From left: J. Scott Robertson, Chairman, Little Fork Family Advocacy Center; Alison Taylor, Rotary; Scott O’Reilly, President, Little Fork Family Advocacy Center; Mary Eisnaugle, Rotary; Erika Yingling, Rotary

For nine years and counting, State Farm Neighborhood Assist has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations across the country to help make a difference in their communities. Cincinnati Eastside Rotary answered the call to action and championed an effort to secure a $25,000 grant for the Little Fork Family Advocacy Center to serve southwest Ohio.

The Little Fork Family Advocacy Center is envisioned to be a safe shelter in the community where a variety of specialists and support resources come together to address family challenges such as domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, suicide and drug addiction. The collaborative initiative includes Child Focus, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals and Child Protective Services all in one location.

To help secure the grant, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary spear-headed an aggressive campaign to promote the value of the Little Fork Family Advocacy Center and secure daily online votes through State Farm Neighborhood Assist. Nearly 4 million votes were cast with State Farm awarding grants to the top 40 causes. Ohio secured the most grant winners.

And check out the moment Little Fork’s Scott O’Reilly met Jake from State Farm!

Chris Rich, manager of the Batavia branch of the Clermont County Public Library recently visited a virtual meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss the Veterans History Project.

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves, and makes accessible, the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000. 

AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project.  In addition to providing initial major funding for the Project, AARP also spread the word to its legion of volunteers and almost 37 million members, encouraging them to get involved.  Numerous state chapters have also been involved in the Project.

The Clermont County Public Library interviews local veterans as part of the to support the Veterans History Project. Interviews have been added to their collection as well as submitted to the Library of Congress.

FMI and to listen to interviews: https://clermontlibrary.org/services/veterans-history-project/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently welcomed Jessica Torrence with 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati to a virtual luncheon meeting.

The first 21c opened in Louisville and was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple wanted to take an active role in the preservation and revitalization of downtown Louisville motivated by changes happening in and around their hometown. With the belief that art can be a vital part of daily life and a spark to ignite new energy and ideas, they created the unique 21c Museum Hotel.

Their innovative idea developed into a center for culture, community, genuine hospitality, and artistic expression combining a multi-venue contemporary art museum, boutique hotels, and chef-driven restaurants to create a unique travel experience. While is was never the couple’s intent to open more than one 21c Museum Hotel, their vision inspired others to consider bringing the unique blend of culture and hospitality to their communities.

In 2007, Brown and Wilson formed 21c Museum Hotels and assembled a team to develop and manage additional 21c Museum Hotel properties and farm-to-table food and beverage outlets. Today, 21c pushes the boundaries of both the museum and hospitality worlds, employing a team of more than 100 employees to operate a multi-venue contemporary art museum, 8 hotels, 9 food and beverage outlets, and develop more to come.

FMI: https://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/cincinnati/

Richard Harrison, Executive Director and Chief Engineer of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), recently presented at a virtual meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary. ORSANCO was established more than 70 years ago to control and abate pollution in the Ohio River Basin.

ORSANCO is an interstate commission representing eight states and the federal government. Member states include: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. 
ORSANCO operates programs to improve water quality in the Ohio River and its tributaries, including: setting waste water discharge standards; performing biological assessments; monitoring for the chemical and physical properties of the waterways; and conducting special surveys and studies.

ORSANCO also coordinates emergency response activities for spills or accidental discharges to the river, and promotes public participation in programs, such as the Ohio River Sweep.

FMI: http://www.orsanco.org/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotarians serve Valley View

Cincinnati Eastside Rotarians took a break from its usual weekly luncheon to invest in hands-on service work at the Valley View Foundation in the heart of Milford, Ohio. Valley View is a grassroots, nonprofit organization with a simple mission of conserving land, preserving history and sharing its resources with the community. 

Valley View is located on one of the last family farms in eastern Cincinnati and is the steward of 190 acres of beautiful open land along the East Fork River with a rich history dating back 12,000 years. The Valley View land includes rivers, streams, wooded hillsides, prairie, streamside and isolated wetlands on a compact, easily-walkable site in the heart of Milford.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotarians assisted with trail maintenance – clearing, trimming and grooming trails throughout the property. The volunteer work was needed ahead of Valley View’s upcoming Run for the Bottoms event on Saturday, October 24.

