Monday, March 23, 2015

106th Public Issues Day, 'A Safer Country, Community & You


126 Clubwomen attended the 106th Public Issues Day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Speaker Carol Ann Giardelli, Director, Safe Kids New Jersey, spoke about safety in the home and ways to prevent accidents to children. Safety was an issue for Clubwomen as far back as 1912, where a "Safety Day" was held for school children. By 1961 bicycle inspections were being held at schools with the cooperation of PTA groups and local authorities.

In 1961 the Governor of New Jersey gave credit to the women's clubs for cutting down on pedestrian fatalities through their safety projects.

Sergeant Lisa Acker, New Jersey State Police also spoke about safety for women and how to protect ourselves and be alert to our surroundings.

The Coordinator of Gloucester County Forensic Nurse Examiner & Sexual Assault Response Team, Eileen Caraker also spoke about updated ways to support sexual abuse & women & children who may be victims.

A 1964 resolution urged a central reporting system to be used by doctors, hospitals and clinics for child abuses cases. This resolution also recommended that parents found guilty of child abuse be given phychiatric treatment - a law which now exists!

How wonderful to know Clubwomen were concerned and supported these types of issues for so many years!

In the afternoon, we heard from Chief Harry J. Kleinkauf, Training Liaison for N.J. Homeland Security & Preparedness, who spoke about the Eight Signs of Terrorism and to be aware of your surroundings and report anything that seems suspicious.

Our last speaker, Timothy Fogarty was a Special Agent for NCIS. He explained how NCIS works and how they help protect the country from terrorist attacks, reduce crime and protect secrets.