Tag: Jim Soda

The Impact of Aftercare and Alumni

When I went to treatment I never considered the idea that alumni, or a sense of community was going to be a large part of my recovery.  It was suggested to me the first time I went to treatment, however, the haze that I was in prevented me from truly understanding that people that stick together stay sober, or that the treatment center I went to was going to represent something.  That was one of the main reasons that I went back to that center to pick up my 5 year chip at the weekly alumni meeting. Going back to the Wednesday night aftercare meeting was important, as it was a nice mix of therapy and AA, and picking up 5 years was significant as well.  What I did not account for was the meeting after the meeting, where we had a chance to greet the new clients to treatment. …

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Harmony Golf Tournament

Harmony Sober Golfing event

It would take a special team to win the Howard Clark Award at the Harmony Golf Outing on Monday June 29th, and the Jaywalker participants, Dirk Eldredge, John Schneier, Pat Shaffer and Jim Soda were up to that challenge.  Granted, the trophy was for most average score at the Lake Valley Golf Club, however it was the biggest trophy by far.  There were 40 footers being drained by Dirk, precision fairway placement by Soda, stellar short game from Shaffer and of course, the booming drives of Schneier.  All in all a complete success.  Maybe next year a little more strategy to win the thing, as long as we don’t sacrifice the fun.