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June 12, 1987--"Tear Down That Wall"

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

EmpowerU will watch one of the most famous speeches of all time 32 years after date that Ronald Reagan delivered the Brandenburg Gate speech.   The Brandenburg Gate, was built between 1788 and 1791 by Prussian King Frederick William II as a key entry point to the city of Berlin. In 1987 it stood as a symbol of communism in the West when the wall went up in 1961 access to the gate now located in East Berlin was cut off.

The “Tear Down This Wall” speech was not the first time Ronald Reagan had addressed the issue of the Berlin Wall: in a visit to West Berlin in June 1982, he’d stated “I’d like to ask the Soviet leaders one question “Why is the wall there?”, and in 1986, 25 years after the construction of the wall, in response to West German newspaper Bild-Zeitung asking when he thought the wall could be “torn down”, Reagan said, “I call upon those responsible to dismantle it today.”  The speech was also a source of considerable controversy within the Reagan administration itself, with several senior staffers and aides advising against the phrase, saying anything that might cause further East-West tensions or potential embarrassment to Gorbachev, with whom President Reagan had built a good relationship, should be omitted.

American officials in West Germany and presidential speechwriters, including Peter Robinson, thought otherwise. Robinson traveled to West Germany to inspect potential speech venues, and gained an overall sense that the majority of West Berliners opposed the wall.   On Monday, May 18, 1987, President Reagan met with his speechwriters and responded to the speech by saying, “I thought it was a good, solid draft.” White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker objected, saying it sounded “extreme” and “unpresidential”, and Deputy U.S. National Security Advisor Colin Powell agreed. Nevertheless, Reagan liked the passage, saying, “I think we’ll leave it in.”
Join EmpowerU as we watch the entire speech on film 31 years later.   We will set up our conversation with what was going on in the Country before, and after to give you historical perspective.   This speech is as meaningful today as it was back on June 12, 1987.
Speaker Bio:
 Matt Byrne will moderate this class by taking us through the events leading up to Reagan’s important speech.   He will walk through the historical context of the speech-what was happening politically, where were we at with Russia and the Cold War.   Matt Byrne primarily represents clients in state and federal trial court and appellate litigation, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. His litigation experience includes the full spectrum of employment matters, ranging from individual claims to complex class and collective actions. He has represented clients in appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, among other appellate courts.
After the Speech we will hear from Harald Ziegler to talk about what it was like to live behind the wall and the Iron curtain.   Harald was raised behind the Iron Curtain, fully indoctrinated with the communistic ideology, he was a card-carrying member of the communist party of East Germany, when his belief system was scattered by the confrontation with GOD’s word; as a graduated electronic engineer, he served at a Navy base until he was expelled for publicly declaring his faith. After a ten year fight with the almighty State Security Police (STASI), he could leave, what he calls one of the largest prisons on earth. Twenty years later he realized his lifetime dream and immigrated to the United States. Harald was one of the co-founders of the Cincinnati Tea Party and her Senior Strategist for many years.

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EmpowerU partners with Ohio Auditor to present Sunshine Laws State Certification Training

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Monday, June 10, 2019

Empower U partners with the Ohio Auditor’s Office to present Sunshine Laws Certification Training

If you are interested in obtaining this certification Empower U is providing an opportunity for you to do so locally.   

The Sunshine Laws Certification Training, provided by the Ohio Auditor’s Office, is a three-hour certification training session provided to all elected officials, and/or their appropriate designees, as well as members of the general public.

Ohio Revised Code Section 109.43(B) states:

The Auditor shall develop, provide, and certify training programs and seminars for all elected officials or their appropriate designees in order to enhance the officials’ knowledge of the duty to provide access to public records as required by section 149.43 of the Revised Code.  The training shall be three hours for every term of office for which the elected official was appointed or elected to the public office involved.

Each session includes an in-depth analysis of Ohio’s Public Records Act, with a brief discussion of Ohio’s Open Meetings Act.

You absolutely must register for this FREE class to be included and to receive your certification.   Because this class includes certification it is not presented virtually.

Registration opens at 9:30 am.

Speaker from the Ohio Auditor’s Office will be Jesse Davis.  Mr. Davis joined the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Legal Counsel. A native of Grove City, Ohio, Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University before graduating from Capital University Law School in May 2017. While a law student at Capital, Mr. Davis served as Executive Publishing Editor of the Capital University Law Review, Volume 45, and wrote an article on the need for copyright protection reform in the age of the DMCA and the art-sharing world
of the internet. Prior to joining the Auditor of State’s Office, he worked in private practice.  He currently resides in Grove City, Ohio, with his wife, Dany, an artist, and their
Shepherd-Husky dog, Fenrir, an escape artist of the highest order who regularly makes attempts to leave his back yard confines in search of small animals to chase

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber

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The Details Behind the Largest Seaborne Invasion in History!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, June 6, 2019

To watch a replay of this entire class click here for video1 and here for video2  (sorry our internet went out at 7:45 PM that night)

To Print Dan’s Powerpoint Presentation Click Here

This Class is SOLD OUT!

