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VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2012
Volume 37, Issue 12

HOLLIDAY GREETINGS FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB
Happy holidays to all of the club members. It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by. I have to say that this year has been the best in memory. We have joined with Harbor Health and have made a lot of great friends and have done lot of really fun things together. We have added to some really nice things to the club like our new TV set and continue improve the club in lots of ways. We have enjoyed the company of our friends and have never forgot those who our no longer with us. I hope that all the club members here and at Harbor Health as well as all the staff at both agency’s have a happy and healthy holiday season with there families. See you all next year. Julianne.

A GREAT YEAR FOR NEW BEGININGS !
Season’s Greeting to all our club members and friends of the Valley Social Club! This year was a very exciting one for us because the merger of Birmingham Group and Harbor Health Services Sites has brought us many new friends. Options Social Club and Valley Social Club has become one big family. The general opinion is that the clubs are better and stronger! But here are a few thoughts from our club members at the Valley Social club about it all! “ I think the merger is great. I love our sister club and the people their. I’ve made friends and I think this move is a good thing for us. Kudos's” Sylvia H. “ I am very happy with the people at Branford. We get along very well and we love doing things together.” Julianne M. “We have had a seamless transition which is always the best kind.” Tom C. “ I think the merger is great and we all get along and have a great Relationship.” Gayle A. “The merger has been great for me because I like to meet new people.” Elaine M.

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NEW GROUP TO START THIS DECEMBER Explore the beauty that nature offers us. We will start a new class on Friday afternoon. We will study pet birds. We invite you to sign up and hope you enjoy the adventure class on Friday’s from 2:30-3:45. For more information please call Jacques Maignan at 203-430-1466.

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DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS AT THE CLUB

The following folks have birthdays this month. Best wishes to everyone. Charles B. Tom B. Ross C. Neil R. Robert S.

SHOPPING/LAUNDRY GROUP SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER

GROCERY:

Ansonia Dec. 3rd ,17th Derby, Seymour, Oxford Dec. 4th ,18th. Shelton Dec. 5th, 19th Laundry: Ansonia Dec. 10th Derby, Seymour, Oxford Dec. 11th Shelton Dec. 12th

SPECIAL CHRISTMAS HOURS 5-11 DON’T BE LONELY!
We are once again in the mist of the holiday season. We are busy shopping and cooking and probably under some stress. The holidays are also a time of remembrance and not being able to be with loved ones for whatever reason. It’s in these times we need friends the most. This is when the Warmline is here for you. Our operators are a friendly and compassionate voice late at night. If you need help getting through the day or even just to talk for a few minutes they are here. The Warmline is open seven day’s a week. Warmline hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm. Please call us at 203-732-2004! Christmas Hours are 5-11p only!

HERE’S ROBERT ! Submitted by Robert S.
What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. Oscar Wilde

THE MASTERS TABLE DINNER WITH SANTA AND HIS ELF
You, your family and friends are invited to a free community dinner. Join Master’s Table in celebrating the holiday season Sunday December 9, 2012 4:00pm-5:30pm at Christ Church at 56 south Cliff St. Ansonia Ct. 06401. Donations graciously accepted to defray the cost of our monthly dinners.

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WORKIN FOR A LIVE-IN WITH KAREN K.
Interested in getting back into the working world?... Come to our pre-voc group, “Me, Work?”! We’ll help you brush up on communication skills, role play to practice how to get along with coworkers, and learn what helps you to be a successful employee! 1st class begins on Wednesday, 11/28/12 from 11-12pm. We meet at 301 Main Street in the reception area. Hope to see you there!

IMPORTANT WORDS FROM DR. MARIE SOLAZZO
Update on becoming a Non-Smoker
This year has been very successful in providing a variety of their goals toward becoming a non-smoker: programs to help individuals meet

NIC A meets on Wednesday 1-2 pm in the Maple Room and Friday 1-2 pm in the Art Room in the Clinic. This is a Twelve Step Nicotine Anonymous meeting for individuals who are trying to quit or have quit and need support. Individuals who continue to smoke but want to learn more about NIC A are welcome. John Dykman at 203-736-2601 Ext. 1431.

 Smoke Enders Group meets on Monday 1-2 pm This group enables clients to pick a quit date

and successfully quit within 8 weeks if motivated to do so. Nicotine Replacement therapy is provided to clients participating in the Smoke Ender’s group. Clients can stop by the front desk at the Clinic and ask to schedule an appointment with Marie Solazzo or call her directly at ext. 1371. Tobacco cessation counseling is available to help use the services such as the Quitline if one is highly motivated to quit. The quit line can be contacted at 1-800-quit now. Counselors talk with individuals about their struggles and offer suggestions to be successful. We are happy to be ending the year with many individuals who successfully quit smoking and use the services available. 2013 will bring a new year and more resources to help individuals through their medical programs.

ADVOCACY TRAINING IN HARTFORD BY DONNA K.
I went to the Advocacy Training Class in Hartford, CT. I found that it is very helpful. They had Senators coming to speak to the class. It was very informative! There was a lot of young adults attending the training. I was very impressed. There were people from Fellowship Place. I hope to be able to use my training in the future when we go to the Legislative building. I wish more of my fellow club members could do this training. I am glad I had a car to get there. I would do the training again.

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CONTACT PERSON: ALICE F. 203-7905

DATE: 12/22/2012

4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE AFFAIR
We will be having our 4th annual holiday cookie bake Saturday, December 22nd at 9am til 12pm. Cookie recipes must be submitted in advance of the event so the needed ingredients for the recipes can be purchased. We will have hot cocoa and holiday music as well as lots of fun! Space is limited so we may chose participants by a lottery if we have more people than space will allow.

LOCATION; THE VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB TIME: 9AM-12 PM.

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Please join us for the

VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB CHRISMAS BRUNCH AT THE CLUB
We will be serving a light breakfast and lunch along with entertainment and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause

Brunch will be from 9:00am to 12:00pm Christmas Day-12/25/12 Please stop by and celebrate the day with your club friends, staff, and volunteers!

PEER RUN SUPPORT GROUPS
MONDAY3-4PM- OVER EATER’SANONYMOUS - For those individuals in need of support for all eating disorders-Meetings are held in the 1st floor clinic meeting room. Call John Dykman at 203-736-2601, Ext. 431. TUESDAY 4-5 PM-AA GROUP- A group that lends support for alcohol addictions based on the 12-step program. The Meeting is held at the Valley Social Club. Please call John Dykman at 203-736-2601, Ext. 431. 5-7pm-SOBER SOCIAL– Come to this fun group held at the club for anyone who would like to learn a new game, and learn how to socialize with others in a fun and unique way! The group also shares a light dinner too! Rides provided only after the conclusion of group if needed. Call 203-732-7089 for more information. WEDNESDAY1-2pm-NICOTINEANONYMOUS-12- Step Group to assist with quitting or support of quitting your tobacco habit. Located in the Lower Level of BHCARE, Call John Dykman at 203-736-2601, Ext. 431. THURSDAY2-3PM-AA MTG. held weekly in the Lower Level Conference Room of BHcare. Everyone is welcome to attend that is in recovery. This is a 12-Step Support Group. 4-5-PM- DUAL RECOVERYANONYMOUS—For anyone needing support for emotional and psychiatric disorders and addiction issues. This 12-Step Support Group is conducted at the Valley Social Club for more information please call John Dykman at 203-736-2601, Ext. 431. 5-7pm-SOBER SOCIAL– Come to this fun group held at the club for anyone who would like to learn a new game, and learn how to socialize with others in a fun and unique way! The group also shares a light dinner too! Rides Provided only after the conclusion of group if needed. Call 203-732-7089 for more information. FRIDAY1-2pm-NICOTINE ANONYMOUS held in Art Room in the Clinic. 4-5PM- EMOTIONSANONYMOUS– this nationally advertised program assists Individuals in dealing with their day to day concerns and works on a 12-Step Program. For more information please call 203-736-2601, Ext.431 and ask for John Dykman. SEE SOCIAL CLUB CALENDAR FOR UPDATESAND OTHER GROUPS RUN THROUGHTHE RECOVERY SERVICES PROGRAM.

VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB CALENDAR FOR DECEMBER 2012
Sun
Numbers: (203) Phyllis 305-7895 Jacques 430-1466 Mike 732-7089 2 CLUB CLOSED

Mon
Numbers:
Social Club 735-9106 BHcare 736-2601 Clinic Ex. 380 Valley Trans 735-8294

Tue
Key:

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat
1 Club Closed Today

*= Must sign up
$ = Need Cash
4 Breakfast Club 8:30-10a Bingo 2-3 AA Mtg.2-3 Sober Social 5-7

3 Lunch 12-12:30 Let’s Talk 1-2 Art Class 2-3 Over Eater’s A. 3-4 10
Nursing Home 10am Lunch 12-12:30 Let’s Talk 1-2 Art Class 2-3 Over Eater’s A. 3-4

5 Breakfast Club 8:30-10a
Enlightened Lunch “Rosy”12-1 Out to Eat 5-7 $*

6 Art Class 11– 12 Lunch 12-12:30 Dual Recovery 4-5pm Sober Social 5-7pm 13 Art Class 11-12pm
Lunch 12-12:30pm Dual Recovery 4-5pm Sober Social 5-7pm

7 Tree decorating 8 Mall Shopping 11am Free lunch 1-3:30p $* 12-12:30pm Emotion Anon 4-5pm
14 Computer Lab 10a
Free Lunch 12-12:30 Nature Class 2:30-3:45p Festival of Lights/coffee *$ Emotions Anon 4-5pm

9 Master’s Table 4-5:30p at Christ Church No Rides Provided 16 CLUB CLOSED

11

Breakfast Club 8:30-10 Bingo 2-3 AA Mtg. 2-3

12 Breakfast Club
8:30-10

15 Club Closed Today

Sober Social 5-7 18 Breakfast Club
8:30-10 Bingo 2-3 AA Mtg. 4-5 Sober Social 5-7

Cultural Day 12-12:30 “Holland”
19 Breakfast Club 8:30-10am Nursing Home Sing 10a Branford Party 1-3 free **

17 Lunch 12-12:30 Let’s Talk 1-2 Art Class 2-3 Over Eater’s A. 3-4 24 Lunch 12-12:30 Let’s Talk 1-2 Art Class 2-3 Over Eater’s A. 3-4 31 No Lunch Served New Year’s Eve Party count down to 2013 11:30-3p

20 Art Class 11-12p 21 Computer Lab 10a Cookie Bake 9-12 Holiday Party 1-4pm at club * Free Lunch 12-12:30pm Nature Class 2:30-3:45p Food and fun! Free! Emotions Anon 4-5pm 27 Art Class 11-12pm Lunch 12-12:30pm Dual Recovery 4-5pm Sober Social 5-7pm Warm Line hours :
Sunday-Thurs. 6-10pm Friday-Sat. 6-11 pm 28 Computer Lab 10am Free Lunch 12-12:30p Nature Class 2:30-3:45 Emotion Anon 4-5pm

NOTE: Cookie Bake —Free! ** 9-12 noon only four slots to club members available first come!

23 CLUB CLOSED

25 Christmas Brunch
9-12 ** Free to all BHcare Consumers! Santa & Mrs. Claus will be here!

26 Breakfast Club 8:30-10 am 1-3 Christmas Movie

29 Club Closed

30 CLUB CLOSED

Christmas Brunch No Rides Provided members must get to club on own.

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