Return To Normal
The Lima Rotary Cub resumes (almost) regular meetings in July.
Just as we start to get pretty good with Zoom meetings, it looks like we will be able to start meeting at the VMCCC again, starting in July. Our plan as of now is to have our July 6 meeting at the Civic Center at the regular time. It will be set up as a hybrid live/online meeting. We will work to make sure we have adequate space to maintain social distancing (is anyone else tired of this term?) to maintain a safe environment for our members. There will likely be no sign in or buttons, and we may have to set up one-way traffic, but we will make it work.  
We are working with Milano’s to set up safe food distribution, and we will have more details as we get closer to the meeting date. We will also have live streaming of the meeting and text/chat capabilities for any members who are not yet comfortable attending in person. 
Thank you all for your patience as we are navigating this crazy time.  It will take more than a little virus to take down Rotary.
June 15 Meeting
Kathy Keller discusses Small Business COVID-19 Recovery at the Lima Rotary Club on Monday, June 15 via Zoom. Here is the login information.
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The Scoop - June 8, 2020
We are at the end of the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.
Life has begun to get back to normal after a three month disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Allen County Health Commissioner Kathy Luhn told us it's not over yet. We will continue to see new cases and new deaths as we search for a cure and a vaccination. In the meantime, she recommends that we continue the preventative measures we are currently practicing. As businesses begin to reopen, Luhn says they should follow six basic requirements: employees should wear face masks, follow employee health policies, wash hands and disinfect surfaces, stagger employee schedules, follow plans for continuity of operations, and maintain social distancing. For the customers, Luhn says businesses should allow face coverings, set the maximum capacity for their business, limit/stagger entry, sanitize high touch surfaces and limit physical contact. "This has disrupted our lives in ways we've never seen before. We're still trying to come to terms with it. Life is going to be different from now on. We have to make some adjustments to our lives and work together to save lives and our livelihood."
Also at Monday's meeting, John Ficorilli encouraged us to attend the Rotary International Virtual Convention from June 20-26 (see the article in this week's eSpoke), and Mary Lane gave us some interesting and funny facts about Father's Day.
The Scoop - June 1, 2020
The Lima Rotary Club planned its course for the upcoming year at Monday's annual meeting.
The Lima Rotary Club's Annual Meeting was held on Monday, June 1. The meeting is a chance to achieve a concensus of all Lima Rotarians regarding club projects, activities and community needs; provide assurance to the incoming leadership team that it has the support of the membership for proposed fundraising and club projects as well as community service activities; establish project revenues for planning club projects for the upcoming year; and ensure that the Lima Rotary Club's strategic plans and projects are aligned with current community needs.
The Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation recommend the following:                  
Resolution #1 - 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Fundraising Projects, Goals and Purpose    John Ficorilli
These are the proposed fundraising projects and the amounts anticipated.
  1. Rotary Blood Clinics (Spring/Fall)                  $20,000           Unrestricted
  2. Rotary Christmas Raffle & Auction                 $ 4,000            Unrestricted
  3. Rotary Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing        $35,000           Post-Secondary Scholarships
  4. Rotary Rottery 50/50 Fundraiser                    $ 4,000            Designated Charity    
  5. Rotary International Polio Plus Campaign     $ 5,000            RI Polio Plus Fund
TOTAL estimated net proceeds                                 $68,000
*Note: The Lima Rotary Club would benefit from additional fundraising activities.  We should plan on presenting more ideas to the club for review this year.
Resolution #2 – 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Club Projects, Goals and Funding Source
(Based on Funds Raised above) These are the proposed distribution of the funds raised in #1 above. 
  1. Rotary Post-Secondary Scholarships            $35,000           Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
  2. Rotary Rottery 50/50 Fundraiser                    $ 4,000            Rotary Rottery 50/50
  3. Rotary International Polio Plus Fund              $ 5,000            RI Polio Plus Campaign
  4. Unrestricted Funds for the Foundation           $24,000           LRC Fundraising
TOTAL estimated distribution                                     $68,000
Resolution #3 – 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Club Partnership Projects
These are the projects the club deems important.  The Lima rotary Club recommends that they receive consideration by the Lima Rotary Foundation by way of a traditional grant application process.  Amounts to be determined by organizational needs and the LRF.
  1. Lima Symphony Orchestra
  2. Lima Rotary Club Dictionary Distribution
  3. Salvation Army
  4. High Octane Drum Line
  5. MESA
Resolution #4 – 2020-2021 Rotary Club Community Service Activities
These are club service projects that benefit other organizations.
  1. Salvation Army Kettle Drive                           $0.00
  2. Lima Rotary Little Free Library                       $0.00
  3. Red Cross Blood Drive                                   $0.00
  4. Movies in The Park                                         $0.00
  5. Children’s Books to the Lima Public Library  $0.00
  6. Rotary 4 Way Speech & Essay Contest         $500.00
  7. Artspace Rally in the Square                          $1,500 to $2,500
All resolutions were unanimously approved.
It was also reported that the Lima Rotary Club's income for the Rotary year to date is $12,110.82 and the Lima Rotary Foundation has a combined total of $932,589.97 in all of its funds.