This Class is Being Sponsored by Mark Stachler

Special Two Hour Class**75 Years ago, on this Day, June 6, 1944, the Normandy Landings began on the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, Sword.   Operation code-name “Overlord” began on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.     It became known as D-Day-the goal to liberate German-occupied France from Nazi control and lay the foundation for an Allied Victory on the Western Front throughout  Europe.

              The biggest names in history were all involved in this planning– Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin of Russia, General Bernard Montgomery commander of British Forces. Leading the German forces was Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, The Desert Fox.   Commanding Rommel was Adolf Hitler leader of the Nazi Party. Hitler rose to power to become dictator of Germany, serving as Chancellor from 1933 and Führer from 1934. During   his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland in September  1939.

               The amphibious landings on Normandy were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault-the landing of 24,000 US, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight.  Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30 am. Planning for the operation had begun in 1943.

               This class at EmpowerU will be an explanation of the strategy of D-Day.   How did this invasion happen? What was the plan?   Who were the personalities?   What equipment was used? Did everything go according to plan?   How did the Allies deceive the Nazi’s to allow this great invasion to happen? How many men were lost?   Be ready for how D-Day really happened and the back-stories involved as we look at one of the most significant days in the History of the United States–D-Day!

Click Here to Watch General Eisenhower Address the Troops on D-Day

Speaker Bio:

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 17th semester), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens.  EmpowerU has taught FREE classes to over 7,500 people in the Greater Cincinnati area.  In 2014, Regenold was one of the leaders of the effort to separate Music Hall from a County Wide Sale Tax which helped the Museum Center renovation get passed by the voters of Hamilton County.  Regenold is CEO of Frame USA, Inc. in Springdale.

     Dan tries to teach one class each semester on a subject that he is passionate about.   He has taken a serious “dive” into the D-Day History over the last six months and can’t wait to share with you the details of one of history’s most important and interesting days.  Please join EmpowerU’s Managing Board Member for this very important two hour class.   Note:  Special 6:30 PM start time.

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The 2020 Nomination Battle--Who Will Win the War--Progressives? Democratic Establishment? Socialists?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, May 2, 2019

To Watch A Full Recording of this Class Click Here

After their loss of the Presidency in 2008, the Republicans engaged in a vicious civil war over the direction of the Party … Tea Party Republicans v. Establishment Republicans. That battle raged until shortly before Donald Trump was nominated in 2016. Ironically, the end of that war and the election of Donald Trump signaled the beginning of a civil war in the Democratic Party. At the core of the new war is the battle for control of the Party between the left-wing progressives and the Democratic establishment.

This battle within the Party will play out in multiple ways during the 2020 nomination contest. Not only will it be progressives v. establishment, but also women v. men, minorities v. whites, coastal candidates v. heartland, and old faces v. new. Dr. Al Tuchfarber will describe and explain these battles and the candidates that are waging them. He will also elucidate how the Party’s debate rules, primary rules, and convention rules add extra complexity to the struggle that will rage from early 2019 through the convention in July 2020.

 Alfred J Tuchfarber PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science – University of Cincinnati
Owner – Tuchfarber Political-Economics, LLC, Blogger – TuchfarberReport.com

In 2014 and 2016 Tuchfarber predicted the American election results with great accuracy, unlike a large majority of the pundits. He did so because he has a deep understanding of the voters’ priorities and thinking, as well as of the rapidly changing coalitions that make up the American political parties. As a political-economic analyst and author of the Tuchfarber Report, Al brings you insights and forecasts that you will not find elsewhere.

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The Great Lady of American Entertainment! at West Side Brewery!

West Side Brewery
3044 Harrison Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Thanks to Bill Roll for Sponsoring This Class!

Take a sentimental journey through the life of Doris Day.  This great lady of American entertainment was born in Cincinnati and began her spectacular singing career with the Barney Rapp Orchestra. 

Upon arriving in Hollywood, she began a film career, starring in 39 movies.  With pictures, stories and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, ten songs made famous by Doris will be performed live during the presentation.

Enjoy the great Beers on tap at Westside Brewery as part of this EmpowerU event on the West Side!

“Dolores Raye” (Dee Mason) – Before relocating back home to downtown Cincinnati in December, 2011, with her and sound/music engineer Michael Schultz, Dolores lived in Estero, Florida, maintaining two homes in both locations.  While living in Estero she was in management at Page Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Fort Myers, Florida. She is a local graduate of Princeton High School, class of 1964. She joined TWA as an overseas flight attendant in 1968 retiring in 2001.

During her years of working, and living in Europe while with the airline, she sang in several different hotels and clubs throughout Europe, the British Isles, and later while living in Florida.  She continues to perform her own shows locally. She enjoys her work with Cincinnati Heritage Programs at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where she performs the music in our shows and is involved in other volunteer work with Heritage Programs.

