Regina Braham, Director of Community Relations for Jersey Battered Women’s Service, will speak to the Thursday Morning Club following the General Meeting at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave. 

Braham’s presentation will include a description of the newly established Center for Healthy Relationships based in Morris County, and the need to promote its services in affluent communities where residents may be reluctant to ask for help.  Braham’s talk has been arranged by club Domestic Violence Chairwoman Lynn Sebbard.

Braham said that “abuse can happen to anyone regardless of income or education.  It can involve relationship issues such as power imbalance, jealousy, isolation, possessiveness, difficulty co-parenting, as well as financial issues. Few people know where to turn for help.”

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Information and general case examples from the Center for Healthy Relationships will be shared. Club members will have the opportunity to learn how to recognize early warning signs of abuse and how to approach the sensitive subject. They will also be given discreet literature for distribution to select businesses in the local area to increase a victim’s access to information and services.

Following the meeting, members will assemble care packages of home-baked cookies and candies to be distributed to local nursing homes and care centers. The annual “Cookie Operation” has been arranged by Suzanne O’Neill, the club’s Home Life chairwoman.

Diana Roberts, the club’s Arts/Creative chairwoman, will conduct a journal writing workshop at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Community House.  “A childhood memory, a person you met once in your life but have never forgotten, a relative whom you admired, and a travel adventure are some subjects to consider,” said Roberts.  “Writings can define you, your role in life and reveal the person you are. They can become a part of your legacy, more precious than material wealth,” she added.

Paul Laud, political cartoonist and author, will present “Behind the Ink,” featuring his lively and entertaining cartoon artwork characterized by biting limericks and commentary, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Community House. The program is open to the public; the registration fee of $35 includes lunch and the lecture.  Checks can be mailed to and made payable to “TMC, Wise Wonderful Women,” PO Box 345, Madison, NJ 07940. For additional information contact Rose Mary Dinnhaupt at rmdinnhaupt@verizon.net, or (973) 377-8508.

Organized in 1896, the Thursday Morning Club is a member of both the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs that has made Domestic Violence a signature project for 2012-2014.  A social and philanthropic organization, it owns and operates the Madison Community House, Nursery School, and Before and After School Child Care program.  For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or visit www.tmcmch.org.