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The Plan — something to work on

January 23, 2012 • JAK's Place

Sixteen people attended Saturday’s Strategic Planning session. NAMI-DC board menbers, JAK’s staff, and other participants filled the meeting room to contibute their thoughts for our future.

Karen Hintz provided well organized leadership. The topics progressed from “plus and minus” lists on to suggestions for what could be improved or added to our working agenda. The results will be presented at the next board meeting.

It was a great success; everyone had something to contribute. We will have newly defined goals to strive for.

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Strategic Planning Meeting

January 9, 2012 • JAK's Place

The time has been changed; the Saturday Jan. 21 meeting will run from 10am to 2pm, instead of the previously scheduled 8am to noon.

This is an important meeting, especially for board members. Please attend if you can.

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Newsletter for a New Year

December 29, 2011 • JAK's Place

Welcome in 2012 with fresh ideas and renewed awareness of the possibilities in your life.

The January newsletter and calendar are here for your convenience. View, download, print, share the link as you please. We hope that having the calendar available online will encourage more people to drop in and take part in some interesting activities at JAK’s. One new item is our Chess Day. We have several members who like to play chess, so now there’s a special day for chess lovers to get together. If you’ve never played but wonder what it’s like, come in to observe.

Please attend our Strategic Planning meeting if you can. Karin Hintz from UW Extension will be here to help us plan for the future of NAMI-DC and JAK’s Place. The meeting will be from 8am to noon.

January 2012 Newsletter

January calendar

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December newsletter and Calendar

November 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

The holiday season — prime time for depression. It’s not just the long nights, the cold, and the cloudy days. It’s unrealistic expectations and the stress of trying to meet them. The great Christmas Shopping Manic Panic. What was once a happy celebration has been perverted into a painful ratrace.

Families get together not because they want to, not out of love, but because an unwritten law says they should.  The dinner table becomes a battlefield. Mothers, worn out from cooking a huge, unhealthy feast and coping with all the other extra chores, feel inadequate. The day after, there’s nothing but bitterness; after all the yearning and anticipation nothing has changed for the better.

You do have a choice. You can opt out of the ratrace. If you can’t get away from it entirely, you can at least take it less seiously. The world is not going to end if everyone doesn’t get a Big Perfect Present.

And you know what? Presents don’t matter. People matter.

Editor’s rant over. 😉

Here are the monthly goodies. Note that again, we have two Packer Parties at JAK’s this month, and of course there’s the CSP Holiday Party. See the sidebar for details.

There will be a Yoga class on Dec. 12, 5:00 to 5:45, with Anne Miller. Starting in January, it will be held on 2nd and 4th Mondays at that time. Bring a mat or some kind of cushion if you can.

So here’s the newsletter already:

December Newsletter (PDF)

And the calendar:

Dec. 2011 Calendar

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Yule, and, if you like, have a whoopin’ great Saturnalia.

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November Newsletter and Calendar

October 27, 2011 • JAK's Place

Cold and shivery November, a hard-hearted month leading inexorably to winter. But JAK’s Place is still here, warm and cozy, waiting for you to drop in and sit a while in a comfy chair.

We’re having two Packer Parties this month. The first game, on Sunday the 6th, starts at 3:15. Kickoff on Sunday the 20th is at noon. Nothing but good seats in the JAK’s stadium.

Don’t forget the annual NAMI dinner meeting on the 14th, at Bay View Lutheran Church. Gathering at 5:30, dinner at 6, meeting and election of officers at 6:45. Bring a dish to share.

This month’s newsletter:

JAK’s Place November Newsletter (PDF)
…and calendar:

November 2011 Calendar (PDF)

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October Newsletter and Calendar

October 1, 2011 • JAK's Place

Oh-oh, the editor is not on her toes. But here it is, at last. 🙂 This month we have the combined NAMI Doorways and JAK’s Place newsletters.

October 2-8 is Mental Illness Awareness Week! There will be lots of events everywhere. JAK’s has a display at the library in Sturgeon  Bay. We will also have a Open House on Oct. 15, to celebrate our 6th year.

High-quality for printing version:

NAMI_Doorways_10-2011 (PDF)

Light version for slow connections:

NAMI_Doorways_10-2011w (PDF)

And here’s the calendar:

JAK’s Place Calendar (PDF)

Note that the Journaling Poets Group now meets every Thursday.

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September Newsletter and Calendar

August 26, 2011 • JAK's Place

Omigosh, wasn’t it just summer?

The street deconstruction is almost finished, and JAK’s Place has a brand new view to the west.There is a raw scar where our “little house” used to be, but it will soon become either lawn or garden.

The newsletter is at the printer, and the calendar is all over (yes, trying to be funny). Here are the downloadable versions. The calendar has some corrections made after a copy was sent to CSP, so if you have their printed one you still need this one.

September Newsletter (PDF)

Sept. 2011 Calendar (PDF)

Everyone had a great time at the CSP Picnic on August 19. See photos and a video on our Facbook page.

There are two more Brat Fries this year — Sept. 3-4-5 and Oct. 8-9-10. Most shifts are filled for this month’s, but we won’t turn away volunteers. 😉

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