Important:   Parking.  There is s small lot behind the brewery.   You can park in the parking lot behind the funeral home (enter off Ruehlman), or you can park on the streets(s) or in the public lot next door to Henke Winery.

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A Thought Provoking discussion About the Holocaust!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

To View A Complete Recording of This Class–Click Here

Escaping the Horochów ghetto was just the beginning for twelve-year-old Musia Perlmutter. Alone, starving, freezing at times, and running and hiding for her life, Musia sought refuge in the forest for two years while Holocaust death camps loomed nearby. Child of the Forest is based on the true story and tribulations of Shulamit “Musia” Perlmutter, born in 1929 to Simcha and Fruma Perlmutter, and stands as a memorial to her extraordinary courage.


When Jack Grossman committed to this project in 2006, he didn’t realize it would take twelve years to bring it to fruition. The journey was dotted with events such as the economic meltdown, a near-death stroke, and several other traumatic life experiences. Jack is a believer in the saying that there is a reason for everything, and he believes that in the end, this book is the culmination of aligning the perfect people at the perfect time. Child of the Forest is based on the life story of a courageous young girl who bore witness to humanity’s darkest time. When Jack faces challenges now, he simply thinks of Charlene, and it puts life back into perspective.

 This photo was taken just before Charlene left for America.Charlene Schiff, born, Shulamit Perlmutter, right, poses for a photograph before she leaves for America.
Jack will present EmpowerU with an engaging reading with interactive, thought-provoking discussion about the Holocaust. A lot of narrative will presented along with an powerpoint presentation that follows the readings.   Jack will be signing paperback copies of the book before the event at 6:30 pm for a discounted price of $12, and hardback books for the discounted price of $18.00.
Speaker Bio:

Jack has written and designed award-winning advertising, having won numerous awards including 5 Addy Awards for regional and national clients. Jack has also won a 1st Place Award in the Tampa Bay Region Billboard Magazine Songwriting Contest, along with dozens of other advertising/design and songwriting awards. His housewares invention in the late 1980s was featured in Spiegel Catalog, Neiman-Marcus, Brookstone Company, and scores of other department stores and catalogs nationwide. 

Jack has also been highly recognized for his community service work, having been presented numerous Humanitarian Awards, including The Award of Excellence; one of only three presented by a billion-dollar NYSE company in 1998. As a result, he was featured with his family in a :60 second TV commercial that aired during the final episode of Spin City, The Academy of Country Music Awards and the Dallas 500 NASCAR Race. He was recognized with a Power Board Award by Boys & Girls Club National for turning an almost defunct Florida Boys & Girls Club into a thriving organization that built and moved into a new 5,500 sq. ft. facility under his leadership, all within 15 months of Jack joining the Board. Jack is also a Founding Member and a Legacy Board Member of Dove House Children’s Advocacy Center, where he has raised over $4.5-million and once again led a campaign that built a new $2.2-million state-of-the-art facility during the economic downturn of 2008.  The facility serves sexually abused children and is affectionately referred to as “The House that Jack Built”. 


Jack suffered a brainstem stroke in 2010, which initially left him totally paralyzed on his left side. After intense physical therapy and a drive to continue to help others and produce the Child of the Forest book/film project, Jack is now 85% – 90% recovered and is back to work 100%. He has a beautiful wife, 4 daughters, and one grandson, and resides in Mooresville, North Carolina.
Kevin Gordon, 55 KRC Guest Host and Commentator will introduce Jack Grossman to the EmpowerU Audience.   Kevin has gotten to know Jack through interviews with him about the book.   If you have never met Kevin but hear him on the Brian Thomas show now is a great opportunity to come to EmpowerU and say hello.

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EmpowerU to Team Up With The Museum Center!

Forest Park Senior Center
11555 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45240
Friday, April 19, 2019

Relive the memorable 1919 and 1940 Reds World Championships brought to you by Roush and Lombardi. Experience the excitement of the 1960s again with the arrival of Reds greats Rose, Bench, Perez and Nolan. Grab your lunch for the Brown Bag Lecture Series and head over to the Forest Park Senior Center. Lectures are free and open to the public.

We request a reservation on the EmpowerU website as spaces are limited. This session is sponsored by the Cincinnati Museum Center and part of the partnership between EmpowerU and the Museum Center. Play Ball! Note: Special Time!

Sponsored by Cincinnati Museum Center.

This Class is not presented virtually.


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Richard Cole, Last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

To View a Full Recording of This Class Click Here

Thanks to Ken Bowman for Sponsoring this Class

Richard Cole, the last of the Doolittle Raiders died on April 10.  Rest in Peace sir–your Country surely appreciates your heroic service!   Join us Tuesday night for a celebration of Richard Cole’s life and the GREAT Doolittle Raiders!  Signed Richard E. Cole Print to be given away.  Careful:  this class is filling up quickly–you must be registered for this FREE event!  Cole is pictured 2nd from Right on this picture.

