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Jan 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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Jan 23, 2018
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Feb 17, 2018
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Feb 27, 2018
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The Scoop - November 20, 2017
Allen County's girls basketball teams are looking forward to an exciting season.
The high school girls basketball season begins Friday and at Monday's Rotary meeting, eight of the coaches were at Rotary for the annual Girls Basketball Preview hosted by Vince Koza. Also at Monday's meeting, Dr. Jeff Unterbrink passed the bucket and raised $151 for Meals to Monday which provides meals for students who may not get enough to eat on the weekends. We collected an entire barrel of personal hygiene items to donate to the West Ohio Food Bank. We'll have the barrel at Monday's meeting one last time so please bring something to donate. Rotaract was at the meeting holding a silent auction of adorable Christmas decorations they'd made. The auction raised $250 to help buy presents for the family the club has adopted for Christmas. Thanks to everyone for supporting these wonderful causes. Don't forget that Monday's meeting will be held at the City Club.
The Scoop - November 13, 2017
St. Rita’s brings neurosurgery technology to region.
Neurosurgeries and neurology treatments previously unavailable in Lima now are, thanks to a commitment by Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical center for new technology and providers.
Thomasz Jankowski, director of St. Rita’s Neuroscience Institute, and Dr. Mario Ammirati, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery and surgical director of the Neuroscience Institute, spoke to Lima Rotary Club Monday about the advanced procedures now happening in Lima.
Many in the region had previously traveled to Columbus for brain and spine surgeries performed by Ammirati. He agreed to move to Lima with Mercy’s commitment to needed resources and technology, such as a new operating microscope and computer-guided technology that uses GPS data to direct surgeons “like a fighter pilot,” Ammirati said. More technology, such as intraoperative CT scanning and functional MRIs, is on the way.
Since April, the Neurosurgery Department has done 59 surgeries, including removing 20 tumors from the brain and spine, Ammirati said. Previously, these surgeries were not happening in Lima, but now “the capability is second to none in the region, and it’s because we have built a robust infrastructure for it,” Ammirati said.
The Neuroscience Institute provides care for a wide range of diseases and injuries affecting the brain, spine and nervous system, Jankowski said. The development of the institute means not only a quickly ramped-up improvement in services and clinicians, but also the ability to contribute to research and studies, Jankowski said.
In other Rotary business Monday, Guiding Light Ministries received a Lima Rotary Foundation grant for $2,500, and foundation President Jeff Fitzgerald reported several other contributions, including $1,500 to Barbers Give Bikes, $2,500 to MESA, and about $2,500 for the Dictionary Distribution.

City Club
Don't forget that Monday's meeting will be held at the City Club.
Bath High School Interact Club had an incredible food drive!
Our Bath High School Interact Club Hygiene Barrel Drive brought in 6,329 donations for the West Ohio Food Bank in Just one week! Thank you to the Bath community and all the club members for your generosity.
Giving Thanks
The Lima Rotary Club was proud to be a sponsor of the Giving Thanks Luncheon Tuesday.
Social Meeting
Please Join the Social Committee for a special Social Hour in honor of Kelli DeLong on November 28 from 5:00pm-6:00pm. 
Kelli was sponsoring this month’s Social Hour at the Met.  Scott Shafer reminded us had it not been for the Social Hours many of us would not have gotten to know how wonderful Kelli was to be around.  Kelli never missed a Social and she will be deeply missed. Join us at the Met on Tuesday, November 28th from 5PM to 6PM to raise a toast to Kelli. 
We are holding a personal hygiene drive for the West Ohio Food Bank for the month of November. They are looking for hygiene items, laundry soaps, diapers, etc.  We will also be doing some volunteer hours at the Food Bank to help pack boxes. 
Salvation Army
We are doing a Salvation Army toy drive the month of December.  Please bring a new toy to make a child's Christmas happy.
