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|People who smoke, vape, or have a history of substance use disorders may be at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and complications, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). |
“As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with corona virus disease, our friends at the DEA advised us that we should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders particularly hard,” advised Kent Gade, National Director of the Drug Awareness Program. “This virus has certainly changed the way we need to deliver our message, but it hasn’t changed that message or our mission. Since this virus attacks the lungs, people (especially young individuals) who smoke or vape tobacco or marijuana are at a high risk from COVID-19, which is the respiratory disease caused by the virus”, he added.
While we have heard from the very beginning that the virus attacks an older population with underlying health issues, it only makes sense that smokers and vapors compromise our lungs. Thus, the work of the Drug Awareness Program cannot relax during this crisis. We just need to find ways to get the message out to the families and children we serve that we still need to make Smart Choices. Our messages before the virus ring truer now. The DAP Directors are constantly in contact with State Chairmen, who have been charged with keeping in touch with Lodge chairs. Our Lodges may be shuttered for the time being and our children may be home from school, but the message still needs to be reinforced. Lodge ER’s are reminded to encourage members’ families to seek out information at our various websites: www.elkskidszone.org and www.elks.org for up-to-date information.
The DAP is also designing in-home and on-line programs for kids while they are out of school and more information will be provided as this program is rolled out. “In the meantime, we need to heed the recommendations from the CDC. Practicing Social Distancing does not mean we abandon good social practices. When the opportunity presents itself, thank a police officer, a fireman, a first responder, a grocer, a nurse, a doctor or any essential worker in your community. We will come through this together and when we do, we will be stronger and better and more informed than ever before”, said Director Gade. He added that hopefully by the time you read this, we will be headed back to normal, however we must remain vigilant and our mission will not change or waiver.
Assistant Director – Elks National Drug Awareness Program
Since COVID-19 currently has all our lodge facilities closed, the three DD Clinics originally scheduled to be taking place this coming Sunday, April 19th, are being re-scheduled.
DD Maine Coastal has re-schedule his clinic for June 7th, 10-1200, still at the Portland Lodge.
Watch here or the Association calendar for further information on your district’s meeting.
I sent out an email earlier and have since become aware of a very high priority need for our hospitalized veterans. Since they can have no visitors during the virus pandemic the veterans are even more cutoff from contact with the outside world and need something to make connections and occupy their minds. In my asking what is the one thing that would really make a difference in their lives, and the answer I received was i-PADS. They could use at least 30 of them, at a cost of $327.99 each.
The MEA Veterans Committee is able to free up $1000.00, currently budgeted for the annual Volunteers Recognition dinner, however that will be either canceled or postponed until our next planning year.
This would be a good time to review your contribution goals for the coming year to determine if you are able to help out. Whatever you can do will make a big difference in the lives of our veterans who need to know that we are still thinking of them and hope that soon they will be able to have family members visit them.
You may make out your checks to VETERANS CANTEEN SERVICE for the purchase of I PADS. Any amount will help.
Jonathan Barczyk, CAVS, Acting Public Affairs Officer Chief, Voluntary Service
VA Maine Healthcare System, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330
TEL: (207) 623-8411, Ext. 2200
Or you may send your checks to me.
David Hassen, 919 West River Road, Augusta, ME 04330
State ENVSC Chairman, VAVS Representative, Togus VA Medical Center
PS: Please let me know what you send in for donations. Thank you, David
Below is a new Spring 2020 Wish List. This Wish List contains the needs we are finding based on the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. As you all know we are still only allowing Veterans and staff in the medical facility. Due to this Veterans who are receiving care are not able to have family/caregivers or friends bring them in the items they need while inpatients here at VA Maine. Voluntary Service is currently supplying the departments with the items the Veterans are in need of from personal care items to clothing and shoes. Please disburse this list out to your local posts & chapters. Please advise that donations can be picked up at the entrance of B205 if you call prior and arrange Voluntary Service staff to meet for pick up or will need to be sent out by mail to Togus VA Maine HCS, Attn: Voluntary Service MDP 135, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We hope you are all well ad look forward to having you all back soon.
Thank you, Jonathan Barczyk, CAVS, Acting Public Affairs Officer
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are not currently able to allow drop off of donations directly to the Voluntary Service office. Donations can be dropped off at the entrance of B205 if you call prior and arrange Voluntary Service staff to meet for pick up or must be sent by mail to the address above. Please be sure to include your first and last name and mailing address for a thank you letter to be sent out.
I sent out the email below and have since become aware of a very high priority need for our hospitalized veterans. Since they can have no visitors during the virus pandemic the veterans are even more cutoff from contact with the outside world and need something to occupy their minds. In my asking what is the one thing that would really make a difference in their lives. The answer I received was I PADS they could use at least 30 at a cost of $327.99 each .
