Attendance: 11 members, 3 members of the press, 3 guests, guest speaker
Our guest speaker was Dr. Stephan Evans, Lorain County Coroner. He shared with us the history of the Crowner (coroner), back in 1100 - 1200, when the Crowner was the highest legal official of England. By 1512, the time of the Magna Charta, the Crowner was only in charge of deaths. Today, the coroner is the only one who can arrest the sheriff. Who knew?
But the important message from Dr. Evans was the history of the Opiate Epidemic, as it went from opium to morphine to heroin to fentanyl. In 2014, Lorain County started Project Dawn to prevent deaths by giving Narcan to the police so they could revive victims. Deaths leveled off in 2015, but have doubled since then.
Dr Evans gave us a disturbing look at what he and the Coroner's Office has to do deal with. We thank him for the insight.
Attendance: 8 members, 1 guest, 1 guest speaker
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Our guest speaker was Melanie Wilson. She works on grants and special projects for the Stocker Foundation of the Lorain County Community Foundation. Some of the projects the Foundation is working on are the Little Free Libraries, New Mommy Packets for Lorain County mothers, and a baby shower for Medicaid moms.
Melanie spoke to us about the Dolly Parton Imagination Library project and the Lorain County Imagination Library. If a child living in Lorain County is signed up by their parent at the time of their birth, that child will receive 60 free books by the time they reach their 5th birthday. The first book is The Little Engine That Could and the last is Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come! She brought us lots of statistics to attest to the growth of this project in Wellington and our county.
Attendance: 12 members, 11 guests, 1 guest speaker
Dr. Ballinger told us how, in 1963, Lorain County Community College became the first community college in Ohio, when the industries and residents of Lorain County, including the steel mills and the League of Women Voters, spear-headed the drive for more educational opportunities in our county. Today, the latest "first" for LCCC is that it is working on an applied bachelors degree, that is, an employer-drive degree that is not offered by universities. Partnering with 23 employers, LCCC has created an Applied Micro Electrical Manufacturing bachelors degree (think tiny sensors). In conclusion, Dr. Ballinger stated that the #1 priority of LCCC is to close achievement (income) gaps by raising educational attainment, creating a better life for the residents of Lorain County.
Attendance: 9 members, 4 guests, 1 guest speaker