Academy at Glengary, Inc. Joins Sarasota Leaders in Welcoming Clubhouse International Colleagues

The Giving Coast

On June 20 & 21, the Academy at Glengary, Inc. welcomed colleagues from Miami as well as California, Oklahoma, Washington and Massachusetts for a training on “Sustainability for Clubhouse Programs.” This was the first time the Academy offered this type of training experience, which engaged attendees with roundtable discussions of best practices, challenges, solutions, and innovations. The line-up featured several local guest speakers on a variety of topics: Stewie Bitterman, a member of the Academy’s Ambassador program, discussed the valuable role of Ambassadors; John Annis of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation presented on relationship building with charitable foundations; Jeff Steinwachs shared strategies on mission, sustainable growth, and outcomes; and Robyn Faucy presented on Results 1st. In attendance were Linn Blohm and Melanie Reese of Thunderbird Clubhouse (OK), Rachel Riani and Luke Knowles of Genesis Club (MA), Bernadette Jacobs of Hero House NW (WA), Tamara Hunter and Lisa Breton of Mental Health Connections (CA), and Debra Webb, Amy McClellan and Lalita Airan of Key Clubhouse (Miami). Executive Director William McKeever, who was co-facilitator of the workshop, said, “We are grateful that several of our key community partners could join us for this training and share their expertise with the members of the larger Clubhouse International community. We have benefitted greatly from their support, so we are thrilled we could extend their reach to a larger audience.” The Academy’s Culinary Team served up breakfast and lunch each day—part of the vocational training at the Academy—and showcased their know-how with a BBQ for Board members, Ambassadors and guests. Attendee Rachel Riani, from Genesis Club, Massachusetts, said, “Thanks to the team at the Academy for a wonderful two days. The guest speakers gave us great insights, the food was very delicious, and your Clubhouse space is amazing. It was wonderful to learn from all of you! Luke and I are both eager to share our ideas with our colleagues here at Genesis Club.”

 

 

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