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Thursday, January 7, 2016

President and General Manager
FC CINCINNATI - A United Soccer League Team 


Jeff Berding is the President and General Manager of the new local soccer franchise, FC Cincinnati. He is a member of the ownership group led by Carl Lindner III and his family, and joined by Scott Farmer, George Joseph, Jack Wyant and Steve Hightower. FC Cincinnati is one of 29 teams in the United Soccer League, the largest soccer league in the United States and Canada. The USL is one level below Major League Soccer, and team’s long-term goal is to prove that Cincinnati is a big league soccer town and earn the right to be awarded an MLS Franchise. The team will play its home games at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. In one of his first moves, Jeff hired US soccer legend John Harkes as the first Head Coach.

Prior to his August 2015 founding of FC Cincinnati, Jeff served for 19 years as an executive with the Cincinnati Bengals. Jeff led the Sales and Public Affairs efforts of the NFL team. He joined the Bengals after managing the successful campaign to win voter approval of public funding for the Reds and Bengals stadiums. In soccer, Jeff served for three years as President of Kings Hammer Soccer Club, the second largest select club in Greater Cincinnati.

Bringing professional soccer to Cincinnati is consistent with Jeff’s track record of working to make his hometown a better place to live, work and raise a family. He was elected to his first term on Cincinnati City Council in November 2005, and was re-elected in 2007 and 2009. He chaired Rules & Government Operations Committee and was vice-chair of the Finance Committee. He was a leading voice for the business community, and with Chris Bortz, worked with Tom Williams and Bob Castellini to create The Banks Working Group.

Jeff is a fifth-generation Cincinnatian, born and raised in Westwood where he attended St. Catharine Elementary School and St. Xavier High School. Jeff played grade school soccer before playing varsity football and track at St. X. He graduated cum laude from Miami University, and in 1999 earned his M.B.A with honors from Xavier University. While serving as a City Council Member, Jeff was a member of the 40 Under 40 Class of 2006.

Jeff is the father of a sixth generation of Cincinnati Berding’s — his three high school aged children, Allie, Jack and Grace. They live in Mt. Lookout with his wife Lindsay and three children and are members of St. Mary — Hyde Park.

LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
Mixed greens, butternut squash, cranberries, maple vinaigrette; roasted pork loin with roasted fingerling potatoes, broccolini & mustard jus; and cinnamon frosted chocolate cake with caramel sauce.
ALTERNATE MENU: Roasted vegetable ratatouille pasta with ricotta OR January Salad - romaine salad with bacon, bleu cheese, grilled shrimp & balsamic vinaigrette.

Meetings This Week:
11:15 a.m. New Member Orientation, Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level
1:30 p.m. 4 Way Test Speech Committee, Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level
1:30 p.m. Classification Committee, Julep Room, 3rd Floor

This Week's Birthdays:
January 5 - Bill Schneller

2016 Member Anniversaries (with 5 year increments):

Don Keller - 10 years!
Jim Wilson - 10 years!
Doug Bolton - 15 years!
John Fahrmeier - 15 years!
Al Koncius - 20 years!
Michael Schatzman - 20 years!
Al Campbell - 25 years!
Ken Keller - 30 years!
Dan Long - 35 years!
Dick Hannan - 50 years!    

No Beach....No Problem! Join us Friday, January 8, 2016, on....ROTARY ISLAND! The annual Red Light Table party is headed South! Break out your flip flops and tropical garb for a night of fun and "sun" completed with a Corona tiki bar, a performance by Cincinnati Public School Gamble Montessori Steel Drum Band, a catered appetizer buffet, and photo ops with a real wood wagon! Rotary Island will be located at Stepping Stones UCP Campus - 2300 Drex Ave, Norwood (45212). The party will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Tiki cash bar opens 5:30 p.m., Steel drum band 5:30-6:30 p.m., Appetizer buffet 6:15-8:15 p.m.) Reservations are required and can be made by clicking here: Red Light New Year Party Reservation. If you have any questions, please contact Jack Berger (513-271-1566) or the Rotary Office (513-421-1080). 

Prospective Member Happy Hour on January 19th
As a kick-off for the Flyover State Challenge, the Membership Development Committee is sponsoring a happy  hour on January 19, 2016, at one of the newest redevelopments of a historic building in downtown Cincinnati. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the all new Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Hotel in the former Enquirer Building on Vine Street. Developers spent over $40 million in renovations on the project and you'll be one of the first to see the results! As an added bonus, all prospects who attend this Tuesday night event are able to attend our prospective member luncheon, featuring U.C. President, Santa Ono, on Thursday, January 21st for free. There is also no charge for you to attend the happy hour if you bring a prospect, but reservations are required. Flyers will be available at the check-in desk at the January 7th meeting or register your prospective member by clicking this link Contact Matt Gerding, Membership Development Chair, with any questions at We are counting on you to make us winners in this membership contest between Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, and Columbus....soo WHO DEY, WHO DEY, WHO DEY THINK GONNA BEAT CINCY ROTARY?!

Hands-On Service at Ronald McDonald House - Tuesday, January 12th
Through the combined efforts of our Club's Hands-On Service volunteers and our Foundation, Cincinnati Rotary sponsors three dinners each year at Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House. Our next dinner service at the House is this coming Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Volunteers are still needed for food prep, serving the guest families, and clean up afterwards. This is a great opportunity for those of you who have not yet experienced our wonderfully unique  Ronald McDonald House. To volunteer, please contact Project Captain Jim Brooks at 513-252-6776 or

Cards for Kids Returns!
As we prepare for our 5th annual Believe 2 Achieve fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, the Silent Auction Committee is again collecting gift cards to enhance our items and help raise additional funds to support the good work done by Stepping Stones/Camp Allyn, the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. We are looking for all kinds of gift cards! Did you get a few as Christmas gifts that you would like to donate? We also welcome newly purchased cards. Each Thursday during the month of January, we will be collecting these cards at the check-in desk. Please contact Susan Wilkinson at with any questions about the silent auction or Cards for Kids. The Silent Auction Committee thanks you in advance for your generosity!

New Meeting Sponsorship Program

To expand the vocational fellowship and networking opportunities for our club members, the Rotary Club of Cincinnati is offering a new Meeting Sponsorship Program for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. This new program will allow the sponsoring member to network prior to the meeting, have their company logo displayed on the Rotary Club of Cincinnati website for the fiscal year, have their company logo displayed on the pre-meeting slide show, have a business-card size advertisement in the club roster, print advertisement (including a 1-2 paragraph description of the company) in the weekly ERays newsletter, and deliver a 60-second commercial at the sponsored meeting (video, slide show, or live presentation). To read more click here:
New Meeting Sponsorship Program or contact Bryan Vielhauer at

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 (
Click here for Family of Rotary News.
What Happened Last Thursday (December 10, 2015)
Each week Shirley Love prepares a summary of the program from the previous week
Click here for What Happened Last Thursday.

Coming up next week!
PROGRAM: Tim Swallow, Cincinnati World Cinema
Caesar salad with croutons, & parmesan cheese; Penne with Italian sausage, zesty tomato sauce, peppers, ricotta salata & bread stick; and vanilla cheesecake with apricot & candied almonds.
ALTERNATE MENU: Vegetarian penne with zesty tomato sauce, peppers, ricotta salata & bread stick OR January Salad - romaine salad with bacon, bleu cheese, grilled shrimp & balsamic vinaigrette.


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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