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I Won't Back Down - Celebrating the Life of the Great Tom Petty

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Friday, November 17, 2017

The great Tom Petty passed away on October 2, 2017 and EmpowerU cannot think of a better way to end its 14th Semester than to celebrate his life and music at our semester ending event.   Tom Petty’s impact over 40 years in rock and roll will never be forgotten.  

Tom is best known as the legendary frontman of the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.   Born in 1950, his career began with a group called Mudcrutch.   After that, he and other members, including Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench re-formed as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.   A string of hits including “American Girl,” “Refugee,” “Don’t Come around Here No More” and “Learning to Fly” helped make Tom one of the most successful musicians in Rock and Roll.  In 1989, Petty embarked on a successful solo fun delivering music videos in the early MTV heydays like “Free Fallin” and “Running Down a Dream”.   Petty’s career of over 40 years included his co-founding of the supergroup the Traveling Wilbury’s (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison)  and reforming his band Mudcrutch,   His collaboration with other legendary rockers including Stevie Nicks, and Johnnie Cash is well known. 

Dan Talks About Tom Petty–Click Here

Petty’s career will be looked at on this special night through listening to his music, his interviews, and comments from many of his peers.   Petty, a student of his music form will discuss in video his own views on music and the art form known as Rock and Roll.   Tom Petty throughout his career has sold over 80 million records.

When Tom was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2002 with his band the Heartbreakers Tom said, “The music overcame me at a very early age and consumed my life.”   What a life it was…   EmpowerU you promises you a BLOW OUT for this last event of the year!     We are requesting a $5 donation at the door which will be donated to Musicares, a group that honored Tom in 2017.  Musicares is meant for musicians to have a place to turn in times of financial, personal or medical crises.

–We are limiting registration at this event to 1 ticket + 1 Guest

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–Beer and Wine will be served at this event.

–Join Us early at 6:30 PM as Daniel Regenold will be playing some of Tom’s Hits on the Acoustic Guitar

 Daniel Regenold is to open the show



Biography of Dana W. Gore, our Presenter

Dana was born January 28, 1953 in Shreveport, LA. His father was in the military and we moved many times in the early years.  They lived in Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, and then finally in 1962 they settled in Falls Church, VA.  This is where music started to change his life forever.

Next door to him lived a boy who was much older than him, but despite the age difference they still became very good friends, initially through their love of sports.  This is where it happened.  He vividly remembers the boys record player in his living room and the day he pulled out this album with a huge wave on the front, with a surfer on his board.  It was the Beach Boys “Surfin’ U.S.A”.  The title cut opens the record, and that was it, he was hooked.  Then he showed him a record by someone named Chuck Berry titled “Chuck Berry is on Top”, and played the song “Johnny B. Goode”. He couldn’t believe my ears.  It was truly a magical moment.

The final piece of the puzzle fell in to place on February, 9, 1964 when the Beatles made their 1st appearance on Ed Sullivan.  Like so many others, this was a defining moment for him. From that day on, until today 50+ years later, music was the one constant in his life.  From elementary school through high school, college, marriage, children, grandchildren, and lifelong friends, music has been with him for the entire ride.

Starting with his 1st concert in the spring of 1969, with Led Zeppelin opening for The Who, and up until his last concert on May 6, 2017 in Tampa, FL when Joe Walsh opened for Tom Petty, he has been blessed.  But of the hundreds of bands and concerts he has seen, none brought him back again and again more than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

On October 2, 2017 his world as he has known it, became a much sadder place.  He would never see Tom Petty and his amazing band again. Dana had a long career in the record business with Penguin Feather Records in Virginia and served for 29 years as the President of Posterservice, Inc, a sister company of Frame USA.

