UC_UnitPairsClermont_CollegeCincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Dr. Jeff Bauer, Dean, University of Cincinnati – Clermont College, to its weekly luncheon meeting on Wednesday, August 31. Dr. Bauer provided an update on the state of the college and information regarding a variety of new initiatives and unique educational opportunities at Clermont College.  Dr. Bauer also spoke to the membership and guests about the importance of community involvement and collaboration and possibilities for supporting experiential learning options for students.

UC Clermont College is located in the center of Clermont County on 91 beautiful wooded acres in Batavia Township. Opened in 1972, Clermont College is an accredited, open-access college offering more than 50 associate degrees and certificate programs.

UC Clermont students are a part of the Bearcat family. That means they have access to all of the same perks available at UC’s Uptown Campus, with the advantages of attending a regional college. Clermont’s small class sizes, convenient location, and flexible schedule provide students with all the support needed to complete their degree.

Dean Jeff Bauer introduces Clermont College.


For the fourth continuous year, members of the Club volunteered on a hot and humid Friday morning to share their time serving almost 90 families at the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) Mobile Pantry. This event was held at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Batavia, OH. Twice monthly mobile pantries are held at various locations. Volunteers help set up the food on tables, shop with families, and enjoy the camaraderie with the families and other volunteers.
Rotary IPM Pantry

Pictured (L to R) are Concinnati-Eastside Rotary members: Tom  Candelaresi, Gail Koford (President-Elect & IPM Development Dir), Dama Parker (Scholarship Committee Chair), and Phil Boyer (Club Charter Pressident). Volunteers are always needed for the IPM events –

Ten, $1,000 awards provided

Adam McCoy (left), Miami Valley Christian Academy, and Bradley Herndon, Turpin High School, were honored recently for receiving one of ten, $1,000 scholarships provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

Adam McCoy (left), Miami Valley Christian Academy, and Bradley Herndon, Turpin High School, were honored recently for receiving one of ten, $1,000 scholarships provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.


Cincinnati Eastside Rotary announced today that it has awarded ten, $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at local high schools.  The awards are intended to help defray college expenses.


The scholarship recipients exceeded eligibility requirements through their outstanding academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and strong commitment to service and the tenets of Rotary.  Receiving awards for the 2016-17 academic year were Maria Ciampone (McNicholas), Kyle Costa (Turpin), Chad Evans (McNicholas), Luke Fickenworth (Anderson), Breanna Gabbard (Goshen), Isaac Gilbert (Williamsburg), Bradley Herndon (Turpin), Adam McCoy (Miami Valley Christian), Dakota Polly (Turpin), and Elizabeth Simmons (McNicholas).


Award winners will study a broad array of discipline areas including business, science and the arts with a common bond to improve the communities in which they will study and work.  Recipients and their families were invited to be honored at a weekly luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

Rotary’s early risers keeping the weeds down

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary - community garden volunteers

Rotary volunteers help maintain community garden, from left, Greg Sojka, Michelle Hamilton, Mary Eisnaugle, Michelle Edwards, Andrea Patacca

In spring of 2010, faculty and staff who were planning Earth Day at the University of Cincinnati (UC) – Clermont College located in Batavia, OH, decided to pilot a small community garden to help serve those in need.  The inaugural 25’ x 25’ space yielded 381 pounds of produce which was donated to area nonprofits who managed distribution.

The community garden has grown by a factor of nearly ten from these humble beginnings.  In 2014, volunteers from the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary spear-headed an effort to erect a storage shed near the garden to store essential tools for the garden upkeep.

This summer, volunteers from Cincinnati Eastside Rotary are joining other community volunteers to assist with watering, weeding and harvesting.  Rotary is working in teams to provide this essential upkeep of the community garden.

100% of the produce raised will be donated to area food pantries and soup kitchens in order to help alleviate hunger in the region.


CCU head football coach, David Fulcher

Former Cincinnati Bengal great David Fulcher joined Cincinnati Eastside Rotary’s July 6 luncheon meeting to discuss his distinguished NFL career, life after football and his many service activities.

A native of Los Angeles, David was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1986 after three years as an All-American at Arizona State.  The stand-out Bengal was a three-time Pro Bowl selection over an eight year NFL career and led the Bengals as its starting Safety in Super Bowl XXIII against the 49ers.

After his NFL career, Fulcher has been involved in various service ventures. Recently, he was an administrator at Cincinnati Christian High School, serving as the school’s head football coach from 2011 through 2014. He is the founder of MANA-Now, a non-profit that provides life skills to incarcerated males. David is married (wife, Judy) and has two grown children.

