Jefferson Award

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati is again teaming up with the American Institute of Public Service (AIPS) as a local sponsor of the Jefferson Award, to help find and honor individuals in our community that go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to their volunteer efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area. In partnership with the Enquirer Media and Local 12, The Rotary Club of Cincinnati will be looking to recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things without the expectation of recognition or reward. These are individuals that are changing and improving our community, while addressing an important issue facing our area.
The Jefferson Award, which is recognized as the Nobel Prize for public service, was created in 1972 by Cincinnati’s own U.S. Senator Robert Taft and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is presented annually to recipients in more than 90 cities in the United States. The AIPS’s mission is to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.

During our March 24, 2022, meeting we will honor these outstanding individuals. Our winner will then be invited to attend the National Jefferson Award Program. Many thanks to our community partners the Cincinnati Enquirer and Local 12 for their continued support in working with our Rotary Club of Cincinnati. A special thank you also go out to our committee members: Doug Adams (Co-Chair), Colleen Blair (Greater Cincinnati Foundation), Ashish Chatterjee, Mary Dornette, Jim Eichmann, Kim Graham (CBTS), Ali Hubbard (Co-Chair), Jim Hudson, Missy Knight (Cincinnati Works), Roni Luckenbill, Sara Pattison, Sheila Obermeyer (Local 12), Ron Ott, Kat Pepmeyer (Tools For Change), Jennie Key (Enquirer), Molly Reidel, Anthony Ricciardi, Carol Rountree (Cincinnati Cares), Jack Scott and Bill Shula.

The Jefferson Award is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Enquirer and Local 12.


RSVPs are required to attend, whether you are eating lunch or not, so if you would like to attend please click HERE by 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2022. Remember to type your FULL NAME when you RSVP, otherwise your RSVP will not come through to be accepted. All guests and prospective members must also RSVP (please have them put your name in parenthesis in their signature).