Spring 2016 Classes

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2016 Spring Schedule (Click Here to Download Printed Copy)

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EmpowerU tried to organize a candidate interview for the Ohio Congressional District 8 primary where about 15 candidates have applied for the position formerly held by Speaker of the House John Boehner.   EmpowerU wanted a substantive discussion with 5 or 6 of the top leaders with a separate introduction of the other candidates.    The two presumptive candidates Senator Bill Beagle and House Member Tim Derickson were unable to attend the interview.   It is possible that they didn’t want to attend the interview–read letter here.   Because we couldn’t get the candidates to participate we made the decision to cancel the forum.   Several of the candidates submitted information about themselves.   That information is attached–click the name of the candidate to read their information as follows:

Bill Beagle

Scott George

Eric Haemmerle

Terri King

John Robbins

Jim Spurlino

Kevin White

J.D. Winteregg

George Wooley


The Quintessential American Dream Story
Oakley Recreation Center
3882 Paxton Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45209

Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month!

Come and join us as Alan McIntyre, of the Frederick Douglas Foundation, chronicles the life of Frederick Douglass and elaborates on the fact that in Douglass’ life and writings, the solutions to America’s current crisis were revealed and the Frederick Douglass Movement in conjunction with the Exodus Project is an effective offensive strategy for saving America.
He will empower attendees to become involved in saving their country from a fundamental transformation.


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Ohio Representatives Republic District 27:  Tom Brinkman V.S. Heidi Huber
Anderson Township Center
7850 Five Mile Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, 45230

Monday, February 29, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

On February 29, 2016, EmpowerU will host a debate to end all debates.

Tom Brinkman V.S. Heidi Huber 

Thomas Brinkman in one corner, Heidi Huber in the other will face off in the Primary Election for the 27th District of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Brinkman, the well-known co-founder of COAST, and anti-tax advocate will square off against Huber, the well-known education expert and leader against the Common Core Movement.

Monitoring the debate will be someone who knows more about Ohio than almost anyone, Ron Alban, the successful leader of the Initiative to End Ohio’s Estate tax.


Heidi Huber

Thomas Brinkman

Ron Alban

Ron Alban


How to Reduce Your Property Taxes in 2016
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

Attorney Chris Finney reprises a popular EmpowerU seminar on reducing your property taxes. This is like money in the bank! Property taxes finance our schools and fund numerous levies for public services and civic desires. As property owners, many people find taxes a significant burden on the family budget. Chris Finney will take you step-by-step through the process of determining how to pay the lowest possible tax on your home or business. His tips will be worth your effort to attend this great session.

Chris Finney is the owner of Finney Law Firm, LLC, where he concentrates on commercial transactional and litigation projects as well as complex real estate matters.

Chris Finney




To attend this class virtually click here after 6:50 pm the night of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).

Cyber Security with Dave Hatter
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, March 10, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

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It’s hard to miss the headlines about the increasing frequency and severity of Cyberattacks so it’s not surprising that Infosecurity magazine has named 2014 the “Year of the Data Breach” 2015 came in with only 2 less known breaches than 2014 and 2016 is off to a bad start! In this seminar, we’ll bring you up to speed on the cybersecurity threats lurking out there and what you can do about them, including
  • Physical Security
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Email/ Phishing
  • Malware
  • Updates/ Patches
  • Social Media
  • Mobile Security
  • Web Site security
  • Data Security/ PCI
  • Cloud / IoT

The class is suited for professionals whose computer is their lifeline.  Learn the tricks you need to know to keep your equipment safe. 

Feel free to bring your children to this class!

Dave Hatter


To attend this class virtually click here after 6:50 pm the night of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).


Lunch & Learn Series: Women in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Museum Center, Reakirt Auditorium
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203

Monday, March 14, 2016 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Throughout Cincinnati’s History, its women have contributed a great deal to the well-being of their community and beyond. This presentation recognizes many very prominent people, some still relatively well-known, but also others who are no longer much remembered. 

In addition, you’ll hear the story of the hard work performed by many thousands of common women to raise and support their families and the increasing opportunity that has fortunately become available to them.

It becomes apparent why the iconic Tyler Davidson Fountain, featuring a women supplying the vital life element of water to the people of the city, makes such an appropriate community centerpiece.

These lectures are free and open to the public. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase lunch in the Gateway Cafe in the Rotunda, featuring a new menu. We encourage you to reserve for the class. All lectures take place from noon-1 p.m.



