Posted by Rita Brown on Sep 17, 2021
Here are the highlights of the September 14th board meeting.
Call to Order   Jeff Fitzgerald
President Fitzgerald called the meeting to order at 11:35 AM with the following members present:  Elizabeth Ellis-Brown, Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Lesley Fry, Keith Horner, Joel Mengerink, Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher, and John Ficorilli.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report    Rita Brown
Wannemacher made a motion to approval of August 10, 2021 as submitted.     Mengerink seconded the motion.  Board approved.
August Attendance report
The month of August ended with 146 total members.  Two members joined the club and three resigned.  August attendance averaged 40.78%.  We have been averaging around 55 members attending by including those on Zoom. 
President's Report       Jeff Fitzgerald
Plans for the ticket sales for Jerry Lucas’ Memorabilia highlighting OSU’s most celebrated athletes
The plan is underway.  Adah Ellerbrock and Amy Ricker will be managing the ticket sales table during the Club Meetings.  The Club will be selling 250 tickets at $20 each.  Once they are sold, the raffle will be held.  A mass email with details will be sent to members again this week.  It will include the photo of President Jeff and Mr. Lucas with the framed Sports Pictures.
Request from Bob Ruehl – MESA Donation given to the Biker Riders
The District 6600 MESA Bike Riders will visit the Lima Club on Monday September 20, 2021.  Bob Ruehl indicated it is appropriate for the Club to award them with a cash donation at that time.  The Foundation has been donating $5,000 to MESA each year.  Ruehl’s request is that the donation be made at this time during their visit.  Fry will contact Foundation President Demi Burden and ask that the Foundation Board do an email approval of the request and that Foundation Treasurer Jared Walsh prepare a check for the MESA Bike Riders.  The “Big Check” will be used for the presentation at the Club Meeting on September 20, 2021.  Fitzgerald made a motion to approve a $5,000 donation pending approval from the Foundation.  Horner seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Christmas Party Updates
The Club Christmas Party is scheduled for December 13, 2021 during the regular Club Meeting.
Large item raffle – will be managed by Sam Bassitt and Dan Bucher 
Elvis Raffle, Silent and Donated Items Auction – will be managed by Jennifer Mason.  Farley will share information with Mason regarding the Auction and the Elvis Raffle.
Wine Auction – Rob Nelson and Cat Sarno will manage the Wine Auction.
Social Meeting updates   The Social Meetings will begin again in December.
Requests from DG Mary Aufdenkampe
Aufdenkampe requested each Club in the District make a donation to the District 6600 Peace Conference scheduled for October 30th at the Lorain County Community College.   The budget for the conference is $18,000.  Horner made a motion to donate $250 to the conference.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.   Board approved.
Let’s Beat COVID-19 Action Required.  Fitzgerald discussed the confidential survey the District is doing.  A Rotarian in District 6600 will donate funds to each club based on their vaccination rate as of September 30, 2021.  Members have until September 30th to complete the survey.  The Club will learn how many have participated when a check arrives.  The Survey was sent by email to each Club Member from Mary Aufdenkamp on Tues Sept 7 at 8:05 AM.       
Board Reports
Plans for the Club’s Polio Plus Month and the October 18th World Polio Day Program        Derek Stemen
Stemen and Co-Chair Keith Horner will announce the plans for the October Polio Plus Campaign on September 27, 2021.  Member Pledge Cards will be on the tables starting October 4th.   Dr. Susan Hubbell and Russ Decker are securing our Speaker for the World Polio Day scheduled for October 18th.   An auction that is mostly Service Based items will be held on November 1st
Final Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing Report  Andy Wannemacher
Wannemacher indicated one sponsor has not paid to-date.  All other activities have been finalized.
Dictionary Distribution Plan              Rita Brown
Dave Cockerell, Chairman of the Dictionary Distribution, announced that final plans will be announced within the month.  The plan may look totally different this year.
4-Way Speech and Essay Contests updates
Ackerman indicated she meets with the Schools in October to get their buy-in and participation.  The Essay Contest will be held in February and the Speech Contest will be held in March after the Basketball Tournaments.  Ackerman will manage the Speech Contest and Heather Rutz will manage the Essay Contest
Final Distribution of the proceeds from the Reverse Raffle and the Golf OutingJeff Fitzgerald
President Fitzgerald shared an email from Catheryn Sarno. 
The proceeds from both events are ready for distribution. 
The Jay Begg Reverse Raffle net proceeds are $9,690.44; The Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing net proceeds are $39,182.22.
The Board agreed that presentations to the Foundation for both events will be held on September 27, 2021.  The Begg Family will be invited to attend the Club Meeting.
Treasurer’s Report              Dan Best
Best reported that the August 2021 month end net worth increased $6,909 compared to August 2020. For the current fiscal year to-date net income decreased by $2,073 compared to the same time period in 2020. Dues’ income increased by $1,223 but expenses for meal costs and District 6600 dues increased by a total of $7,411. These increases are due to the increase in member meetings compared to the 2020 pandemic year.  Best also reviewed a new report to reflect the Club’s working capital (current assets-current liabilities). Current working capital is $17,805. Also, he reviewed aged Accounts Receivable.  Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved.
                Membership         Rita Brown
Doug Wise – Hanneman-Siferd Funeral Home Managing Director - Sponsored by Michael Ayers
Jude Meyers – Shawnee Schools Superintendent – Sponsored by Craig Kupferberg
Ficorilli made a motion to approve the memberships of Wise and Meyers.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Resignations – none  
Presidential Citation.    Jeff  Fitzgerald
Rotary International has announced the winners of the Rotary Citation for 2020-2021.  This past year was difficult as much of the clubs’ activity was shut down due to COVID.  Six of the sixty-four Clubs in our District have been awarded the Citation.  They include Elyria, Lima, Lorain, Oberlin, Ohio Pathways District 6600-E Club and Sylvania.  All of the Lima Club’s goals were reached except Membership Growth.  Congratulations Past President John!
There being no further business, Farley made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:38 PM.  Brown-Ellis seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary