During the First World War, nearly two million Americans—young, innocent, and patriotic—were sent to the blood-soaked battlefields of Europe to, as President Wilson declared, “Make the World Safe for Democracy.” There, they encountered the horrors of modern war—poison gas, disease, death, and destruction on an unimaginable scale. Through it all, the doughboys upheld their American ideals, earned a reputation as fearsome, courageous fighters, and won the Great War.

Gary Knepp, author of Over There, provided an enlightening account to Cincinnati Eastside Rotary as described in his most recent book – the story of how the men and women of one Ohio community, both at home and abroad, met the challenge of their generation.

Gary L. Knepp is a lifelong resident of Clermont County, Ohio. Mr. Knepp is an attorney and an adjunct professor of American history and political science at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College. He was the director of the Clermont County Underground Railroad Research Project and has presented papers to academic conferences about the Underground Railroad. He is also a frequent speaker on the topic to local historical societies. In 2005, he appeared as a guest historian on the PBS television show, History Detectives.

His other publications include Forgotten Warriors, Musings From The Clear Mountain, Beyond The Names, Freedom’s Struggle, The Memoirs of Henry Clark Corbin, Nine Who Made a Difference, and To Crown Myself with Honor. He is also the author of numerous newspaper and journal articles.

FMI: http://garyknepp.com/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary members brought Halloween cheer to the campus of Child Focus by hosting a Halloween celebration at the agency’s Union Twp. campus on Wednesday, October 30. The children served by Child Focus participated in Halloween-themed games with prizes and enjoyed stories delivered by Rotarians. The children also explored the Rotary-crafted indoor pumpkin patch where each child selected a pumpkin to take home!

Children of Child Focus enjoy a story from Dan Otke.

“We’re delighted to be sharing some Halloween spirit and the principles of Rotary,” remarked Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President, Dr. Greg Sojka. “Often the children served have faced significant challenges and hardships, and in the spirit of service above self, Rotary continues to support the important mission of Child Focus.”

Child Focus serves more than 20,000 children, families and adults annually through a broad range of early learning, mental health, school, foster care and community services.  Child Focus supports 12 counties and more than 68 schools in southwest Ohio through outpatient therapy, diagnostic testing, psychiatric services, partial hospitalization, mental health prevention and support services. Additionally, Child Focus offers parenting education, independent living and preparation, early learning programs, before and after school programs, and professional training.  

FMI: https://www.child-focus.org/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary celebrate Halloween at Child Focus.

When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative more than three decades ago, polio paralyzed 1,000 children every day. We’ve made great progress against the disease since then. Polio cases have dropped by 99.9 percent, from 350,000 cases in 1988 in 125 countries to 33 cases of wild poliovirus in 2018 in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain committed to the end.

With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly contribution of $150 million. 

Join Rotary in its fight to end polio – endpolio.org/donate.

Forest Hills Schools, Superintendent, Scot Prebles , joined a recent luncheon meeting to provide an update on behalf of the district, and celebrate the formation of a Cincinnati Eastide Rotary-sponsored Interact Club based at Turpin High School. The District continues to prioritize innovative curriculum, rigorous AP courses, personalized learning and a variety of extracurricular options for its more than 7,200 students.

Forest Hills Schools were recognized again this year as one of the best school districts in the state with student performance among the best in the nation. According to the most recent report card from the Ohio Department of Education, Forest Hills has the second-highest achievement among all Hamilton County schools and the eight highest statewide. This achievement is earned at a lower than average cost with a property tax rate 15% lower than the Hamilton County average.

Prebles also discussed moving into the final stretch of the district-wide construction project which includes the renovation of eight schools and the building of one new school. Students now benefit from flexible learning spaces, enhanced safety and security, upgraded technology and much more.

FMI: https://www.foresthills.edu/

Christina and Ben Elsass, an innovative husband and wife team with complimentary talents, have created a unique event venue for weddings, corporate parties, or any social gathering. The 11,000 square foot former industrial space in Newtown, has been transformed into a celebration destination. Inspired by the tranquility of the Calfornia desert and west coast vibes, the entrepreneurial couple created a delightful escape for you and your guests. Christina and Ben visited Cincinnati Eastside Rotary just ahead of the venue’s official opening on Wednesday, October 9.

