WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2011
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You are welcome to a lecture
“God is Speaking to You”
by Elise Moore
Tuesday, April 5 • 7:30 p.m.
First Church of Christ Scientist
4647 W. Central Avenue
Elise Moore is anInternationalChristian speaker and has lecturedin over 250 citiesand 13 countries. Elise hasappeared on radio, televisionand internet programs in bothEnglish and Spanish. She hasspoken in convention centers,men’s, women’s and juvenileprisons, senior centers, Biblestudy groups, interfaithconferences and other public venues.
The Sylvania AreaChamber of Commerce an-nounced the 2011 ChamberChampions at the ShowcaseSylvania Expo Preview Par-ty held on Friday, March 25.Nominees were sought fromthe Chamber membershipand the nomination formasked for businesses andleaders who are outstandingboth in the business area aswell as someone who givesback to the communitythrough exemplary service.Winners for this yearare:Business ChamberChampion – Kistler Ford –Bob JorgensenSmall Business ChamberChampion – Lublin Suss-man – Doug WelchRetail Business Cham-ber Champion – Ciao Res-taurant – Michael Gibbonsand Terry Kretz
Chamber Champion – Cityof SylvaniaChamber Champion Vol-unteer of the Year – T.J. Ir-winChamber ChampionBusiness Leader – JohnWalsh – Regency HospitalAdditionally a specialaward was presented to2010 Sylvania Area Cham-ber Board Chairmen KevinLent for his support to theSylvania Area Chamber andits business members.The Honorees wereawarded a one-of-a-kind artpiece designed for the hon-orees from renowned artist
Jim Yarrito. Over 300 mem
-bers and guests attendedthe 9thannual “ShowcaseSylvania” preview partyand over 4000 attended the
Expo, held at Tam-O-Shan
-ter on March 26.
Chamber AnnouncesNetworking for DollarsProgram
The Sylvania Chamberannounces a Sylvania AreaChamber Luncheon Pro-gram “Networking for Dol-lars” on Wednesday, April13 at the Wingate Hotelon Main Street in Sylvaniafrom 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.There will be a light lunchserved so reservations arenecessary. The networking
event is limited to the rst
30 to reserve a spot.The presenter will be
one of Northwest Ohio’s
premier business leaders,Jim Poure. James A. Poureis the Chairman and Chief
Executive Ofcer of GAC
Chemical Corporation andJames A. Poure & Associ-ates, a Business Develop-ment Consultancy. Pourefounded General Alum& Chemical Corporationin 1979 (GAC ChemicalCorporation) and led hiscompany to being named
as one of INC. Magazine’s
fastest growing companiesin 1984. He was named“Entrepreneur of the Year”
Northwest Ohio Region in
1995 for Chemical Manu-facturing and Processingand in 1990 for Supporterof Entrepreneurship.In addition to earningthe Toledo Small Businessof the Year Award from theToledo Area Small Busi-ness Association, and the“Award of Excellence” fromthe University of ToledoFamily Business Center in1998, Jim was awarded anHonorary Doctorate Degreein Business Administrationfrom the University of To-ledo in 2006.Among his current com-
munity afliations, Jim has
served as President of the
Board of Directors of Mom’s
House and is a current boardmember of the Alliance ForPaired Donation. He is a pastchairman and an emeritusmember of the Universityof Toledo Foundation Boardof Trustees, and a past chair-man of the following af-
liations: Jamie Farr LPGA
Kroger Classic Tournament(2001), Toledo-Lucas Coun-ty Port Authority, Toledo Re-gional Growth Partnership,Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, Toledo HospitalBoard of Directors (Chair-man of the Audit and Pub-lic Relations Committees),the Junior Achievement of
Northwest Ohio Board of
Directors, and co-chairmanof the Toledo Committee of 100 from 1989-92. Jim alsoserved as an Executive Com-
mittee Member of the Ohio
Chamber of Commerce.
Jim’s past business, pro
fessional and political afli
-ations included serving asan INC. Magazine confer-ence advisor, a board mem-ber of the Federal ReserveBank of Cleveland – SmallBusiness Advisory Board,an Advisory Board Memberof the Legal Institute of theGreat Lakes, and a WhiteHouse Conference Dele-gate on Small Business. Forreservations, please call thechamber at 419-882-2135.
TJ Irwin won the award for Chamber Champion Volunteer of the Year. Picturedpresenting the award are Laura Glover and Pat Nowak.
Sylvania Chamber AnnouncesChamber Champions for 2011
Recipients of the 2011 Chamber Champion awards pose with their awards at theShowcase Sylvania Expo Preview Party held on March 25.
TJ Irwin photos
On the Scene
Two seniors, one fromeach of the Sylvania highschools, have been named2011 National MeritScholars by the NationalMerit Scholarship Program.David Wright, SouthviewHigh School, and NicholasSmith, Northview HighSchool, have both beennamed as finalists fromthe 16,000 semi-finalistsnamed in September. Theselection of the 8,400Merit Scholarship winnersis in progress from theNational Merit ScholarshipCorporation and willcontinue through May.The National Merit® Scholarship Program is anacademic competition forrecognition and scholarshipsthat began in 1955. Highschool students enter theNational Merit Program bytaking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit ScholarshipQualifying Test, a testwhich serves as an initialscreen of more than 1.5million entrants each year,and by meeting publishedprogram entry/participationrequirementsFor more informationon the National MeritScholarship program, go tohttp://www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php.
Sylvania students named National Merit Scholars
Southview seniorDavid WrightNorthview seniorNicholas Smith
The Sylvania historybooks state there was anannual Bean Festival fromthe late 60s to the late 70s.Not having grown up here, Iwondered what that was allabout. Why beans? Amused,I imagined a bean queen.So, I started researchingthis event and discovered,among other things, therewas indeed a bean queeneach year!The Allen V. SmithInc. company was a beanpacking and processingplant in Sylvania. It wasbuilt in 1951 adjacent tothe railroad behind theSouthbriar shopping center.It was located here becauseof its proximity to nearby
farmers and was Sylvania’s
only local industry at thetime. They packed beansunder the label Smith
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varieties of beans, barleyand split peas were handledat the plant, over 1.5 millionpounds processed permonth.In a 1973 SylvaniaSentinel article, theypaid homage to the bean,explained why there was abean festival since 1969 andincluded this anecdote: “Arecent incident at the plantbrought about a temporarydistaste for beans for oneemployee. He looked at therailroad car of loose beansand thought it would be fun
to jump in. It wasn’t. Buried
to the neck, he had to bepulled out by a tow chainand shivered for two hoursafterwards, not realizinghow cold a bean could get.”Held on the grounds of the Democratic Club onCentennial Road in the earlyyears, the festival was anonpartisan affair and a truecommunity event. In 1972,it was held at WhetstonePark behind Starlite Plaza.The programs were plannedby the Sylvania Jaycees, St.Francis Guild and Knightsof Columbus.
In 1974, Sylvania’s
mayor Warren Schusterhad the great idea to have
Orson Bean as master of
ceremonies for the beanfestival. The famouscelebrity was duly invited.
Alas, he couldn’t make it,
as he was appearing oneighteen talk shows thatweek!Each year boasteddifferent menus, activitiesand entertainment. Servedwas, of course, bean soup,using an old farm recipe,and bean dinners. There wasalso cornbread, spaghettiand other delectables.There were dunking booths,creative dried bean dishcontests, parades, sky diversand more. The multi-daycelebrations were quite fun,apparently, and Sylvaniaresidents threw themselvesinto the festivitiesenthusiastically (but notinto the railroad car!).Miss Bean was selectedfrom thirteen candidatesby “an impartial panel of mayor, grocer, beauticianand editor.” I assume thesewere various young ladiesfrom Sylvania schools andthey probably wore the titleproudly, as well as lovelygowns, tiaras and sashes.Hey, I just had a thought.Were you or a member of your family ever a beanqueen or runner-up? Shareyour memories by emailingto SylvaniaHistory@gmail.com or calling 419-318-9632 and it could appear ina future column!
Full of Beans
Each year, four Toledo-area residents are recipientsof local Jefferson MedallionAwards for extraordinarycommunity service. Jef-ferson Award 2011 winnerRichard R. Faist, CPA, has
served on the COMPASS
Corporation for RecoveryServices Board of Directors
for over 40 years. COM
-PASS nominated Faist forhis long-term commitmentefforts to combat substance
abuse in Northwest Ohio.
Dick has continuously
served on the COMPASS
Board of Directors since1970, overseeing the orga-
nization’s scal operations
as head of the Finance Com-mittee and as a member of the Executive Committee.
COMPASS is a Lucas
County-based provider of inpatient and outpatient al-cohol and drug abuse treat-ment for 2,500 men andwomen a year, plus free HIVeducation and testing ser-vices for another 2,000 arearesidents annually. Most
COMPASS funding comes
from various public entities,including Medicaid, and themajority of those treated by
COMPASS could not afford
treatment from other pro-viders.By making sure that
COMPASS has maintainednancial stability through
-out four full decades, hehas undertaken a majorrole in providing substanceabuse treatment to literallythousands of area residents.Since his 1970 appointment
to the COMPASS Board,Faist has shared his nancial
expertise with the agency.For more than 475 months,
Dick has gone over COM
PASS nancial statements,reviewed annual nancialaudits and the agency’s an
-nual tax returns.Although Dick retiredin July 2010 as Managing
Partner of the Toledo ofce
of Clifton Gunderson LLP,he continues to serve on the
COMPASS Board and Fi
-nance Committee. In look-
ing out for the Agency’s
future, Faist has selectedand is grooming a youngerassociate from Clifton Gun-derson to succeed him.Faist has given profuselyto Toledo, serving as pastChairman of AAA North-
west Ohio and as a trustee
of the Servant LeadershipCenter, Lourdes Collegeand St. Vincent MedicalCenter Foundation.He cur-rently serves on the Boardof Notre Dame EducationalFoundation;the Board of St.
John’s Jesuit High School,
where he also serves on theExecutive Committee andas Chairman of the FinanceCommittee;the FinanceCouncil of the Toledo Cath-olic Diocese;the FinanceCommittee of the UnitedWay of Greater Toledo;andon the Finance and Endow-ment Committees of St. Jo-seph Catholic Church, Syl-vania.Faist and other 2011winners Duke Wheeler,Kim Holmes and Mary LouLeonard will be honored ata breakfast ceremony at the
Toledo Club on Apr. 1. One
of the four will be nominat-ed for a national JeffersonAward.
Sylvania resident wins Jefferson Award
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