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2014 Talbot Chamber Cup to Benefit Local Nonprofits

Talbot-Chamber-Golf-Tournament---05142014 Talbot Chamber Cup to Benefit Local Nonprofits

The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Brighter Christmas Fund, Mental Health Association of Talbot County, and Talbot Community Connections for the 30th anniversary Talbot Chamber Cup, benefit golf Tournament on May 15th at River House Golf at Easton Club in Easton.

Join the Talbot Chamber on Thursday, May 15, at River House Golf at Easton Club in Easton. Registration begins at 9:30am; shotgun start at 10:30am.

You can register a team or individual player by visiting www.talbotchamber.org  or by calling the Chamber office at 410-822-4653. Or emailing khanna@talbotchamber.org.   All packages include 18 holes of golf with cart, box lunch, complimentary beverages on the course, free range balls, goodie bag, and a ticket to the after-party at River House Pavilion.

Golf hole sponsors, silent auction items and other sponsorships and support are needed.  Call or visit the Chamber web site www.talbotchamber.org to reserve your golf hole sponsor sign or support this meaningful cause in another way.

“Each of the Chamber Cup partners are 501(c)(3) organizations do so much for our community, the Chamber wants to support and recognize their works,” said Tom Duncan, Director TCCC.

Talbot Community Connections (TCC) was created to raise and distribute funds to answer unmet needs that are fundamental to the safety, security, health and well-being of Talbot County’s children and adults.   TCC works through the Talbot County Department of Social Services, to assist families in crisis, the unemployed, working poor, disabled and frail elderly.  They address the kinds of needs that can overwhelm and cause long-term disruption to families. TCC also supports the Talbot County Children’s Advocacy Center in providing services to Talbot County children and families victimized by sexual abuse. Over the last 10 years, TCC has assisted approximately 1,000 citizens in need with approximately $180,000.

The Mental Health Association in Talbot County (MHATC) is a non-profit organization that promotes mental health through support, education, programs, and advocacy.

The Mental Health Association in Talbot County envisions a Mid-Shore Community with individuals, families, and institutions empowered to recognize and manage mental health issues in a stigma-free environment, with up-to-date mental health information widely available, and with effective mental health services accessible in a timely manner.

MHATC provides information regarding mental health resources, facilitates support groups, increases mental health awareness, engages the community through programs and provides a voice and visibility for mental health.  Support relief for veterans in crisis is also made available through MHATC.

The Star Democrat Brighter Christmas Fund brings together those in need with those who want to share, making the most of time-honored traditions of generosity and the power to change lives.  ACM Chesapeake Publishing, the parent company of The Star Democrat, covers the charity’s administrative costs so that 100 percent of the funds raised go where they are needed most, to those who cannot help themselves.

During the holiday season as many prepare for festive times, some of our neighbors are without safe homes, nutritious meals and the ability to provide their children with even a little of the seasonal magic so many of us enjoy.  The Brighter Christmas Fund strives to provide those comforts to those most in need in our community.

Event sponsors include Easton Elks Lodge #1622 and Koons Easton Toyota.  The Elks are invested in the communities through supporting programs that help children and projects that address unmet needs and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans. Koons Easton Toyota, serving the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland, is invested in the community through ongoing in kind service.  Koons’ Easton location is 6730 Ocean Gateway.

Other sponsors include: Aqua Pools & Spas, Kelly Distributors, and Hertrich’s of Easton.

For more information, call the Chamber at 410-822-4653 or visit www.talbotchamber.org.

Photo: Chamber Cup sponsors and committee members gather for pre event planning.  Pictured left to right are Al Silverstein (Talbot Chamber), Kathy Hanna (Talbot Chamber), Brenda Forbes Butler (EB&T), Stacy Montz (WCEI), Bob Coleman (Easton Elks), Jackie Davis (Mental Health Association TC), David Fike (Brighter Christmas Fund), Ruth Sullivan (Talbot Community Connections), Tom Duncan (Edward Jones Investments) and John Guth (Koons Toyota/Scion).





Antiques, Jewelry, and Art

Antiques, Jewelry, and Art will dominate Easton’s annual charity antiques show this spring. Beginning on Friday, March 18, with an Opening Night Party and delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages, guests will have a first look at all of the antiques. Featured at the 18th Annual Charity Antiques, Jewelry, and Art Show will be a broad range of antiques—from large sideboards to small paintings and porcelain birds. The Waterfowl Festival Building will house the show with 20 dealers from Virginia to New Hampshire through March 20.

Among the new dealers this year are Monkton Mill Antiques with Victorian lighting and Native American accents; Gail Ensinger with 18th and 19th C. furniture and accessories; and Moniques Antiques with Quimper. Also new are two dealers, Poverty Hollow and Gallery at Summerhill, with antique garden items and statuary. Added this year is a special lecture at the Academy Art Museum from 5-6pm for the New Collector featuring renowned antiques specialist and author, Dr. Oscar P. Fitzgerald, followed by a Brew Tasting on Saturday from 6-7pm, compliments of Evolution Tasting. Sunday’s special event is an afternoon tea at two o’clock. Raffle items include a week in South Bristol, Maine, and a lunch cruise on a 40 foot Hinkley Sailboat.

Appraisers present during the weekend include Harrison Appraisers, Claiborne Beall and Todd Peenstra.

This year’s opening will be beautifully decorated with plants donated by Garden Treasures, creating lovely displays surrounding the room settings. With the wide range of items, it will be difficult not to come away with a treasure. Tickets for the opening party are $75 and tickets for the show are $10 a person. Reservations for appraisals may be made by calling the Mental Health Association at 410 822-0444. For more information check the MHATC website at www.mhamdes.org.

Mental Health First Aid Training

A “Mental Health First Aid Training” course will be sponsored by The Mental Health Association in Talbot County on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 1 and 2 at PNC Bank on Marlboro Road in Easton. The course will be held on the bank’s second floor from 9:00am – 4:00pm each day and is open to the public. CEU’s for childcare, human resources and social work are available. There is a fee. Learn the signs and symptoms of a mental illness through a “5-Step Action Plan” that helps one understand, support, and make a difference in the life of a person with a mental illness. For more information or to register, please call 410-822-0444 or visit www.mhamdes.org.

Special Mental Health Association Program Guest Speaker

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
Gifted Author, Professor
And Co-Director of Johns Hopkins
Mood Disorders Center
“Grief and Depression –Personal and Professional Perspectives”

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Avalon Theatre

For Ticket Information, please visit our website www.mhamdes.org or call 410-822-0444.

$20.00 advance purchase by November 24
$30.00 after November 24

Patron Reception- $100.00
Book signing with complimentary book provided.
Hors d’oeuvres and Priority seating for 7pm talk.
Scossa Restaurant, 5:00 – 6:30pm

Proceeds to benefit MHATC educational programs

This program presented in co-operation with Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center

National Survivors of Suicide Day

The 12th National Survivors of Suicide Day event, for survivors of suicide loss, and those interested in suicide prevention, will be take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Road in Easton. Presented by the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, the event is free and open to the public.

Registration with dessert and refreshments begins at 6:30 pm, with a simultaneous broadcast of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at 7:00 pm. Shown internationally, this special 90-minute broadcast will air as thousands of survivors gather from around the world on this special day, for healing, support and empowerment. In this broadcast, a diverse panel of survivors and mental health professional will address the questions that so many survivors face. “Why did this happen? How can I cope? Where can I find support?” A candle light closing ceremony follows at 8:30 pm

Suicide is difficult for those who have to spend their lives with its reality. One way to deal with this challenge is counseling, self-help groups and commemorations. Listening to others who have survived a loss and helping new families suffering from its complex grief, are part of the healing process of survivors. Included in the presentation this year is the acknowledgement of the increase of suicide in the veteran population.

For those who have an ongoing interest, the Suicide Loss Support Group at Talbot Hospice Foundation, (410-822-6681) meets regularly under the direction of Norma Trax. This free support group includes grief counseling and co-sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Talbot County. Open to anyone, registration not necessary, walk-ins welcomed and encouraged.

For more information, call Tina Mills at 410-822-0444, visit mhamdes.org, or call Norma Trax at Talbot Hospice at 410-822-6681.

Distinguished Author To Share Perspectives On Grief And Depression

The Mental Health Association in Talbot County invites the public to a presentation by author and educator Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison on “Grief and Depression: Personal and Professional Perspectives.” The program will take place at the Avalon Theatre in Easton on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 p.m.

