Previous Meetings

12/13/16: Annual Holiday Party (at Bromwell's Harth Lounge)

Heavy appetizers, cash bar, and silent auction. Holiday celebration and the opportunity to network with friends new and old. Open to friends and potential new members!


11/9/16: Election 2016: How They Won (at the University Club)

Election 2016 How They Won Political experts panel offered their perspectives into local, state and national races.

Speaker Panel: Jane Anderson (Political science professor at University of Cincinnati and Cincinnatus member), Gene Beaupre (Political science expert and Director for Government Relations at Xavier University), Trey Grayson (former KY Secretary of State and former Director, Harvard Institute of Politics), and Jason Williams (Politics reporter for the Enquirer).


10/11/16: NIF Income Inequality @ HC Community Action Agency

This meeting is a forum on the issue of economic inequality using the National Issues Forums Institute guide “Making Ends Meet: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?”.  Please click on this link to see an outline of the issue, watch a preview video, and download a copy of the guide (the downloadable pdf is FREE). 

This issue is very relevant to Cincinnatus’ focus on Poverty in Cincinnati and should help us decide what our Association might do to have the greatest impact.  So your attendance and preparation for deliberation of this issue will be very important. 


9/13/16: CPS-Preschool Levy @ Freestore-Foodbank

First Cincinnatus Association membership meeting of the program year. We'll need your participation as we vote on potential Cincinnatus endorsements of three ballot issues. To help us decide on the endorsements, we'll hear arguments in favor and against the $48 million Cincinnati education levy, including from CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan and Preschool Promise advocate John Pepper.

This has been called a historic ballot issue because of its potential to make Cincinnati a national pioneer in providing quality preschool to children.We'll also learn about a levy to fund the Great Parks of Hamilton County and a levy for Hamilton County Children's Services to support children suffering from abuse or neglect. You'll have the chance to ask questions and persuade fellow members about our proposed endorsements. You'll also learn more about plans for Cincinnatus to embark on projects and programs to fight poverty in Greater Cincinnati.


6/14/16: Poverty Collaborative Discussion @ Civic Garden Center

Nearly half of all Cincinnati children live below the federal poverty threshold, according to five-year estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more than 30,000 children within our city limits, and 105,000 in the tri-state region. Last October, Mayor Cranley unveiled a regional childhood poverty task force. Since then, high-profile clergy, business and civic leaders have agreed to lead the initiative to lift 10,000 children out of poverty within 5 years and help 5,000 unemployed or underemployed adults get jobs.

This meeting involved small group discussions on how to fundamentally reduce childhood poverty in Cincinnati.  Similar conversations are taking place throughout our communities involving people of all ages, locales and types, seeking to provide information to, gather perspectives from, and engage as wide an audience as possible.

This month's meeting was sponsored by Greater Cincinnati Foundation.


 5/10/16: 2016 Spencer SPIRIT OF AMERICA Awards Banquet

We are honored to have this unique opportunity to honor the late Donald Spencer and Marian Spencer, often called the “First Couple of Civil Rights” in Cincinnati, by giving three awards: one to a non- profit, one to a for-profit and one to an individual, for “exhibiting conspicuous and enduring contributions to creating greater inclusion and promoting diversity in our community.”

As many Cincinnatians know, the Spencers’ lives were filled with firsts. Donald was a Cincinnatus Association member for many years, and Cincinnatus made both Donald and Marian permanent honorary members in 2007. Donald was the first African American on the Cincinnati Park Board; the first African American broker on the Cincinnati Board of Realtors; the first African American Trustee at Ohio University. Marian integrated Coney Island so her children could swim in the pool; she was the first African American President of Woman’s City Club; the first African American Councilwoman and many other amazing accomplishments which we will highlight that evening.

Cincinnatus Association will celebrate the Spencers’ commitment and achievements while also celebrating its own 96 years of civic activism and community improvement, including its support of groundbreaking efforts in diversity and inclusion.

This year's winners, selected personally by Marian Spencer, are:

     Individual: Dr. Bleuzette Marshall, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Cincinnati

     Non-Profit: The Ohio Innocence Project

     For-Profit: PNC

 

Link to photos.     Link to this month's newsletter.


