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Celebration marks 200th anniversary of first Butler County Amish settlement

A celebration of Butler County’s first Amish settlement will take place June 22 at the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead just outside Trenton in St. Clair Township.

The event runs from 2-4 p.m., at the farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road. Inside the home there will be a display, The Story of the First 100 Years of the Amish Mennoite Settlement in 10 Objects, a self-guided tour, and a slide show containing early photographs of the founding families of the Amish settlement.

Four couples from an Amish settlement in Holmes County, in northeast Ohio will also be there to talk about their lives.

“It’s really a historic occasion. We’ve come full circle,” said Anne Jantzen, president of the Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead.

“The Amish were here then it became a ‘failed settlement’ because it (Amish community) didn’t retain its Amish identity – eventually evolving into Mennonites – and now the Amish are coming here to celebrate with us. They’re as fascinated with us as we are with them.”

Christian Augspurger brought Butler County’s first Amish settlers – six families seeking religious freedom – from France 200 years ago in 1819. At the time it was the westernmost Amish settlement in the United States. A second Amish group – more progressive – from Germany came to Butler County in 1832 The Chrisholm property was Augspurger’s second farm in the county and he built the home from stone harvested from the Great Miami River. The property is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Along with the historical portion there will be hay rides, farm animals, ice cream, homemade desserts, a Model T car parade and live music by Lagniappe: Cajun-Zydeco Band.

Information: 513-468-1973 or Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor

5K Lei race and festival set for June 28

The Muhlhauser Barn will take on an island feel June 28 when the Chiari Cares Foundation uses it as home base for its Lei 5K fundraiser.

The organization raises funds for patients and research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s neurosurgery unit. Besides its scholarship program, the non-profit provides an Amazon Fire tablet to children in the unit.

“Every dollar we raise goes back to Children’s,’’ said Leann Fitzpatrick, who founded the organization with husband Jim. Two of their children needed brain surgery as children after being diagnosed with Chiari, a malformation of the brain.

Since the organization was founded about 11 years ago more than $500,000 has been raised and about 13,500 families impacted.

The 8 p.m. race begins and ends at the Muhlhauser Barn, 85558 Beckett Road. Registration or packet pickup runs from 4-7:30 p.m., at the barn.

What’s great about the race is it’s a family event. It’s a very easy course,’’ Fitzpatrick said. “You can run it, you can walk it.”

Along with the race there will be a Lei Fest featuring music by the Naked Karate Girls. It runs from 8:15-11:30 p.m., at the barn. There will be Skyline Chili dogs, food, drinks, beer, wine, raffles and other activities.

Registration fees range from $20 for youth to $40 for adults depending on whether the participant is interested in chip timing. There are also team rates. A Lei Fest only ticket with no race is $25.

Sue Kiesewetter, Enquirer contributor $32K raised for scholarships, service and advocacy efforts by Zonta Club of Cincinnati Centennial Celebration

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati held their Centennial Celebration and fundraiser on Saturday, April 13 at the Clovernook Country Club.

Many thanks go to their generous event sponsors: Centennial Sponsor Clever Crazes for Kids; Platinum Sponsor Zonta member Norma Clark; Silver Sponsors Maremar Family Foundation, Kahny Inc., Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, and Zonta members Donna Seitz and Melinda Hepfner; and numerous Friends of Zonta.

A charitable crowd had a great time bidding on fabulous silent auction items and the Fund-A-Scholarship live auction, buying chances for raffles of spirits items and cash, and donating to the Zonta Giving Wall.

All proceeds benefit the Zonta Club of Cincinnati’s Ann Rasche and Zonta International Scholarship programs as well as club-approved service and advocacy projects.

Zonta Club of Cincinnati President Melinda Hepfner (West Chester) said,

“We are so excited to meet our goal of funding the Zonta Club of Cincinnati Ann Rasche Endowed Scholarship at Cincinnati State Community and Technical College at the $100,000 level! This caps off eight years of fundraisers to fully fund the endowment so that it is self-sustaining for future generations of women pursuing further education to improve their lives and that of their families. We had a fabulous turnout and the crowd was extremely generous. We are very fortunate to have such exceptional community sponsors and first-rate donors who contributed wonderful silent auction items. All of these great supporters helped us reach our goal to provide more scholarships.”

Cincinnati State President Dr. Monica Posey (Cincinnati) presented the 2019 Ann Rasche Scholarship certificate to Brandy Bynum (Cincinnati), who along with 2015 Ann Rasche Scholarship recipient Jackline Singh-Eibeck (Cincinnati) spoke eloquently about how the scholarships have impacted their lives and their future career plans. Susan Johnson (Indiana) from Susan’s Auction Service served as auctioneer for the live auction and kept things moving throughout the evening.

Zonta International District 5 Governor Margot Hoffman (Columbus, OH) spoke about Zonta International, its mission, and goals. Clever Crazes for Kids Founder and CEO Dianne Dunkelman was honored with the third Zonta Club of Cincinnati Marian de Forest Award for her work in the community and her support of women’s organizations. The Midnight Rose Trio entertained the crowd with their beautiful music.

The Zonta Club of Cincinnati, part of Zonta International, is a service organization dedicated to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health, and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service projects, advocacy, education, and program funding.

Through the Zonta Service Fund of Cincinnati, Inc. (the club’s non-profit 501 (c)(3) arm), Zonta has been providing scholarships to non-traditional female students age 25 and older with limited financial resources in the Greater Cincinnati community for

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