The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on September 13, 1991 · Page 81
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 81

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Friday, September 13, 1991
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Friday, September 13, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER EXTRAEaSt Central 3 SENIORS Alumni find they're still part of Hartwell Change In style, not substance New director of Clermont senior services finds solid agency -.i--- r.. . . s. - ' ' Brown, Thomas said, is a natural leader, someone who knows how to get things accomplished. "He has this way of deciding what he wants done and then picking the right people to do it. His style is warm and friendly." Brown and his wife, Yvonne, have two children, Adam, 12, and Emily, 9. The family just moved into a home in Owensville, near the agency headquarters. "It's wonderful. I don't have to drive any more than five or six minutes each way," Brown said. Family first Brown said his family comes first. Joining an organization in good health helps him maintain that priority. "When I came here in July I already had a well-run, well-funded agency. I knew people who worked here loved it. Turnover was almost non-existent. So all I did was reorganize a bit to define how we do our jobs. There weren't any drastic changes." No jobs were lost during reorganization, he said. Mary McDonald, 70, a 20-year and now honorary member of the Clermont Senior Services Inc. board of directors, which hired Brown, said she was impressed by Brown's credentials and style. "I've only been to one meeting with him so far. But I can see he's a man with both experience and plans. We've had fine support in the community for senior services over the years. I know he's going to do what has to be done and to continue that support." Judge Robert Linder of the Clermont County Court and president of Clermont Senior Services board, agreed. He said Brown was the right person for the job. "He works well with people as well as knowing all the technical ropes of the aging field. We all feel he's the perfect man for this job both in personality and pleased they purchased new uniforms and established the Hartwell Heritage Case. Periodically the alumni change the displays, largely made up of members' memorabilia. "There's not been a single situation where we've called on them when they haven't responded," Gum said. He spoke of a tutoring program in which the alumni are involved, of the time they moved the resource center, and of alumni who helped with all the other neighborhood groups and PTA. Alumni also purchased furniture for the lobby, he said. And he mentioned their representation on the school's advisory council. Each year, the council reviews the school's five-year plan and sets project priorities. Together, the alumni, PTA, Hartwell Improvement Association and other community and civic groups work to fund the projects. "We see them as a terrific asset to our school. I think they have about 800 active members," Gum said. That willingness to pitch in may go back to their own school days, Marcum says. "It was a very nice school to go to," Marcum said. "It was small. You knew everyone else. You went to school with them for 12 years. I guess I knew everyone in that school." The alumni association, Richey said, is a good way to renew friendships. "You drifted apart once you got married or moved out of the city or the state. It's kind of like going down memory lane when we get together now." Added Herrin: "Now that we've raised our families, we have more time to get together, to chit chat." On the second Monday of each month, the alumni meet at Sho-ney's Restaurant on Ohio 4 in Fairfield at noon for lunch, a business meeting and to socialize. An annual dinner dance is held in September and a supper at the school is held in April. This year's dinner dance will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hartwell Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost is $15 per person with reservations required. To reserve, call 398-6074. BY SUE KIESEWETTER Enquirer Contributor Colerain Township residents Mary LeRoy Marcum and Janet LeRoy Richey may have walked out of Hartwell School for the last time as graduating seniors in 1945, but they're still actively involved in what goes on there. Forty-six years later, the sisters, their mother, Eleanor LeRoy, and several classmates are reac-quainting themselves with the school, its activities and one another through the 6-year-old Hartwell Alumni Association. "I never expected to be greeted by people who went to school with my children," said Eleanor LeRoy, 85. She attended Hartwell School from the time she moved to the area at age 10 through the 10th grade, when she dropped out to take a full-time job. She lives in Hartwell. Many of the group's members went to school in the building in the 1930s and 40s, said Betty Herrin, a 1943 graduate who lives in Reading. The organization is open to anyone who attended Hartwell School. "What I remember most," Herrin said, "was the war, when the boys left school and then came back later to finish their education. And I remember the football team, when Wyoming was our biggest competitor." Through the alumni association, current students have been able to gain a sense of the history of the school, built in 1923, and of bygone eras when the building had high school students, said Principal Jim Gum. Through the efforts of the alumni, the students a few years ago focused on the history of Hartwell, Gum said. When they finished studying its history and the history of the school murals, which depict the Miami and Erie canal in 1850, they were asked if they wanted to adopt the school's past colors and mascots. After students voted by a 3-1 margin to return to the original warrior mascot and orange and black colors, the alumni were so BY ALICE HORNBAKER The Cincinnati Enquirer In his new role as president and chief executive officer of Clermont Senior Services Inc., George R. Brown said he'll be approachable and accessible. So when a phone rings at Clermont offices in Batavia and the caller asks for the director, Brown will pick up the line, as he has been since his duties began July 1. Though Brown might be a new face to some Clermont County seniors, he is well-known to senior services professionals in Ohio and Indiana. Brown came to Clermont from Indiana where he was director of Aging Services Division of the state Department of Human Services. He oversaw a $35 million budget and 16 area agencies on aging. Cincinnati professionals remember him as the personable associate director of the Cincinnati Council on Aging. He left there in 1985 after seven years of service. "Act II" Brown, 45, has replaced the only director in the Clermont agency's history, Lois B. Dale. She retired in June after 23 years of nurturing the senior services from a one-woman, half-time, secretary operation to a major social agency with an annual budget of $3 million. Brown heads a staff of 78 with headquarters in the United Way Building on Front Wheel Drive. "I know how much Lois was loved here. She really put this agency on its feet. My job is to treat it now as a grown-up. It's as though I'm taking over at the start of Act II. In Act I the agency went through infancy and teens. It's up to me to carry on from there." He already has begun. His leadership style is to delegate authority. Dale, by comparison, The Cincinnati EnquirerFred Straub George Brown, new director of Clermont Senior Services, said all he's done so far is to "reorganize a bit to define how we do our jobs." ' i My job is to treat it now as a grown-up. It's as though I'm taking over at the start of Act II." GEORGE R. BROWN presidentchief executive officer Clermont Senior Services Inc. work." Georgann Thomas, executive secretary of Cincinnati Council on Aging, said she was delighted to hear Brown had taken the job at Clermont. 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