Dana W. Gore

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***Class is SOLD OUT***The story of international broadcasting comes alive

VOA Museum
8070 Tylersville Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Thursday, November 16, 2017


**This Class is SOLD OUT**”Tell the truth and let the world decide”. This simple eight word sentence captures the very essence of the Voice of America. It was guiding principle when it was founded more than 70 years ago and it serves today as the core mission of this venerable institution. The can-do, pioneering spirit of journalists and engineers of the 1940s made VOA a powerful voice of truth and fact during a time of propaganda, hate mongering and lies. Engineers based in Cincinnati designed and built a radio transmission facility, thought not possible by their peers. The facade of the classic Art Deco style building has been restored and the interior is being constructed as a museum highlighting the important accomplishments both yesterday and today. The museum also holds one of the most complete inventory of radios dating back to the Marconi era. After the speaker there will be a tour, participants will have the opportunity to see the new Powel Crosley Exhibit which opens in September. For more than 70 years, an iconic building has dominated the landscape on a plot of land located just north of Cincinnati, in West Chester Township, Ohio.  For thousands of area residents, the Art Deco façade has been a landmark.  More significant is that for many, living in foreign lands, it remains a source of inspiration.  It was from this site that millions of people in thousands of cities and hamlets worldwide first learned about the United States.  Our culture, values and dedication to freedom and the democratic process became bright beacons of hope and aspiration as the Voice of America beamed its broadcasts from this rural hill top in Ohio to millions around the world.

Jack Dominic has served asExecutive Director the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting since March 2014.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati teaching in the eMedia Division of CCM and formerly served as an adjunct professor at NKU. He spent more than 38 years in public broadcasting retiring as VP&CET Station Manager CET, Cincinnati’s public TV station. Dominic writes and blogs about technology and media and has served on several national committees and working groups for public TV.  He was one of five participants in a project based at the Smithsonian Institution in the 1980s that investigated the use of computer technology to map, photograph the entire United States and to freely distribute this information electronically.  This project was undertaken well before the advent of Google Earth and other services now taken for granted.

Jack Dominic

**Class Postponed**Change The World**Class to be Rescheduled.

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Class has Been Postponed–Will be Rescheduled in the Spring–Sorry for Any Inconvenience!

Judge Heather Russell’s CHANGE Court treats people caught up in the web of human trafficking as victims rather than criminals. Learn how this CHANGE court is literally saving lives by helping rather than incarcerating these less fortunate among us! Judge Russell addresses the trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health of CHANGE prostituted persons, most of whom are also fighting addiction.  During the two year program, CHANGE Court graduates gain housing, jobs, self-esteem and sobriety, they re- connects with their families and reclaim their lives. CHANGE court is a judge-supervised treatment program for those changed with prostitution and related offenses in Hamilton County.  It is voluntary and includes regular court appearances before the CHANGE court judge.  The participants work with a team of professionals to improve like and work skills to successfully stay out of the criminal justice system.

Judge Heather Russell attended Walnut Hills High, Miami U and UC College of Law.  She was an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney from 1984-2001, where she was the first female team leader in the major crimes division.  Heather prosecuted many adult and child sexual assault cases and homicides, including 6 capital murder cases. In 1999 she was appointed Chief Assistant of the Hamilton County Grand Jury and was also elected to Loveland City Council. In  2001 she was elected to the Hamilton County Municipal Court, where she has continuously served since then.  Throughout her judicial career Judge Russell has been involved in domestic violence issues on the city, county and state levels, serving at Chief Justice O’Connor’s appointment for 6 years on the Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee.   Her peers have twice elected her to serve as presiding and administrative judge, acting as the voice of the 14 judges of the Hamilton County Municipal Court.  She presided over a Mental Health specialty docket until 2015, when she turned that docket over to another judge so that she could devote more time to CHANGE Court. In 2014, two Cincinnati police officers asked Judge Russell to create a program for the heroin addicted prostitutes around West McMicken St, in Cincinnati, which led Judge Russell to combine her experiences in a victim-centered career and a Mental Health Court to create CHANGE Ct.  Judge Russell has been married for 32 years; she and her husband have raised two grown sons.  She enjoys scoring baseball and speaking French (tho not at the same time,) travel, reading, gardening and aerobics.

Judge Heather Russell

Robert "Bob" Doolan - American Hero

Sharonville VFW 4369
3318 East Sharon Rd.
Sharonville, Ohio 45241
Thursday, November 9, 2017

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America Hero Bob Doolan turned 100 in March, 2017.  He will tell you he isn’t a hero, that he didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t do, you decide for yourself if you agree. Did Bob get his St. X ring back? Come and hear his story of war and survival. Bob’s unit went to England where they flew missions over Germany.  On Bob’s last mission (8-12-1943) his plane was severely crippled and had to land in a field in Holland.  Members of the crew, who were able, left the plane in groups of two or three and they scattered.  The first night Bob and his companion were able to stay at a Dutch farmer’s barn.  Here they were given civilian clothing that made them appear to be poor workers trying to get to a work area.  Bob had one item he treasured dearly “his St. X ring”.  He gave it to the farmer because it would be a dead give away that he was an American.  Bob hoped to get to Spain (over 500 miles to the south) with the help of the Dutch Underground.  Unfortunately, he was captured by the Germans, after which he was questioned by the Gestapo and later put in prison for several days.  Finally, he was sent to a POW camp run by the Luftwaffe (German Air Force).  This camp was the same one on which the movie “The Great Escape” was based.

Bob Doolan grew up in Price Hill, attended Holy Family Grade School, and graduated from St. Xavier High School.  He attended the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering. An early interest in flying led to Bob’s traveling to the West Coast where he earned a pilot’s license just before WWII.  After Pearl Harbor, Bob re-entered the Army Air Corps and became a navigator of a B17 bomber.  While training in Kansas, he met a girl who would become his wife for over 70 years. After being liberated by units of General Patton’s Third Army, he returned home to Cincinnati where Bob and his wife raised their family, a son and two daughters.  He served 25 years as a Scoutmaster of a troop St. Antoninus Church was sponsoring. Bob has always been active.  He has been a member of the Dunham Choraliers and has given various presentations for the Lifelearn Program.

Robert "Bob" Doolan

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Small Business is Big Business In Ohio

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Monday, November 6, 2017

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Join Roger R. Geiger, Vice-President and Executive Director of Ohio National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Roger will explain to us just how important Small Business is to the livelihood of Ohio (you’ll be surprised!). As the Director of Legislative Affairs in Columbus, Roger will also discuss the many issues that are currently impacting the State of Ohio and business in Ohio. With over 300,000 members across the United States, and 1,000 members just in Hamilton County the NFIB has been an incredibly strong force in representing businesses, their attitudes and beliefs.    Come and let Roger know your thoughts on many issues and how we are tackling them in the State of Ohio.   The Economy, Health Care, Taxes, the Governor’s Rae.  What does the political landscape look like with the Ohio Governor’s race.? We hope for a good showing of business owners to hear what is important to you and how we can make Ohio even stronger.

Roger Geiger

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Rules Just For Radicals?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Click Here for the Powerpoint on Saul Alinsky

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“Alinsky is this country’s leading Hell-Raiser.   No one has more experience or has been more successful than Saul Alinsky.”—The Nation    

Join EmpowerU Managing Board Member Dan Regenold in a lively discussion of the much talked about Saul Alinsky. Alinsky is generally considered the founder of modern community organizing and is often cited for the success of the Democratic Party under President Barack Obama. In the course of his lifetime Alinsky has received much praise and criticism for improving the living conditions of poor communities across America. William F. Buckley, Jr. said in 1966 that Alinsky was “very close to being an organizational genius.”

Dan Talks About Saul Alinsky–Click Here

Specifically we will look at Alinsky’s 1971 book Rules for RadicalsRules for Radicals was written as a primer for how the “Have-Nots” could take away power from the Haves. What are the 13 rules Alinsky outlined? How can Alinsky’s rules be used to accomplish goals that you or your organization have? Are they just rules for Radicals and the European Socialists or do Alinsky’s rules apply to Conservaties and others? Join us for our great discussion and video on what Alinsky refers to as “A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals”.   Be ready…you are going to have to work hard at this class!

