Miami Township Monthly
July 2018
You're Invited!
The Community Foundation of Miami Township invites you to the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Miami Township Veterans Memorial
Who is the CFMT?
The Community Foundation of Miami Township is a non-profit organization that supports the township. It is a component fund of The Dayton Foundation.

Created in 1998 and endorsed by township trustees, the CFMT raises charitable funds for many projects that benefit the community. Some of those projects include the donation of thermal imaging cameras to the fire department, the creation of a multi- sensory garden at a local school, and the creation of the Veterans Memorial.
At Your Service
Community meetings to be rescheduled
Reminder: Two SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis Community Meetings that were scheduled to take place in July have been cancelled. Trustees and township administrators plan to reschedule meetings in the future.
Canstruction Call for Entries
Deadline to Enter July 18
Miami Township is joining the Associated Builders and Contractors-Ohio Valley Chapter, The Foodbank and our kind sponsors for this 'can-tastic' event at the Dayton Mall . Be sure to join us on September 27, all day, to watch as the structures are built, then vote for your favorites! Register your team NOW through July 18, 2018:
National Night Out 2018
Tuesday, August 7
Neighborhood parties begin at 6
Austin Landing Celebration 6 - 11 p.m.
National Night Out is among the biggest township events of the year. It helps residents form a strong partnership with officers in the fight against crime and helps promote a sense of community. This year's event promises to be better than ever!
The police department is already working with neighbors in the midst of planning their parties, and officers are teaming up with Austin Landing for the second annual community-wide celebration.

We are happy to announce that the Community Blood Center's Bloodmobile will be at Austin Landing this year. Anyone who wishes to donate blood that day will need to sign up in advance!

Music, a movie, bounce houses and more are on tap at Austin Landing. Here is the lineup!
Quicklinks for easy registration:
Meet Your Neighbors
National Night Out Edition
The Schmidt Family
Visit Miami Township during National Night Out (NNO) and you will see neighborhood after neighborhood bustling with block parties, park gatherings and cookouts. The evening gives residents a chance to talk one-on-one with police, get helpful crime prevention tips and get to know each other. For Vienna Parkway residents, Joe and Jennifer Schmidt, it’s that open dialogue that makes them feel at home.
“We are fairly new to Dayton. We're a military family and I've always found that by moving around quite a bit, you need to find ways to get involved, so it's important to meet your neighbors and get out there, so you're not lonely,” Jennifer Schmidt said.

The Schmidts have lived in Vienna Parkway for four years. Joe Schmidt is retired from military service and they have every intention of making Miami Township their ‘forever’ home. “We love everything about it. We always say Dayton and Miami Township are some of the most underrated places that we’ve lived.”

This is the Schmidts second year organizing the NNO event for their neighbors, but Vienna Parkway boasts the longest track record of parties at 24 consecutive years. The Schmidts rely on a group of ten volunteers to help them out, including Anna and Chuck Huber, who managed the parkway parties for many years before handing over the reins to the Schmidts. They expect up to 200 people this year at Zengel Park.
While the Schmidts are rocking their block party, dozens of other neighborhood groups are doing the same with music, food and friendship. Police officers visit as many parties as they can throughout the evening, talking with neighbors and children along the way. The kids love to ride their bikes on closed roadways, and some will catch up with the ever-popular Officer Shorty, who just happens to be a police mascot roughly 10 feet tall. He's a big guy, so he makes it to about a third of the gatherings.

"It’s nice to see that the police are interested in the neighborhood and it’s nice to have the reassurance that there’s someone nearby when you need them,” Schmidt said.

There is plenty of time to register your neighborhood National Night Out event. Call Leah O’Malley at #937-433-2996 or visit our web page for more information.
Meet the Staff
Service goes beyond duty
Name: Dan Wessling
Title: Detective, MTPD
Years of township service: 4

Miami Township Detective Dan Wessling works to solve robberies, thefts, fraud cases and other crimes. While he is devoted to collecting evidence that leads to arrests, it just might be the hours and hours of volunteer work that bring him the most satisfaction.

Detective Wessling volunteers his time to a half dozen causes, many connected to law enforcement. He uses vacation time, days off, whatever it takes to pitch in and make a difference. He is currently vice chairman of Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial, Inc. The organization plans the annual police memorial in downtown Dayton and is working to build a permanent monument. The group organizes several fundraisers during the year at which Wessling often lends a humble hand.

“I am just one point in a much larger group that works together to help the families of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. The volunteers help provide families whatever they need; lodging, food, anything. It’s our way to pay tribute to these officers,” Detective Wessling said.

It is the very same organization that has Wessling volunteering at First Friday events at Austin Landing. He first volunteered his time there in 2017, and is currently organizing a fundraiser for August in which the Michael Jackson Experience will perform. He is recruiting volunteers, setting up beer sales and organizing a display of vehicles including the bomb squad, a sheriff’s car from the television show The Walking Dead , and dragsters.

Then, there is National Police Memorial Week . An estimated 30,000 people gather in Washington, D.C., for one week each May to honor fallen officers and their families. Wessling started attending in 2009. This year, he served as an escort to family members at the candlelight vigil. He greeted them, handed a rose to the women in the family, and sat them for the ceremony. Two days later, he stood at attention for some 45 minutes during the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Wessling even turns his transportation to the national event into a volunteering opportunity. He lends his time to the Police Unity Tour , a yearly bike ride that has raised $2.6 million since 1997. Cyclists begin from various points around the country to ride to the national event. Wessling rode in 2015 in honor of Chief Lee Dixon of the Little River-Academy, Texas Police Department. Dixon was killed June 19, 2014. Detective Wessling is pictured here with Dixon's widow, Mary, on the day he rode into Washington. He also drove a support truck in 2016 and is training to ride again in 2019 from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. The 13-year police veteran has a hard time explaining why he does what he does.

“Working as an officer, you generally are encountering people on their worst days when someone has done evil against them. As an officer, you deal with that day in and day out. You do get to help these people, but it is nice to be part of something that is good and with other people that are doing something good.”
In addition to participating in the police memorial events, Wessling assists with JoyRides that gives sports car rides to special needs children and supports Spike’s Canine Fund that provides ballistic vests and training to police dogs. He even grew a beard during No Shave November to raise money for charity. After all this, Detective Wessling prefers to go unrecognized. “It’s hard to put into words. It gives me a sense of pride and I’m honored to do it.”
Shop Hopping
Austin Landing
  • July 6: First Friday Food Truck Frenzy presents Arctic Clam at 6 p.m. and The Menus at 8. There will also be food trucks, skydivers and fireworks display. $5 admission; proceeds benefit Blue Skies for Good Guys and Gals Foundation

  • July 21 - Chalk It Up to Our Heroes chalk art display celebrates our military; all day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; part of Warrior Weekend (July 19-22)

  • July 21: Movie Night 9-11 p.m. - Coco

  • July 21: Meet retired greyhounds from Greyhound Pets of America at PetValu from 2-4 p.m.

Visit Austin Landing online for more news and events

Dayton Mall

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Did You Know?
  • The Miami Township administrative offices are closed July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. Offices re-open July 5 at 8 a.m.

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  • July is peak season at the Cox Arboretum Butterfly House. Make plans to visit!


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