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November 2022 - Calumet District Update

Samantha Allen, MSW, LCSW, Calumet District Chair

Greetings Calumet District,

Welcome to the beautiful month of November! I hope you are all well and in good spirits. We are well into the fall season and preparing for the upcoming holidays. We are also looking forward to the upcoming 2022 NASW-Illinois Chapter Hybrid Conference. I am so excited to be participating in person. Hopefully you all have registered and are eager to take advantage of this opportunity to network and gain more knowledge, information, and skills. It is my hope to see and connect with you all there.

This month we also acknowledge National Family Caregivers Month, Native American Heritage Month, and National Gratitude Month. Woot Woot! Shout out to all caregivers! Be sure to show your appreciation for caregivers that you know. In observance of Native American Heritage Month, please see for information on stories and events. In observance of National Gratitude Month, please take time highlight the good things, compliments, and appreciate them. In addition, take time to express your gratitude to yourself, write it down, and show gratitude to someone else as well. Remember we need each other to survive.

As we are approaching the holiday season, we know that this can be fun times for many but rough times for some. Let us remember to be mindful to check on those that may be experiencing challenges during this time. Check in on

your family, friends, and loved ones that may have suffered a loss. Provide support by listening and sending a thoughtful card or gift or provide options for activities so that they are not isolated.

As always, I look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as I can during my time as the district chair. Have a wonderful month! Be safe and be good to yourselves!

Please see below for chapter updates.

All the best,

Samantha Allen, LCSW

Calumet District Chair


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