The Valley View property was affectionately nicknamed “the bottoms” many years ago. In 2004, the Run for the Bottoms event was created to help raise money to preserve the property. Participants can choose the 5K or single loop 10K through forest, field, and farm.  This race will have unofficial timing and staggered start times to better provide a safe and responsible race environment in the era of Covid.  The race is great way to support Valley View and explore the trails with family and friends!

FMI: ValleyViewCampus.org.

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Jennifer Harcourt, Communications and Development Manager at Clermont Senior Services, recently visited a virtual meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club. Clermont Senior Services aims to improve the quality of life for older adults by providing a broad range of home and community based services, enabling them to remain as active and independent as possible.

Clermont Senior Services is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving older adults. We are your source for information on services for seniors, age 60 and over, who live in Clermont County, Ohio.

For more than 50 years, Clermont Senior Services has been providing and coordinating in-home and community based services, enabling older adults to live independently for as long as possible. The organization also serves as an information and referral source for seniors, as well as their families and caregivers.

FMI: http://clermontseniors.com/http://clermontseniors.com/

You can help abused children by helping Little Fork Advocacy Center win a $25,000 grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program.

Register and vote now.

Little Fork Family Advocacy Center needs YOUR help to win a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. 

We need votes every day through October 2. Every email address gets ten (10) votes per day. Please click on the link below and use all ten votes for Little Fork.  The top vote getter will receive a $25,000.00 grant for our local community.  

Thank you for sharing by text, email and social media channels. It just takes a minute to register, and then only seconds to vote each day!

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Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Meaghan Colville, Director of Lifesaving Programs for the Clermont County CARE Humane Society, to a recent virtual luncheon meeting. Specializing in animal rescue and sheltering, the Humane Society team has wide-ranging experience in animal welfare, animal control, business operations and fundraising.

Humane Society recently expanded its services to assume management of operations at Hamilton County’s Northside dog warden services and animal shelter location, while continuing to operate animal services in Clermont County. Services include animal complaints, lost and found, pet adoption, foster care and a variety of animal care resources.

Clermont County CARE Human Society is currently in its third and final year of its operating agreement with Clermont County, but is anxious to continue its services beyond the current agreement.

FMI: https://clermontanimalcare.org/

Amy Vilardo

Amy Vilardo, Mayor, City of Milford, recently visited a virtual luncheon meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club. Vilardo addressed topics such as Milford’s COVID-19 response, development and attraction of the FC Cincinnati practice facility, Chamber Drive development, the growth and development of downtown Milford, and more.

Vilardo was sworn in as mayor of the city of Milford in August, 2019. Vilardo is a lifelong Milford resident and graduate of Milford High School She was first elected to Milford council in January 2006. Prior to public service, Vilardo worked as a paralegal as well as a court transcriptionist. She previously owned her own court reporting business.

Situated on the banks of the Little Miami River and established as a village in 1836, Milford has grown over the years while maintaining its “Home Town” charm. The City of Milford was chosen by Ohio Magazine as one of the “Best Hometowns” in Ohio.

FMI: https://www.milfordohio.org/departments/city_council/index.php

Greg Traynor, Team Lead at Wyndham-Lyons Realty, recently briefed Cincinnati Eastside Rotary on the state of real estate and seller’s market in the greater Cincinnati region. Greg is a licensed broker in both Ohio and Kentucky and the member of the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Northern Kentucky Association of Realtors, and Past President for The Southern Ohio Association of Realtors. 

Greg discussed the historic low housing inventory, and, as a result, the corresponding increase in prices and decrease in the time of new homes on the market. The factors have resulted in a tremendous amount of home equity for existing home owners. Greg also referenced the attractive interest rates available for home loans.

Greg has more than 30 years of real estate industry experience in real estate brokerage sales, management, title insurance, and lending. He specializes in representing his clients in the purchase and sale of single-family residences and income property within greater Cincinnati.

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The Rotary Club of Cincinnati-Eastside was chartered on April 5, 2013 and its nearly 50 members enjoy fellowship, service and education each Wednesday for an online meeting. Prospective members are always welcome.

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary members represent a wide range of business, non-profit and government leaders.

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