Dan Regenold, first became active in Government in 2003 when he became involved fighting Eminent Domain and helping stop it in  Evendale and in Norwood, Ohio. In 2006, he was one of the founders of WeDemandAVote.com which successfully fought and stopped, by ballot initiative, a sales tax increase in Hamilton County, Ohio. Later WeDemand stopped Red Light Cameras in Hamilton County. Regenold spoke at the CPAC Convention in 2008 to discuss major Grassroots initiative actions across the United States.   In 2010 Regenold was of three leaders of the initiative to End Ohio’s Estate Tax which happened in 2011. The Tax Foundation called the repeal of Ohio Estate Tax one of the most important Tax accomplishments of 2011. In 2011 Regenold founded EmpowerUOhio.org (now in it’s 14th semester), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens.   Regenold is CEO of Frame USA, Inc. in Springdale.

Dan Regenold

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**THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT***Queen City is Haunted!!!

Vine St - Near Washington Park
1332 Vine St
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Friday, October 27, 2017


Do you dare investigate the fables of Cincinnati?  Join forces with Empower U and together fearlessly face the myths, legends, and superstitions of the Queen City.   Ready yourself to confront these fictions….. or are they facts?  You decide…..

Discover stories of grisly murders, ghastly deaths and other disturbing tales buried deep within Cincinnati’s storied past. Linger in the shadows of an abandoned cemetery teeming with paranormal activity. Walk the grounds where human remains have recently been unearthed and learn the truth about the Witch of Washington Park!

American Legacy Tours makes history entertaining, enlightening and engaging through well-researched and witty storytelling.  Since their original tour “The Newport Gangster Tour” debuted in 2009, as an immediate success, they have expanded tour offerings to include specialized tours on a variety of themes.  These “Historically Entertaining” walking\tours are available through Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Visit www.americanlegacytours.com.

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Maintaining a long and happy relationship with your car

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Cincinnati’s favorite car expert, Dale Donovan joins EmpowerU for an evening of relationship building with your car. 

Listeners to The Car Show on 55KRC on Saturdays appreciate Dale’s wealth of knowledge for maintaining your vehicle to ensure years of dependable service. Americans are keeping vehicles longer than ever, so proper care is essential. 

Get advice on what to look for when buying a used car and learn tips on choosing your mechanic and avoiding unnecessary repairs. Dale will also share those simple maintenance items every car owner can do on their own.

Dale Donovan is the second generation owner of Donovan’s Auto and Tire Centers, a family owned business started in 1958 by his father Don in Pleasant Ridge. Dale learned about business and automobiles as a teen working with his dad and oldest brother, Denny. After attending UC, Dale quickly became the driving force for growth, bringing new ideas and innovative technology into the business. Over the years, Dale has expanded Donovan’s by moving to a larger location, opening an oil change facility and recently, acquiring a second auto repair business in Blue Ash. Donovan’s also managed the rare feat of bringing the third generation of family into the business as Dale’s son, Dane and brother Denny’s son, Kyle work side-by-side with the same focus on customer service as their parents and grandfather.

Dale Donovan

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Ohio Sunshine Laws With Brian Shrive

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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Attorney Brian Shrive teaches you how to get the information from governments you need through the public information request process.    You must know this important Ohio law to let the sunshine in!  If you need information from your Government(s), this class will tell you how to request the information, what information they are required to give you and when are they required to give you the information.   We will also touch on the important Open Meetings Act which holds elected officials accountable to a series of procedures they are required to follow whenever they meet. Find out why these two Ohio laws have been called “the Great Equalizer.” This is a foundational EmpowerU class–SIGN UP!

Brian Shrive is an attorney with the Finney Law Firm where he focuses his practice on civil litigation including public interest and civil rights litigation. Brian recently helped bring about change to the Cleveland MetroPark’s unconstitutional “First Amendment Activity” policy, and has brought suits against public bodies for violations of the Open Meetings Act. Brian has advised local elected officials, candidates, and activists on Ohio’s Public Records Act and Open Meetings Act. Brian is a former board member of COAST, the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes, having recently stepped down in order to accept an appointment to the Cincinnati Election Commission.

Brian Shrive

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**Cancelled**Simpson vs Cranley

The Farm
239 Anderson Ferry Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
Monday, October 23, 2017


Yvette Simpson cancels debate with less than 24 hours notice.  Click here for press release and  Click here for facts.  

