February 2021 - Jane Addams District Update
Patricia Schofield, Jane Addams District Chair
To: Jane Addams District Members
This Groundhog Day was Punxsutawney Phil’s 135th turn as a weather oracle. Shortly after this year’s prediction of six more weeks of winter, one of the members said Phil had told him earlier in the day: “After winter, you’re looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you’ve ever seen.” Thus, I look forward to Spring.
Welcome to all new and renewing NASW members. Please know your continued membership enables NASW to continue to promote and support us in our profession. “Now more than ever, we need to stay connected and united as a profession.” —Joel L. Rubin, NASW-Illinois Chapter Executive Director
Virtual Event: We will be hosting an hour training on Monday, May 3, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:00pm, Cultivating Wellness in a Fast-Paced Society. This training explores what it means to live a balanced life. Learn new wellness strategies to help bring about new changes and reset unproductive patterns. Our guest speaker, Michelle McKinnie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Michelle is a seasoned presenter at Harold Washington College. Additionally, she has presented for NASW on various topics related specifically to mental health and self-care for professionals.
March is Social Work Month, a time to celebrate the great profession of social work. The theme for Social Work Month 2021 is Social Workers Are Essential. Download logos to use on your websites and social media accounts. https://www.socialworkers.org/News/Social-Work-Month
Call for Leaders: Join the 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors
NASW Illinois is looking for leaders to run for open positions on this year’s 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors! Joining the NASW-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors is a great way to implement change, share your knowledge, and voice your opinions! Consider getting involved in your professional association or nominating a colleague for a leadership position. More info: https://www.naswil.org/post/join-the-2021-nasw-illinois-chapter-board-of-directors Deadline: March 1, 2021
2021 Virtual Advocacy Day
For those of you interested in Illinois government and want to keep informed about laws that are being written I suggest you watch the advocacy page: https://www.naswil.org/advocacy-alerts
Also, join us for the 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day
The day will include a morning educational session (3.0 CEUs) on emerging issues and updates on up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in the Capitol. Read more here: https://www.naswil.org/post/announcing-2021-virtual-advocacy-day
Remember, if you need CEUs, check out the NASW-Illinois Chapter website as past workshops have been recorded and are available for your viewing: https://www.naswil.oreventsg/
May each of you remain safe and healthy.
Jane Addams District Chair