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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.

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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 .

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

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.

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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. 


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

May We Help Executive Director, Rob Seideman, joined Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at a recent luncheon meeting to discuss the mission of May We Help to provide innovative assistive devices for those with disabilities. Skilled volunteers design, develop and fabricate custom devices that allow individuals to pursue their passions – and realize their dreams.


PrintCincinnati Eastside Rotary announced today the availability of five, $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to graduating seniors at local high schools.

Eligible candidates must be a graduating senior attending any Clermont or eastern Hamilton County high school (or enrolled in home school within those respective districts).  Candidates must also must be accepted at an accredited community college, college or university and have demonstrated involvement in school activities and a strong commitment to community service and the tenets of Rotary.

Additional information and an application is available at

Top candidates will be selected for interviews and final awards will be presented at an upcoming Cincinnati Eastside Rotary meeting.  The scholarship application deadline is April 6, 2019

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary welcomed New York Times Best-Selling author, Andra Watkins, to a recent Club luncheon meeting where she recounted her inspirational hike of the Natchez Trace with her father.

From March 1 to April 3, 2014, Andra Watkins walked the Natchez Trace, all 444-miles with her father. Her life-changing event – the triumphs, challenges and humorous anecdotes – reminds us to seize the moment and make our own lasting memories whenever possible.

Watkins has authored four books including Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace is a memoir about her dysfunctional family adventure; it is a National Book Award nominee and a New York Times best seller. Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time is a book of photography, shot during her 15-mile daily hikes on her 444-mile Natchez Trace walk.

Hard to Die is Andra’s latest novel. It’s an afterlife story of Theodosia Burr Alston, tragic daughter of Aaron Burr and subject of the song “Dear Theodosia” from the Tony-award-winning smash Hamilton: An American Musical.


Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world – one that is designed with, by, and for girls, explained Cynthia Rhodes, community development manager for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Rhodes recently visited Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss the impact of Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts unleashes the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) in every girl, preparing her for a lifetime of leadership. The Girl Scout leadership experience is a one-of-a-kind leadership development program for girls, with proven results. It’s based on time-tested methods and research-backed programming that help girls take the lead – in their own lives and in the world.

Girl Scouts is proven to help girls thrive in five key ways as they:

  1. Develop a strong sense of self.
  2. Display positive values.
  3. Seek challenges and learn from setbacks.
  4. Form and maintain healthy relationships.
  5. Identify and solve problems in the community.

The inclusive, all-female environment of a Girl Scout troop creates a safe space where girls can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and just be themselves.


Special Fundraising Events
Upcoming Events

October 2019

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  • Josh Reid, StudioCincy
  • Christina Elsass, Mojave East Reception Center
  • Pamela Lindeman from Child Focus
  • Karen Scherra, Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board
  • Scot Prebles, Forest Hills School Superintendent
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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