Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jim Vogt of Citizens Climate Lobby, a growing organization with roughly 6600 current members. Their purpose is  to create the political will for a sustainable climate and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. They are a non-partisan group advocating a revenue-neutral, free-market carbon tax to fight climate change. This group is filled with non-paid lobbyists that trains members to speak powerfully to their elected officials, the media and their local communities. Their Cincinnati chapter meets monthly and teams provide each other with support and encourage breaking through comfort zones to act as community leaders.

CCL members meet with their members of congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, work with editorial boards to generate editorials and give presentations to community groups. In 2013 the organization has had 709 meetings with congressional offices, met with 46 newspaper editorial boards, generated 41 editorials and published 1265 letters to the editor.

In 2014, CCL grew from 151 to 193 chapters, covering 364 of 465 congressional districts. The Cincinnati chapter grew in size from 12 to 18 members. 600 members attended the annual conference in DC.

The culture of CCL is non-confrontational, non-partisan and always looking for common ground. They try to be gentle, persistent and persuasive as “loving bulldogs” and will talk to anyone (such as staffers and interns). The group builds political will by getting as many as possible to learn of and think about their ideas.

The basic idea with Carbon tax is...a tax is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, port of entry). This tax starts at $15 per ton of fossil CO2 emitted, and increases steadily over the years so that clean energy becomes cheaper than fossil fuels. All the money collected is returned to American households on an equitable basis. ⅔ of American break-even or come out ahead.

Find out more about this group at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/

Next week we will have our student of the month presentations.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Rebecca Victor who will speak about “Mastermind-the power of connection.”

Rebecca opened with a joke that illustrated how we often go through life without a clear direction. She shared some old photos from Batavia and Goshen which showed how people were important to the community. In order to “mastermind”, we must clearly identify where we want to go as an individual, business or community. Author Napoleon Hill stated that a mastermind alliance is “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purposes, in the spirit of harmony (two heads are better than one). No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).”   

Who do you want as your mastermind alliance partners? People with a similar drive or commitment, diverse skill sets and problem solvers. The benefits are mutual support, differing perspectives, resources and accountability. Think about this...what if the people around you would not let you fail? It all begins with identifying a definite purpose or vision. This includes honoring the values and traditions of yesterday’s future community, incorporating new possibilities and building upon them with innovation that inspires the future community of tomorrow.

Next week we will hear from Jim Vogt of Citizen's Climate Lobby.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Peter Weiglin who spoke about Rotary membership.

In 1905, the first Rotary meeting was held in Room 711 in Chicago, Illinois. They “rotated” their meetings between the various offices of their members. Rotary is a world fellowship of local clubs organized into districts, zones and an international office located in Chicago. There are 34 zones in the world and our district (6670) is part of zone 30. Rotary has 537 districts, each with a District Governor who serves a one year term and generally has around 13 assistant governors and various committees.

Local club service includes membership development, club communications, nominating committee, new member orientation, mentoring committee, fellowship committee, fundraising, etc. Service areas include community service donations to various organizations including boys and girls clubs and other community projects. Vocational service includes scholarships, vocational awards, student mentoring, industry recognitions, etc. International service includes the Rotary Foundation, youth exchange, Interact, Rotaract, four-way speech contests and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Members are responsible to attend or make-up at least 50% of regular club meetings, membership growth and participation in club programs, projects and activities as well as participate in club committees. Our members also make financial commitments which include funds to the club, the district and Rotary International.

The Rotary Foundation is a 501c3 with 16 trustees. It administers the annual program fund and the permanent fund. APF funds are invested for 3 years and revenue pays for TRF administration. In year 4, 100% of APF are disbursed and 50% of these funds are placed under direct supervision of the districts.  Foundation donations are used for Polio Plus, 6 Rotary Peace Centers worldwide, cultural and peace scholarships, humanitarian grants for things like water, health, hunger, literacy, disaster relief, etc.

Find out more at www.rotary.org.

Next week we will hear from Rebecca Victor who will speak about “Mastermind-the power of connection.”

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