Pre-Institute Training Oct. 11-13
Rotary Institute Oct. 13-16
Hyatt Regency - Cincinnati



The registration process will be using DACdb.

Please direct your registration questions to:
Michael Brown, Registrar
Please include your district number and club name.



Please note that your hotel reservation is separate from your seminar registration.

Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 W Fifth Street  |  Cincinnati, OH 45202  |  Phone: 513-579-1234

  • The rate is now $159 +tax.
  • The deadline for reservations is September 16, 2016. 
  • To reserve a room , just click the button.


Institute Details

Registration Desk

The Institute Sessions, House of Friendship and the Registration Desk are all located on the third level of the Hyatt hotel. The second level provides the access to the connecting sky-walks with adjoining businesses and other downtown attractions, including shopping.

The Cincinnati Visitors Bureau will be in the House of Friendship and be able to assist with free time activities and dining recommendations for Friday evening pleasure.

Arrival Time/Key Information

  • DGEs and DGNs should plan to arrive at the hotel on Tuesday, October 11, in time for the welcome reception and dinner starting at 6pm.
  • DGs should plan to arrive at hotel on Wednesday October 12, in time for the evening dinner at the Sign Museum, 6pm
  • PDGs - "Senior leaders update and Open Forum" begins 3:30pm, Thursday, October 13.
  • Emerging Rotary Leaders and the DRFC Seminar begins 8:00am Friday, October 14.

Institute Service Project
Benefiting Cincinnati Public School Libraries

As a thank you to the local community, Institute attendees are collecting new books for six elementary
school libraries. Please bring age appropriate books for pre-school to 6th grade in the following genres; action, mystery, graphic novels, non-fiction (cooking, animals, science, sports figures, famous people especially ones with a diversity of people), and historical fiction.

Reading is the most precious gift we can give a child. Please bring a book (or two!) to reach our goal of 300 books!

Hospitality Suites

  • Hospitality suites, hosted by PDGs, DGs, DGEs and DGNs  will be open after the last scheduled event of the evening in the following rooms:

Cincinnati Club Hospitality Suite

The Rotary Club of Cincinnati will be staffing and hosting a Hospitality Suite on Friday evening from 5:30 till 9:30   The venue is located on the 36th floor of the Carew Tower building.  The Carew Tower is located at Vine and Fifth Streets, one block east of the Hyatt.

They will serve a variety of wines, Craft Beers, German specialty dessert (Bienenstich), and homemade beer cheese with pretzel sticks from local bakery.  They will also provide a limited number of passes to the 45th floor Observatory as door prizes.

House of Friendship

  • Official opening is Thursday, October 13 at 11:00am and closes at 5:00pm
  • Friday, October 14, opens at 9:00am and closes at 5:00pm
  • Saturday, October 15 is the final day and will close Saturday at 3:00pm

What to Wear

In mid October the day temperatures are high 60’s and evenings around 50. As with many downtown locations, you may experience strong winds. There are no fashion police in Cincinnati, but we do have some suggestions to make it easy for you:

  • Daytime-Rotary business casual
  • Evenings (except Thursday and Saturday) - Rotary business casual
  • Thursday-Class reunion dinner - (all classes to wear class jackets and theme tie/scarf.)
  • Saturday evening banquet - Black tie optional.
  • General guideline: no jeans, shorts, t-shirts.
  • Business casual – Rotary logo wear,slacks for men, comparable for women

Wi-Fi in the Hotel

Complimentary internet access is provided in all hotel rooms.

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Rotary Leaders

John GermGerm-web

Rotary International President 2016-17
Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
TOPIC: Celebrate Rotary

John joined Rotary In 1976 and has served R.I. as district governor, committee member, delegate to and Chairman of the Council on Legislation, task force zone and area coordinator, Aide to 2007-08 RI President, Chairman of the nominating committee 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2014-15, International Assembly Training Leader (two years), Vice Chair of TRF Stewardship Committee, Chairman of TRF Investment Committee and TRF Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of the Bangkok Convention Committee, Chairman of Rotary's U.S. $200 Million Challenge Committee from 1 December 2007 thru 30 June 2012, as well as 2014 Chairman for IPPC and an advisor to the RI Communications Committee. He has received RI's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary's Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.  He and his wife Judy are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of the Rotary Foundation.  They have four children and six grandchildren.

Karen K. WentzKarenWentz-web

Rotary International Director 2015-2017
Zones 30-31
TOPIC:  Celebrate Rotary, Cincinnati Style

Karen, a Rotarian since 1990, is a member of the Rotary Club of Maryville-Alcoa, Tennessee with the classification of Higher Education Administration. She was governor of District 6780 in 2005-06, and will serve on the board of directors of Rotary International for 2015-17.

Karen’s service to Rotary includes Rotary Coordinator for Zone 30, General Coordinator of Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinators, Project Lead for the Zone 30 Regional Membership Plan, and Rotary International Assembly Training Leader. She was a founder of Mid-South PETS in 2005, and served several years on its executive committee as program chair and registration chair. A member of the PETS Alliance Steering Committee for seven years, she served terms as chair and as treasurer.

Karen and her Rotarian husband Ron Appuhn are passionate supporters of The Rotary Foundation and are members of the Arch Klumph Society. She received the Rotary Foundation “Citation for Meritorious Service” in 2012. She has traveled to both Nigeria and India to immunize children against polio.

Karen’s professional career was in higher education as a librarian, strategic planning and development professional, project manager, and part-time instructor of marketing.

Karen and Ron now devote their time to Rotary service, family, and travel. They have six children between them (four hers, two his), five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Brad HowardHoward-web

Rotary International Director 2015-2017
Zones 25-26
TOPIC:  Celebrate Rotary Attraction

Brad, a charter Howard member of the Rotary Club of Oakland-Sunrise and Past District Governor of District 5170 (California’s Silicon Valley), is the Zones 25 & 26 Rotary International Director for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Rotary years.

Brad served as a member of RI’s Membership Development and Retention Committee, where he was responsible for membership in North America and was the author of the North America membership plan. He also served 10 years as the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator, and has led 23 groups of Rotarians, comprised of over 1,000 people, to participate in polio national immunization days in West Africa and India.

He has extensive experience in Rotary leadership training, including being a long time Presidents-elect Training Seminar and Governors Elect Training Seminar (GETS) instructor. He served two terms as an International Assembly Training Leader and an unprecedented three terms as International Assembly Seminar Trainer, both positions of which are responsible for training the incoming classes of over 535 governors from around the world.

He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and International Service Award for a Polio Free World.

Netzel-2016-17 PhotoPaul Netzel

Trustee, Vice Chair
The Rotary Foundation

Paul Netzel is Founder & Chairman of Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations.  Paul’s community service includes two terms as Mayor of Culver City, President of the Culver City Board of Education and numerous civic organizations.  Paul joined Rotary in 1968 and is a member of the R.C. of Culver City.  He has served Rotary as director, Executive Committee chair, the Foundation as trustee, Fund Development Committee chair and Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative chair, and many other positions.  Paul and his wife, Diane, are charter members of the Arch Klumph Society, and members of the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society.

Guest Speakers

Paul ChappellChappell-web

TOPIC: Celebrate Peace

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, and the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace. Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership. He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com

Aziz MemonMemon-web

TOPIC: Celebrate Polio Eradication

Aziz has been involved with Rotary for more than 20 years, and has led Rotary's polio eradication efforts in Pakistan as Rotary's National Polio Plus Chair for the country for the past five years. During his term, he has worked closely with a range of partners and stakeholders to end polio in his country, including WHO, UNICEF, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), government officials and departments, ulemas and religious scholars, celebrities, corporate executives from multinational companies and Rotarians from around the world. The Pakistani govenment recognized his efforts towards humanitarian and public service by awarding him the "Pride of Performance" award in March 2011, a recognition given by the President of Pakistan. Mr. Memon is also Chairman of the Kings Group, a conglomerate of five companies and one of the leading manufacturing and exporting groups in Pakistan. Aziz is based in Karachi, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Karachi.

Ann Lee Hussey

TOPIC: Celebrate Polio Survivors

Ann Lee Hussey of South Berwick, Maine has made the eradication of polio and the alleviation of suffering by polio survivors her life’s work.  Over the past several years she has actively participated in 27 volunteer NID (National Immunization Days) teams organizing and leading the last 23 teams herself, choosing to take those NIDs to places that do not often see westerners – Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Niger, Nigeria, Madagascar as well as less “touristy” destinations in Egypt and India – where the need is greatest and where the publicity and goodwill surrounding the trip are as critical as the immunizations themselves to help communicate the need for eradication.

