June Newsletter

In This Issue:

We all make a difference…

NAMI-Central Virginia has hundreds of members. However, we do not contact many of these members on a regular basis, personally invite them to attend affiliate meetings, or personally help them to be active in our chapter activities.

By changing this paradigm, that is, by increasing our personal contact with fellow members, we can tangibly support each other…and we directly help NAMI-CVA achieve one of our strategic goals: Increasing new membership and community awareness and support by increasing involvement of current members. If we do that, we serve our community and those in need much better.

Remember when you recruited a wonderful new member? What did you do or say to attract and motivate him or her to join and become a member?

When someone shows interest in becoming a member, do you talk with him or her? Did you ask them about their background, challenges or accomplishments? Did you ask what they hoped to gain from a membership in NAMI-Central Virginia? Were you concerned about how you might best support them to learn, grow and excel in our organization?

I wanted to close with a note on re-recruiting. This is a similar process conducted with folks that are already a member of NAMI-Central Virginia, but who either do not have an affiliate job or are not involved at all. Old hands and relatively new members all deserve our attention and a re-check of their relationship with NAMI-Central Virginia. Everyone wants to feel valued! Ask them about their experiences within NAMI-CVA. What did they learn? What did they accomplish? Talk about expectations that were not yet met. Explore interests in learning new skills, or assuming new and different responsibilities. You may just discover opportunities to strengthen bonds with a fellow member.

Re-recruiting means maintaining personal contact with every member of our affiliate, every month. This may be time consuming and hard, but things worthwhile usually are. In the end, it’s not about having a swelled membership roll, but active participative members that continuously serve our communities and most of all, those in crisis and need.

Until next month,

Is your annual NAMI membership still active?
Don't let your membership lapse or become dropped!

Strong membership is what gives NAMI the ability to carry out its mission of improving the lives of those living with mental illness and their loved ones. The amount of active members in a NAMI affiliate says a lot about the impact that can be made. NAMI Central Virginia is fortunate to have one of the largest memberships in the state. 

The number of active members affects many facets of how NAMI works. It affects the voting power of the local and state offices with NAMI National. In addition, membership influences funding decisions, increases influence when advocating with legislators, and increases the impact NAMI has on our local community. 

A membership becomes lapsed when the annual expiration date is passed. If this status remains for another year and the expiration day & month passes again, the membership then becomes dropped. Dropped members will no longer receive NAMI publications, notifications, and cannot participate in certain workshops like 'NAMI Smarts for Advocacy' for free. 

Basic Annual Membership is $35 or the Open Door Membership is $3. You can renew your membership through the NAMI National websiteor by mailing your dues to: 

NAMI Central Virginia
     P.O. Box 18086
     Richmond, VA 23226

The NAMI Central Virginia Family Picnic will take place this month! Members and guests are invited to attend. Please RSVP, with the office, the number in your party who will be attending. The office can be contacted at 804-285-1749 or via email at info@namicentralvirginia.org.

Picnic Location: 
The Roslyn Conference Center
Picnic Pavilion
8727 River Road

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
4:00 – 7:00 P.M. Rain or Shine
Food will be served at 5:00 P.M.

Please bring a GENEROUS covered dish and a serving spoon. NAMI-CVA will provide soft drinks, ice, paper products and plastic ware. Chicken will also be provided and ice cream will be served after the meal.

Facilities: Roslyn has a large covered picnic pavilion with tables and chairs, a large refrigerated cooler and restrooms.

Entertainment: Bingo, Horseshoe Pit, Volleyball Court and other games.

The Roslyn Conference Center is just east of Chippenham Parkway/Parham Road. Take the exit for River Road and then turn left.


Take River Road to the Conference Center which will be on the left,
2.1 miles west of the River Road Shopping Center.

Please contact the NAMI-CVA office at 804-285-1749 or email us at info@namicentralvirginia.org to let us know how many in your party
will be attending.

Nothing could be accomplished at NAMI-CVA without the hard work of the dedicated program volunteers! On June 27th, NAMI Virginia will host a Adult & Family Program Volunteer Appreciation and Refresher. 
This will be a fun-filled day that's all about Adult & Family programs including Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, In Our Own Voice, NAMI Connection, and NAMI Family Support Group. There will be short breakout sessions with state trainers for specific programs, followed by an afternoon group activity. 

  • Buff the rust off your volunteer skills - mentor, facilitator, teacher, presenter!
  • Expand your range of tools and strategies to improve your program efforts
  • Celebrate the difference we've made in Central Virginia!
  • Connect with passionate program peers from around the state
  • Enjoy a day full of learning and fellowship!

Program refreshers are excellent. All program volunteers are encouraged to attend. Click here to register for the refresher in Richmond! 
The 2015 NAMI Central Virginia Golf Tournament was held on Monday, May 18th. Over 20 teams of four came to The Country Club at the Highlands to participate in the event! The golfers spent time on the course competing for a spot among the top three teams. Awards were given out for 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, ‘Closest to the Pin,’ and Longest Putt.

After the players finished the course, they enjoyed a delicious barbecue dinner courtesy of King's Korner and the prizes were distributed. Over 50 door prizes were raffled off, ranging from gift certificates to season tickets to the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Over $1,000 was collected for the 50/50 raffle; this was more than ever before!

