Tuesday, November 29, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Curtis Taylor, project manager for Tata Consultancy Services.

After growing up in Cincinnati and traveling for 4 years with the United States Marine Corps, Curtis decided he loved our area and wanted to see it grow and succeed. As a side note, Curtis was responsible for creating over 3 miles of trails on the Tata property for use by the community.

The Milford location was inaugurated March 17, 2008. They have 15 client engagements, 223 acres of wooded land and 400+ associates

Their site selection process was very extensive. They chose Milford, Ohio because of:
Proximity (40 clients throughout region)
Business climate (9 fortune 500 HQ in region)
Access to talent (300 uninver within 200 miles)
Government Support (State-level grants and abatements)
Cost of Living (US = $212k, Cincinnati $138k)
Access (1 hour flight, 1 days drive from 50% of US population)
Economy (300+foreign owned firms within region)
Business (Lowest effective tax rate in Midwest – 3.6%)
Industry (Strongly diversified, robust business presence)
Quality of Life (1 of 13 cities in US with all 5 art disciplines)

TCS has been doing business in America since 1970. At first, TCS found it difficult to find highly skilled tech-savvy people in the Cincinnati area. Today, 90% of TCS employees are local, American citizens. Most of the managers are Americans due to the fact the Indian ways of business are not widely accepted in the U. S. A majority of their business and money comes from the United States.

Next week we will hear from the officers of our Batavia High School Interact Club

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Jacob Brooks who is the Senior Program Director of the Clermont County YMCA.

The Y’s vision to improve the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati is supported by local and national networks focused on mobilizing our communities. In collaboration with schools, businesses, health care sites, and other community agencies, the Y is driven to turn the tide on the epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases.

The YMCA is the nations leading non profit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

Youth development - nurturing the potential of every child and teen through child care, education and leadership, camp, swimming and sports.

Heathly living - Improving the nations health and well being

Social Responsibility - giving back and providing support to our neighbors through volunteerism, giving, advocacy and social services

Next week we will hear from Tata Consulting

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Rotary's History in Youth Work

At our November 17 meeting, Lisa Davis presented the following "Rotary Minute" on the subject of Rotary’s involvement with youth over the years...

Rotary became involved with children and young adults in 1913, when the Syracuse, New York Rotary Club learned of a young girl who needed a serious operation.  Her parents had no money to pay for her surgery or rehabilitation, so Rotary stepped in to help.  When the newspaper got wind of this service project, readers were challenged to participate.  Over the course of two weeks, they collected almost $3,000 for this young girl.  A few weeks, later, the Syracuse Rotary Club did a survey to find out if there were other children who needed assistance; they found over 200 and began a “crippled children’s committee” that went on to help children with disabilities for many years.

In 1914, the Toledo Rotary Club raised money to assist a young man who had a disability to attend a school for children with disabilities in Michigan.  Not only did he get a good education, but he also received artificial limbs to assist him to walk.  This sparked an interest in Ohio to assist children with disabilities.  (Ohio has always had very strong programs for children with disabilities…perhaps this Rotarian spirit had a part in it.)

A few months later, a streetcar accident in Elyria, Ohio claimed the life of several people including an 18-year-old boy.  The boy’s father, Edgar Allen, found out that his son’s life and those others who were killed, could have been saved if Elyria had had a hospital.  Mr. Allen sold his lumber company and began efforts to raise money for a hospital, eventually building Elyria Memorial.  Because Mr. Allen was a Rotarian, he engaged his group to raise money to build a “crippled children’s wing” at this hospital.  Once it was built, he then challenged eight other hospitals in Ohio to do the same. 

Efforts to help children didn’t stop there.  Rotary began Boys Work, which was originally created to help boys stay off the streets and engage in community activities.  This became such a popular club that it was designated a program for Rotary International during the 1916 Rotary Conference in Cincinnati.  Throughout the years surrounding WWI and WWII, Boys Work became much more important; during this time, Rotary Club members stepped in as role models for these boys while their fathers (and later, mothers) were away at war or working several shifts in war plants.

The list goes on and on…we now have Interact, a club for high school students; Rotaract, for young adults in college; and several youth exchange programs.  Today, Rotary continues the legacy of youth involvement and helps youth work toward becoming future leaders in our communities.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Ed Nurre & Scott Runck who spoke about “Green Funerals”

What is a green funeral? Webster's online dictionary defines the word “green” (as it pertains to product and services) as “not harmful to the environment.” A green funeral is generally any end-of-life ritual that is a harmless as possible for the environment. This can include a burial in a green or “natural” cemetery.

Each year we bury:
-827,060 gallons of embalming fluid, which includes formaldehyde.
-180,544,000 pounds of steel in caskets.
-5,400,000 pounds of copper and bronze in caskets
-30 million board feet of hardwoods, including tropical woods in caskets
-3,272,000,000 pounds in reinforced concrete in vaults
-28,000,000 pounds of steel in vaults

So naturally, the issue involves the question of whether or not to embalm or cremate. There is currently a 45% cremation rate which is rising rapidly. Only 1 funeral home in the country (St Petersburg Florida) is currently doing what is called Alkaline Hydrolysis.

The trend to greener funerals has inspired a variety of new funeral products that are sustainable and eco-friendly. These options include:
-Greener caskets
-Burial shrouds
-Greener urns
-Green cemeteries using eco-friendly methods
-Water burial

For more information check out www.agreenerfuneral.org

Next week we will hear from Jacob Brooks of the YMCA

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Roy Offenberger of the Batavia Salvation Army who spoke on their Red Kettle Drive

The Salvation Army is first a church. It was begun by William booth, a Methodist “circuit rider” preacher began the organization in 1865. Booth was concerned about those who were hungry not being able to focus on the message of the gospel. So he and his son obtained a warehouse and began feeding, clothing and housing those in need. Roy read Matthew 25 to us to show us how serving “the least” in our society is a Scriptural mandate.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Roy shared about the Red Kettle campaign known as “Bell Ringing” which raises nearly half of their annual budget. This year's fund raising goal is $160,000. In 2010 the Salvation Army in Batavia served 1159 Clermont County families (3001 individuals) with food, 213 families with utility assistance and 51 families with rent assistance. 75 families were helped with thanksgiving food and 350 families were served at Christmas. They also have an after school program and a summer day camp to serve youth in our community.

Next week we will hear from Ed Nurre & Scott Runck who will speak about “Green Funerals”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What We Learned At This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from Brian Switzer of Clermont Northeastern Schools who spoke about school funding.

In 1851, an Ohio convention wrote & passed Article 2 section 6 which began school funding in the state without any clear explanation about how it would be carried out. They rolled out a system where funds began to be collected from property taxes and many court challenges have since followed.

In 1936 it was decided localities could vote about whether or not to fund their districts more than the state funds it through what is called Inside & Outside millage. In 1991 the method of funding schools through property taxes was ruled unconstitutional and the state was ordered to fund it differently. After several tweaks and 3 total court rulings through the years, the schools are still funded by basically the same system, just more complicated 36 pages of formulas & rules.

While the state claims to pay roughly $5600 per student, CNE actually receives about $1000 per student after all the deductions kick in. As Ohio continues with the property tax system, Tennessee has a program where visitors pay for education and in Texas there are taxes placed on several oil ventures which funds schools.

Next week we will hear Roy Offenberger of the Salvation Army who will speak on their Red Kettle Drive.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Here's a VIDEO about our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program.

More info can be found HERE.