Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Michelle Cloyd of Cancer Support Community. They offer numerous incredible services for cancer patients and their families. Michelle mentioned that studies expect there will be a staggering 45% increase of cancer diagnosis in the near future.

According to their website, “Backed by evidence that the best cancer care includes psychosocial and emotional support, CSC offers community-based programs and services that are intended to provide non-medical care to men, women, and children with any type or stage of cancer and to their loved ones, to support a holistic, patient-active approach to wellness. CSC offers these services free of charge through professionally led support groups, educational workshops and presentations, healthy lifestyle programs, social activities, and programs specific to families and children. CSC’s programs and services are designed to complement conventional medical care, enhance quality of life, strengthen survivor care, improve the recovery, and facilitate better communication with medical teams.”

To learn more about the over 250 programs they offer every month, check out their website www.cancersupportcincinnati.org

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dr. Keith Kline of West Clermont Schools. He shared that construction is well underway on the new 2500 student campus of the West Clermont High School. The building pad is complete, and bids are coming in on the foundation. Renovations are also underway on the Amelia High School campus which will become West Clermont Middle School. The mascot will be the “Wolves.”

This facility is being built with the community in mind. There will be meeting spaces, theater, gymnasium, media center, fields, turfed stadium,. They plan to change what education looks like in West Clermont. There will be a bank and spirit shop students can run, teacher’s academy, sports medicine-exercise science, college and career center, partnerships with local businesses, secure entrances, instructional technology, science labs, and a STEM Center for identified elementary students. While a traffic study is being conducted, the current plan is to have at least 4 entrances.

There will be a 3 story education wing, a fine art wing and an athletic arena (includes an 8-lane pool, weight rooms, auxiliary gyms, and much more). Attached to the building will be a 25,000 sq ft  Mercy Health Plex which will include doctor’s offices and urgent care facilities. Mercy will be giving $200k to the district for naming rights. The district will hire a management company which will be paid for through membership fees. Many summer programs will be offered for kids. The Health Plex will bring 50-80 jobs into the county.

The West Clermont High School is a 100 million design build project financed through the Clermont County Port Authority. This is the first major school-based design build project in Ohio. In the end, taxpayers won’t have to be asked for more money. The school should be open in August of 2017.

In the future, there will be a “Phase 2” which will utilize about $40 million in credit with the state to replace 2 elementary schools without going to the taxpayers for additional money. These schools would probably not come online until 2019 or 2020.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Lisa Caudill and Beth Bullock who represent the 6 acre Batavia Swim Club. A group of 14 investors went together and revived the old Ridge Club swimming pool. They formed a 501c3 called S.E.A.L.S. which stands for Safety, Education, Accountability, Loyalty and Service. It takes about $45,000 to run the facility for a season which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

So much time, effort and materials were donated to help the rehab project. In addition to the pool, there are tennis courts, 2 basketball hoops, a volleyball court, a pavilion, a concession stand and several tables and chairs. Members and non-members can rent the facility for a party.

Opening day is Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. For more information check out https://thebataviaswimclub.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

August 25 NOTES
Today we heard from Gene Bishop of Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers which was formally organized in 1980. This is not a police or media program, but rather a partnership with those agencies. They do not receive government funds and survive on donations. Their objective is to get the community involved with the police in order to get criminals off the street. They motivate the public by allowing them to remain anonymous and paying them cash.

Crime Stoppers works with and encourages law enforcement to maintain phone lines that block all incoming phone numbers. This anonymity is the safety needed for the tipsters. The tipster calls in to declare where a criminal is at that moment, and Crime Stoppers gives them an ID number and calls local police. The tipster must call back after the criminal has been arrested and identify themselves by their number. An anonymous meeting is setup at a local hotel where the tipster meets someone in a yellow shirt and again, they identify themselves by their number. After being handed an envelope with cash, they go on their way.

Here are their 2014:
  • $90, 250 approved to pay out
  • 253 persons arrested
  • 442 felony cases cleared
  • $260,153 in property recovered

Major fund raisers include:
  • Corporate sponsored programs
  • Channel 9 WCPO Shredding Events (April/September)
  • Awards Breakfast
  • Golf outing
  • Community events (dances, bar-b-ques, fish fry, auto show)
  • Individual donations
  • Coroner’s Masquerade Ball

People can help by participating in fundraisers, drug take-backs or donating raffle prizes. You can also give anonymous tips by calling 513-352-3040.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Jason Feist of Empowered Insights, formerly Global Tax Management. Jason is a husband and father of 2 who founded his business about 7 years ago. They chose the name Empowered Insights because it communicates the fact that they are an accounting advisory firm that cares about relationships.