This year, a very enticing silent auction was introduced. What was the prize? Board director Tessa Shuk donated the use of a beautiful, waterfront rental home in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week-long vacation at a tremendously discounted rate. This was quite a generous and innovative prize donation!  
Below are some photos taken throughout the day:
NAMI Central Virginia could not have such a wonderful golf outing without the help and support of Sponsors and Donors. Whether it was a dollar or a day at the ballpark, each contribution made a significant impact on the success of the Golf Tournament. Thank you for supporting the NAMI-CVA Annual Golf Tournament and NAMI's mission to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness! 

Gold Sponsor
The Stuller Family

Silver Sponsors
Commonwealth Accounting Systems
Tufco Flooring - Delmarva Inc.

Support Sponsors
John Bean
Haley Buick GMC
Andrea Yoak
Brian Davenport
Jayne and Bobby Ukrop
Bob Loughney
Alisa & Tom Roberts

Lunch Sponsor
Diamond Healthcare

Hole Sponsors
Abbott & Beth Barclay
Howard & Evelyn Twilley
Margaret Twilley
Delegate Riley E. Ingram
Barry & Kathy Harkey in loving memory of Joshua S. Collins
The Kalanges Family
Kimberly Giancaspro, LCSW - Commonwealth Counseling
Kings Korner Catering
John Clark, REMAX Realty

Prize Donors
Bakers Crust
Bonefish Grill
Brickshire Golf
Calloway Golf
Cheesecake Factory
Chianti Restaurant
Chuy's Restaurant
Coca Cola
Costco - W. Broad
Dogwood Trace Golf Club
Giant Foods
Glory Days Grill
Golden Corral - Col. Hghts
Golden Corral - Gaskins Rd.
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club
Havana Connections
Hermitage Country Club
The Homestead
Joe's Inn - Bon Air
King Pin Lanes
Lee's Hill Golf Club
Lexus of Richmond
Lone Star Steakhouse
Magnolia Green Golf Club
Mike, Pat, & Jason Francisco
Old Hickory Golf Club
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Priority Toyota of Richmond
Providence Golf Club
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Richmond Symphony 
Saxon Shoes
Science Museum of Virginia
Shenvalee Golf Resort
Sneed's Nursery
Swift Creek Mill Theatre
Sycamore Creek Golf Course
The Tobacco Company
Trader Joe's
Traditional Golf Properties
Vecci Fashions
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Repertory Theatre
Windy Hill Golf & Sports

The NAMI-CVA staff is now trained to teach Mental Health First Aid for Youth (Youth MHFA)! Youth MHFA is an 8-hour workshop designed to target youth from ages 12-18 who are either in crisis or showing signs of mental illness. The course is designed for anyone, but primarily adults who work regularly with youth. Youth MFHA offers initial help to young people and teaches providers how to connect youth with appropriate help and health care. 

For details on scheduling a Youth MHFA class, contact the NAMI CVA office at 804-285-1749 or info@namicentralvirginia.org. 


When it comes to making change in the world of mental health, one thing is certain: real stories change hearts and minds! NAMI-CVA wants to share individual stories with the community through the NAMI-CVA website and a few other media projects. These stories help people who may not have first-hand experience understand what it is like to face mental health challenges. Real stories are also a great way to illustrate what NAMI-CVA does and who is helped by NAMI-CVA's free programs offered in the community.

The story you share is all about you! Stories are needed from both peers and family members/caretakers. In order to really move readers/viewers, the story can (should) include the struggles associated with moving through the journey of recovery. Also, the story doesn't necessarily have to be about NAMI! The most important part is making it personal. 

If you are interested in sharing your experience, there are a few different ways to to so. NAMI-CVA seeks to:

  • Share written testimonials online and in hard-copy publications
  • Insert personal stories into upcoming video projects (video interviews)
  • Record storytelling without use of video footage (audio only)

Please call 804-285-1749 or email Jeff Conley at jeff.conley@namicentralvirginia.org for more information on how you can get your story out to others!
NAMI Family-to-Family
Please call 804-285-1749 or email info@namicentralvirignia.org to register

Mondays, beginning July 13th
6:00-8:30 P.M.
Parham Doctors' Hospital
Medical Office Building III, Suite 104-C
7700 E. Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23294  

NAMI Peer-to-Peer
Please call 804-285-1749 or email info@namicentralvirignia.org to register

Wednesdays, beginning July 15th
5:30-7:30 P.M.
Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
107 South 5th St., Richmond, VA 23219

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Workshop
This workshop is free for NAMI members, $20 fee for non-members

Thursday, August 20th
6:00-8:00 P.M.
NAMI Virginia Conference Room
2104 W. Laburnum Ave. Richmond, VA 23227 
Matt Spence
Matt Spence is the man of the month here in the Volunteer Spotlight. Matt has been involved with NAMI-CVA for over two years. After participating in a NAMI-CVA Peer-to-Peer class at District 19, he took the opportunity to become a Peer-to-Peer mentor. Matt was also trained in NAMI Connection last October.

Matt has been instrumental in NAMI-CVA's activities in the Tri-Cities area. He has taught Peer-to-Peer at various locations in that part of the region. Matt facilitates a NAMI Connection group at John Randolph Medical Center, and another Connection group at the new Petersburg Library. Matt is also part of John Randolph's Peer Advisory Committee, offering insight for improved patient experiences and improved outreach to the local community. 

NAMI CVA extends a huge THANK YOU to Matt for all he does!