I. Welcome!  Packets were handed out with CAC information to anyone who wasn't at the pizza party.

II.  Elections
A.Congratulations to our new CAC Committee Chairs!
1. Advocacy Chair: Michelle Hack
2. Education Chair: Amanda Dryer
3. Survivorship Chair: Rachel Danzig

III. Constitutional Amendments
A. In order to get chartered by Brandeis and receive funding from the university, we needed to complete several tasks.  One of them was to have an updated club Constitution.  Since we have not had need of a treasurer before (as we had no funding), we now needed to add the treasurer position to our Constitution.  So, the group took a vote on the amendment of the treasurer position, and it passed unanimously!  Thank you to everyone who voted and supported the new amendment!  Hopefully we will be chartered soon!

IV. Making Strides
A. Making Strides is a Breast Cancer Awareness walk in Boston that will take place on October 3, 2010
1. It is an American Cancer Society event
2. It is a way to join with the Boston community to aid in the fight against Breast Cancer
3. There is no registration fee and transportation to and from the event (which will be on a Sunday morning - the 3rd - for several hours) is currently being planned
4. If you would like to join the team, there is a facebook group for it with more information
i. Anyone can join the team, not only members of CAC
5. There will be tabling during the last week of September (Sept. 27-Oct. 1) to help raise money for the event
i. The tabling schedule will be sent out through an email, and there are still time slots that we need volunteers to table for, so please sign-up if you can!
6. If you have any questions about this event, contact Michelle Hack

V. Breast Cancer Awareness
A. Paint the Campus Pink
1. During one week in October, we will attempt to make the campus as pink as possible to raise awareness for Breast Cancer
B. There are several other events for the month of October that we will discuss at our next CAC meeting

VI. Coffeehouse
A. Coffeehouses take place in Chums, a lounge-like area in the Castle.  They are a popular way to hold a fundraiser, or to promote a show, to introduce a new music group on campus, etc.
B. CAC will have a Chum's Coffeehouse on November 4th, 2010
C. Rachel Miller has already volunteered to spearhead our Coffeehouse, so at our next meetings, we will discuss what we will do at the event and what acts we may have appearing

There will be no CAC meetings for the next two weeks due to the upcoming holidays.  However, we still have the room booked for the club, so if committees want to meet, or anyone wants to meet to discuss CAC business, or if anyone just wants to come and use it for homework or something, it will be open from 9-10 pm for the next two Wednesday nights.

Our next CAC meeting will be on October 6th, 2010

 
October
  • Advocacy: gather bras and tape notes to them and send them to elected officials to promote Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Have a screening of the film, Stepmom
  • Education: have a speaker come in and instruct us on how to perform a self-breast exam
  • Put shower/door hangers with breast health information in dorms
  • Have a bra-fitter come in
  • Education: discuss the health risks and benefits of soy and its effects (put fliers in bathrooms)
  • Making Strides (October 3rd)
  • Make and sell Boob cookies
  • Scare away cancer (near Halloween)
  • Candy grams
  • Hope Lodge visit
  • Candy apple event
Survivorship
  • Hope Lodge visits
  • Survivors could come in to speak about their experiences - or we could interview them
  • Leaflets advertising events (handout on Rabb steps)
  • Retreats for summer camps are happening, perhaps we could visit some and meet survivors
  • Have a "cancer buddy"
  • Create a collection of diaries of survivors at all stages of their cancer treatments
  • Daffodil Days with Waltham Group
  • Polling survivors about their experiences and asking them what events they'd like to have
  • Dress-up as carnival people and go and visit kids in the hospital (like clowns)
  • Lemonade sale/hot cocoa sale
  • Jimmy Fund-like program
  • Get gifts for kids in the hospital
  • Perhaps create a peer group/sub-committee to work with survivorship
  • Have Disabilities/Health Center reach out to our survivors here on campus and let them know that we are here for them
Advocacy
  • Lobby Day
  • Sending bras to elected officials
  • Petitions
  • ACS CAN (American Cancer Society Cancer Advocacy Network); it's $10 to join and you can do so online; it's a lot of fliers and a lot of emails
  • Maybe have a group trip to D.C. for a major event
  • Political/HSSP informational panel
  • Bike-a-thon for cancer awareness
  • April's a big advocacy month
  • Insure the un-insured week (during May finals); it's a petition
Education
  • In the Family film screening
  • My Sister's Keeper film screening
  • Stepmom film screening
  • Coffeehouse
  • Great American Smokeout (November)
  • When we sell the boob cookies, we can add a little paper with the sale with some educational tips on it
  • Thank You for Smoking film screening (November - lung cancer awareness month)
  • Book club with books that have cancer themes
  • Educational games
  • HPV/Guardasil Awareness with SSIS (January - cervical cancer awareness month)
  • Create a project like those seen on Truth.org
  • Different signs with information around campus each month
  • How sex can lead to cancer (with SSIS)
  • Trade in cigarettes for something/raffle for giving in packs of cigarettes
  • Outlines of bodies (Truth.org-esque idea)
  • No smoking within 30 feet of buildings on campus
  • Sunscreen slip-n-slide (in the spring, maybe after Relay)
  • Get a spray tan booth (in the spring)
  • Get people to sign a promise to not use tanning beds
  • Pass out free samples of sunscreen (see if some companies with sponsor this or donate some sunscreen for us to give out)
  • Stress-free event during finals (work with Student Events?)(give out hot green tea in the campus center - relax with CAC)
  • Giant blow-up colon during colon cancer awareness month
  • Pass out peanuts and pamphlets during Valentine's Day (be sweet to your nuts for testicular cancer awareness month)
  • Dodgeball tournament (protect your nuts - testicular cancer awareness month)
  • Health Center could pass out information about cervical health (for cervical cancer awareness month - January)
  • Healthy eating/healthy cooking (for March - nutrition month)(use the ACS cookbook)
  • Paint the Campus Purple
  • Hair donation event
  • Shave your head day
  • Wig Day - everyone wears a wig (get wigs donated from the costume shop in Waltham)
  • Manicure for a Cure

