Focus

We focus on inclusivity of all members of the human race. Our goal is to encourage acceptance of others thereby making this area more welcoming to all races and nationalities.

Meeting Schedule

First Monday of the month from 11:30 am - 1 pm at Interact for Health (formerly the Health Foundation of Cincinnati), Rookwood Tower, 3805 Edwards Road, Suite 500, Cincinnati, OH 45209. 

Members

  • Dorothy Battle
  • Mike Burns
  • Ruth Cronenberg
  • Marge Davis
  • Al DeJarnett
  • John Frank
  • Deborah Heater
  • Susan Noonan
  • Stephanie Stoller
  • George Wharton

For more info

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Current initiatives

  1. We are working to educate the public on the subject of immigration. Our focus is the young undocumented immigrant who was brought over to the U.S. as a young child, and therefore doesn’t really remember any country other than the U.S.  We recently presented this program at a Cincinnatus meeting and are now in the process of arranging other venues for this program.
  2. Another current initiative has been the study of the inequities in the juvenile justice system. Some progress has been made, but we are waiting for more information as to what still has to be addressed.

Past initiatives 

The Greater Cincinnati Commitment was started by Cincinnatus.  It is a commitment to eliminate discriminatory behaviors, policies and practices from the Cincinnati area. The origin of this is the Birmingham Pledge from Birmingham, Alabama, which began as a result of racial turmoil in that city. 

 

 

The Cincinnatus Foundation is a nonprofit set up to support the work of The Cincinnatus Association.

Mission

The mission of the Cincinnatus Foundation is to engage our members in meaningful work that significantly improves the quality of life for all citizens of our region, and that builds upon the Cincinnatus tradition of leadership in advocating for changes that benefit our entire community through the use of the intellectual capital of our members.

Strategy

Cincinnatus will accept proposals from organizations capable of leveraging significant changes in our region with support from teams of our volunteer members. We will not accept proposals intended to match individuals or groups of volunteers to direct service projects. Proposals to create an alliance with Cincinnatus will be evaluated according to potential impact on the region and the possibility for successful conclusion within two years.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Cincinnatus will accept proposals from non-profit and community service organizations that serve the Greater Cincinnati area. Generally, the Cincinnatus contribution will be in the form of volunteer participation and lending of expertise by its members. Projects will be assisted by Cincinnatus members for a time period generally not to exceed two years. Should additional time be needed, the organization may reapply.

The project must be feasible to be completed in the proposed time period. There must be a clearly documented community need or opportunity. The applicant must specify the expertise and time contribution that is being requested.

The organization needs to be fiscally sound and the proposed project needs to be both financially possible and realistically sustainable.

Areas for consideration can include Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Government, and Inclusion. Upon completion of the project, or at the end of the assistance period, the organization must submit an evaluation report to Cincinnatus to conclude the assistance.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit a brief, but detailed description of the project, the community need or opportunity to be addressed, the length of time assistance will be needed from Cincinnatus, the estimated number of members needed, skill sets needed, and the end results sought.

Decision-making Process

A Foundation Review Committee, comprised of five members, will evaluate each application. Eligible projects will be presented to the Cincinnatus membership. Once appropriate teams of Cincinnatus members have been identified, the names, skill sets, and contact information will be provided to the applicant. Once a team is in operation, a primary spokesperson should be identified who will provide periodic progress reports to the Executive Committee and the general membership.

The Citizen Cincinnatus Award has been awarded periodically by the Cincinnatus Association since 1994. The award recognizes the exceptional contribution of an individual to the work of a panel,committee or a special assignment. The intent is to both reward the past exemplary work of an individual and encourage increased panel participation which is the lifeblood of the Cincinnatus Association. The award is made at the discretion of the Association's Executive Committee.


Citizen Cincinnatus Award - December 11, 2012

 

Association President Mark Silbersack (left) presents the Citizen Cincinnatus Award to Ron Miller (right).


Nominations

Any member may make a nomination, using this form.

Winners

  • Gus Morgan & John Simpkinson (1994)
  • Richard Adams (1995)
  • Mary Anne Christie (1996)
  • Agnese Brienza (1997)
  • Becky Meinberg (1998)
  • David Crafts (1999)
  • Louise Spiegel (2000)
  • John Gilligan (2001)
  • Charles Downton (2002)
  • James Selonick (2003)
  • Brandon Wiers (2004)
  • Richard Pender (2006)
  • Kent Friel (2007)
  • Jan Leslie (2008)
  • Larry Johnson (2011)
  • Ron Miller (2012)

Recent Accomplishments

Cincinnatus and its members are active across a spectrum of public affairs in our region. Here is a list of some of the recent initiatives where the association and its members have led:

  • In 2013, Cincinnatus initiated and now oversees an “Ambassador Project” to broadcast positive news about happenings in CPS schools to several thousand recipients.
  • Cincinnatus was instrumental in bringing the first “New Tech” high school to CPS’ Aiken High School in 2013.
  • In collaboration with four regional universities and the Woodward Trust, Cincinnatus annually presents awards to outstanding administrators, teachers and volunteers in our area.
  • In 2011, the Cincinnatus Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created in order to enhance the charitable activities of Cincinnatus. (Cincinnatus Association is a 501(c)(4) organization.)
  • In 2011, Cincinnatus produced a study of opportunities for the City of Cincinnati to expand its downtown on-street parking and enhance its parking revenues.
  • In 2009, Cincinnatus initiated City mayoral candidate televised debates.
  • In 2009, Cincinnatus worked with Leadership Cincinnati and Hi-AIMS program to create learning environments using 21st Century teaching and learning techniques.
  • In 2008, Cincinnatus helped the city to fund repairs to the Cincinnatus statue in the Riverfront Park.
  • Since 2007, Cincinnatus has directed a “leader-to-leader” mentoring program which matches business leaders with Principals in Cincinnati Public Schools.
  • Since 2007, Cincinnatus has reviewed and either endorsed or opposed all major Cincinnati and Hamilton County ballot issues, including attempts to amend the Cincinnati City Charter.
    Since 2006, Cincinnatus has been a member of the “debate coalition” sponsoring televised debates in significant local elections. 

A History of Accomplishment

It would not be possible to give a full recital of the many accomplishments credited to the Cincinnatus Association, whether acting as an organization or through the members who were inspired by an Association program and then responded to an issue in their individual capacity. The following accomplishments, however, are worth citing:

  • Cincinnatus was almost single-handedly responsible in the 1920s for ridding the Queen City of the blight of “bossism” and for converting what was once the “worst governed city in America” into one of the best governed cities.
  • Cincinnatus, along with the Citizens’ School Committee, was instrumental (also in the 1920s) in developing one of the most effective and best-administered city school systems in the United States. In the 1950s and again in the 1970s, Cincinnatus played a very active role in revitalizing the Citizens’ School Committee.
  • Cincinnatus played a substantial role in the 1940s in promoting the Cincinnati Master Plan for the development of the Greater Cincinnati metropolitan area.
  • Cincinnatus played a strong role in the erecting of the Mill Creek barrier dam to prevent a recurrence of a flood of the magnitude of that of 1937.
  • Cincinnatus played a conspicuous role in the development of the parkway system in Cincinnati, and most particularly of Columbia Parkway.
  • Cincinnatus inspired a program to stop further pollution of the Ohio River and its tributaries and to restore these waterways to their pristine state.
  • Cincinnatus spearheaded the revitalization of the Museum of Natural History. This project was a direct result of a panel’s investigation and continued interest.
  • Cincinnatus motivated the plan in the late 1950s to redevelop the central riverfront, to convert an eyesore into a functional beauty spot. This project is a vital part of Cincinnatus’ interest in the development of Sawyer Point Park.
  • Cincinnatus was key in supporting full-time salaries for Cincinnati City Council members.
  • Cincinnatus members were active in the planning for the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and the tax levy to support it.
  • Cincinnatus was active in the City of Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Celebration in 1988, including providing funding for the Cincinnatus Statue at Sawyer Park.
  • Cincinnatus has been active in efforts since the early 1990s to preserve the best aspects of the Council-Manager form of government, while encouraging strong leadership in the mayor's office and direct citizen election of the mayor.
  • Cincinnatus collaborated with Leadership Cincinnati to generate a plan for CPS to develop its Woodward Career Technical High School in 2001.
  • In 2002, Cincinnatus created the “Greater Cincinnati Commitment,” encouraging local residents to end the last vestiges of racism in our community, and it has promoted the Commitment via the Greater Cincinnati Commitment Alliance since 2009.
  • Several Cincinnatus members played leadership roles in the Vision 2015 and Agenda 360 community visioning processes in the mid-2000s.