Club Highlights for the Week of March 24, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015


for Outstanding Public Service


This Thursday our club will recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things without the expectation of recognition or reward for their contributions to our community through their volunteer efforts. We will recognize these three finalists for the Jefferson Award for their community involvement, and then announce one that has been selected as this year’s local winner. The winner will then go to Washington, D.C. this summer to represent the city of Cincinnati at the American Institute of Public Service’s (AIPS) National Awards banquet. Begun in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis and Senator Robert Taft, the Jefferson Award is presented in 90 communities throughout the United States each year. Past local winners who also won the national award include: Dick Bere (2009), Crayons to Computers and Bob Edwards (2010), Free Store Foodbank. – See more at:

The 2015 Jefferson Award Finalists:

Meredith Bailey: Good Soles for Good Souls
Brooke Desserich: The Cure Starts Now
Christine Neitzke: The Dragonfly Foundation

Location: Hall of Mirrors

Menu: Caesar salad; potato gnocchi with bolognese sauce and shave parmesan; and chocolate cheesecake with candied pecans.
Alternate Menu: Vegetable ravioli with spinach Alfredo or MARCH SALAD – Spinach salad with roasted peppers, pine nuts, bleu cheese and blackened chicken.

*IMPORTANT* – All guest reservations and special meal requests must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Meetings this Thursday:

11:15 a.m. – New Member Orientation, Salon A, 4th Floor
1:30 p.m. – 4-Way Speech Contest Committee, Salon M, 4th Floor
1:30 p.m. – Believe 2 Achieve Silent Auction Committee – Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level

This Week’s Birthdays:

March 25 – Nadim Moussa [email protected]
March 25 – Susan Wilkinson [email protected]
March 27 – Dick Broxon
March 27 – Steve Haber [email protected]

2015 Member Anniversaries (with 5 year increments):


Peter Armstrong – 25 Years!
Tim Marcagi – 25 Years!
Jack Scott – 25 Years!
Gary Kindell – 30 Years!
Paul Kirila – 30 Years!
Owen Wrassman – 30 Years!
Jack Ramsay – 35 Years!
Don Neyer – 40 Years!

Festival of Dinners 2015

There are several seats still available for purchase at the scheduled dinners and sign up sheets will be available at the meeting. Remember, if you can’t attend the meeting this week, you can call the Rotary office or email Kristy ([email protected]) to purchase a seat for one of the events. Click here to see this year’s dinners: 2015 Festival of Dinners.

Green Diamond Private Event – 25 Seats Left
An Evening Of Music And Fine Dining – 20 Seats Left
Martini Madness – 11 Seats Left (Event is TONIGHT Tuesday, 3/24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.!)

Cincinnati Police Ride-Alongs

As part of the Police Recognition Program on April 16, 2015, the Cincinnati Police Department is offering the opportunity for our members to ride along with a police officer. There are five spots available for ride-alongs. Those wishing to do a ride-along should contact the Rotary office for sign-up and scheduling information. Ride-alongs are filled on a first come-first serve basis.

Shoes for Orphan Souls

Rotary District 6670 is partnering for a fourth year with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls to collect new shoes/socks for vulnerable children and orphans throughout the world. Countries shoes are going to: Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatamala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, and the United States.

Ashley Williamson, manager of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls states: “Our team is so grateful for the partnership of The Cincinnati Rotary Club in providing for the needs of the children we serve. Because of their commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of children who will benefit from a pair of new shoes and socks.”

The shoes that are collected during the drive will provide hope for children living in orphanages and impoverished communities where Buckner offers a wide variety of holistic services. Our shoe collection will begin on April 2, 2015. Please bring NEW shoes to donate. Collection boxes will be set up before Thursday meetings. Tell your friends! For questions for further information please contact co-chairs, Mason Crossland ([email protected]) or Rick Grant ([email protected]).

2015 District 6670 Golf Outing

The District 6670 Golf Outing will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015, at Beavercreek Golf Club in Beavercreek, Ohio. There will be a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start with a four player scramble. The entry fee is $125 per player, which includes breakfast and buffet lunch. Breakfast, hole assignments, course and tourney instructions begin at 8:00 a.m. The deadline for registration is April 7, 2015. To compete for the District 6670 Governor’s Cup, two members of the foursome must be from the same Rotary Club. Individual entries are welcome and you will be assigned to a foursome. Please note: soft spikes only, collared shirts and no denim. Click this link to register: 2015 District 6670 Golf Outing Registration Form.

Opportunity Knocks – Business 2 Business Networking Fair

Opportunity Knocks – Business 2 Business Networking Event (formerly Trade Fair) is being held at the Horseshoe Casino on Friday, April 24, 2015.  This all new format allows family, guests, prospective members, and business associates to attend the event at no cost and park for free.  Click here to reserve your table for the event:  Opportunity Knocks – Business 2 Business Networking Event.