The indoor space includes exposed rafters, polished concrete floors, and extra large windows for natural light along with modern amenities and elegant lighting.  With seating capacity for 200, guests will also enjoy a dance floor, stage, large bar area, natural wood farm tables and even WiFi access throughout.

The dedicated outdoor space features a large, landscaped ceremony area, natural wood benches for 200, cocktail hour space, and string and sconce lighting.

Rentals include exclusive access to the site, free parking, on-site venue manager as well as a variety of bar packages and catering recommendations.

FMI: https://mojaveeast.com/ .

Much more than shared work space, StudioCincy offers unique and affordable business accommodations with a full complement of amenities on the east side of Cincinnati. Founder/CEO and serial entrepreneur, Josh Reid, joined Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to share his vision for the space.

Located on Ferguson Dr. in Eastgate near the Ivy Pointe Commerce Park, StudioCincy offers hourly as well as monthly membership bookings to its photo/video studio, podcast studio and collaborative workspaces for creatives, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and freelancers looking for a cost-effective and motivational environment to get their work done. Boasting more than 5,000 square feet of space over two floors, StudioCincy delivers the extra professional touches such as a receptionist, snacks and beverages, game room and lounge, as well as 24/7 secure access and fast, reliable internet service.

Creatives may also choose to rent professional grade camera and support equipment; post production software and work stations; and even drones to help delivery that finished, polished project.

To learn more about how StudioCincy can support your business or project, visit https://studiocincy.com/ .

StudioCincy’s photo/video studio, podcast studio and work space.

Erika Yingling, Eastern Area Director for the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, addressed Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at a recent luncheon meeting. Yingling leads United Way’s local effort to break the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive solutions to challenges in the area of basic needs, education, financial stability and health.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati offers programs and partnerships to help local families move on a path out of poverty with the bold, long-term vision of breaking the cycle of poverty across the region. United Way changes systems and policies across government, corporate and community organizations so they work better for families in poverty. United Way is the largest organized community effort to help families move out of poverty for good.

Additional information about the programs, initiatives, services, and community impact of United Way is available at https://www.uwgc.org

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed Mr. Tim Ingram, Health Commissioner of Hamilton County, to a luncheon meeting to discuss the activities of the Board of Health and how the agency serves our communities. The Board of Health has been serving the residents of Hamilton County for 100 years.

Tim Ingram

The Agency’s activities include: epidemiology; immunizations; tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease control; substance abuse; food service inspection and licensing; vector control; plumbing inspection and permitting; waste management; water quality; emergency preparedness and response; and health promotion and education.

Ingram’s message focused on:

  • disease prevention – the importance of immunizations
  • healthy communities – the importance of education in creating a healthy and safe environment where we work and play
  • harm reduction – needle exchange and drug treatment
  • maternal, infant and child health.

Hamilton County Public Health is nationally accredited. It’s staff of more than 100 sanitarians, plumbers, health educators, nurses and epidemiologists serve and protect our community for a healthier future.

Learn more at www.hcph.org.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Lt. Bobby Hayslip, Post Commander, Ohio State Highway Patrol – Batavia, and Jennifer Stewart-Hamblen, Program Manager, University of Cincinnati Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to re-introduce the Clermont County Safe Communities Program. AHEC was awarded $42,000 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Traffic Safety Office to reestablish the Clermont County Safe Communities program. 

AHEC has identified that lack of seat belt usage and increased use of electronic devices while driving  are impacting the safety and welfare of the citizens of Clermont County. To save lives and improve the quality of life for our citizens, UC-AHEC will also use the grant funds to promote education and encourage the general public to put down electronic devices while driving, buckle up, be observant of motorcyclists and drive sober.  There will be a special interest focus with high school and college students on the hazards of impaired and distracted driving. 

FMI: http://med.uc.edu/AHEC/SafeCommunities

Cincinnati Cares connects volunteers and change-makers around the Greater Cincinnati region to design and implement better volunteer engagement for a more equitable society. They provide services to businesses, individuals and nonprofits to inspire their leaders and empower their people.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed Cincinnati Care President and CEO, Doug Bolton to share how Cincinnati Cares and helping numerous non-profits fulfill their mission more effectively and efficiently.

Learn how you can get engaged at Cincinnaticares.org.

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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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