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Chamber sets date for State of the Communities Breakfast
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce will kick off its 2014 programming with the annual State of The Communities breakfast Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30. in the Michigan Room at ProMedica Bay Park Hospital.

Representatives from Oregon, Northwood, Walbridge, East Toledo and Jerusalem Township will speak about achievements in 2013 and what to look forward to in 2014. Tony Reams, chairman of the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments will speak about regional issues.

Charge is $5. RSVP to Sarah at 419-693-5580

The chamber will also host a panel discussion for school superintendents on Feb 27. Representatives from Oregon, Northwood, Toledo, Lake and Cardinal Stritch are expected to participate.

Other meetings later in the year include one on disaster preparedness and one on an update on health care reform.

Call the chamber for more info.


Leadership class
The Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Fund, in partnership with The Ohio State University Extension Service and Sea Grant Program, has announced that the 13th Annual Leadership Academy will begin Monday, January 27.

The 10-week course outlines the basic issues, requirements, expectations and practices associated with public service in the Toledo Region. It is a guide for current public officials, private citizens considering running for public office, individuals appointed to various boards, committees and commissions or anyone employed in a position that requires interaction with elected officials. The Leadership Academy can also be an excellent professional development choice for those in corporate and public management.

The faculty includes Rep. Barbara Sears, Ohio House of Representatives, District 47; Tom Waniewski, Toledo City Council, District 5; Tony Reams, president, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments and others.

The 10-week course covers:
•Public Service and Conducting Meetings

•Leadership Skills, Styles and Decision Making

•Building Sustainable Communities

•Government Finance

•Communicating and Working with Citizens

•Team Building

•Communicating and Working with the Media

•Intergovernmental Relations and Economic Development

•Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution

•Ethics in Local Government

Classes will be held on Mondays concluding April 7. Classes are held from 6-8 p.m., with a light meal served at 5:30 p.m. All sessions will be held at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce (300 Madison Ave. in downtown Toledo). Parking will be available in the building’s garage and is offered at no cost, courtesy of Toledo Edison. Cost for the 10-week course is $250 per person.

Contact Ken Piel at 419-243-8191 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Register online at www.toledochamber.com.


At the clubs
Author Terry Shaffer will discuss his book: Illegal Gambling Clubs of Toledo: The Chips, The Dice, The Places and Faces Thursday, Jan. 16 at 12:30 at the East Toledo Senior Center.

The talk is sponsored by The East Toledo Club and is free and open to the public. Shaffer will present the colorful history of the men and the clubs they opened along Woodville Road from East Toledo to Genoa between the 1940s and the 1960s.

The Senior Center is located at 1001 White Street in Navarre Park between Woodville and Navarre.

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The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner meeting Friday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m. at Community Markets-VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main St.

Comedian Jay Boc will perform, a hot buffet dinner will be served and  board members will be elected.

Call Valerie at 419-898-0479.


Schools & skills
Four area attorneys received certification or recertification in three specialty areas of law, according to the Ohio State Bar Association. They are: David Rectenwald of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, estate planning, trust and probate law; Steven Smith of Connelly, Jackson & Collier and Joseph Thacker of Thacker Martinsek, insurance coverage law and Richard Johnson of Eastman & Smith, workers’ compensation law.


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