Our Organization

Our Organization

The College Club of Cincinnati (CCC) is a group of college-educated women whose mission is 

"to promote a continuing interest and participation in philanthropy, the arts, education, social welfare, and civic improvement."

Meeting Location

College Club of Cincinnati
330 Lafayette Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220


Harriet Beecher Stowe: Freedom Seeker of Cincinnati

Presented by Christine Hartlieb, Executive Director

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This interactive presentation focuses on the life events and experiences that Harriet Beecher Stowe faced during the 18 years she lived in Cincinnati and how these experiences enabled her to write an impactful anti-slavery novel.  Stowe House Executive Director Christine Hartlieb also will discuss the history of the house after the Beechers left and its ties to African American experiences in the 20th century.


Mrs. Nancy Cavanaugh…………………………………………Chairman of the Day

Beginning Again: Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Presented by Tyra Patterson

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Hear the compelling story of an 11-year-old child who was unjustly incarcerated for 23 years and rebounded to become a contributing member of society during this College Club program featuring the subject of the story herself: Tyra Patterson.  Having earned her GED and studied to become a paralegal, Tyra was exonerated in January, 2017, and reoriented herself into our community.  Upon meeting Tyra, you will be amazed at the resiliency of the human spirit as displayed by this delightful and energetic young woman.


Dr. Janet McDaniel…………………………………………………Chairman of the Day

The Cincinnati Boychoir

Artistic Director Christopher Eanes

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For more than 50 years, the Cincinnati Boychoir has delighted audiences with their exquisite voices, musicality and professionalism. Comprised of young men from more than 90 schools in the region, the boychoir is dedicated not only to showcasing the extraordinary skills of these young singers, but also to heightening their musical, intellectual and emotional development. Learn about the Cincinnati Boychoir story and enjoy a special performance by this diverse and exceptionally gifted group of youngsters.


Mrs. Mary Russell…………………………………………………Chairman of the Day

Contributions of the Tuskegee Airmen to World War II

A squadron in the US Army Air Corps

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The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black squadron who served as the first military aviators in the US army Air Corps (AAC), a precursor of the US Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during WWII.  Their impressive performance earned them more than 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses and helped encourage the eventual integration of the US Armed Forces.


Mrs. Carol Kortecamp…………………………………………………Chairman of the Day

The Golden Days of Radio

The Cincinnati Woman's Club Players, Directed by Mrs. Carol Parsons

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Let’s return to the days of old-time radio through the talents of the CWC Players and the creativity of an original script written by long-time College Club member Carol Parsons, who also serves as director. The always-hilarious CWC Players put their own twist on classic radio, which thrived from the late 1920s through the 1950s.

Taking a School Garden to New Heights: How a Rooftop Garden Helped Transform an Urban Elementary School

Presented by Bryna Bass, MEd

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From the ground level, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy in Over-the-Rhine seems surrounded by a dense forest of brick and concrete surfaces. Yet, a bird’s eye view reveals that ornamental flowers, fruits and vegetables flourish on the roof of this historic elementary school building, serving as a source of beauty and learning for students. The program will discuss the inspiration, design, and creation of the garden and its curricular connections, with participants discovering how the garden both enriches academic programming and enhances the unique urban community of Over-The-Rhine.


Ms. Mary Ronan……………………………..……………Chairman of the Day

Benchmark Jazz

Led by Henry Stiefel

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Benchmark Jazz is a group of young energetic high school musicians, who have developed a strong passion for jazz music.  The West Chester jazz sextet consists of some of the best young jazz musicians in the area, and primarily feature trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, and drums.  Their smooth and mellow jazz will include such selections as C'est Si Bon, Satin Doll, Night Train, and Sack Full of Soul, as well as other traditional standards with some jazz improvisation.  So, come prepared to get in the mood to swing, thanks to some talented youthful performers!

Glenna Baumbaugh Chairman of the Day

Imago – Enright Ridge Urban Village

Presented by Mr. Jim Schenk

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Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage is a community of people fostering a sustainable urban neighborhood that promotes social and economic well-being while contributing to the preservation of our planet.  You can find friendly neighbors who have regular pot-luck dinners, raise goats and chickens, participate in a food co-op and neighborhood greenhouse.  There are only a few such communities in the country and it is 5 minutes from downtown Cincinnati!                                            


  Nancy Cavanaugh          Chairman of the Day  

Select Ensemble of the Sycamore High School Choral Program

Directed by Mr. Ken Holdt

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Select Ensemble is the top of six ensembles in the Sycamore High School Choral Program. This mixed group (men and women) features predominantly juniors and seniors, some of whom will go on in music or the performing arts at the collegiate level. Select Ensemble has earned Superior ratings at District and State levels of the Ohio Music Education Association Adjudicated Event. You may have seen Select Ensemble at CCM performing as part of the Feast of Carols or performing with the CCM Wind Ensemble; performing with Country Music Award winner Eric Church at US Bank Arena; and performing with the ‘80s band Foreigner at River Bend Music Center.   


Glenna Baumbaugh                                             Chairman of the Day

(Postponed) All Aboard the Orphan Train!