The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, commenced on April 18, 1942.  Sixteen U.S. Army Air Forces B-25B Mitchell medium bombers were launched without fighter escort from the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Hornet, led by (then Col.) Jimmy Doolittle.

The Raid was a total secret to all involved and the members of the raid were chosen by volunteering for a “dangerous secret mission”. The members did not know the target destination until the planes were loaded on the ship and the raid was underway.  This was to prevent any “leakage” of information about the raid.

The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were a group of eighty men from all walks of life who flew into history. They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free.

Fifteen of the aircraft reached China, and the other one landed in the Soviet Union.  All but three of the crew survived, but all the aircraft were lost.  Eight crewmen were captured by the Japanese Army in China; three of these were executed.  At 103 Richard Cole is the last living veteran.

Intelligence Operations Airman 2nd Class Raymond G. Hughes, Petersburg, KY, entered the Air Force in 1956, serving for four years in the USAF intelligence school Target Planning & Survival unit until 1960. Hughes served during the Cold War with the 8th Air Force 100 Bomb Wing Intelligence Division, primarily with Strategic Air Command. 

Airman Hughes continued to serve his community as an instructor at the Yudan School of Self Defense Karate and Judo, where he trained men, women, and children in the art of self-defense. He became a voice for veterans and one of the most respected members of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, where he dedicated his time and energy in making life more comfortable for other members. 

Raymond serves as historian and even manager for the USS Hornet Breakfast Group conducts events for veterans at the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library, and interviews veterans of all wars in collaboration with the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where he has interviewed 75 veterans to date. Twice each month, he can be found transporting veterans from Twin Towers Retirement Center to shop for personal items. Raymond is involved in the Sons of the American Revolution and takes pride in helping others trace their ancestral lineage. 

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What Was Accomplished, What is left to Accomplish?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Monday, April 15, 2019

To View a Full Recording of This Class Click Here

This Event is SOLD Out!  Please check back during that day as seats may open up.  Otherwise please watch online.  Click Here to Join Online Tonight at 6:50 PM 

Thanks to Diane Landi for Sponsoring this Class!

Brian Thomas To Attend Event and Reflect On Tea Party

Voice of EmpowerU Don Hurd to Sing National Anthem

Join Us for the After-Party at B.J.’s Brew-house in Tri-County Mall

Brian Thomas from 55KRC will join us on Monday night for the 10th Anniversary of the Tea Party Movement in Cincinnati.  Expect Brian to discuss many of the great accomplishments of the movement and also where the Tea Party has come up short.  This is the perfect time to visit with a good friend and a voice of great clarity in the Cincinnati area.   Don’t Miss This Event!

In 2009, Mike Wilson was frustrated with the direction of the country under the Obama Administration. His concern prompted him to spend a Sunday afternoon 10-years ago booking Fountain Square for 3 weeks out, creating a website, and starting conversations with family and friends about building an event.   He had low expectations for attendance for what would become the Tea Party’s first march on Fountain Square March 15, 2009.

Mike had read that morning about a few rallies that occurred the day before against the recently passed stimulus bill in cities out west.  With that inspiration, the Cincinnati Tea Party was born and with the help of those family and friends (and several people that heard about the plans and got involved early)three weeks later, more than 6,000 people showed up with signs to Fountain Square to ceremonially dump tea bags and listen to speakers from all walks of life.
During the three weeks leading up to the event in Cincinnati, other tea party events had been held across the nation, but this was the first to draw national media coverage and it unleashed a wave of momentum leading up to Tax Day 2009 where thousands of events were held and nearly a million people attended to advocate for three core values – free markets, fiscal responsibility, and limited government – first championed by the group in Cincinnati and adopted by national groups created to help coordinate efforts and provide resources moving forward.

