News and Notes


Leadership in the News!

The Cincinnatus Association is proud to announce that Valerie Daley, Vice-Chair of the Inclusion Panel has been selected to participate in the Class 18 of WE Lead, the flagship leadership development program of its Women Excel (WE) platform.

Valerie is among 59 other women, who will be participating in a 10-month leadership development program that focuses on the whole person.

We Lead, presented by PNC Bank and TiER1 Performance, is designed so that participants have space to invest in themselves by tapping into multiple angles of growth, including engaging with other women, developing strategic goals, and executing on their own aspirations.

Valerie is currently serving as Senior Program Officer, LISC Greater Cincinnati and is a frequent guest speaker at AARP Ohio’s Volunteer Summits on housing affordability issues and actions. She has served on various ad-hoc Cincinnatus Association committees and has made significant contributions to the Association.

Valerie stated, “I look forward to growing personally and professionally over the next 10 months so that I can contribute to positive change in our community alongside a cohort of powerful women changemakers”

2023 Asian American Coalition of Ohio’s Internship Award Gala

Incoming Cincinnatus Association President, Rhonda Holyfield-Mangieri represented the Association at the 2023 Asian American Coalition of Ohio’s Internship  Award Gala on July 30, 2023.

The AACO Youth Internship Program provides real work experiences for API youth leaders by collaborating with government offices and non-profit organizations.

The various internships were served at the Cincinnati Department of Engineering and 

Transportation, Warren County Health District, State Representative Sedrick Denson’s Office, Warren County Auditor, and other offices.

In addition to Rhonda, other guest speakers were: Representative Greg Landsman, Judge Marilyn Zayas, Commissioner Stephanie Dumas, and Representative Sedrick Denson.

Michelle Young serves as Chair of AACO’s Advisory Board.

2022 Education Awards Banquet Canceled


Please CLICK HERE for communication regarding the cancellation of the 2022 Education Awards ceremony.

The Cincinnatus Association appreciates the outstanding contributions of the many teachers, administrators, and volunteers to our Greater Cincinnati community and looks forward to celebrating them at the February 2023 event.

Cincinnatus Guest Editorial On Issue 3

CLICK HERE to see the recent Cincinnati Enquirer guest editorial from Cincinnatus president Connie Roesch about Issue 3.

Our New Focus: The Cincinnati Dream

The Cincinnatus Association has approved a new focus, “The Cincinnati Dream.” It represents our intention to follow-up on our previous focus, “The American Dream,” with greater attention on local needs, as articulated in the purpose statement that accompanies the new focus: “We envision a just and equitable city – one where the benefits of our region are not the privilege of some but accessible to all. We will be citizen crusaders for this cause.” Our panels and committees are now engaged in aligning their work with this new focus and purpose statement.

Spencer Awards Presented

The 2021 Donald and Marian Spencer Spirit of America” Awards were presented to five recipients during our sixth annual banquet on May 12, 2021. Held virtually due the COVID-19 restrictions, the event was nonetheless inspirational and a celebration of the civil rights values that exemplified by Mr. and Mrs. Spencer’s lives. Congratulations to our nonprofit winners: the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati, Franciscan Ministries, and the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Also, to our for-profit winners: Fifth Third Bank and JANCOA Janitorial services.

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Affordable Housing: An Ongoing Crisis

In keeping with our focus on “The Cincinnati Dream”, the Cincinnatus Association recognizes that the affordable housing crisis is affecting thousands of households in Hamilton County and across the nation. The lack of housing for citizens who are seeking safe and affordable dwellings is a cause for which we will crusade. In the interest of providing awareness of this growing crisis, Cincinnatus Association offers this presentation for the community’s education.

Inclusion Panel Affordable Housing Presentation

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.” 

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Plans for Equality and Opportunity Needed Locally

In  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.

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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.

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