In 1965, Queen City Sausage was a fledgling sausage company in Cincinnati, a city full of established, well-known processors. The founder of Queen City was a 35-year-old Cincinnati native who had spent the majority of his life to that point in the city’s slaughterhouses. Almost 50 years later, Queen City Sausage has become one of the most iconic brands in a city that takes its local foods very seriously. Its founder, Elmer Hensler, can still be found in the office every day, making sure the company is adhering to his strict quality standards.
“I believe in making a quality product, I believe in using quality meat, I don’t deviate, I don’t use any mechanically separated chicken or turkey like some of the other fellas do,” he says. “I believe in giving quality and keeping the quality up. That’s why I think I’m still here for 49 years, going on 50. If you give the public quality product, they’ll buy it and be grateful that you have it.”
Even as Queen City Sausage has grown and expanded its operations into new products and new processes, the basic tenants that Hensler set down at the very beginning are still in use. Along with using only the best ingredients, the spices are hand-mixed — by Hensler’s younger brother, Art — and real hickory wood is used in all the smokehouses.
There is no denying that Queen City Sausage, and its founder, is one of the industry’s great success stories. Even today, the company’s most popular products are time-tested favorites like brats, metts and smoked sausages. However, it would be a mistake to write the company off as a museum piece. Queen City Sausage is an important part of Cincinnati’s present-day community. Not only can its products be found in supermarkets and restaurants throughout the city, but the company is a mainstay at public events, from charity runs to baseball games. It also hosts its own Queen City Sausage Festival each July. With a storied past and a bright future, Queen City Sausage is the most deserving recipient of Independent Processor’s first-ever Processor of the Year Award.
*This will be a special Prospective Member Luncheon, where all pre-registered prospective members can attend for only $10.00! Please contact the office at 513-421-1080 or email@example.com to register your prospective member today!
LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
MENU: Fall kale salad with apples, goat cheese, & maple vinaigrette; roasted pork with warm mustard potatoes, braised greens & pork jus; and cinnamon roasted apples & oatmeal struesel. ALTERNATE MENU: Fried feta with warm mustard potatoes & braised greens OR October Salad - fall greens, grilled chicken, squash, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, & honey vinaigrette.
Meetings This Week:
11:00 a.m. Rotary Leadership Excellence Seminar Series - Carew Tower, 36th FL Conference Room
1:30 p.m. Membership Development Committee - Boardroom 3, Mezzanine Level
1:30 p.m. New Member Project - Boardroom 4, Mezzanine Level
This Week's Birthdays:
October 18 - Craig Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
October 20 - Janet Burns email@example.com
October 20 - Steve Scherzinger firstname.lastname@example.org
October 22 - Dave Luecke email@example.com
October 23 - Dave Carlin firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Member Anniversaries (with 5 year increments): OCTOBER Winston Folkers - 30 Years!
Prospective Member Happy Hour at We Olive Cincinnati Wine Bar TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, starting at 5:30 p.m., we are hosting a Prospective Member Happy Hour at We Olive Cincinnati Wine Bar (33 E. 6th. St- 45202) and we need everyone's support to invite prospective new members! Current Rotary Club of Cincinnati members are welcome to attend at no cost, if bringing a prospective member. For more information and to sign-up your prospective new member, please click here: We Olive Happy Hour.
Rotary After Hours, October 21, 2016 - Home of Charlie Raterman
The next Rotary After Hours will be held THIS Friday, October 21, 2016, from 5:00-9:30 p.m. Rotarian Charlie Raterman is hosting at The Kenwood by Senior Star located at 5435 Kenwood Rd (4527) in the 16th Floor Moonlight Serenade Room. There will be heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and dessert compliments of The Kenwood. You may bring additional snacks to share if you would like, but no additional alcohol, please. Parking is free. Charlie requires RSVPs for this event come to him at 513-931-0310 or by email at email@example.com. You may also contact the Rotary office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can forward your reservation.
Walking to End Breast Cancer! Join Us October 22nd Rotary Walk Team will participate in the October 22, 2016, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, organized by the American Cancer Society. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has donated thus far to help us reach our goal! There is still time to donate or register to walk with our team. See below for the details and links to donate or sign up to walk.
Our Rotary Walk Team is open to everyone - men, women, children, friends and colleagues of all ages. You can sign up on our Rotary Team page here: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rotaryclub17. The course is an easy 3 miles and steps off at 9:00 a.m. from Yeatmans Cove. There is no registration cost or participation fee to walk.
In addition to walking, we are raising money to help fund the American Cancer Society's breast cancer research, direct patient services, and early screening an detection for women and men. Our team goal is $3,500. Donations of any size to support our Rotary Walk Team are greatly appreciated!! Give here: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rotaryclub17.
Hands-On Service at Ronald McDonald House - Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Through the combined efforts of our Club's volunteers and our Foundation, Cincinnati Rotary sponsors three dinners each year at Cincinnati's Ronald McDonald House. Our next dinner service at RMH is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Volunteers are needed between the hours of 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., for food prep, serving the guest families, and clean-up afterwards. Come early (4:00-6:00 p.m.) or come later (6:00-8:00 p.m.) or work the whole time. It's a great opportunity for those of you who have not yet experienced how wonderfully unique our Ronald McDonald House is. To volunteer, please contact Project Captain, Jim Brooks at 513-252-6776 or email@example.com.
New Proposals for Membership The following applicants have been proposed for membership. Please contact the Rotary Office with any question you might have.
HUFFMAN, Neal W.
Line of Business: Banking
Sponsor(s): Lynne Cole/Rick Flynn
KESSINGER, Charmaine M.
Line of Business: Human Services, Child & Adolescent
Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati
Sponsor(s): Sue Radabaugh
NOTESTINE, Carol W.
Line of Business: Services, Personal
Performer's Voice Studio
Sponsor(s): Shirley Love/Janet Burns
Be a Thursday Meeting Sponsor! A Thursday Meeting Sponsor would be a business owner, a professional person or an association leader. The sponsorship promotes vocational fellowship and networking for our club members. The benefits are many: The company logo displayed on the pre-meeting slideshow, a business card size advertisement in the Club membership directory, a print advertisement description in the weekly eRays Newsletter, and podium time for a 60-second commercial! For further information and to select a Thursday date, please contact Jack Berger at 513-271-1566.
Coming up next week! PROGRAM: Foundation Day & Club Assembly LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
MENU: Mixed greens with radishes, carrots, crispy wontons, & wonton dressing; seared salmon, roasted fingerlings, haricot vert & soy butter sauce; and chocolate chip cookie. ALTERNATE MENU: Crispy tofu, roasted fingerlings, haricot vert & soy butter sauce OR October Salad - fall greens, grilled chicken, squash, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, & honey 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.