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Jaycee Ette chapters lift ban against single women By SHERRY RICCHUROI With the cry of "equality for women" echoing loudly •crOM the land, many tradl- lion-bound inttitutiom are changing. Harvard University admits women now; the League of Women Voters has male members. And women's groups like the Iowa Jaycee Ettes are changing, too. The group, which mostly serves as an auilliary to Iowa's Jiycees, voted last spring to eliminate the "wives of Jaycees only" requirement for membership in the service oriented club. Discriminating To some Jaycee Ettes, barring single female* and mm- Jaycee wives was a clear-cut case of women discriminating against women. Even if a woman married to a Jaycee was divorced or widowed, she no longer was officially eligible .to belong. The restriction was challenged successfully at the state convention this year with members voting to allow local clubs to make their own* membership decisions. But so far, only half of Iowa's 80 Jaycee Ette chapters have voted to strike the prohibitory rule. Oiwfourth have voted against the change; the rest will vote later this year. Reasons vary for resisting the change. One Jaycee Ette, who favors open membership, says that some women worry about single females "snatch- Ing up" their husbands dur* Ing cooperative functions with the Jaycees; others feel that admitting non-Jaycee wives and single women would destroy the family unity of the organisation. Mary Bilden, who retired this summer as president of the West Des Molnes Jaycee Ettes, made the motion to change the membership rule at the state convention. Divorced Mrs. Bilden explains, "I don't see any valid reason for excluding women who don't have Jaycee connections. The issue hit home with us when a past president was divorced. According to the rules, we would be forced to eliminate her from our club. "A lot of resistance boils down to a single issue — some Jaycee Ettes simply don't want single women in an organisation that mixes' mostly with married men." (Jaycees, a community service organisation composed of men between the ages of 11 and IS, does accept single males as members. Tom Sheets, Jaycee state president from Independence, 'states, "I don't see any reason for the Jaycee Ettes not to have open membership. The more people we get involved In this world, the bet- Mr off we are.") Charlotte Tammel, Jaycee Dtte state president from Storm Like, favora open membership. She sUtes, "We offer ,§o many opportunities for women to serve their commanltUi, It's only fair that we should spread our membership around." Amohg changes the state president proposes this year is a leadership and action program similar to the one used by Jaycees. "It's time we learn to exert ourselves," she says. "Women are waking up and finding there's more to life than working around the house all day." Nancy Anderson, state director of the Storm Lake Jaycee Ette chapter, and Pat Ewing, club president, both favor open membership, which their club will vote on later this year. Mrs> Anderson states, "Women are becoming aware of the different roles for them In our society, and I feel our club should go along with that change. I used to be content to clean house and chase kids all day, but now, I need to be involved with projects outside the home, too." Community service Mrs. Ewing favors Jaycee .Ettes becoming more independent rather than merely functioning as an auxilliary of the Jaycees. She states, "It's fine for us to bake cookies for the Jaycees and set tables for their banquets, but we can do so much more than that I'm proud of what our women around the state, are accomplishing with com* munity service projects." But what do the women who are against open membership have to say? Carol Richter, president of the Altoona Jaycee Ettes who voted unanimously against the rule change, says she "could care less" if single women join the club. But, according to her, at least 90 per cent of the club's 93 members are against admitting women other than Jaycee wives. "I attribute it to closed- minds more than anything else," Mrs. Richter says. "Some of the women seem to feel It wouldn 't be proper for single girls to help out with Jaycee projects. They want to wait a year and see how open membership works in other places." Judy Neff, a member of the Altoona club, says she is "dead set" against admitting non-Jaycee wives or single women. "I'm a gung ho Jaycee Ette and I get upset about allowing just anybody to join," Mrs. Neff says. "Why would a single woman want to belong to a club that mostly associates with married men, anyway?" Muscatine Linda Hinman, president of the Muscatine Jaycee Ettes who also are holding out against open membership, suggested that her club vote on the issue again next year. Mrs. Hinman explains, "A lot of our long time members felt that Jaycee Ettes originally were formed to aid Jaycees — and that a single woman or non-Jaycee wife wouldn't have anyone In Jaycees to aid." According to her, around 85 per cent of the Muscatine members voted against open membership. "They won't admit it, I'm sure, but some of them really are worried" about single women mixing with their husbands," Mrs. Hinman says. "I know for a fact that several of them "feel that way." No threat Donna Kruse, a recently divorced woman who is a member of the West bes Moines chapter of Jaycee Ettes and a past president of that group, doesn't feel single women in any way threaten the well being of the organization. "From my point of view, it's time to throw Jaycee Ettes open and invite all women to join," Mrs. Kruse says. "But I'm afraid there still are some old prejudices about allowing single women to belong to a predominantly married group. I'm sorry to say that some women can't see beyond that point yet." She continues, "I think •wives should realize that These Jaycee Ettes, all from Storm Lake, favor opening the club's membership to include single women and non Jaycee wives. From left are Nancy Andersen, state director of Storm Lake chapter; Pat Ewing, chapter president,. and Charlotte Tammel, state president of the Jaycee Ettes. single women seldom make passes at married men — if anything happens, it's usually the other way around. "Besides, if a woman has a .good marriage, she shouldn't have to worry about that sort of thing." r- - -x - fS^BwasJiliSsMM^ Detox center operates without locks or restraints DETOX Continued from page one cial setting, with the hospital backup, we have the best of both, worlds." Terry Day, physicians' assistant, supervises the level of medical care in the detox unit. He is assisted by two licensed practical nurses and is directly responsible to Dr. Michael Abrams, medical director of CIAC and director of emergency services at Broad- lawns. There are 14 persons on the medically-supervised staff, including counselors and aides with special interests and sensitivity in dealing with alcoholics. The center accepts self-referred persons as well as those referred by the courts and other