Join us for presentations on hot topics, with lunch and lively discussion! Hot Topics are held the third Friday of the month. A lunch of soup, sandwiches, and dessert is included.

Reservations are strongly encouraged at least one week prior: call 419-824-3707 or email

Fridays, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room
$10 member/$15 non-members, per meeting


Benefits and Opportunities of Engaging in Your Community

January 19

United Way of Greater Toledo works to improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on ensuring all individuals have equal access to a quality education, a healthy lifestyle, and financial stability. United Way tackles big problems on a local level. Learn about the problems, solutions, and ways to get involved from Emily Avery, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at United Way of Greater Toledo.


Modern Crime…Safety & Awareness

February 16

Criminals today use the telephone and internet in sophisticated scams. Don’t be a victim—come learn about strategies to protect yourself. Sergeant Justin Music from the City of Sylvania Police Division will present an overview of ways to protect yourself and discuss the patterns and crimes the police are seeing. This interactive presentation will give you easy to follow skills to be confident when faced with potential victimization.


From Apathetic to Advocate  

March 16

We may know that disadvantaged people in our area have problems, but often we do not take action. Susan Sneider shares her personal story about her journey of self-discovery, from a suburban grandmother with blinders to an advocate for the homeless. Hear how working with Toledo’s homeless population has changed Susan’s life and outlook. Stepping out of a comfort zone is not for the faint of heart!


911 First Responders Memorial 

April 20

A 13,000 pound beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was brought to Toledo. That beam became the centerpiece of the 911 First Responders Memorial at Toledo Memorial Park. Jeff Clegg, president of Toledo Memorial Park, will discuss how this memorial evolved from an idea to a tangible symbol and reminder of a first responder’s commitment and sacrifice.