 
A. Officers
i. Sarah Cohen, president, setc@brandeis.edu
ii. Hannah Katcoff, vice president, hkatcoff@brandeis.edu
iii. Rebecca Drowos, secretary/treasurer, redrowos@brandeis.edu


What is CAC?
A. The American Cancer Society Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs that pertain to cancer Education, Advocacy, Survivorship and Relay for Life.
B. Education
i. Adapt and promote programs of the American Cancer Society directly for college students
ii.Focus on cancer prevention and early detection
iii.Promote awareness
iv. Past events
1. Great American Smoke-Out
2. Chums Coffeehouse
3. In the Family Film Screening
C. Survivorship
i. Connect to Brandeis survivors
ii.Create programs to reach out to the Brandeis survivors
1. It’s important to know that one is considered a survivor as soon as they are diagnosed with cancer – you can call the ACS hotline for more information
iii. Past events
1. Hope Lodge visits
a. Hope Lodge is a place where families can stay while one of their members is undergoing cancer treatment
2. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
3. Daffodil Days with Waltham Group
D. Advocacy
i. Work with elected officials and campus administration to influence policymaking
ii.Encourage participation in petitions and lobbies
iii. Past events
1. Picture a Cure
2. Lobby Day
a. Group trip to Boston to state Senate to change legislation
3. ACS CAN (American Cancer Society, Cancer Advocacy Network)
E. Relay For Life
i. Signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society
ii. Friends form teams and participate in an all-night fundraiser
iii. Planning will start later in the fall with the help of the Relay For Life Planning Committee
iv. Information on Relay will be sent out through the CAC list-serve
v. While CAC and Relay for Life do go hand-in-hand, they are separate committees. However everyone is welcome to participate in both CAC and Relay for Life.
vi. Co-Chairs are Sarah Cohen and Nikki Rybko


Goals for this year’s CAC
A. To get chartered by Brandeis!
i. This way, we can get funding from the University for our projects
B. Improve campus smoking regulations and awareness
i. New signs have been put up around campus that states that you have to be 30 feet away from buildings when smoking
ii.We would like to create a committee to work on this (November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month)
C. Create committees for specific event planning
D. Sarah Koenig will be designing t-shirts for CAC
i. If you’d like to help or get involved, her email is skoenig@brandeis.edu


October
A. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
i. October 3rd in Boston
ii.Form committees for October events, can meet in our meeting room, Shapiro Campus Center 313
B. Breast Cancer Awareness Event
i. Committees for this
ii.Boob cookies – sugar cookies with pink and white icing on it
1. We sell these to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness


Website
A. We have a new website! Check it out!
B. www.cacbrandeis.weebly.com
C. Can find it through the Brandeis website and going to the club center, where this
link will be listed under the CAC area


Elections
A. We will be holding elections for Education, Survivorship, and Advocacy Chairs
on September 15th, at our regular meeting place and time
B. If you are interested in running, email the president, Sarah Cohen,
setc@brandeis.edu, by Monday, September 13th
C. Education Chair
i. Is on top of all education events
D. Survivorship Chair
i. Plan trips to Hope Lodge
E. Advocacy Chair
i. Picture for a Cure
ii.Petitions
F. If you do not run for one of the chair positions, you can still help with events and
with planning events that you may be interested in


Opening Event
A. Pizza Party!
i. When: Sunday, September 5th
ii.Where: Ridgewood A Commons
iii. What: Set goals, get to know each other, explain things


Next meeting: Wednesday, September 15th, at 9 pm in Shapiro Campus Center room 313

First Post!

9/5/2010