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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!


Jeff Lykins was recognized as Rotary’s Difference Maker

Jeff Lykins, President & CEO, Lykins Energy Solutions was recognized as Rotary’s Difference Maker at a recent meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club. Presenting the honors, was past Difference Maker recipient, Mary Eisnaugle. Jeff was applauded for his commitment to the principles of Rotary including service above self and dedication to addressing community challenges on a local and global scale.

Committed to the local community, Jeff has served as the President of the Milford / Miami Township Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the former National Bank & Trust in Wilmington Ohio, and has served as chairman of several chamber committees including governmental affairs, economic development, Frontier Days and as City Councilman and Vice Mayor of the City of Milford.  Jeff has served as President of the Clermont County Community Improvement Corporation, a Board member of the Economic Development Council of Clermont County and the board of the Greater Cincinnati Autism Society, the board of the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau and most recently he serves on the board of the Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation.

Rotary’s Difference Maker is presented monthly to a member who makes significant contributions to the Club and to the community while representing the founding principles of Rotary.

Tara Keith, director of development, Child Focus, Inc., attended a recent luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to present its encouraging 2016 annual report. Keith also accepted Rotary’s continued pledge to support its annual giving tree providing families in need with gifts and home essentials during the holidays.  Child Focus, celebrating 40 year of service, joins with communities in strengthening families and improving the quality of life for children. It does so, in part, through partnership with service organizations such as Rotary.

Child Focus programs include early learning programs, community mental health and out-of-home care. Early learning programs provide the building blocks for future success of some of the most vulnerable children in our community while mental health wellness is the foundation for healthy functioning in all areas of daily living.

Child Focus believes every child deserves a safe, loving home which is why the organization provides comprehensive out-of-home placement and supportive services to children and their families.


Mary Eisnaugle honored as Rotary’s Difference Maker

Mary Eisnaugle, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations at Lykins Energy Solutions, was recognized by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary as its “Difference Maker” for the month of October.

The honor celebrates a member who makes significant contributions to the Club and to the community while representing the founding principles of Rotary.  Mary serves as a Director of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary, as a member of its service committee, and as chair of its annual charity gala.

Eisnaugle is a founder and President of the “Stopping the Abuse” initiative – aimed at equipping high school age youth with the life skills to become responsible parents.

Presenting the honor was past Difference Maker recipient, Donovan “Donnie” Donohoo, managing partner, Donohoo Cupp & Associates.

Chip Nielsen, president & CEO of Doscher’s Candy, the oldest manufacturer of candy canes in the US, visited a recent luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to share some of its famous french chews and candy canes.  Nielsen explained how the former CEO, and current Chairman of Al. Neyer, went from commercial real estate development to owning a local candy company.

Doscher’s Candies was founded in 1871 by Claus Doscher, a German immigrant who arrived in Cincinnati in 1868. Initially, Claus joined his uncles who were in the candy and sugar business. After a few years, Claus wanted to start his own venture and created Doscher Brothers Candy Company with one of his brothers.

When looking for a new business opportunity for his family, Nielsen discovered Dosher’s Candy was for sale and the rest, as they say, is history.  Nielsen will soon be relocating the business from its home for the past 80 years on West Court Street downtown to an early nineteenth century Victorian home in Newtown on Main Street. Renovation to accommodate the Doscher’s organization will be complete in the coming weeks.

The Newtown location will include a retail store and the Nielsen’s intend to offer tours of the candy-making operation.



Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Ryan Berg, Founder & Executive Director of the Aruna Project – offering an escape to sexually exploited women in India.


Aruna is a Hindi word meaning “bright morning Sun” and serves as a metaphor for the dawning of a new day in freedom


The Aruna Project brings and sustains freedom through employment marked by holistic care to sexually exploited women in India.  As a US non-profit, Aruna mobilizes thousands across the US in 5K Runs to raise awareness and money to aid in the freedom process. Our Indian Private Limited Company (a freedom business owned by the Aruna Project) then empowers and employs those set free to provide them a future of lifelong freedom.


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GLAD House was recently welcomed to a luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

Executive Director, Michelle Cox, shared that Glad House is a certified mental health and prevention agency that works with high-risk youth who have been impacted emotionally and behaviorally by a family member with an addiction.

Children of abusers are:

  • 3-4 times more likely than others to become addicted to alcohol and drugs themselves

  • More likely than their peers to have learning disabilities, be truant, repeat more grades, transfer schools and be expelled

  • 6 times more likely to witness spousal abuse than other children

  • More likely to develop stress-related health problems, anxiety, depression or eating disorders

GLAD House believes those statistics are unacceptable and can be changed. Comprehensive interventions help children learn through individual and group therapy how to cope with, and ultimately move beyond, this destructive family pattern. Youth learn to manage their impulses, anger and behavior so that they can define and achieve their goals.

GLAD House’s holistic approach combines mental health services, substance abuse and violence prevention programs, academic assistance, cultural enrichment and ongoing long-term support and guidance for high-risk children and their families.


Meet Mark Mabelitini – Rotary Making a Difference

Rotary District Governor, Mark Mabelitini, recently visited Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss current initiatives for the 52 Clubs in soutwhest Ohio that comprise District 6670.

Mark is a member of the Rotary Club of Sidney, Past President of the Rotary Club of Tipp City, and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  As a Club member, he has been involved with the Four Way Speech Contest, Rotary Youth Exchange, and RYLA.  He joined Rotary in 2006 because his employer wanted him to join, and he stays because he loves being a Rotarian.

In addition to Rotary, he has served on public and non-profit boards including the Downtown Tipp City Partnership, Tipp City Restoration and Architectural Board of Review, and SafeHaven Inc., a mental health support center.

After 20 years as a manager and administrator of public libraries, he is now the owner and recreational/personal chef for At Home Bistro.  Cooking has always been his passion, and now he gets to follow his passion as a career.   When he is not cooking, he is a substitute school teacher because he loves seeing children learn and he often learns something from them.

Mark discussed District 6670 continuing as a Peace Builder District, contributing to the fund that supports scholarships for students to our Peace Centers around the world. Each club is being asked to contribute $8 per member toward the contribution for next year.  Each club is also being asked to plant a tree for each member, a request made by Rotary International President Ian Risely.

The District also intends to become more family friendly under Mabelitini’s leadership by encouraging clubs to provide a family/child friendly atmosphere at club meetings.

Mark and his wife Aliana (Past President of the Rotary Club of Sidney and current Assistant Governor) are proud parents of four children.


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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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