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.


Five, $1,000 awards provided

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary announced today that it has awarded five, $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at local high schools.  The awards are intended to help defray college expenses.

The scholarship recipients exceeded eligibility requirements through their outstanding academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and strong commitment to service and the tenets of Rotary.  Receiving awards for the 2017-18 academic year were Maria Cardarelli (Amelia High School) attending Xavier University; Kristina Cass (Amelia High School) attending Brigham Young University; Robert Duff (Amelia High School) attending Ohio University; Bradley Grosjean (Miami Valley Christian Academy) attending Ohio State University; and Kristina Hodges (Amelia High School) attending the University of Cincinnati.

Award winners will study a broad array of discipline areas including engineering, communications and planning, and occupational therapy with a common bond to improve the communities in which they will study, work and reside.  Recipients and their families were honored at a recent weekly luncheon meeting of Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

from left, Kristina Hodges, Amelia High School; Bradley Grosjean, Miami Valley Christian Academy; and Maria Cardarelli, Amelia High School alongside Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President Eric Radtke, were honored recently for receiving one of five, $1,000 scholarships provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.


Kristina Cass (left), Amelia High School and Robert Duff (right), Amelia High School with Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President Eric Radtke (center) were honored recently for receiving one of five, $1,000 scholarships provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati Success by 6 aims to increase early childhood education opportunities

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary was pleased to welcome Jim Zimmerman, founder of Success by 6 and retired Chairman & CEO of Macy’s Inc., and Success by 6 Executive Director Stephanie Byrd to a recent luncheon meeting to discuss the early childhood education initiative.

The mission:

Kids who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to stay on track and in school. And teens who finish high school are more likely to be employed. When we help kids prepare for school, finish school and pursue higher education, we lay the foundation for a brighter future for us all. The goal?


It’s never too soon to start building the foundation for school success. Through strategies like home visitation and ensuring access to quality early care and education, Success by 6 gives parents and their children the tools they need to be ready for kindergarten.

United Way Success by 6 is the driving force behind kindergarten readiness in our region, helping make high-quality early childhood programs and services available to all.


Clermont County Fair July 23 – 29

Jerry Werring, Director, Clermont County Fair, briefed Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at a recent luncheon meeting on a variety of exciting new developments in store for 2017.

2017 is bringing in more than just a new year.  It’s bringing in an exciting new show barn that is currently under construction.  Throughout the week guests can enjoy Natural Resources Day, Senior Citizen’s Day and special Veterans’ recognition.

Entertainment options include rides, parade, petting zoo, tractor pull and the fair-favorite demolition derby.  Headlining the music lineup for 2017 is country music superstar Sara Evans in a Friday night concert with special guests Buddy Jewell and The Dan Varner Band.

Daily admission and weekly passes are available. FMI:

Special Fundraising Events

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


Upcoming Events

February 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Stevie Rufener - Fork and Pie Bakery Company
  • Stephanie Felts - Tri State Warbird Museum
  • Sarah Baker - Something Adventured Travel
  • Natasha Adams and Mike Overbey West Clermont Schools
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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