4/12/16: Cincinnati Childhood Poverty Collaborative @ Philippus UCC

Nearly half of all Cincinnati children live below the federal poverty threshold, according to five-year estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s more than 30,000 children within our city limits, and 105,000 in the tri-state region. Last October, Mayor Cranley unveiled a regional childhood poverty task force. Since then, high-profile clergy, business and civic leaders agreed to lead the initiative, including new Executive Director Lynn Marmer, long-time Kroger executive and former CPS school board member. The group’s stated ambition is to lift 10,000 children out of poverty within 5 years and help 5,000 unemployed or underemployed adults get jobs.

Ross Meyer, United Way’s Vice President for Community Impact, will talk to us about the crushing impacts on all of us of this self-perpetuating epidemic, and about the Collaborative’s focus, strategy and progress in this monumental effort. We will also have a chance to see and hear first-hand from Rev. Sam Wyatt, Minister of Philippus UCC, about the numerous programs they and their many supporting collaborators provide to help those in need in this community.

This month's meeting was sponsored by Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP  and Mark Silbersack

and the Cincinnatus Executive Committee in memory of Mary Jo Hutchison

Link to photos.     Link to this month's newsletter.


3/8/16: CityLink Services @ CityLink Center

CityLink is a city-wide initiative started in 2012 by a group of social service agencies who recognized the need for integrated services.  It serves adults and their families from throughout the Greater Cincinnati region.  CityLink leverages the city's top social services, volunteers from throughout the community, and community and church partners all focused on working together to impact lives.  Johnmark Oudersluys, CityLink's Executive Director, will provide us with information about poverty in our community and this unique approach to successfully working to overcome it at the practical level.

This month's meeting was sponsored by The Yunker Group (Jim Yunker).

Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


2/9/16: 2016 Education Awards @ Clifton Cultural Arts Center

Mount St. Joseph University hosts this edition of our Education Awards, coordinated with the C3 Education Awards of 4 regional universities: University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University and Mount St. Joseph University.

   >> Cincinnatus / Woodward Trust Distinguished Teacher: Dorothy Lickert

   >> James N. Jacobs Outstanding Administrator: Susan Bunte

   >> John E. Pepper Outstanding Volunteer: Sandra Smythe

   >> C3 Outsanding Educators: Tiara Anderson, Emily Futscher, Tina Record, Cindy Silber

Link to photos


1/12/16: The Future of the Cincinnati News Media @ The Metropolitan Club

The role played by our primary media is critical to the identification of key issues facing our region, and in the success or failure of initiatives to address those issues.  We will provide a panel of distinguished representatives from three Greater Cincinnati media providers: WCPO. com - Editor Mike Canan; The Enquirer - Editor Peter Bhatia; The Business Courier - Publisher Jamie Smith.  These individuals will briefly discuss their plans and focus for their organizations, and then pivot to the topic of Cincinnatus Association's new strategic focus.  Members will have opportunities for Q&A.

Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


12/8/15: Holiday Celebration @ Härth Lounge [Sponsored by: Non-Profit Executive Services]

A social celebration of our year held at the Härth Lounge.  A Silent Auction was also held to raise funds for the Association's activities.

This month's meeting was sponsored by Non-Profit Executive Services (Roger Smith).

Link to this month's newsletter.


11/10/15: Cincinnatus Association Strategic Focus

Over the past 18 months, the Executive Committee has assessed the strategic direction and structure of our association through member forums and feedback, consideration of numerous models and possibilities, and extensive analysis and discussion.  A critical element of out organizational structure and member satisfaction is our focus, which we believe should be strategically singular for a period of 3-5 years.  We would use this "Strategic Focus" to guide our programs, collaborations and initiatives.  This will enable greater continuity and connectivity within Cincinnatus, with our collaborations, and in our reputation in the community.  The importance of this Strategic Focus cannot be overstated.  Its selection, definition and application will ultimately enable better direction, more effective utilization of our resources and greater member participation and satisfaction.

          At this meeting, the Executive Committee will briefly reiterate its proposed structure and introduce its recommendation for our Strategic Focus.  We will discuss your thoughts on the recommended focus, including how it might be applied in project-level initiatives relative to our various panels and members' interests, before concluding with a ratification of the Strategic Focus by the members present. 