Jason shared WHY they do what they do and challenged us to consider the same question. What gets us up every morning to do what we do? EI is passionate about inspiring people to do what they love to do and ignite them to achieve their dreams. They want people to understand the difference between working “on” your business rather than “in” your business. Jason encouraged us to watch the TED Talk by Simon Sinek called “Why?”  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en

The mission of EI is to be one of the leading firms enriching people’s lives and growing businesses. They do Business Advisory and Outsourced CFO, the Thriving Business Program (business coaching), and Compliance. Jason also has another firm, called Center for Wealth Management, which does wealth management.
Find out more and contact Jason through their website...http://www.empoweredinsights.com/

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dan Ottke, the Superintendent of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Dan is also a member of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

The board came about through Ohio Senate Bill 169 which was passed in 1967. They have a 7 member volunteer board, 5 of which who are appointed by the Commissioners and 2 who are appointed by the Probate Judge. Before 1967, there were only a couple of options in the state to help children with developmental disabilities. County boards initially were created to provide educational and training programs. They are funded by Local (58%), federal (9%), state (12%) and private funds (21%). Eligibility requirements include assessment of 7 categories of physical and intellectual abilities.

Clermont DD provides services across the lifespan from birth to retirement.
  • School age services
  • Adult services (sheltered work, supported small group and community employment, and day supports)
  • Early intervention
  • Community supports
  • Investigations
  • Behavior support

Partners include:
  • Residential providers
  • Employment and day service providers
  • Southwest Ohio developmental center
  • Other social service organizations
  • Employers in Clermont County
  • Business and civic organizations
  • School districts

Some actions being taken:
  • 2012-14 adult services are downsizing
  • Reduced overall # of staff from 189 to 159
  • Reduce by 1 building
  • In 2015, they put a freeze on offering new services
Next week we will hear from Shannon Carwell who will share about her Rotary Exchange Experience.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Linda Cunningham and Joy Kraus who shared about the Batavia Backpack Program. Every Friday during the school year they give backpacks full of food to students in need at Batavia Elementary and have recently expanded to Batavia Middle School. This has actually increased the attendance on Fridays! They partner with local organizations to gain buying power. For the summer, they are working hard to provide meals for families as well as necessary household supplies. They even deliver to families who do not have transportation, and they are doing all of this wonderful work with NO paid staff! They are looking to collaborate. Contact them at bataviabackpack@gmail.com 

Next week we will hear from Father Hank Albietz of the Williamsburg Rotary who will speak about their Romania Project. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tarek Kamil of CERKL communications. CERKL began when Tarek was asked to speak with an overwhelmed student who was trying to determine his passions. This encounter got Tarek thinking about how, with all the technology in today’s world, we’re still missing the mark with communicating valuable information to people. It is extremely hard to communicate outside of your organization.

There are many publications which have not changed for over 150 years and these publications are only “guessing” how frequently you desire the content. Today’s services such as Amazon, Netflix and Spotify are all about “what I want.” CERKL works a bit differently. People create content which sits there and individuals decide what they want to see and when they want to receive it. You can decide which newsletters to receive, which teachers to follow, what subjects you care about, etc. Over 340 organizations use CERKL. While the average newsletter open rate is about 17-18%, the average open rate on CERKL is 50-80%.

Many distribution services require a fee, CERKL does not because there are sponsors who sign up to reach certain target audiences. For example, Larosa’s in Anderson can advertise to all the parents of particular schools in their district. Sponsors can also find all sorts of organizations and events they would like to support.

Find out more at http://cerkl.com/

Next week we will hear from Linda Cunningham who will share about the Batavia Backpack Program.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dr. Jeffrey Bauer who is the new Dean of UC Clermont College.

Jeff is already busy building relationships in the community with such organizations as the local business community and Chamber, Local High Schools, Clermont County/The Village of Batavia, College Alumni and the Batavia Rotary Club. UC’s peak enrollment was 3990 in 2009, however, they have declined since then to 3000 and have a goal to grow by about 100 students per year.

There are additional programs they are considering which include:
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Business Information Technology
  • Math
  • Health Information Systems
  • Finance and Banking
  • BTAS at AMIG and possible tracks
  • Surgical Technology

Other initiatives include:
  • Additional Arts Courses and Programming
  • Faculty and Staff Development
  • Sustainability - Geothermal HVAC
  • Experiential Learning - Internships, Practicums
  • E-Learning and Classroom Technology
  • Daycare? Women’s Center? Residence Halls?
  • UC Foundation/Fundraising - $3.5M over 8 years
  • UC East/Space Utilization
  • Athletics - Men’s & Women’s Soccer have been added. Possibly switch to NAIA
  • Organizational Structure

Ways the community can help:
  • Help us get the word out
  • Refer students/employees and provide tuition reimbursement plans to employees
  • Provide internships or experiential learning opportunities
  • Serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Tell us what you think of our program mix and the skills that we are/are not teaching our grads
  • Sponsor scholarships or provide in-kind gifts
  • Teach a class

    Next week we will hear from Tarek Kamil who will speak about CERKL communication.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Judge Kathy Rodenberg who shared about CASA...Court Appointed Special Advocates. People are trained to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children for as long as they are in the system. The CASA is generally the most stable, role model in a child’s life. They visit the child at least 1 time per month and devote about 5-10 hours to the child’s interests. CASA served about 250 children last year with about 50-60 advocates. There are generally around 500 children who need CASAs. Their budget is about $200k which comes from grants, fundraisers and community support. This is a great way to make a difference in a child’s life. If you are interested in being trained, check out their website www.casaforclermontkids.org or call 513-732-7160. 

