Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Bob Pautke of LEAD Clermont.

Bob asked, “What is leadership?” The answer: “Leadership is influence” or “Observable behaviors.” Then Bob asked, “Leadership is not? The answer: “Not genetic.” Leaders are not “great by birth” or “poor by birth” but rather, leaders are developed. There is a leader inside of every one of us.

Bob shared five practices of extraordinary leadership from “The Leadership Challenge”:
  1. Model the way - Understanding the values of yourself or an organization and modeling the way
  2. Inspire a shared vision - inspire a vision a person can understand to enlist others into the vision
  3. Challenge the process - don’t just stand on the status quo but seek others to challenge the process
  4. Enable others to act - train, encourage & empower others to enable them to take action
  5. Encourage the heart - saying thank you for small and large things; every person operates from the heart

LEAD Clermont is a 21+ year old organization that came out of “The Future Agenda” and was housed within an organization called “Clermont 20/20.” The goal was to inspire a shared vision for our community through training, development and deployment. This is a 10 month program that runs from July to March. The year kicks off with an alumni grill and then a 2 day retreat. Leadership training meets once per month for a full day. They also do half-day historical leadership tours to learn about our past county leaders. Every LEAD student develops a personal leadership plan in which they invite others to observe them and hold them accountable to development.

Each class involves a leadership piece and a county piece.

  • Leaders accountability team
  • Business case
  • 5 practices and ethic
  • Speakers
  • Experiential learning

  • Economic development
  • Education, government and infrastructure
  • Health and Human Services
  • Safety and Justice
  • Quality of life

After graduation, students join the alumni association which is designed for them to take on important county projects that no one else can or will do.

Bob asked that we would submit applicants from our organization and networks. The cost is $2000 for the year. LEAD’s website is http://www.clermontchamber.com/lead-clermont.html

Next week we will be having our Pass the Gavel Breakfast.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jim Carter of Child Focus http://www.child-focus.org/.

Child Focus was established to provide comprehensive services to meet the needs of children and their families in Clermont County. They have 32 various lines of funding including federal, local mental health, medicaid, third party companies, United Way Funds, Foundations, etc. There are about 260 staff with an administrative overhead that has never been above 14% of their revenues. A neat aspect of Child Focus is that they hire a number of women who have never graduated from high school or been employed before. Currently there are 30 of these ladies. Additionally, their board members range from past and present consumers of their services, area educators, lawyers, business persons, and homemakers.

In the beginning the agency was known as the Clermont County Diagnostic Center which provided highly specialized services. Today Child Focus has a much broader scope. In 1982, Child Focus became the Head Start preschool provider for Clermont County and expanded their children’s counseling services. In 1992 Child Focus started their Foster Care program and in 2000, expanded their school-based mental health services to elementary, middle and high schools.

Their main offices are in Mr. Carmel with other offices in Brown, Warren and other counties. There are two main divisions: 

1. Early childhood (ages 0-3)
  • Head Start & Early Head Start (400+ in poverty and eligible)
  • Help Me Grow
  • Child Care & Preschool
  • Kindergarten Enrichment & Extended Day
  • Summer Programming: Discovery Days

2. Behavioral Health Services
  • The critical tasks of CFI’s mental health services include promoting healthy relationships and improving children’s behavioral and emotional functioning, thus drastically increasing the likelihood of their future success in school and in life.
  • Outpatient Therapy (Talk & Play Therapies)
  • Case Management Services
  • Crisis intervention & Counseling

When Jim joined Child Focus, the autism diagnosis spectrum was 1 in 15 million children, and today it has grown to 1 in 15 children! Children Pre-K (ages 0-4) are expelled from their program at a rate of more than 3 times that of children in all grades K-12. There are a tremendous amount of uncontrollable behavioral issues in these children. 48% of children in the United States are born to unwed mothers. Many of these children are delayed mentally, are obese and are more likely to be drug dependent and end up in juvenile court.

Next week we will be preparing for our golf outing.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

 Today we heard from Sheila Hinton who is the Executive Director at the Batavia YMCA. 

Sheila began by pointing out that many kids belong to hard-working families who want to protect them and will often keep them indoors everyday while they work. There are so many benefits to getting kids outdoors and exercising. YMCA summer camps work hard to help families and children.

The Y helps in so many ways including education, supporting youth development and fostering health and wellness. They strive to alleviate the summer learning loss through a program called DEAR...Drop Everything And Read. This is a time where everyone stops and reads for a period of time every day. They also do critical thinking worksheets just to keep their minds active.  Kids get a chance to participate in academically-aligned activities, learn to swim and play new sports. Children get to have fun while they are learning. 

During the school year the Y does a Fun to Be Fit Program that works with doctors at Children's Hospital to help overweight kids get fit. Sheila told us that 1/3 of all US adults and 1/5 of all US children are obese. They also have a Passport Program where students earn stamps for accomplishing all sorts of things during the summer such as making healthy choices, learning to play an instrument, carrying out community service and so much more.

Sheila closed her talk by telling us they need help feeding children this summer. For the last 3 years, the Y provided a hot lunch for kids through a partnership with New Richmond Schools and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. New Richmond Schools became unable to deliver the lunches due to licensing issues. Sheila discovered that the only caterer in our area with the proper licenses is Golden Rule Catering in Amelia, and this caterer will be supplying lunches this year. Next year, the Y will be acquiring the proper licenses to get a full grant from the Ohio Department of Education. However, they need help from the community to fund this year's efforts. 

