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.

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).

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  • 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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