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Clermont Chamber Foundation announces 2021 Salute to Leaders Award winners

Shining a spotlight on the exceptional volunteers in Clermont County, the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Foundation proudly announces the recipients of the prestigious 2021 Salute to Leaders Awards.

A community tradition since 1994, Salute to Leaders Awards has honored volunteer citizens, groups and leaders for their contributions to the Clermont County community.

2021 honorees include:

h Chris Clingman, Clermont County Park District – The William H. Over Leadership Award

h Morgan Cravens, Batavia High School – The Up ‘N Over Leadership Award

h Cincy Kids 4 Kids Smile Makers – Community Award

h Dennis Brown, Clermont County Board of Health – Community Award

h John Sinclair, MercyWorks - Rivertree Church – Community Award

h Clermont County Educational Service Center – Education Award

h Clermont County Public Health – Health Award

h Emergency Management Agency – Health Award

h Martha Enriquez – Batavia Township Award

h Goshen Township Historical Society – Goshen Township Award

h Josh and Nicole House, Pickles and Bones – Miami Township Award

h Libby Bennett – Monroe Township Award

h Carroll Hinson – Ohio Township Award

h Lori Wilson – Pierce Township Award

h Scott Murphy – Stonelick Township Award

h Bethel Tate School District Bus Drivers – Tate Township Award

h Brenda Vega – Union Township Award

h Essential Workers in Washington Township – Washington Township Award

h Margaret Cannava and The Long Family – Wayne Township

h Tom Lefker, Williamsburg Junior Athletic Association – Williamsburg

Township Award

h Otto Huber, Loveland Symmes Fire Department – City of Loveland Award

h Jay Rothenbach, City of Milford Service Department – City of Milford Award The honorees will be recognized on Wednesday, July 21 with a dinner and awards ceremony at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland. Tickets are $30 for individuals, $700 for sponsored table of eight (8), available online at or by calling (513) 5765000.

Allison Cottrill, Clermont Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Women Veterans Day

On June 12, 1948, the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act was passed. This legislation enabled women to become permanent, regular members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force – active and reserve. June 12 is becoming the day to honor women veterans. New York recognized the date in 2008. At least 11 states now recognize the day by law or by proclamation.

Ohio is home to over 61,697 women veterans according to a 2017 report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. On Dec. 13, 2019, Gov. DeWine signed Senate Bill 77 into law designating June 12 as Women Veterans Day. June 12, 2020 was the first Women Veterans Day in Ohio.

This Saturday, June 12, celebrate the contributions Ohio women veterans have made.

Peg Albert, Greater Cincinnati Women’s American Legion Post 644

Social security expert hosts exclusive digital content for professional advisers

Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Adviser (NSSA) program to professional advisers, has announced a lineup of new, virtual offerings and training sessions for professional advisers.

The first-of-its-kind programming includes virtual coffee events; exclusive content delivered on LinkedIn; and continued live webinars and on-demand videos.

“We were already offering live webinars and on-demand videos as a part of our NSSA certificate program, but over the past year, we’ve added more flexibility and more interactive, digital content for professional advisers across the nation,” said Marc Kiner, partner at Premier.

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“This new way of providing information, which includes short videos and sometimes Q&A formats, brings professional advisers closer to the kind of current, accurate and succinct information they need so they can continue to counsel clients on how to maximize Social Security income. This information increases their value to clients, resulting in greater sales and profits for their businesses,” said Kiner. Premier’s NSSA program is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program. Accreditation is provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C. The NSSA Adviser certificate is awarded to professional advisers who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment.

More than 2,500 professional advisors have received the National Social Security Adviser certificate since the program began in 2013.

Another digital offering from Premier is its recently launched “Coffee with Marc” event series featuring one-on-one sessions with Kiner. “Coffee with Marc” has been well received by advisers who have enrolled in the NSSA program in the past, as well as advisers who have never been a part of the program, said Kiner.

The private, one-on-one virtual meetings — held by appointment over coffee — provide a space for advisers to share information about their businesses and learn specific strategies on how to find greater success. “For advisers who have not taken our courses, we’re able to talk about actionable ways they can grow revenue and use Social Security to connect with Baby Boomer clients,” said Kiner.

The conversations also provide another opportunity for NSSA certificate holders, financial advisers, insurance agents, CPAs, tax preparers and human resource professionals to get Social Security questions answered by Premier. “Ultimately, it’s an engaging experience that serves as another opportunity for advisers to become even more comfortable with questions and issues their clients have today,” explained Kiner.

