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We hear from the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel this week.
The Office of the Ohio Consumers' Counsel (OCC), the residential utility consumer advocate, represents the interests of 4.5 million households in proceedings before state and federal regulators and in the courts. The state agency also educates consumers about electric, natural
gas, telephone and water issues.
11:45 a.m. at the Masonic Center. Come early and enjoy!
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Last week we celebrated generosity, youth and education with Belmont’s NJROTC ...and there is President Ted Greenwood presenting the $5,000 gift from Chuck Horn (center) to the cadets who were our honored guests: Danielle Hammond, Matthew Moats, Caitlin Ankeney and Tessa Hammond. Alsofrom Belmont was M/Sgt. Thomas Oliver who gave us an eloquent description of how the Navy Junior ROTC operates at Belmont and fosters educational excellence, discipline, self-assurance and commitment to teamwork. The Horn gift will finance leadership training in summer camps for a bunch of the young folks. Special mention was made of Paul Lamprinos’ leadership role at Belmont High in this program. Paul is a former member of the club who might be lured back ...

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At One Lincoln Park this week we will welcome the commander and a delegation of the Belmont High School Junior Navy ROTC. We will present a $5,000 check representing Charles F. Horn’s gift to further training and education of the cadets.
PLEASE GATHER BY 11:45 A.M. THURSDAY FOR A PROMPT START
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LAST WEEK WE CONCENTRATED ON CLUB PLANS . . . and that meant Eric Price’s dissertation on Founding Principles had to be postponed. Take a look.
· Plans for the May 31-June 1 District Convention at the Hope Hotel include securing the Belmont JNROTC color guard for the opening ceremony Saturday June 1. It was decided that club members could handle registration duties both days and would not require help from the Belmont kids. President Greenwood is in charge of convention gift bags and said he will welcome help in preparation. He added that he wants a brief presentation of a report on the club’s diaper project and a somewhat longer talk on the club’s 100-year history. A report should also be made on our civics project. He is working on an official welcome from the mayor of Fairborn or the WPAFB commander. He hopes a speaker can be obtained on the Aviation Trail.
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THIS WEEK AT THE MASONIC CENTER Eric Price will offer us a civics lesson on the founding principles of the United States of America, probably noting some of the founding principals (at left). AND we have some club business to attend to, President Greenwood says Thursday, 11:45 a.m,.—put some life in our century-old club! ...

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You thought you knew all about the opioid crisis? Last week ...... we learned a lot more from Project C.U.R.E.’s Executive Director Denise Walder whose current 424 consumers (otherwise known as patients) are trying to beat the opioid trap. C.U.R.E., now located in Moraine, uses “withdrawal drugs” such as methadone, counseling and other forms of aid to bring drug victims back into society. Fascinating! Khadijah Ali is at right with Denise Walder and President Greenwood. ...

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Masonic Center this week: Prof. Roy L. Vice, PhD.
Wright State University’s associate professor of history will be with us at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, February 28 to tell us, in his words: “I'll try to cover the start of the Reformation and the Geneva Republic and John Calvin. I hope this will be the sort of talk that you are looking for.”
President Ted Greenwood arranged this in relation to our civics project and our country’s founding principles. SEND PREPARED QUESTIONS TO TED.
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LAST WEEK as you can see was not a roundtable, but it was
a very nice discussion of significant people and events in our lives. Churchill came to 4 minds. At the One Lincoln Park table were Neil Smalley, Prez Ted, Eric Price, Dick Graf, Discussion Leader Pat Foley, former member Paul Lamprinos, Joe Wade, Jim Suddath and (behind the lens) Bill Wild.
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This week at the Masonic Center Kids in New Directions updates us Aaron Cargill will be the speaker – and here’s what the website says today about KIND: While schools and communities are making progress, there are still very few opportunities for children in the inner city of Dayton. Since its inception in 1987, KIND has provided programming for low-income families. Often these families struggle to find programs for their children because of the barriers created by expense, transportation or exclusion of children with behavioral problems. KIND eliminates these barriers, accommodating children ages K-6th. For many of our families, KIND is the first opportunity for their children to participate in the same program.
Meeting time 11:45 a.m. and we continue to use the side entrance.
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Dr. David Westbrock told us why he wrote A New Dawn on the Horizon of Health Care, and more.
What the dawn will show, he hopes, is the beginning of relief from burgeoning health care costs, government and insurance industry bureaucracy, and re-establishment of a healthy doctor-patient relationship. This would be possible with groups of employers basically self-insuring with employees able to manage their own health savings accounts (HSAs). There would be a need for only the highest level of catastrophic coverage – a major savings from today. And doctors would be free for much out-patient service with transparent fees and costs
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You don’t want to miss this meeting on Thursday – Dr. David Westbrock will be with us to talk about his health care ideas.
He has written a book: A New Dawn on the Horizon of Health Care. It describes the current over-bloated bureaucratic system and then concentrates on ways to restore the vital doctor-patient relationship – and save
money for employers and employees.
At the Masonic Center, 10:45 a.m. Thursday, February 7. Good food. Good fellowship
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There will be a little holdover business from last week’s meeting That’s because a letter has been prepared for the Springboro school superintendent asking for a decision on using or returning the Freedom Shrine the club donated to Springboro High School five years ago. At Eric Price’s urging, the letter was delayed in order to include detailed information about Freedom Shrines in the hope that the superintendent will consider having it erected at the
school. The club is also offering Springboro financial help for the cost of emplacement if that is a problem for the school. Otherwise we want the plaques back.
In other action Carol Suddath reported that the Erin’s Law legislation has died in the Ohio. Legislature and will have to be reintroduced. The essence of the bill is this:
A BI L L To amend sections 3313.60 and 3319.073 and to enact sections 3314.0310 and 3326.091 of the Revised Code with respect to age-appropriate student instruction in child sexual abuse and sexual violence prevention and in-service staff training in child sexual abuse prevention.
We will be working to find a new sponsor.
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Let’s review last week’s meeting in order to understand what’s coming up this Thursday, Jan. 31
· Last week’s speaker, Dr. Peggy Chabrian, fell ill and could not join us. Her talk on Women in Aviation International will be rescheduled by President Greenwood.
· Our discussion last week, therefore, centered on pending club projects, especially civics education. Eric Price gave a nice summary of pending efforts (and legislation) to get a real understanding of our founding documents into classwork.
· That led to consideration of the Freedom Shrine given to Springboro High School five years ago – but never put up. The discussion then was on whether or not they want the Shrine. It belongs to the Springboro school district, so . . .
· DECISION: Club Secretary Jim Suddath will draft a letter to the Springboro superintendent suggesting that if the schools there do not want to erect the Shrine, would they release it back to the club to be offered to another school. AND Civics Project Director Eric Price will draft a companion communication explaining the need for getting understanding of the founding documents into today’s civics education classes. BOTH DOCUMENTS will be
reviewed at this week’s meeting at the Masonic Center and
appropriate action taken.
The entrance off the parking lot and new elevator will be available this week.
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This week at One Lincoln Park
Our Pat Foley will lead a discussion about ‘the newspaper’ meaning the one you read, like, get mad at and maybe journalism in general.
Thursday, 11:45 a.m. private dining, enjoy the menu!
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Last week we learned all about the Senior Resource President Greenwood is so good at program arrangements that he got two for last week. So we heard from the wonderful Senior Resource folks (and the Food Bank is on ice, so to speak, until sometime later).
With our Prez, happily receiving Exchange Club cups of joy, are Susan Spencer, director of payee services; Melissa Thompson, community geriatric nurse; and Natalie Storms, director of social services. They told us all about the wonderful services for the mentally disabled and elderly that the Senior Resource Connection provides (and has been providing since 1956). It was a really outstanding program.
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Come to our “Masonic food bank” to learn about Dayton’s.
Another outstanding program coming our way, Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
For over four decades, The Foodbank has been the primary food supplier to the hunger relief network in Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties. Food and related supplies are acquired and distributed to a network of food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, Kids Café sites and school backpack programs that feed the hungry throughout the community.
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LAST WEEK’S PROGRAM TOLD US ALL ABOUT THE GOOD WORKS OF HOMEFULL
That’s Emily Stamas getting her reward for a fine discussion about the homeless problem in Dayton and Southwest Ohio. The Homefull operation now has 30 years of experience (it was once known as The Other Place) and Ms. Stamas as director of marketing and communication explained how it works plus the news that it is even responsible for a similar outreach to veterans, families and many others in St. Louis. Yup, you read that right.
President Ted Greenwood is obviously telling us all that
we should take the message seriously. Message received, Ted.
Homefull handles a clientele of some 600 with housing, job
assistance and counseling. They pay special attention to
veterans and ex-prisoners getting back into society.
IN THE INFORMATION BELOW NOTE THAT THE JAN. 17 MEETING IS AT ONE LINCOLN PARK
The rest of January
· January 17: Round table discussion at One Lincoln Park (Pat Foley leading)
· January 24: Women in Aviation - Dr. Peggy Chabrian at the Masonic Center.
It would be good to have a short statement of Exchange's involvement in early aviation.
· January 31: The Civics Project / Erin's Law Updates
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LAST WEEK lights! Camera! Action! as Kim Shepherd-Lust (L.) told us all about what One Lincoln Park offers
plus a free lunch to explore further. In return our President Greenwood gave her the Exchange Cup of Friendship (it
contains free air). That dazzling smile is just one symbol of the welcome that awaits seniors who come to OLP . . .
and not just Kim, it’s the whole staff. She explained how folks 55 and older are eligible for independent living and
how OLP helps them cope with downsizing and getting the accommodations they need and want (plus a lot more).
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President Greenwood presided over a working luncheon covering a variety of topics. Here’s a look:
• The Charles Horn gift to the Foundation is $5,000. Our president has sent him a thank-you letter and we should finalize arrangements for use of the gift by the Belmont High School Jr.ROTC by this Saturday. The money is earmarked for aiding the students in the JROTC.
• Arrangements will be made for some of the Belmont JROTC students to aid the club in hosting the May 30-June 2 District Convention at the Hope Hotel. The students need a week’s notice, she said, and will work for a donation to their booster organization.
• Eric Price agreed to find out if Springboro High School has ever used the Freedom Shrine donated a few years ago. If not, he will see that it can be used at Belmont High in care of the JROTC.
• President Greenwood is looking for suggestions for a club service project.
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President Ted Greenwood “has a plan” – and he will arrange to let everyone know and why they should be at this Thursday’s meeting, 11:45 a.m., December 6. ...