David is currently the head football coach at Cincinnati Christian University and will be leading the team into its inaugural season this fall.  Cincinnati Christian University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) competing in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (KIAC).

The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club introduced new leadership for the 2016-17 Club year during its annual “Pass the Gavel” ceremony at Ivy Hills Country Club on Tuesday, June 28.  Rotary District 6670 Assistant Governor Michael Chapman, of the Batavia Rotary Club, was on hand to administer the oath to the newly elected officers.


Eric Radtke, president of Sporty’s Academy, Inc., was sworn in as president of Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary.  “I’m deeply honored for the vote of confidence from my fellow Rotarians and look forward to working with the leadership team and our talented membership in advancing the Club’s priorities.  “We have an aggressive agenda planned for the new year and many community challenges we’re prepared to address.  Our mission will center around membership, service and youth.” said Radtke.  “I would also like to thank Michelle Edwards for her outstanding service as president this past year which included a new youth leadership initiative.”


Joining Radtke on the leadership team are Gail Koford, president-elect; Alison Taylor, vice president; Michelle Edwards, past president; Donovan “Donnie” Donohoo, treasurer; Jackie McNary, sergeant at arms, Michelle Hamilton, secretary; and Phil Boyer, Penny Magee, and Bob Pautke serving as directors.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary - 2016-17 Leadership Team

From left: Bob Pautke, director; Alison Taylor, vice president; Donnie Donohoo, treasurer; Gail Koford, president-elect; Eric Radtke, president; Michelle Edwards, past president; Michelle Hamilton, secretary; Jackie McNary, sergeant at arms; Phil Boyer, director.

unnamedCincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed Alex Zorniger of Scene 75 Entertainment in Milford Ohio.  Scene 75 has quickly established itself as a leader in the family entertainment industry. The original Dayton location opened in July, 2012 and the Milford location in September of 2015.

This 90,000 square foot entertainment venue features a full-service restaurant, two bars, 12 indoor attractions, 110+ arcade games, and much more! Scene75 is the newest and largest entertainment center in Cincinnati with fun games and attractions for all ages! Entertainment options include indoor go-karts, laser tag, arcade, bounce inflatables, mini-golf and much more – the perfect activities for friends and family all year round.

Since its opening, Scene 75 has been recognized for its positive impact on the local communities and was honored by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) as one of 2015’s “Top Three Family Entertainment Centers in North America”!


By Michael Bucca, a member of the Rotary Club of Central Ocean Toms River, New Jersey, USA

The Central Ocean Toms River Rotary Club

The Central Ocean Toms River Rotary Club

You might think that I, a 32-year-old member of a 110-year-old organization, would be preoccupied with trying to modernize my club’s way of doing things. But remarkably, my experience in Rotary is teaching me to spend more energy convincing my generation – which keeps trying to reinvent everything – that there is much to be gained in the lost art of personal connection.

We all use social media in our daily lives. Without a doubt, Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, etc. has great value in our social and professional circles. But long before there were Wi-Fi connections, laptops, or smartphones, a man named Paul Harris came up with the idea of professional leaders getting together face to face to make a difference in their community. The organization that arose from this modest idea took its name from the early practice members had of rotating meeting locations between their offices.

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May “happy bucks” from Cincinnati Eastside Rotary are supporting the Batavia Backpack Program.

backpackChildren in need often rely on free school breakfast and lunch programs to get them through the week, but what happens to those kids on the weekend? No child should have to go hungry. That’s how the organizers of the Batavia Backpack Program felt when this initiative was launched. They collect food to send home with students who need it every weekend within the Batavia school system. Please consider how you might give to support their awesome work!

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed UC Air Care to its weekly luncheon meeting.  Air Care Pilot, Bob Francis, discussed UC Health’s specialized medical transport unit and its value to the community.  Francis started with Air Care & Mobile Care in February of 2008.

Air Care & Mobile Care has provided the Greater Cincinnati area with specialized medical transport services for patients in our community for over 30 years. The specialty unit comprises a staff of 140 employees from diverse professional backgrounds. A unique aspect to the UC Air Care unit is that it provides its service with a specially trained physician or advanced practice nurse on every flight.

Deepening the UC Air Care connection with Rotary is that Mr. Francis was part of a team of professional responding to a medical emergency involving Rotary District 6670 Governor Bill Shula.  Here is his story-


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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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