The On-Liner

THE on-LINER NOVEMBER 1999 EDITION
HERE'S THE LATEST CHAPTER NEWS!




WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

Anna Lane Duplin-Sampson Area Program EAP

CONGRATULATIONS RENEWING MEMBERS!

Jerry Bryson, Colleen Ghammashi, Elaine Jenkins Roy Sonovick, Floyd Fanjoy Miriam Bundy, Dennis Nance

MONA SITING!

Some have asked where Mona Gibson is and what she is doing. Well, Mona
is now with Stanly Memorial Hospital as Director of Behavioral Health Development in Albemarle. She can be reached at (704) 984-4336.

NEW CEAPS

Congratulations to Randy Mullins (Gastonia) and Diane Daubler
(Charlotte) upon obtaining the CEAP credential.

MY APOLOGIES LEAPS

The last edition of The Liner contained a list of LEAPs in North
Carolina. Left off of that list were: Gaither Terrell, Anthony Howard, Mary Greene.

GET WELL MELISSA!

Equestrian Melissa Summer recently broke her leg (in two places) while
riding her horse. You,ll have to get the rest of the story from her. Get well Melissa!

IT'S OFFICIAL

By the time you receive this edition of The Liner, Midgie Brawley will have received her Member Emeritus from International EAPA. She is the first to receive the honor from our chapter. I am sure there will be more to come sometime in the future. Congratulations Midgie!

LEAP NOTE

Keep in mind that according to the LEAP legislation, anyone wanting to
obtain the LEAP in North Carolina after December 31, 1999 must have a Masters degree. The next deadline for applying for the LEAP is December 31, 1999.

MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

The Board of Directors is conducting a survey of the membership to determine what the Chapter may be able to do to increase the participation at Chapter meetings other than the March Conference. If you are a member, you should be hearing from a Board member in the near future asking what you think can be done to make Chapter meetings/training most beneficial to attendees. Please give this some thought and be ready when you are called to provide useful information.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

If anything about your name, address, phone number, or employer has changed and you haven,t notified EAPA and the Chapter, please do so. A recent list from EAPA showed incorrect phone numbers and addresses because some have not updated the information. You can reach EAPA at (703) 522-6272. For Chapter information, call Ray Robbins at (828) 433-8887. Also, those to whom you owe money would appreciate knowing your current address!

OPERATIONS MANUAL UPDATE

The Board of Directors is currently updating the Chapter Operations Manual. If you have any recommendations, call Miriam Bundy at (704) 384-7475.

BOONE MEETING A SUCCESS

The Chapter hosted a very informative, diverse, and colorful meeting in Boone at the Broyhill Inn on October 14-15. John Howard shared important and vital information on preventing workplace violence by relating some experiences of the Employee Assistance Network (EAN) in Asheville. John also had some excellent handouts covering key aspects of putting together a plan to address workplace violence issues.

Dr. Donna Lisker from Duke University related information on gender issues impacting the workplace. She stated in order to assist female clients with workplace issues it is necessary to understand societal issues concerning gender (as distinguished from sex) and how they impact job satisfaction for women. Fifty-two percent of the workforce in North Carolina is female. Employment opportunities with the chance to advance and pay equity remain workplace issues. Women struggle with work/family challenges differently from men because they are usually given the responsibility of the children, i.e. medical care, daycare, and transportation. Some ways employers can help is by offering onsite daycare, telecommuting, maternity leave, errand services, and any other benefits to help address work/life problems.

Helen Poole, RN, from Raleigh presented on the aging population and their impact on the workplace. At the writing of this edition, there were no notes available. However, this issue remains one of the foremost aspects of which we will want to avail ourselves. As a population we are getting older. It is difficult to read any current publication without somewhere noting information concerning the aging population and observations/concerns our society will need to address. Thanks to RiverBend Recovery Center for providing the refreshments for our break.

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