Congressman talks job fair

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, visited Tiffin Thursday to spread the word about the upcoming job fair.

Jordan spoke about the fair, which is set for noon-6 p.m. May 13 at Tiffin University’s Heminger Center, during the Quint Club annual meeting at AMVETS Thursday afternoon.

Jordan said there is a need in his district and Seneca County for good employees, especially in the manufacturing sector.

“We decided to work with the economic development teams, the chamber teams in Seneca County and Fostoria, and put together this job fair,” he said. “The idea is to match all our good employers up with potential employees.”

Jordan said local leaders have been easy to work with while putting together the fair.

“They’re great,” he said. “It’s been tremendous. This county – whether it’s chamber or elected officials – all have been good. We’re excited about it, and hopefully May 13 is going to be a good day.”

Jordan also gave an update on Congress.

“You guys know what’s going on, it’s a mess,” he said. “Freedom is under attack in this country, it really is.”

Jordan said First Amendment and Second Amendment rights are “under attack” from the federal government.

“The terrible tragedies that we’ve seen, our heart goes out to every family who was impacted by these things,” he said. “But for the government to use these tragedies to infringe on your ability as an American to own and have a firearm is just flat out wrong.”

Jordan also spoke about the recent sequester cuts and getting federal spending under control.

“Here’s the good news, we actually saved a little bit of money for the first time, this sequester is a good thing,” he said. “We would prefer it not impact national defense the way it does, but the fact that we’re cutting some spending and taking a good first step, is a good first step.”

He also said the Senate is going to pass a budget for the first time in four years.

He thanked the service clubs – Altrusa, Lions, Kiwanis, Optimists and Rotary, which make up the Qunit Club – for their work in the community.

“It’s a great country made up of great people who always have an optimistic attitude,” Jordan said.

After the meeting, Jordan took tours of National Machinary in Tiffin, SMI?Crankshaft in Fostoria and Maple City Rubber Co. in Norwalk, which he encouraged to participate in the fair.

Former Olympian athlete and coach Francis Dove-Edwin also spoke during the meeting.

Dove-Edwin, who is senior visiting lecturer for the school of business at Tiffin University, spoke about his experiences at the Olympics and his work the United Nations to help improve his native country, Sierra Leone.

“I like to say I was born in Africa, I was assembled in Europe and I was made in America,” he said.

Dove-Edwin said the U.S. is the only place in the world where an immigrant can arrive with nothing but a suitcase and become a doctor, which is what happened to him.

He also spoke about overcoming mistakes and making the most of second chances.

“You have to learn in life that mistakes have to be made,” Dove-Edwin said. “The worst thing you do to yourself, is when you continue to make those mistakes over and over again. One thing I learned in America is that you’re always given a second chance, but they will not give you a chance to continue to make a mistake.”

Also at the meeting, the five service club presidents spoke about their club’s recent contributions to the community.

“This is just impressive to see how many people are giving back to the community,” Kiwanis Club President Julie Adkins said.

Proceeds from the event’s 50/50 drawing were donated to the Tiffin City pool fund.