CIS'ters Book Club

Press Release - Date: September 23, 2014

Annually in October each year Crisis Intervention Services (CIS) and domestic violence agencies around the nation, celebrate National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by engaging in various awareness activities. This October, Crisis Intervention Services has partnered with The Thistle to start a "CIS'ters Book Club" on Facebook. The CIS'ters Book Club will be a reading-for-fun group to empower and challenge its members with thought and discussion provoking materials. CIS executive director, Lisa Peterman states that "We hope to be able to share some books that have helped a number of our clients throughout the years, in addition to some books that may touch on abuse issues, but also entertain while providing illumination."

Anyone can join "CIS'ters" via PayPal on the CIS website www.cis-park.org or at the CIS'ters Facebook page. Cost to join CIS'ters is a $50 non-refundable donation, plus the cost of books which will be made available for purchase at The Thistle 1243 Rumsey, in downtown Cody. Once payment is received, CIS'ters will then send you a Facebook friend request. Every 4 months (3 books annually), CIS'ters will post the name of the book that we will be reading and discussing over the 4 month time-frame. Members may read as many or as few books as they would like, read at their own pace and then post comments for discussion. "Suggested reading from CIS'ters members will be encouraged as we hope to make this a fun and interactive experience for our members, stated Lisa Peterman, Executive Director."

CIS staff will be monitoring the CIS'ters page and will delete any comments deemed abusive or in bad taste. Additionally, CIS reserves the right to "de-friend" anyone who uses the site in a manner that is deemed inappropriate or abusive.

The first book will start on October 1, 2014 and will be up for discussion on CIS'ters Facebook page until December 31, 2014. CIS'ters book club will be starting with:

One Thousand White Women – by Jim Fergus is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time.

The first year of CIS'ters Book Club membership will run for 12 months starting October 1, 2014 and ending on September 30, 2015 at which time current members will have an opportunity to re-join for the next 12 months. New members will be accepted at any time. Prior to Domestic Violence Awareness month in October each year, members will be encouraged to make additional contributions to Crisis Intervention Services via PayPal, as they participate in book discussions for continuing CIS'ters Book Club years.

In honor of National Domestic Violence Month….Starting, October 1, 2014… Please consider joining the Crisis Intervention Services Book Club called "CIS'ters" on Facebook!!

Step 1: Donate $50 via Pay Pal on the CIS website at www.cis-park.org or mail $50 to CIS @ P.O. Box 1324, Cody WY 82414

Step 2: Accept our "friend request" via Facebook

Step 3: Purchase current book up for discussion – available through our partnering business: The Thistle in downtown Cody (or for out of town/State friends…via any other method that suits you)

Crisis Intervention Services is a private, non-profit 501c3 corporation. All donations to CIS are tax-exempt.

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