The Opportunity Knocks – Business 2 Business Networking Event will take place on FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015 and will be a Rotary Roadshow.  Click here to make your reservation for lunch:  Opportunity Knocks – Business 2 Business Networking Event Rotary Roadshow Horseshoe Casino luncheon.

Hands On Service Projects

WCET Action Auction – Saturday, April 25, 2015

Long-time Club members may recall our involvement many years ago with WCET Action Auction. This year, Cincinnati Rotary returns to work the auction phones on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each participant will receive a Rotary t-shirt to wear during this televised event. Come join your fellow Rotarians to answer the auction phones and promote the Cincinnati Rotary image. To volunteer, contact Project Captain Jim Brooks (513-252-6776 or [email protected]).

Flying Pig Marathon – Sunday, May 3, 2015

Volunteers are needed as we work the finish line at this year’s Flying Pig Marathon on Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Staggered shifts are available. This is another great opportunity to promote our Cincinnati Rotary image at a highly publicized event. To volunteer, please follow the specific registration instructions below:

1) Follow the direct link to the online volunteer registration site: or you may visit the event website to access the registration site:
2) Find and select Cincinnati Rotary Club from the group list.
3) Complete Volunteer Information.
4) Use “rotary” as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
For any general questions on Rotary’s role at the Flying Pig, please contact Project Captain Marc Horwitz ([email protected]).

New Project Suggestions Welcome!

The Hands On Service Committee is actively seeking member suggestions for new project ideas. Our goal is to band together small groups of Rotarians for single day projects that are in some way tied to our Club’s overall mission and avenues of service. We seek to schedule different projects every 4 to 6 weeks and give every member an opportunity to be involved. Be a part of Hands On Service. Submit your suggestions to Committee Chair Jim Brooks ([email protected]).

Rotary Euchre

The next euchre night will be Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Debbie Bowman. Debbie’s address is 225 Dudley Pike, Edgewood, KY 41017. Bring an appetizer or dessert to share, your beverage of choice and $5.00 for player entry fee. Rotarians, friends, spouses and prospective members are all welcome. Please contact Debbie Bowman ([email protected]) if you would like to attend.

Day at the Races

The Rotary Club of Louisville once again invited us to join them on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, as they celebrate the beginning of Derby Week. We will have indoor seating on Millionaire’s Row 4 with walkout viewing. Parking is still being arranged, but we will be meeting at 9:00 a.m. SHARP for departure.The estimated return time is 7:00 p.m. Price includes transportation by deluxe motor coach, snacks and beverages on the bus, entrance to Churchill Downs, a program, and a buffet lunch (a cash bar will be available throughout the day). Guests are welcome. Tickets are $107.00/each. Only 40 tickets are available on a first come-first served basis with a PAID reservation. Last year’s event sold out so don’t miss your seat on the bus! No refunds are available unless we are able to resell your ticket. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. and can be made by filling out this form: Day at the Races Registration Form.

Bowling Update

It appears that the teams are set a week early for the HUGE Roll-Off on Wednesday, April 1st! No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke. The Hubs will be bowling the Spokes for the trophy. The Spokes are ahead by 7 games in the second half, and since we only have one week of regulation bowling left, no one can catch them. Congratulations Spokes! Steve Rosenzweig will have a recap for everyone to read in two weeks, as to who won, and the other various awards that will be handed out.

It’s not too early to start thinking about next season. If you are interested in bowling, fun and friendship, this is the committee to be on! If you are new to the Rotary Club or just want to get to know a great group of people, we would love to have you with us! Please contact Steve Rosenzweig at 513-484-8816 for more information.

Family of Rotary News

Click on this link to read more about your fellow Rotarians. If you have great events in your life to be included in Family of Rotary news, please send them to Bill Henrich. Click here for Family of Rotary News.

What Happened Last Thursday

Each week Shirley Love prepares a summary of the program from the previous week. Click here for What Happened Last Thursday.

Coming up on April 2, 2015

Program: Charles Rowe, E.I., ODOT – Road Construction Update for the Tri-State
Location: Hall of Mirrors
Menu: Napa cabbage with water chestnuts, peppers, crispy wontons & wonton dressing; general tso chicken with sichuan eggplant, steamed  rice & scallions; and chocolate almond macaroons with berries.
Alternate Menu: Tempura baby bok choy with sichuan eggplant, steamed rice & scallions or APRIL SALAD – spring mix lettuce, radish, asparagus, squash, croutons, grilled chicken with balsamic dressing.

Vision: A second century of engaged leaders making an impact on our club, community and the world.

Mission: Providing selfless service in the community and the world through involved and engaged members.