Five Taft service clubs to take part in March 22 special gathering

The Taft Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau is coordinating a special meeting to  to showcase The Impact of Methamphetamine in Kern County: A Preliminary Study, to be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, March 22, 2012, from noon to 1:30 p.m., by Kern County Mental Health Department and the individuals commissioned to do the study.
The program will be presented at the Historic Fort.  County Supervisor, Ray Watson, who commissioned the study, wants the people of the West Side to know the facts about drug issues in our county—specifically, in the community of Taft.
“We know we live in one of the safest communities in Kern County,” stated Dr. Kathy Orrin, Executive Director of the Taft District Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.  “That does not mean, however, that we don’t experience the impact of drug abuse in our town.”  Orrin is referring to the recent death of three-year old Trinity Hannah, allegedly at the hands of a person under the influence of drugs.
This event is a joint effort of  the Kiwanis Club of Taft, the Midway/Sunset Lions Club, the Taft Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Taft, and Taft Soroptimists.  The service clubs are coming together for their weekly (or bi-weekly) meetings on Thursday, March 22, to show their support of this endeavor, and the Chamber is organizing the event.
The public is encouraged to attend. Although the cost of the luncheon has not been determined at this time, the public may come to listen without purchasing a meal.  More information will be available at the Chamber of Commerce (765-2165).