In Cincinnati, the tax day event was held on a cold and wet Wednesday afternoon and still drew more than 4500 people to Fountain Square for a few speakers followed by a march to City Hall to deliver a petition.  For the first time, many regular people felt like they had a voice in politics and found out that participating in politics could actually be a little bit fun as they fought against Cap and Trade (and won), Card Check (and won), and Obamacare (which ultimately passed but with massive consequences to the Democratic Party)
Mike Wilson wasn’t a politician either.  He was a Cincinnati native and graduate of St. Xavier High School/University of Cincinnati with 3 young kids who was now at the forefront of the Tea Party movement locally and across the State of Ohio.  In between working as an IT Consultant/Manager and coaching basketball games, Mike built a team that helped other groups grow across our region and drive a level of citizen engagement that we haven’t seen before or since.  People were encouraged to run for office – from getting engaged as a precinct executive in their party to local government to reaching even higher.  Mike put his money where his mouth is and announced his candidacy for Ohio House District 28 at a September event that drew 18,000 people to Voice of America Park.  He won the Republican primary easily in a 4-way race and faced off against the Democratic incumbent.  In a good Republican year, but terrible district, Mike finished election night down 5 votes out of more than 43,000 cast and ultimately lost the race once provisional votes were counted.   After the race, Mike continued the fight against Obamacare and helped lead the effort to collect 450,000 petitions to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio to protect healthcare freedom.  This effort was successful and Mike was chairman of the 2011 campaign that won 2/3 of the vote and enshrined this in the Ohio Constitution.   Mike ran again in 2012 and unfortunately lost again in a difficult year for Republicans all across the ballot.  He then took the opportunity to step back from politics and reengage in his IT career as head of technical operations and a partner in Interlink Cloud Advisors which has grown into the top Microsoft partner in the region.
Joining Mike this night will be three of the leaders involved in the Tea Party movement.
George Bruenemann was the leader of the successful Southwest Ohio Tea Party.   An Engineer and Patriot, George is President and CTO of NgEK, a small engineering firm specializing in the development of artificial intelligence for building sensors and control systems.   Until 2009, George had no involvement in politics, but borrowing a trillion dollars, taking over two car companies, a bank withing 100 days of taking office forced him and his wife Nancy into action.  It started as a meeting with friends and neighbors in their home and eventually became known as the SouthWest Cincinnati Tea Party.  The SWCTP grew over 500 members and was instrumental in removing Steve Driehaus from the 1st district in the 2010 elections.  In 2012, George was President of the Cincinnati Tea Party. 
Justin Binik-Thomas is a senior manager at a drug development research organization. In this capacity, he is responsible for mitigating risk, maximizing revenue, and growing relationships with internal and external customers. He holds undergraduate degrees in pharmacy and biology and a graduate degree in business. In his personal time, Justin enjoys being a father and husband. Learn Justin’s interesting story of how he was targeted by a coordinated attempt of our government to silence conservative speech and thought and the chilling effect this had on tea party groups across the nation (…which included EmpowerU).   Two of Justin’s most enjoyable side project-OH Congress! And Read the Bill.
Voice of EmpowerU Don Hurd to Sing the National Anthem!
You’ve got a front row seat to learn what really happened 10 Years Ago to start the Tea Party.   What did the Tea Party Accomplish? What is Left to Accomplish?

Please Bring A Box of Tea or Coffee to Donate to Charity for this Even

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Join EmpowerU for an Exclusive Tasting!

Shumrick & Leys Distillery
2810 Highland Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Class Sponsored by Nita and Roger Thomas–Thanks!

Come join us at Shumrick & Leys Distillery in Norwood for a fun evening. For a cost of $12/person (pay at the door) we will tour the distillery, sample 4 flavors, and Empower U will provide FREE food.
The brainchild of Terry Shumrick, a career winemaker, and two partners, Shumrick and Leys entered the burgeoning craft spirit movement in April 2017.  Enter Shumrick and Ley’s Tasting Room through the building’s back parking lot to discover its true inner musings.  Like any good Speakeasy, it’s like walking from black and white into technicolor, as you find a rustic, barrel-filled bar area, and the pleasant smell of fermenting spirits.  The Tasting Room is open exclusively on Friday and Saturdays evenings.  Live music typically fills the building on Friday nights, and patrons can find an eclectic, creative line of craft cocktails including a Norwood Mule, with blackberry vodka and ginger beer, to pair with their in-house barbeque.
Located in an industrial section of Norwood, Ohio at 2810 Highland Avenue, the former Banasch’s Sewing Company building’s exterior, belies an inviting interior.   Shumrick and Leys is open to the public every Friday 4-10 PM and Saturdays 1-10 PM.  Tours are available upon request.  Plenty of room for private parties, schedule online or call.
Phone:  513-429-5657
Speaker Bio:
Terry Shumrick made wine at his family’s winery, Chateau Pomije Winery in Guilford, Indiana, where he was also the chef. He has been the winemaker for Stone Brook Winery in Camp Springs for the past 11 years.   Making wine for more than 30 years, Terry said it wasn’t a stretch to go from making wine to making spirits. He pretty much does everything himself in his Norwood distillery, including lots of experimenting. Right now, he’s got a tequila fermenting. “I’m making a 100 percent organic agave tequila in Norwood, Ohio,” he said. “That’s gotta be a first.” Shumrick uses two all-copper stills that he likes for their ability to mellow and deepen flavor. He aims for a smooth, mellow style.  In addition, the distillery’s tasting room will carry sweet wines from Stone Brook (as well as dry ones from Tobin James).
When the distillery isn’t open Terry spends the rest of the week in the distillery and bottling area, in what he refers to as heaven.  He cultivates Bourbon, Bourvin (bourbon aged in wine barrels), Aged Dark Rum, Vodka Distilled with Blackberry, and Tequila among other small batch spirits.  All liquors are created in a 100% copper still, vital in assisting with flavor profiles.  Many of Shumrick’s creations are aged in winery-used barrels from his brother’s winery Tobin James Cellars, based in California.
“Being a winemaker, the one thing I know how to do is ferment things,” he said. “I’m like a fermentation scientist.”