A reception will be held for the author at Scossa Restaurant prior to the presentation, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mental Health Association’s education programs.

Dr. Jamison is Co-Director of the Mood Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins Medical School and co-author of the standard medical text on manic depressive (bipolar) illness. One of five doctors chosen for the public television series, Great Minds in Medicine, Dr. Jamison was also chosen by Time Magazine as a “Hero of Medicine” and received a MacArthur “genius” grant.

Her professional credentials come grounded in first-hand personal experience, perspectives shared with the general public in her nationally bestselling books.

In An Unquiet Mind, Dr. Jamison describes her own struggles with manic depressive illness, with its pendulum swings between euphoria and what she calls “the blackest caves of the mind.” She helps people to understand the suicidal mind in Night Falls Fast, which is based on her own attempt to kill herself at age twenty-eight.

In addition to being the subject of her presentation, grief and depression are also the themes of her latest book, Nothing Was The Same, which chronicles the loss of her husband, Dr. Richard Wyatt. “It has been said that grief is a kind of madness,” she writes in the prologue. “I disagree. There is a sanity to grief, in its just proportion of emotion to cause, that madness does not have.” Dr. Jamison notes that “the capacity to be consoled is a consequential distinction between grief and depression.”

A complimentary volume of one of her books will be offered to those patrons registering for the reception, with Dr. Jamison signing copies. The reception price is $100 per person and includes priority seating for the presentation.

Tickets for Dr. Jamison’s presentation alone are $30, with an advance price of $20 if purchased by November 24. The program is being offered in cooperation with Talbot Hospice Foundation and Evergreen Cove.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Jamison in Easton,” said Dr. Jeffrey Messing, Board President of the Mental Health Association inTalbot County. Messing encouraged both professionals with clients dealing with grief and other interested individuals to take advantage of this opportunity to meet this distinguished author as she shares her knowledge and her own unique perspectives on the workings of the human mind.

For tickets, to make a contribution or to volunteer, call the Mental Health Association in Talbot County at 410-822-0444 or visit www.mhamdes.org.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Event

The 12th National Survivors of Suicide Day is being commemorated on Saturday, November 20, 2010, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Road, at 7:00 pm. Dessert and refreshments will be offered at 6:30 pm, and the broadcast will be shown at 7:00 pm. This special 90 minute broadcast for survivors of suicide loss, and those interested in suicide prevention, will be shown internationally on this day. Thousands of survivors will gather around the world on this day, for healing, support, and empowerment. Included in the presentation this year is the increase of suicide in the veteran population.

Suicide is a difficult loss for those who have to spend their lives with its reality. One way to deal with the loss of suicide is counseling, self-help groups, and commemorations, such as this event, produced by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Exchanging support, information, and encouragement are part of the process that helps those remaining. Listening to others who have survived a loss and helping new families suffering from its complex grief, are part of the healing process of survivors.

For those who have an ongoing interest, the Suicide Loss Support Group is in place under the direction of Norma Trax, who can be reached at 410 822-6681 or 763-6830. The Support Group includes grief counseling and is sponsored by the Talbot Hospice Foundation and the Mental Health Association in Talbot County,

The November 20 event in Easton is presented by the Mental Health Association in Talbot County. The broadcast is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410 822-0444, visit mhamdes.org, or call Norma Trax at Talbot Hospice at 410 822-6681.

Learning to Live With Bipolar Disorder

By Sandra Zunino

Living with a family member who has bipolar disorder can be much like waiting for the next shoe to drop. Depending on the severity of the condition, bipolar sufferers are often unaware when they have reached a manic state and can be equally hard to deal with when they fall into a depression, but there is help out there.

The Mental Health Association of Talbot County has launched a new support group for family members of individuals with bipolar disorder. Meeting on the second Thursday of each month at the Easton Presbyterian Church, 617 North Washington Street, at 6:30 p.m., the first meeting will take place this Thursday, December 9.

A brain disorder, bipolar, aka manic-depressive disorder, causes unusual and severe shifts in mood, affecting energy, activity levels and even the ability to perform daily responsibilities. Often times, alcohol and drug dependency can be linked to bipolar sufferers who seek self-medication because they are unaware of their affliction. Sadly, the affects of the condition can not only lead to poor performance in school and on the job, but can wreak havoc on relationships as well. Bipolar sufferers also run a high risk for committing suicide, according to MHATC Executive Director Tina Mills.