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How to Respond to an Active Shooter
EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA, Inc.
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:00-5:00 PM

Tell your boss that you need an hour off for this class.   Important for Managers, Owners and Employees and Individuals.   EmpowerU is pleased to partner with the Management of Frame USA, Inc. and the Springdale Police Department to bring this important class to the public.

Active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearm(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Most of these cases have occurred in locations where the shooter has been undeterred and unobstructed from carrying out their attack. The incident locations have often been described as soft targets with limited active security measures or armed personnel to provide protection for members of the public. In most instances, shooters have either taken their own lives, been shot by police, or surrendered when forced with a confrontation by law enforcement.
All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, owners, managers and  and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.   Who will be the point person at your company to train workers about an Active Shooter possibility.   Are you ready?   This session will be Presented by Sargent. Andy Davis, Springdale Police Department

You will not be admitted to the building for this session unless you have a FREE ticket.   Please register below.



To attend this class virtually click here after 3:50 pm the afternoon of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).


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Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

What role do hormones play in human development and how does it affect adults as we age? How does optimal hormone balance help men and women maintain good health and a great quality of life?
Judy Couch, FNP will discuss how optimal hormone balance reduces the frequency of chronic illness, hot flashes, depression, sleeplessness and anxiety.
She will also explain how hormone therapy can promote a healthy weight and strong libido while replacing the loss of muscle mass or the advancement of conditions like osteoporosis.
Vitality and robust health can be a partner on the journey through every stage of life.
 EmpowerU asks you to RSVP and bring your questions to this highly informative, possibly life-changing session.

Judy Couch


To attend this class virtually click here after 6:50 pm the night of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).


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****Grand Opening****EmpowerU Studio
Sign the Wall (for all time)
Arrive Early and Shoot Baskets To Win!
Big Prizes ** Treats ** Fun**
One of Our All-Time Favorite Speakers!

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Don’t get Tense, Don’t get Hyper—Its just life and Death

EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

Grand Opening of EmpowerU’s New Studio!

Dr. Jay Rissover will explore the connection of stress, tension and health.  What does stress and tension do to you? Does stress cause hypertension, or any other disease?  And what can you do for yourself, for stress and tension?

(Besides turning off your TV to avoid the news and political ads.)

If time permits, we will also astound you with revolutionary changes in blood pressure research. Tune in for more answers including plenty of time for questions about your own health issues.

For those of you experienced EmpowerU attendees you might remember Dr. Rissover’s incredibly entertaining and informative class on Ten Ways You Can Live Longer. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to improve your personal health and commit to ways to keep your stress level down.


Dr. Jay Rissover


To attend this class virtually click here after 6:50 pm the night of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).


Leap into Spring with Cool Container Gardening
White Oak Garden Center
3579 Blue Rock Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45247

Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

The days are getting l o n g e r, the weather warmer and fingers itching to dig into the dirt!
Leap into spring by joining us at White Oak Gardens for an engaging, friendly, informative session on growing cool plants in containers. Experience the magic of being surrounded by 3 acres full of flowers, trees, shrubs, houseplants, and happy people!
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Jeff Webeler and his staff will help with container gardening tips on annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and anything else you can grow.  Reunite your senses with the fragrances of spring blooms, growing herbs and vegetables.
Get ready to start digging, blooming and creating indoor and outdoor spaces you love!

Jeff Webeler


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Over Testing, Opting Out, and High School Graduation
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

Unclear what opting out is all about and whether it will compromise your child’s promotion, class offerings or HS Graduation?   Come learn the details you won’t hear from your school or from Columbus.    You can safely protect your child but you must first be armed with the facts.

Heidi Huber is a devoted advocate for conservative principles and policy. She has worked tirelessly the last ten years for numerous issues as well as candidates, including joining forces with liberty leaders around the state to pass Ohio’s Health Care Freedom Amendment and end the Ohio Estate Tax.  As leader of Ohioans for Local Control, she has authored legislation to protect children and restore local control. She has worked with fellow activists and think tanks from across the country and has served as a policy advisor for the Tenth Amendment Center’s national conference call with state legislators.

Heidi Huber



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Smart Ways to Turn Everyday Property into Cash
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

Wondering what to do with that “stuff” in your attic and garage you’ve been vowing to clean out for years? Join us as we team up with Everything but the House (EBTH) to give you some helpful tips on how to not only “clean out” but also “cash in”.
Join EmpowerU and get acquainted with Everything But The House. Learn why it is one of Cincinnati’s fastest growing companies and a unique American success story. Hear why EBTH is revolutionizing the way property liquidation is being handled and how they can make money to put in your pocket!
EBTH representative, Tricia Salem Lapp, will demystify how to downsize property that is keeping you from breathing.  During this presentation, she will talk about decluttering everything from the kitchen cabinet vintage items, Pyrex to the beautiful fire engine red Porsche in the garage that’s no longer your style.
Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, decluttering or dealing with the estate of a loved one, this session is for you!




