November 2011        

Thanks to everyone who made our annual fundraising luncheon such a success! The competition between the classes certainly helped this luncheon to be the best fundraising event ever hosted by the Institute. We have had many, many positive comments about the event, the attendance and Congressman Tiberi’s remarks on the importance of good leadership.
A number of our Institute members were on the ballot on November 7th. We are not sure that we are aware of how many members stood for election or re-election, so please let us know if you were on the ballot. Win or lose, these members were living up to the goals of the Institute. They were taking the risks, putting their names on the ballot and leading the way for more women to be involved in the public policy decisions at the local level.
As you know, founding the Leadership Institute was based on the need to bring interested, qualified women together, help them have confidence in their own potential and encourage them to seek to be involved in their local communities in a leadership role - elected or appointed. Each time one of you steps forward we know that we are moving forward toward achieving our goal. Thank you!

Jo Ann

Greetings All!
Let me begin with a BIG thank you to our Membership Committee for the yeoman work done for the Institute fundraiser. It was a resounding success. Of course, to all of the members, thank YOU for your generosity in raising a record amount of money to allow the Institute to continue its mission.
In this newsletter we have noted some of you who have sought and won office. We know there are more of you - so let us know of your victory. As for those of you who ran and lost - our thoughts are with you. Believe me when I say many of us have tasted defeat. It may not taste good, but I guarantee you - it isn't fatal - and we have all learned from it. I join in saluting ALL of you as winners - because you were in THE ARENA, as Teddy Roosevelt described it.
We look forward to seeing many of you at our annual Continuing Education event this Thursday. It is an ambitious and substantive program and we will top it off with a wonderful time at dinner. I guarantee you that a good time will be had by all!
See you soon!




In its recent Board meeting, the Institute Board has approved the setting of three regional meetings around the state.  In an effort to reach out to our members where they live, and to also enhance our recruitment efforts, we will be setting up three of these receptions during the first half of next year.  Our first one, held in the Dayton area, was a real success and gave our members a chance to socialize with other members in their area and brought us some new recruits at the same time. Stay tuned!

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Amy Sabath (2010 Class)

Amy Sabath of Concord Township (Lake Co.) has been appointed to the Ohio Lottery Commission by Governor Kasich for a term beginning August 2, 2011 and ending August 1, 2014.

Michael Evans (2011 Class)

Michael Tunnell Evans of Hilliard (Franklin Co.) has been appointed to the Ohio Parks and Recreation Council by Governor Kasich for a term beginning September 29, 2011 and ending January 30, 2014.

Sharon Gingrich (2007 Class)

Recently Geauga County Recorder and Institute Member Sharon Gingerich was quoted in an article in Chagrin Valley Times regarding the mortgage mess in this country.  Geauga County Prosecutor David Joyce filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Geauga County and the state’s 87 other counties to halt certain practices by the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems and recover lost fees to the counties.  Sharon’s comments were in support of this lawsuit. view entire article

Suzy Swanson (2010 Class)
Suzy Swanson has agreed to serve as Campaign Chair for the Upper Arlington Public Library Levy.  It's a 2.0 renewal level scheduled for March primary voting.

Congratulations to our Institute members and Board members who were elected or re-elected on November 7th:
Heather Harlow, Fiscal Officer, Colerain Township
Lydia Mihalik, Mayor, Findlay
Diane Delaplane, Fiscal Officer, Neave Township
Janis Evans, City Council, Chagrin Falls
Leslie Kelly, City Council, Reynoldsburg
Belinda Kenley, City Council, Centerville
Barbara Lewis, Trustee, Genoa Township
Linda Oda, Fiscal Officer, Clearcreek Township


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