Next week there will be NO morning meeting. Instead, we will have our evening networking meeting at the Holiday Inn from 5:15-7:30pm. Our speaker will be Krissy Vinson who will share about the Down Syndrome Association & the Tri for Joe event.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cincinnati Rotarian and U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup. He is a medical doctor who joined the Army Reserves but never intended to go into congress.  In his opening remarks related to Rotary’s motto of “Service above self”, the congressman quoted Pope John Paul II who said, “Freedom doesn’t give us the right to do what we want, but the right to do what we ought.” Then he quoted Roberto Clemente who said, “If you have the chance to make life better on earth and don’t, then you’re wasting your time on earth.”

His career in politics began when he was asked to run for Mayor of Cincinnati. After doing well, they asked him to run for other political offices. As he began to look at Washington, he realized there were many decisions being made by people who did not have experience in those fields. Congressman Wenstrup feels there are many things that are just plain “wrong” that need to be addressed in Washington. One of his greatest concerns is the fact that laws are being made by the President rather than by the people through their representatives.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tim Kelly, Assistant Health Commissioner shared about Clermont County Public Health. Their role in public health is to prevent, promote and protect. Public health is related to epidemiology, the study of distribution and cause of health related events in specific populations and application of this study to control health problems. In 1854, Epidemiology began in London when John Snow studied and dealth with the Cholera epidemic.

There are 5 divisions located on Bauer Road at Permit Central: Administration, environmental health, water and waste, nursing, and plumbing. They have 5 board members, an Executive Director and a Health Commissioner.
  • The Plumbing division inspects residential and commercial plumbing, backflow prevention, and sewer and water connections.
  • Water and Waste/Environmental Health deals with complaint investigations. They do basic system assessments, household sewage treatment systems, loan inspections, and subdivision and existing lot reviews. They are also involved with vector control, private drinking water, solid waste, and beach sampling.
  • Environmental Health Division involves food service operations, the inspection of pools and spas, school inspections, issues related to rabies, smoking issues, tattoo and body piercing enforcement, and the inspections of manufactured home parks, recreational vehicle parks and resident camps.
  • The Nursing Division handles the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), breastfeeding peer support, immunizations (child, adult, travel) and communicable diseases, injury prevention, and children with mental disabilities.
  • The Administration Division deals with birth and death certificates and handles child fatality reviews. They also handle emergency preparedness.

Next week we will hear from Brad Wendstrup. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Dr. Keith Kline, Superintendent of West Clermont Local Schools, spoke today. He reports that their district is beginning 2015 with a stable and positive budget. They have 2 major funds: The General Fund (operating $) and The Permanent Improvement Fund (Capital $). They recently created a 10 year facilities plan including a full assessment by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

Recently, they entered an agreement with Union Township to sell the Glen Este property for $1 in exchange for a minimum of $65 million in TIF (Tax Incentive Financing) funds over the next 30 years.  There will be about a 2400 student high school, which will put them in the top 10 biggest in Ohio. An architect will be appointed at the end of March.

Some benefits include:
  • No additional cost to taxpayers.
  • All students, regardless of where they live, will have access to the same high quality education and opportunities.
  • Modern Science Labs
  • Great Technology
  • Academic Opportunities
  • Increased Safety
  • Better Class Sizes
  • Competitive Facilities
  • No jobs lost
  • Help with Design
  • More opportunities for kids
  • Job embedded coursework
  • Better prepared for college or careers

Phase 1 will also include the merger of Amelia and Glen Este Middle Schools into a single West Clermont Middle School. This will be at the current Amelia Campus. This phase should be completed by the 2017-18 school year. In the end, there should be $35-40 million in credits with the state in order to build 2 new elementary schools. They plan to make facilities available to the public.

There are many ways to get involved in the planning. Find out more at www.westcler.org.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Our speaker today was John Sutton from 1 Better Pierce Point 10 Cinema Advertising. John mentioned that their average age of their moviegoers is 31.3 because they are the most likely to have disposable income. He shared that while many theaters advertise national businesses, John works to bring local business advertisement to their movie screens. They offer advertising on 10 screens, with digital animation and motion with video and audio. 1 Better offers experienced designers who put your ad together, offering :15 and :30 second spots. Ads can be created from logos, pictures or from scratch using live video. 

There are 936 showings (32/day) reaching nearly 400-600 people per day. The return on investment with this type of advertising is around 63% and they only run about 12-14 businesses at one time. The average cost is about $10 per day, which includes the video, design and formatting. Commitments range from 3 months to 1 year.  It takes about 30-45 days to produce digital ads with no video. They don't increase rates during busy seasons and even reserve 1 or 2 :15 second spots for non-profits and help pair them up with sponsors. For more information contact John Sutton at jsuttonmovieads@msn.com

Next week we will hear from Dr. Keith Kline who will tell us about the merger of Glen Este and Amelia High Schools.