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.


Rotary was pleased to welcome Chief Steve Pegram of the Goshen Twp. Fire Department to a recent luncheon meeting.

In his inspiring testimony, Chief Pegram related how “the simple 4 Fs Rule” (Faith, Family, Friends, and Fire Department) – the priorities by which he strives to live his life – figured prominently in sustaining him and his family during a crisis involving the illness of his wife Mollie, and their agonizing wait for donor lungs. Mollie received a double lung transplant and made a full recovery.

Hear his moving account:


Sandy Shevers recognized as a two-time Paul Harris Fellow with President Eric Radtke

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Cincinnati Eastside Rotary is pleased to recognize Mrs. Sandy Shevers, Executive Vice President of Sportsman’s Market, Inc. (Sporty’s), as a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.

The Paul Harris Fellowship recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study.  It is named for Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for support of its humanitarian and educational programs. A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding.

Sandy Shevers was recognized by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at its weekly, luncheon meeting with a presentation of the Paul Harris Fellowship pin.

epn_rgbIn honor of World Polio Day celebrated on October 24, the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club supported the End Polio Now campaign with its October fundraising activities as part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.

Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.    The disease remains endemic in just three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.

A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal.  As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as sixty cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.  After an international investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.


Keynote address delivered by Rotary International President John Germ


Cincinnati Eastside Rotarians with Rotary District 6670 Governor Mike Kelly (center).

More than 600 Rotarians turned out for the Rotary Institute Luncheon on Friday, October 14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. The Rotary Institute is a multi-day conference focusing on fellowship, training and leadership development.

The luncheon’s keynote address was delivered by Rotary International Pressident John Germ of the Rotary Club of Chatanooga, TN.  Mr. Germ discussed his chosen theme for the 2016-17 Rotary Year, Rotary Serving Humanity and highlighted Rotary’s successful quest at eradictating Polio. More than $50,000 was raised for the End Polio Now campaign during the Institute shattering the $10,000 goal.

As a thank you to the local community, Institute attendees collected new books for six elementary school libraries with a goal of 300 books. Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent, Mary Ronan was on-hand to accept the donation.

Cincinnati Mayor, John Cranley and Cincinnati City Council proclaimed October 14 Rotary International Day in Cincinnati.

2016_haiti_sb_aid_delivery_0The Category 4, hurricane Matthew, affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne illnesses.

Working with partner organizations, Rotary is focusing on the cholera outbreak in the southern region of the island and emergency shelter.


The Disaster Network Assistance Rotarian Action Group and Rotary District 7020 are collecting donations for relief in Haiti and the Bahamas. The initial funds will be used to replace the roofs of 1,000 homes and provide Sawyer water filtration systems. Please visit their website to learn about ways to give.

If you would like to help those affected in North Carolina, send donations to District 7710.

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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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