Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Tom Candelaresi. He has a financial service business and has a non-profit called the American Financial Educators Alliance.

Tom is currently a member of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary, but was our Batavia Club President in 1987-88 during our 50th anniversary year. During that year they celebrated on the B&B Riverboats. Back in those days they served at Camp Allen, did an annual spaghetti dinner, did an easter egg hunt at Sycamore Park, and established the flag stand in Batavia. The thing Tom remembers most is that they met at 7am on Saturday mornings above the old post office in Batavia. The part that amazed Tom was that so many came out to be a part of Rotary at that time of day on a Saturday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Rick Crawford. Rick was made the county historian by the Clermont County Commissioners in 1964. He’s written 14 books and been the sports editor for numerous papers. He gives tours on a regular basis.

Rick shared some neat facts about our county:
  • Olive Branch, Withamsville and Bethel are all 200 years old.
  • Moscow is having its bicentennial this year.
  • Methodism in the Northwest Territory started at a church in Milford 
  • 7th oldest county in Ohio
  • Battle of Grassy Run was fought in Monterey. This was the 2nd largest Indian battle.
  • U.S. Grant (Civil War Commander in Chief) was born April 1832 in Clermont County. The next Commander in Chief was born in Laurel.
  • Tobasco was named after U.S. Grant was speaking near Mt. Moriah church. He took off his coat and told his wife, “This coat is as hot as Tobasco sauce.”
  • Charles Lindbergh landed a plan in Clermont County, and this was the first time a plane was seen in this area.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Booty Collins, is from Clermont County.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Margaret Jenkins and Trevor Corboy from the OSU Extension Program and Look to Clermont (LTC). LTC is a “place-based” youth leadership program for high school students that partners with local organizations to foster relationship pathways to emergent careers. The theory of place-based education is to have young people go different places in order to prepare them for the future.

The goal of LTC is to prepare teens for leadership roles in both work and family life today and into the future while encouraging young talent to remain in or return to their local communities to work and life. Their model is being considered for use in other parts of the state. Students get into LTC on recommendation of their high schools or by responding to an ad placed in the newspaper.

Key features of the program:
  • A call to action and teambuilding day where they tour parts of our county to learn about our history, agriculture, civic engagement and education.
  • They learn personal finance, safety and justice, community development, envisioning the future and leadership skills.
  • All students earn college credit and continually return to the community in which they live and work.

A few challenges they face:
  • Navigating the College Credit Plus program
  • Long-term sustainable funding (roughly $500 per day)
  • Emergent and rotating place-based learning strategies
  • Utilization of university online learning platform.

For more information contact Margaret Jenkins jenkins.188@osu.edu 513-732-7070

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Terri Lessnau of the Clermont County Boys and Girls Club which was established in 1996. They serve kids from ages 6 through 18 in New Richmond, Amelia and Glen Este. Terri shared how they have made numerous changes and partnerships to improve and stabilize their overall operation in the county. One major merger was to join together the Clermont County Club with the larger Greater Cincinnati Boys and Girls Clubs Organization. They have added a certified teacher and incorporated hot meals where they sit down together and learn manners.

The club operates on a Three Pillar Program:
  1. Graduate - working with the schools to help complete homework.
  2. Fit for life - requiring 45 minutes of physical activity daily.
  3. Ready to serve - working with local non-profits to help kids learn they can serve others.

Some of their other programs include:
  • First tee-A national program that teaches kids the game of golf.
  • Smart girls - Helping girls from ages 10-13 and 14-16 to make good decisions.
  • Passport to manhood - Helping boys from ages 10-13 and 14-16 to make good decisions.

A celebration will be held on Thursday, April 7 2016 at Receptions in Eastgate. Contact Terri at tlessnau@bgcgc.org or 513-888-0977.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Harry Snyder who is President of Great Oaks Career Campuses. In 1968 Hamilton County got things started with vocational education in our area. Today, they touch 36 school districts, serve over 28,000 adults, over 15,000 secondary students, have over 1200 business partners and offer 30 different career programs. Great Oaks is a state-funded school with a $60 million dollar budget. They offer all sorts of trainings and certifications for various fields including police, fire, aviation and CPR.

A few stats:
  • 94% of students are currently employed or enrolled in continuing education.
  • 46% go on directly to postsecondary education.
  • 84% of the 2015 student class passed a state of industry recognized assessment.
  • 96% of students are working in the profession in which they were trained.

Harry shared about a new program called RAMTEC. This stands for Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative. They collaborate with manufacturers, begin with short-term adult training, offer many certifications (Fanuc, Motoman, Mitsubishi, Parker, Yamasaki, Alan Bradley), expand to high schools and expand to lower grades through a mobile lab.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Cindy Gramke of Clermont Senior Services. Clermont Seniors has been caring for older adults for 47 years. They have a renewal levy on the ballot March 15.