Additionally, on LinkedIn, Kiner’s personal channel offers his connections new strategies, relevant videos and timely information that top advisers should know about to help clients navigate everything related to Social Security.

“LinkedIn allows us to give hyper-focused content and in-depth information on the hottest areas and issues related to Social Security,” he said. “It also gives Premier a real-time format to provide the most up-to-date information advisers should know about. No matter what situation a client presents an advisor with, we’re able to answer those questions in an interactive way on LinkedIn.”

Similar to 2020, the NSSA Adviser certificate training in 2021 is offered in webinar format where attendees can view from any location. These sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14; Wednesday, Aug. 18; Thursday, Sept. 16; Tuesday, Nov. 16; and Wednesday, Dec. 29. The sessions will also be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 11; Saturday, June 12 and Saturday, June 19; Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27; Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13; and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16.

Live, in-person classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm local time on Friday, Sept. 10 in Cincinnati and Thursday, Sept. 30 in Chicago.

NSSA Certificate Program tuition includes Social Security education and Premier’s Gold Standard of Support. NSSA certificate holders receive ongoing support and resources, including more webinars, throughout the year.

Premier also offers private, on-site classes for organizations that need to provide in-house Social Security training to multiple professional advisors. Costs vary for each type of instruction and additional, ongoing support, with pricing and dates are listed at www.premiernssa. com.

To learn more about the National Social Security Adviser certificate program and a complete listing of webinar dates and prices, visit www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation. com or www.premiernssa. com or call Kiner at (513) 2188505. To learn more about “Coffee with Marc” and to connect with Kiner on LinkedIn, visit ssrainmaker.

Kim Geiger, Maker Marketing, LLC

It’s summer, let’s go to camp

Every summer, with the exception of summer 2020, members of a local chapter of the National T.T.T. Society provide a summer camp experience for local girls.

This summer girls from Loveland and Lebanon schools will attend the Discover and Voyager Day Camp programs at the Countryside Y in Lebanon June 28 - July 2.

Countryside Camp director, JaMarcus Gibson, explains the Y is “very excited to work with and welcome the young ladies of T.T.T. Society to camp this summer! Summer camp is such an important way for children to stay engaged both socially and physically throughout the summer, and I think it’s wonderful that T.T.T. provides that opportunity for hundreds of young girls.”

Girls from Finneytown schools will enjoy similar activities at the Powel Crosley YMCA Day Camp June 21-25.

The National T.T.T. Society focuses on enriching the lives of young girls beginning with summer camp. Camp, whether day camp or overnight camp, is a unique experience that combines personal growth with developing skills and making friends. Life-long relationships often begin at summer camp. From the idea of six college-age women has grown a nonprofit organization spanning 10 states and the District of Columbia. Nationally, the members provide all-expenses paid camp experiences for more than 400 girls each summer. The T.T.T. Project impacts lives of young girls and the communities served by women of T.T.T.

Women interested in making a difference in the lives of young girls are encouraged to call Diane at 513-677-8252, or Joyce at 513-791-8920, or visit the Society website, www.nationaltttsociety. org. Like the National T.T.T. Society on Facebook at TTTCAMP/

Joyce Rudowski, National T.T.T. Society

‘Unplug and Play’ free toy distribution set for June and July

OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence is coordinating a region-wide free toy distribution for children during the months of May, June and July – collaborating with nonprofits and corporate sponsors to spread some joy to area youth. The event titled “Unplug and Play” is nationally sponsored by Toys for Tots and Good360.

Information on multiple distribution dates (June and July) and locations is available at the OneSource Center’s webslte. The event is open to all children. A flyer highlighting program details is

available at Toys Reamaining distribution dates include June 15 (Queensgate), June 30 (Eastern Cincinnati) and July 29 (Avondale.) OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, a regional redistribution partner for Good360, coordinated the shipments of 16,000 toys to regional nonprofits who will distribute them. CEO Christie Brown said, “The last year has been especially challenging to children nationwide. It is an honor to partner with Toys for Tots, Good360 and regional partners to get toys into the hands of kids and encourage them to step away from technology and have some good old-fashioned play time with toys. The joy on the children’s faces when they receive the toys is incredible!”