Bell Ringing
We are ringing bells for the Salvation Army Bell on December 16.  We have added 2 new locations: Kewpee on Allentown Road and Walmart on Allentown Road in addition to The Lima Mall. We need more volunteers. Contact Drew Fields to sign up.
Special Needs
The Special Needs Christmas Party is December 9 from 11-2 at Shawnee United Methodist Church. Contact Esther Baldridge if you'd like to volunteer for this wonderful event.
Christmas Party
Don't miss the Lima Rotary Club's Christmas Party & Christmas Raffle on December 18.
Monday, December 18th will be our Christmas Auction and Christmas Party, and the program will be Singo! Singo is a musical version of bingo and instead of numbers, you play with music!  We’ll have Christmas music, and please bring your dollars as we’d like to have everyone buy a Singo card for $1 and all proceeds raised will be donated that day to the Salvation Army to go towards the toy drive. You can buy as many cards for chances as you’d like! Don’t forget, Elvis is back to shake things up this year!
Blood Drive
We will be doing a Red Cross blood drive on January 15th from 10:00-3:00.  Please plan to give blood! Contact Derek Stemen to reserve your spot.
Project fairs as a catalyst to international service.
A District International Service Chair recently wrote to me about his struggle to get his clubs more involved in international projects. My response to him was to keep working at it – getting a club involved in international service can be a challenge. If you could get even one person from your district (even you!) to attend a project fair, the gained enthusiasm may be a valuable catalyst for getting involved in international projects. Here’s my story.
I had been a Rotarian back in New England, U.S., in the 1970’s. Then I changed jobs, moved to a different state, and dropped out of Rotary.
Years passed. Four years ago, I retired and moved to Guatemala for the winter (no snow to shovel). Fellow ex-pats brought me to several lunches with their local Rotary members. Then, the time arrived for the annual Uniendo America Project Fair, hosted in the nearby city of Antigua. Not knowing what to expect, I tagged along with a couple of members.
To say that my mind was expanded is an understatement. When I belonged to Rotary decades ago in the United States, I remember that my club raised money for college scholarships for local students, hosted and sent exchange students, and had lunch together. This was before the End Polio Now campaign, before women were allowed in Rotary, and before the spectacular growth of Rotaract and Interact clubs for younger people.
The Uniendo America Project Fair opened my eyes to the wonders of international service. Central American Rotary clubs hosted booths promoting projects reflecting Rotary’s primary priorities: providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and babies, supporting education, fighting disease, growing local economies, and promoting peace and conflict resolution.
We learned about club-led projects that were helping people in communities throughout Central America. We had the opportunity to meet local people and talk with them about their needs and projects. As an addition to the conference, I enjoyed a visit to a small school on the outskirts of Antigua which was seeking funding to support the growth of the school.
Meeting people and networking is always a highlight of any Rotary event. There were numerous international Rotarian visitors from the United States and Canada. Some of them had been coming to the project fair for years and shared their experiences supporting projects with Central American clubs as a result of the partnerships they had made at previous fairs. I learned from these “old-timers” the enriching impact international service has to individuals and to the clubs involved. Others, like me, were newcomers learning first-hand about the wonderful opportunities that were on display. Meals together, coffee-break conversations, and social events enhanced the experience.
My experience has been with Uniendo America in Central America. Other project fairs are held in Europe, Africa, other regions of Central and South America. I encourage you to attend any of these events that are the most convenient and interesting to you. View a list of all fairs and share them with the members of your club.
Rotarians are encouraged to bring their spouses and spend a few extra days exploring the host country. In Belize this year, you could go scuba diving and snorkeling in the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, go sailing on the Caribbean Sea, or visit Mayan ruins, to name just a few options.
By David H. Griggs, member of the E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel, Guatemala
Wastewater Tour
Save the Date for a Rotary Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour on Friday, May 11th from 2:00PM to 3:30PM.  Space will be limited so sign up early!  Contact Cat Sarno at You may never look at water the same way!