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District 6600 Paul Harris Celebration Dinner
Emerald Events Center
Feb 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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The Met
Feb 26, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Feb 25, 2019
Mar 04, 2019
Canadian Goose Control
Mar 11, 2019
Equestrian Therapy Program
Mar 18, 2019
World Water Day
Mar 25, 2019
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The Scoop - June 18, 2018
Lima Rotary Club hosts Torch Run.
For the second straight year, Lima Rotary Club used its regular meeting time to host the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
This year, Abby Conley carried the torch. She will participate in the national Special Olympics in July in Seattle. Local law enforcement escort Special Olympics torch run participants through various communities.
Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. They also carry it into Special Olympics State, Provincial, National, Regional and World Games. There are over 97,000 law enforcement members that carry the “Flame of Hope” annually.
The partnership dates back to 1981. International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) decided to endorse Torch Run and became the “Founding Law Enforcement Organization,” in 1983. With the IACP’s support, LETR became the movement's largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.
Before the meeting, torch runners brought the torch into Town Square under a United States flag hung on fire trucks, with Rotarians cheering them on.
It was a day of service for Rotary, as the club also hosted an American Red Cross blood drive at the Civic Center.
The Scoop - June 11, 2018
Rotary helps kick off I Love Lima Week.
Lima Rotary Club and Lima Noon Sertoma jointly sponsored the Community United Breakfast, helping to start “I Love Lima” Week Monday.
Rotary moved its traditional lunch meeting to the morning and welcomed other service clubs to join in the breakfast. The morning included the Rotary 4 Way Test and the Sertoma Prayer. Lima Young Professionals President Alexa Miller welcomed the large group, explaining the YP’s desire to have a week focused on the positive things happening in the city. Miller highlighted the rest of “I Love Lima” Week and explained how people could get involved with the activities.
Multiple service club representatives spoke about their organizations, what their missions and iniatives are, and what specific projects they’re working on currently.
Lonnie Rettig, with Southside Spartans Gym, was the featured speaker Monday morning. He talked about the power of influencing at-risk kids and getting involved with youth.
Changing of the Guard
Have you made your reservation yet for the Changing of the Guard? Join us July 2 to say goodbye to President Tracie and welcome President Paul.
Tracie's Last Meeting
Please join President Tracie at her last meeting June 25th. 
President Tracie started the year off with wine and wants to end it on a fun note with wine!  We will have Kathy Boaz from Paint and Sip and you’ll get to create a keepsake of your own on pallet boards donated by Tracie.  We’ll have wine and we hope lots of laughter and fun! Thank you fellow Rotarians for a great year!
Social Hour
Don't miss the Social Hour on June 26th.
Please join us on Tuesday, June 26th at the Met from 5PM to 6PM for a social hour sponsored by Spherion, Karen Grothouse and Carol Russell.  Spherion is providing the appetizers, you are responsible for your own beverage bill. Social Hour counts toward your attendance and it’s a great way to fellowship! Bring a friend to introduce them to Rotary Club!
Golf Outing
Enjoy these photos from the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 12 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                         
President Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:33AM with the following Board Members present:  Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz, Jeff Tracy, and Anne Decker.  Incoming Board Members John Ficorilli and Theresa Schnipke.  Also Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown.  
             Presidents Report                                 Tracie Sanchez
Bonds - Club & Foundation 
The club currently has two bonds that are held by Webb Insurance.   All Club Members are covered up to $5,000 in event of theft of money or property of the club with a bond that offers three years coverage for a one time premium of $160.00.  The Lima Rotary Foundation has a bond that covers Treasurer Jared Walsh for theft of money or property of the club up to $75,000.   It offers three years coverage for a one time premium of $574.00.  Each organization pays the premium for their organization. 
Rotary Club Audit                                   Kevin Bill
At the last Board Meeting, Dr. Hubbell raised the question if the club has regular audits.  As the club does not, Sanchez and Bill looked into the process.  Cost to do an Annual Audit was discussed with John Johnson from Stroh, Johnson and Company.  The cost for an audit would be $7,000 - $10,000 annually.  Johnson felt with the procedures the club currently in place, an audit was not necessary but rather, Agreed Upon Procedures should be established that would include:
  1. Checks compared to invoices
  2. Deposits – random picks
Currently check writing, signing and account balancing processes are fully satisfactory. The deposit process will be randomly reviewed throughout the year.  An audit committee will be established under the direction of President Elect Ken Dysert, SVP Citizens National Bank.   
Amphitheater updates                     Tracie Sanchez
The Committee met Monday June 12, 2018.  Soil sampling is currently ongoing by Allied Environnmental Services.  Rich Rudolph and Sanchez have a meeting scheduled with Jeff Sprague, Allen County Economic Development Group President, Howard Estro, Public Works Director and Lima Mayor David Berger to decide who will own the land.  Sanchez spoke with Senator Matt Huffman regarding the strategy to secure money from the State of OH.  The goal is to raise $500,000 with grants being written by Elstro.  A model will be established for fund raising also.  The YMCA has interest in the project and may become an investor.  The design is not finalized at this time. Also enlarging the site is being considered with Realtor Tim Stanford leading these efforts. 
President Elect Report                Paul Swartz
Dues increase
Swartz discussed the need to increase dues.  The cost to rent the VMCCC will be increasing from $325 to $375 a week.  The Sound System in the North Hall will be upgraded.  In addition, the Milano Club will raise the cost of meals from $9.85 to $10.35 per meal per week.  The increase to dues will be in the amount of $10 a quarter or $40 a year.  A motion was made by Metzger to raise the dues from $165 a quarter to $175 a quarter.  Bill seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Swartz discussed giving token gifts to new members when they join.  Suggestions he had were a Yeti cup at $8 each and/or a tee shirts at $10 each. There would be a one-time $50 set-up charge.  He also discussed purchasing a replacement flag for the District 6600 Countries of the World display.  Bill made a motion to buy Yeti Cups as gifts for new members and to purchase a replacement flag for the District 6600 Countries of World display.  New members will also be given the option of buying a Rotary tee shirt.  Tracy seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Board Reports: (any updates to report)
Golf outing                                                        Paul Crow                   
Crow stated all the teams are in place and the times are filled.  The sponsorships are filled.  The Golf Outing should be a major success. 
Grants                                                               David Runk
Runk will be writing grant request for District Funds for additional funding for Homeless and has the needed detail from Jackie Fox, West OH CAP on Homeless and is waiting for information from Mike Schoenhofer on the Opiate project.   A Memo of Understanding for 2018-2019 was signed and sent to the District.  The on-line training to qualify the club for next year has been completed by Swartz, Sanchez and Runk.  Runk will be seeking grants to assist with the Kendrick Woods All People’s Trail revitalization project and the amphitheater project. 
Little Free Libraries                                            David Frost
Frost stated 4 -5 committee members are working on the Little Free Library project with him.  One of the libraries was stolen over the winter.  The club has five more that have been constructed.  One will be placed at St Rita’s with another at Memorial Hospital.  Other locations are being considered.
Treasurer ReportKevin Bill
Bill discussed the Balance Sheet liabilities.  The report indicated funds being held for the Foundation include $12,270 from the Blood Clinic. It will be presented by Mike Swick to the Foundation in July   All Golf Outing funds haven’t been collected but they are anticipating $40,000 this year.   Also proceeds from the Reverse Raffle in the amount $6, 771 will go to foundation. The Rottery Committee proceeds indicate one quarter from the past was not paid out.  The funds appears to be from a year or two ago.  Arrangements will be made to donate those proceeds.  
Aging Report
Sanchez and Bill discuss the Aging Report.  A few accounts were discussed that were in arrears.  Kevin Bill will reach out to a few Rotarians to discuss payment.  Sarno made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report.  Tracy seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business:                                       Rita Brown
Changing of the Guard
The party is scheduled for Monday July 2, 2018 at City Center.   Jeff Tracy will be emcee and Jeff, Jeff Sprague and Andy Farley doing the toast/roast.   Decker is doing a video to highlight the accomplishments and activities of the year. 
The event will acknowledged a number of very hard working people, along with the accomplishments of the club.  
Resignations were received from Dr Ramesh Vedula, Michael Frueh, and Jim Unverferth. 
Crow made a resignation to accept their resignations with regret.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There were no new member applications                                                                        
Movies in the park.                                Catheryn Sarno
Sarno stated Items for grab bags and keepsakes are being sought for 200 bags.   Fifty flyers will be located downtown to promote the Movies. 
Articles in the April Rotarian
Ficorilli started the last issue included articles on how to get people to volunteer and how to grow membership and various levels of membership that he found worthwhile.  He recommended others check them out.
There being no further business, Sanchez adjourned the meeting at 12:51 PM.
She also thanked the Board Members for an exciting and very worthwhile year.  The Board also thanked Sanchez for her excellent year as President.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary.
Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park is back for another great season!
Need Swag for the Rotary Movies in the Park: We will be giving away 215 Swag Bags at Black Panther on August 25th  filled with sponsor items. This is a great opportunity to get your name out into the community during a community event! We expect over 300 families to attend.  If you have literature, promotional items, back to school supplies, anything that is a fun giveaway, please contact Cat.  The deadline will be August 20th to collect items.  Thank you Rotarians for supporting this much anticipated and appreciated event! 
Patriotic Concert
Join the Ada Rotary Club for a patriotic pops concert on June 30.
Zone 29 News
Here is the latest news from Rotary Zone 29.