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?

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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.

FMI: http://www.uwgc.org/community-impact/bold-goals-for-our-region/education

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: ClermontCountyFair.org.

The Cincinnati-Eastside Rotary Club collected more than 70 pairs of shoes and socks during its April shoe drive to support Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®, the largest humanitarian aid project of the global ministry, Buckner International.

 

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary, along with Rotary Clubs throughout southwest Ohio, donated new shoes and socks and made monetary donations to support this worthy project aiding vulnerable children in the United States and throughout the world.

 

It has been proven that new shoes put children on a path to better health and education. Students who are healthy have better attendance at school and are more likely to be successful.  Since 1999, Buckner has distributed more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and socks to children in 82 countries.

 

 

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!

CVB Exec. Director Mark Calitri (left) with Rotary President Eric Radtke

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/

Cincinnati Eastside Rotary presents a check totaling more than $11,000 through proceeds from the Charity 4-Children Gala to support youth initiatives in the local community.

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.”

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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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