The Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick off National Tourism Week with the Commissioners’ Conference on Tourism Monday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Toledo Zoo.
Pete Gerken, President of the Board of Lucas County Commissioners will be the keynote speaker. He will talk about the tourism industry’s impact on Northwest Ohio.
With current economic conditions, families are electing to go on “staycations,” a term used to describe enjoying the vacation offerings closer to home. This event features exhibitor booths set up throughout the zoo with information about things to do in the Toledo area including area attractions, shopping, dining, recreation and more. Mascots will be on hand for the youngsters including Muddy and Madonna Mud Hen and the Pink Panther. There will be drawings and prizes at participating exhibitor’s booths.
The Toledo Zoo will offer free admission to all Lucas County residents from 10 a.m.-Noon during the May 11th conference. Free admission will also be extended to all non-Lucas County residents by mentioning National Tourism Week. Following the kick off event the GTCVB will launch the 2009 summer tourism season by promoting an entire week of activities in and around Northwest Ohio through May 17th. The week-long celebration will feature fun family activities, neighborhood tours and restaurant promotions.
According to July 2008 statistics from the Ohio Department of Development, tourism in Northwest Ohio brought in $4.7 billion in sales, $1.3 billion in wages, $641 million in taxes and 63,000 employed workers. In Lucas County tourism generated $1.6 billion in sales, $421 million in wages, $208 million in taxes and created 19,000 private sector jobs.
AK Tube LLC of Walbridge was honored with a 2009 Safety Award of Merit from the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International
The Safety Award of Merit is awarded to companies posting an injury and illness incidence rate for the reporting period that is better than the published Bureau of Labor Statistics rate by 10 percent or greater, based on their North American Industry Classification System code. Award winners were selected by the Safety Council, an FMA committee sponsored by CNA Insurance Group and designed to promote safety in the industry.
Based in Rockford, Ill., the FMA is a professional organization with more than 2,300 members working together to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry. Founded in 1970, FMA brings metal fabricators and fabricating equipment manufacturers together through technology councils, educational programs and networking events.
At the clubs
The East Toledo Club will host its annual scholarship luncheon for members of the Waite High School Honor Society Thursday, at Cousino’s, Woodville Rd. Call Andrea at 419-691-7651.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will meet Friday, 7:15 am at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. Call Linda at 419-693-9999.
On the boards
Olivia Summons, director of public affairs for Sunoco’s Toledo refinery, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio), according to John Szuch, chairman.
Summons joined Sunoco in 1999. She is responsible for government affairs, internal and external communication and community relations. Prior to this position, Summons served as President of the Corporation for Effective Government, an independent non-profit research organization. She previously held positions as Community Relations Manager at Toledo Edison, Events Coordinator for the Greater Toledo Marketing Group and Executive Director of Metro Toledo Churches United.
In the community, Summons is currently the vice chair of the University of Toledo Board of Trustees, a member of the executive committee of the Regional Growth Partnership and trustee of the Stranahan Masonic Foundation.
A life-long Toledo resident, Summons is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
The Oregon Firefighters Association will host its first golf outing to raise funds for it memorial fund Saturday, July 11 at Eagles Landing. The shotgun start is set for 8:00 am. Call Michael Jimenez at 419-698-9504 or 419-574-2312.
Sponsors and teams are sought for the Randy Kordash Golf Classic to raise funds for the St. Charles Mercy Hospital Foundation. The outing will be held Monday, June 8 at Belmont Country Club.
The Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce is seeking golfers and sponsors for its annual golf outing to be held June 18. Call 419-693-5580.
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