Posted by Rita Brown
Here are the highlights from the January 14 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                                         Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting to order at 11: 44 A.M. with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jeff Fitzgerald, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz, and Anne Decker.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Attendance report with Club and District Statistics
The year ended with 164 members which includes 4 Honorary Members and 160 Active Members.  
December attendance was the highest for the six month period at 47.15%. 52.8% attended the Christmas Party.  
Six month statistics for the Lima Club show 131 Active members, 28 Active Corporate Members and one Active R85.  R85 is members who have 20 or more years’ membership.  Years of service plus age must equal 85 or more.  Attendance is excused at that status. The club has 44 females or 28% and 116 males or 72%. 
The age distribution shows 28% of the members fall within 50 – 59 years of age; 32% are under 50; 37% are over 59; 1% undefined.   Years of service show 47% have been with the club for 5 years or less with 53% being with the club for over 5 years. 
District Statistics shows attendance dropped from 61.7% to 56% across the district. 
The membership trend shows fluctuation but district membership is down by 72 members for the 6 month period 7/1/2019 – 12/31/2019.  The Lima Club is down by 5 members. 
Presidents Report                                                                                                                                Ken Dysert
Jay Begg –Leave of Absence due to hardship and extreme circumstances
The Board discussed placing Member Jay Begg on an Extreme Hardship Leave of Absence for a period of one year due to his serious injury.  The Leave can be reviewed and revised at any time.  Metzger made a motion to approve the LOA for the period from 1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Christmas party recap       
Dysert thanked Sarno for chairing the Club‘s Christmas Party.  The Auctions and Events of the Party raised $3,692.00.                                                                                            
Board Candidates
Dysert advised the Board it is time to select six candidates who are willing to serve on the Board of Directors.  The top three vote getters will serve for the three year period from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023.  Candidates must be willing to serve as President.  A nomination committee will be selected to complete the process.   Candidates for the Board must be selected and approved at our February 11th meeting.   At that time, a Joint Board Ballot will be sent to the Club Membership for selection.  The Rotary Board and the Foundation Board will meet jointly in March and at that time; the goal is to announce the newly elected candidates to each Board. 
4-Way Speech and Essay contest - March 30th                                            
Esther Baldridge and Jill Ackerman will again chair the process.  They reported the process is underway as the information is out to the schools. 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing  
Joe Watson reported $2,566.25 was raised this year
Purchase of a new Rotary Cabinet                                                                                   Paul Swartz
The large Rotary Storage Cabinet at the VMCC is in bad condition.  Moving it is difficult as the wheels easily fall off.  Also a larger cabinet would be beneficial.   Swartz has priced a metal cabinet that is 78” tall by 28” wide by 24” deep that has a price of $798.  Sarno made a motion to approve the purchase of the cabinet.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Motion approved.
Board Reports
Social Committee updates                                                                                                 John Ficorilli
The Social Committee has begun surveying members regarding re-establishing an Active Social Committee.  Announcements will be made as to the results and next steps.
Polio Campaign
The Polio Auctions will be held on a monthly basis.  The Pledge Cards will also be put out those days.  The Board discussed placing the Auctions on-line and putting minimums on the bids.
Special Needs Christmas Party                                                                                          Theresa Schnipke
Schnipke reported 44 children made a reservation to attend with 34 of them being present at the party.  Others attending included:  17 parents and care givers, 26 Rotarians were present with 36 Rotarians participating in the event.  Also 30 Students from Interact attended.
Treasurer Report                                                                                                                 Dan Best
Best reviewed the Balance Sheet and comparison between Dec 31, 2019 and Dec 31, 2018.  Both years include an Accounts Receivable – Doubtful amount of ($3,485.00) and a line item for Rotary Mugs in the amount of ($176.68).  Both figures have remained the same.  Best requested the ($3,485.00) doubtful be removed and the Rotary Mugs be removed and expensed as there are no mugs in storage. 
The Income Statement shows dues down from $57,538.78 to $50,825.00 as a good portion of the dues has come in.  Also the Amphitheater pledges are coming in. 
The Aging Summary indicates members who have fallen behind are being contacted and payments are coming in.   Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted and Ficorilli seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Business:                                                                                                                              Rita Brown
Resignations were received from:   
  • Marc Bowker, Alter Ego Comics.  He hopes to return within a year.
  • Randy Green, Swartz Contracting
  • Annette Swisher, Retired
Fitzgerald made a motion to accept the resignations with regret.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Jennifer Mason, First Federal Bank Trust Officer
Schnipke made a motion to approve the application.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There will be No Club Meeting on Monday January 20 in observance of MLK Day.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:42 P.M.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary