Month: October 2020

Warren County Career Center Update 2020

Fellow Rotarian and WCCC Superintendent, Rick Smith, spoke with us today about updates at the career center.

He started off by explaining how things are going in these unusual times of Covid-19, mentioning how the students are doing well at adhering to the social distancing and mask mandates. He went on to explain the makeup of the student body based on home school districts, highlighting that 17% of their juniors and 16% of seniors come from Lebanon High School (down slightly from last year).

In honor of those graduating seniors in 2020, a large sunflower field was planted in front of the building, since theirs was a unique spring.

The enrollment in their adult education classes is actually up from last spring, hitting only minor speedbumps due to the pandemic, up in both enrollments and courses completed.

As far as “big projects” the Warren County Career Center is going green, looking to reduce costs of power and invest in the future both with solar panels installed on the roof for electricity and a new geothermal system dug in and around the main campus. Rick mentioned the goal of the panels is to be able to sell excess power back to the grid.

Moving on to specific classes and fields, the vet science and aviation programs have now moved back to the main campus.

Their Greentree campus (in Middletown over by Atrium and right off I-75) is expanding. Programs added included surgical tech, a second pre-nursing program, administrative management, and others. Rick also mentioned that the end goal was to expand this building’s capabilities to add a cafeteria and classrooms to reduce student travel between this campus and the main one.

Finally, we were treated to a virtual tour of the new vet sciences building.

For more information, or to see how you can get involved, please visit the site below.

Warren County Career Center Info

Our next meeting will be Thursday November 5, 2020 at 12:00pm. The location (for now) continues to be the Countryside YMCA.

If interested in joining that meeting or Rotary, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Fall Decorations Fundraiser 2020…in SPITE of Covid!

The Rotary Club of Lebanon just wrapped up its first Fall Decoration fundraiser. Our biggest fundraiser – the Country Western Music Festival – was canceled due to the COVID virus. We thought we were going to have an even bigger fundraiser in October with a gala to celebrate our club’s 100th anniversary. Once again, COVID struck.

So we tried to think of something that people would actually want that would not include any businesses having to provide sponsorships. We know local businesses have been hard hit, and we wanted to make sure we did not ask for any donations or even discounted prices. We worked with local farmers to provide us pumpkins, corn shocks and straw, and called a Lebanon woman who raises mums. We paid the full asking price for all items.

We sold two packages: A small package was a corn shock, a bale of straw, four jack-o-lantern size pumpkins and two mums for $100. A large package was $200 and was double everything in the small package, plus an extra mum. We were hoping to make about $1,000 with this fundraiser and ended up making about $3,500.

We will definitely be doing this next year, and have set a goal of $5,000!

Thank you for all your support!

We have another small fundraiser going for the next 60 days. We are selling buckeye trees. There are two kinds of buckeye trees – 1) a flowering tree and 2) the one that produces nuts. We are selling both kinds for $25 each.

You can purchase your buckeye tree on our website!

Buckeye Tree Fundraiser – 2020

Following the success of our Fall Decorations Fundraiser, we’re running our First Annual Buckeye Tree Fundraiser!

All trees have now been delivered for 2020.

Thank you for your support and look for our sale next year!

Choose one of the following:

Flowering Buckeye Tree

Non-flowering (Nut Producing) Buckeye Tree

Thank you for your purchase that benefits our continued community service projects!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.