milder disease outcomes - many people may be concerned about developing long Covid.
 
Long Covid - or post Covid conditions - is a wide range of new, returning or on going health problems people may experience more than four weeks after being first infected. Even, people who did not have any symptoms can experience long Covid, which can present as different types and combinations of health problem and can range in lengths of time, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Stephen Bloom, Medical Director of Rehabilitation at St.Josephs Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, will join us to talk about the symptoms of long Covid and living with the long-term effects. Time will be reserved to answer specific questions.

Details :
 
Date - Wednesday, November 9, 2022 11:30 am-12:30pm

Location - Canton Human Services Building (1st floor - Room A/B) 50430 School House Road, Canton, MI 48187

FREE (however, registration is required) Please bring your lunch.

Contact Beth Meade at 734-495-1200

Register Here

 

Here is the video of the Lunch & Learn

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