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.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Shawn Kuhn of Southeast Cincinnati Young Life.

Young Life is a non-denominational, Christian organization dedicated to serving youth in local middle and high schools (including teen moms), colleges and children with disabilities. It was started nearly 75 years ago and is now in 90 countries worldwide, including every state in America.

Shawn oversees young adults who serve as genuine friends to students by going to their events and being involved in their lives. These caring adults become a mature, positive influence and engage in all sorts of conversations that “matter” in life. Some of these conversations involve faith, family, college, career, etc. Young Life leaders are not trying to replace influential adults who are already in their lives, but come alongside those adults while also reaching students who have fallen by the wayside for one reason or another. Psychologists will tell you that for students to be successful requires a quantity of adults in their lives.

Faith is certainly a huge component of Young Life. They share what the Bible says about Jesus and encourage them to compare that with what they hear from other sources. Sometimes students will pursue what the Bible says and others will not. Either way, Young Life leaders continue investing in their lives if the students are receptive to their involvement.

Young Life owns many amazing campgrounds all over the world. These camps are first-class, resort-style properties that provide both style and substance. Camping gives students a chance to get out of their normal routines and environments to have some moments of reflection, get into all kinds of fun and build lasting relationships. SEC Young Life works hard to make these incredible camping experiences as affordable as possible. Over the last 3 years of camping, they have raised over $55,000 to directly offset the costs of camp for students.

During the month of September, SEC Young Life has been offered matching funds where every donation to camping will be doubled. If you would like to contribute or learn more, contact Shawn at SECYoungLife@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jim Vogt of Citizens Climate Lobby, a growing organization with roughly 6600 current members. Their purpose is  to create the political will for a sustainable climate and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. They are a non-partisan group advocating a revenue-neutral, free-market carbon tax to fight climate change. This group is filled with non-paid lobbyists that trains members to speak powerfully to their elected officials, the media and their local communities. Their Cincinnati chapter meets monthly and teams provide each other with support and encourage breaking through comfort zones to act as community leaders.

CCL members meet with their members of congress, launch letter-writing campaigns, write letters to the editor and op-ed pieces, work with editorial boards to generate editorials and give presentations to community groups. In 2013 the organization has had 709 meetings with congressional offices, met with 46 newspaper editorial boards, generated 41 editorials and published 1265 letters to the editor.

In 2014, CCL grew from 151 to 193 chapters, covering 364 of 465 congressional districts. The Cincinnati chapter grew in size from 12 to 18 members. 600 members attended the annual conference in DC.

The culture of CCL is non-confrontational, non-partisan and always looking for common ground. They try to be gentle, persistent and persuasive as “loving bulldogs” and will talk to anyone (such as staffers and interns). The group builds political will by getting as many as possible to learn of and think about their ideas.

The basic idea with Carbon tax is...a tax is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, port of entry). This tax starts at $15 per ton of fossil CO2 emitted, and increases steadily over the years so that clean energy becomes cheaper than fossil fuels. All the money collected is returned to American households on an equitable basis. ⅔ of American break-even or come out ahead.

Find out more about this group at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/

Next week we will have our student of the month presentations.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Rebecca Victor who will speak about “Mastermind-the power of connection.”

Rebecca opened with a joke that illustrated how we often go through life without a clear direction. She shared some old photos from Batavia and Goshen which showed how people were important to the community. In order to “mastermind”, we must clearly identify where we want to go as an individual, business or community. Author Napoleon Hill stated that a mastermind alliance is “the coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purposes, in the spirit of harmony (two heads are better than one). No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).”   

Who do you want as your mastermind alliance partners? People with a similar drive or commitment, diverse skill sets and problem solvers. The benefits are mutual support, differing perspectives, resources and accountability. Think about this...what if the people around you would not let you fail? It all begins with identifying a definite purpose or vision. This includes honoring the values and traditions of yesterday’s future community, incorporating new possibilities and building upon them with innovation that inspires the future community of tomorrow.

Next week we will hear from Jim Vogt of Citizen's Climate Lobby.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Peter Weiglin who spoke about Rotary membership.

In 1905, the first Rotary meeting was held in Room 711 in Chicago, Illinois. They “rotated” their meetings between the various offices of their members. Rotary is a world fellowship of local clubs organized into districts, zones and an international office located in Chicago. There are 34 zones in the world and our district (6670) is part of zone 30. Rotary has 537 districts, each with a District Governor who serves a one year term and generally has around 13 assistant governors and various committees.

Local club service includes membership development, club communications, nominating committee, new member orientation, mentoring committee, fellowship committee, fundraising, etc. Service areas include community service donations to various organizations including boys and girls clubs and other community projects. Vocational service includes scholarships, vocational awards, student mentoring, industry recognitions, etc. International service includes the Rotary Foundation, youth exchange, Interact, Rotaract, four-way speech contests and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.