She has shared her story and passion hundreds of times at numerous Zone Institutes, District Conferences, PETS and Foundation events, carrying the message of PolioPlus around the Rotary world and beyond, raising money and creating new converts to the fight.  She is determined that no child will needlessly have to suffer what she herself, a polio survivor, has been through.  Her concern for polio survivors includes working to ensure mobility and dignity for those who survived the disease but did not have access to the kinds of surgeries and treatments that she was able to receive.  And has led many RI grants to this end.

Ann Lee has put a face on the subject of polio eradication, winning hearts and minds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.  A polio survivor herself, the story Ann Lee tells is personal, and so is her fight to eradicate polio.

But for all the immunizations Ann Lee has herself made possible through NIDs, she considers fundraising and public awareness her most critical accomplishments.  Ann Lee’s work has earned her the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World and the Rotary Service Above Self Award and most recently was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her humanitarianism and contributions to public service, aimed at improving people’s lives and making a better future around the globe.   She was also honored at the Maine State Senate chamber for her remarkable achievements.  She was featured in the magazine Real Simple in June 2012.

Outside Rotary, Ann Lee currently serves as a trustee of York Hospital for a third term and previously on the board of Port Resources, an organization that supports developmentally challenged adults in Portland, Maine.

Ann Lee is a member of the Rotary Club of Portland Sunrise in Maine and served District 7780 as Governor in 2010-2011. Previously Ann Lee served on the Reach Out to Africa Initiative, as Zone 32 Coordinator for Health and Hunger and as a member of the RI Rotarian Action Groups Committee.  Ann Lee has also served as Presidents’ Representative at several district conferences and has represented Rotary at the Easter Seals Annual Convention.

Ann Lee currently serves, as Adviser to the International PolioPlus Committee for 2015-2016 and within that committee is Rotary’s representative to the Polio Eradication Transition Management Group.  She chairs the Polio Survivors Rotarian Action Group and will serve as Chair of the RAGs group for 2016-2018..  For 2015-2019 Ann Lee also serves as her district’s Major Gifts officer and remains a member of the District Visioning Team, having introduced the Visioning program to her district during her governor year.

Ann Lee and her husband are Rotary Foundation Major Donors.  Ann Lee is a Veterinary Technician who with her Rotarian husband, Michael Nazemetz, DVM own Village Veterinary Clinic in Rollinsford, NH.  They reside in South Berwick, Maine with their yellow Labrador, Parker.

David C. ForwardForward

TOPIC: Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years

David C. Forward, a Rotarian since 1978, is a member of the Rotary Club of Medford Sunrise, New Jersey, and current District Governor of D7500.  He has authored 12 books, including his latest book - Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation’s First 100 Years.  David has led polio immunization teams to India and numerous humanitarian trips, including Romania, where he founded International Children’s Aid Foundation. David has received The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.  A realtor by profession, David won the Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors for his volunteer work.

VertefeuilleJohn F. Vertefeuille, PH.D., M.H.S.


John F. Vertefeuille, Ph.D., is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Polio Eradication Branch Chief and Polio Response Incident Manger.  John’s prior CDC positions include CDC Country Director for Haiti (2011-2013), Tanzania (2008-2011), and Nigeria (2005-2008).  John has extensive experience coordinating CDC’s efforts with government agencies and other organizations.  In Haiti, he focused on expanding access to HIV services, the cholera outbreak and rebuilding the public health infrastructure following the 2010 earthquake.  In prior positions, he focused on life-saving HIV services, malaria, improving laboratory diagnostics, and guiding the outbreak response and the diagnosis of the first human case of H5N1 avian influenza in sub-Saharan Africa.

