Rep. Griffin bill, FGM package approved by House

Victims of female genital mutilation will have the ability to receive significant civil damages, should legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin be signed into law. Griffin’s bill, part of an eight-bill and one-resolution bipartisan package, was overwhelming approved by the state House today to bring it one step closer to helping young victims. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls, which is intended to remove or damage the external female genitalia. READ MORE!

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Lakeside for Children Opens New Health and Wellness Center

On April 12, Lakeside for Children officials announced the opening of a new Health & Wellness Center at their Kalamazoo residential treatment facility and school for abused and neglected teenagers. The 12,500 sq.-ft. structure houses three classrooms, a multipurpose room, and a regulation-size high school basketball court that can accommodate other activities. READ MORE!

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State Names New Leader to Boy Scouts

A chance encounter with a Boy Scout representative turned into a lifelong career as a professional Scouter for Don Shepard.

“At a National Jamboree in 1985 I ran into a loaned executive. He stopped a buddy of mine and I and asked if we knew about professional Scouting,” Shepard said. “My buddy and I joined Scouting after college as professionals.”

Shepard will take over leadership of the Michigan Crossroads Council (MCC) on May 1 as its new Scout Executive, replacing Matthew Thornton who stepped down in December to take a new assignment in Los Angeles, Calif. Shepard is currently Scout Executive for the Daniel Webster Council based in Manchester, New Hampshire. READ MORE!

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