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Ulysses S. Grant: The Ohio roots of the Union’s Greatest Hero
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

Join Luke Stedke and learn about the major role Ohio played in the pivotal Battle of Shiloh. The men and material of the Buckeye State not only save the day on the second day of battle, but this victory propelled one Ohioan in particular, to General in Chief of the Army and ultimately to the Presidency of the United States. Gen Ulysses S. Grant will be a focus of the course along with other notable Ohioans-Gen. William T. Sherman, Gen. Alexander M. McCook.
Enjoy an engaging discussion of the American Civil War and learn how the State of Ohio saved the Union!





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Dollars Down the Drain:  The Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District
Price Hill Chili
4920 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

If you’re a ratepayer within the Metropolitan Sewer District, the future is both obvious and unpleasant. Sewer rates are projected to continue increasing throughout the foreseeable future. 

As a result of improvements mandated under the federal consent decree with the Ohio EPA, ratepayers bear the burden of compliance with the Clean Water Act. Hamilton County Commissioner, Chris Monzel will explain what is required of our community to meet our obligations, why is it so expensive and what strong County leadership can do to hold down the cost.

Come and learn about the big decisions facing our county in the coming years and the role empowered citizens will play in protecting your dollars from flowing down the drain.

Chris Monzel, is the Hamilton County Commissioner. As President of the Board, he has been the driving force for right-sizing government while keeping taxes low and improving our economy by cutting the red tape for businesses planning to expand or relocate in Hamilton County. 

Chris Monzel


The Cincinnati Strangler—50th Anniversary
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:00-8:30 PM

50 Years ago it happened. The first strangler murder was 12/2/65…..the 7th and final murder was 12/9/66.
A conservative Midwestern city in the 1960s confronts a mysterious serial killer and its own escalating racial turmoil. No, not the latest John Grisham novel-this is the unknown legend of the Cincinnati Strangler.
Join Queen City Gothic author J.T. Townsend as he takes a fresh look at the serial killer who stole Cincinnati’s innocence…

J.T. Townsend


To attend this class virtually click here after 6:50 pm the night of the class.  (Technology does not work on iphones or ipads).



This Class has been Cancelled.  We hope to re-position and offer it in Fall 2016.

Things to Consider when buying, selling or Investing in Real Estate
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

There are many things to consider when buying a house, selling a house, or investing in real estate. You will hire a real estate agent to guide you in each step of the home buying/selling process, to assure the contract and negotiation components are handled to your specifications, and to protect your interests.
A mortgage loan advisor will pre-qualify you for the right home loan. An inspector will assure the home selected is structurally sound and within applicable codes. And a title agent will assure the house you selected, inspected and financed is cleared from all other claims and liens.
In many ways then, even a repeat home buyer/seller is a first time buyer/seller. It is important that the agents and professionals you select represent you and your best interests. The average person is in their home for more than a decade.
EmpowerU is pleased to present a panel of subject matter experts to explain their roles and provide tips in preparation and completion of buying your dream home.   Click through more info tab to find out the backgrounds on Lisa Williams, Garret Gerard, Aaron Binik-Thomas and Drew Stacey.
Given the private nature of finances there will be time for private questions for each speaker.









Earth Day—A Great Idea Turned Into a Mess

HWB Scout House and Outdoor Pavillion
34 Village Square
Glendale, Ohio 45246

Friday, April 22, 2016 6:00-7:30 PM

Rain or Shine–Inside Venue Next Door if It Gets Wet!

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Class Sponsored by Dr. Jay Rissover, Blue Ash Internal Medicine, 4260 Glendale-Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH  45246, 745-9993

Like so many Government initiatives, Earth Day started out as a great idea but has turned into a mess.   Come celebrate Earth Day with EmpowerU as Blaze Radio Network’s Doc Thompson returns to Cincinnati.    Learn the good, the bad, the ridiculous.
Has what begun with lofty good intentions turned into an avenue for the Government to have more control over our lives?  Has the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts helped us on balance, or caused more problems?    Has Earth Day been hijacked and the original intent forgotten or taken over?
Join us for Happy Hour in Glendale, feel free to bring adult beverages and lawn chairs as we will be outside if the weather is nice. Wear your best Earth Day costume (Optional–Winner gets a prize(s)) and join the always fun Doc Thompson from Blaze Radio to reflect on Earth Day 2016.  Let’s take a candid look at this and other Earth Day issues at a fun-filled Earth Day Event sponsored by EmpowerU.   Happy Hour starts at 6:00 PM, and the event starts at 6:30 PM.