Recent finding have uncovered that monitoring brainwave activity through brain scans may help with diagnosing bipolar disorder in the future; however, for now there is no simple test to identify the disease. Sometimes misdiagnosed as ADHD or schizophrenia, patients and families can travel down a long and confusing path. “We are getting closer to defining whether a patient has bipolar,” says Tina, “but we are not there yet.”

While bipolar disorder can be treated with therapy and medications, helping patients lead full and productive lives, it may take time to find the right medication. Sometimes patients convince themselves they no longer need medications resulting in relapses. The love and support of family members can be critical for the treatment and recovery of someone with bipolar disorder.

“Family plays a big role,” says Tina. “Our support group is for family members; because it takes sometimes a family to keep everyone going and figure out how to avoid triggers that can cause an episode.”

Facilitated by Psycho Therapist Kirstie Kingston, the group is an excellent source for comprehending this complex biological disorder that affects approximately two percent of the population. “We want someone professional there to answer questions,” says Tina, “but support groups are what they are because of the people who belong to them. It’s their group and Kirstie is there to answer questions, organize and help it be what they want it to be.”

Support group members will not only find new resources such as books and local authorities on the disease to help with the treatment of their loved one, they can also find solace just by talking about their experiences. “There is something kind of magical about support,” says Tina. “Having someone who hears you and hears your pain and understands what you are going through can be very helpful.”

For more information about the Mental Health Association of Talbot County or the bipolar disorder support group, call 410-822-0444 or visit www.mhamdes.org.

Suicide Support Group Begins New Program

Those who experience the death of a loved one by suicide often find the path through shock and grief to be very painful, confusing, and lonely.  Survivors often struggle with shame and guilt and may not know anyone who has been through this experience.  Friends and family, who are suffering themselves, often are not able to give the needed comfort and understanding.  Coping with the death of a loved one by suicide is one of the most agonizing experiences that one may encounter in life.

A collaborative effort of Talbot Hospice Foundation and the Mental Health Association in Talbot County, the Suicide Survivors Support Group provides the opportunity for participants to share and hear from others who have had similar experiences.  Group members will find a supportive atmosphere of validation and acceptance where confidentiality is highly valued.

The support group will begin on Sept 27, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at Talbot Hospice House.  The group will meet for six sessions, once each week.

Call Norma Trax, Bereavement Coordinator at Talbot Hospice Foundation, 410-822-6681 to register.  Call Tina Mills, Executive Director, Mental Health Association 410-822-0444 for information.

Mental Health Interns

Laura Claggett and Susanne Moeller have spent their summers participating in the Mental Health Association’s Elizabeth Perry Mental Health Career Program.  The Mental Health Association in Talbot County has benefited from the involvement of the interns in many ways—from showing interest in a field that needs aspiring young people, to observing their sincere interest in improving mental health awareness. The program teaches young interns the importance of mental health and educates them in the management of a non-profit health organization.

Throughout the summer, Laura Claggett visited local mental heath providers, such as Channel Marker, Eastern Shore Psychological, For All Seasons, Chesapeake Voyagers, and Eastern Shore Hospital Center. Also, she had open discussions about the field with several psychiatrists. Interacting one-on-one with the consumers of these services was the most “memorable and enjoyable” aspect of her internship according to Laura, who is thinking about entering the medical field.

Susanne, who is taking part in the program to add field experience to her nonprofit minor, explains that working at the association has confirmed her desire to continue involvement in nonprofits after she graduates in the spring. “It has been a very educational and rewarding internship,” she explained. During her hours at the association, Susanne learned the details of event planning, experienced grant writing, helped market education and prevention programs, and raised funds for mental health.  Susanne was informed of the far-reaching contributions that she has made to many families and individuals through her conscientious work.

Jeff Messing, President of the MHATC Board and former professor of psychology, is pleased with the interns’ contributions to the mission of the association. “With so many prevention and education programs in place this year, it has been an asset to have them, as well as to observe how the program has expanded their worlds. It has been rewarding to work with them. We predict that they will choose meaningful careers.”