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NEWSLETTER: IN THE LOOP / FEBRUARY

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES:
After 16 years as the director of IDIPIC, JoAnn is stepping down in March. “It’s been a most rewarding journey to bring this vital service to both youth and adults. And it couldn’t have been done without the caring and concern of many in our communities. Since IDIPIC first started out in March of 2000 I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 100 panel speakers who have shared how they’ve been impacted by DUI or substance abuse. Stories that are all imprinted on me and my heart.” One of those key people is IDIPIC co-founder Karen Lewis, who lost her son Michael to DUI in 1994; you can see his memorial signs at Hwy. 20 and Miller Rd. “We have the most dedicated folks, some of them, like Karen, have been with IDIPIC since day one. Along with Island County coroner Dr. Robert Bishop and Sheriff Mark Brown, and so many others. And the many panel helpers and event helpers. The U.S.S. IDIPIC, as I’m wont to call it, is going full steam ahead thanks to a very dedicated crew.” JoAnn will still be involved with IDIPIC as an occasional speaker and advisor/helper but now she’ll have more time to spend with family and doing all the projects on what she calls her I Wanna Do list.
Our board felt the transition would work best to split JoAnn’s work in two, so Shawn O’Neill from Clinton will be doing the panels and class presentations, and Mike Diamanti of Coupeville will be the director handling everything else. Both very qualified. Now we’d like to introduce you to:
SHAWN O’NEILL, who is an organization development specialist, speaker and group facilitator with over 20 years of experience working in human services, churches, corporations and academic settings. She has worked with diverse communities in the United States, China, Brazil and Mexico. Shawn is a long-time resident of South Whidbey and is excited to be a part of IDIPIC.
MIKE DIAMANTI, who has lived on Whidbey Island since 1988 and believes in community involvement, whether it is a paid position or as a volunteer. His service has included Hearts and Hammers, Senior Services of Island County, the Port of Coupeville, and IDIPIC.  He loves working with groups, sitting on committees, attending meetings, and serving as a facilitator.
 DID YOU KNOW:
in our state if a minor seeks medical assistance for alcohol poisoning for self or someone else, there shall be no charge or prosecution?
Pot Breathalyzer May Be Coming Soon to Police Near You?
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NASWI NEWS FRCNW has reserved a panel for the afternoon of 18 Feb. Room for more! Just contact IDIPIC for more info and to let us know if your command would like to attend as well. Always held at  SkyWarrior Theater which offers the best sight and sound. If your command had an IDIPIC panel more than two years ago or never had one, contact us at idipic@idipic.org to get more info or to reserve one. These are award-winning All Hands DUI prevention panels provided free thanks to community funding. See panel details HERE.
PANELS for February: 6th for Freeland, 25th and 27thin Oak Harbor. For future panel dates and times, check the schedule HERE. Looking for panels in other counties? Look HERE.
 PARTNERS IN PREVENTION Welcome Back to returning Partners in Prevention Jean Gervais, China City Restaurant, Whidbey Coffee, Island County, Oak Harbor Navy League and North Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association.. See all our Partners HERE.
SCHOOL REPORT IDIPIC has had a VERY busy month. Phew! Been way more than a few:
– January 6, PICKLES presented to 74 students in 3 classes / Broadview Elementary. This is one teacher’s comment: “Thank you for coming to our classroom. The children enjoyed and appreciated the presentation and so did I. I wasn’t sure what we were going to see. I think we were all wondering if it would be appropriate for 3rd graders. It was very appropriate. They liked the video and the activity. Anything that is done that requires a little movement is a plus to them. I like the take home materials because it lets their parents now exactly what was presented. Thank you and I would recommend his presentation to other teachers.”
– January 20, Th!nk, Don’t Drink or Drug presented to 111 students /4 OHMS health classes
– January 20, Th!nk, Don’t Drink, Drug & Drive presented to 26 students / Munros’ Driving
– January 22, PICKLES presented to 71 students in 3 classes / Hillcrest Elementary
– January 25, PICKLES presented to 68 students in 3 classes / Hillcrest Elementary
– January 26, PICKLES presented to 44 students in 2 classes / Crescent Harbor Elementary
– January 27, Th!nk, Don’t Drink or Drug presented to 30 students / 2 NWMS health classes
THANK YOU to our January panel speakers Trooper Josh Lancaster, Erika Carnahan, OHPD Chief Ed Green, Carol Seth, AND our helpers Maryann Cowan and Kristi Rollinson. (Was Lewis).