The Economics of Milton Friedman—Still Relevant Today?
EmpowerU Studio
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016 7:00 -8:30 p.m.

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Class Sponsored by Creative Therapy Associates, Inc.  Go to www.ctherapy.com

Join EmpowerU Managing Board Member Dan Regenold in a follow up class to last semester’s lively discussion on Is the U.S. the next Greece Dan looks at the great Economist and Noble Laureate Milton Friedman, perhaps the first libertarian.  Friedman’s approach to economic policy in the face of different views caused a revolution when he published Capitalism and Freedom in 1962 (sold over 500,000 copies). Friedman’s simple thesis: There cannot be political freedom without economic freedom.
EmpowerU will compare economic systems of capitalism and look at what the tools are to lead us to greater prosperity. Ah but that messy big Government seems to get in the way, by hindering the efficient handling of the Economy.   We’ll try not to get too complicated here and about 1/2 the class will be Friedman in his own words.
Join Dan as he discusses Friedman’s work and puts it into simple context.  This is a hands on class–be ready to work as EmpowerU analyzes the economics of Milton Friedman and if it is still relevant today.


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We are Sorry Tonight’s Event is Cancelled Due to Threat of Severe Weather Tonight in the Cincinnati Area

EmpowerU Season Ending Event

Glendale Lyceum Outdoor Pavillion
865 Congress Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Thursday, May 12, 2016 Dinner starts at 6:15 PM, Program 7:00-8:30 PM

Class Sponsored by Ted Day, Mutual of Omaha Insurance, 3284 E Sharon Rd, Sharonville, OH, 45241, Phone : (513) 793-0393


 Bring your lawn chair and experience the meaning of our motto, “Educate, Enjoy, Engage.”   Keynote Speaker and Cincinnati’s own Rocky Boiman will join us as our key-note speaker for our season ending event.
Rocky is a night time radio hos for 700 WLW and a radio and color commentator for both College and pro football.   Rocky, a super-bowl champion,  will share with us all he has learned about “Team Building” during the rough and tumble football years and how those same principles work to build positive, successful relationship in all walks of life.   Whether it be friends, family, community, political activities or business Rocky’s message will work for all of them.   Bring the kids for this special event.
Joining Rocky is 55KRC radio personality Brian Thomas will serve as master of ceremonies for the night and will help us pass out awards to Empowered citizens.   Brian, will be joined by other “Rat Pack” members of the gang including City of Cincinnati’s Christopher Smitherman who will be will be discussing the City and Commissioner Chris Monzel who  will discuss the County.
On this very special evening we will celebrate the end of EmpowerU’s 11th semester and we will be awarding Empowered Citizen awards.  Will You Win?
EmpowerU will be grilling the burgers and hot dogs as well as providing water and soft drinks. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share at the potluck table.
Executive Chef James Riley from the New Restaurant J. Austin’s American Eatery located 11568 Springfield Pike in Springdale
Cincinnati, OH 45246 will help lead the cooking efforts at the event this year.  Don’t miss James and the treats he will bring from the restaurant. jaustinsjamesriley
There is no charge for this event, but your donation is gratefully accepted. Adult attendees are welcome to BYOB and bring your lawn chairs. We look forward to seeing all our friends at this great annual event.


Rocky Boiman Bio Sheet   Brian Thomas

    Rocky Boiman                 Brian Thomas

Christopher Smitherman        Chris Monzel

Chris Smitherman            Chris Monzel

Lunch & Learn Series: The Story of Porkopolis
Cincinnati Museum Center, Reakirt Auditorium
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203

Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Cincinnati was once known by the nickname “Porkopolis.” Visitors to the city often had walk down the streets that were crowded with pigs being herded to the city slaughter houses.

Pigs slaughtered in Cincinnati not only fed our country but also helped to revolutionize the country’s industries.

From pig pens to dinner plate, learn how “pigs” helped builds Cincinnati.

These lectures are free and open to the public. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase lunch in the Gateway Cafe in the Rotunda, Featuring a new menu. We encourage you to reserve for the class. All lectures take place from noon-1 p.m.