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.

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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

 Today we heard from Sheila Hinton who is the Executive Director at the Batavia YMCA. 

Sheila began by pointing out that many kids belong to hard-working families who want to protect them and will often keep them indoors everyday while they work. There are so many benefits to getting kids outdoors and exercising. YMCA summer camps work hard to help families and children.

The Y helps in so many ways including education, supporting youth development and fostering health and wellness. They strive to alleviate the summer learning loss through a program called DEAR...Drop Everything And Read. This is a time where everyone stops and reads for a period of time every day. They also do critical thinking worksheets just to keep their minds active.  Kids get a chance to participate in academically-aligned activities, learn to swim and play new sports. Children get to have fun while they are learning. 

During the school year the Y does a Fun to Be Fit Program that works with doctors at Children's Hospital to help overweight kids get fit. Sheila told us that 1/3 of all US adults and 1/5 of all US children are obese. They also have a Passport Program where students earn stamps for accomplishing all sorts of things during the summer such as making healthy choices, learning to play an instrument, carrying out community service and so much more.

Sheila closed her talk by telling us they need help feeding children this summer. For the last 3 years, the Y provided a hot lunch for kids through a partnership with New Richmond Schools and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. New Richmond Schools became unable to deliver the lunches due to licensing issues. Sheila discovered that the only caterer in our area with the proper licenses is Golden Rule Catering in Amelia, and this caterer will be supplying lunches this year. Next year, the Y will be acquiring the proper licenses to get a full grant from the Ohio Department of Education. However, they need help from the community to fund this year's efforts. 

Want to help? This summer, the need is $10,000. The breakdown is $200 per day, 5 days per week for 10 weeks. Contact Sheila Hinton... shinton@cincinnatiymca.orgYou can be a part of keeping kids healthy, prepared and ready to succeed when they return to school this fall. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Colleen Cheek of Reds Rookie Success.

The Reds Community Fund was founded in 2001 and has several great programs.
-Matched Communities - connecting urban and suburban baseball organizations
-RBI Teams - Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities
-Fields Renovated - basic field improvements
-Youth Teams Funded - Underwrite 650 youth baseball teams who do community service
-MLB Urban Youth Academy - A year-round facility to help talented urban youth receive high-level training to help them improve. Opening Aug 22-23, 2014

The “jewel program” is their Reds Rookie Success Program
-Over 2000 kids in 5 markets and over 500 volunteers in Cincinnati, Batavia, Fairfield, Dayton, Louisville
-Free character building program for boys and girls ages 6-12 that runs 4 days per week for 2 weeks. All participants received character mentoring as well as fundamental baseball instruction from volunteer coaches.
-Kids received transportation, t-shirts, hats, lunch and visits from Reds players and coaches.

The Batavia program will be June 9-19, 2014 from 10am -1pm. Volunteers are needed and no knowledge of baseball is required. Volunteers need to complete an application, concussion training, background check and arrive by 9am.

Colleen shared a personal experience where she served in the RRSL. A child was reluctant to participate because her shoes were too small. Another volunteer bought the child a new pair of shoes and the little girl was then able to run with the rest of the kids. Colleen said, “This is the program that gives you these types of opportunities.”

To sign up contact Jennifer Gruber at RRSLClermont@reds.com

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 5/13/14

Today we heard from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.

Fresh Rags is a screen printing company located by Jungle Jim’s in Eastgate. A lot of their business is generated from the funny things that happen in the world. If someone says something funny, they generally make a shirt out of it. They sell retail and online through EBay and other such sites.

While there is a lot of competition in this industry, “who they are” is what sets them apart. They do not just blow out t-shirts in a “bottom dollar” fashion or work with oodles of baseball teams. Integrity and quality are a huge deal to Fresh Rags. They aim to build partnerships and relationships so that “as a partner company grows, they grow.” Another goal is to work with worthy organizations to aid them in fundraising efforts.

Next week we will hear from Mark Calitri Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Paul Schmid & Leila Spriggs Clermont Crew.

Paul shared a bit of the history of rowing at Eastfork Lake which dates back to the 1970s. The water is absolutely perfect for flat water sports because of its uniqueness. Only about 10 lakes in the world are so perfectly suited. After 1984, some local businesses purchased the rowing course from the Olympic Games and put it at Eastfork. A second boat house was added in 1994 and recently the Matt Maupin Shelter was erected. The U.S. Collegiate Nationals was conducted at Eastfork until 1996 and was supported by Sporty’s for 15 years. Since then they have focused on numerous other events.

Over the last few years, the venue has declined simply because they were well used by so many. Flooding, recession and other such things also had detrimental impacts. Consequently, some incredible public/private partnerships have begun work to improve things. They have worked hard with The Ohio Division of Natural Resources, The Clermont Convention & Visitors Bureau and The Clermont Chamber of Commerce. Clermont Crew has also been successfully petitioning the state for funds to improve this venue. They are continually seeking volunteers and corporate support.

Paul announced that this July 15-20, Eastfork will host the U.S. Rowing Club National Championships which is the biggest rowing event on the national calendar. This will generate an entire week of economic activity for Clermont County. Another point to consider is that collegiate rowing is a huge draw, especially for high school girls entering college providing many opportunities for young ladies to attend college. Our county will greatly benefit primarily because we have such a tremendous, natural resource.

Next week we will hear from Shane Jones Fresh Rags and Simple Solution Marketing.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What We Learned About Our Community 04/29/14

Today we heard from Heidi Woods of The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County. Her work is to keep young people from getting hooked on drugs through education and support. The earlier children begin to understand the impact of drugs, the better chances they won’t become addicts. Heidi can be contacts at heidi.woods@recoveryctr.org or 513-735-8159.

Heidi shared about some very informative websites...
“The Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County promotes drug free environments for youth by providing education to the community about the risks of alcohol and drug use. Their vision is to ensure every youth in our community grows up in an environment that is purposefully drug-free.” Goals include:
  • Decrease the number of youth who are using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Increase youth perception of personal harm associated with using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
  • Increase the percentage of parents who express their disapproval of youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.

“SOLACE seeks to end the crisis of substance abuse, primarily prescription drug and opiate addiction, by providing support to individuals and families affected by addiction, advocating for policy changes that can change environmental conditions that encourage drug use and mobilizing communities to affect their own change.”

-Find a drug dropbox near you http://rxdrugdropbox.org/

Mike Crutcher is the new President of the coalition. He has 3 kids in the CNE school district and is working hard to educate kids about the drug abuse problems in our county. Mike shared an organizational chart outlining several board and committee positions that are available. These include Vice President, Secretary, School Activities, Policies, Data, Community Relations and Solace. If interested, contact Mike at crutcherdesigngroup@gmail.com or 513-687-3404.  

Next week we will hear from Paul Schmid and Leila Spriggs of Clermont Crew.