MFenton_squareMargaret Fenton


Margaret Fenton, a Rotary Peace Fellow, earned her Masters in Peace, Conflict, and Development from the University of Bradford, England, in 2015. She is presently a Global Peace Index Ambassador for the Institute for Economics & Peace and the New Media faculty chair at Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts. Her youth work in India, Hong Kong, and Australia and documentary work for non-profits supporting clean water, mental health, education, and child protection issues brings together different conduits of human empowerment. Most recently, Margaret’s Rotary funding allowed her to conduct research with UNICEF Cambodia, where she designed and implemented a national investigation into orphanage funding.

passport-052-1Lee Losey


Lee Losey has more than 25 years of experience working in International health and education starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Tanzania from 1983 to 1985.  He has been active in polio eradication for nearly 20 years and is currently the Deputy Director and Technical Lead for the CORE Group Polio Project.  This project is active in seven countries. Lee has also worked for the CDC, WHO, CRS, Save the Children, and CARE International. He was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to St. Andrews University, Scotland from 1987 to 1988.

dfpaceD.F. Pace

Peace Fellow Alumnus

D. F. Pace, is an attorney and 15-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department.  He is currently Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Law and Criminal Procedure Unit.  D.F. has been a Judge Advocate, Police Academy Instructor and corporate trainer.  He earned a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.  D.F. traveled extensively studying the impact of corporate globalization, labor exploitation, and the crimes of terrorism, drug distribution, and human trafficking.


Thank You to Our Institute Sponsors

Foundation Centennial Sponsor

D6690 (OH)

Celebrate Cincinnati Sponsors

Platinum: D6670 (OH)
Silver: Rotary Club of Cincinnati

Silver Sponsors

J.W. Franklin Co.
Rotary Club of Centerville (D6670 OH)
University of Cincinnati Hospital
Zones 30 and 31 Governors, Class of 2004-2005

Bronze Sponsors

Nadim Moussa (D6670 OH)
Bill Shula (D6670 OH)

RI President’s Lunch Sponsors

Platinum: D6740 (KY)
Silver: D6540 (IN)
Lane Harvey (D6510 IL)
Bronze: D6710 (KY)

Focus on Polio Eradication Panel Sponsor

Silver: D6040 (MO)

Peace Symposium Sponsors

Bronze: D6060 (MO)
D6080 (MO)

Special thanks to Linda Muth, Executive Director, Rotary Club of Cincinnati

Training Schedule


TUESDAY, October 11
1:00 - 5:00 pm  Registration
6:00 - 7:00 pm  Welcome Reception, DGE, DGN, S/P
7:00 - 9:00 pm  Class Dinners, DGE, DGN, S/P
9:00 - 11:00 pm  Hospitality Rooms

WEDNESDAY, October 12
8:00 - 11:45 am  Morning Sessions, DGE, DGN
9:00 - 10:00 am  Morning Sessions,  S/P
12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:30 - 5:00 pm   Afternoon Sessions,  DGE, DGN, S/P
6:00 pm  Board Buses for off-site Event
6:30 - 8:30 pm  Dinner at The Sign Museum, DG, DGE, DGN, S/P
9:00 - 11:00 pm,  Hospitality Rooms

THURSDAY, October 13
8:00 - 12:15  pm  Morning Sessions,  DG, DGE, DGN, S/P
12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch
1:45 - 4:30 pm  Afternoon Sessions, DG, DGE, DGN
1:45 - 4:30 pm  Afternoon Free Time, S/P
Class Reunion Dinner,  6:00 pm

FRIDAY, October 14
ERL - Emerging Rotary Leaders, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm
DRFC - District Rotary Foundation Chairs, 8:30 am till 4:30 pm


Times and events subject to change.
Updated 08-01-2016

Institute Schedule

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THURSDAY, October 13
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP,  11:00 am- 5:00 pm
S/P TEA RECEPTION, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
---- Judy Germ, First Lady
SENIOR LEADER UPDATES,  3:30 - 4:30 pm
RECEPTION,  4:30 - 6:00 pm (cash bar)
---- DG Class Presentation
---- DGE and DGN Class Reflection
---- Clark Montessori Steel Band, Peace and Inclusion Through Music
Hospitality Rooms,  9:00 - 11:00 pm

FRIDAY, October 14
Tweet Success (optional),  7:30 - 8:00 am
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP   8:00 am - 4:00 pm
GENERAL SESSION I, 8:30 am - 9:45 pm
---- David Forward, Century in the Foundation: Doing Good In The World
GENERAL SESSION II, 10:15 am - 11:00 pm
---- Margaret Fenton, Peace Fellow Alumnus
PEACE SYMPOSIUM, 11:15 - 12:15 pm
---- Paul Chappell
---- Margaret Fenton
---- D. F. Pace
ALL CLUB LUNCH,  12:30 - 2:00 pm
---- Keynote Speaker:  John Germ, President, Rotary International, Rotary Serving Humanity
GENERAL SESSION III,  2:30 - 3:45 pm
---- Paul Chappell, Waging Peace
Remainder of afternoon and evening on your own
Hospitality Rooms, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

