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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.


Cincinnati Eastside Rotary welcomed Butch Elfers of Matthew 25 Ministries to a recent luncheon meeting to share the global impact and current initiatives underway at the international humanitarian aid organization.

Matthew 25 provides nutritional food to the hungry, clean water to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, affordable shelter to the homeless, medical care to the ill, and humanitarian supplies to those in need. Additionally, Matthew 25 helps educate the public on the conditions and needs of the “least of these” and provides resources for action.

Matthew 25 also provides disaster relief helping the poorest of the poor and disaster victims locally, regionally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion. By rescuing and reusing products from major corporations and manufacturers, Matthew 25: Ministries provides basic necessities, nutritional supplements, educational materials, micro-enterprise supplies and disaster relief across the US and worldwide.

The people we help are not receiving a handout, but a helping hand. It is only when a person’s most basic needs are met that one can become self-reliant. Because of this belief, Matthew 25: Ministries has always placed an emphasis on education, job creation and providing aid to children.

To learn more and to join the effort,


Rotary was pleased to welcome Executive Director, Cindy Alverson, of Raptor, Inc. to a recent meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary. Raptor is a local non-profit serving the greater Cincinnati area, rehabilitating injured birds of prey and providing educational programs to the public about raptors and their contribution to the ecosystem. Located on an 8 acre property adjacent to the Cincinnati Nature Center off of Barg Salt Run Rd., Raptor facilities consist of an education and rehabilitation center and multiple flight enclosures.

Specially trained volunteers perform duties including: coordination and pickup of injured raptors, rehabilitation and release of injured raptors, care and feeding of educational ambassadors, delivering educational programs, and maintenance and enhancement of rehab facilities.

Raptor opens its doors to the public on the last Sunday of each month (March-November) from 1pm to 4pm. During these times educators are available to welcome guests, lead tours, conduct educational programs share biological artifacts, and answer questions. Visitors may choose to participate in special activity stations, shop for merchandise, and enjoy some treats! The events are FUN and FREE!

Private tours and educational programs can be scheduled by appointment. For more information, including the opportunity to volunteer or donate, please visit

Jeff Lykins,  President & CEO of Lykins Energy Solutions, was recently recognized as a four-time Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary Foundation and Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President Gail Koford presents Jeff Lykins with a four-time Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

The presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition is the Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Lykins joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. All recognized for their devotion to the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. Other Paul Harris Fellows from Cincinnati Eastside Rotary include Phil Boyer, Daren Donohoo, Donnie Donohoo, Hal & Sandy Shevers, and Alison Taylor.

Congratulations Jeff!


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Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Presents: an evening with master mind reader and author Danial Schaffer.


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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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