The Cincinnatus Association

Committed to Citizenship and Cincinnati​

Member Meeting Videos Posted

Zoom Member Meetings are posted to the website. Click Here to see the list.

Statement on Attacks Against Asian Americans And Pacific Islanders

The Cincinnatus Association stands with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and other voices raised in anguish over the violent attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. As the Freedom Center’s statement eloquently declares:

“We implore every American to demand for each other the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness our nation was founded upon. We challenge each other to be curious, to be open and to understand our differences so that we can enjoy the vibrancy that can occur when you see all colors. Above all, we demand compassion and empathy for our fellow human.” 


Plans for Equality and Opportunity Needed Locally

It 2020, after the death of George Floyd, the Cincinnatus Association published an open letter to the city in the Cincinnati Herald and the Cincinnati Enquirer, recognizing Mr. Floyd’s death as a clarion calling our community to action. Plans and policies that provide equity and opportunity are needed locally, statewide and nationally.


Urging City Hall To Put People Over PACs

This year is the 100th anniversary Cincinnatus Association, founded in response to rampant corruption at City Hall. Cincinnatus members stood at the forefront of the movement to remake local governance to reduce dysfunction and graft. A city manager and a civil service system took the power of patronage out of the hands of the political bosses. Our city’s charter was born.


2021 Spencer Awards Celebration

Join us for the 2021 Spencer Awards Celebration on May 12, 2021. We will be hosting this event virtually.
Due to COVID, our 2020 Spencer Awards Dinner had to be postponed, which also took away the opportunity to celebrate Marian Spencer and Cincinnatus on their 100th birthdays, so we will celebrate 101 this year! 
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate the pandemic. We look forward to a wonderful event.
2021 Spencer Award Winners

At the Celebration, Cincinnatus will be honoring the following organizations that have created greater inclusion and diversity in our community.

Non-Profit Organizations:

For-Profit Organizations:

We encourage you to become a sponsor (and to reach out to other individuals and organizations to become sponsors) of this opportunity to honor Donald and Marian Spencer and our “Spirit of America” award winners.
To view our list of Spencer Awards sponsors, and to learn more about the benefits of becoming a sponsor, click here.

Schedule Updates

Our panels (Education, Government and Inclusion) are not meeting in person. They meet electronically via Zoom. Contact the panel chairs for more information,

New Statue Honors Marian A. Spencer

With Cincinnatus as a funding partner, the Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati has commissioned a statue of Cincinnati for civil rights icon Marian A. Spencer. Marian was an extraordinary woman of grace and dignity who spent her life working for equality and justice. The dedication of the statue, sculptured by Tom Tsuchiya, in Smale Park has been postponed. We will keep you posted when a new date has been set.

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 in 2021. Volunteers need not be Cincinnatus members.

Interested? Contact Kent Friel at

Spencer Awards Celebration

May 12, 2021

Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Awards Celebration

Virtual Event

6:30 PM

Click Here to see the 2021 Spencer Awards Program

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Upcoming Events

May 12, 2021

Donald and Marian Spencer
“Spirit of America” Awards Celebration

Virtual Event

6:30 PM

Click Here to see the 2021 Spencer Awards Program

June 8, 2021

Member Meeting

6 PM to 8PM

Location: Zoon

Registration Link Coming Soon

July 12, 2021

Member Meeting 

6 PM to 8 PM

Registration Link Coming Soon