Regional nonprofit partners and sponsors for the distribution events are: Activities Beyond the Classroom, BKD CPAs and Advisors, Brighter Days for Kids, Brighton Center, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Ethicon HOLA, FC Cincinnati Foundation, Good360, Messer, IPM Food Pantry, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence, 2021 Avondale Community Makeover (sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, P&G, the Cincinnati Reds/Reds Community Fund and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden), Toys for Tots and the Wegman Company.

Alyson Best, OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Cincinnati Chapter NSDAR never forgets: Ringing the bell for WWI veterans

On May 15, the Cincinnati Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution rang a bell to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French children and citizens in whose defense many Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.

After the war ended, the French warorphan society organized a national celebration to show their gratitude for the support of the Americans. On Memorial Day, May 30, 1921, the people of France came in mass to bow their heads before the scattered graves of fallen American heroes who never came home.

In 1917, President Roosevelt sent an appeal to the Daughters of the American Revolution to support this humanitarian cause and by doing so honor the memory of the French soldiers who supported our bid for independence. The NSDAR responded with support for these children through the American Society of the Fatherless Children of France. The Cincinnati Chapter alone sponsored 13 of these orphans with food, clothing and monetary support.

Recently, the new National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C. was unveiled. NSDAR President General Denise VanBuren was asked to represent Daughters at the First Colors Ceremony. In this ceremony, the American flag that first flew over the American Battle Monuments Commission’s World War I cemeteries in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom was raised to commemorate our war casualties.

For more information, visit the Cincinnati Chapter Web site at: https://cincydar. org/.

Julie Whitmer, curator, and Bettie Hall, print media chair – Cincinnati Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Middletown Pride coming June 25

Come be a part of the 3rd annual Middletown Pride celebration on Friday, June 25. Everyone and everybody is welcome.

This year’s event will feature sensible COVID-19 precautions, but still provide for a fun and safe event that celebrates acceptance and love. Highlights include the Middletown Pride Color Crawl and High Heel Dash.

The Color Crawl (5-9 p.m.):

Make your way around Downtown Middletown in your best pride gear, and be sure to stop at the rainbow stations to get doused in color by your favorite local Queens! Donate to get an official Middletown PRIDE Color Crawl shirt and wear the color as you go.

For the adults, enjoy signature drinks from participating downtown bars and try to complete a boozy rainbow during the crawl!

High Heel Dash (7-9 p.m.):

Ever wanted to race a queen? Now is your chance. Sign up for the 100m High Heel Dash to compete with your friends and a Queen for the top spot.

Follow the Middletown PRIDE Facebook page ( pridemiddletown) for more info or reach out via email pridemiddletown@

Cari Hillman, Downtown Middletown Inc.

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Escape the Village

“Morgan’s Raiders of the Lost Art” will be held in Fetter General Store. Follow the clues to solve this art heist based on the historic confederate raid in July 1863, when General John Hunt Morgan and his men rode through this area looting along the way.

h Dates: June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18

h Times: noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Bethany Jewell, Heritage Village

Free and reduced-cost nature programming made possible by PNC Charitable Trust grant

Great Parks has been able to continue reliable nature education programming through 2020-2021 thanks to a generous donation from the John A Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Charitable Trust, in the amount of $25,000.

The funding has helped cover all or a majority of the costs to provide curriculum- based education to more than 4,500 children who may have not had the opportunity otherwise. It has allowed Great Parks Interpreters to provided ongoing education through the pandemic, connecting students to nature, cultural history and the environment, through virtual learning.

The funding provided by the John A Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Charitable Trust will also help Great Parks continue educational opportunities through this summer with virtual and in-person programming.

For additional information, visit greatparks. org or call 513-521-7275.

Kimberly Whitton, Great Parks of Hamilton County

HER, Realtors welcomes, The Bill Gabbard Group, formerly with Keller Williams

HER, Realtors is pleased to announce the addition of the Bill Gabbard Group, formerly with Keller Williams Associates Partners to its brokerage.

Gabbard, who is very active with the Hamilton-Fairfield-Oxford Board of Realtors, has served on numerous committees and has been a board director and president. Gabbard will be the regional vice president of the Western region of Cincinnati for HER, Realtors. To learn more, visit

Carri Lyons, HER, Realtors

Santa Maria Community Services receives grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Santa Maria Community Services Inc. is pleased to announce that it received a $30,000 grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) for its Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) program.

POP aims to address inequity in academic success in kindergartens in Price Hill by addressing the inequitable access to education among people of color and low socioeconomic status.

