Shane Reinert, founder of the “Addiction” series attended a recent virtual meeting of the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary to discuss how is riveting and emotional video program featured on YouTube and Facebook came to fruition. Addition is a video series dedicated to helping and encouraging people battling addiction as well educating the public on the growing health crisis.

Reinert created the program in 2016 after hearing about the devastating affects of the heroin epidemic and addiction. The series features former addicts in candid, emotional interviews sharing their stories of addition and the lasting affects on their lives and those around them.

Reinert, a Cincinnati native resides in Bethel with his wife and two sons. Reinert’s work has been featured in major media outlets and has reached millions of viewers in more than 200 countries.

Watch Reinert’s Addiction series on YouTube.

In an ordinary year, Cincinnati Eastside Rotary members would celebrate Halloween with the children of Child Focus by hosting Halloween-themed games, reading stories, and even sponsoring an indoor pumpkin patch. But even in the year of COVID, Rotarians still helped bring Halloween cheer by donating supplies so the children could use their creative talents to make their own Halloween crafts.

Take a look at these scary creations. Yes a good time was had by all!

Children of Child Focus create their 2020 pumpkin crafts from supplies provided by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary

Child Focus serves more than 20,000 children, families and adults annually through a broad range of early learning, mental health, school, foster care and community services.  Child Focus supports 12 counties and more than 68 schools in southwest Ohio through outpatient therapy, diagnostic testing, psychiatric services, partial hospitalization, mental health prevention and support services. Additionally, Child Focus offers parenting education, independent living and preparation, early learning programs, before and after school programs, and professional training.  

FMI: https://www.child-focus.org/

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/

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.

Clermont Senior Services, Inc. Volunteer Opportunities - VolunteerMatch

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/

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

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

We’ve helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

By the numbers:

  • Average cost to protect a child against polio: $3
  • Cost to conduct polio surveillance worldwide: $100m

Explore the history of Rotary and polio eradication

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About Our Club

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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