Tuesday, March 19, 2013


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What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jill Cochran of the Boys and Girls Club of ClermontCounty. They began their first club in 1996 in the village of New Richmond and serve students ages 6-18. Since then the truancy rate has dropped from 86 or so kids to around 23. Statistically, the hours of 3-7pm have the highest rates of teen crime, teen pregnancy and other juvenile issues.

The focuses of the Boys and Girls club are education, leadership & healthy lifestyles. They have a 97 graduation rate and even take students on college visits. The cost is only $5 per student per year. Employees are staffed at a rate of 20 to 1. 90% of their budget is raised on their own.

Community support is essential to the success of the Boys and Girls club. It is important to them to partner with many groups to do county wide and community efforts. Their facilities are opened for other organizations to use such as the Clermont County Knothole Umpire training school which gives summer jobs to youth. The club also offers some after school work in Felicity and hold a summer program in Goshen. The newest project is to establish a club in Mt. Carmel. The old “gentlemen's club” will become a Boys and Girls Club! This has been a partnership with the Union Township Police Department.

Next week we will hear about our annual golf outing to be held June 19.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Vic Kubic who is operations manager for the United Church of God. Their offices are located in Park 50 in Milford, they produce a television program, publish a magazine called “Good News Magazine” and are currently conducting “Kingdom of God Seminars. He and his wife also work with www.Lifenets.org which does work in Eastern Europe, Latin America and other countries.

Vic shared about his journey to Africa. He reports there is an immense amount of activity in Africa these days. Even more interesting is that over 1/3 of his flight were folks from China. His organizations give a “hand up” to people in Africa and help them obtain educational and career opportunities.

Zimbabwe used to be one of the most desirable areas in the world to live but has been ripped apart by wars. From a distance, the country appears very striking and gives off glimpses of what it used to be. Up close, however, it is decaying. On additional note, the U.S. Dollar is now the currency.

Next week we will hear from Chris Bortz of Towne Properties who will speak on their Kent Rd Project.