Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Dare You to Learn More About Hiring a KeyNote Speaker

I love to public speak! Yes, I admit I am one of the weird ones in the world. Public speaking generally ranks up there with death when it comes to things people most try to avoid. Also known as glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. 

Hiring a professional keynote speaker can truly be one of the best things that could be done to pump up your next conference or event. I remember as a teenager looking forward to a particular summer conference, because of the great keynote speakers. Some organizations shy away from keynote speakers due to cost, but really most planners pay more for the coffee service than they budget for a speaker. Don’t get me wrong I don’t underestimate the power of coffee, but keynote speakers can truly enhance an event. Here are a couple things to consider when looking for a keynote speaker.
  • When setting up your budget, plan to include your keynote speaker in the event budget plan. A keynote speaker can range from $5000-$20,000 and more. Remember to include their travel expenses in your budget as well.
  • Decide what type of keynote speaker fits your audience. Do you want a speaker to entertain, train or inspire? Will your guests want a speaker that addresses similar themes as other workshops throughout the day or will this speaker be more for fun to break up the day or end the day with inspiration?
  • Start early contacting your speakers, up to 6 months or more. Although, some speakers may have holes in their calendar so don’t hesitate to contact them even on 6 weeks’ notice.  
  • Starting the search for a speaker can be daunting. A Google search will likely yield you pages of Speakers Bureaus and Agencies. I recommend non-profit Speakers Bureaus from your state. These membership organizations usually train and promote statewide talent and the speaker doesn’t pay a fee for you to find them.
  • Once you contact and confirm the speakers, expect them to have a contract and they generally require payment before the event to ensure your spot on their calendar.  
  • If you are booking their travel plans do that immediately and email the speaker all the confirmations.
  • The day of the event have someone in charge of finding your speaker, as the main planner might be out of reach with other possible challenges.

Tips from Kaleene Toback, Events Director Denver Metro Apartment Association.

With this knowledge in hand, I Dare You to hire me or any truly great professional speaker for your next event. 

Community Leaders to Proclaim June 2017 as National Adult Protection Awareness Month

Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) receives an average of over 100 new adult protection referrals each month.  Victims of adult abuse or neglect are at-risk adults age 18 or over who are unable to protect themselves due to age or disability.  These individuals are sometimes not aware of the resources in our community and often have no one else to protect them.

 Approximately 46% of the victims are over 70 years old and are physically impaired or have some form of dementia.  The younger at-risk adult victims are persons with physical or mental disabilities.  Abuse, exploitation, and neglect are caused by a member of the victim’s own family in a large percentage of cases. These residents are often vulnerable to assault, burglary, fraud and other crimes because they cannot provide for their own care and protection.

A schedule of recognition proclamations & events for June is as follows:
Mesa County Public Meeting June 20th at 9am, Old Courthouse 3rd floor Chambers
City of Fruita –June 21st, 7pm, Fruita City Hall
Annual Adult Protection Awareness Reception-Thursday June 15, DHS Room 1060 1:30-2:30pm

The Mesa County Department of Human Services is committed to advocating for people’s rights.  Senior citizens and persons with disabilities are vital members of our families, our society, and our community.  Historically, 1 in 5 cases of adult abuse is actually reported.  Adult abuse encompasses many different types of harms and can occur in the community, home or institutional settings. It is hoped that Mandatory Reporting will increase the number of referrals and provide greater safety for the older adults in our community.

For more information on suspected adult abuse and neglect please visit www.humanservices.mesacounty.us or call the Adult Protection Hotline at 248-2888, option 2.  Callers can remain anonymous if they so chose.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The 2nd Annual- Western Slope Celebration of Excellence

A celebration hard work and resilience
The Mesa County Child Welfare Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Western Slope Celebration of Excellence.

This is a celebration of youth in foster care, DYC, Probation and School District 51 as they graduate. Some youth have been homeless or have been involved in the legal system. During the month of May, we recognize and celebrate the successes of these young people as they are graduating high school or receiving their GED.

The celebration is scheduled for Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Mesa County Workforce Center from 4:00-6:00pm. 

"These young people have made tremendous strides to get this point in their lives.  It is time to recognize their hard work and resilience.  We are proud to honor them as they move into adulthood," said Kari Daggett, Child Welfare Permanency Manager, at the Mesa County Department of Human Services.

The keynote speaker will be R-5 Educator, Al Kreinberg. Kreinberg has over 25 years of experience working and inspiring youth.

