Shout out to Brent Buehler for helping the Alcohol Action team recruit students at Oshkosh North High School for the Junior year Communities project! Brent attended both the project pitch day as well as the project panel discussion day. Brent has also been a great help when it comes to meeting with festival organizers and CHEERS! trainings.
In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!
Along with our updated mission statement, each team now has their very own team logo! Team members gave input on final selections from a cohesive color palate. As re:TH!NK grows and evolves, so can our teams and their logos.
A big thank you to Melissa Pingel, a member of the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team, for all her work this summer. Melissa completed three alcohol environmental scans this summer helping the team ensure all festivals and events were covered. With the results from these scans, the team meets with event organizers to discuss how we can collaborate to ensure that alcohol is being served and sold in a safe way. Some of the recommendations from these meetings include requiring all attendees over the age of 21 who will be consuming alcohol to wear wristbands and providing CHEERS responsible beverage server trainings to event staff. Thanks to Melissa for all her work and dedication to the team!
The Menasha Police Department is a member of the re:TH!NK Alcohol Action Team. Recently, they have become an active member in bringing our local CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training to Menasha. Staff at the Menasha Police Department were very excited to have the opportunity to bring this new training to the area, so local liquor license holders could get further training how to responsibly serve and sell alcohol to patrons.
Most recently, the Menasha Police Department held their first CHEERS! Training in April. Officer Daniel Hoernke has helped spearhead this effort, with support from Chief Styka, and through the expansion of the CHEERS! Program, we had over 40 individuals attend representing over 10 establishments at the first training. It is through these efforts that we hope to create a safer alcohol environment in Winnebago County. We thank the Menasha Police Department for helping us in our efforts to expand the CHEERS! Responsible Beverage Service Training and for being a strong partner in building a healthier and safer alcohol environment in our community!
re:TH!NK’s Alcohol Action Team had a chance to present at the National Alcohol Policy Conference in Arlington, VA in early April. The presentation, “Working with Festival Organizers to Change the Drinking Culture in “Event City” Oshkosh, WI,” went over their festival assessment project they completed in summer 2017. Attendees learned how to evaluate how alcohol is served and sold at community festivals, best practices to reduce the occurrence of underage and binge drinking at community festivals, and the steps necessary to implement this project in other communities.