Posted by Michael Schaff on Jun 18, 2019

CAPSTONE Child Advocacy Center

President Downey began the meeting with some announcements. NO noon meeting next week, instead we are encouraged to attend the Pioneer’s baseball game that evening. We have a party deck reserved and hope to have a good turnout. The July 9th meeting with be at the Scottsbluff Library. From there we will walk to one of the new lending libraries which the club has sponsored and have a photo taken. Please wear your Rotary shirts. Bob Pile is looking for drivers to and from R.Y.L.A. the last two weeks in July. Please contact him if you can help out. We welcome new member Cody Bridgeman, owner of Bridgeman funeral home. He is looking forward to meeting the members of the club. Our Program today is retired State Patrol officer and former Rotary member Monica Shambaugh. She has been involved with CAPSTONE Child Advocacy Center for many years when a member of the State Patrol. She came out of retirement four months ago to become the Executive Director of CAPSTONE and is here to give us an update. The center opened in 2000 with a volunteer director in order to provide the advocacy services needed in the area. In 2008 the state of Nebraska decided to fund advocacy centers and there are seven in the state. The center grew over the years, outgrowing two facilities opening three satellites; Sidney, Kimball and Chadron. Last year the budget was $549,000.00; 62% from state funding. One of the main funding sources has been the light of hope breakfast but this year CAPSTONE is bringing in an author Laura Scharf who tells the true story of a chance meeting with a hungry begging child and buys him dinner and starts a lasting friendship. The event will be in the evening in September. Dates to be announced.