November 2014
SAFE Member News

Check out the SAFE Coalition Website HERE!

November Events



4th- Volunteer Fair

13th- Board Meeting

18th- SAFE meeting

20th- Great American Smokeout


YLC meetings have begun for a listing of all YLC meeting dates/times please visit the YLC website for more information:


       YLC Calendar  


Great American Smokeout

November 20th


The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition along with the YLC members will be doing a variety of activities for the Great American Smokeout on November 20th. The activities include but are not limited to:
  • Newspaper articles
  • Newsletter
  • Blog and Facebook Posts
  • Cigarette Cleanups
  • Youth Events

Choose this day to quit smoking- If not for good, at least for the Day!

             YLC Activities


YLC members held a variety of activities for Red Ribbon Week this year. Both the Van Buren Middle School and High School members participated in activities in their school and community bring awareness to the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. These activities included:
* Red Ribbons around the school and community
* Peer Teaching with a 6th grade essay contest
*Daily announcements
*Dress up days at the middle school and high school
*Mystery Box
*Hall of Horrors
*Face Painting
*Pledge Wall
*Radio Show
*Newspaper Articles

To read more about the Red Ribbon Week activities click here---->> Blog Post



To learn more about YLC or these events you can check out the

Facebook Page 


Flicker Account 

More information on YLC activities can be found on the YLC website!
Training Opportunities
Upcoming Training Opportunities Include:
Click Here for the --->Training Calendar
Upcoming Coalition Travel Includes:
Prevention Conference-   Des Moines, IA- Kris Rankin

AC4C Retreat- Des Moines- Kris Rankin

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Winter Parent/Athlete Team Meetings
Plan to attend! 
November 10th


High School Gymnasium


This meeting is for all Jr. High and High school athletes and parents. Information related to the forms, costs and supplies necessary will be shared at this meeting. Individual sport meetings will be also be held this evening. For more information contact Greg Jones at 319-293-3334.


Iowa Prevention Conference
This year the annual Iowa Prevention Conference will be held in Des Moines on November 5th

The conference is a statewide forum focused on substance abuse prevention and problem gambling prevention, while offering recommendations for best practices. The goal of this conference is to establish a meaningful dialogue among substance abuse prevention and problem gambling professionals by focusing on strategies and tools that can facilitate the development of a strategic response to the various challenges in the field. This event is a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Public Health, contracted agencies and grantees, and other service providers and stakeholders who are committed to the educational advancement of prevention professionals.

There will be two Coalition Members attending this conference this year.  For more information on the Prevention Conference or local prevention work being done by the SAFE Coalition please contact the coalition at 319-293-6412 or

Merchant Trainings
The next training will be held in December for any business in the county who has employees who needed to be trained.
December Trainings are scheduled for:
December 16th- 6:00pm
December 17th- 9:00am
The December trainings will be held at the Roberts Memorial Center in Keosauqua. RSVP is required for all training please call 319-293-6412 or email
Just a reminder to businesses: The coalition recommends three steps for training employees:
1) Orientation DVD (provided by the coalition)
2) VB SAFE Merchant Training
3) IPACT ABD Training (ABD Online)
For assistance with this process you may contact the coalition at the number or email above.  
Volunteer Fair
The SAFE Coalition along with 12 other community organizations are participating in the Van Buren County Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, November 4th from 5pm-7pm.

The goal of this event is to educate students and parents about the mission of the volunteer organizations. The hope is to give everyone involved an opportunity to network. If there are students who want to  get involved but just don't know where to go to get started, this will be a great way for them to see what is happening in our community.

For more information on the volunteer fair or volunteer options you may contact Stacey Reese at the Villages of Van Buren County-
Van Buren County SAFE Coalition - 405 4th St  -  Keosauqua, Iowa 52565