Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Mark Bryant of the Clermont County YMCA who spoke on the Global YMCA. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London. Today, they are in 119 countries and serve 58 million people. They focus on local leadership and local needs and are far more than a “swim and gym.”

The Global YMCA Structure looks like this:
  • World Alliance of YMCAs
  • YMCA Area Alliances
  • National YMCA Movements
  • Local Y Associations and Branches

The Global YMCA currently has 270 Y-to-Y international partnerships to help 63 underserved countries. Mark shared that, in some countries, a YMCA is not a gym but rather a university because some countries do not have quality universities. Some YMCAs provide education and literacy programs. In Jerusalem the YMCA offers counseling to people who are hurting. The YMCA is the #1 provider of daycare in the United States. Global YMCA invest over $3million annually to help people all over the world.

There are many ways to get involved in with the Global YMCA. There are committees, global exchange programs, world service campaigns, fundraising efforts and volunteering at local YMCAs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Martha Enriquez of Pine Lane Soaps of Batavia, Ohio. Martha’s products come from an 88 acre family farm in Jackson Township that belonged to her grandparents. This farm has been in the family for 5 generations and numerous local students have been given tours and connected with the farm through 4H. They have won awards for business and community involvement. Pine Lane’s slogan is, “Everybody uses soap or at least they should.”

Pine Lane Soaps makes a cold process soap which is an old fashioned lye soap that must cure for at least 4 weeks. Generally, there are about 3000 bars curing at any one time.

Other products include:
  • Whipped shea butter
  • Goat milk lotion
  • Home fragrance oils
  • Lip balm
  • Much more!

Why goat milk soap?
  • High fat content makes it very moisturizing.
  • Similar pH to our skin is very gentle.
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid helps to soften and rejuvenate skin.
  • Naturally occurring glycerin remains in soap.

Pine Lane products are in about 35 retailers in the Greater Cincinnati area including: Jungle Jim’s, Miller’s Bakery, Carneys Feed Mill, The Contemporary Arts Center, Whole Foods, and the Cincinnati Nature Center. They also setup at the Montgomery farmers market.

Martha shared some great facts about Pine Lane Soaps:
  • They have been raising goats for 40 years
  • They are a small family business, owned and operated by women
  • They have been making soap for 8 years
  • The proceeds support much of the farm
  • They produce 12,000 bars per year
  • They contribute to many local charitable groups

You can reach Martha and Pine Lane Soaps at 513-260-4352 or visit the website at www.pinelanesoaps.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Michelle Cloyd of Cancer Support Community. They offer numerous incredible services for cancer patients and their families. Michelle mentioned that studies expect there will be a staggering 45% increase of cancer diagnosis in the near future.

According to their website, “Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes psychosocial and emotional support, CSC offers community-based programs and services that are intended to provide non-medical care to men, women, and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones, to support a holistic, patient-active approach to wellness. CSC offers these services free of charge through professionally led support groups, educational workshops and presentations, healthy lifestyle programs, social activities, and programs specific to families and children. CSC’s programs and services are designed to complement conventional medical care, enhance quality of life, strengthen survivor care, improve the recovery, and facilitate better communication with medical teams.”

To learn more about the over 250 programs they offer every month, check out their website www.cancersupportcincinnati.org

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dr. Keith Kline of West Clermont Schools. He shared that construction is well underway on the new 2500 student campus of the West Clermont High School. The building pad is complete, and bids are coming in on the foundation. Renovations are also underway on the Amelia High School campus which will become West Clermont Middle School. The mascot will be the “Wolves.”

This facility is being built with the community in mind. There will be meeting spaces, theater, gymnasium, media center, fields, turfed stadium,. They plan to change what education looks like in West Clermont. There will be a bank and spirit shop students can run, teacher’s academy, sports medicine-exercise science, college and career center, partnerships with local businesses, secure entrances, instructional technology, science labs, and a STEM Center for identified elementary students. While a traffic study is being conducted, the current plan is to have at least 4 entrances.

There will be a 3 story education wing, a fine art wing and an athletic arena (includes an 8-lane pool, weight rooms, auxiliary gyms, and much more). Attached to the building will be a 25,000 sq ft  Mercy Health Plex which will include doctor’s offices and urgent care facilities. Mercy will be giving $200k to the district for naming rights. The district will hire a management company which will be paid for through membership fees. Many summer programs will be offered for kids. The Health Plex will bring 50-80 jobs into the county.

The West Clermont High School is a 100 million design build project financed through the Clermont County Port Authority. This is the first major school-based design build project in Ohio. In the end, taxpayers won’t have to be asked for more money. The school should be open in August of 2017.

In the future, there will be a “Phase 2” which will utilize about $40 million in credit with the state to replace 2 elementary schools without going to the taxpayers for additional money. These schools would probably not come online until 2019 or 2020.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Lisa Caudill and Beth Bullock who represent the 6 acre Batavia Swim Club. A group of 14 investors went together and revived the old Ridge Club swimming pool. They formed a 501c3 called S.E.A.L.S. which stands for Safety, Education, Accountability, Loyalty and Service. It takes about $45,000 to run the facility for a season which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

So much time, effort and materials were donated to help the rehab project. In addition to the pool, there are tennis courts, 2 basketball hoops, a volleyball court, a pavilion, a concession stand and several tables and chairs. Members and non-members can rent the facility for a party.

Opening day is Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. For more information check out https://thebataviaswimclub.wordpress.com/

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/