Leadership group begins Oct. 10

Each month, the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership hosts a Leadership Club meeting–an informal discussion group for existing leaders who are interested in developing and improving their leadership skills.

It’s not a “book club” but the group uses leadership videos & book excerpts to improve leadership skills and to spark discussion.

The group has been meeting on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:45 am at LCCC’s Morgan Center for several years and received requests to also host an evening meeting for those who cannot participate on a Tuesday morning.

I am excited to announce that a new  group will be meeting every 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Tamaqua Library!    The first meeting of this new group will be Tuesday Oct 10th.

As a leader in our community, I invite and encourage you to attend one of these monthly meetings.

Let me (or George Taylor) know if you are interested!


Micah Gursky


P.S.  Click on this example of one of the videos (3 min) we used to start a discussion—there was no dancing at our meeting but it did start a great conversation!


Back to Church proclamation


Back to Church proclamation

Tamaqua Mayor Chris Morrison presents his proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Back to Church Sunday in Tamaqua. With Morrison at Depot Square Park are Ron, Dorothy and Hunter Sassaman from St. John’s UCC, Nate Gerace, Anjelica Vartuli, Pastor Rick Clemson of Primitive Methodist Church, Pastor Darryl Kensinger and Frankie of Trinity UCC, and the Ben, Lisa and Sam Shafer of St. John’s UCC. Back to Church Sunday is a national program to encourage people to come to church. Back to Church Sunday can be implemented year-round, but many churches choose ton participate on National Back to Church Sunday, which is always the third Sunday in September. For 2017, it is Sept. 17. Over 31,000 churches around the world from 120 denominations have participated since Back to Church Sunday began in 2009. The Borough of Tamaqua has 14 active congregations.

Hope in Action Oct. 18

Upcoming Webinar: Hope in Action: An overview of the Practical Toolkit for faith and community leaders in the face of the opioid epidemic

New date and time: October 18, 2017 from Noon to 1 p.m. EDT, Register here

Based on an understanding of the opioid crisis developed through previous partnership webinars (recordings below), this webinar will review the six different strategies outlined in the Partnership Center’s Practical Toolkit which faith leaders and your community can use to support prevention efforts, reduce risk, and provide support to those in and seeking recovery.  We want to advance your efforts to usher in a culture of compassion toward those struggling with addiction and its often severe consequences. If you are interested in saving lives and preventing future generations from harm, we encourage you to register and join our discussion.

  • Previously recorded webinars: :

o   August 9, 2017, Understanding the Opioid Crisis: What’s at the Heart of the Matter? or visit the webpage at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5876853751166373891

o   August 16, 2017, There is Hope: Treatment, Recovery, & Prevention or visit the webpage athttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/958872380186877187


National Recovery Month

It’s National Recovery Month!

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

  • Find and post Recovery Month events in your area and learn more about local activities to support recovery efforts. Local and national events, no matter how large or small can go a long way in promoting the benefits of recovery.
  • Download the Recovery Month Toolkit and start increasing awareness in your community today!

Facebook: Recovery Month is here! Make September your time to celebrate and spread the message that recovery is possible. Share the 2017 Recovery Month toolkit today.

Twitter: #RecoveryMonth is here! Share these tips to get loved ones involved in planning for the best September yet. #Recovery IS possible!