agencies. Some are brought in off the streets by police who may feel the drunk person would benefit more there than by being locked in the city Jail's drunk tank. Anxiety Many are admitted in a high state of anxiety. They may be frightened, depressed, hostile, suspicious, vomiting. They are brought first to the nurses' station, manned 24 hours a day by one of the licensed practical nurses or other para-professionals. Most then take a supervised shower, are given clean pajamas and allowed to rest immediately, if that is what they want to do. Those in a toxic state from the effects of-. acute alcoholism are assured that someone will stay with them until they feel better. They may wear their own clothing as soon as they wish. Hunter says the importance of the first contact with a patient constantly is stressed "firthe training of center-peri— sonnel. "There is evidence to support the idea that the course of detoxification is determined largely by attitudes the client encounters when he first enters a facility." Patients are served meals in their rooms or in the din* ing room, depending upon) how they feel. No locks Upon admission, if a patient would prefer to drink coffee and talk, then someone stays with him and does that. If the patient wants to pace the floor to walk off the shakes, that is all right, too. There are no locks and no re* •traints. Each morning new patients, are given blood pressure, heart and temperature checks. At all times, they art to be observed for any signs of disturbance that might call for hospitalization — only a phone call and a few steps away. A physical is given and lab work is done by the hospital. Hunter quotes Dr. Robert 0. O'Briant of San Francisco, Calif., who has been engaged in a social setting alcoholism program there. Dr. O'Briant. writes: "The low level of medical problems in our center has added confirmation to the view that emergency care for alcoholic persons does not necessarily mean emergency medical care. Medical exam "Although we feel that all alcoholic people should have a complete physical examination as part of the recovery process, we do not feel it should be done in an emergency situation. . . .Medical evaluations are more meaningful after a brief detoxification period rather than during the acute phase." Or. Morris E. Chafetr, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, also has stated that "for alcoholism, non- medical methods are not only the best, but also the cheapest." One of the first social setting detoxification programs in North America was set up Photo* by ROBERT J. MODERSOHN A scene in the "slumber room." This man, brought in during acute phase of intoxication, was allowed to sleep immediately after admission. Detoxicatlon in • social setting, with the backup of Broadlawns Polk County Hospital, Is part of a many-faceted program at the Central Iowa Alcoholic Center. This therapy session for staff wa¥ in center's main parlor. ment before, an indication that the outreach has been effective. Readmission rate for in-patient treatment the first year was 28 per cent and many of these cases were court related. Since May, CIAC has operated the Central Iowa Men's Residence at.Fort Des Moines, formerly known as Pleasantview. A juvenile educational program is under way at the center for youngsters picked up for alcoholic-related offenses, including possession. Hunter and his staff have high praise for cooperation of various levels of government involved, Brqadlawns hospital, law enforcement persons, the courts and other agencies and groups in the community. Says the director of the many-faceted CIAC, "For the first time, the community has a full range of comprehensive services for alcoholics and problerrt drinkers under one roof." Firm up arms 'Why grow old? By JOSEPHINE LOWMAN Place your hands on the seat of t heavy chair or a divan, chest touching the seat and body extended behind you in a straight line. Keep knees straight and toes touching the floor. Straighten your elbows all the way, slowly. Bend el* bows and return chest to seat of chair. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, by the Addiction Research Foundation in 1969, after it found that only 5 per cent of. 3,000 patients in its medically-oriented detoxification center had needed immediate medical care. Canada As a result of the "Tor on to program's success in treatment and lowering costs (from an average of 950 per day per patient to 113), at least 16 more such centers had been set up in Ontario by August 1974. At the Des Moines center, as the incoming patient begins to feel better, his individual needs are evaluated and he or she may opt to begin the center's 10-day inpatient treatment. This includes an educational program on alcoholism, one-to-one counseling, group therapy and recreation. The center also operates an outpatient program which makes available counseling and group sessions. Members of Alcolholics Anonymous meet at the center twice a week and members of Al- Anon (for spouses) r^eet there weekly. During the first month of operation, there were 90 outpatient visits; in May 1975, there were 554. The big umbrella of services available at CIAC includes an industrial program aimed at helping persons get and keep jobs, legal assistance and after-care services. Through the latter follow-up program, clients\may be referred to agencies in the community to serve their needs.. Court referred The center also serves persons referred by the courts. The federally-funded criminal justice program is for those convicted of certain alcohol- related misdemeanors or felonies. If referred to CIAC, they may be involved with the in-patient or out-patient program in lieu of serving sentence. Also in operation Is a court liaison program whereby a person arrested for simple intoxication may, upon recommendation of the judge, enter the program instead of serving a jail term. Dale Solem, In charge of the court liaison project, and William Hess, a CIAC court worker, go to the city jail each day. In August, they interviewed 137 personi there for simple intoxication. Thirty-five entered the CIAC 10-day in-patient program and 12 entered as outpatients. Readmissions Hunter points out that 35 per cent of the in-patients served the last year never had been exposed to treat- Camp for children with hearing problems Children with hearing impairments don't usually get to attend summer camps like most children. But thanks to the first annual Iowa Hearing Impaired Camp, held Aug. 17-23 at the Des Moines YMCA Camp near Boone, 60 Iowa children with bearing problems were able to enjoy a week at camp. According to Linda Turner of Des Moines, program director of the camp, both deal hard of btaxiAc were Included in the group. "We plan to do it again next year on a larger scale," she said. In addition to the 50-member regular YMCA Camp staff directed by Dr. Ray Pugh, eight teachers of deaf children helped with interpreting, teaching of sign language and serving as cabin counselors. 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