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Thursday, May 12, 2016


Director of Collections and Exhibitions



Lynne Ambrosini joined the staff of the Taft Museum of Art in 2004. Director of Collections and Exhibitions, she oversees the permanent art collection as well as the program of changing exhibitions. Ambrosini received a B.A. summa cum laude in English literature from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, and then an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from New York University. She had an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

She worked first at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where she co-authored a catalogue entitled Rodin: The Cantor Gift to The Brooklyn Museum, and then accepted a position at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where she served for 11 years as one of two curators in the European and American Paintings department.

After moving to Cincinnati in 2004, Ambrosini has organized several exhibitions and been lead writer and content-editor for their accompanying book-length catalogues, among them Hiram Powers: Genius in Marble, Taft Museum of Art, 2007 and Brush/Clay/Wood: The Rosenthal Collection of Chinese Art, which earned the prize "Best Exhibition Catalogue" from the Ohio Museums Association in 2008. She has also contributed essays and catalogue entries for exhibitions at other museums, and has published numerous articles in scholarly journals in the field of European and American 19th century art.

Most recently, with a team of curators from the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Ambrosini has organized the exhibition Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape and jointly authored its catalogue. This show, which has been favborably reviewed in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, will be the subject of her talk this week. 

*This will be a special Prospective Member Lunch, where all preregistered prospective members can attend for only $10.00! Please contact the office at 513-421-1080 or to register your Prospective Member today!

LOCATION: Hall of Mirrors
MENU: Southwest romaine salad; roasted salmon with green chili polenta, spinach & red pepper sauce; and vanilla cheesecake with apricot jam & berries.
ALTERNATE MENU: Smoked tofu with green chili polenta, spinach, & red pepper sauce OR MAY SALAD - Grilled chicken Caesar.

*IMPORTANT* - All guest reservations and special meal requests must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

This Week's Meetings:
1:30 p.m. World Community Service Committee, Boardroom 4, Mezzanine

This Week's Birthdays:
May 9 - Chris Macconnell
May 11 - Al Campbell
May 11 - Jan Wrassman
May 12 - Julian Magnus
May 12 - Todd Schwartz
May 14 - Andy Boyd
May 14 - Kathy Graeter
May 14 - A.J. Upton
May 15 - Bruce Meadows
May 15 - Mark Robertson
May 15 - Brad Stropes

2016 Member Anniversaries (with 5 year increments):

Brent Seelmeyer - 5 Years!
Terry Sielken - 5 Years!
Jim Brooks - 15 Years!
Janet Metzelaar - 15 Years!
David Arends - 20 Years!
Vocational Fellowship Day
This year Vocational Fellowship Day will be Thursday, May 19, 2016. Vocational Fellowship Day is an opportunity for Cincinnati Rotarians and their guests or prospect members to learn more about the businesses of their fellow Rotarians. Instead of our regular meeting, members may sign up to visit the business of one of our Rotarian Hosts from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided. There is NO meeting at the hotel. This year's locations are:

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati - Host: Julie Carpenter
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Camp Butterworth - Host: Roni Luckenbill
Boys Hope Girls Hope - Host: Debbie Bowman
Central Parkway YMCA - Host: Bill Powell
The Cincinnati Reds/Cincinnati Reds Community Fund - Host: Owen Wrassman/Steve Brice
DRIVR, LLC - Host: Jared Williams
The Cincinnati Enquirer - Host: Mike Kilian
(only 4 spots left!)

There is no cost to members on the pre-paid lunch plan. The cost for all others is $15.00 and the payment must accompany the reservation. All reservations are made through the Rotary office and not with the location hosts. RESERVATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016! To read more about each location and sign up, please click here: Vocational Fellowship Day Reservation Form.

Rotary Roadshow ~ Tri-State Warbird Museum
Our next Rotary Roadshow will be Thursday, May 26, 2016, where we travel to the Tri-State  Warbird Museum! This museum was formed in 2003 with a commitment to preserve the aircraft of World War II, educate their visitors on America's role in WWII, and to honor the veterans who fought and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Since that time over 1.5 million people have toured the facility and/or seen their restored aircraft gracing the skies at airshows around the country! Come join us as we visit the museum and view their nine significant WWII aircraft. We'll have personal tours of the facility! Your RSVP includes a one-year membership to the museum and a box lunch of your choice. There is no additional charge for members on the pre-paid lunch plan to attend. The cost is $21.00 for all others to attend. Please click this link to sign-up and make your box lunch choice: Tri-State Warbird Museum RSVP.