Colorado Welfare Fraud Council Awards

Mesa County Deputy District Attorney, Holley Prosecutor of the Year
Mesa County, CO—The Mesa County Department of Human Services and Mesa County District Attorney’s Office are pleased to announce that a Deputy DA from the 21st Judicial District has been awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC).  Deputy District Attorney; George Holley is this year’s recipient of the prestigious award.
Mr. Holley has been with the District Attorney’s office for over 2 years and was nominated by Mesa County Department of Human Service’s
Investigator Matt Furphy.
With little-advanced notice, Mr. Holley took over and successfully prosecuted Mesa County’s first known welfare fraud jury trial resulting in 7 felony charges.
Furphy attributes Mr. Holley’s diligent work, enthusiasm, and teamwork with the Department of Human Services as the reason for the convictions
Furphy described Holley in the following way:

“After speaking with me for the first time since the case was assigned to him from a previous DDA, DDA Holley essentially started the whole case from scratch with preparations, personally going out in the community to have affidavits notarized, contacting different sources (including a witness from the Secretary of State), putting numerous hours in to understand our rules/regulations and also creating the presentations for his prosecution.  From what I observed, he barely had time to eat lunch because he was working so hard to try and make this case successful.

During the course of the jury trial, DDA Holley displayed his knowledge of the law, had to set the judge straight on rulings multiple times and had to counteract multiple defense objections. DDA Holley also involved me with ensuring he was on the correct path with Food Assistance, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medical Assistance and LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program) rules.

 “DDA Holley does outstanding work for us here in the District Attorney’s Office, he is truly deserving of this statewide recognition.” said Mesa County District Attorney, Dan Rubinstein.

 Prosecutor of the Year award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution and/or shown excellence in the prosecution of welfare fraud.
The Colorado Welfare Fraud Council (CWFC) is a non-profit statewide organization comprised of city, county, state, and federal employees who work in some capacity
with the various public assistance programs available to people in Colorado.  The members are dedicated to the detection and prevention of fraud in all public assistance

Thursday, April 27, 2017


The Mesa County Commissioners will proclaim May as National Foster/Kinship Parent Appreciation Month on Monday, May 1st at 9:00 am. The Proclamation will be signed at the old County Courthouse, 544 Rood, in the Public Hearing Room. Members of the media are invited to attend. DHS staff and a Foster Family will be accepting the Proclamation and will be on hand for interviews immediately following the Proclamation.

In Mesa County, there are nearly 300 children and youth in foster care.  There are over 180 Foster and Kinship families, in Mesa County, who open their homes and hearts to children. These Foster/Kinship families and play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thus launching children into successful adulthood. During the month of May, we take the opportunity to thank these heroes of our community for providing loving safe homes for children and families in crisis.

More Foster/kinship families are needed to provide stability and love to children of all ages in Mesa County.  If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent contact Foster Care of Mesa County at 970 683 2607. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Community to Recognize April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

Mesa County Department of Human Services (MCDHS) joins countless others across the nation to highlight the issues of child abuse & neglect during the month of April and the importance of everyone taking responsibility in preventing abuse and neglect in our community.

MCDHS hopes to raise awareness that effective child abuse prevention succeeds because of partnerships created among social service agencies, families, neighbors, schools, religious organizations, law enforcement agencies and the business community.  Parents, families and community members can and must help reduce child abuse and neglect in Mesa County by promoting the benefits of seeking out groups, agencies and resources that can assist a parent in providing a loving, supportive and violence-free home.

Reporting: “If in doubt report it out” Mesa County Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline 970 242 1211;
Colorado Statewide Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.

The Mesa County Human Services website has info for those resources

 “Everyone in our community should become involved in supporting families to provide a safe, nurturing environment for all children,” stated Tracey Garchar, Mesa County Department of Human Services Director.  “Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity for us to recognize that we all play an important part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in our community,” added Garchar.

Some events planned to recognize National Child Abuse Prevention month are:

Planting of Pinwheel Gardens in Mesa County in front of DHS & WFC Monday, April 3 at 1pm.

Major Mortgage Gives to the Bear Necessities Program

Major Mortgage choose Foster Care of Mesa County Bear Necessities Program to be their Community Outreach program. Major Mortgage collected items needed for children being removed from their homes in times of tragedy. A child may arrive in a foster home with little more than the clothes on their backs. Major Mortgage's Kevin Cordova has a special connection to this project. Having been a foster parent Kevin related to having a young child arrive at his home carrying just a pillowcase containing a few personal items. Having a real bag or backpack with new clean items can make a tremendous difference to child, facing a very stressful situation. 
Foster Care Team Avrielle Walker, Kevin Cordova Major Mtg. Jeff Sheley Foster Care Team, 
Kori McCoy & Julia Graddy Major Mortgage.  

Thanks, Major Morgage the big load up!