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Current President Greg Davis Honored in the Community

Greg Davis WCCC Distinguished Alumni

Greg Davis, a 1979 graduate of WCCC and Little Miami, has been selected for induction into the WCCC Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame for 2021. Greg is the owner of Avid Signs Plus, a successful business he has operated for 10 years in Lebanon. He completed the Drafting Design program, with instructor Stan Heath.

Greg is known in the Lebanon community and beyond as a leader in service. He is President of the Lebanon Rotary Club for 2021-22, and will oversee the many civic projects supported by the club.

For two years he has been involved with “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” an organization that provides beds for children in need. The organization builds and delivers new beds to children ages 3-17, and their motto is “No kid sleeps on the floor in our town.” He is active in his church, the Lebanon Methodist Church. He regularly supports other local businesses and organizations by highlighting
them on his social media. His business, Avid Signs, supports many school and community events with sponsorship and involvement.

This spring he became involved in the WCCC Alumni Association and his company produced T-shirts as a fundraiser for the WCCC Education Foundation to provide scholarships for WCCC adult and high school students. He also offered an internship to the WCCC Graphic Arts student who won the T-shirt design contest, and gave that student, Angel Wilson, an opportunity to work on real
projects this summer at Avid Signs.

“We are very proud to have Greg Davis affiliated with our school,” Superintendent Rick Smith said.

“He is a well-respected leader in our business community and with civic and charitable organizations.”

In his acceptance speech, Greg talked about the influence that his time at the vocational school, now called WCCC, had on his education, career and his character as a person.

“In my sophomore year of high school, I had the pleasure to tour this ‘new concept’ school of Vocational Training. The Warren County Joint Vocational School, now the Warren County Career Center, was being built and we were given the list of courses offered. I had always enjoyed technical drafting from general shop class and when I saw the listing for Drafting and Design, I was excited at
the potential of putting something I enjoyed into a career.

“I loved that I could go to a brand new, high tech building (with central air conditioning), that many of my friends were also going to attend, and I could still be a part of my home school for sports, etc.

The Drafting and Design class gave me the opportunity to see and experience several aspects and career options for Drafting such as Architectural, Mechanical, Civil Engineering, etc. At the time, jobs were hard to come by and college was very expensive. So, coming out of high school with a variety of basic skills that could lead down different pathways was a great option.

“Mr. Stan Heath, Our Instructor. Stan as he wanted us to refer to him, was more of a supervisor than a teacher. He taught us how to calculate equations to get the correct end results. He made us do everything in long math not using calculators, or computers as he would refer to them. By the use of his first name he gave us the feeling of being in a real-life job position. We were also taught how to present and sell our designs in mock presentations to the class which were critiqued, sometimes brutally, by fellow classmates, who acted as co-workers. His philosophy was that anyone can design a part to work in a machine, but to stand out, we needed to be able to sell it to the boss and client.

“Other teachers that influenced me were Mr. Chapman and Mr. Johnson, my home school general shop teachers and also football coaches and Mr. Travis, High School Tennis Coach. They introduced me to not only drafting but also team work. Mrs. Schmidt, while she was not my instructor at the Career Center, she was our VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) advisor.

Being involved in VICA, as Class President I was given the opportunity to attend the Ohio State House luncheon with the State Representative, Mr. Corwin Nixon, as well as competing in regional and state design competitions.

“It is an honor to be selected as a member of the Distinguished Alumni from the school committee, my peers and community leaders. It gives me great honor to know that hard work within the community is recognized and appreciated. It humbles me to be considered distinguished anything. I am just an average, middle class kid from Morrow, Ohio.”

Greg thanked his many friends, co-workers, WCCC administration and board, and his family for their support, including his wife of 36 years, Sherre, a graduate of the WCCC Accounting and Computing class. He said that they, plus the many community leaders and business associates through the years, made him “a better person, business leader and community representative.” He also credited Lebanon resident Jim VanDeGrift for having a positive influence on his life.

Joint Meeting with Lebanon Kiwanis and Sen. Rob Portman

Adam Mathews opened the meeting with regular Kiwanis business.

Kiwanis then showed a video from the Republican Conference featuring facts and opinions on the COVID vaccine; video will be released later on.

Brad Knapp introduced Rob Portman (after some technical difficulties), during which he thanked Sen. Portman for his editorial in today’s Cincinnati Enquirer.

Sen. Portman spoke about the pandemic – he thinks we will get through this very soon. He also thanked the clubs on behalf of the Golden Lamb. He then talked about the coming vaccine; they are 90-95% efficacy, as compared to 35% efficacy for flu vaccine. He also talked about needing a lack of politics on the vaccine. Portman stated that he feels Congress needs to get through the “bridge” until March/April, when the vaccine is available. Sen. Portman then moved on to the election, with a summary of election results and an outline of the Senate race down in Georgia. Sen. Portman then talked about upcoming bills regarding saving for retirement. He also thanked both clubs for their work with the community. He closed out his talk by mentioning that he went out with President Oda to dedicate the monument for the Rotary Club’s 100-year anniversary.

Q&A Session

Megan Manuel asked about the transfer of power and whether Sen. Portman believes it will be peaceful – Sen. Portman answered that he does believe it will happen peacefully. He also stated that there will always be election fraud, but this election probably wasn’t affected by the small numbers of fraudulent ballots.

Linda Oda asked if conservatives merely feel a media bias, or does Portman believe it exists – Sen. Portman agrees there is huge bias in media, and referenced a recent statement from Carl Bernstein about 21 senators who have contempt for Trump; Sen. Portman denied it, said it was irresponsible.

Jennifer Long asked if the Senate can represent Warren County and earn the citizens’ trust – Sen. Portman said he hopes we can work together, and that the Speaker of the House will be important.

Linda Oda mentioned that the Rotary Club would love to get Sen. Portman back for a centennial gala – Sen. Portman said he’d love to be there.

Aaron Reid mentioned that he’s been working with the Department of Labor regarding regulations and workforce reform, and offered to be a spokesperson for Sen. Portman.

Adam Mathews called the end of the meeting, and had Brad Knapp and Linda Oda pull winners for the Kiwanis raffle fundraiser.

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