With the election right around the corner, please join us for an important debate between the two candidates running for Mayor of Cincinnati—Current Mayor John Cranley and challenger and current City Councilperson Yvette Simpson. At 5:45 PM join us at The Farm for the Best Fried Chicken in Cincinnati (for purchase).   The debate will run from 7:00-8:30 PM and include prepared questions we have given to the candidates, with rebuttal opportunities, and live questions submitted to the candidates from you the attendees.   To send debate questions to us please email them to:   jill@empoweruohio.org. There are many many issues on the table for the City of Cincinnati including The Streetcar, current budget problems, making the city more attractive, jobs growth, the neighborhoods, the transit system, safety in the City and the hospital deal in Avondale.   Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the candidates and ask questions about The City of Cincinnati.   To see Debate Rules Click Here.

Yvette Simpson is a Cincinnati native who graduated from Princeton High School.   After graduating,  she attended Miami University where she earned degrees in Political Science and Mass Communication.   She received the President’s Distinguished Service Award from Miami, the highest honor given to a student.  She attended law school at The University of Cincinnati and became a lawyer. Simpson was elected to council in 2011 (the second election in 2015), one of four new faces that year. She’s known as a defender of the streetcar.   But as far she’s concerned, it is her work on combating human trafficking that most defines her time on council. In the primary this year in May, Simpson received a greater percentage of votes (45%) than her top competitors, Mary Cranley (35%) or Rob Richardson, Jr. (20%–not running for Mayor).   She is currently the President Pro Tem of the Cincinnati City Council. *Information taken from the Cincinnati Enquirer story

Yvette Simpson

John Cranley is the current Mayor of Cincinnati.   He graduated from Harvard Divinity School with a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. In 2001, Cranley was appointed to the Cincinnati City Council and has since been elected three times. In 2005 election, John was voted the top vote getter in a field of 31 candidates.When John Cranley became Finance Chairman, he inherited a city deficit of $35 Million. In addition to his work on City Council, Cranley co-founded the Ohio Innocence Project at the Rosenthal Institute for Justice at the University of Cincinnati Law School, where he served as administrative director.   Cranley won the September 2013 primary election for mayor of Cincinnati, defeating Roxanne Qualls in the November 2013 mayoral election.   He was sworn in as Mayor on December 1, 2013.   During his tenure, Cranley has been the most outspoken and effective leader in getting more cops hired and on the street to fight crime.

John Cranley

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Festive Pumpkin Stacking Fun!

White Oak Garden Center
3579 Blue Rock Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45247
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Feeling the Spirit’s getting restless? Getting ready for Goblins and Ghosts to descend upon your front porch? Bewitch these little creatures with entrancing, enthralling and enchanting pumpkins and gourds. Join Jeff Webeler and Empower U at White Oak Garden Center as we join forces in creating unique pumpkin/fall decorations! Your entire family will have a great time using available materials, pumpkins, gourds, dried leafs and twigs.  Create a unique and welcoming focal point that will thrill anyone who ventures upon your doorstep or joins your table for a festive fall feast!  Your will learn how to paste and stack pumpkins, use leaves for hair – the only limit is your imagination!

You can watch and make one with White Oak staff’s help or make your own later– whatever you choose!  The cost will vary from materials you choose, small pumpkins and gourds to larger pumpkins ($3 to $15).

Owner,  Jeff Webeler,  was born and raised on Cincinnati’s west side. Graduated from Western Hills H.S. Spent 4 years out west and received B.S. degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University.

Jeff began working at White Oak Nursery in 1978 and bought the business shortly after. Still to this day, he believes doing business is about more than offering a plant or product for a price. It’s about building relationships, growing together and cultivating a community of gardens and gardeners. White Oak Gardens has a great team of plant enthusiast that love sharing their passion with others. After almost a year of demolition and construction, April of this year they open a new state of the art 12,000sq. ft. greenhouses.  These glass covered, open roof structures are climate controlled provide the best place for plants…. and people. Jeff is committed to educating the community and sharing his knowledge with others. Each year White Oak offers, Seminars and “Make & Take” workshops (check their website for more info).  Active in many Trade organizations and locally the Colerain Chamber of Commerce and Montfort Heights/ Weight Oak Community Association.

