Monday, December 8, 2003

Good things happening

An early gift for Starfire Council

Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati received an early Christmas present Saturday.

It came from staff members of the Cincinnati-based Schulte Corp., who joined with Starfire employees using drills, hammers and elbow grease to install more than 200 feet of shelving and storage accessories.

"This was a great gift for us," said Lynn Thesing, executive director of Starfire. "We have grown so much in the last five years until we simply did not have enough space to serve our clients."

Starfire, a nonprofit agency, serves more than 420 teens and adults with developmental disabilities, up from 150 five years ago.

"We also host over 90 social outings every month which help Starfire members build social skills," Thesing said.

John Kokenge, president and CEO of Schulte Corp., said the company was eager to help Starfire get organized.

Tennis player keeps winning

Angela Farley Wilson, winner of the women's doubles and a finalist in the women's singles in this year's Cincinnati Met tennis tournament, keeps on winning.

She was part of the winning Midwest team in the United States Tennis Association National Intersectionals Women's 35-plus tournament in Naples, Fla., late last month.

The third-seeded Midwest team beat the first-seeded Southern section four matches to one.

Wilson, who is director of junior tennis at Five Seasons Country Club in Crestview Hills, Ky., won all her matches.

Center honored at meeting

The Work Resource Center, which helps people with disabilities, received triple honors at the South Western Ohio Rehabilitation Association's annual meeting last week.

The center's director, Lisa FitzGibbon, received the Tomko Award for outstanding achievement. Smartlab, operated by the center, was honored. Also, the center was part of Career Readiness Workshop, a collaboration between Jewish Vocational Services, Goodwill Industries, Clovernook, Rehabilitation Services Commission, CRI and Great Oaks, which was honored.

Other honorees were Health Alliance, employer of the year; Jewish Vocational Services, rehabilitation practitioner of the year; Goodwill Industries, rehabilitation organization of the year; and Center for Independent Living Options, advocacy award.

Free posters explain strokes

Posters and fliers are being offered at no charge to health care providers, educational and recreational institutions, churches and the general public that explain the signs and symptoms of strokes and urge people to call 911.

The project is sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Team and the Neuroscience Institute.

Call 569-5260 or 584-2214.

Giving back

6,000 volunteer hours

Name: Give Back Cincinnati

History: Founded December, 2002 by Jamal Muashsher, Ryan Rybolt and Mike McHugh.


Information: 983-7716 or 706-0745

Mission: "To focus on enhancing Cincinnati's communities through activities of volunteerism, while fostering the development of young leadership through participation. Give Back Cincinnati provides volunteers and sponsors the opportunity to directly impact the communities of Cincinnati," said Muashsher, president.

This year, 1,300 members representing 275 different companies donated more than 6,000 volunteer hours. Events included collecting 35,000 pounds of food and clothing for the Society of St. Vincent DePaul clothing drive, refurbishing a school, conducting a children's carnival and painting 11 homes in one day.

What others say: The three-story frame-and-brick home of Anita Freeman of Harris Avenue, Price Hill, was one of the 11 homes painted.

"It was wonderful. They did such good work. They all were young and pleasant. They even invited me to have lunch with them. I think it is simply wonderful what they are doing," Freeman said.

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