“This generous grant will allow Santa Maria to ensure that children are kindergarten- ready and youth have supports to continue their education,” said H.A. Musser, Jr., president and CEO of Santa Maria Community Services.

Christy Cauley, Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

Oakes promoted to sergeant

A 17-year veteran of the West Chester Township Police Department is now a sergeant. In his new role, Officer Travis Oakes will be paid $3,422 bi-weekly and serve a one-year probationary period. Now a detective in the criminal investigations unit, Oaks moved to the uniform patrol section as a road patrol supervisor.

Oakes was assigned to the criminal investigations section in 2012.

Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

ArtsWave Enjoy the Arts @ Parks: Glenwood Gardens

Great Parks has partnered with ArtsWave to host free outdoor concerts this summer. Enjoy the Arts @ Parks, presented by Macy’s, for multiple performances at your favorite parks.

It’s the official start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company?

Then, enjoy live music from Caribbean ensemble Bacchanal Steel Band and African dance and drumming troupe Bi-Okoto.

Physical distancing and sanitation recommendations will be followed.

h Glenwood Gardens/Great Lawn (free), Saturday, June 26 from 1-5 p.m.

Amy Roell, Great Parks of Hamilton County

Can you go the distance in the Countryside YMCA Forge Trail Ultra Run?

On June 26, take on the ultimate challenge at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio. Choose to run or walk 26.2 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles during this 24-hour continuous run. As an individual or a team, you will complete one of the three different race options using the same two mile loop through the Nature Trail on Countryside YMCA property.

Racers will have a place to store gear, supplies and a tent if needed for recovery/ rest. Bring all calories/hydration you think you will need to complete your chosen distance. There will be a hydro pack refill station at the two mile mark. If you expect to be running or walking through the night you are required to bring and wear a headlamp. The trail will be marked by racer tape and glow sticks at night but will not be enough to go without a headlamp.

You may register as an individual or form a relay team. There is no maximum/ minimum distance each team member has to complete; that decision is up to the team. Individuals must complete each level on their own and may not add a team member past Friday, June 25, 5 p.m. All team members must be present at check in.

All racers will have a specific color wrist band based on the run distance chosen.

All racers who officially start the race and complete one lap will receive a Forge Trail Ultra shirt.

Medals will only be given to racers who complete the entire race length they registered for.

Registration forms are available at For more information, contact Nate Brestelli at 513 932 1424 116 or Nate.Brestelli@ymcastaff. org.

Race details: When: Saturday, June 26

h 8 a.m. start time

h 8 a.m. finish time enforced on Sunday, June 27

Where: Countryside YMCA| Lebanon

h 1699 Deerfield Rd, Lebanon, OH 45036 The actual racing will happen on the Hewett P. Mulford Nature Trail located on the Countryside YMCA | Lebanon property.

Cost: Registration per Individual entry is $40, per Relay Team Member entry is $30.

Registration ends June 25.

No race day registrations will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the Countryside YMCA Annual Campaign, which funds financial assistance for memberships, programs, camps, swim lessons and more for qualified families and individuals throughout the year.

To register, fill out the form available on the Countryside YMCA website return to the front desk at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon along with payment.

To learn more, please visit www.countrysideymca. org.

Lori Cook, Countryside YMCA

Cincinnati SAR hosts Ohio SAR Society’s annual meeting

The Ohio Society and Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution held two meetings, including a proposal for a new officers slate, on May 8.

Following the meetings, a Youth Awards Luncheon was held recognizing several young people from Ohio, including: Jimmy Fraley of Cincinnati, who was awarded a medal and scholarship in the Knight Essay Contest; Carissa Gallier of Cincinnati, who placed first in the Poster Contest; Jackson S. Torrence of Cincinnati, who placed first in the Brochure Contest; and Jackson Sturtevant from the Western Reserve Chapter, who placed first in the Oration Contest.

The American History Teacher Contest winners were: Middle School, Julie Flack (2021) and Robin Hance (2020); High School, Amy Elsass. Flack went on to place second at the national contest.

Awards were also presented at a banquet that evening.

On May 9, a Remembrance Service was held.

Finally, at Lytle Park, more than 20 members of the combined Ohio & Cincinnati Nolan Carson Memorial Color Guards assembled to assist the city of Cincinnati in a dedication of a rejuvenated Flag Collection of the Colors.

Michael Gunn, Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

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