AEC- I Decide

The Choices You Make Today, Will DECIDE Your Tomorrow!

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May 2012- New Berlin Gazette coverage by Bonnie Jean Bauer

May 21, 2012
The Abstinence Education Council (AEC) is having a busy spring. They were again among the semi-finalists for the “National Moms In Business” Crowd Funding Grant (last year they came in second). Part of the competition was to work with social media from which they obtained several followers on Twitter, offers of help and ideas including one for a summer fair booth.  They wish to thank everyone who helped raise $2000. The winner this year raised $3500 in less than 4 weeks. AEC conducted another "What is Beauty" workshop for girls 8-12 at St. Malachy's Church in Sherburne. The girls had a good time and most of the mothers joined in as well. There was a teachers' conference on character education with John O'Connell Ed.D at the Norwich library that was very informative. In one year, John used Dr. Tom Lickona's program from SUNY Cortland's Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) and reduced discipline problems by 27% while raising grades by about the same percentage.  This group has just been selected to be a mentee with Aspire Foundation who have a goal to positively impact the lives of one million women and girls by 2015.  They are currently working with Anne Archer Associates to develop a campaign. June 2 they will again be part of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church's annual health fair and have begun to prepare for the summer fair season.

"To Save A Life" - movie review

July 9, 2010
What would you do if you were sitting at your computer and you suddenly got an e-mail inviting you to a preview of a new feature film for and about teens called “To Save A Life”? Would you:

A – delete the e-mail   
B – read the e-mail, realize that the preview is in North Syracuse, nearly two hours from your house and then delete the e-mail.
Or C – call up a couple of your co-workers and invite them to go with you.

I would like to persuade you to choose option C.

That’s what I did, an...
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May 11, 2012

Tara Coles is the recipient of the grand prize package of the Moms In Business Grant.  The press release is online at

Congratulations to Tara!  We are sorry we didn't win but Tara did an amazing job. She just blew everyone away with her energy, her generosity and her social media skills. She really deserved this prize.

AEC did raise over $2000 and I learned so much from trying to pick up social media. I have dozens of followers on Twitter now and offers for help from a few of them.

Next on our schedule is a table at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church's health fair in Binghamton. We were part of it last year and our band "Treasure" will be playing again. I will (hopefully) remember my camera and take pics.

God bless,

April 27, 2012,

Lots of challenges when it comes to abstinence education. I've been taking many webinars and getting lots of coaching from them and from Gina Robison at Moms in Business and today I got this e-mail when I inquired about a mentor with one group. I asked them if I could put it on my blog without giving their name because it is so illustrative of what we face.

Dear Arline,

Thank you for your email.  I’m glad you found the webinar useful.

As to getting a mentor, I can assure you we are trying hard to find one for you.  However, it is proving quite a challenge as the aims of the organization you represent are not acceptable to some people – in fact, I have already had 3 potential mentors turn you down as a mentee. I will keep trying though and hope to find one for you eventually.

I hope this clarifies matters.



Thank you so much for your help and your frank reply. I certainly appreciate the fact that you are willing to help us as this is exactly the problem we face. Many people will not tolerate our organization despite the fact that we help girls avoid the consequences of promiscuity and unwed motherhood, which are: sexually transmitted diseases (and diseases like cancer which result), heartbreak, depression, infertility, and lifelong poverty, not to mention the impact of these problems on subsequent generations. We realize that it is ignorance of the reality of the results of poor life choices and the fact that most people live their lives and make their decisions based on agendas which are primarily aimed at being politically correct and/or for profit. The peculiar thing is that there are few people, if any, in this atmosphere who would condemn anti-smoking campaigns or programs which teach good citizenship. Yet, abstinence is all about self-respect, self-control, and goal-setting, vital skills for every walk of life and in any and all situations.

I know that this is not everyone's viewpoint however, as illustrated by our acceptance as semi-finalists for the second year in a row with the National Moms In Business Crowdfunding Grant competition and by your own assistance and by funding from such groups as the Stewart Shops Foundation.

Thank you again for your assistance.




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