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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cincinnati Rotarian and U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup. He is a medical doctor who joined the Army Reserves but never intended to go into congress.  In his opening remarks related to Rotary’s motto of “Service above self”, the congressman quoted Pope John Paul II who said, “Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we want, but the right to do what we ought.” Then he quoted Roberto Clemente who said, “If you have the chance to make life better on earth and don’t, then you’re wasting your time on earth.”

His career in politics began when he was asked to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. After doing well, they asked him to run for other political offices. As he began to look at Washington, he realized there were many decisions being made by people who did not have experience in those fields. Congressman Wenstrup feels there are many things that are just plain “wrong” that need to be addressed in Washington. One of his greatest concerns is the fact that laws are being made by the President rather than by the people through their representatives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tim Kelly, Assistant Health Commissioner shared about Clermont County Public Health. Their role in public health is to prevent, promote and protect. Public health is related to epidemiology, the study of distribution and cause of health related events in specific populations and application of this study to control health problems. In 1854, Epidemiology began in London when John Snow studied and dealth with the Cholera epidemic.

There are 5 divisions located on Bauer Road at Permit Central: Administration, environmental health, water and waste, nursing, and plumbing. They have 5 board members, an Executive Director and a Health Commissioner.
  • The Plumbing division inspects residential and commercial plumbing, backflow prevention, and sewer and water connections.
  • Water and Waste/Environmental Health deals with complaint investigations. They do basic system assessments, household sewage treatment systems, loan inspections, and subdivision and existing lot reviews. They are also involved with vector control, private drinking water, solid waste, and beach sampling.
  • Environmental Health Division involves food service operations, the inspection of pools and spas, school inspections, issues related to rabies, smoking issues, tattoo and body piercing enforcement, and the inspections of manufactured home parks, recreational vehicle parks and resident camps.
  • The Nursing Division handles the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), breastfeeding peer support, immunizations (child, adult, travel) and communicable diseases, injury prevention, and children with mental disabilities.
  • The Administration Division deals with birth and death certificates and handles child fatality reviews. They also handle emergency preparedness.

Next week we will hear from Brad Wendstrup. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Dr. Keith Kline, Superintendent of West Clermont Local Schools, spoke today. He reports that their district is beginning 2015 with a stable and positive budget. They have 2 major funds: The General Fund (operating $) and The Permanent Improvement Fund (Capital $). They recently created a 10 year facilities plan including a full assessment by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Recently, they entered an agreement with Union Township to sell the Glen Este property for $1 in exchange for a minimum of $65 million in TIF (Tax Incentive Financing) funds over the next 30 years.  There will be about a 2400 student high school, which will put them in the top 10 biggest in Ohio. An architect will be appointed at the end of March.

Some benefits include:
  • No additional cost to taxpayers.
  • All students, regardless of where they live, will have access to the same high quality education and opportunities.
  • Modern Science Labs
  • Great Technology
  • Academic Opportunities
  • Increased Safety
  • Better Class Sizes
  • Competitive Facilities
  • No jobs lost
  • Help with Design
  • More opportunities for kids
  • Job embedded coursework
  • Better prepared for college or careers

Phase 1 will also include the merger of Amelia and Glen Este Middle Schools into a single West Clermont Middle School. This will be at the current Amelia Campus. This phase should be completed by the 2017-18 school year. In the end, there should be $35-40 million in credits with the state in order to build 2 new elementary schools. They plan to make facilities available to the public.

There are many ways to get involved in the planning. Find out more at www.westcler.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Our speaker today was John Sutton from 1 Better Pierce Point 10 Cinema Advertising. John mentioned that their average age of their moviegoers is 31.3 because they are the most likely to have disposable income. He shared that while many theaters advertise national businesses, John works to bring local business advertisement to their movie screens. They offer advertising on 10 screens, with digital animation and motion with video and audio. 1 Better offers experienced designers who put your ad together, offering :15 and :30 second spots. Ads can be created from logos, pictures or from scratch using live video. 

There are 936 showings (32/day) reaching nearly 400-600 people per day. The return on investment with this type of advertising is around 63% and they only run about 12-14 businesses at one time. The average cost is about $10 per day, which includes the video, design and formatting. Commitments range from 3 months to 1 year.  It takes about 30-45 days to produce digital ads with no video. They don't increase rates during busy seasons and even reserve 1 or 2 :15 second spots for non-profits and help pair them up with sponsors. For more information contact John Sutton at jsuttonmovieads@msn.com

Next week we will hear from Dr. Keith Kline who will tell us about the merger of Glen Este and Amelia High Schools.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cincinnati-Eastside Rotarian Bob Berberich of Clear Choice Coaching. Today he spoke about integrity which has to do with honesty, being a solid person and doing what you say you’re going to do.

Bob shared 5 pillars of integrity:
  • Emotional Intelligence - Being aware of the beliefs, theories and character of myself or others.
  • Impeccable agreements - Doing what you promise to do or else renegotiate when things fall through.
  • Conscious communication - Awareness of how I communicate and how others communicate.
  • Speak unarguably - Not assuming the meaning for another but only speaking about what’s true for me.
  • Healthy responsibility - While I’m 100% responsible for my actions, there are many things I simply cannot control. Realizing I can be responsible TO others but not FOR others.

Bob can be reached at 859-466-5226.

Next week we will hear from Jim Barger who will give a CVB update and Sheila Hinton who will update us on the Williamsburg & Batavia Hike Bike Trail fundraising event.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Chris Finney of Finney Law Firm. Chris is a lawyer who opened an commercial law office in Clermont County at Ivy Pointe about 1 year ago. The supreme court recently accepted 2 of their appeals which is a huge honor considering they get 10k applications per year while on 69 are accepted for oral argument and 30 in writing.

Their mission is to make a positive difference for our clients through the values of integrity, accountability, communication and excellence. The firm has 8 attorneys who handle individual and small business issues but not domestic relations.
  • Transactional items include wills, trust, estate, probate, real estate, etc.
  • Commercial dispute resolution includes litigation, arbitration, mediation, negotiation, bankruptcy, criminal, appellate advocacy, etc.
  • Public interest litigation includes violations of the US and Ohio constitution, taxpayer actions for violations of state law, open meetings, public records.
  • Property tax valuation includes assisting taxpayers in reducing their property taxes in Ohio and Kentucky, obtaining reduction in tax valuation using appraisal (the fee typically is contingent on victory and a percentage of the savings).
  • Title work includes residential and commercial

Chris can be contacted at chris@finneylawfirm.com or 513-943-6655

Next week we will Bob Berberich of Clear Choice Coaching.