Monday, January 9, 2017

Meet & Learn

Military and Veteran Services, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Hastings will host a community initiative meet and learn on Thursday, 26 January, meet and greet begins at 6:30 PM followed with learning at 7:00 PM in the St Philips Lutheran Church, 1401 15th St W., Hastings.. Topics to be covered include (but not limited to) Family, Youth and Childhood Development, Challenges, Experiences, Resources and Connecting. Featured guests: Dajon Ferrell, Susan Amundson and Hanah Martin.

Military service members and their families live, work and play in the local communities throughout the Nation, State and County.. They attend schools, houses of worship, shop at local businesses and use local community services. Those community services play a key role in support. By working together, service providers and the community can build a community capacity for support, service and help service members and their families feel welcome and connected.

Dajon Farrell, a Combat Women Veteran, Motivational Speaker, Empowerment Coach, MST Advocate, Author. and an ordinated spiritual minister. Dajon founded Warrior Lighthouse and is single Parent, shouldering most or all the day-to-day responsibilities for raising her son, Logan.

Susan Amundson, author of children's books will feature her newest title HERO and HALLE New Friends, a story about an unlikely friendship. In addition, HERO FINDS HIS PATH, liking who you will be showcased. Realistic colored illustrations by artist Nan Holt brings Susan's stories to life. The Khobi Hero Series and Three Little Lambs…Somewhere complete Susan's works and are beautifully illustrated by Brenda Geiken. She will be personally signing her titles and they will be made available for purchase at the table talk on Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Martin, "Pancake", #54, Offensive Line, has always wanted to play football. She is very excited that her dreams have come true with the Minnesota Vixen Professional Football family, alongside some hardworking women for the second season. As a graduate of the Hastings High School class of 2013, she was the manager of the football team and played a key role as a Hastings Teen Key Opinion Leader in designing, developing and implementing activities that supported building webs of support thorough Helping Kids Succeed-The Hastings Way, a collaborative community initiative lead by United Way of Hastings and the community. 

Other special visitors include Laura Groeneweg-Minnesota National Guard Deployment Cycle Support , Family and Youth Programs, Adam Vanderwal-Transitioning, Michael J. Meier-Military OneSource, Kathy Bachman- Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs Higher Education, Dr. Sharon Bergen-Dakota County Technical College, Early Childhood & Youth Development and Susan Schroeder- Dakota County Financial Empowerment. 

The theme of the community initiative is to Bridge our Military, Veterans, Families, Youth and the Residents of the Community in Empowering them to Achieve a Higher Quality of Life. Community and state-wide partners are the leaders within the state/county/community, faith based, veteran/service/social organizations, businesses, social/medical providers, educators, youth and many other collaborators.

This table talk is not a lecture or a meeting but an interactive, informal, flexible sharing of information that families encounter in their daily lives which features increased interaction with guests, attendees and provides a greater opportunity for dynamic group discussion. Community support allows getting to know, prepare for the big stuff, money matters and higher education/early childhood development which can build a brighter future. Resources and connections are available to help work toward making informed decisions, point toward connections/resources, and meeting personal goals though empowerment..

Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, guard and reserve service members (regardless of activation status) and their families. This along with many other virtual extensions of services are available at connecting links and by phone..

Open to the general public as all information is transferable. Questions can be directed to the Community Director Dean W. Markuson,, (651) 438-2208.

Dean Markuson
Military and Veteran Services, BTYR Hastings
Post Service Officer, American Legion & VFW 
(651) 438-2208

Other Community Activities
18 Jan, 11:30 AM, Hastings Chamber of Chamber Mod Luncheon, Award of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, "Seven Seals Award" to Hastings Automotive, Hastings Star Gazette and Lyle Russell VFW Post 1210. Statements of Support can be signed, if desired, by chamber businesses and organizations. Place to be Announced.
24 Jan , 5:30 PM, Military and Veteran Appreciation, 5:30 PM (Junior Varsity) & &:7:00 PM (Varsity) Hastings High School Girls Basket Ball, Hastings vs Tartan. Flag Color Guard..ADMISSION FREE FOR MILITARY & VETERANS. Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive.
25 Jan, 9:30 am. South Metro, Veterans Job Fair/Veteran Resources. Federal and State Veterans' Agency Speakers, Connect with Employers, 10 am.-2:00 PM Candidate Hours. Dakota County Technical College, 1300 145th St E., Rosemount
25 Jan. 5:30 PM, Dakota County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Meeting. Meeting is open to all residents, especially Veteran Service Organizations. 1 Mendota Road West, Fifth Floor Conference Room, West 
St Paul.

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