MEA Veterans Committee is able to free up $1000.00 which is currently budget for the annual Volunteers Recognition dinner that will be either canceled or postponed until our next planning year. That is about 10% of the need.
This would be a good time to review your contribution goals for the coming year to determine if you are able to help out, Whatever you can do will make a big difference in the lives of our veterans who need to know that we are still thinking of them and hope that soon they will be able to have family members visit them.
Volunteers are needed, but in order to limit COVID-19 exposure risk to our most susceptible patient populations, effective immediately, access to our medical center is permitted for Veterans and staff only. Volunteers and volunteer lead events are being canceled throughout the Medical Center, CBOCs and Vet Centers.
PROGRAMS IN NEED OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
- General Welfare Fund (This is a general fund that will be spent on something that directly benefits a Veteran while they are receiving care at VA Maine) Donating to this fund during the COVID-19 pandemic would increase the ability to purchase specific items Veterans may be in need of while they are inpatients or here on appointment basis.
- Homeless Veteran Assistance Fund (Support the needs of Veterans transitioning into permanent housing)
- Fisher House Fund (Provides Veterans’ family members with household essentials and kitchen staples while their loved one is receiving care at VA Maine.)
SPECIAL REQUESTS/PROJECTS FOR VETERANS:
- Comfort Items, large and travel sized items needed, i.e., nail clippers, toenail clippers, shampoo, body wash, body lotion, toothbrush covers, deodorant, disposable and electric razors (Higher Quality Razors Prefered), powders, toothpaste, polygrip & mouth wash. (No alcohol based products)
- Puzzle Books
- Gas Cards ($10)
- Tracfones & Tracfone cards
- Hannaford Gift Cards ($25)
- Walmart Gift Cards ($25)
- Over the Ear Headphones (Must be New) No Ear Buds
- Sneakers (sizes 8-13 mens, wide sizes)
- New Clothing, all sizes (sweatpants, sweatshirts, t-shirts)
- Men’s Underwear (Small, Medium, Large preferred but various sizes are needed)
NOT NEEDED AT THIS TIME: VHS Movies; Afghans; Jigsaw Puzzles; Used Stamps; Magazines over three months old; Dental Floss; After-Shave; Hand Lotion, Blank Greeting Cards and Envelopes. Due to Infection Control policies we are unable to accept used clothing/bedding, walkers, canes, or crutches.
Currently we are unable to accept personal memorabilia and artwork.
**Homeless Housewarming items are not needed at this time due to having an ample supply on hand. **
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that under the Tax Code, donations to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ General Post Fund for exclusively public purposes are deductible from federal income taxes in the manner and to the extent allowable. The announcement reflects the tax law provision, which makes those donations deductible as “donations to the United States”. Donations to support any of the Department’s programs are deductible, whether the donor directs that the donated funds be used for a specific purpose or allows the Department to decide how the donated funds will be used. Do n a ted fu nds ma d e b y ch eck sho u ld b e made out to “VAVS ” and sent to the address above
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Earlier today, Maine Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wanted to make you aware of the impact this order has on all Lodges throughout the State of Maine.
In accordance with the terms of her executive order, Governor Mills has restricted all gatherings of 10 or more people throughout the State of Maine. This is intended to reduce the potential of community spread, and our Maine Lodges must follow the Governor’s order here. In addition, the order also requires that bars and restaurants – statewide – cease all in-house dining and bar service. Consequently, all bars and grill rooms within our Lodges must cease operating until the Governor lifts these recently imposed restrictions. Please note that Governor Mill’s order took effect at 6:00p.m. today (March 18th), and imposes these restriction through and including March 31, 2020.
Regular Lodge meetings may continue to occur so long as attendance is limited to 10 Members. It cannot be stressed enough, however, that under no circumstances is there to be alcohol and/or food service within any Lodge facility in the State for the period of time during which the restrictions have been imposed.
I understand the tremendous impacts these unprecedented restrictions will have on many of our Members, and the Lodge facilities which they enjoy. However, in following the restrictions Governor Mills has imposed, we will ensure the long-term health and safety of our Members and their guests.
Very truly yours,
Robert J. Van Campen, Esq. Member, Grand Lodge Committee on Judiciary – Area 114 Harley Avenue, Everett, MA 02149(C) 617-270-1123(E) email@example.com
With the gathering impact of COVID-19, and requests from our Governor to closely examine the need to conduct events gathering large groups of people, close consideration was given to the “necessity” of conducting the Region 1 hoop shoot and the decision was made to cancel the Region 1 event scheduled for the morning of March 14th at Deering High School in Portland.
At the Spring 2020 MEA meeting Area 1 Auditing and Accounting Committee representative David Chinn gave a presentation on the new Financial Reporting System all lodges are required to utilize.