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LaTerza and Dr. Jay Rissover Talk About Coffee

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, April 4, 2019

An exploration of coffee, a brief history and the latest research into the multiple health benefits of…Coffee!”
Join Dr. Jay Rissover and sample some excellent FREE coffee samples from La Terza, the Artisan Coffee Roasterie. You will explore a bit about coffee, from its discovery to its American adoption to the latest research on this amazing beverage. It once was feared as a cause of heart attacks and strokes but the latest research has proven some surprising reversals in this now trendy, tasty and surprisingly healthy beverage.
Also speaking will be Dave Gains, who is the Chief Visionary at La Terza. He will tell you a bit about the creation of the wonderful coffee you have sampled made from right here in Lockland.

Dr. Jay Rissover has been in practice in Cincinnati since 1989 in general Internal Medicine.   He is the Senior Physician at Blue Ash Internal Medicine on Glendale-Milford Rd.  He is also Director of Inpatient Medicine at the TriHealth Hospital Evendale and is a teaching attending for the Bethesda Family Practice Residency at Bethesda North Hospital.  He is  a second generation physician, married with two adult children and one dog.  Dr Rissover is active in the Jewish Community and his favorite charity is the Cincinnati Chicken Soup Cook-Off.  He likes Science Fiction, archery, fencing, juggling, good food, movies, music and keeping physically fit.  He enjoys public speaking and has spoken at Empower U, Health Fairs and on multiple radio and TV programs.

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Learn More About One of Our Foremost Visionary Entrepreneurs

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

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We know Elon Musk as an inventor, innovator, engineer, and one of the smartest and most visionary entrepreneurs of modern times.  He has founded or been in leadership positions in several companies, starting with the internet companies Zip2, X.com and PayPal, followed by Solar City, Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI, Neuralink and The Boring Company.

Jerry Black will briefly cover Elon Musk’s life and his many companies.  However, the focus of the talk will be on SpaceX and the most audacious of Musk’s goals, to establish a human settlement on the Red Planet.

Jerry Black is a retired engineer who worked in the aerospace industry for over 40 years. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. He worked as a Rocket Test Engineer at Bell Aerosystems Company from 1967 to 1968. One of the rocket engines that Jerry helped test was the engine for the ascent stage of the Apollo Lunar Module. Following this he worked for 39 years as a Staff Engineer at GE Aviation, where he worked on jet engine development.

Jerry’s interests include nuclear fusion power, aircraft and rocket propulsion, space travel and Mars exploration. Jerry was the chair of the Ohio chapter of the Mars Society from 2009 through 2017. He is a member of the Space Development Steering Committee, an advocacy group that works on space policy issues. Other activities include tutoring, contra dancing, bridge and chess.

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Private Meeting With Business Owners from Springdale

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Springdale Business Owners will meet today at 11:30 to hear from Mayor Doyle Webster, Lawrence Hawkins, Chairman of Council’s Finance Committee and Ms. Kathy McNear who is the Elected Finance Director.   These three people will explain why Springdale needs to raise the Springdale Earnings tax from 1.5 to 2.0%.   Will the increase hurt Economic Development in Springdale, will it cause business owners problems with hiring?   If you are a Springdale Business Owner or Manager and you and are able please join us on this date.   If you plan to come please send an email to:   jgugel@frameusa.com .   See attached at http://www.empoweruohio.org/springdaletax.pdf for additional information on the proposed tax increase.   Please note that this class will be recorded and at you will be able to watch the class to watch by the end of the day on 3/27/19.  To watch the recroding go to 3/26 class at www.empoweruohio.org scroll to the bottom of the page and click the link to watch .

Mayor Doyle Webster

Gain Knowledge and Confidence With Your Care

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

To View a Complete Recording of This Class–Click Here

Thanks to Crossroads Hospice and Pallative Care for Sponsoring This Class!

Dementia has touched many of our lives and even left some families with damage they will never recover from. Teresa Youngstrom understands Dementia and will provide an interactive workshop to help you gain knowledge and confidence with your care.

You will identify key signs and symptoms of cognitive decline related to Dementia then discuss the impact of changing sensory awareness. You might be surprised by the answer to this question, “Do they even know they are sick?” There will be hands-on training to further incorporate new coping skills to reduce agitation and promote cooperation with your loved one.

The use of sedating medications will be addressed including some solutions to help us avoid these medications when possible. Ultimately you will see that we need to understand the value of consistent positive reinforcement in order to promote well-being and reduce the incidence of challenging behaviors. You just need to be here to appreciate the experience.

Teresa Youngstrom is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of Clinical and Leadership experience in the Cincinnati area. She is a Certified Dementia Practitioner with the NCCDP and a PAC Certified Independent Trainer.  She has extensive experience in the hospital and health care industry and is the local expert on Dementia and Alzheimer Care.  Teresa is also the owner of A Better Approach to Memory Care.  Her knowledge, hands-on demonstrations, and personal experience stories will provide you with many new tools to use in with your clients and family members.

