Cincinnati Eastside Rotary recently provided and served lunch to guest families of the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati. Families throughout the world come to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center seeking life-saving treatment for their children. Often times, they come to Cincinnati exhausted, scared and financially drained as they struggle to pay medical bills. Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for these families in need.
The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club supported the Ronald McDonald House mission of care and support through generous financial contributions of its members during the month of February that funded lunch for guest families. Rotary volunteers also prepared and served a home-cooked meal on March 23 at the Ronald McDonald House Coryville location.
“We’re very pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Eastside Rotary President Eric Radtke. “We hope our contributions will simply allow guest families to concentrate on what’s most important – their children.”
In addition to providing a comfortable bedroom, Ronald McDonald House provides meals, activities, play areas, laundry and internet access – a home away from home.
Cincinnati Eastside Rotary received a preview of the upcoming Cincinnati Reds season at a recent luncheon meeting courtesy of Michael Anderson, manager of public relations for the Reds. The season opens on Monday, April 3 with the fan-favorite Findlay Market Parade at noon and first pitch at 4:03pm versus the Phillies. And there’s plenty to be excited about this season at Great American Ballpark.
The 2017 Reds promotional schedule features a premium “Super Saturday” giveaway for every Saturday home game, including seven bobbleheads and a Pete Rose replica sculpture on June 17. Also back by popular demand are Rozzi fireworks every Friday night home game and Family Sundays.
On Family Sunday, up to three half-price tickets can be purchased with the purchase of a full-price ticket by using the offer code FAMILY. Plus, every Family Sunday includes:
- Kids Giveaways
- Face Painters
- Live Mascot Races
- Carnival games with unique Reds prizes
- See Mr. Redlegs, Mr. Red, Gapper, Rosie Red and more!
Anderson also highlighted the philanthropic work of the Reds Community Fund dedicated to improving the lives of youth by leveraging the tradition of the Cincinnati Reds and the game of baseball.
For more than 160 years, YMCA has been engaging neighborhoods across the U.S. and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati continues that legacy with a major impact in the Cincinnati metro area.
YMCA Vice President William “Bear” Clifton shared the compelling story of the YMCA and its work to strengthen communities – everyday working side-by-side with neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has opportunities to learn, grow, and thrive. The YMCA’s area of focus include:
- Youth Development – program delivery focused to children and teens across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, so they cultivate the values, skills, and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health, and enhanced educational achievement.
- Healthy Living – YMCA recognizes its unique responsibility by offering programs that encourage healthy lifestyles, bond families closer together, and strengthen connections with others.
- Social Responsibility – YMCA listens and responds to the communities’ most critical social needs, with a focus on Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens and under-served populations.
To learn more about the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati: http://www.cincinnatiymca.org/about
Welcome to Cincinnati East!
Come for the FUN, Stay for the NIGHT!
The Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Executive Director, Mark Calitri presented at a meeting of the Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary on Wednesday February 22, 2017.
During Calitri’s presentation, he updated the Club on the 2017 events planned in Clermont County, including the third year for the US Rowing Club Nationals. He also addressed the yearly tourism economic impact and introduced the 2017 Clermont County Visitors Guide.
The CVB serves as a broker or an official point of contact for convention and meeting planners, tour operators, visitors and sports organizations. CVB staff assists planners with meeting preparation and encourage business travelers and visitors alike to visit local historic, cultural and recreational sites.
Learn more about what is bringing people to Clermont County – http://visitclermontohio.com/
Charity 4 Children Gala proceeds awarded
The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club presented a check totaling more than $11,000 to several local initiatives serving youth in eastern Hamilton and western Clermont Counties. The award came from proceeds raised by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary through its Charity 4-Children Gala that took place in October.
This annual gala featured dinner, music, and live and silent auctions to support four worthy area organizations: Boys & Girls Club of Clermont County, Court-Appointed Special Advocates for Clermont County (CASA), Inter Parish Ministry, and Stopping the Abuse Before It Ever Starts. Proceeds will impact the community by:
- Providing food, clothing and communal support to youth in need
- Changing lives and building great futures for young people who require a safe place to spend time outside school hours
- Enlisting and training volunteers to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children
- Educating high school students before they have children to be good parents and to never hurt, abuse or neglect a child.
“Since our Club’s original charter in 2013, we have focused on youth who are served by the unique talents and leadership of Rotary.” said Cincinnati Eastside President Eric Radtke. “We are grateful for the Rotarians and friends who helped make this event a success and gratified to learn from each organization the impact this support will have in our community.”
Since 1939, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati has been changing lives and building great futures for kids who need a safe and positive place to spend the most vulnerable times of the day—immediately after school and at night, when supervision is often lacking and temptations are great. Doors are open to the community’s youth, who are invited in to enrich their lives with Club membership, exceptional staff and volunteers, high-quality services and innovative programs, all at no cost.
Because of its mission, history and vision for the future, Boys & Girls Club has become one of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s strongest and most beloved youth service organizations.
Positive Leaps Vice President, Mike Lynch, visited Rotary on Wednesday, December 14 as its featured program to better educate the membership on its mission and investment in the community.
Headquartered in Liberty Township, Positive Leaps offers a specialized day treatment program designed for children 18 months to 8 years old experiencing behavior issues such as aggression, inattention and defiance. Its licensed mental health professionals deploy proven methods to help children learn positive behaviors to replace problem behaviors. Treatment days range from 65 – 85 days.
The Positive Leaps Clermont facility will be opening soon at Beechwood Road and St. Rt. 32.
Rotary was pleased to welcome Chief Steve Pegram of the Goshen Twp. Fire Department to a recent luncheon meeting.
In his inspiring testimony, Chief Pegram related how “the simple 4 Fs Rule” (Faith, Family, Friends, and Fire Department) – the priorities by which he strives to live his life – figured prominently in sustaining him and his family during a crisis involving the illness of his wife Mollie, and their agonizing wait for donor lungs. Mollie received a double lung transplant and made a full recovery.
Hear his moving account:
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Cincinnati Eastside Rotary is pleased to recognize Mrs. Sandy Shevers, Executive Vice President of Sportsman’s Market, Inc. (Sporty’s), as a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.
The Paul Harris Fellowship recognition was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study. It is named for Rotary founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for support of its humanitarian and educational programs. A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding.
Sandy Shevers was recognized by Cincinnati Eastside Rotary at its weekly, luncheon meeting with a presentation of the Paul Harris Fellowship pin.
In honor of World Polio Day celebrated on October 24, the Cincinnati Eastside Rotary Club supported the End Polio Now campaign with its October fundraising activities as part of Rotary’s 27-year mission to eradicate the crippling childhood disease polio.
Since 1985, Rotary has contributed nearly $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. The disease remains endemic in just three countries — Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan — although other countries remain at risk for imported cases.
A highly infectious disease, polio causes paralysis and is sometimes fatal. As there is no cure, the best protection is prevention. For as little as sixty cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life. After an international investment of more than $9 billion, and the successful engagement of over 200 countries and 20 million volunteers, polio could be the first human disease of the 21st century to be eradicated.