SATURDAY, October 15
HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP   8:00 am - 4:00 pm
GENERAL SESSION IV, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
---- Five Year Forecast, Karen Wentz, RID
---- Paul Netzel, Trustee TRF
GENERAL SESSION V, 9:45 am - 10:45 am
---- PolioPlus Awards
---- Dr. John Vertefeuille, Incident Commander, CDC Polio Responce
PANEL: POLIO,  11:00 - 12:00 pm
---- Brad Howard, RID
---- Ann Lee Hussey
---- Aziz Memon
---- John Salyer
LUNCH,  12:15 - 2:00 pm
---- District Awards of Excellence
---- Keynote Speaker:  Aziz Memon, Challenges to Make The World Polio Free
GENERAL SESSION VI,  2:30 - 3:45 pm
---- Ann Lee Hussey
---- Brad Howard, RID
MAJOR DONOR, ARCH KLUMP and BEQUEST SOCIETY RECEPTION,  4:45 - 6:00 pm (by invitation)
DIRECTOR'S RECEPTION, 5:45 - 6:30 pm (cash bar)
DIRECTOR'S BANQUET,  6:30 - 9:00 pm
---- Presentation of DGE class
---- 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation
Hospitality Rooms, 9:00 - 11:00 pm

SUNDAY, October 16
BREAKFAST,  9:20 - 9:45 am
Celebrate Rotary Cincinnati Style CLOSING SESSION,  9:45 - 11:00 am
---- Speaker:  Lee Losey, Ambassadorial Scholar
---- Convener's Closing Remarks; Karen Wentz, RID


Times and events subject to change.
Updated 08-01-2016

Traveling By Car


Parking at the Institute site is not included in the package or hotel rates.  City-owned lots are available at various rates surrounding the Institute site.  Look for the PUBLIC PARKING signs.

Valet parking is also available at the hotel but the daily rate is $34.

A parking discount at the 84.51 Garage has been arranged.(entrance directly across from the Hyatt). The normal max rate is $17 per day. A $5.00 per day discount will be available making the max rate of $12.00/per day.

Attendees will be given a 'chaser' ticket that you will use when you exit the garage. This discount chaser ticket will be available at the registration desk when you check in. Be sure to bring the parking ticket that you obtained when you first entered the garage.  You pay electronically when you exist the garage using the kiosk located in the garage lobby.

A video that shows where the garage is and how to use the parking tickets is available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ottwGTY1q8&feature=youtu.be

Please note that this discount is only available at the 84.51 garage. Access to the garage is on Fifth Street (one way eastbound) or Sixth Street (one way westbound).

This is a busy garage and the majority of available spaces will be found on the lowest 2 levels, P2 and P3.


If you are traveling on southbound I-71, please be aware that the Third Street exit (#1) (the one with the tunnel) to downtown Cincinnati is closed until 2017.  Use the  Gilbert Ave exit (#2) instead.  This exit is located about 1 mile before (north) the Third Street exit.   Watch for the signs.

Heavy construction is taking place on I-75 in both directions just north of the downtown area.  Expect delays.

Street Cars

Cincinnati has installed street cars.  The streets with the tracks near the hotel are WALNUT (southbound) and MAIN (Northbound).  KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN.

Traveling by Air

Ground Transportation

  • Ground transportation provided by local Rotarians will be from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport CVG.
  • If you are arriving by air, local Rotarians will pick you up at the airport. Everyone should complete and return the Transportation & Arrival Departure Form. You must fill out this form if you want transportation from the airport and return form by September 23.
  • The Hyatt Regency hotel is 13 miles north from the airport. (About 20 -30 minute drive depending on traffic)
  • Please contact Transportation Chair,  Linda Muth   lmuth@cincinnatirotary.org  for special arrangements.


Tuesday, Oct. 11  DGE & DGN  Opening Session begins at 5pm w/Class Dinner

Wednesday, Oct. 12  DGE & DGN  TRAINING  

Thursday, Oct. 13   DGE & DGN & DG  TRAINING

Thursday, Oct. 13  ROTARY INSTITUTE Opens with Class Reunion Dinner

Friday, Oct. 14  ERL and DRFC Seminars


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