Jeff Webeler

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Latest Cyber Security Threats

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 19, 2017

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It’s hard to miss the headlines about the increasing frequency and severity of Cybercrime and it seems that no organization or individual is safe. In this seminar, we’ll bring you up to speed on the latest cyber security threats and what you can do to mitigate your risk, including:

Physical Security,  Personally Identifiable Information (PII),  Email / Phishing, Malware, Updates / Patches, Social Media, Mobile Security, Website Security, Data Security / PCI, and Cloud / loT

Dave Hatter has 25 years of software development, business analysis, project management and consulting experience delivering custom software solutions for business.  He has earned numerous industry certifications, and a BS in Information Systems from NKU.  Dave is especially good at bridging the gap between business and technology earning nearly 60 testimonial letters from former clients.  Additionally, he has written or contributed to 12 books and has written more than 100 technology related articles for various publications including the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Boston Business Journal and the Kentucky Post.

Dave is a regular contributor on WXIX (Fox19) as the station’s tech expert, and he can be heard every Friday morning at 6:30 AM on 55KRC’s “Tech Friday” Segment with host Brian Thomas.


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5 Universial Concepts Every Gun Owner MUST Understand

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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  Do you know that just touching a gun might be considered lethal force … that “stand your ground” means something different in every state … that you may be judged by a “reasonable man” standard?

Attorney and gun law expert Sean Maloney from Second Call Defense will review the basic concepts of lethal force, how they are interpreted by the legal system, and what it all means for you as a gun owner.

Sean Maloney is a defense attorney and member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms.

As a Leader of Buckeye Firearms Association, Sean has been traveling throughout Ohio, and the United States; meeting with School Boards, and assisting them in implementing F.A.S.T.E.R.  A program launched by Buckeye Firearms Foundation to provide “active killer” training to teachers and administrators. Sean Maloney serves as legal counsel for Buckeye Firearms Association. Sean is also co-founder of Second Call Defense (www.SecondCallDefense.org), a national organization that provides complete legal protection for armed self-defense, with thousands of members in all 50 states.

Jim Renacci, Governor Candidate for Ohio will speak from 7:00-7:15 PM

EmpowerU is pleased to announce that candidate for Governor of Ohio Jim Renacci will start off this Tuesday’s session from 7-7:15 pm.   EmpowerU is trying to bring all the Governor candidates to our sessions to allow our class attendees to meet the candidates.   (This visit by candidate Renacci does not mean that EmpowerU endorses or favors Renacci’s candidacy).


Sean Maloney

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How to be an Investment Winner $$$$$

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Structuring a portfolio to “Win by not losing”. Confused about investing in single stocks vs globally diversified funds? The differences and pros/cons of active vs passive investing? Selling high and buying low? Joins us to learn a disciplined and unemotional re-balancing strategy and a review of “all-in” costs any investor may face. Join Rob Siegmann, partner of Total Wealth Planning, and learn about the investment philosophy he and many professional financial advisors utilize.  He will talk about the Modern Portfolio approach to investing and how the approach, based on Nobel Prize winning research, structures an investment portfolio to “win by not losing” by keeping costs and risks low, while not sacrificing long term returns. 

Rob will discuss investment strategy to structure a portfolio and diversify across different asset classes. He will compare the use of diversified funds to stock of a single company (or multiple companies), and pros and cons of employing active managers versus a pure index (passive) approach. 

Since money is emotional, he’ll show how the Modern Portfolio approach aims to rebalance portfolios without emotion to capture profits and take advantage of lower priced, out of favor investment opportunities.  Lastly, it’s often not what you earn, but what you keep, so a comprehensive and transparent review of all costs an investor may pay on their own, or when working with an advisor will be covered.  There will also be time for Q&A after the presentation. 

