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Thursday, February 4, 2016


Medical Director

Cincinnati Health Department

In September 2015, the Cincinnati Board of Health approved the appointment of Dr. O’Dell Owens as Medical Director for the Cincinnati Health Department. The position became vacant when Dr. Lawrence Holditch retired July 1. Dr. Holditch had served as Medical Director since 2006.
Dr. Owens most recently served as the President of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. He had held that position since 2010.
In 2004 he was elected as Hamilton County’s Coroner. He was re-elected in 2008 setting a record for the most votes that a candidate has ever received in the history of Hamilton County.
He attended Yale University Medical School where he earned his M.D. degree and his Masters in Public Health at the same time. He also completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale.
He has been honored with the Tree of Life Award by the Jewish National Fund, the Lincoln Award from the Northern Kentucky University, three Honorary Ph.D.’s, and was the youngest person inducted into the Ohio Independent College Hall of Excellence.

LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
Mixed greens with cucumber, tomatoes & ranch dressing; chicken curry with white rice & fresh vegetables; and milk chocolate cheesecake with white chocolate cream.
ALTERNATE MENU: Vegetable curry with white rice or FEBRUARY SALAD - Crisp romaine with black beans, corn, southwestern chicken, avocado & chipotle ranch.

Meetings This Week:
1:30 p.m. 4 Way Test Speech Contest Committee, Salon M, 4th Floor
1:30 p.m. Classification Committee, Salons B/C, 4th Floor
1:30 p.m. New Member Project, Salons D/E, 4th Floor
1:30 p.m. RYLA Committee, Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level

This Week's Birthdays:
February 2 - Debbie Bowman
February 2 - Kristy Suszek

February 3 - Brad Green
February 3 - Henry Heimlich
February 6 - Vince Hartmann
February 6 - Matthew Sathe
February 8 - Emily Lichtenberg
February 8 - Andrea Zorb

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!    

Annual Jefferson Award
We are fortunate again to have the Jefferson Award as one of our premier community service  programs.  We are going to recognize outstanding volunteerism in the Greater Cincinnati area.  The award was created in 1972 by Robert Taft and Jacqueline Kennedy in 1972.  Individuals in over 90 cities are recognized annually.   

But we need your help!  We need you to assist in nominating candidates for the Jefferson Award For Public Service.  Our Rotary club will recognize ordinary people who do extraordinary things, without expectation of recognition or reward.  Past non-winning applicants may be re-nominated. 

We have two great partners, the Cincinnati Enquirer and Channel 12.  The Enquirer has created an online application process to nominate a candidate.  Bob Herzog of Channel 12 will present the  Jefferson Award at our luncheon on March 3, 2016.  

For more information and the nomination form click here:

The deadline for nominations or re-nominations is Friday, February 12, 2016.  If you have questions please contact me or any of the other Rotarian committee members:  Bud Dornette, Ron Ott, Doug Adams, Anthony Ricciardi, Laure Quinlivan, Jim Eichmann, Roni Luckenbill, Mark McKiernan or Lisa Schafer.

Women 2 Women ~ Evening at The Candle Lab & Sundry and Vice
We’re gathering the women of Rotary together for another night of fun and fellowship on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. We’ll begin our evening at The Candle Lab (1325 Vine Street – 45202). There you’ll have the opportunity to pour your own candle, mixing any of the 120+ fragrance oils together to create your own custom candle. Their candles combine all natural soy-based wax, cotton paper wicks, and pure fragrance oils to make a long-lasting and pure-burning candle. They also offer custom mixed bath salts, room sprays, reed diffusers, fragrance oil, and wax tarts. Once our candles are complete, we’ll head over one block to Sundry and Vice (18 W. 13th Street – 45202), a turn-of-the-century apothecary-themed cocktail bar and gathering place, where we’ll enjoy dinner by the bite and partake of their excellent cocktails (cash bar). Both the Candle Lab and Sundry and Vice are located near Washington Park Garage (1230 Elm Street – 45202) so safe parking is conveniently located for both venues. We hope you can join us – and be sure to bring a friend, neighbor, or prospective member! Please click here for the sign-up form: Women 2 Women Event – Candle Lab

Got a Projector? We Need Your Help!
The North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN) will hold their convention in Cincinnati this February.  They are expecting 500+ members of NAYEN to attend this convention with the majority of the attendees being Rotarians or having a Rotary connection.  The organizers of the convention have asked if we could locate projectors for their breakout sessions to help hold down the cost ($600 to rent one through the hotel).  They are in need of six projectors from Tuesday 2/23 through 2/28 and all of them would be locked up in a secure room each night.  If you are able to loan out a projector for this time period, please let the Rotary office know (  Thank you in advance for helping out the group and be sure to mark your calendar for February 25, 2016, for a VERY special presentation by a former youth exchange student, Barbara Nieviadonski, a Brazilian Rebound student, who spent her 2013-2014 exchange year in Germany.  Her presentation was seen at the RI Convention and she is coming all the way from Brazil to attend the convention and share her story with us.

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 (January 21, 2016)
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: State of Hamilton County Address
LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
Mixed greens with butternut squash, cranberries, & maple vinaigrette; pesto crusted salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes & broccolini; and chocolate chip brownies with fudge frosting.
ALTERNATE MENU: Crispy cauliflower with pesto, roasted fingerling potatoes & broccolini or FEBRUARY SALAD - crisp romaine with black beans, corn, southwestern chicken, avocado & chipotle ranch.

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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