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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Head Football Coach
St. Xavier High School

By the time St. Xavier High School players reach their senior year, they could probably recite Steve Specht’s pregame speech if awakened from the soundest of slumbers. He may vary the approach a little, based on opponent or the importance of the game, but his overriding message is the same.

“During my pregame speech, I talk about the players’ three responsibilities,” Specht says. “No. 1, love one another. No. 2, be the best you can be. No. 3, lean on each other when times get tough.”

In 2012, Specht was named the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year.

Playing in the highly competitive Greater Catholic League, the Cincinnati school draws players from all over the area, thanks to its independent status. But each member of the program understands the mandate to keep improving and that winning big is the only answer on the field.

“I tell the kids the trouble with success is that people want more,” Specht says. Specht is one of those people. He tells of standing on the podium after one of St. Xavier’s state championships and thinking, “What’s next?” The achievement was great. The joy it brought the school was substantial. But…“I was excited for the kids and the staff and the community, but I felt there was more,” Specht says.

While that approach fuels Specht’s daily commitment to the game, he is not necessarily looking for anything all that dramatically different when it comes to his team’s style of play. St. Xavier will play good defense, run the football and be sound in special teams. “It’s not the most attractive approach, but it works for us,” Specht says.

Specht is a 1986 St. Xavier graduate, so coaching and administrating (he was an English teacher for 13 years before moving up) at his alma mater mean a lot to him. He tries to impart that importance to his players every day.

“It means the world to me to be at this institution, which had a tremendous impact on my life as a young man,” Specht says. “The opportunity to come back and do what my coaches and teachers did for me is all I ever wanted to do.”

LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
MENU: Baby spinach with crimini mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, hard boiled eggs & balsamic vinaigrette; General Tso chicken with fried rice & broccolini; and chocolate coconut cake with caramel sauce.
ALTERNATE MENU: Grilled tofu with fried rice & broccolini OR January Salad -  
grilled chicken on winter greens with tart apples, pomegranates, walnuts, with honey dijon dressing.

Meetings This Week:
11:00 a.m. Flynn Leadership Series - Rue Reolon
1:30 p.m. Allocations Committee - Boardroom 4, Mezzanine Level
1:30 p.m. Jefferson Award Committee - Julep Room, 3rd Floor
1:30 p.m. Membership Development Committee - Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level

This Week's Birthdays:
January 17 - Dan Gist
January 18 - Mark Anderson
January 18 - Bruce Brandstetter
January 18 - Jocile Ehrlich
January 18 - Bob Walter
January 23 - Linda Muth

2017 Member Anniversaries (with 5 year increments):

Charles Fellows - 5 Years!

Bob Walter - 15 Years!
Steve Rosenzweig - 20 Years!
Dick Benner - 30 Years!

Annual Jefferson Award Nominations Now Open
The Jefferson Award, recognized as the Nobel Prize for public service, was created in 1972 by Cincinnati's own U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Sam Beard, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and is presented annually to recipients in more than 90 cities in the United States.

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati partners with The Cincinnati Enquirer, Local 12, and AIPS (American Institute of Public Service) to recognize those special people in our community who have created a program that serves an unmet need, or a special volunteer who has provided extraordinary service to an organization.

On March 2, 2017, our club will host the annual Jefferson Award presentation luncheon during our weekly meeting and will announce this year's winner. The winner will then go to Washington D.C. in June to represent our region for the National Award. Bob Herzog of Channel 12 will once again emcee the program.

But, we need your help! We need you to assist in nominating candidates for this prestigious award. The Cincinnati Enquirer has created an online nomination form, which you can reach by clicking HERE. You can also read the Enquirer's article about the Jefferson Award which appeared on Sunday, January 15, 2017, by clicking HERE. The head line for nominations is February 10, 2017, at 3:00 p.m.

Have questions about the nomination process or the award ceremony? Contact the Jefferson Award Committee Chair, Bill Shula, at 513-739-8672 or

You may also visit our website which contains all the above information and the links to the article and nomination form: Feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues who may wish to nominate someone.

Rotary Euchre 
Still thinking about making a New Year's resolution? Well, it is not too late. You can make a resolution to have more fun with your fellow Rotarians, eat good food and maybe win some cash. How? Simply join the Rotary Euchre Group. Now that's an easy resolution to keep! We meet once a month. Our Euchre nights are held at a Rotarian's home and start at approximately 6:30 p.m. with snacks and fellowship. Play starts around 7:00 p.m. and wraps up a couple of hours later. Friends, prospective Rotarians and spouses are always welcome. Just email your contact information (name, email, address and phone number) to Steve Drefahl,, so he can add you to the roster. You will receive more information from our hosts a week or so before we play. I hope you can join us! 

Rotary After Hours - Friday, January 27th
The next Rotary After Hours will be held at the home of Hans & Ute Papke, on Friday, January 27, 2017, starting at 5:00 p.m. Hans and Ute reside at 721 Lullaby Court (45238). Please bring the beverage of your choice and an appetizer or dessert to share. No RSVPs are required. For questions, Ute can be reached at 513-582-7525 or

Rotary District 6670 2017 Golf Outing
The 2017 Rotary District 6670 Golf Outing will be Friday, April 28, 2017, with a 9:00 a.m. start. Breakfast, hole assignments, course and tourney instructions begin at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $100 per player, which includes continental breakfast, range balls, golf, cart and lunch. Cash drinks are available. The format will be a four-person scramble. To compete for the coveted District 6670 Governor's Cup, two members of the foursome must be from the same Rotary Club. Individual entries are welcome and you will be assigned to a foursome. There will be prizes for both men and women players. Please note: soft spikes only, collared shirts and no denim. Contact Jim Perry (203-414-9400) or Orville Bantz (937-545-9782) with any questions. Click HERE to register. 

New Proposals for Membership
The following applicants have been proposed for membership. Please contact the Rotary Office with any questions you might have. 

FORSEE, Amanda
Line of Business: Banking
Commercial Relationship Manager
First Financial Bank
Sponsor(s): Julie Poyer/Dawn Yunker

Line of Business: Construction
Director, Business Development
HGC Construction
Sponsor(s): Fred Fischer/Jack Scott

*Corporate Member - HGC Construction
HGC Construction
Sponsor(s): Fred Fischer/Jack Scott

KRANIAS, Dr. George
Line of Business: Physician
Medical Doctor
Sponsor(s): Nadim Moussa/Tania Moussa

LIEBMAN, Robert L.
Line of Business: Law Practice
Attorney - retired
Sponsor(s): Sara Peller

Line of Business: Construction
Sr. Project Manager
HGC Construction
Sponsor(s): Fred Fischer/Jack Scott

Family of Rotary News
Click on this link to read more about your fellow Rotarians. If you have great events in your life to be included in Family of Rotary news, please send them to Bill Henrich ( here for Family of Rotary News.

What Happened Last Thursday
Each week Shirley Love prepares a summary of the program from the previous week. Click this link to view Thursday, December 8, 2016: Click here for What Happened Last Thursday. Click HERE to view the photos.

Coming up next week!
PROGRAM: Dr. William Barrett, Barrett Cancer Center
LOCATION: Continental Room 
MENU: Butter lettuce with shaved radish, tangy pears, bleu cheese & red wine vinaigrette; roasted chicken with lemon butter sauce, asparagus & roasted fingerling potatoes; and milk chocolate chunk blondies.
ALTERNATE MENU: Fried feta, lemon butter sauce, asparagus & roasted fingerling potatoes OR January Salad -  
grilled chicken on winter greens with tart apples, pomegranates, walnuts, with honey dijon dressing.


Vision: A second century of engaged leaders making an impact on our club, community and the world.

Mission: Providing selfless service in the community and the world through involved and engaged members.


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