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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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3 months ago

Exchange Club of Dayton

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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3 months ago

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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This week at One Lincoln Park.
We may finally have a real roundtable discussion in One Lincoln Park private dining area, 11:45 a.m.Thursday.
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There are a couple of other candidates Pat Foley is trying to round up: Kate Bowling and Gerald Parker. “Maybes."
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Last week Democrats Dawn Wojcik and Helen Wallace gave us their pitch.
Dawn Wojcik, left, candidate for the State School Board, and Helen Wallace, candidate for Juvenile Judge, were congratulated by President Ted Greenwood for coming to tell us why they are running. The League of Women Voters just-published voter guide has all the candidacy details. Helen Wallace is also a strong supporter of the Masonic Center’s Dyslexia program.
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At the Dayton Convention Center for the Presidents Club Legion of Honor induction of Khadijah Ali as its 2018-19 director. Thursday, 11:30, parking in the garage. Find our table. ...

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4 months ago

Exchange Club of Dayton

We delivered to Brigid’s Path and had a great visit.
These are the diapers and related items collected by our club, churches, and the One Lincoln Park senior living center. Above BP’s Jane Snyder receives a check for $700 given in addition.
We had a pizza lunch with dessert by Brigid’s Path and then a tour of this wonderful facility for babies born of addicted mothers. They are waiting for the federal and state governments to qualify them for Medicaid, but have already treated 26 babies who need a lot of cuddling as they recover from the maternal drugs. The building took $2 million in refurbishing and has four pods for treatment plus counseling for the families. Volunteers have done much of the work so far. Security is tight and volunteer cuddlers come in for 3 hour shifts 24/7. Volunteers need 8 hours of training after careful background checks. Congratulations to all on a great project!
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4 months ago

Exchange Club of Dayton

Here are some scenes from our help at the Shroyer Road Church food pantry
(On Sept. 21: Thanks to Khadijah, Ted Greenwood and Jim and Carol Suddath...and of course Wild Bill!)
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This week at One Lincoln Park: Roundtable discussion.
One or another of the current national controversies will in all likelihood be placed under the gimlet eyes of our membership under the watchful direction of “Judge Pat” (Foley). Could the judge be a TV star, too?

Suggest a topic? Email Pat or Ted Greenwood. But make sure you are in OLP’s private dining area at 11:45 Thursday. Valet parking: Easy and free!
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Celebrating Constitution Day and Naturalization tales
We were blessed last week to have Judge Walter Rice as a guest to give us some perspective on the Constitution and its “Day” (Monday). The Judge shared naturalization/ citizenship memories (he does a dozen ceremonies a year for an 8-county area). His grandfather escaped Russia, came to the U.S. in 1905, and became a proud citizen. The judge also shared his concerns about the state of civics education, a subject that is close to our club’s heart. Dick Graf chimed in with news that his father-in-law came from Poland and he and Vicki are on the verge of going to Poland to see the old family territory (and a lot more, too).
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THIS WEEK at the Masonic Center we meet Mary Montgomery for judge:
Mary Montgomery, current Civil Division Chief of the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office, has dedicated her entire legal career to serving the citizens of Montgomery County and now hopes to move to the Court of Common Pleas. And her website says . . .

“Mary’s depth of knowledge, skills and experience are unparalleled in this judicial campaign.”
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Last week we heard updates on Erin’s Law and our civics ed project:
Carol Suddath, who escaped before her picture could be taken, told us that Erin’s Law languishes in the legislature. It is named in honor of a child abuse victim now dedicated to educating children through school programs about abuse. The law would require schools to adopt such programs.
Carol is obviously more photogenic than our civics project committee (Pat Foley, center, Eric Price, right, and Bill Wild), but civic s education improvement languishes along with Erin’s Law. We’ll be asking a State Board of Education candidate to speak to us soon in hopes of stirring some action
On September 20th we may gain some more insights into the civics situation when Pat will chair a roundtable discussion on what civics ed is, what it should be, and why the country seems unable to conduct civil discussions of such matters in the media, on college campuses, and . . .maybe even at roundtables.
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LAST WEEK 7 loyal members showed up at Christ United Methodist Church to hear Chris Wright (at bottom, shown getting the club’s cup of human kindness from Ted Greenwood). Mr. Wright is Christ United’s Serve Director, and as you might imagine he told us how he and the church serve the Dayton area with a variety of cooperative endeavors aimed at helping those in need. He opened the door to many possibilities for our club to reach out as well. Ted Greenwood brought in chicken for lunch. (Yum!) Ask him where he got it. ...

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This week at One Lincoln Park: ‘The Roundtable’

Come to OLP’s private dining area, maybe a bit before noon, valet the car (free), order off the menu (cash preferred), tipping only if you wish . . . AND THEN . . .
JOIN PAT FOLEY FOR A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OF (?)
. . . Ethics? Religion? Politics? Books? Medicine? Psychology? Humor?
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Last week was a delightfully informal education on our blood bank. As you can see, Mark Pompilio was happy to be congratulated by Club President Pro Tem Jeff Ashcom after telling us all about the Community Blood Center where he is the boss of public relations, marketing and donor relations. Donations average 250 a day to provide the “just right” needs of the 15-county service area. The goal is to avoid wasting any of a valuable resource.
The center also runs the Community Tissue Services which is expanding and is now the main support of the center whose blood banking is now a more or less break-even matter. Mark told us much about current donation guidelines. Nice meeting!
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