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.

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.