The Resource Center’s annual meeting today

Major changes in the way services are provided to individuals with disabilities will be one of the featured discussion items when The Resource Center holds its annual General Membership Meeting today.

The meeting will take place in TRC’s facility at 186 Lake Shore Drive West in Dunkirk, beginning at 6 p.m. Those planning to attend should use the Day Services entrance on the building’s west side.

The featured speaker will be John R. Drexelius Jr., staff attorney for the Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York. He will share information about major changes that soon will be taking place in the way services are provided to individuals with disabilities in New York state.

Drexelius will discuss how the new system will impact people with disabilities, their families and The Resource Center, and he will emphasize the critical need for people with disabilities and their families to be knowledgeable about the changes and to advocate to ensure that their opinions and desires are heard by decision-makers.

Also at the meeting, the annual Board of Directors Election will take place, with Donna Haenggi and Patricia Perlee slated to join the board. Those stepping down from the board (Richard Davies and William Haenggi) will be recognized for their years of service. In addition, recaps of The Resource Center’s 2012 activities will be given. Also on the agenda is the approval of revisions to The Resource Center’s by-laws.

In a new feature this year, The Resource Center will recognize some of the many people who support and sustain governance and oversight at the agency by serving on TRC’s board advisory committees. Those being honored this year are Dr. Harry Glatz, Wayne Hotelling, Carole Johnson, Tess Kerzner and Virginia Vath.

The Resource Center was established in 1958 by community volunteers and Chautauqua County parents who wanted to improve the lives of their children with intellectual disabilities. Since then, the agency has expanded to serve people with a wide range of disabling conditions, and The Resource Center also offers a variety of health and counseling services that anyone in the community can access. The annual meeting provides an opportunity for people with disabilities and family members to come together to learn about the many things going on at The Resource Center.

Admission to the meeting is free. Refreshments will be served. While anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, only those whose membership dues are current may participate in the election and vote on the business items.

To pay your dues, visit www.resourcecenter.org; you also can pay your dues at the Annual Meeting. For more information or to register to attend the meeting, phone 483-2344.