Posted by Rita Brown on Feb 21, 2019
Here are the highlights from the February 12th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                               
President Paul Swartz called the meeting to order at 11:35 AM with the following members present:  Ken Dysert, Peggy Ehora, Anne Decker, Jed Metzger, Catherine Sarno, and Theresa Schnipke.  Also present was Secretary Rita Brown and former Rotary Club President Jim Osmon.       
      Downtown Lima Parking Report                                                      Jim Osmon
Lima Rotarian Jim Osmon shared information with the Board regarding research on a new parking study for Downtown Lima done over the past year.  With the new developments such as the Rotary Pavilion, 43 Town Square residential building and the Rhodes State College campus, parking turnover is vital for all downtown tenants to survive. 
The conclusion of the research is that a consistent parking system is necessary.  The goal of the study is to not only provide for the current inventory and conditions but also to focus on accommodating future growth in a clear planned method.  The study will be community focused and not engineering focused. 
The study will include the needs of Rhodes State College, the proposed Rotary Pavilion as well as projected parking needs for the future.  CT Consultants will perform the study at a cost of $32,000.  Funding for the study will be needed from multiple sources with the City of Lima paying the bulk of the cost.  Rhodes State and The Lima Rotary Club will be asked to contribute.  Rhodes will match the amount contributed by the Rotary Club.   Ehora made a motion to recommend to the Rotary Foundation that the club support the study with a $2,500 donation as part of the cost of the Pavilion project.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Presidents Report                                                                       Paul Swartz
Small Projects Committee
Swartz provided an update on the Small Projects Committee.  Members of the Committee include:  Ben Swartz, Adam Stolly, Jay Wenger and Jeff Dulmage with Ben Swartz doing the upfront work.  Kickoff of the projects should begin in April 2019.   
            Family Promise/Wocap Consortium 
Russ Thomas is leading the efforts.  Paul Swartz is part of the group
           Miss You Cards
Miss You cards were sent to 30 club members who have not attended a club meeting in the last three months. 
          Sheriff Department Fund Raiser 
A check in the amount of $6,000 from the Members of the Lima Rotary Club was presented to Sheriff Matt Treglia at the February 11 Rotary Club Meeting.  The money will be used to purchase exercise equipment for their fitness center.
           Attracting Minorities YPs to the club 
The Membership Committee, led by Dave Frost and Kevin Bill, will be leading a concentrated effort to recruit millennials and minorities.   Young Professions will be included on the committee.  Ehora will be speaking at the next Membership Committee Meeting.
            Board Reports: (any updates to report)                                       All Board Members        
            Amphithéâtre Update                                                              Cat Sarno
An update to the Club on the Amphitheater is scheduled for March 4th.  All  land purchases have been finalized.  Architect Pat Beam is working on the grading or slope of the grounds and layout.   Estimate on the building demolition will be coming.   Plans for this year include buildings demolished, ground turned, new dirt brought in along with grass planted.  March 4th is the fund raising kickoff.  Contact Swartz, Sanchez or Rich Rudolph if you wish to do fundraising.  
            Social Hour                                                                               Peg Ehora
Ehora stated the Committee met to discuss future plans for the Social Committee.  They discussed meeting once a month or more as an alternative to the regular club meeting on Mondays.  Discussion also included meeting for lunch on Friday.  The meetings would include conversation about events at Rotary over the last week or so.  They discussed putting out a Rotary events calendar with activities on one side and announcements on the other side.  The committee is planning an April – May rollout.     
            New Rotary Board Member Candidates                                      Ken Dysert
Dysert stated the following members have agreed to being placed on the ballot for a term that will run from 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2022.
  • Abe Ambroza
  • Julie Bassitt
  • Marc Bowker
  • Carol Buettner
  • Shelly Diepenbrock 
  • Andy Farley
  • Jeff Fitzgerald
Sarno made a motion to approve the slate of candidates.  Ehora seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Brown provided the following slate of candidates for the Lima Rotary Foundation as presented by Andy Wannemacher, Incoming President of the Foundation. 
  • Demi Burden
  • Steve Conrad
  • Adah Ellerbrock
  • Corey Frazer
  • Tim Sielschott
  • Adam Stolly
            New Member Orientation Video Update                                     Anne Decker
Decker stated the video is finished.  It currently has not been placed it on Facebook as she is editing the entry.
New Business:                                                                                    Rita Brown
            Resignations were received during January from:
  • John Krech
  • Jim Mason
  • Jodie Robinson
Sarno made a motion to accept their resignations with regret.  Ehora seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Swartz adjourned the meeting at 12:54 PM
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary