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2019 Spring Schedule–Our 17th Semester (Click Here for Downloadable Copy To Print)
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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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org . 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.