Smyrna United Church of Christ

Organized by:
Smyrna United Church of Christ

Participating Organizations:

We partnered with local senior centers and volunteers from West Lynn and Keizer, Oregon for the program and lunch.

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Other
  • Other: Lunch and program

Target Audiences:

  • General Public

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

We had a speaker who is an accomplished cook talk about strategies for healthy meals that are simple and nutritious, and had a lovely lunch that she had prepared for us with the assistance of other volunteers. The really cool thing about this program is that we had volunteers from West Linn, Salem, Keizer, Molalla and Mt. Angel help with the meal and materials preparation, and that we had folks from other towns attend as well. And we had handouts from the Dana Foundation, the NIH, and Harvard Medical School, as well as brain activities and social time. A great time was had by all!

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Calendar Listings (newspapers, radio, television)
  • Emails
  • Website
  • Social Media

Other Publicity Methods:

I also called many of the people who came to invite them.

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

The phone calls and e-mails because they were more personal.


Of the Dana Foundation publications/resources distributed at your event(s), if any, please indicate the three most popular. Please choose up to three. If "other," please indicate below:

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About The Brain
  • It’s Mindboggling!
  • Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain

What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Puzzles: Mindboggling Series
  • Puzzles: BAW Favorites
  • Brain Briefs Fact Sheets

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments
  • New Puzzles/Games

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

This is our third year, and new folks keep coming . Some of our folks have died or moved into assisted living. That’s sad, but we helped them along the way, which is very gratifying.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

We have a dedicated e-mail distribution list, that helps, and I call every single person I haven’t heard from, every month, to let them know, and keep them in the loop.

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Contact Information

Contact Name:

Deborah Patterson

Contact Phone:


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