Want to help? This summer, the need is $10,000. The breakdown is $200 per day, 5 days per week for 10 weeks. Contact Sheila Hinton... shinton@cincinnatiymca.orgYou can be a part of keeping kids healthy, prepared and ready to succeed when they return to school this fall. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Colleen Cheek of Reds Rookie Success.

The Reds Community Fund was founded in 2001 and has several great programs.
-Matched Communities - connecting urban and suburban baseball organizations
-RBI Teams - Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
-Fields Renovated - basic field improvements
-Youth Teams Funded - Underwrite 650 youth baseball teams who do community service
-MLB Urban Youth Academy - A year-round facility to help talented urban youth receive high-level training to help them improve. Opening Aug 22-23, 2014

The “jewel program” is their Reds Rookie Success Program
-Over 2000 kids in 5 markets and over 500 volunteers in Cincinnati, Batavia, Fairfield, Dayton, Louisville
-Free character building program for boys and girls ages 6-12 that runs 4 days per week for 2 weeks. All participants received character mentoring as well as fundamental baseball instruction from volunteer coaches.
-Kids received transportation, t-shirts, hats, lunch and visits from Reds players and coaches.

The Batavia program will be June 9-19, 2014 from 10am -1pm. Volunteers are needed and no knowledge of baseball is required. Volunteers need to complete an application, concussion training, background check and arrive by 9am.

Colleen shared a personal experience where she served in the RRSL. A child was reluctant to participate because her shoes were too small. Another volunteer bought the child a new pair of shoes and the little girl was then able to run with the rest of the kids. Colleen said, “This is the program that gives you these types of opportunities.”

To sign up contact Jennifer Gruber at RRSLClermont@reds.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 5/13/14

Today we heard from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.

Fresh Rags is a screen printing company located by Jungle Jim’s in Eastgate. A lot of their business is generated from the funny things that happen in the world. If someone says something funny, they generally make a shirt out of it. They sell retail and online through EBay and other such sites.

While there is a lot of competition in this industry, “who they are” is what sets them apart. They do not just blow out t-shirts in a “bottom dollar” fashion or work with oodles of baseball teams. Integrity and quality are a huge deal to Fresh Rags. They aim to build partnerships and relationships so that “as a partner company grows, they grow.” Another goal is to work with worthy organizations to aid them in fundraising efforts.

Next week we will hear from Mark Calitri Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Paul Schmid & Leila Spriggs Clermont Crew.

Paul shared a bit of the history of rowing at Eastfork Lake which dates back to the 1970s. The water is absolutely perfect for flat water sports because of its uniqueness. Only about 10 lakes in the world are so perfectly suited. After 1984, some local businesses purchased the rowing course from the Olympic Games and put it at Eastfork. A second boat house was added in 1994 and recently the Matt Maupin Shelter was erected. The U.S. Collegiate Nationals was conducted at Eastfork until 1996 and was supported by Sporty’s for 15 years. Since then they have focused on numerous other events.

Over the last few years, the venue has declined simply because they were well used by so many. Flooding, recession and other such things also had detrimental impacts. Consequently, some incredible public/private partnerships have begun work to improve things. They have worked hard with The Ohio Division of Natural Resources, The Clermont Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Clermont Chamber of Commerce. Clermont Crew has also been successfully petitioning the state for funds to improve this venue. They are continually seeking volunteers and corporate support.

Paul announced that this July 15-20, Eastfork will host the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships which is the biggest rowing event on the national calendar. This will generate an entire week of economic activity for Clermont County. Another point to consider is that collegiate rowing is a huge draw, especially for high school girls entering college providing many opportunities for young ladies to attend college. Our county will greatly benefit primarily because we have such a tremendous, natural resource.

Next week we will hear from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 04/29/14

Today we heard from Heidi Woods of The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County. Her work is to keep young people from getting hooked on drugs through education and support. The earlier children begin to understand the impact of drugs, the better chances they won’t become addicts. Heidi can be contacts at heidi.woods@recoveryctr.org or 513-735-8159.

Heidi shared about some very informative websites...
“The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County promotes drug free environments for youth by providing education to the community about the risks of alcohol and drug use. Their vision is to ensure every youth in our community grows up in an environment that is purposefully drug-free.” Goals include:
  • Decrease the number of youth who are using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Increase youth perception of personal harm associated with using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Increase the percentage of parents who express their disapproval of youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

“SOLACE seeks to end the crisis of substance abuse, primarily prescription drug and opiate addiction, by providing support to individuals and families affected by addiction, advocating for policy changes that can change environmental conditions that encourage drug use and mobilizing communities to affect their own change.”

-Find a drug dropbox near you http://rxdrugdropbox.org/

Mike Crutcher is the new President of the coalition. He has 3 kids in the CNE school district and is working hard to educate kids about the drug abuse problems in our county. Mike shared an organizational chart outlining several board and committee positions that are available. These include Vice President, Secretary, School Activities, Policies, Data, Community Relations and Solace. If interested, contact Mike at crutcherdesigngroup@gmail.com or 513-687-3404.  

Next week we will hear from Paul Schmid and Leila Spriggs of Clermont Crew.