       Link to Reorganization Plan.     Link to Meeting Results and Comments.

       Link to photos.   Link to this month's newsletter.


10/13/15: Preschool Promise

Cincinnati's Preschool Promise: Imagine a city that promises every child the same fair start. Decades of research by economists, neuroscientists and educators prove that investments in the first five years - including high-quality preschool - result in long-term gains for students and produce significant savings for governments and taxpayers.  The answer couldn't be clearer.  If we want to improve outcomes for generations, fix our talent pipeline, strengthen our schools and communities, and produce long-term, meaningful savings to taxpayers, we have to invest in quality preschool for all of our children.  Cincinnatus member and Preschool Promise champion John Pepper provided us with a business and community perspective on this groundbreaking initiative. 

       Link to photos.


9/8/15: Fall 2015 Ballot Issues

Informative presentations were made on key ballot initiatives, including the Parks Levy Charter Amendment, Redistricting and several others, by Councilman Kevin Flynn, Jon Voght, Barbara Myers, Alice Schneider and Bill Woods. 

          Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


6/9/15: Harry Black, Cincinnati City Manager [Sponsored by: Mark Silbersack]

Harry Black has been Cincinnati City Manager for 9 months, working as the chief administrator for the city and its 6,300 employees.  Taking his background as Finance Director for the City of Baltimore, he is focused on economic development, job growth and economic opportunities for all Cincinnatians, and on making Cincinnati the safest city in America.  He has made headlines for data-driven government (including Cincinnati's new Open Data Portal), shared services (or not), and efforts on diversity and inclusion.  He will discuss his experiences and challenges to-date, and talk to us about his plans and priorities ahead, driven by his 5 strategic priorities:

     > Safer streets

     > Thriving & healthy neighborhoods

     > A growing economy

     > Innovative government

     > Financial sustainability & strategic investment  

          Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


5/28/15: Spencer "Spirit of America" Awards [Sponsored by: Cincinnatus Association's Community Inclusion Panel]

The Cincinnatus Association is pleased to announce an outstanding new celebration of our region and its best people: The Marian & Donald Spencer "Spirit of America" Awards Inaugural Awards, Celebration & Banquet. We are honored to have this unique opportunity to honor Donald & Marian Spencer, ofetn called the "First Couple of Civil Rights" in Cincinnati, by giving three awards: one to a non-profit organization [Goodwill Industries], one to a for-profit organization [Kroger Company], and one to an individual [Willie F. Carden, Jr.], for exhibiting conspicuous and enduring contributions to creating greater inclusion and promoting diversity in our community.

As many Cincinnatians know, the Spencers' lives were filled with firsts.  Donald was a Cincinnatus member for many years, and Cincinnatus made both Donald and Marian permanent Honorary members in 2007.  Donald was the first African American on the Cincinnati Park Board; the first African American on the Cincinnati Board of Realtors; the first African American Trustee at Ohio University.  Marian integrated Coney Island so her children could swim in the pool; she was the first African American President of Woman's City Club; the first African American Councilwoman and many other amazing accomplishments which we will highlight that evening.

Cincinnatus Association will celebrate the Spencers' commitment and achievements while also celebrating its own 95 years of civic activism and community improvement, including its support of groundbreaking efforts in diversity and inclusion.  

          Link to photos.


4/14/15: Cincinnatus Association's Future [Sponsored by: National Issues Forums Institute]

Bill Muse, President of the National Issues Forums Institute and Cincinnatus member coordinated this consideration of problems and possible solutions for the future direction, focus and operation of our Cincinnatus Association.  Very active discussion provided an exceptional amount of perspective, ideas and energy toward engaging Cincinnatus Association and its members.  The Executive Committee will now further assess the issues and solutions, and develop an action plan toward the future.


3/10/15: NKY Forum: CVG's Future: Up in the Air? [Sponsored by: NKY Forum]

NKY Forum hosted a panel discussion on CVG's status and future plans & possibilities, with Kris Knochelmann, Kenton County Judge-Executive, Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner, Johnna Reeder, CEO of REDI Cincinnati, and Barbara Schempf, CVG's VP for Planning & Development.  

          Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


2/10/15: 2015 Education Awards

Northern Kentucky University hosted this edition of our Education Awards, coordinated with the C3 Educator Awards of 4 regional universities.

>> Cincinnatus/Woodward Trust Distinguished Teacher: Alan Brian Cruser

>> James N. Jacobs Outstanding Administrator: Tianay Amat

>> John E. Pepper Award for Outstanding Volunteer: Linda Bingham

>> C3 Outstanding Educator Awards: Jerry Schrock, Bill Morgan, Jackie Butts, Danielle Foulk

          Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


1/13/15: Workforce Development [Sponsored by: Driehaus Insurance Group]

Matt Flege explained the current program and structure for work requirements for recipients of public assistance in Ohio, followed by a brief discussion of its strengths and weaknesses.  Alternatives were proposed which also had many positives, but some key impediments to implementation in Ohio.  Dan Hurley also gave us an overview of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber's Leadership programs.

          Link to this month's newsletter.


12/9/14: Holiday Celebration @ Skirball Museum [Sponsored by: Non-Profit Executive Services]

A social celebration of our year held at the Skirball Museum, established in 1875, now one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America.  Permanent exhibits include seven thematic galleries that portray the cultural, historical and religious heritage of the Jewish people.  In addition, the museum is currently housing Rosenthal, Ranshohoff and Rosen: Documenting Cincinnati's Neighborhoods - an exhibit of the works of three important Cincinnati photographers.  A Silent Auction was also held to raise funds for the Association's activities.

Link to this month's newsletter.


11/11/14: Government Cooperation Task Force

The Cincinnatus / Citizens for Civic Renewal Government Cooperation Task Force presented a report to the membership regarding what it has learned and accomplished in over three years of studying the issues.  John Frank, the Task Force Chair, was joined by Cincinnatus member Al DeJarnett, Citizens for Civic Renewal representative Al Kanters, and Leadership Cincinnati representative Chuck Meyer in summarizing a detailed report of the Task Force's activities, conclusions and recommendations. 

Link to their full report: A Dysfunctional Region.

Link to 12/6/14 Enquirer Editorial: Fixing "a dysfunctional region"

Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


10/14/14: The Homeless to Homes Plan @ Freestore/Foodbank    [Sponsored by: Freestore/Foodbank]

3CDC's Homeless to Homes Plan is a transformative initiative in Cincinnati to help the homeless move back into housing through coordinated, high-quality shelters and services.  Current shelters offer poor restroom facilities, dense sleeping quarters, and outdated kitchens, making it difficult for the providers to care for the homeless. Landlocked sites prevent the expansion needed to offer daytime programs, meeting rooms, medical services and clinics.  Clients often have to exit onto the streets during the day and receive limited assistance in finding their way back to housing.

          We had a panel discussion including: Kevin Finn (CEO, Strategies to End Homelessness), Steve Leeper (CEO, 3CDC) and Arlene Nolan (Executive Director, Drop Inn Center).  We heard from these leaders, asked our own questions, and learned how Cincinnatus and its members can help these organizations achieve their objectives and benefit our homeless and our communities.

          Association members present also approved Association Resolutions supporting the approval of Ballot Issues 6, 7 & 8.

Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.


9/9/14: Cincinnati & Dayton Mayors @ United Way     [Sponsored by: Cooney Faulkner Stevens]

Dayton and Cincinnati lay in close proximity to each other, and the distance seems to be closing all the time.  As the Cincinnati region spreads north and Dayton south, the need for regional cooperation becomes more important than ever before.  U.S. Commerce Department designation of the Southwestern Ohio Aerospace Region, and consideration of merging the cities into a single MSA, are but two developments highlighting both potential opportunities and pitfalls.

          What opportunities exist for cooperation, and how do we make our region overall more welcoming for people and businesses of all types?  Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley discussed their perspectives, plans and visions.  We heard from these leaders, asked our own questions, and learned how Cincinnatus and its members can help these communities achieve their objectives as partners and mutual beneficiaries.

          Association members present also approved an Association Resolution supporting the approval of the CPS Renewal Levy.

Link to photos.  Link to this month's newsletter.