Using his innate talents for organization and understanding the value of money earned, spent and saved, Rob found his calling in the financial planning business and has enjoyed guiding clients’ financial plans over the past 20 years.  He currently serves as Chief Operating Officer with Total Wealth Planning, and constantly strives for operational excellence in all areas of the business.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Xavier University in Finance, then promptly earned his MBA from Xavier as well.  He is a series 65 licensed Investment Advisor and Fiduciary and member of the fee-only professional advisor community of NAPFA.

Rob Siegmann

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Ohio Issues 1 & 2 Confused Yet? Empower U to the Rescue!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Take this opportunity to get the facts about the issues you will be deciding on in November –  Be An Informed Voter!

Most of us are confused from all the conflicting advertising we have seen on these issues.  Empower U will be hosting a presentation to help get through the maze.   We will have experts explain their reasons for supporting or opposing.  We have assembled a very distinguished panel who are well informed and will share their knowledge with us.

Issue 1 – Victim Rights Initiative also known as Marsy’s Law –  A law to enhance victims’ rights:

Marsy’s Law for Ohio amends Ohio’s state constitution to grant victims of crime equal rights to those of the accused.  The amendment updates the 1994 victims rights constitutional amendment by giving crime victims the ability to enforce their rights in a court of law if they feel have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.

Pro – Chris Albanese of “Vote Yes on Marsy’s Law” will explain why this law is necessary as victims have shared how their needs have not been met by the current laws.

Con –  Barry W. Wilford of Kura, Wilford & Schregardus Co, LPA will take the opposing view on this and explain the reasons.

Is this law a good thing at the expense of victims of serious crimes?  Does it favor the victim and not allow an even playing field for the defendant?

Issue 2 – Drug Price Ballot Issue:

Issue 2 would require that the state, including the Ohio Department of Medicaid, pay the same or lower prices for prescription drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — which currently negotiates drug prices 20 to 24 percent less than other agencies.

A “yes” vote supports this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays for them.

Pro – David P. Little, Public Affairs Consultant and active in Media Relations, Speechwriting, Research, Management and Strategic Communications will explain how this initiative will save taxpayers about $400 million a year if the state pays VA prices.

a “no” vote opposes this measure to require state agencies and programs to purchase prescription drugs at prices no higher than what the VA pays for them.

Con – Greg Lawson,   Research Fellow the Buckeye Institute, will explain how this initiative will actually raise drug prices for the majority of Ohioans.

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Unmasking the Crime of the Century

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 5, 2017

When their first child was kidnapped from their home in 1932 and found murdered in the woods, Charles and Ann Lindbergh were the most famous couple in America, and the case would become the most publicized crime of the 20th century.  Eventually suspect Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted and executed for killing “Baby Charlie”.  But this delayed justice did nothing to halt the questions and controversies that still surround the case and confound armchair detectives 80 years later.
Join  Queen City Gothic author JT Townsend as he takes a fresh look at the Lindbergh Kidnapping.  As one of the rare writers to actually tour the Lindbergh house in Hopewell NJ, he combines contemporary photographs of the crime scene with archival images from 1932 to create a unique perspective on this notorious crime.  And by interweaving forensic analysis and psychological profiling, Townsend laces the evidence into a shockingly rational theory that will forever close the book on the death of the Lindbergh baby.

J.T. Townsend

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Lean Six Sigma Overview Course

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Learn How Lean Six Sigma Can Drive productivity, efficiency and profitability at every level of your organization! 

This overview class brings exposure to principles, terms and applications of Lean & Six Sigma, discussing the concepts and methodologies of Lean Six Sigma as well as some of the more common tools and applications.

You will learn what Lean Six Sigma is, how it was developed, and the tools it uses to  streamline and improve both manufacturing and service organizations. Learn how Lean Six Sigma fits into an organization’s quality programs, how customers are retained, and how costs are driven down using Lean Six Sigma methodologies.

Tasos Georgopoulos, MBA, CSSBB has over 25 years of professional business experience working with organizations in the food, consumer packaged goods (CPG) and medical device industries. He has held management positions in corporate finance, global brand management and product platform development for Fortune 500 companies as well as privately held organizations, including Gibson Greetings, H.J. Heinz, Ossur, Maple Leaf Farms and AdvancePierre Foods. Tasos has over 15 years of consulting experience having worked with over 16 client companies improving effectiveness and profitability.

