Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

August 25 NOTES
Today we heard from Gene Bishop of Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers which was formally organized in 1980. This is not a police or media program, but rather a partnership with those agencies. They do not receive government funds and survive on donations. Their objective is to get the community involved with the police in order to get criminals off the street. They motivate the public by allowing them to remain anonymous and paying them cash.

Crime Stoppers works with and encourages law enforcement to maintain phone lines that block all incoming phone numbers. This anonymity is the safety needed for the tipsters. The tipster calls in to declare where a criminal is at that moment, and Crime Stoppers gives them an ID number and calls local police. The tipster must call back after the criminal has been arrested and identify themselves by their number. An anonymous meeting is setup at a local hotel where the tipster meets someone in a yellow shirt and again, they identify themselves by their number. After being handed an envelope with cash, they go on their way.

Here are their 2014:
  • $90, 250 approved to pay out
  • 253 persons arrested
  • 442 felony cases cleared
  • $260,153 in property recovered

Major fund raisers include:
  • Corporate sponsored programs
  • Channel 9 WCPO Shredding Events (April/September)
  • Awards Breakfast
  • Golf outing
  • Community events (dances, bar-b-ques, fish fry, auto show)
  • Individual donations
  • Coroner’s Masquerade Ball

People can help by participating in fundraisers, drug take-backs or donating raffle prizes. You can also give anonymous tips by calling 513-352-3040.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jason Feist of Empowered Insights, formerly Global Tax Management. Jason is a husband and father of 2 who founded his business about 7 years ago. They chose the name Empowered Insights because it communicates the fact that they are an accounting advisory firm that cares about relationships.

Jason shared WHY they do what they do and challenged us to consider the same question. What gets us up every morning to do what we do? EI is passionate about inspiring people to do what they love to do and ignite them to achieve their dreams. They want people to understand the difference between working “on” your business rather than “in” your business. Jason encouraged us to watch the TED Talk by Simon Sinek called “Why?”  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en

The mission of EI is to be one of the leading firms enriching people’s lives and growing businesses. They do Business Advisory and Outsourced CFO, the Thriving Business Program (business coaching), and Compliance. Jason also has another firm, called Center for Wealth Management, which does wealth management.
Find out more and contact Jason through their website...http://www.empoweredinsights.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dan Ottke, the Superintendent of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Dan is also a member of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

The board came about through Ohio Senate Bill 169 which was passed in 1967. They have a 7 member volunteer board, 5 of which who are appointed by the Commissioners and 2 who are appointed by the Probate Judge. Before 1967, there were only a couple of options in the state to help children with developmental disabilities. County boards initially were created to provide educational and training programs. They are funded by Local (58%), federal (9%), state (12%) and private funds (21%). Eligibility requirements include assessment of 7 categories of physical and intellectual abilities.

Clermont DD provides services across the lifespan from birth to retirement.
  • School age services
  • Adult services (sheltered work, supported small group and community employment, and day supports)
  • Early intervention
  • Community supports
  • Investigations
  • Behavior support

Partners include:
  • Residential providers
  • Employment and day service providers
  • Southwest Ohio developmental center
  • Other social service organizations
  • Employers in Clermont County
  • Business and civic organizations
  • School districts

Some actions being taken:
  • 2012-14 adult services are downsizing
  • Reduced overall # of staff from 189 to 159
  • Reduce by 1 building
  • In 2015, they put a freeze on offering new services
Next week we will hear from Shannon Carwell who will share about her Rotary Exchange Experience.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Linda Cunningham and Joy Kraus who shared about the Batavia Backpack Program. Every Friday during the school year they give backpacks full of food to students in need at Batavia Elementary and have recently expanded to Batavia Middle School. This has actually increased the attendance on Fridays! They partner with local organizations to gain buying power. For the summer, they are working hard to provide meals for families as well as necessary household supplies. They even deliver to families who do not have transportation, and they are doing all of this wonderful work with NO paid staff! They are looking to collaborate. Contact them at bataviabackpack@gmail.com 

Next week we will hear from Father Hank Albietz of the Williamsburg Rotary who will speak about their Romania Project. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tarek Kamil of CERKL communications. CERKL began when Tarek was asked to speak with an overwhelmed student who was trying to determine his passions. This encounter got Tarek thinking about how, with all the technology in today’s world, we’re still missing the mark with communicating valuable information to people. It is extremely hard to communicate outside of your organization.

There are many publications which have not changed for over 150 years and these publications are only “guessing” how frequently you desire the content. Today’s services such as Amazon, Netflix and Spotify are all about “what I want.” CERKL works a bit differently. People create content which sits there and individuals decide what they want to see and when they want to receive it. You can decide which newsletters to receive, which teachers to follow, what subjects you care about, etc. Over 340 organizations use CERKL. While the average newsletter open rate is about 17-18%, the average open rate on CERKL is 50-80%.

Many distribution services require a fee, CERKL does not because there are sponsors who sign up to reach certain target audiences. For example, Larosa’s in Anderson can advertise to all the parents of particular schools in their district. Sponsors can also find all sorts of organizations and events they would like to support.

Find out more at http://cerkl.com/

Next week we will hear from Linda Cunningham who will share about the Batavia Backpack Program.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dr. Jeffrey Bauer who is the new Dean of UC Clermont College.

Jeff is already busy building relationships in the community with such organizations as the local business community and Chamber, Local High Schools, Clermont County/The Village of Batavia, College Alumni and the Batavia Rotary Club. UC’s peak enrollment was 3990 in 2009, however, they have declined since then to 3000 and have a goal to grow by about 100 students per year.

There are additional programs they are considering which include:
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Business Information Technology
  • Math
  • Health Information Systems
  • Finance and Banking
  • BTAS at AMIG and possible tracks
  • Surgical Technology

Other initiatives include:
  • Additional Arts Courses and Programming
  • Faculty and Staff Development
  • Sustainability - Geothermal HVAC
  • Experiential Learning - Internships, Practicums
  • E-Learning and Classroom Technology
  • Daycare? Women’s Center? Residence Halls?
  • UC Foundation/Fundraising - $3.5M over 8 years
  • UC East/Space Utilization
  • Athletics - Men’s & Women’s Soccer have been added. Possibly switch to NAIA
  • Organizational Structure

Ways the community can help:
  • Help us get the word out
  • Refer students/employees and provide tuition reimbursement plans to employees
  • Provide internships or experiential learning opportunities
  • Serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Tell us what you think of our program mix and the skills that we are/are not teaching our grads
  • Sponsor scholarships or provide in-kind gifts
  • Teach a class

    Next week we will hear from Tarek Kamil who will speak about CERKL communication.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Judge Kathy Rodenberg who shared about CASA...Court Appointed Special Advocates. People are trained to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children for as long as they are in the system. The CASA is generally the most stable, role model in a child’s life. They visit the child at least 1 time per month and devote about 5-10 hours to the child’s interests. CASA served about 250 children last year with about 50-60 advocates. There are generally around 500 children who need CASAs. Their budget is about $200k which comes from grants, fundraisers and community support. This is a great way to make a difference in a child’s life. If you are interested in being trained, check out their website www.casaforclermontkids.org or call 513-732-7160. 

Next week there will be NO morning meeting. Instead, we will have our evening networking meeting at the Holiday Inn from 5:15-7:30pm. Our speaker will be Krissy Vinson who will share about the Down Syndrome Association & the Tri for Joe event.