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Beckman, AMC Dine-In Cinema Honored at Chamber Breakfast

Picture Caption:  Christopher Beckman and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 Cinemas were recognized as Employer of the Year by the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) and its Business Advisory Council.  From left:  Matt Van Sant, Clermont Chamber of Commerce; Beckman; Cody Blevins, AMC Dine-In; Dan Ottke, CCDD; Michelle Dool, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; and Scott Brown, CCDD

Christopher Beckman and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 were presented with the 2017 “Employer of the Year” award at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on Friday, October 20.  This award is sponsored each year by the Business Advisor Council of the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) and is presented during one of the Clermont Chamber’s Business@Breakfast event series.

“We are honored to recognize Chris and AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 this year,” said Dan Ottke, CCDD Superintendent.  “Chris and his staff take the time to recognize the strengths of those they employ and what they have to offer their community.”

AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9 hires individuals from CCDD as well as other agencies that place individuals with special needs in community employment.  All of their employees are treated with dignity and respect, and AMC provides extra support to those who might need it, at any given time.  This encouragement assists each employee to get the most out of his or her career in the cinema industry.

Cody Blevins, an employee of AMC Dine-In Cincinnati 9,  was placed in his job when AMC was Ovation Cinema and Grill.  He has been in his job for almost one year and was present at the Clermont Chamber breakfast to help honor Beckman.

The CCDD Business Advisory Council chooses one business each year that has gone above and beyond to assist people with developmental disabilities to obtain successful community employment.  This business is honored during October to celebration National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Members of the Business Advisory Council are Sherri Bowling, Ohio Means Jobs Clermont County; Lisa Walsh, Deimling Jeliho; Ian Aiuto, Home Depot Beechmont; Phil Kish, Round Bottom Recycling; Michelle Dool, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; Bill Boyers and Faiza Askari, Cintas.  Members of the Council from CCDD are Scott Brown, Roger Moning, and Greg Wood of CCDD Community Employment Services and Lisa Davis, CCDD Community Relations.

For more information on becoming a member of the BAC, contact Scott Brown at (513) 732-4851 or sbrown@clermontdd.org.

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Safety Net Alliance honors Lindsey Ein

Members of the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance executive board honored Lindsey Ein for her years of service to community members.  Those pictured are, from left:  Mary Seelhorts, Freestore/Foodbank; Billie Kuntz, Clermont County Community Services; Lori Conley, Empower Youth; Jim Dinkle, All Saints Lutheran Church and Tristate COAD; Leann Townes, Clermont County Community Services; Pastor Brandon Little, Landmark Ministries; Lindsey Ein, retiring from InterParish Ministries; Krista Little, Landmark Ministries; Susan Vilardo, The Literacy Council of Clermont/Brown Counties; Lisa Davis, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities; and Michelle Sandlin, Park National Bank.

Lindsey Ein was expecting her last meeting with the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance to be just like any other meeting—a time for networking with other nonprofit representatives, a keynote speaker or two about options for those less fortunate in the county, etc.  Instead, she found the only thing on the meeting agenda was the announcement of a new website for the Safety Net Alliance and an entire program to honor Lindsey for her years of leadership and service as she moves on to the next chapter in her life—retirement.

Lindsey was the Executive Director of InterParish Ministries in Newtown for ten years.  Prior to that, she held positions with the Cincinnati Symphony, Alzheimer’s Association, and the University of Kentucky to name a few.  Her desire has always been to help others.

“We are so grateful to have had Lindsey in our lives all these years,” said Brandon Little, pastor of Landmark Ministries.  “When we had the first conversations about starting the Safety Net Alliance, Lindsey was the one who believed in the idea and kept persevering until it became a reality.”

The Clermont County Safety Net Alliance is a collaboration of social service agencies and other entities committed to providing effective and efficient emergency assistance to Clermont County residents in need.  This collaboration gives agencies the opportunity to meet with faith-based groups to learn what needs exist in the county and how the various groups can join with local businesses to meet these needs.  Quarterly meetings are held throughout the year, with Executive Committee meetings held each month.  Lindsey served as a member of the Executive Committee since the Safety Net Alliance’s inception in 2012 and was humbled by her farewell party at her last meeting.

“As I look around and see so many people who started this journey with us, I see new people among the crowd, too.  I am just so proud,” said Lindsey.  “All I did was share an idea of collaboration and connection, and everyone jumped on it.”

Although many people shared their memories of Lindsey and how she assisted them to become part of a community-wide collaboration to serve those in our county with a specified need, Ein kept saying over and over that she just had “an idea…lots of people helped make it become a reality.”

Lindsey will be retiring to Louisiville, Kentucky, where she and her husband will reside.  In true fashion, Ein asked for very few things on her last day with the Safety Net Alliance.

“The best gift you can give me is to keep this Alliance going,” said Lindsey.

The next scheduled meeting of the Clermont County Safety Net Alliance is on December 14. For more information on how your agency or faith-based organization can get involved, visit www.ccsafetynet.org or call (513) 327-8353 and tell them Lindsey Ein sent you.

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CCDD Board Training and Meeting

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Thomas A. Wildey Center, located at 2040 US Highway 50, Batavia.  The meeting will take place in the Wildey Center Cafeteria.

The Board’s Ethics Council will meet at 4 p.m., followed by Board Member Training by Bridget Gargan at 5 p.m.  Gargan is Executive Director of the Ohio Association of County Boards and will present until the regular board meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Please contact ldavis@clermontdd.org or (513) 732-4921 for more information.

Visiting the Dayton Dragons

Ethan Stuempfle, Beau Painter, James Hargis, and Woody Wooldridge are pictured with Gem and Heater, mascots for the Dayton Dragons baseball team.  The four individuals represented the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities at a baseball clinic on August 2.

Cassidy Brown (pictured left) is a catcher for the Dragons and spent his time during the workshop instructing the individuals on baseball techniques.  He hopes to play for the Cincinnati Reds sometime soon.

This event was sponsored by Montgomery County Developmental Disabilities Services.

 

Celebrating 50 Years

The Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.  To recognize the milestone, they are planning a free Summer Celebration on Saturday, August 19, at the Batavia Township Community Park.

From 9 a.m.-1 p.m., there are several activities planned that include an early morning classic car cruise in, kids fishing derby, games and balloon artists from the Cincinnati Circus, and many vendors from the Clermont County area.  The Kona Ice Truck will be on hand, as well as fire/EMS vehicles to tour.

Anchor Fitness by Leah will present a Fitness Bootcamp at 9:30, and performers from Music Therapy Services will entertain at 10:30.  Elsa and Anna from “Frozen” will make several appearances throughout the morning.

To recognize CCDD’s 50th Anniversary, a picnic luncheon is planned from 1-3 p.m. and features staff recognition through the decades with a “walk down memory lane” from former administrators, board members, and individuals served.  The luncheon will be catered and sponsored by Jet’s Pizza.

Additional sponsors of the event include Buckeye Health Plan, Adamson Fire Protection, and SECO Electric.

The CCDD 50th Anniversary Summer Celebration will be held Saturday, August 19, at Batavia Township Community Park, 1535 Clough Pike.  Cruise in, festival games, and fishing tournament is scheduled from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; the CCDD 50th Celebration Picnic will be from 1-3 p.m.  The celebration is free to the public.

For more information, visit www.clermontdd.org or call 513-732-4921.