Presented by Cindy Lawyer

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 Cindy Lawyer is a retired history elementary teacher from Zanesville, Ohio, who will spark your interest about an historical event she stumbled upon while reading the picture book, Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting.  Enjoy a Power Point presentation with historical pictures, while learning about the mass migration of over 200,000 children who were moved from major cities to new families in the West. You will hear information about one of the largest social experiments from our country’s history, not found in school textbooks.   Glenna Baumbaugh          Chairman of the Day

Enjoying Life Long Learning through OLLI


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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, known as OLLI, at the University of Cincinnati, is a popular educational program that adds much spice to life. It is geared to mature adults (age 50+) and its classes are held at several convenient locations around  Greater Cincinnati, all with free parking. The quarterly catalog for OLLI spells out the course offerings, from 8-week seminars to one-time lectures.  Topics numbering in the 100s, year-to-year, vary widely; from traditional subjects (art, literature, music, or philosophy) to the practical (how to use your I-pad, decluttering or elder law). Best of all, OLLI brings interesting people together in a stress-free environment, at an affordable cost - with no tests, no grades, and in almost all cases, no homework.      


    Cynthia Browne           Chairman of the Day               


Caroline Williams’ “Spot in Cincinnati”

Presented by Carolyn Honkamp

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Caroline Williams shared her wonderful talent and love of Cincinnati for nearly five decades.  “A Spot in Cincinnati” was a much-anticipated regular feature in the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Her sketches of landmarks and locations throughout Cincinnati will be shared and discussed.

      Carole Rauf       Chairman of the Day

"Give Me a Fa, Give Me A La La." It's time to deck the halls!


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Every holiday season, the YPCC Octet of Carolers share joyous “Fa’s and La's” with their community as they sing and spread festive cheer!  YPCC is an innovative choral ensemble that connects motivated young professionals to their community. YPCC strives to help young people, ages 21-45, connect with musical partners, community members, and local businesses through direct participation in the art-making process.   With traditional Christmas favorites like Silent Night and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, YPCC Carolers have something on their list to bring a smile to everyone’s face.   Part of the program includes a Sing Along.

        Paula Spitzmiller                                                          Chairman of the Day

Discovering the Joseph House of Cincinnati

Presented by Alicia Harter

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The mission of Joseph House, Inc. is to meet the needs of the homeless veterans suffering from addiction within our community and provide them the support they need to maintain a life-long commitment to recovery and to thrive in the community. One of the goals for this year is to participate in philanthropic endeavors.  The first of these will be a project benefitting the residents of the Joseph House.  All members are invited to participate.  We will be collecting small toiletries, socks, treats, etc.   The members of College Club will gather to package gift bags of socks and toiletries to present to the clients of Joseph House during the anticipated holiday season.  Members are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m.  to complete and assemble the bags for residents of the Joseph House.  These will be given to the speaker, Ms. Alicia Harter from Joseph House, for distribution.     


 Janet McDaniel                             Chairman of the Day

The Cincinnati Woman's Club Players


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Each fall College Club members anticipate the creative efforts of The CWC Players.  We are always entertained with the humorous characters entangled in various unpredictable situations.  The productions are always hilarious, and we look forward to a delightful presentation by our friends and colleagues!                                                         


  Carolyn O’Bryan                                        Chairman of the Day 

One Way Farm


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The mission of One Way Farm, which was organized in 1976, is to provide a warm, secure and loving environment to children, ages 6 – 18, who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. Safe and independent housing is provided for these residents as well as medical treatment and educational services.    Twenty boys and twenty girls are housed in two separate shelters.   They are supported as they strive to build an independent and productive life.    Purpose:  To stop the cycle of child abuse and provide a loving environment for children to grow in mind, spirit and body. To develop an educational system to further the potential of all children without regard to race, color or national origin. 


Ann Hanson                                             Chairman of the Day 

125th Anniversary Celebration

Directed by Carol Parsons

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The College Club of Cincinnati will celebrate its 125th anniversary this year.  It is appropriate to reflect on the club’s accomplishments in education and philanthropy in the past as we anticipate the expansion of these efforts in the  future.  Gathering information from an historical summary written by Carole Rauf and the talents of Carol Parsons, a skit depicting major events and achievement of The College Club will be presented for the membership at this initial meeting in the new year.      Carol Parsons                         Chairman of the Day

Queen City Chamber Opera

Directed by Dr. Isaac Selya

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Queen City Chamber Opera was founded by Dr. Isaac Selya in 2012 to advance the careers of emerging opera artists by giving them valuable professional engagements in fully staged productions with a full orchestra.  QCCO performers have been able to continue their careers with many famous opera companies around the country.  You will be happily entertained by Isaac and several of his performers.

Menu:  Soup, salad, and casserole.

Mrs. Cora Hillman                                                                  Chairman of the Day

Roundabout Opera for Kids

Directed by Ms. Kelly Holterhoff

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You'll be charmed by the riveting voices and high energy antics of four talented opera singers from ROKCincy performing their twist on Mozart's beloved comic opera, The Magic Flute.  The free, fully staged performances are given to school and community groups who have limited access to arts programming.

Melissa Thiergartner                                             Chairman of the Day

Civil War Fashion Show

2/25/2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Presented by Mrs. Jackie Gardiner  Civil War reenactments can be found in Cincinnati!  What do they wear?  Find out what ladies had to wear during the Civil War days with a fashion demonstration from the inside out! Menu:  Turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cake with rum sauce    

Mrs. Carolyn Clodfelter                              Chairman of the Day

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