Review by Sen. Rick Brinkley
(From April 30th): Foster Care & Other Topics
| April 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
With just weeks remaining in this years legislative session, conference committees will soon begin to meet as we attempt to reach compromise on legislation. Budget negotiations have begun in earnest, as legislative leaders and Gov. Mary Fallin must reach an agreement in principal on the states fiscal year 2012 budget prior to the Legislatures planned May 25 sine die adjournment.
Im pleased to have been named to serve as a member of the General Conference Committee on Appropriations and look forward to working with my fellow legislators to craft a responsible, balanced budget within the next month.
In other news, May is Foster Care Appreciation Month. Relative to the size of our population, Oklahoma has a high number of foster children. Tragically, there are not enough healthy, stable foster homes in the state. Worse yet, this inequity doesnt account for the many children in out-of-home placements because they require a higher level of care.
Living in a stable home is important to a childs well-being and prospects for future success. The prospect of a foster child becoming a successful, productive citizen is significantly jeopardized if they lack a stable environment and support structure.
If youre able to consider the responsibility of caring for a foster child, I hope you will call the Department of Human Services and request further information. The program represents an opportunity to positively impact a childs life, while enriching your own. It can be an extraordinary gift for a child.
If you cannot take a child into your home, there are numerous opportunities to help. Most foster children are in need of clothing, shoes, schools supplies, and other necessities. If youre interested in helping children in your area, you can donate items to your local DHS office. You can also make donations to the Foster Care Association of Oklahoma (FCAO), which helps raise funds to support Oklahomas foster families and children. This is a 501(c) 3 organization, so all cash contributions are tax deductible.
Last year, I co-authored a proposal creating a Task Force to examine the states foster care system. As a result of the Task Forces recommendations, legislation is currently advancing at the state Capitol to significantly reform the states foster care system and give foster children better, more stable environments.
The importance of recruiting and retaining good foster parents cannot be overstated.
Please feel free to contact me at the state Capitol by calling (405) 521-5566 or by email at email@example.com.
Rick Brinkley (Vice Chair, Finance)
|Home Representative Club (May Meeting)|
|Twelve members of
the GFWC Home Representative Club and special guest Ellen Mitchell gathered
May 1, 2012 at the Baptist Tabernacle Church, for a salad supper, and
the final meeting of the year.
Business items included preparations for the Apron Style Show, scheduled for June 24, 2-4 PM - the show will be part of the ongoing Smithsonian Exhibit on the history of food at the Collinsville Library. Rick Brinkley will emcee the event.
At upcoming school assemblies, Louise Brazeal will present a $500 scholarship to graduating Senior Tiarra Reed, and Rusti Brinkley will present a plaque to HOBY winner Chandler Hunt. Perfect attendance awards were given to club members Louise Brazeal, Jeanie Barnes, Linda Pfeffer, and Margaret Waldorf.
The evening concluded with the revealing of Secret Sister gifts and "giftees" - some surprises, and some "I knew it all along!"
--Submitted by Linda Pfeffer (5/11/2012)
May Hostesses Alberta Bonebrake and Krista Nall
Tia Reed & Louise Brazeal
Chandler Hunt & Rusti Brinkley
|Patchwork Quilters (May Meeting)|
Patchworkers and guest Linda Hare met May 8 at the Library's community
room. Members discussed organizing a retreat weekend, and volunteers will
research possible locations. Program Chairman Janice Coke shared hints
regarding turntable cutting mats and her favorite marking pencils, in
addition to sharing patterns from previous programs.
Door prizes were awarded, and the color "lime green" was chosen for the "dozen 5" squares exchange" at the June 12 meeting.
--Submitted by Linda Pfeffer (5/11/2012)
President Tonya Rosamond, with her "wonky tree" quilt.