The Yale Club of Cincinnati

Welcome to the website of the Cincinnati Yale Club, the oldest Yale alumni association in the country (founded in 1864). The CYC has over 150 active members representing all classes of undergraduate and graduate degrees. The club sponsors many social and enriching events during the year as well as jointly sponsors events with other Ivy League alumni groups.

The purpose of the club is to:

  • promote friendship and continued learning among local Yale alumni;
  • enhance ties between Yale and its local alumni;
  • help Yale attract, evaluate, matriculate, and support highly qualified applicants from local secondary schools; and
  • promote and enhance the reputation of Yale within the Greater Cincinnati community.


The Cincinnati Yale Club celebrated its 150 Anniversary with special guest Peter Salovey, President of Yale University, in September 2014.

To view photos from our 150th anniversary celebration, please click here.


Yale University and the AYA do not endorse and are not responsible for the content of this website.

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Upcoming Events

Fall Luncheon with Jane Timken and David Pepper

Date:  October 12, 2017

Time: 11:30 reception
12 noon luncheon
12:30 presentation and questions

Location: The Taft Center at Fountain Square, 2nd Floor, US Bank Tower, 425 Walnut Street

Cost: $20 Harvard and Yale Club members, $25 non-members & guests

RSVP Deadline: October 5, 2017; Event will be limited to the first 75 respondents

  • Ohio politics has taken on a local purple color as both the Republican and Democratic parties are led by Cincinnati natives, as well as graduates of Harvard and Yale!  Please join us for lunch and a discussion of state and federal politics with Jane Timken, Harvard ’89, and David Pepper, Yale ’93, JD ’99.


The Harvard Club of Cincinnati has organized a spectacular evening with the Cincinnati Pops on  November 10.  

We invite Yale alumni to join us for Dinner and the Cincinnati Pops in the “New” Cincinnati Music Hall!
Featuring Remarks by Conductor John Morris Russell

Friday, November 10, 2017

  • 5:30 pm Dinner Buffet and Cash Bar
  • 8:00 pm Concert


Roasted Red Pepper, Spiced Pecan and Feta Salad with Cornbread Croutons and Pear Vinaigrette

Herb Crusted Chicken Breast with Lemon Wine Sauce (gluten free)
Bow Tie Pasta with Sun-dried Tomato, Toasted Almonds, Asparagus & Pesto Cream Sauce
Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes, Grilled French Green Beans, Tuscan Bread & Butter
Caramel Brownies, Caramelitas, Pumpkin Linzer Torte Bars and Coffee

The magnificently renovated Cincinnati Music Hall will be the backdrop of the evening with the renowned Cincinnati Pops orchestra, including a private dinner featuring remarks by our beloved Conductor John Morris Russell (Williams ’82).

For one all-inclusive price, we will begin with dinner in the spectacular Corbett Tower with catering by Funky’s.  We will be joined by both John Morris Russell and his wife Thea Tjepkema, member of the Board of the Society for Preservation of Music Hall.  They will be providing their insider perspectives on the renovations.  After dinner, we will adjourn to the concert space to experience for ourselves what has changed with the sounds, sights and feel of Music Hall.  At intermission, we adjourn to Corbett Tower where the cash bar will be open for us.

The performance this night is special in and of itself!  The Pops description: “Be there as we record Volume 2 of American Originals, live from Cincinnati Music Hall! We’ll explore the rich heritage of American popular music at the dawn of the 20th Century through the warm and effervescent sound of the Cincinnati Pops. Volume 2 stars roots and blues singer Rhiannon Giddens, ragtime singer-songwriter Pokey LaFarge and bluegrass masters Steep Canyon Rangers.”

We have secured good seating–at a 25% discount–in two areas so that we can offer you a choice in price and vantage point: A-Level Balcony (center and sides) and C-Level Gallery (center). As part of our package, you are getting a great deal over individual pricing on these seats! Members of sponsoring Clubs and their guests–Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Williams–receive a members’ price break on the package.  Select your ticket based on seating choice and membership/sponsorship status.

If you already have tickets to this concert, you can still join us for dinner by choosing the “Dinner Ticket” option.  ONLY those holding concert tickets are eligible for the “Dinner Ticket”.  Only those with concert tickets will be allowed to enter Music Hall.

Please join us, and bring families and friends to experience this incredible night! All Ivy, Seven Sisters and Little Ivy alumni are welcome!
Ticket sales are now open! Please click this link:


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2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner

Fellow Elis,

I hope you can attend the upcoming CYC Annual Meeting and Dinner.  You can register to attend by clicking here.  When registering, you can kill two birds with one stone by paying for your annual dues in addition to the dinner.  Further, the CYC relies on its most-giving members to sponsor the event.  Please consider doing so this year (sponsorships can be effected through the Eventbrite link and will be demarcated in the pamphlet circulated at the meeting).

This past year has seen quite a few watershed events – both on campus in New Haven and in American politics.  No matter where you come down on the positive or negative aspects of the foregoing, we hope that you have been heartened by the uptick in the activity of your Cincinnati Yale Club.

As a brief summary, in addition to some of our stalwart events like the the H-Y football game viewing party, admitted student reception and monthly Cincy Young Ivy happy hours, we added a family-friendly winter event that will continue annually in order to facilitate participation of our members with young(er) children.  This summer we plan to revive the State of the City event and have slated the Yale Day of Service Event at a wonderful organization – Dress for Success Cincinnati (please make every effort to attend – details can be found on our and the AYA websites).  In the year to come, the CYC will continue to extend the purview of its activities through our own events, and by partnering with the other Ivy alumni clubs and local organizations.  Your (unpaid) board of directors donates a lot of time and effort into executing the various programs.  So, if you have traditionally only made it to the annual dinner, please find the time to make it to an additional event or two.  Each is an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with those with which you may have lost contact.

To enable the CYC to undertake the aforementioned endeavors, though, we need your help.  First, every dollar of membership dues goes towards funding the events.  To purloin WVXU’s fundraising admonition, a relatively de minimis amount of money from many individuals within a large base can and does have significant impact.  Second, we are applying for 501(c)(3) status, which status will permit the CYC to accept donations that can be written off for tax and estate planning purposes.  The board undertook this endeavor with the hope that our membership will look to the CYC as a conduit of its benevolence to impact greater-Cincinnati.  Federal non-profit status will bring us into line with a majority of the other Yale alumni clubs and permit more engagement between our club and the local community.  We will be sure to let you know once we hear back from the IRS.  Please keep this in mind when allocating your charitable dollars.

In sum, while the annual dinner allows us to reflect on the past year, it is also an opportunity to sow the seeds for the future.

Boola Boola

Michael B. Hurley YC ’06

CYC President

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