Archive for Sunday, September 19, 1999


September 19, 1999


American Association of University Women


Meetings: second Thursday of month during academic year.

Leader: Cheryl A. Harrod

For membership: 842-7523,

Dues/Fees: $45

Promoting educational opportunities and gender equality for women and girls.

American Red Cross, Douglas County chapter

For membership: United Way Center for Human Services, 843-3550

A multi-service agency that provides disaster assistance, blood and blood products, assistance to military and dependents, and health and safety training to residents of Douglas County.

Animal Calling Assn.



Meetings: vary

Leader: Amy Tramill, president

For membership: Amy Tramill, 841-7940,

Dues/Fees: $15

We post pictures of dogs and cats who are lost/found or are in need of homes on our website. We also are starting a fostering network and spay and neuter program.

Autumn Club

Leader: Elaine Taylor

For membership: Mildred Hoffman

Dues/Fees: $4 per year

Begun in 1972, Autumn club is a organization for senior citizens, promoting sharing and caring.

For membership: 842-0729

A multi-service community center, services are provided in a variety of forms; emergency food, rent, and utility assistance, child care program for children 12 months-12 years.

Avalon Breastfeeding Consultants

Meetings: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23. (December date to be announced) Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Room G.

Leader: Juanita Bohnstedt and Suzanne Bowes

For membership: Juanita Bohnstedt, 841-4373

Dues/Fees: $25 one-time/life-time fee

Support group to educate, encourage and promote breastfeeding.

Beyond Loss Support Workshop

Meetings: vary

Leader: Phil Friedeman, facilitator

For membership: Phil Friedeman, 843-5339

Dues/Fees: $10 to cover special materials

The Beyond Loss Support Workshop is for survivors who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend through death.


Meetings: 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays, Independence Inc., 2001 Haskell

Leader: Gordon Moore

For membership: Gordon Moore, 749-3064

Self-support for adults with emotional problems

Breast Cancer Action Inc.


Meetings: First Thursday of the month at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Leader: Suzie Taylor

For membership: Suzie Taylor, 843-9192

Breast Cancer Action is a community coalition dedicated to support, education and information for breast cancer survivors and their family and friends.

Coalition of Homeless

Meetings: 2:30 p.m., third Tuesdays, Parrish Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church.

Leader: Sammy Scott

For membership: 749-1316

Forum for discussion of homeless persons needs.

Cordley Elementary School PTA



Meetings: First Monday of each month (or following Monday in event of a holiday)

Leader: Julie Nice

For membership:

Dues/Fees: $2.25 a year

Provides support for the school.

Disabled American Veterans, Jayhawk Chapter 22

Meetings: 7 p.m., second Wednesday of the month, United Way Center, 2518 Ridge Ct.

Leader: Russell Haun, president

For membership: Norman Denton, 843-4843

Dues/Fees: $10 a year

The Disabled American Veterans provides comradeship and news to veterans

Douglas County AIDS Project


For membership: 843-0040

A community-based organization that provides services, directly or with other organizations, to people affected and/or infected by HIV; information and educational resources to the community.

Douglas County CASA



Leader: Connie Keeling, executive director

For membership: 832-5172,

Dues/Fees: Volunteers must complete an extensive screening and 21 hours of training. Training is offered in Jan

The mission of the Douglas County CASA is to advocate for the best possible permanent placement for each child it represents, to improve local practices pertaining to children, and to create public awareness of the problems of children in Douglas County.

Douglas County Child Development Assn.



Meetings: Vary

Leader: Pat Pisani, Hilltop Child Development Center, 864-4940

For membership: Dianna Nelson, 842-0064

Dues/Fees: Vary

DCCDA provides workshops for child care providers and a referral service for parents seeking child care. Members may check out materials from the DCCDA library and also receive a newsletter from the association every other month.

Douglas County Family Day Care Assn.


Meetings: first Thursday, September through May, location varies. Call 749-2256 for information.

Leader: Marietta Winfrey

For membership: Sondra Davidson, 842-3935,

Dues/Fees: $10 a year

DCFDA promotes quality child care by offering continuing education, support and social contacts for new or experienced family child care providers.

Douglas County Infant-Toddler Coordinating Council


Meetings: vary

For membership: 832-5097 ext. 216

Dues/Fees: None

Provides information and special services to children ages birth to three years in Douglas County. Free screenings.

Douglas County Family Day Care Assn.

Meetings: varies

Leader: Darlene Leuthold

For membership: Sharon Cleavinger, 842-3935

Dues/Fees: $10 annually

A gathering of childcare providers, for support and education.

Food Not Bombs



Meetings: Food Not Bombs serves free food every Sunday. Group members meet at Sunflower House, 1406 Tenn., at 3:30 p.m. to prepare/cook the food until 6 p.m. Food is served at 6 p.m. at South Park. If weather is inclement, food is served at Social Service League, 905 R.I.

Food Not Bombs is dedicated to social change through non-violent direct action and community activism.

Friends of Parents as Teachers

Meetings: To be announced

Leader: John and Jean Pfeifer

For membership: John and Jean Pfeifer, 865-2813

Dues/Fees: None

The group informs others about the Parents as Teachers program and raises funds for the Parents as Teachers program. Funds that we raise help sponsor new families in Parents as Teachers.

Independence's Support for Peers and You


Meetings: Once a month, as announced

Leader: Tim Brown, facilitator

For membership: Tim Brown, 841-0333,

Dues/Fees: None

A peer support group for people with all kinds of disabilities.

Interfaith Caring Neighbors


Leader: Rita Mika, director

For membership: Rita Mika, 749-2005,

Volunteer program serving elders over age 60.

Kansas Advocates for Better Care


Meetings: board of directors meets quarterly

Leader: Deanne Lenhart, executive director

For membership: Deanne Lenhart or Lenette Hamm, 842-3088,

Dues/Fees: 60 and older: $20 annually; under 60: $35 annually; groups and businesses: $50 annually.

Our Mission: Advocating for high-quality long-term care.

La Leche League of Lawrence



Meetings: second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m., St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 964 W. Highway 40, and at 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room G of Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

For membership: Jane, 865-5919,

Dues/Fees: membership is optional at $30 a year

La Leche League offers a network of support to learn about the benefits and practicalities of breastfeeding.

Lawrence Area Unaffiliated Group of Homeschoolers

Meetings: Members are phoned

For membership: Elizabeth and Pete Lauter, 841-6020,

Dues/Fees: $5 for each family annually

A mixed group that uses varied curriculum to provide support for homeschooling.

Lawrence Delta Zeta Alumnae


Meetings: Saturday mornings, once a month

Leader: Jane Clinton

For membership: Lyne Tumlinson, 842-2513,

Dues/Fees: $20 a year

As a chartered alumnae chapter of Delta Zeta International, they provide an immediate source of support and friendship for Lawrence-area Delta Zetas. They raise money to support local and national groups related to deaf and hard-of-hearing (including Gallaudet College in Washington, D.C.).

Lawrence Education Assn.

Leader: Wayne Kruse

For membership: Pat Salvatore, 832-5820,

LEA promotes high-quality public schools, strengthens the profession of teaching and improves the well-being of its members.

Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth


Meetings: Varies

Leader: Patricia Roach

For membership: Sydney Karr, 842-5006,

Dues/Fees: none

The Lawrence Partnership for Children and Youth promotes better services for children.

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity


Meetings: 7 p.m., third Thursday of the month, First Presbyterian Church, 3418 Clinton Pkwy.

Leader: George Schaeffer, executive director

For membership: Linda Klinker, 832-0777,

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to building housing in a partnership with low-income families.

Lawrence Men's Group



Meetings: 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread.

For membership: Marc Briand, 841-7454,

Lawrence Men's Group is a support group for men.

Lawrence Mothers of Twins Club


Meetings: 7 p.m., second Tuesdays. Call for location.

Leader: Amy Hempleman, Debbie Norwood and Kelly White-Smith

For membership: Amy Hempleman, 838-3006,

Dues/Fees: $13 a year, includes membership to National Mothers of Twins Club.

Provides support for mothers of twins and other multiples. Also provides a social outlet for mothers of multiples.

Lawrence Parkinson Support Group


Meetings: 2 p.m., third Tuesday of each month, First Presbyterian Church, 2415 Clinton Pkwy.

Leader: John and Shirley Pozdro and Mary Lou McGonigle, co-leaders

For membership: 843-8692,

The Lawrence Parkinson Support Group provides a place for support and encouragement through meetings with speakers, a library of current Parkinson literature, and personal sharing with other Parkinsonians and their caregivers.

Lawrence Schools Area Council of PTAs and PTOs

E-Mail: allbidna@KC.NET

Meetings: Announcements per meeting

Leader: Rudy Conrad, president

For membership: Holli Joyce, vice president, 832-8459,

Dues/Fees: Dues are paid by PTA/PTOs.

LSAC has represented local PTA/PTOs since 1915. It is a nonpolitical council which strives to help facilitate communication among parents, teachers, the administration and school board.

M.A.G. - Independence Inc.'s Music Appreciation Group


Meetings: fourth Friday of every month

Leader: Cindy Hallenbeck

For membership: Tim Brown or Terry Thompson, 841-0333,

Dues/Fees: None

This club benefits its members by enhancing their knowledge of different types of music through field trips, speakers and performers, and "jam sessions." The Music Appreciation group was formed by and for people with disabilities who play an instrument, sing or simply love music.

Mommy's B.R.E.A.K.


Meetings: Varies

Leader: Monica Stark

For membership: Monica Stark, 842-0872,

Mommy's B.R.E.A.K. is a support group for mothers.

Mother to Mother of Douglas County

Meetings: Vary

Leader: Rita Mika

For membership: Sister Barbara Wiesler, 841-0838,

Mother to Mother lends emotional support and broadens understanding.

Narcotics Anonymous


Meetings: Call for meeting schedule, printed schedules available at meetings.

For membership: 749-6631,

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit, international, community-based organization for recovering addicts.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Douglas County (NAMI)

E-Mail: dhavens@KUHUB.CC.UK.EDU

Meetings: 6:45 p.m., second Monday each month, Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., south door

Leader: Dawn Haverkate-Ens

For membership: 749-5927

NAMI Douglas Co. is a self-help group that supports family members and friends of people with mental illness.

PFLAG Lawrence-Topeka (Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Meetings: 2:30 p.m., first Sunday of each month.

Leader: Bonnie Cuevas

For membership: Bonnie Cuevas, 841-2345,

The group offers support, education and advocacy.

Parents as Teachers (PAT)


Meetings: Varies

For membership: 832-5097, extension 242

Parents as Teachers is a free learning program for parents of children from birth to age 3, who live in the Lawrence school district.


Meetings: Second Tuesday of the month in the member's homes.

Leader: Bette Heck

Phenix gives support and aid to local organizations.

River City Women's Club

Meetings: Second and fourth Thursdays at various restaurants.

Leader: Andrea Welborn

For membership: Diana Dunkley

The club provides contacts, interaction and mentoring.

SPaRK, Single Parents Raising Kids


Meetings: 7 p.m.-8 p.m., third Thursdays, First United Methodist Church, 946 Vt.

Leader: Andra Hettenbach

For membership: Andra Hettenbach, 841-9164,

SPaRK is a non-denominational group for single parents, to provide both support and fun, affordable activities for single parents and families. Educational, social, and children's activities are included. Free childcare is available by calling in advance.

Stroke Support Group

Meetings: 4:30 p.m., third Wednesday of each month, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 325 Maine, Conference Room A

Leader: Grant Caughy

For membership: 840-2712

This group provides continuation of the rehabilitation process, opportunities for socialization, education and family and individual support.

Sunny Valley Educational Extension Unit

Meetings: 1 p.m., second Tuesday each month at Sunnyside School House, (Jefferson Co.), 1125 Republic Road, Lawrence

Leader: Judy Shultz, president

For membership: Judy Shultz, 841-0977

Dues/Fees: $10, annually

Presents educational programs provided by Jefferson County Extension Office to enrich lives of families in the community, leadership development, community service and social enhancement for members.

Teaching Effective Academics in Christian Homes (TEACH)



Meetings: Variable

Leader: David Barfield

For membership: David Barfield,

Dues/Fees: $14 a year for the newsletter

TEACH is a Lawrence-based organization founded in 1988 to serve home schooling families in the Douglas County area. Though decidedly Christian in focus, TEACH is open to all home schooling families.

Tenants To Homeowners


Meetings: 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday of the month, 2518 Ridge Ct.

Leader: Alan Bowes, director

For membership: Alan Bowes, 842-5494

Our mission is to promote low-income home ownership in Lawrence, by providing home ownership programs and credit counseling to help people qualify for mortgages.

The Arc of Douglas County



Meetings: board of directors meets monthly, general membership meetings are held annually

Leader: Jim Miller

For membership: Barb Bishop, executive director, 749-0121,

Dues/Fees: $15 per year

The Mission of the Arc of Douglas County is to provide advocacy, education and leadership to empower and support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to live and belong in the community.

The Older Women's League (OWL)


Meetings: 1 p.m.-3 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

Leader: Gwyn Kitos

For membership: Gwyn Kitos, 842-1747,

Dues/Fees: Local $5 a year; national $25 a year

OWL advocates for mid-life and older women.

Three Spirited Walk Prevention Project



Leader: Bruce Martin, Project Coordinator

For membership: Teresa Chief Eagle, 841-7202,

A substance abuse and alcohol prevention program targeted to serve Native American youth.

Thursday Morning Playgroup


Meetings: 10 a.m. Thursdays

Leader: Susan Cary

For membership: 843-5558,

Dues/Fees: Occasional admission fees.

Membership is for stay-at-home moms and their 2- to 3-year-olds.

TOPS Club International

Meetings: 7 p.m. Thursdays, Wakarusa Township Fire Department Hall, 31st and Louisiana

Leader: Ardy VanderPol

For membership: Ardy VanderPol, 749-0754 or 842-2445

Dues/Fees: $20 annual membership; $2 monthly dues.

A low-cost support group for losing weight.

Tops International



Meetings: 7 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Friday, Centenary United Methodist Church

Leader: Virginia Clark

For membership: Virginia Clark, 842-4998,

Weight loss support group

Tourette Syndrome Support Group

Meetings: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., third Saturday of the month., Centennial School, 2145 La.

Leader: Karen Warner

For membership: 842-3367

The Tourette Syndrome Support Group supports and informs families dealing with Tourette.

Toys for Tots


Leader: Debbie Liddel

For membership: Jan McNish, 841-2847,

This group organizes an annual toy drive in Lawrence.

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