Applause for business achievements

First Posted: 7/28/2014


Joseph joins Charter Realty

Charter Realty, of Ada, announces the addition of Amy L. Joseph to its sales team.

Joseph has been an auctioneer in the Lima area for 10 years and has conducted auctions in several Ohio counties. Charter Realty is now equipped to offer the unique advantage of selling real estate at auction in conjunction with personal property.


Grand Lake Toastmasters elect officers

Grand Lake Toastmasters, of St. Marys, have held elections for the 2014 officers.

Ray Kramer will serve as the club’s president. Janet Bassitt will be vice president of education. Bud Watkins is vice president of membership. Randy Fisher is vice president of public relations. Jeremy Dull will serve as club secretary. Sandy Hickman, is treasurer. Josh Dull will serve as sergeant at arms.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills.

Grand Lake Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Otterbein Retirement Community located at 11230 state Route 364, St. Marys.


Associates complete disaster training

Blanchard Valley Health System associates Jodi Fisher and Alicia Saltzman completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness, which is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fisher and Saltzman completed the healthcare leadership for mass casualty incidents course which taught participants about fast-paced decision making during mass casualty disasters.

Fisher is the safety coordinator at Blanchard Valley Health System. Saltzman serves as the manager of the Blanchard Valley Hospital Emergency Department.


Marsh Foundation staff present at conference

Laura Beckett-Avery, foster care supervisor, and Pamela Reagan, foster care consultant at the Marsh Foundation in Van Wert, presented “Don’t Take it Personally, But I Hate You,” a workshop focused on building positive relationships between foster child and parent at the annual Foster Family-based Treatment Association. There were nearly 30 attendees at the workshop.

The Foster Family-based Treatment Association was established in 1988 to develop, promote and support Treatment Foster Care.

Brenneman-Reehling attends conference

Sharree K. Brenneman-Reehling, conventions, meetings and events director from the Lima/Allen County Conventions and Visitors Bureau, showcased the Lima and Allen County area at the Ohio Society of Association Executives annual conference and expo held in Cincinnati July 23 through July 25.

Each year the event brings meeting planners and industry suppliers together for three days of updates and discussion regarding meetings being planned and the location alternatives available throughout Ohio.


Ewing to head McComb Family Practice

Dr. James Doone, long-time physician at McComb Family Practice, will be leaving the Hancock County area and McComb Family Practice effective mid- to late-September. Following his departure, the office will remain open, and care will be provided by McComb Family Practice Certified Nurse Practitioner Nicole Ewing.

Ewing has been part of McComb Family Practice for the past two years.

New patients are currently being accepted at McComb Family Practice. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 419-293-0601.


The Applause section features people who have received promotions and those who have attended a special seminar or received special training. Any business or business organization is welcome to submit an item for Applause. To submit an item, send to:


The Lima News

3515 Elida Road

Lima, OH 45807

Items may also be e-mailed to or faxed to 419-229-2926. In the subject line, please include the word “Applause.”

All items must include the phone number of the person submitting the item.

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