Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from State Representative Doug Green who shared a State of Ohio update. Doug started into politics as Brown County Recorder, then in 1998 elected to Brown County Auditor and last year became Ohio State Representative. He loves being in politics to help people and meet new people. The Greens are Christians who pray together daily and believe it is important to pray for those in authority and also become involved in the process.

When Doug went to Columbus, he was simply intending to focus on existing laws. However, upon arriving, he was immediately given many opportunities to impact new laws. Many of these had very little to do with “dollars and cents” which was a personal challenge for him. He greatly desires to make a difference for the people of the State of Ohio.

Doug Green can be contacted at dgreen73@frontier.com

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Peter Eddington who is a Television Producer and guest of Vic Kubik on “how a 30 minute TV special is engineered from start to finish.” He shared about the Beyond Today Television Program (www.beyondtoday.tv). This is an international program and is also produced on YouTube.

Their studio is inside the corporate offices of the United Church of God in Milford Park 50. Beyond Today has a team of 16 people who write, edit and produce this show. They have various subjects aimed at improving the lives of their audience. There are a growing number of people are getting religious connections over their televisions. They have received over 170k responses requesting their free literature. Many folks partner with them to help them offer everything for free.

Next week we will hear from State Representative Doug Green who will share a State of Ohio update.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

What We Learned at This Week's Meeting

Today we heard from our very own, Mac Hickman who is our current Rotary 6670 District Governor.

Mac says he is not the same Rotarian as he was when he started speaking at various Rotary clubs. He believes Rotarians are here because we want to be here and because we want to change lives. Some do it in simple ways and others in ways we don’t even realize. Our community knows Rotary and the good it does.

He shared a story about Phyllis in Xenia who got an award for a non-Rotarian who made a difference in her community. After being presented a check for her service, she wanted her check to go to the Rotary foundation because she believes we are making a difference. Phyllis told them Rotary had changed her life at age 10 when they helped her father keep their family farm.

Mac remembered when he was asked to join Rotary and how it took him time to get his mind around what Rotary was all about. He has discovered that we learn Rotary by osmosis. We simply go from club to club, event to event and continually discover more and more about what the great service organization does.

He shared a story about when he was in Thailand. The morning had just begun and it was already approaching 100 degrees. While he stood there a little girl came by with ice cold water. She offered it to him because she saw his Rotary emblem. Rotary had impacted her and it was a moment Mac will not soon forget. It changed him once again.

Many of these experiences have renewed Mac’s passion for the Rotary Foundation. He believes now more than ever that the Rotary Foundation is the engine the fuel’s much of the incredible things the Rotary does around the world. Mac is a long-time supporter of this foundation.

Our current Rotary International president, Ron Burton, spoke to an audience and told them that the main reason he is president today is because someone asked him to join Rotary. Rotarians have to consider the importance of simply inviting people to attend a Rotary meeting. People need to be aware there is a club in their community where they can share a meal, hear a keynote speaker, socialize, network and give back to their local area.

Next week we will have Visitor Day and hear from Peter Eddington who is a Television Producer and guest of Vic Kubik on “how a 30 minute TV special is engineered from start to finish.”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Laura Shamp of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. She spoke to us about the Clermont Fund. Laura recently moved to Cincinnati from Boston where she worked in private fundraising. She has found Cincinnati to be quite unique and wonderful with very accessible, kind, warm and generous people.

Michelle grew up in the Midwest and was exposed to Rotary when she was growing up in northern Ohio and lower Michigan. She even lived in Chicago near the RI headquarters. She has raised two children here in Cincinnati.

The GCF serves 8 counties as a permanent charitable resource funded by numerous, local families. Since they have a variety of funds, anyone can give to this foundation at any level. Some of their “donor advised funds” allow donors to designate where their funds go. There are 2 sides to the foundation…working with donors to get funds and stewards for the spending of the funds. They are approaching $500 million in assets.

The Clermont County Fund was established 20 years ago by a group who cared very much about Clermont County and who wanted their funds to impact the county. Anyone can work with the GCF to invest in endowments to support their favorite charity.

On Oct 22, GCF celebrate their 50th anniversary by announcing their top 7 new ideas chosen to fund from many community submissions. The top winner will get a $50k grant to bring their vision to life. 

For more information, check them out on the web http://www.gcfdn.org/

Next week we will hear from our very own, Mac Hickman who is our current Rotary 6670 District Governor.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Melinda Payne of the Emergency Management Agency who spoke on Disaster Management. She gave us emergency preparedness tips for the workplace.

Employee action plan is one of the best things to do.
-You should establish a procedure to report emergencies including any special directions to dial the phone, their name, a call back number, location of emergency, description of the situation.

-Fire procedures
Pull fire alarm, evacuate the building, call 9-1-1
Evacuation routes, direct all to exits, life saving techniques

-Severe weather procedures
Watch – conditions are right for the development of severe weather
Warning – severe weather is imminent or occurring. Take action immediately.
Do people know where to go within your building

Following an earthquake evacuate, assembly areas, communicate with responders, aftershocks
Cover mouth tap on hard surface, do no shout

-Hazardous materials release
If a spill occurs INSIDE the building, warm employees and customers, evacuate, call 911, assembly areas, communicate with arriving responders contain spill. If spill occurs OUTSIDE the building listen for safety messages, shelter in place, evacuation, assembly areas, communicate with employees

-Suspicious packages
Do not open, handle with care, notify supervisor, Isolate package, call 9-1-1

-Bomb threat
Telephone threats – remain calm, keep caller on the phone, alert a fellow employees to call 9-1-1 complete threat check list, do not hang up the phone

-Hostage situation
Do not be a hero, be cooperative, stay calm, minimize conversation, observe your surroundings, If rescue attempt is made drop to ground, hands over head, do not resist being apprehended

-Crisis response planning for functional and access needs
Mobility impaired, hearing impaired visually, developmentally disabled

-Emergency prevention
Smoking, trash accumulation, improper storage of hazardous materials, general housekeeping
Security – limit access, deterrence, detection, silent alarms, IT safeguards

Promote preparedness and workplace safety, Review and update emergency action plan and continuity of operations plans, train and exercise plans

Melinda Payne 513-732-7661 mpayne@clermontcountyohio.gove
2279 Clermont Center Drive Batavia, OH 45103
Plans can be found at www.fema.gov or www.ready.gov

Next week we will hear from Laura Shamp of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation who will speak about the Clermont Fund.