There is a $10 Fee for EmpowerU Business Classes

Tasos Georgopoulos

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The Man Behind The Uniform

Historic Train Tracks At Glendale Square
30 Village Square
Glendale, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Join us for a what promises to be a unique experience.  You will think you are with the General Himself !

Curt Fields – a living historian  will transport us back in time with his uncanny ability to  the audience feel  they are with the General himself.   He’s the spitting image of U.S. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant,  In his cavalry-style slouch hat, blue wool sack coat, mud-splattered boots, dark beard  and ever-present cigar, he’ll make a  believer out of anyone. “I’m not a re-enactor. I don’t appear in combat at staged skirmishes,” he said. “I’m what’s known as a living historian. I talk to folks in first person.” To channel Grant’s philosophies, manner of speech and life experiences ,he  pores over Grant’s memoirs and consults secondary source material left by those who personally knew the general, who also became the 18th president of the U.S.

Fields’ life-long interest in the American Civil War and his admiration for General Ulysses S. Grant is the background for his dramatic portrayal of the famous general to groups all over the United States as well as foreign audiences.  Fields is the same height and build as General Grant and his presentation is given in the first person, quoting from Grant’s memoirs and letters.

We will meet at the Historic Train Tracks in Glendale to start the program and then walk about 1/2 block to the H.W.B. Scout House where the rest of the program will take place.  The H.W.B. Scout House is located  west of Bob Ronker’s Running Spot at 267 E. Sharon Road, 45246 and right next to the small Glendale chapel.



Curt Fields

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Social Security on the Hot Seat

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Whether you are 25, 55 or 75, this session is for you. Longtime public affairs specialist Sue Denny will provide an overview of Social Security programs and benefits. When most people think about Social Security, they think about retirement. In reality, Social Security is with you through life’s journey, securing today and tomorrow. Sue will briefly discuss Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI), Medicare, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and then will open it up to questions from members of the audience. This is your opportunity to find out what you need and want to know about Social Security.

Sue Denny has been the public affairs specialist at the Social Security Administration in Cincinnati since 2001. Every year she gives hundreds of speeches, presentations and training sessions about Social Security’s programs and benefits to a wide variety of audiences. She also staffs booths at conferences and community events. Sue serves as the Social Security liaison for professionals and media in the Cincinnati area and is a regular guest on WKRC’s Simply Money, a popular drive-time radio program, and WMKV’s Medicare Moment. Her passion is public affairs.

Sue is a recipient of the Regional Communicator Award and a Deputy Commissioner’s Citation.  She previously completed a six-month assignment in the Office of Electronic Services at SSA’s headquarters in Baltimore.


Sue Denny

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Canine Companions

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Learn just how true “A Dog is a Man’s Best Friend” is!!!

Meet these amazing Canine Companions and learn firsthand how they enrich and bring love into the lives of children, adults and veterans with a disability.  Do not miss this very special Empower U!

Canine Companions for Independence is a national nonprofit with six regional training centers across the country. The North Central Region is located in Central Ohio and supports 14 states. Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children, adults and veterans who have a disability. The dogs, their training and all follow up services are provided free of charge to each recipient. The value of each human and assistance dog team is $50,000 based from the birth of the dog through the retirement of the human and assistance dog team. The dogs complete task based commands, such as picking up dropped items or opening and closing doors to increase the independence for the recipient. To learn more about Canine Companions please visit www.cci.org

DogFest Walk ‘n Roll is the national signature event for Canine Companions. It is a family friendly event that includes a walk and activities to engage all ages and pet dogs too! DogFest Cincinnati will take place Sunday, October 8 at the Voice America Park from 1 pm – 4 pm. To learn more about DogFest Cincinnati please visit www.cci.org/dogfestcincinnati

As a Registered Advocate with Senior Standing, Cynthia has over 29 years of experience working in the field of victim advocacy, child abuse/neglect and crisis response. She served as the Program Coordinator and Forensic Interviewer of Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center, in Greene County, for 6 years and introduced the first facility dog in Ohio, working within the criminal justice system, during her tenure there.


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