A Belated Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
It's been a busy time here at the Institute. We have just finished our annual Continuing Education event November 21. We had an insightful presentation on the national political climate from Ed Goeas, a nationally known pollster for The Tarrance Group (and pollster to Governor Kasich), an engaging panel of sparkling political commentary from four political columnists/commentators. We then were able to use our members to act as focus groups for our pollster, followed by an inspiring speech on leadership by one of our own: former Congresswoman Deb Pryce. Our evaluations told us that the presentations were a singular success.....particularly the rousing call to leadership by Congresswoman Pryce. We followed this with a reception and dinner as our new class prepared for the dreaded "speech day" with Mark Weaver. In short, we had a great time! Thanks to all who could participate and for the others – we missed you!
In this time of thanksgiving, let me say to all of you that you have made my life richer for knowing you and being able to be part of your lives. God bless.
Each newsletter we will hear from a Committee Chair. This newsletter the column is from Bridget McAuliffe, Chair of the Members Committee:
As the Holidays approach, hopefully we will take the time to reflect over the past year and look ahead with hope to 2014. As I reflect over the past year, my experience with the Institute program was definitely a highlight. As Class Representative for the 2013 class and member of the board of the Institute, I have enjoyed working closely with the Board and the class of 2014. It has been an honor. At the class picnic in September, as we sat outside that evening, the temperature dropped. As usual, I was cold. Betty generously gave me a blanket and wrapped it around my shoulders. In that moment, I realized it was a metaphor for my experience with the entire program. It's been a source of comfort and support. I am eternally grateful.
As the Class Representative on the board, I have been able to work with former class representatives this year in helping to organize the Continuing Education program as well as to help update our class directory. As we look ahead to the new year, I will be working with my class members and my Committee to schedule more gatherings to give us a chance to get together and lend our support to one another. I hope your Holidays are filled with love and happiness, and I look forward to our time together in the coming year.
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Wednesday, December 11 - Jo Ann Davidson’s Portrait Unveiling, Statehouse Atrium, 5:30 pm (Public is welcome)
Wednesday, December 18 - Institute Board Meeting, Ohio Republican Party, 10 am
Friday, January 24 - Institute Class, Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Friday, February 21 - Institute Class, Fifth Third Bank
Friday, March 21 - Institute Class, Barnes and Thornburg LLP
Friday, April 25 - Institute Class, State Auto Insurance Companies
Tuesday, May 13 to Thursday, May 15 - Institute Class, Washington, D.C
Linda Burke (Class of 2012), Lyn Bliss (Class of 2012)
Missy Mae Walters (Class of 2013)
Ohio Federation of Republican Women held their 2013 Fall Conference and elected the following Institute Members as officers for 2014 & 2015 - First Vice-President Linda Burke, President Lyn Bliss, and Southwest Vice-President Missy Mae Walters.
Debbie Johnson (Class of 2011)
Debbie Johnson has been re-elected to another term on the Upper Arlington City Council.
Cheryl Grossman (Class of 2001)
Cheryl Grossman received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities.
Andrea Weaver (Class of 2014)
Andrea Weaver received the Distinguished Auditor award from the County Auditors' Association of Ohio for her commitment to continuing education. Since taking office Andrea has earned well over the 100 required CEU hours, as well as earning an international designation, the AAS (Assessment Administration Specialist), issued by the IAAO, International Association of Assessing Officers, which is the primary organization for educational excellence in property assessment. There are less than 250 people in the world that hold the AAS.