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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Thank you to the Rutland Lodge of Elks #345 for again having sponsored a Valentine Barbecue and Dance for approx. 120 members of ARC-Rutland Area on Sunday, Feb. 12. Special thanks to Secretary, Brian Gaura and Carolyn Ravenna;  cooks, Pat Farley, Dave Sears and John Johnson; helpers, Johanna Keefe, Leslie Johnson and Pam Brothers. The continued dedication and support of the Elks is greatly appreciated. "Thank You All" for this community event for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Valentine's BBQ Dance would not have happened without the Elks sponsorship.

People make new friends and old friends made new memories. Parents networked with each other and there was lots of laughter. Having an opportunity to dress up, go dancing and say "I love you" was a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. It allowed this group of individuals and their friends to have fun and being part of their community. Just like other non-disabled club members do around town and in their communities.

ARC-Rutland Area continues to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing five dances/events a year; a representative payee program to help individuals with their finances so they stay in stable living conditions; advocacy support for adult individuals, parents, and siblings of children with disabilities, where folks can speak up for their needs; and resources and referrals for anyone calling for information.

Voting yes to ARC-Rutland Area on the March ballot in your town will ensure we can continue offering all these supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Give us a call at 775-1370 and learn more about ARC-Rutland Area.


Lisa S. Lynch, executive director, ARC-Rutland Area

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