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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Sharon Strickland who is a Yoga Instructor. She can be contacted at yogawithsharon@yahoo.com.

Yoga means to yoke or unite. It has been around for 3000 years and was originated by Buddhists. There are 8 limbs of Yoga: Check out http://www.yogajournal.com/article/beginners/the-eight-limbs/

What happens to the brain when we meditate? What are brain stages?
  • Beta stage - active, fear, stress, anxiety
  • Alpha stage - Creativity, in the zone, peak performance, where we should be most times
  • Theta - Meditation, relaxed vigilance, ability to recall that’s not present in the Beta or Alpha stage.
  • Delta - Sleeping

What are the benefits of increasing alpha brain waves?
  • Reduce stress and nervousness
  • Clear thoughts
  • Higher level of creativity
  • Increase problem solving and decision making
  • Improve mood and stability o emotions
  • Improve overall performance in the zone
  • Super learning and enhanced memory
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Increase Serotonin levels (mood regulator)

What are methods to increase
  • Meditation or prayer - think about 1 thing or task
  • Yoga
  • Deep breathing
  • Green tea, amino acid, L-theanine increases dopamine (neuro-transmitter)
  • Saunas, steamrooms
  • Massages
  • Quiet/meditative walks

Next week we will have our students of the month.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Howard Daugherty, Executive Director of Clermont Veterans’ Service Commission. They are a county agency with 4 service officers who help veterans and their dependents with claim work. Claims can take years to process and are related to all sorts of issues that arise from military service including agent orage issues, PTSD, etc. To receive financial assistance, veterans need to be residents of Clermont County for at least 90 days. They will also help veterans work with local job placement services to help them find work. For more information contact (513) 732-7363. Their website is www.clermontcountyveterans.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tom Sutton who is the Owner-Operator at the Eastgate Chick-fil-a. Tom believes that everybody has a story, if we bother to hear it. He trains his staff to read the body language and mood of customers. Their goal is to help improve their mood before they leave. He shared his business and personal model called “Great Leaders S.E.R.V.E” which stands for...

  • See and shape the future
    • We must have a vision for what we want our future to be
  • Engage and develop other people
    • This is about character development. Not just the “tip of the iceberg” but also “what’s underneath.” Charisma is not character.
    • They do an appraisal filter to determine if an employee doesn’t know how to do a job (they can be trained), can’t do a job (they help them overcome the obstacle) or won’t do a job (they need to move on)
  • Reinvent continuously
    • This is about reinventing our systems, structures and selves in order to be around years from now
    • Ben Franklin “Time is the passing of life”
  • Value results and relationships
    • We need to care about both. If you take care of people, people will take care of you.
  • Embody the values

Next week we will celebrate our students of the month.