Clermont Senior exists to provide a broad range of in-home services to keep seniors living in their own home as long as possible, delaying nursing home placement and saving taxpayers. They focus on things such as service, performance excellence and being careful, responsible stewards of taxpayer and donor dollars. Their typical customers are 75. Currently, the youngest is 60 and the oldest is 104.

73% of all revenue for services comes directly from the levy which has not increased in 15 years. Other revenue includes UW, Rent, Fundraising and Passport. In 2008 they lost about $1million in revenue and have been working to use their funds wisely, consolidating and cross-utilizing their staff wherever possible.
The following is a breakdown of funds:
  • Home care - 34.21%
  • Transportation - 18.84%
  • Case Management 13.93%
  • Adult Day Services 12.71%
  • Home-delivered meals 7.75%
  • Lifelong learning centers 3.50%
  • Volunteer resources 1.40%
  • Home repair .83%
  • Congregate meals .14%

For more information go to www.yesforclermontseniors.com

We also heard from Dan Ottke of Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities. They have a levy on the ballot March 15 which will replace 2 continuing levies that were originally passed in 1979 (.4 mill) and 1980 (1 mill). Replacement will combine the continuing levies into one moving forward. Since 2010, they lost over $1.8 million annually from state and federal sources. The needs of people with disabilities are on the rise, and without this levy passage their resources will be depleted by the end of 2017. There is currently a waiting list for services.

Clermont DD has done the following to conserve funds:
Downsizing of adult services
Reduces over # of staff from 189 to 159
Reduce by one building.
In 2015 and 2016 they put a freeze on offering any new services which impacts people needing community and home services.

A unique fact about Clermont DD is that they serve clients from birth through old age.

  • Early intervention and school age services
  • Full Time residential and day supports including transportation (Mandates)
  • Drop-in supports in the home
  • Vocational and day supports
  • Respite and assistance with summer care
  • Adaptive equipment and accessibility needs
  • Supported employment
  • Emergencies (Mandates)
  • Behaviour support
  • Investigations (Mandates)

For more information go to http://www.clermontdd.org/

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Mark Bryant of the Clermont County YMCA who spoke on the Global YMCA. The YMCA was founded in 1844 in London. Today, they are in 119 countries and serve 58 million people. They focus on local leadership and local needs and are far more than a “swim and gym.”

The Global YMCA Structure looks like this:
  • World Alliance of YMCAs
  • YMCA Area Alliances
  • National YMCA Movements
  • Local Y Associations and Branches

The Global YMCA currently has 270 Y-to-Y international partnerships to help 63 underserved countries. Mark shared that, in some countries, a YMCA is not a gym but rather a university because some countries do not have quality universities. Some YMCAs provide education and literacy programs. In Jerusalem the YMCA offers counseling to people who are hurting. The YMCA is the #1 provider of daycare in the United States. Global YMCA invest over $3million annually to help people all over the world.

There are many ways to get involved in with the Global YMCA. There are committees, global exchange programs, world service campaigns, fundraising efforts and volunteering at local YMCAs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Martha Enriquez of Pine Lane Soaps of Batavia, Ohio. Martha’s products come from an 88 acre family farm in Jackson Township that belonged to her grandparents. This farm has been in the family for 5 generations and numerous local students have been given tours and connected with the farm through 4H. They have won awards for business and community involvement. Pine Lane’s slogan is, “Everybody uses soap or at least they should.”

Pine Lane Soaps makes a cold process soap which is an old fashioned lye soap that must cure for at least 4 weeks. Generally, there are about 3000 bars curing at any one time.

Other products include:
  • Whipped shea butter
  • Goat milk lotion
  • Home fragrance oils
  • Lip balm
  • Much more!

Why goat milk soap?
  • High fat content makes it very moisturizing.
  • Similar pH to our skin is very gentle.
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid helps to soften and rejuvenate skin.
  • Naturally occurring glycerin remains in soap.

Pine Lane products are in about 35 retailers in the Greater Cincinnati area including: Jungle Jim’s, Miller’s Bakery, Carneys Feed Mill, The Contemporary Arts Center, Whole Foods, and the Cincinnati Nature Center. They also setup at the Montgomery farmers market.

Martha shared some great facts about Pine Lane Soaps:
  • They have been raising goats for 40 years
  • They are a small family business, owned and operated by women
  • They have been making soap for 8 years
  • The proceeds support much of the farm
  • They produce 12,000 bars per year
  • They contribute to many local charitable groups

You can reach Martha and Pine Lane Soaps at 513-260-4352 or visit the website at www.pinelanesoaps.com