Q & A with Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., Chair of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Steve Beck, President and Executive Director of the Military Bowl

Rotarian, Doug Bolton, will lead a Q& A Session with the Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church, and chair of the board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, which in 2019 will be celebrating its 25th anniversary as a concept and its 15th anniversary of opening. Rev. Lynch was co-chair and founding board member of the organization. The center is financially strong, and is being rejuvenated under a new leadership team led by Dion Brown. Rev. Lynch, 78, is an iconic Cincinnati civil rights advocate, dating back to the 1960s. Rev. Lynch serves as a Director of UC Health, University Hospital and is also a Great Living Cincinnatian Award recipient. Rev. Lynch is a man of God, first and foremost. His church has grown from 65 members to more than 2000 in his 58 years as pastor. A native of Georgia, his family moved here when he was young. He graduated from high school and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon return from the service, he started working at a barbershop and attended bible college. He would later earn an MBA and brought Billy Graham to Cincinnati in 2002 as part of the healing process following the 2001 downtown riots. He’s known for taking strong positions on very public issues, sometimes contrary to what many people would expect from an African-American pastor who was shaped by the civil rights movement.

President & Executive Director of the Military Bowl, Steve Beck, will also be joining us for our meeting.  Beck is responsible for overseeing all aspects of preparation for the bowl game, including serving as the liaison between the teams and conferences, guiding the team selections and negotiating all contracts. Since Cincinnati’s Bearcats will be playing in the game on December 31, 2018, against Virginia Tech, it will be great to get the inside scoop on the operations of the Military Bowl.

Additionally, the Rotary Chorus will be performing AND DON’T FORGET THIS WEEK’S UGLY SWEATER CONTEST!  Winner of the contest gets a $100 gift card to the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel and gets to take home the AWESOME Rotary Ugly Sweater Contest Trophy to proudly display for an entire year!

LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
MENU: Field greens, pepitas, raisins, goat cheese with raspberry vinaigrette and Snickerdoodle cookie- salad appetizer and dessert for all entrees.
Regular Entrée – Grilled chicken with baked mac and cheese, wilted spinach & cider jus.
Vegetarian Entrée – Fried feta with baked mac and cheese and wilted spinach.
Salad Entrée – BBQ chicken with romaine, tomato, bacon & bleu cheese dressing.