Area briefs

Anthony Greene

Preserving summer’s harvest

TROY — Whether you go to one of the farmers markets this summer or grow your own produce, make sure that you are getting the most out of the harvest by learning how to can.

The Miami County Farm Bureau is hosting two canning workshops, where participants will be learning how to water bath and pressure can.

Bonnie Sutherly, retired OSU Extension educator, will be taking participants through a hands-on step-by-step process of canning. She will also be giving helpful hints and tips, along with some great canning recipes. She will be teaching Water Bath Canning on Thursday, June 25, then Pressure Canning on Thursday, July 9, both classes will start at 6 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Center.

To make a reservation or for more questions, call the Miami County Farm Bureau office at 335-1471.

The cost is $15 per class for farm bureau members or $20 per class for non-farm bureau members. Those wishing to attend both classes will receive a $5 discount. Participants must make a reservation and pay at the Miami County Farm Bureau office a week prior to the event. Class size is limited.

Greene attends leadership event

TIPP CITY — Anthony Greene, vice president of Commercial Lending at Monroe Federal Savings and Loan Association in Tipp City, was among 20 bankers from across Ohio who recently graduated from the 2014-2015 Bank Leadership Institute at the Ohio Bankers League.

Created by the OBL more than 20 years ago, BLI generates leaders who will strengthen their organizations through enhanced leadership, organizational and performance skills. The 20 participants met four times throughout the 2014-2015 program year for two-day intensive study sessions and hands-on learning, and now join nearly 400 Ohio bankers who are accomplished BLI graduates.

Each session concentrated on key learning activities for leadership skills development such as strategic planning, risk management, presentation, coaching and mentoring, team-building, negotiation and mediation, regulatory structure and environment, the legislative process, and more. The program was led by George Paidas, founder/executor of Embros, a strategic planning, coaching and leadership consulting firm. George is widely recognized throughout the Ohio banking industry as a past chairman of the Ohio Bankers League and former CEO of The Old Phoenix National Bank in Medina.

For the sixth time, the BLI program also included participation in the OBL Washington, D.C. Fly-In last February, which for many, was their first experience in bank lobbying.

According to Mike Adelman, president & CEO at the OBL, “Mid- to senior-level bankers with executive potential are selected by their bank to participate in the BLI program. This is a sound way to establish a core network of bank leaders who will provide future direction for both their institutions and the Ohio banking industry. Given the significant outflow of retiring Baby Boomer bank executives, we need to keep our industry stocked with leaders passionate about sustaining banking in communities across Ohio.”

For more information about the 2015-2061 Bank Leadership Institute program, visit the OBL Web site at or contact Susan Poling Jones, education manager, at (614) 340-7611. The first session will be held in Columbus on Sept. 17-18.