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Sean Maloney Returns with Important Legislative Information!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

To Watch a Full Recording of Our Class on Gun Laws Click Here

Before our Gun Law Class EmpowerU is thrilled to debut Homecoming: A  short Film Tuesday Night in Cincinnati:

“What Happens when a College sophomore returns Home to share some important news with his parents, and things don’t go quite as he expected…until they do.”

Homecoming: A  Short Film of about 7 minutes will debut in Cincinnati before our class on Gun Laws in Ohio.  Created in 2019, Homecoming: A Short Film has won several awards and will surely add some fun to Tuesday’s class:
  • Best Ensemble at the LA Comedy Fesitval.
  • Screenings at Beaufort, Scottsdale, Wake Forest, Spokane, San Jose Festivals and more.
  • Winner of six Festival Awards for short films
  • Winner of Best Short Award at Sedona Film Festival.
Sean Maloney’s class on Gun Laws will begin about 7:15 pm.   Note:  Tonight’s virtual Class will not start until 7:15 PM as the film cannot be shown on the Internet.

Returning from our 15th semester Attorney and gun law expert Sean Maloney will speak to us about the gun rights and changes for Ohio effective in March. He will talk about how we got there, and what is next.  How do outside interest groups affect Ohio legislation, and what are their hidden agendas?   Sean’s class will give you the factual insight for moving forward.   What do you need to be concerned about most as a gun owner in the State of Ohio

Sean a passionate defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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 an attorney, Sean’s law practice focuses on defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners who are forced to use their firearms in self-defense through Second Call Defense, which he co-founded.

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Dr. Will Sawyer to Address EmpowerU on Medical Cannabis

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Dr. Sawyer at his class recommended the following two sites for more information on medical marijuana: http://www.healer.com and http://www.thesacredplant.com

Contact Information for Dr. Will Sawyer:  Sharonville Family Medicine:  11714 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati, OH  45241   (513) 769-4951

See Dr. Sawyer’s List of Conditions Required for Medical Marijuana Prescription Referral

Article referred for your reference from former Board Member Ed Bell:  https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/marijuana-mental-illness-violence/

Dr. Sawyer will be here to help us understand and give us some up-to date information on medicinal cannabis in Ohio. Dr. Sawyer is several physicians in our state that has a license for “Certification To Recommend” (CTR). The patient registry for Ohio is now open and patients cannot be registered if Doctor Sawyer determines they do not meet the medical criteria.

He will talk about medical conditions for medicinal cannabis, the steps required to meet the criteria for the conditions being considered in Ohio at this time. This class is sure to be informative. There will be time for questions. (non- personal conditions please)

Solo practice Family Medicine 5/1/1986 to present, Sharonville Family Medicine. Henry
the Hand Foundation, founded 1999. Hand Awareness program based upon the 4
principles of Hand washing Awareness, endorsed by the AMA and AAFP.  Dr. Sawyer has the medical license for “Certification To Recommend”(CTR) medical marijuana for designated medical conditions as set up by the state of Ohio.

Dr. Sawyer offers a personal consultation about medicinal cannabis to those who are
interested in considering medical marijuana for themselves or a family member. He will
be able to give you a better understanding weather you or a family member may meet the
specific state criteria for the conditions being considered in Ohio.

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Learn how this CHANGE court is literally saving lives!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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Judge Heather Russell’s CHANGE Court treats people caught up in the web of human trafficking as victims rather than criminals. Both local Police and Representatives are very supportive of this endeavor.  Judge Russell will share a video in which Senator Rob Portman visited the court and several survivors shared their experiences with him. Learn firsthand how this CHANGE court is literally saving lives by helping rather than incarcerating those less fortunate among us!

Judge Russell addresses the trauma, homelessness, mental and physical health of  prostituted persons, all  of whom are also fighting addiction.  During the two year program, CHANGE Court graduates gain housing, jobs, self-esteem and sobriety, they re- connected  with their families and reclaim their lives.

EDUCATION: 1980 Miami University of Ohio, 1983 University of Cincinnati College of Law; Urban Morgan Institute of International Human Rights Fellow

EXPERIENCE: 2014 Created and currently presiding over CHANGE Court, an Ohio-Supreme-Court-certified specialty court for Sex Trafficked victims.  2011 – 2016 Chief Justice O’Connor Appointee, Ohio Supreme Court Domestic Violence Advisory Committee

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2015 Sohsza Award for female leadership, nominated by Women Helping Women 2016 Keynote speaker for Cincinnati’s commemoration of National Police Memorial Week.  2018 Judge Julia Stautberg Award from Cincinnati Bar Association’s Women Lawyers Section, “In Recognition of Outstanding Female Counselor for her Exemplary Service and Accomplishments”

Married since 1985; mother of two grown sons.

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John Becker to Join Class to Speak on Federalism Committee of Ohio House

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thanks to Joe Platt for Sponsoring This Class!

To Watch A Complete Recording of this Class–Click Here

To Download Tonight’s Powerpoint–Click Here

Ohio House Member John Becker will open this class and discus his new position as chairman of the Federalism Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives.   Becker will speak on the Electoral College and other important topics his committee will review like Convention of the States.

