United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success by 6 aims to increase early childhood education opportunities

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Jim Zimmerman, founder of Success by 6 and retired Chairman & CEO of Macy’s Inc., and Success by 6 Executive Director Stephanie Byrd to a recent luncheon meeting to discuss the early childhood education initiative.

The mission:

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. And teens who finish high school are more likely to be employed. When we help kids prepare for school, finish school and pursue higher education, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for us all. The goal?


It’s never too soon to start building the foundation for school success. Through strategies like home visitation and ensuring access to quality early care and education, Success by 6 gives parents and their children the tools they need to be ready for kindergarten.

United Way Success by 6 is the driving force behind kindergarten readiness in our region, helping make high-quality early childhood programs and services available to all.


Clermont County Fair July 23 – 29

Jerry Werring, Director, Clermont County Fair, briefed Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at a recent luncheon meeting on a variety of exciting new developments in store for 2017.

2017 is bringing in more than just a new year.  It’s bringing in an exciting new show barn that is currently under construction.  Throughout the week guests can enjoy Natural Resources Day, Senior Citizen’s Day and special Veterans’ recognition.

Entertainment options include rides, parade, petting zoo, tractor pull and the fair-favorite demolition derby.  Headlining the music lineup for 2017 is country music superstar Sara Evans in a Friday night concert with special guests Buddy Jewell and The Dan Varner Band.

Daily admission and weekly passes are available. FMI:

The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club collected more than 70 pairs of shoes and socks during its April shoe drive to support Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of the global ministry, Buckner International.


Cincinnati Eastside Rotary, along with Rotary Clubs throughout southwest Ohio, donated new shoes and socks and made monetary donations to support this worthy project aiding vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world.


It has been proven that new shoes put children on a path to better health and education. Students who are healthy have better attendance at school and are more likely to be successful.  Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and socks to children in 82 countries.



Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently provided and served lunch to guest families of the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati.  Families throughout the world come to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center seeking life-saving treatment for their children. Often times, they come to Cincinnati exhausted, scared and financially drained as they struggle to pay medical bills.  Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for these families in need.

The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club supported the Ronald McDonald House mission of care and support through generous financial contributions of its members during the month of February that funded lunch for guest families.  Rotary volunteers also prepared and served a home-cooked meal on March 23 at the Ronald McDonald House Coryville location.

“We’re very pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President Eric Radtke.  “We hope our contributions will simply allow guest families to concentrate on what’s most important – their children.”

In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom, Ronald McDonald House provides meals, activities, play areas, laundry and internet access – a home away from home.


Cincinnati Eastside Rotary received a preview of the upcoming Cincinnati Reds season at a recent luncheon meeting courtesy of Michael Anderson, manager of public relations for the Reds.  The season opens on Monday, April 3 with the fan-favorite Findlay Market Parade at noon and first pitch at 4:03pm versus the Phillies.  And there’s plenty to be excited about this season at Great American Ballpark.

The 2017 Reds promotional schedule features a premium “Super Saturday” giveaway for every Saturday home game, including seven bobbleheads and a Pete Rose replica sculpture on June 17. Also back by popular demand are Rozzi fireworks every Friday night home game and Family Sundays.

On Family Sunday, up to three half-price tickets can be purchased with the purchase of a full-price ticket by using the offer code FAMILY.  Plus, every Family Sunday includes:

  • Kids Giveaways
  • Face Painters
  • Live Mascot Races
  • Carnival games with unique Reds prizes
  • See Mr. Redlegs, Mr. Red, Gapper, Rosie Red and more!

Anderson also highlighted the philanthropic work of the Reds Community Fund dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball.

For more than 160 years, YMCA has been engaging neighborhoods across the U.S. and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati continues that legacy with a major impact in the Cincinnati metro area.