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Last week: Some good Foundation news and some 2020 plans
Not a bad turnout for luncheon at the Masonic Center last week to hear some good news and to begin arrangements for hosting the District Convention at the Hope Hotel, May 31-June 2. Former State Senator and Kettering Mayor Charles Horn plans to put our Foundation in charge of about $15,000 to help the Belmont High School Naval ROTC arrange leadership training scholarships and other aids to young people. The NROTC there is also reported to be seeking community service projects and possibly could provide help at the District Convention. One action would be a color guard for the opening ceremonies on June 1. Another would be manpower for some of the work at the Hope Hotel. Final arrangements are, of course, pending.
Carol Suddath reported that Larry Sewell in Springfield, former District president, is in charge of the convention agenda. Some club members have suggestions for programs. Dick Graf said a speaker from the National Park Service managing the Wright Brothers heritage is one possibility. Details will be worked out as we move into 2019. Carol will be arranging gift bags for attendees.
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This Thursday at the Masonic Center
Our club is scheduled to have a gathering important to all members: PLANS FOR 2019.
President Ted Greenwood, club officers and friends of the Dayton Exchange Foundation need input on celebrating the club’s 100th birthday, hosting the District Convention,
seeking progress on the civics education project . . . and more, a lot more!
THE GATHERING IS IN THE Center’s restaurant, our usual haunt, and it is hoped that folks arrive about 11:45 a.m.
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Thank you Pastor (Chaplain) David Williamson.
That was an inspiring One Nation Under God luncheon with Pastor Williamson explaining the origin of the word “chaplain” and then telling us how important chaplains are to all services, but especially police and fire. In addition to his duties at Hawker United Church of Christ in Beavercreek he is chaplain to the police and fire departments there.
There is special stress today for first responders, he said, and hence a need for more chaplains in our increasingly diverse society. That is one reason he trains new chaplains (they don’t have to be ordained ministers). That is also the reason a special day of remembrance is important to those in these jobs, he said.
That is another reason that President Ted Greenwood not only awarded our cup to Williamson, but said the club stands ready to provide scholarships to the chaplain training sessions Williamson conducts in the summer. Then Williamson shared the moving words of The Fireman’s Prayer (see page 2). In addition to this, here were other club actions at the meeting:
• Approved a $500 Foundation gift to Oasis House which protects trafficking victims.
• Approved $200 to Veterans Matter, the Exchange project for homeless vets.

Khadijah reminds us she needs volunteers Saturday (Nov. 17) to help with gift wrapping for
the Thanksgiving project (gloves, hats and scarves for kids) to be given out at the Feast of Giving at
the Dayton Convention Center. The gift wrapping is at 1 to 3 p.m. at the Circle of Vision Keepers
office, 3401 Woodman Drive, Suite 12.
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This week at the Masonic Center we youngsters hear about the aging.
Karin Nevins will tell us even more about the Area Agency on Aging. Here’s some:
The Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 helps adults of west central Ohio remain in their homes with independence and dignity.
They are an independent, private, nonprofit corporation that plans and funds services for older persons in Champaign,
Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties. The 12 Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio are part of a national aging service network. (Extract from website.)
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LAST WEEK: Charlotte McGuire told us why we should vote for her, assuming you haven’t already cast your ballot for State Board of Education candidates. She got a well-deserved cup of appreciation from PresProTem Khadijah Ali after an impressive presentation on the work of the state agency and her part in it. She gave us many details of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Education: 2019-2024. There are those who are skeptical of such a long-range vision, but McGuire said the board can make sure there is flexibility and act if goals are not met. She believes the plan gives local boards the freedom they need to meet local requirements. ...

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PAT FOLEY LED LAST WEEK’S ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION (At One Lincoln Park private dining room)
How do we get understanding of the world’s religions and our own religious (Constitutional) history? Pat asked the questions and Eric Price asked more questions. And we concluded there is a great need for it in our public schools, but getting it there is whole different set of questions. Great food! Good debate!
In other action at the meeting the members voted to give $250 from our Foundation at the Hats, Gloves etc. program at the Thanksgiving Day Annual Feast of Giving in the Convention Center managed by the VisionKeepers under Khadijah Ali’s able direction.
Two speakers this Thursday at Masonic Center
Juvenile Judge (and candidate) Jeff Rezebeck and Common Pleas Judge candidate Gerald Parker will be with us at 11:45 a.m. to tell us all their plans.
Fine food, fine fellowship plus voter education!
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Exchange Club of Dayton

We are having a Gift Wrapping Gathering date to be announced in November... Everyone invited... Start collecting hat scarves and gloves join us on Thanksgiving Day at the Dayton Convention Center... We need Volunteers! Call Khadijah for more info 937-409-7887 ...

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