Believe 2 Achieve Live Auction Raffle
Our annual Believe 2 Achieve event will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016. Each year during the event we hold a live auction. This year we are doing another Live Auction Raffle. We are pre-selling only 150 tickets at $100.00 each. The winner will get to choose one of the live auction items as their prize and it will be taken out of the live auction! You can purchase your Live Auction Raffle ticket at the next Rotary meeting! Live Auction items are: 

- Dinner for 8-10 people prepared by Chef Todd Kelly
- Dave Lapham Golfing Package
- Pete Rose Hall of Fame Induction Weekend
- Spend a Day with the Fire Chief
- Spend a Day with the Police Chief
- Norton Outdoor Advertising Billboard
- Ultimate Bengals Fan Package
- Bengals London Travel Package
- Valhalia Golf Club Package
- Dinner Party on Towne Properties Yacht
- Tuscany, Italy Trip
- France Trip with 3 Days of Guided Tours

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, 99 Bottles of Beer....
Please don't forget to bring a bottle (or two!) of your favorite craft beer to Thursday's Rotary Club meeting for the Club 17 Believe 2 Achieve Silent Auction item of yes, 99 Bottles of Beer! With the current popularity of beer, this item should help with our fundraising efforts for the benefit of Stepping Stones/Camp Allyn, the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati and the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati. May 12 is our last day to collect items for the Believe 2 Achieve Silent Auction, so don't leave home without your beer! Thanks to all for making this a great - and fun - Silent Auction item!

District Shoe Drive Results
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Shoes for Orphan Souls drive for our Club 17. Tania Zumbiel did a wonderful job putting this together! We collected a total of 81 pairs of shoes, 34 pairs of socks, and a whopping $1337.00 in donations. Thanks for Mike Brendamour (Brendamour Moving & Storage, Inc.) for helping with boxes for collection at the District. The largest number of shoes was from the Bellefontaine Club with 549 pairs of shoes and 1183 pairs of socks!

Festival of Dinners 2016 - Only a few spots left!

Call the Rotary Office at 513.421.1080 to sign up via phone or check out the sign-ups at this week's meeting! The Bunbury Music Festival Dinner and the Spring Grove Cemetery Tour & Dinner have SOLD OUT!

Hops and History - Sunday, May 29, 2016 - only 12 seats left!
Vodka and Views - Saturday, July 16, 2016 - only 10 seats left!
Oktoberfest at Dunlap Cafe - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - only 11 seats left!
Green Diamond Private Event - Monday, August 22, 2016, 6-9p.m - only 27 spots left!

Thanks to Jerry & Nancy J Riesz, Carol & Peter Baden, Sam Schutte, Matt Sathe, Bryan Vielhauer, Don & Julie Keller, Bud & Mary Dornette
, Ariel & Hux Miller, Marc & Patty Horwitz, Deb Caley & Sam Scoggins, Jane Birckhead, Julie Poyer, Carl & Marne Kappes, Kenneth Saunders, Camille & Glenn Scherzinger, Gino Colangelo, and Jan & Owen Wrassman for hosting this year. The Festival of Dinners is the club's largest fundraiser of the year so gather your group (friends, relatives, and prospective members) and get signed-up for one of these AWESOME events before it's too late! For specific information on each dinner, please click HERE.

New Meeting Parking!
The Rotary office has negotiated with the 84.51 parking garage for $3.00 parking for our Thursday meetings, after the Tower Place Garage is closed at the end of this month. The garage has unmanned exits so there will be a new process to pay for your parking using chaser tickets. These $3.00 chaser tickets can be picked up at meeting check-in each week. NOTE: These tickets are monitored and can ONLY be used on Thursdays! A video has been created demonstrating the new process and is available on our website, Facebrook Group page or by clicking HERE.  

Dues Invoices for July-December 2016
The dues (and prepaid lunches) invoices for July-December 2016, are being emailed to all members this week. Please note the due date of June 15, 2016, on your invoice. While we have been able to be somewhat flexible in accepting late payments in the past, unfortunately because of changes in Rotary International's billing process, this must be a FIRM deadline. Rotary International now automatically charges our club for members on our roster on June 30, 2016, with no exceptions so we must now complete our billing much earlier than in the past. If you are unable to pay your invoce by June 15, 2016, please contact the Rotary Office or you will automatically be assessed the $35.00 late fee. Why not pay your dues online today? Just click this secure online payment link to conveniently pay your invoice: PAY MY DUES. If you do not receive your invoice by Friday, May 13, 2016, or have any questions on your invoice, please contact Kristy in the Rotary Office at 513-421-1080 or 

Golden Days Inserts
The latest Golden Days binder insert, Richard La Jeunesse (2014-2015) is available for pick-up, if you haven't gotten yours already. They will be available at the meetings, or can be mailed to you, if you contact Kristy in the Rotary office at 513-421-1080 or

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
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!

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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