Members are responsible to attend or make-up at least 50% of regular club meetings, membership growth and participation in club programs, projects and activities as well as participate in club committees. Our members also make financial commitments which include funds to the club, the district and Rotary International.

The Rotary Foundation is a 501c3 with 16 trustees. It administers the annual program fund and the permanent fund. APF funds are invested for 3 years and revenue pays for TRF administration. In year 4, 100% of APF are disbursed and 50% of these funds are placed under direct supervision of the districts.  Foundation donations are used for Polio Plus, 6 Rotary Peace Centers worldwide, cultural and peace scholarships, humanitarian grants for things like water, health, hunger, literacy, disaster relief, etc.

Find out more at www.rotary.org.

Next week we will hear from Rebecca Victor who will speak about “Mastermind-the power of connection.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Bob Pautke of LEAD Clermont.

Bob asked, “What is leadership?” The answer: “Leadership is influence” or “Observable behaviors.” Then Bob asked, “Leadership is not? The answer: “Not genetic.” Leaders are not “great by birth” or “poor by birth” but rather, leaders are developed. There is a leader inside of every one of us.

Bob shared five practices of extraordinary leadership from “The Leadership Challenge”:
  1. Model the way - Understanding the values of yourself or an organization and modeling the way
  2. Inspire a shared vision - inspire a vision a person can understand to enlist others into the vision
  3. Challenge the process - don’t just stand on the status quo but seek others to challenge the process
  4. Enable others to act - train, encourage & empower others to enable them to take action
  5. Encourage the heart - saying thank you for small and large things; every person operates from the heart

LEAD Clermont is a 21+ year old organization that came out of “The Future Agenda” and was housed within an organization called “Clermont 20/20.” The goal was to inspire a shared vision for our community through training, development and deployment. This is a 10 month program that runs from July to March. The year kicks off with an alumni grill and then a 2 day retreat. Leadership training meets once per month for a full day. They also do half-day historical leadership tours to learn about our past county leaders. Every LEAD student develops a personal leadership plan in which they invite others to observe them and hold them accountable to development.

Each class involves a leadership piece and a county piece.

  • Leaders accountability team
  • Business case
  • 5 practices and ethic
  • Speakers
  • Experiential learning

  • Economic development
  • Education, government and infrastructure
  • Health and Human Services
  • Safety and Justice
  • Quality of life

After graduation, students join the alumni association which is designed for them to take on important county projects that no one else can or will do.

Bob asked that we would submit applicants from our organization and networks. The cost is $2000 for the year. LEAD’s website is http://www.clermontchamber.com/lead-clermont.html

Next week we will be having our Pass the Gavel Breakfast.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jim Carter of Child Focus http://www.child-focus.org/.

Child Focus was established to provide comprehensive services to meet the needs of children and their families in Clermont County. They have 32 various lines of funding including federal, local mental health, medicaid, third party companies, United Way Funds, Foundations, etc. There are about 260 staff with an administrative overhead that has never been above 14% of their revenues. A neat aspect of Child Focus is that they hire a number of women who have never graduated from high school or been employed before. Currently there are 30 of these ladies. Additionally, their board members range from past and present consumers of their services, area educators, lawyers, business persons, and homemakers.

In the beginning the agency was known as the Clermont County Diagnostic Center which provided highly specialized services. Today Child Focus has a much broader scope. In 1982, Child Focus became the Head Start preschool provider for Clermont County and expanded their children’s counseling services. In 1992 Child Focus started their Foster Care program and in 2000, expanded their school-based mental health services to elementary, middle and high schools.

Their main offices are in Mr. Carmel with other offices in Brown, Warren and other counties. There are two main divisions: 

1. Early childhood (ages 0-3)
  • Head Start & Early Head Start (400+ in poverty and eligible)
  • Help Me Grow
  • Child Care & Preschool
  • Kindergarten Enrichment & Extended Day
  • Summer Programming: Discovery Days

2. Behavioral Health Services
  • The critical tasks of CFI’s mental health services include promoting healthy relationships and improving children’s behavioral and emotional functioning, thus drastically increasing the likelihood of their future success in school and in life.
  • Outpatient Therapy (Talk & Play Therapies)
  • Case Management Services
  • Crisis intervention & Counseling

When Jim joined Child Focus, the autism diagnosis spectrum was 1 in 15 million children, and today it has grown to 1 in 15 children! Children Pre-K (ages 0-4) are expelled from their program at a rate of more than 3 times that of children in all grades K-12. There are a tremendous amount of uncontrollable behavioral issues in these children. 48% of children in the United States are born to unwed mothers. Many of these children are delayed mentally, are obese and are more likely to be drug dependent and end up in juvenile court.

Next week we will be preparing for our golf outing.