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The Scoop - January 30, 2017
Community can do more to battle opiate epidemic.
A much larger and broader community response will be required to combat the opiate addiction epidemic gripping Allen County and many other communities, a top community mental health office told Rotary Monday.
Allen County already has all of the things the U.S. Surgeon General says are needed to respond to the opiate and heroin crisis, said Tammie Colon, Coleman Professional Services’ chief officer for behavioral health services in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin Counties. Coleman is the primary contracted provider for the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin Counties.
That Surgeon General list is: a crisis center, available medically assisted treatment, outpatient services, peer support, case management, and access to detox support. And still, last year in Allen County 29 people died as a result of drug overdose and in the past month, 41 people in Allen County were treated for an overdose, including a dozen in a single night, Colon said.
Heroin’s grip is such that by a third use a person is addicted and using, not to get high, but to not feel sick, Colon said. Without the drug, people vomit and shake.
Part of the reason for overdose is that dealers are “poisoning” heroin with fentanyl, Colon said.
“People are alone and in dark corners of the community; they’re a lot of danger to themselves,” Colon said. “This is not a party ride they’re on.”
The first step to an improved community response is to stop judging and start helping, Colon said. When asked what would help, Colon challenged the room and said employing people in recovery, even those with felony records, because a steady job is a major help to keeping recovering addicts on a very difficult path. Coleman and the mental health board can work with employers to put safeguards in place, she said.
Colon brought with her a ray of hope, and an example of someone who is now clean after overcoming abuse in her childhood and resulting mental illness that she tried to treat with drugs and alcohol. Sara Hollar was in her first day as a peer recovery coach for Coleman when she spoke to Rotary, telling a story of losing and regaining custody of her children, multiple prison sentences and a chance to get well and help people.
The last time she was in prison, she was able to become healthy and when she was released in 2014 through re-entry court, Coleman was there with supports she hadn’t had previously, Hollar said.
“I’m hitting the ground running,” Hollar said, laughing. “Every day I get better and better because I’m doing the right things.”
In other Rotary business Monday:
The club hosted the Bath High School Interact Club and recognized them with pins presented by Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen. The club has been very active with service and leadership projects since forming in the fall.
The club recognized birthdays and anniversaries, including a club anniversary of 42 years for Otto Bollenbacher.
The Scoop - January 23, 2017
Lima YP members are passionate about their community.
Millennials can get a bad rap, but they and the Lima Young Professionals are civic minded, dedicated and passionate about their communities, Lima YP director Adah Ellerbrock said Monday.
Speaking to the club, Ellerbrock said Millennials have taken positive things from preceding generations:  They are optimistic, civic minded, and driven.
While the Lima YP is focused on members between the ages of 20 and 40, the current leadership has realized they are getting older. Ellerbrock, director of programs for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, became the chamber’s YP liaison in 2014. She joked that she has a birthday coming up, and she hopes they don’t kick her out.
There are more members in their 30s than their 20s, Ellerbrock said. Because of this, one of the group’s goals is to establish partnerships with area colleges and universities.
The group grew their board and increased membership in 2016, Ellerbrock said. They also revamped the #LoveLima campaign and helped the chamber and League of Women Voters with a get out the vote campaign last year.
This year, the group continues to grow the membership and will create four community engagement projects. The first, Suit Up, will happen from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Knights of Columbus. Rotary is a sponsor of the event that will provide business attire to college students for interviews and help them with interviews and resumes.
The Lima YP gathers for professional development, social, networking and advisory events. Membership is included with chamber tier memberships or with an annual membership fee. Find out more at or
In other Rotary business Monday:
Derek Stemen, Ashley Cowan-Meas and Jacque Daley-Perrin traded in their red badges for blue badges.
Joe Kitchen reminded the club about the American Red Cross blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Civic Center.
Reverse Raffle
Get your tickets now for the Lima Rotary Club's Reverse Raffle on February 18. You could win thousands of dollars while you help raise money for the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Your $100 reverse raffle ticket includes a prime rib/chicken dinner catered by Lock 16, complimentary red and white wine on all tables, a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, bingo, tips, and much more...all different ways to win money and support the Lima Rotary Foundation. 
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The Lima Rotary Club continues to raise money for PolioPlus with its weekly auction and restaurant fundraisers.
Monday's PolioPlus auction items have been donated by Andy Wannemacher: a $100 gift card to Keystone Meats and Vino Bellissimo, a $50 gift card to Town & Country Flowers, 2 dozen cupcakes from Sara's Sweets ($46). Total value of $296. The February 27 auction item is an $800 value consisting of  $300 of paint donated by Sherwin Williams and $500 of labor donated by Stan's Painting of Elida.
The next restaurant fundraiser is at Chipotle on Elida Road on February 20 from 4-8 pm.