We are pleased to announce the implementation of a new program a year in the making.
The program is called the Community Engagement Lecture Series. Below you will find more information about the program including the year's calendar. Three spots will be reserved for American Martial Arts Institute members each month. If you are a community member, you may register by clicking HERE. Space is limited. If you are a member of the American Martial Arts Institute and wish to attend, speak directly with Headmaster Stalloch for more information. There is a separate registration process.
Clifford Crandall, Jr. and Eric Stalloch, co-founders of Secure Living Online and professional martial artists, believe that traditional martial artists have a responsibility to make a positive difference in the lives of the people in their community. Health, awareness, and personal safety are important for the individual and society as a whole. To further this belief, they established the Community Engagement Lecture Series which focuses on community and educational issues that can help to improve quality of life. It brings together community professionals, service providers, and the citizens of Central New York to interact on topics that can arm their minds with knowledge to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world. A list of upcoming and past topics can be found below.
Who: Presenters: Community Professionals, Service Providers, Educational Agencies
Hosted By: Secure Living Online (Clifford Crandall, Jr. and Eric Stalloch)
For: Community Members (ages 18 and older)
What: The Community Engagement Lecture Series is free. It is an annual series of 45-minute presentations by experts on a variety of topics aimed to improve personal and community health, awareness and safety.
When: The 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:15 pm (monthly topics/speakers)
Where: The program is held at the American Martial Arts Institute, in training room 3, and hosted by Secure Living Online. Some lectures will be co-sponsored with community agencies.
Why: See our mission statement: To improve community health, awareness, and safety through an educational program.
How: There is no cost for participants; however, participants must pre-register online in advance through AMAI-EagleStyle.Com, where they will receive an entry voucher. Participants must be 18 years of age or older unless the lecture details specify an exception based on the topic. Group size will be limited to 25 participants. The voucher indicates that the normal $30 entry fee is waived by Secure Living Online’s sponsorship. As space is limited, and it is a program for community members, only three vouchers will be reserved for American Martial Arts Institute members. Two vouchers are reserved for non-profit agencies who partner with Secure Living Online to use at their charitable events.
All presentations begin at 5:30 pm at the American Martial Arts Institute: 8382 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford
January 21: “Protecting Children in the Digital Age”
New Hartford Police Department: Patrolman Jordan Spinella
Information about social media, apps, video games, chat rooms, and other areas where children can be put at risk to scams and predators
February 18: “New Tax Regulations You Need to Know”
Judy Allen of Celia & Allen, LLC
Information about changes to the tax code for 2019 filings and how they affect you financially. Minimize your risk for an audit.
March 17: “Heart Health Matters”
Peter F. Hotvedt, M.D., FACC of Central New York Cardiology
Information regarding symptoms of cardiovascular health concerns and current treatments.
April 21: “Qigong for Health”
Edna Rodriquez-Plate, Ph.D., Dragon’s Way Qigong Instructor
Information on how Qigong can improve your energy and sense of wellbeing.
May 19: “Pet Care Concerns”
Dr. Patricia Clark, German Flatts Veterinary Clinic
Information about dogs and cats for health concerns indoors and outdoors, as well as diseases that can be transmitted to people
June 16: “”Natural Management of Sinus and Allergy Issues”
Adam C. Ellis, D.C. of Ellis Chiropractic Group
Information regarding natural means that can help reduce sinus inflammation such as appropriate diet and environmental management
July 21: “Securing Your Home’s Networking and Wireless Access.”
Ronny L. Bull, Ph.D. of Utica College | Adirondack IT Solutions LLC
Information about basic home networking security, securing your home’s wireless connection, and other ways to protect access to your home’s technology.
August 18: “Tips from a Certified Cancer Exercise Therapist” Bethany Ratcliff, ACE Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist of Tri-Valley YMCA.
Information regarding the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Preventative measures discussed.
September 15: “Yoga: Changing Minds, Hearts, and Health one Breath at a Time”
Terry Cunningham, Yin Yoga at Radiance Hot Yoga in Glenmont
Information about how yoga can help people with dementia or people who struggle with alcoholism, drug abuse or other illnesses recover.
October 20: “Employee Handbooks: Labor and Employment Law Updates.”
Joseph A. DeTraglia, Esq., P.C.
Information for employers and individuals about what they should know regarding recent legal updates.
November 17: To Be Announced
December 15: To Be Announced
PRESS RELEASE FOR OUR FIRST SPEAKER
New Hartford Police Department to Present on How to Protect Children in the from Digital Dangers
Free Community Program Partners with Local Experts to Improve Public Safety New Hartford, NY. A new program focused on public safety will be offered monthly in New Hartford at the American Martial Arts Institute. The Community Engagement Lecture Series was created by local martial arts experts Clifford C. Crandall, Jr. and Eric Stalloch through their health, awareness, and safety organization, Secure Living Online.
On Tuesday, January 21st from 5:30 to 6:15 pm, the New Hartford Police Department will present on “Protecting Children in the Digital Age.” Patrolman Jordan Spinella explained, “As social media grows, parents need to be more diligent in monitoring and teaching safe practices for their children. Guest will receive tips on monitoring your child’s social media, age appropriate social media, protecting your child against the threat of cyberbullying, safe Internet practices, and other related topics.”
“The Community Engagement Lecture Series focuses on community and educational issues that can help to improve quality of life, Stalloch said. “It brings together community professionals, service providers, and the citizens of Central New York to interact on topics that can arm their minds with knowledge to meet the challenges of a constantly changing world.”
“Every month features a new guest speaker who is volunteering their time and expertise,” Crandall added. “The program is free and offered on the third Tuesday of every month. Anyone interested in attending can go to @AmericanMartialArtsInstitute on Facebook to claim their free voucher because space is limited. A list of all of our upcoming lectures can be found at SecureLivingOnline.com.”
Future topics scheduled for 2020 include, “Heart Health,” “New Tax Regulations,” “Qijong for Health,” “Pet Care Concerns,” “Protecting your Home’s Networking and Wireless Access,” and many others. Each topic is presented by a different guest speaker.
“We are pleased to be able to offer the knowledge and expertise of these professionals to the community. The mind is our most powerful tool for safety, and arming it with knowledge is how we can make a real positive difference in our quality of life,” Crandall said.
The lectures are open to the public, ages 18 and older, with pre-registration, and will be held at the American Martial Arts Institute at 8382 Seneca Turnpike: New Hartford, NY 13413.