The Cincinnatus Association

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Spencer Awards Dinner Postponed to 2021

In light of the recent surges in COVID, and for the safety and health of all our wonderful supporters, we have decided to cancel any attempt to hold the Cincinnatus Spencer Awards Dinner in 2020 and wait until 2021. Our committee and the Hilton have worked together on a date and we are reserving MAY 12, 2021 for the Spencer Dinner in the Hall of Mirrors. We are all hoping that by then there will be a vaccine or viable treatment to curb the virus.

Our awardees of 2020 have been notified and will be honored in 2021 – with no restrictions on numbers we hope! We lost the opportunity to celebrate Marian Spencer and Cincinnatus on their 100th birthdays – so we will celebrate 101 next year!

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to a wonderful event on MAY 12, 2021. Put it on your calendar please!

Cincinnatus Association Honors UC Health and Cincinnati Health Department

Cincinnati Health Commissioner Melba Moore and UC Health CEO Rick Lofgren standing in front of the new health center.

The 2020 winner of the Cincinnatus Government Cooperation Award is the partnership of UC Health and the Cincinnati Health Department for construction and operation of the new Ambrose H. Clement Health Center in Avondale.

Constructed by Community Builders and jointly operated by Cincinnati Health Department and UC Health, the facility is the anchor project embedded within the Avondale Town Center development. This 19,000 full-service facility serves the healthcare needs of the Avondale community and provides access to first class care within walking distance to residents of the neighborhood.

A recent report revealed that Avondale residents have a life expectancy of 20 years less than their more affluent neighbors in North Avondale. The Ambrose H. Clement Health Center brings key preventative services and direct access to an academic health system, which should help address health disparities.

2020 marks the fifth year that the Cincinnatus Association has partnered with the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA-GCC) to honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their work in the field of public administration. From this partnership, Cincinnatus Association created the Cincinnatus Government Cooperation Award to celebrate individuals, units of government or non-profit organizations that have distinguished themselves through initiatives that highlight success through collaboration of government entities in a spirit of regional cooperation.

Because the awards luncheon has been cancelled due to the coronavirus, Cincinnatus Association plans to recognize UC Health and the Cincinnati Health Department at a membership meeting later this year.

Schedule Updates

  • The dedication of the Spencer Statute at Smale Park has been postponed. We will keep you posted when a new date has been set.
  • Our panels (Education, Government and Inclusion) will not be meeting in person until further notice. They likely will meet electronically (conference call, Zoom or other methods). Panel chairs will be in touch with their members.
  • We cancelled the ASPA Awards Luncheon when we usually present the Cincinnatus Award celebrating examples of local government cooperation. We will honor the winners of the 2020 award, the partnership of UC Health and the Cincinnati Health Department, at a membership meeting later this year.
  • This is the period of time when, normally, we would be conducting an election for next year’s officers. Past President Melissa Currence is chairing the nominating committee and working on a plan that will assure stability for Cincinnatus through these trying times. You can email her at if you have thoughts you would like to share on this.

Take care and be well,

— Mark Neikirk, president
The Cincinnatus Association

2021 Spencer Award Winners

The Cincinnatus Association is pleased to announce the winners for the 2021 Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards. Cincinnatus will be honoring these organizations that by their work have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community.

Non-Profit Organizations:

For-Profit Organizations:

We encourage you to reach out to individuals, groups, and organizations to  help sponsor this unique opportunity to honor Donald and Marian Spencer and our “Spirit of America” award winners.
We sincerely look forward to your commitment to keeping the Spencers’ legacy alive1

Marian A. Spencer is the perfect person to break the barrier to become Cincinnati’s first named woman statue

Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati has commissioned the first statue of a named woman in Cincinnati for civil rights icon Marian A. Spencer. Marian was an extraordinary woman of grace and dignity who spent her life working for equality, justice and her belief that each of us has the ability to make the world a better place. We are asking for your support in this effort. Marian A. Spencer is the perfect person to break the barrier to become Cincinnati’s first woman statue! 

Marian Spencer stood up fearlessly for what she believed was right and set the example to be smart, be polite, vote and keep on fighting.

Tom Tsuchiya and Gina Erardi are the sculptors. Tsuchiya is well known for his local sculptures, including the bronze statues of Cincinnati Reds players at Great American Ball Park. 

Donate to the Marian A Spencer statue fund.

Committee Members: Dot Christenson, Jan M. Kearney, Arzell Nelson, Susan Noonan, Brewster Rhoads, Alice Schneider, Aurelia Simmons and Mary Wells.

Education Panel Seeks Volunteers

The Cincinnatus Education Panel is looking for volunteers to help with its Leader-to-Leader program.

For the past 12 years, Cincinnatus has collaborated with Cincinnati Public Schools to recruit business leaders who mentor principals on leadership and management. The principals in turn help the business leaders understand urban public education.

The Education Panel is looking for 12 new volunteers for the coming year. Volunteers need not be Cincinnatus members.

Interested? Contact Kent Friel at

Spencer Awards Dinner

The Spencer Awards
Postponed to May 12, 2021
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
35 W 5th Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Upcoming Events

July 14, 2020

Member Meeting
6 PM to 7:30 PM
Locationt:  Zoom Call

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The  Spencer Awards Dinner
Postponed until May 12, 2021

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hall of Mirrors
35 W 5th Street

Cincinnati, OH 452022