Rotary Club of Cincinnati spreads holiday cheer

Shirley Love with Micah

Shirley Love with Micah

Rotary Club of Cincinnati invited Santa and his elves to its annual holiday party for students with disabilities. Santa took 118 gifts to Roselawn-Condon School, one for each child and all donated by Rotarians.

“The celebration holds a special significance for Cincinnati Rotarians,” said Mary Ronan, Cincinnati Public Schools superintendent and Rotary Club of Cincinnati member. “The Rotary Club of Cincinnati actually helped create Condon School, and when it first opened in 1925, it was one of the first schools in the entire country that was specifically designed for orthopedically handicapped children.”

Rowan said the school’s creation provided children with disabilities educational opportunities they might not otherwise have had, and “it continues to be a place of hope and opportunity for children with disabilities.”

Cincinnati Rotarians are involved in a variety of organizations and causes, said executive director Linda Muth. The club supports Camp Allyn, owned by Rotary and currently operated by Stepping Stones, which serves adults and youths with disabilities. In 2016, the Rotary fundraiser, Believe 2 Achieve, raised more than $145,000 for Camp Allyn, Down Syndrome Association and Autism Society.

Rotary Club of Cincinnati meets for lunch each Thursday at the Hilton Netherland Plaza.

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