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VALLEY SOCIAL CLUB NEWSLETTER FOR

FEBRUARY 2019 Vol. 62, Issue 2

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WORDS AND THOUGHTS FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE


COMMITTEE BY JULIANNE M.AND PAULA B.

There is plenty to do at the Valley Social Club. On Mondays from 1-2pm is


the group called “Lets Talk” with Phyllis K. We have many groups to choose
from like; Art Class with Jacques, Bingo with our awesome callers’ Sylvia and
Rebecca who also does the Women’s Tea. There are some great pool and
cards, games too! Most of the time we all have some pleasant conversation
with other members. We love to go places. We enjoy out to eat once a month
where the people going out choose where we are eating not those who do
not participate. That makes for a very fun time for all because we get to
enjoy a great meal that we all want to eat! We go with Jacques to CVH to
participate in the Keep the Promise Meeting in Middletown. We get to meet a
lot of club members from other places.
The educational series is great too with special guests each month. Even
Mayor Cassetti and Senator Logan have come to talk at the club. We had the
Commissioner of Mental Health come to our club too! So with all that how
could you not want to come at least once a week to spend time in our club.
So we hope you try out the social club sometime this year. Our membership
has not increased in a lot of years and is still $10. So if you are new to
BHcare of a member who has not been here in a while its time to come back
to the club on Main Street. We are right next to Jerry’s Driving School. Call
for more information, just ask for Phyllis Kaplan or Jacques Maignan.

ROBERT’S CORNER!

Then nature approached me, calling me by my


name; and he bade me take heed,
and gather wisdom from all the wonders of the world.
By William Langland
Submitted By Robert S.
SHORT & SWEET BY SYLVIA H.

Brrrrr!!!!February greets us with a chill in the air! We now have about 3 months of
the same coming! You can all keep warm at the club!! Come in here for a hot
chocolate or even stay for a lunch just the thing we need now to keep our mind off
the cold. The New Year brought us some new members, welcome! To all current
members, please budget your VSC Dues into your bills to pay if you want to go on
trips or get the member discount. It is still only $10. It will be the best thing to do
for yourself all New Year 2019. The South Central Grants are happening! “did you
get your proposal yet?” The grants were due February 1st but don’t worry if you
missed them because they will do them again. So start to get your ideas now so
you will be ready the next time around. I also will be waiting for a decision to
mine.
Happy Valentines to everyone!! Try not to eat to much chocolate! That what’s up
this month. Check us out if you like and have a
great month.

PHYLLIS’ ANNIVERSARY BY JOHN L.

Phyllis has been with BHcare for thirty four years. I have been working with her
that long. Phyllis has been helping me with my problems and helping me to keep
on the right track. Phyllis is the supervisor of the Valley Social Club. Phyllis makes
sure we are safe and healthy in the club. I thank Phyllis for all she has done for
me and continuing to do for me. I hope Phyllis has many more years with running
our club. I would panic if she ever retires from the club, it just would not be the
same! I want her to run it for a long time so our future will continue to look
bright. What a relief she is still here with us all! Here’s to many more! Cheers!

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DANCE, DANCE, DANCE THE AFTERNOON AWAY! BY PAULA B.

The Valley Social Club went to a dance at Fellowship Place in New Haven on January 25, from
2-4pm. There was plenty of dancing done by both clubs. Dinner was served and there was a cake
served that one of their members named Betty bought to celebrate the January birthdays. We
heard she does that every month out of her own pocket. Phyllis is the DJ and everyone was happy
to dance all afternoon long! The next dance is February 11th from 5-7:30p again! Rides home will be
provided. So look for the sign up sheets, the $2.00 donation is surely worth it to have so much fun!

DANCING AT FELLOWSHIP BY JOHN L.

I recently went with the club to the afternoon Fellowship Place Dance in New
Haven on January 25, 2019. We had a very nice time visiting with their club
members. We got up and danced to DJ Phyllis’s mix of music. We had a nice
supper and then we went home but we were left with a lot of great memories!
I would like to thank the staff and members for a swell time. It’s always good to
get out of the Valley for awhile. It was a great change of scenery!
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REMEMBER THESE DATES FOR THE NEXT DANCES!

Monday, February 11th-5-7:30pm


Friday, February 22nd-2-4pm
Monday, March 18th-5-7:30pm
Friday, March 29th– 2-4pm

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REMEMBER WHEN YOU NEED INFORMATION AND YOU DON’T HAVE THE
ANSWER TO CALL 211.

Governor Ned Lamont wants you all to remember the 211


protocol if you have no where to go if the weather gets rough
and you lose your heat. Call 211 and they will help you find
the nearest warm place. There is no shame in going to a
warming center. It could be a matter of life or death!

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FROM THE INTERNET! HAPPY VALENTINES TO ALL!

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WHO WILL WIN IN MARCH OUR WII BOWLING
TOURNAMENT?

(L-SUE T. AND CHAMPION AND STILL PRESIDENT OF THE VSC: JULIANNE M.)

• Every March we hold a great fund raiser for the UCDVS to benefit Domestic Violence!
• Who will win this year is anyone’s guess?
• Sign up will be with Phyllis and only $10 per person!
• The Date will be Friday, March 8, 2019 from 10-3pm. Lunch provided for all who play and if
we have enough we will do a Billiard Tournament too!
• Provided for all paid members are BHcare Bowling Shirts!!

Pictures Below are: On the Left is a discussion on Marijuana and BHcare by Pam Mautte,
Director of Prevention and Wellness for BHcare along with Mary Nescott, Chief Compliance
Officer for BHcare.
The picture on the right is of the Honorable Mayor David Cassetti of Ansonia who gave us a
wonderful update on the future of Ansonia. The Mayor comes twice a year and participates in
our May is Mental Health festivities too! Everyone enjoyed these two fun and interactive talks!

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS TO OUR FEBRUARY MEMBERS

2/3– STEPHEN MC. AND BILL K.


2/6-JASON B.
2/7-CALVIN S.
2/10-DONALD H.
2/14-TOM C.
2/20-PAULA B.
2/22-MIKE L.
2/24-SHARON F.
2/25– ANTONIO C.
2/29– CHARLIE R.
Happy Birthday to all!

Mayor Cassetti Talks to the VSC!

The Enlightened Lunch series welcomed our very own Mayor Dave Cassetti to the
VSC in January. We had an update about the building across the street which had
a pipe break in one of our members apartments causing the whole place to be
condemned and shut down until all the building inspector clears the building as
safe. Many people were sheltered in Milford at the Hotel 6. The building seems so
strange all dark and without activity going on. We hope the work can be
completed and all the people can get back in their apartments real soon. The
Mayor also talked about the rejuvenation of Colony Park in Ansonia and how he
wants to make it a family friendly place to go all year round so that will be fun. He
talked about the new Wakelee Avenue and how nice it is even though there were
some set backs before it was completely restored. It looks great now! The mayor
talked about all the future planning and his vision of making Ansonia a nice place
to live again, with new affordable apartments, businesses that might come in so
there are a variety of eateries and shopping areas to visit. Members asked him
many questions and then we all enjoyed some homemade chicken wraps and
chips that Jacques and Julianne put together. The mayor is looking forward to
May so he can dance at our block party and see all the new artwork we create for
the art show. We love having the mayor talk to us. He feels we are good people
to have here on Main Street!
VSC FEBRUARY CALENDAR FOR 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


Phone Numbers: Sign up Key Club Hours Warm Line # 1 2 CLUB CLOSED
Club 203-735-9106 $- Money needed Mon - Fri Wiley BHH “Don’t
*- Must Sign Up
203-732-2004
Phyllis-203-305-7895 8:30-4:30 M-Friday Sweat the Small
Jacques203- F - Free M-Th. 6-10pm Stuff” 11-12*
Closed Weekends
* remember to call
736-2601 Fri-Sat.6-11p Free Lunch 12-12:30
Extension -1163 if not making the activity

3 CLUB CLOSED 4 5 6 Breakfast Club 7 8 9 CLUB CLOSED


Lunch program Breakfast Club 8:30-11a Lunch program Free Lunch
Yale Concert 12-12:30
12-12:30 8:30-11a 12-12:30
11:45-1:30pm* Wii Bowling Fun!
Let’s Talk 1-2 Bingo 2-3 Art Class 2-3p
Carrie Liddel from 1-3pm or a movie
Art Class 2-3 BHH Blood Pressure
Evening Social
member choice!
checks and Talk 4-6p*
2-3pm

10 11 Lunch program 12 13 14 Lunch program 15 16 CLUB CLOSED


CLUB CLOSED 12-12:30 Breakfast Club Breakfast Club 12-12:30 Free Lunch Master’s Table
Let’s Talk 1-2 8:30-11a Women’s Tea Time 12-12:30 Breakfast at
8:30-11a
Art Class 2-3 Enlightened Lunch 1-2* Mystery Trip 1-3p if Assumption Church
Fellowship Dance Bingo 2-3 12-1w/ Linda Art Class 2-3p weather is good! *$ Hall-9:30-11a
5-7:30p rides after Cline from The Evening Social Free/no rides
Vocational Dept. 4-6*

17 CLUB CLOSED 18 19 20 21 22 23CLUB CLOSED


Lunch program Breakfast Club Breakfast Club Lunch program Free Lunch
8:30-11a 12-12:30 12-12:30
12-12:30 8:30-11a
Keep the Promise Art Class 2-3p Fellowship Place
Let’s Talk 1-2 Bingo 2-3 Valentine’s Dance 2-4
Meeting 9-2pm* Evening Social
Art Class 2-3 $2 inc. dinner *
4-6*

24 CLUB CLOSED 25 26 27 Breakfast Club 28 Lunch program **All Activities are Evening Social Winter
Time is now 4-6pm
Master’s Table Lunch program Breakfast Club 8:30-11a 12-12:30 Weather Permitting
and everyone is
Dinner at Enlightened Lunch Women’s Tea Time So watch the news
12-12:30 8:30-11a welcome !
Assumption Church w/ John O’Rouke 1-2* and check the
Let’s Talk 1-2 Bingo 2-3 Sign up is on Jacques
from 3:30-5pm Smoking Art Class 2-3p BHcare.org website Desk.
Art Class 2-3
Free/no rides Cessation Evening Social
12-1pm 4-6*

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