At about 7:20 PM we will start our presentation on Democracy Now! Is the Electoral College outdated having served its purpose, if it ever had one? Ongoing efforts both legislatively and otherwise seek to establish the election of the President of the United States by popular vote bypassing the Electoral College system. Join Mr. Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Amendment Center as he explains the function and operation of the Electoral College.

How does the Electoral College fit within the American constitutional system? How will the movement to abolish the Electoral College fundamentally alter the way a President is chosen and the political relationship between the federal government and the fifty states which make up the United States of America?

Michael Maharrey serves as the national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center and the managing editor of the Schiff Gold blog. He hosts his own podcast, Thoughts from Maharrey Head, as well as the Friday Gold Wrap podcast and the It’s Your Dime interview series for Schiff Gold.  Michael is the author of three books. Our Last Hope – Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty, Smashing Myths and,  Understanding Madison’s Notes on Nullification 

Finally, Michael joined Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin in penning Nullification Objections: Dismantling the Opposition.  He’s also penned several e-books, including The Power of No.  For more information about Mr. Maharrey and the Tenth Amendment Center please visit https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/


Representative John Becker (R-Union Township, Clermont County) has been named to serve as the chairman of the Federalism Committee in the Ohio House of Representatives, from his previous post as vice chairman.    Becker will speak the first 15 minutes of the EmpowerU session to discuss his role and how it pertains to key issues like the Electoral College and the possible Convention of the States.

House Speaker Householder also appointed Becker to serve as a member of two other Ohio House committees, the Ways & Means Committee and the State & Local Government Committee.

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Also, Cam Hardy to Discuss Public Transportation in Hamilton County

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

To Watch a Complete Recording of This Class–Click Here

Cam Hardy is the outspoken President of the Better Bus Coalition in Cincinnati which is committed to ensuring Metro has adequate funding to address capital deficits and to increase frequency throughout the system.   Cam’s group has put forward a petition to be voted on by the City of Cincinnati residents in Fall 2019 that would increase the earnings tax devoted to Metro funding from .3% to .5%.   He has developed the Better Bus Plan, where 80% of Hamilton County residents and 86% of Hamilton County jobs will be within a 5 minute walk of a bus.

Cam will be joining EmpowerU during the first part of tonight’s class to fill us in on his Better Bus Plan and how his group can improve Metro, in first the City and then Hamilton County  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about what is going on now in the first half of the EmpowerU session.  After Cam finishes about 7:30, we will learn about Gene Editing.

Gene Editing with CRISPR technologies will shape the future of the human race, and it is important that we stay informed on where it may lead us.  Imagine a world where you design your baby before it is born and you can create an army of cloned super-soldiers.  This is no longer science fiction or an x-men movie.  This is the world currently being developed by the technology known as CRISPER 0r Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.

In this class, the origins, applications, and ethics of CRISPR gene editing will be discussed.  From bacteria to designer babies, the scary and exciting possibilities of CRISPR will be explained in a simple format.

Henry Heimlich is a 9th grader at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy who has always had great interest in the topic of gene editing and manipulation.  In August of 2018, Henry had an op-ed published in the Cincinnati Enquirer on the subject of CRISPR gene editing.  He first learned about CRISPR while doing a school project on the topic of cloning.  His interest was further peaked when he saw the movie Rampage, and noticed inaccuracies surrounding CRISPR in the movie.  That led Henry to further research and to submitting the op-ed.   Along with being on his school’s Robotics team, he also trains in mixed martial arts and recently earned his red belt. Henry also enjoys performing standup comedy, and will be performing this April for the third time at his school’s annual ArtBeat event.

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Half A Million People Experienced the Single Most Defining Moment of Their Generation!

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Monday, August 19, 2019

  We have decided to cancel our planned Woodstock event for August 17, 2019.  When our plans didn’t materialize for the exact event we wanted to offer we noticed that another group was putting on a concert on the same day that we were planning that captures the Woodstock spirit.   The details of the event are below.    We hope you will consider attending this event and if you do –HAVE FUN!   Also, if you are desperate to see the movie we’ll make sure our copy of  the movie is in the EmpowerU library.   You can feel free to drop by and borrow it if you want.

Regards, and have a fun summer! And we look forward to seeing you at EmpowerU in the Fall Semester.



1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock.
The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It’s more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original masterpiece released in 1970. Then, of course, there is the music–a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more.
Come and watch the movie that defined Rock and roll in the 60’s and 70’s on the exact 50thAnniversary of the event. If you haven’t seen it for a few years be prepared to join friends for one of the best experiences in Rock and Roll for this landmark Oscar®-winning documentary which captures the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it.
Feel free to bring your adult beverages and snacks to this FREE event. (The movie will be edited to last about 2 hours). Please note:   this class is evolving and there may be additional speakers and parts to this class added.   Check back on www.empoweruohio.org


“Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there–it’s a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event.” —Jeff Shannon