BPW/Kansas & KAFCE

. . . . . Lobby Day, Topeka, February 24, 2000 . . . .

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Joint Lobby Day Program Will Educate Adults

Impact of Bullying on Society

What it is - What we can do about it

Kansas Business and Professional Women (BPW/KS) and Kansas Family & Community Education (KAFCE) announce an historic collaboration in jointly sponsoring Lobby Day 2000. The event will be held Thursday, February 24, 2000; Sweet Building, 622 SW Topeka Blvd. (building is adjacent to the United Methodist Church at 6th and Harrison in Topeka); at 8:30 a.m.

The purpose of the BPW/FCE Lobby Day is to make a difference in Kansas Communities through education about the impact of bullying on today's society. The two groups realized they shared common concerns and could make a stronger impact through joining numbers for strength and to reach a larger audience. Schools will be targeting youth; Lobby Day hopes to begin the educational process for adults. Without recognition there can be no change; without education, there will be no recognition.

The day's program will be introduced through a short drama by Kansas Keys for Networking of Topeka. Youngsters in elementary and middle school will dramatize how bullying plays out in their lives.

A stellar panel of experts will present information about bullying, violence and hate. Officer Randy Wiler, a community policing specialist with the Leawood, Kansas Police Department and Director of the Kansas Bullying Prevention Program will focus on school and law enforcement. Dennis Vanderpool, Executive Director of Associated Youth Services of Kansas City, Kansas, will bring a view from 29 years' work with at-risk youth, focusing on the impact of bullying on our youth. Elaine Johannes, Extension specialist in Community Mental Health with K-State Research and Extension, Office of Community Health and author of a 5-lesson series on Domestic Violence, will focus on the community and family. Discussion will follow.

The keynote luncheon address will be presented by the Kansas Attorney General's office, followed by an opportunity to lobby at the state capitol.

It is the hope of BPW and FCE state leaders that individual BPW clubs and FCE units will continue to collaborate on the local level to provide community programming about domestic violence and strengthening families.

Kansas has a proud heritage of courageous women who have taken bold stands. BPW has approximately 1,000 members in 43 Kansas local organizations. Their mission is "To be the leading advocate for working women through education, information and advocacy." FCE numbers about 4,000 in 78 active Kansas counties. The FCE mission is "To work with the K-State Research and Extension to enrich Kansas families through educational programs, leadership development and community service." Both organizations share a common "Collect" which states,

"Grant that we may realize that it is the little things in life that create difference, That in the big things of life we are as one."

BPW/KS President is Debe Birzer, Bonner Springs; Joan Best, of Hoxie is President of Kansas FCE. Lobby Day committee members are: Beverly Johnson, Chair (Kansas City, Kansas); Judy Fullmer, KAFCE President-Elect (Dighton); Martha Claflin (Atchison); Tammy Esslinger (Hays); Betty Anderson (Salina); Emily Mark, K-State Advisor (Manhattan); Judith Jones (Hiawatha); Mara Crawford (Topeka); Kathy Niehoff (Ottawa); and Sue Rouse (Hays).

The cost for the day's program is $10.00 which includes a catered lunch and materials. Preregistrations should include County, and State Representative and Senate District numbers. Deadline for registration is February 11, 2000. Make checks payable to BPW/KS and mail to Kathy Niehoff, 605 E. 15th Street; Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Appointments with legislators will be facilitated for those who preregister.  Statewide community members who are concerned about domestic violence, especially as it affects children, are encouraged to attend the day's program.

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Beverly B. Johnson
For Immediate Release Lobby Day Chair
Day phone: 913/281-1133
Evening phone: 913/262-3658

e-mail: bjohnson@mwis.net