Southern Region

Goals for 2012-2013

ACA-Southern Region plans to continue its momentum to build active participation and consistent leadership in each of our Southern Region branches through strategic planning, structured communication, and targeted mentoring.

Currently, four branches are engaged in a mentoring project, which will extend into next fiscal year. Next year, each Southern Region officer is also committed to providing telephone consultations, on a quarterly basis, at minimum, to three or four branches. In addition to our meetings at the ACA Conference and the Leadership Development Institute, ACA-SR plans to host quarterly virtual meetings open to all Southern Region Officer and Branch Executives to share resources, identify opportunities, and maintain connections.

Another ACA-SR initiative for the upcoming year is building a Southern Region Student Network, spearheaded by Patrick Mullen, who is a graduate student in Florida and active at national, division, and branch levels. One goal of this project is to build students' affinity to their professional association at both the national and branch level. By connecting students to other branches by engaging them at the region level, we hope to sustain their branch involvement, as they move from state to state.

No doubt, communication is critical to our success. Updates to the ACA-Southern Region website are already underway to make it easy for branch leadership to access useful information and documents. Additionally, the 2012-2013 Southern Region listserv is already in place.

ACA-SR officer travel is included to assure their full participation in region meetings at both the Leadership Training Institute in July and the ACA Conference in March. Travel is estimated at the most reasonable estimates we could identify after conducting research.

Strategic planning is the cornerstone of our organization. In July 2011, the branches within ACA-Southern Region began with a broad discussion of their goals and expectations from Southern Region and ACA. They continued in March to provide feedback on the mentoring project and identify specific resources they would like to access. Our plan is to continue this process in July by setting specific action plans to deliver those resources. Our success will be measured by the level of participation of ACA-Southern Region branches at the July and March meetings; by the number of calls completed and virtual meetings held; and by the depth of the leadership teams in each of our mentored states.

In summary, ACA-Southern Region is committed to providing support to the volunteers within our branches who are stepping up to leadership. Strong branches provide the roots that ACA needs to have an effective national agenda. The activities proposed in this request will build on the programs we initiated last fiscal year and expand the ability of our ACA-SR branches to provide the programs, benefits, and opportunities needed to attract members and promote leadership.

2013-2014 Leadership

Chair
Julia Porter
JPorter@meridian.msstate.edu

Chair-Elect
Marcheta Evans

mevans@ollusa.edu

Past Chair
Jeff Siskind
Jeff_Siskind@scps.k12.fl.us

Secretary-Treasurer
Jan Friese
jan@txca.org

Governing Council Representative
Annette Bohannon
acasrbohannon@wildblue.net

Institute for Leadership Training (2013)

Reports

ACA-SR Governing Council's Representative's Report

Governing Council
March 20-21, 2012
San Francisco, CA

ACA-SR 20/20 Representative's Report(s)

20-20 A Vision for the Future of Counseling Committee
ACA-SR Delegate Report 3-24-12
ACA Conference, San Francisco

20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling
Delegates Meeting
1:00pm - 4:00pm
March 22, 2012
San Francisco, California

Governance

Operating Procedures
Updated March 2012

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Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund Needs Your Help

by Amber McLaughlin | Nov 25, 2013
The following is a heartfelt message from ACA’s Connecticut branch, the Connecticut Counseling Association, about the continued need to support those affected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, the Connecticut Counseling Association partnered with The Newtown Lions Club to create the Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund.  The fund pays all the counseling costs for Sandy Hook Elementary family members, staff and first responders.  Individuals may pick any licensed clinician and the fund will cover their out of pocket expenses.  If the individual has no insurance, the Fund covers all the costs.

As of November, the Foundation has collected a little over $300,000, and has paid out over $200,000.  The Newtown Lions and CCA are committed to keeping the fund going for ten years, but right now they are concerned that they will not be able to keep the fund going for much longer as the demand for Mental Health services is great. The Chair of the Foundation is Bob Schmidt, a past ACA North Atlantic Region Chair.  He is working side by side with CCA Executive Director, Deborah DelVecchio-Scully.

The anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy is December 14.  Please consider making a donation to support the mental health recovery of the Sandy Hook community. Online donations ca be made here or you can mail a check to The Newtown Lions Foundation Sandy Hook Elementary Fund, Box 218, Newtown, CT 06470.  The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so any donation is tax deductible.

"My husband was out of work for several months this year.  If it was not for the Fund, we would not have been able to afford counseling.  Thank you so very much."
~ A Sandy Hook Mom

"We have been through such difficult times, but thanks to the Lions Club it is easy to get the counseling we need."
~ A Sandy Hook Parent