YMCA Vice President William “Bear” Clifton shared the compelling story of the YMCA and its work to strengthen communities – everyday working side-by-side with neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive.  The YMCA’s area of focus include:

  • Youth Development – program delivery focused to children and teens across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so they cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and enhanced educational achievement.
  • Healthy Living – YMCA recognizes its unique responsibility by offering programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, bond families closer together, and strengthen connections with others.
  • Social Responsibility – YMCA listens and responds to the communities’ most critical social needs, with a focus on Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens and under-served populations.

To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati:

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CVB Exec. Director Mark Calitri (left) with Rotary President Eric Radtke

The Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Executive Director, Mark Calitri presented at a meeting of the Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary on Wednesday February 22, 2017.

During Calitri’s presentation, he updated the Club on the 2017 events planned in Clermont County, including the third year for the US Rowing Club Nationals.  He also addressed the yearly tourism economic impact and introduced the 2017 Clermont County Visitors Guide.

The CVB serves as a broker or an official point of contact for convention and meeting planners, tour operators, visitors and sports organizations. CVB staff assists planners with meeting preparation and encourage business travelers and visitors alike to visit local historic, cultural and recreational sites.

Learn more about what is bringing people to Clermont County –

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary presents a check totaling more than $11,000 through proceeds from the Charity 4-Children Gala to support youth initiatives in the local community.

Charity 4 Children Gala proceeds awarded

The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club presented a check totaling more than $11,000 to several local initiatives serving youth in eastern Hamilton and western Clermont Counties. The award came from proceeds raised by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary through its Charity 4-Children Gala that took place in October.

This annual gala featured dinner, music, and live and silent auctions to support four worthy area organizations: Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Clermont County (CASA), Inter Parish Ministry, and Stopping the Abuse Before It Ever Starts.  Proceeds will impact the community by:

  • Providing food, clothing and communal support to youth in need
  • Changing lives and building great futures for young people who require a safe place to spend time outside school hours
  • Enlisting and training volunteers to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children
  • Educating high school students before they have children to be good parents and to never hurt, abuse or neglect a child.

“Since our Club’s original charter in 2013, we have focused on youth who are served by the unique talents and leadership of Rotary.” said Cincinnati Eastside President Eric Radtke.  “We are grateful for the Rotarians and friends who helped make this event a success and gratified to learn from each organization the impact this support will have in our community.”

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Mr. Brent Seelmeyer, President, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati to a recent luncheon meeting.

Since 1939, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati has been changing lives and building great futures for kids who need a safe and positive place to spend the most vulnerable times of the day—immediately after school and at night, when supervision is often lacking and temptations are great. Doors are open to the community’s youth, who are invited in to enrich their lives with Club membership, exceptional staff and volunteers, high-quality services and innovative programs, all at no cost.

Because of its mission, history and vision for the future, Boys & Girls Club has become one of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s strongest and most beloved youth service organizations.



logo_72dpi180Cincinnati Eastside Rotary is pleased to welcome Positive Leaps to its new Clermont County (Union Twp.) location.

Positive Leaps Vice President, Mike Lynch, visited Rotary on Wednesday, December 14 as its featured program to better educate the membership on its mission and investment in the community.

Headquartered in Liberty Township, Positive Leaps offers a specialized day treatment program designed for children 18 months to 8 years old experiencing behavior issues such as aggression, inattention and defiance.  Its licensed mental health professionals deploy proven methods to help children learn positive behaviors to replace problem behaviors.  Treatment days range from 65 – 85 days.

The Positive Leaps Clermont facility will be opening soon at Beechwood Road and St. Rt. 32.


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July 2018

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  • no meeting - 4th of July holiday
  • Kathy Rosenbaum, PhD- Dispelling the Myths of Supplements
  • Matthew 25 Ministries
  • Tanger Outlet Mall - Jeffersonville
About Our Club

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati-Eastside was formed April 5, 2013 and it's 40 members enjoy fellowship, service and education each Wednesday at a luncheon meeting at Ivy Hills Country Club.  Prospective members are always welcome and each week more people are joining the "ground floor" of this new and vibrant Club.

The members represent a wide range of business, non-profit and government leaders.

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