Kalie Kitchen
Bath High School student Kalie Kitchen presented a check for $250 to Missy Vandemark, Advisor of the Bath High School Interact Club. Kalie was a recipient of the 2020 Jefferson Awards and chose to donate her prize money to the Lima Rotary sponsored club. 
 Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 9th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                          Ken Dysert
Dysert called the meeting to order at 12:04 PM with the following members present:   Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jeff Fitzgerald, Jed Metzger, Theresa Schnipke, and Paul Swartz.  Also Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown. 
Secretary’s Report                                                                                  Rita Brown
Attendance report
Brown shared information from the May Attendance Report.  The month of May ended with a total of 156 Active Members and Five Honorary Members for a total of 161.  There were no applications or resignations.  The Club held one meeting using Zoom on May 18th.  Attendance was 37.42%.            
President's Report                                                                                  Ken Dysert
Annual Meeting Update
Dysert stated he appreciated everyone’s involvement and input into the meeting.   He has heard numerous positive comments.  Metzger made a motion to approve the minutes of the Annual Meeting as submitted and Ficorilli seconded the motion.  Board approved.   
Board Members
Dysert welcomed new members Derek Stemen, Keith Horner and Andy Wannemacher to the Board and thanked outgoing members Paul Swartz, Catheryn Sarno and Jed Metzger for their service to the Club as Board Members.    
Board Reports:
Golf Outing Update   
Dysert reported the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing is now scheduled to be held on August 26, 2020, at Hidden Creek Golf Club.                                                                              
President Elect Report   John Ficorilli
EREY Paul Harris   
Ficorilli indicated Club Members Richard Schroeder and Dave Runk will again be involved in administration and member education of the EREY Paul Harris Corporate Program.
Committee Chairs for 2020 – 2021
Ficorilli stated the Committee Chair selection is still a work in progress.  Beth Seibert will be Program Chair for 2020 – 2021.   Adah Ellerbrock will assume the role of Membership Chair.  He is in the process of filling the Director of Fund Raising Chair position.
Rotary International Virtual Convention
The virtual convention will be held from June 20 – June 26.   He encouraged Board Members to sign up for sessions that interest them.  If they are not able to attend at the time, RI will have the presentations recorded and available to watch later. 
Treasurer Report   Dan Best
Best stated his current goal is creating the budget for 2020 – 2021.  He also is proposing to create a road map for the members so they fully understand what is expected of them.  He discussed billing for the next quarter.   Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of meetings, members were not charged the full amount for the current quarter.  At this time a decision needs to be made on the strategy for going forward.   Billing will be contingent on the budget.  Buettner made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as submitted.  Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business:
2020 – 2021 Fiscal Year Meeting Schedule and Cancellations                    John Ficorilli
The Board reviewed the US Holiday Calendar for the period July 2020 through June 2021.  The Club will not hold meetings on the following Mondays:
  • Monday September 7, 2020 -  Labor Day
  • Monday October 12, 2020 – Columbus Day
  • Monday December 28, 2020 – Monday during Christmas/New Year’s week
  • Monday January 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King Birthday
  • Monday February 15, 2021 – Presidents’ Day
  • Monday May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day
Buettner made a motion to adopt the schedule as proposed.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
            Future Meeting Logistics
Ficorilli stated the Club hopes to return to the VMCC beginning July 6, 2020.  The meeting format will be a hybrid arrangement with Face to Face at the VMCC and an electronic option that will allow members to view the meeting and participate with questions, etc.
Changing of the Guard                                                                           Rita Brown
The Changing of the Guard will be held on Monday June 29th via Zoom.  Electronic invitations will be going out soon.  Also the toast/roast has been changed to a new format which will also be a memento for Ken. 
New Members
Tommie Harner, West OH Food Bank
Tommie will be replacing Linda Hamilton as CEO at the West OH Food Bank effective July 1, 2020.  Farley made a motion to accept the application of Tommie Harner.  Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Alison VanGorder, former Superintendent at Perry Schools
            Jay Wenger, Wenger Insurance,
Ficorilli made a motion to accept both resignations with regret.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There being no further business, Dysert adjourned the meeting at 12.58 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Golf Outing
Golfers! Register or volunteer now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 26!
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. The date has been moved to Wednesday, August 26th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with lunch from Western Sizzlin Steakhouse. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to ensure our participants' safety. The Committee is also staying abreast to the most current recommendations set forth by the Ohio governor regarding the best practices for staying safe during the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Since standards and protocols are continuously being changes and updated the format and what happenings that will take place on the day of the event are still undergoing planning, but rest assured that the day will be both exhilarating and competitive. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register as an individual or team at 419-231-3209 or
We still need volunteers. Contact Shannon if you can help at or at 567-940-1007.
Last year we had 21 teams competing and raised over $43,000, all of which went to benefit the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund selects persons who live or work in Allen County who are in pursuit of a degree or certification and will attend a school or college in Allen County. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage Allen County employees and residents to work and plan for their futures within our county.  As of March 2020, over 1,046 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $776,250. Degrees or certifications can be achieved at the Apollo Career Center (Adult Education), Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University at Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio.  All residents who live in and employees who work in Allen County are eligible.    
Dino Gerdeman
We are all saddened to learn of the death of our Fellow Club Member Dino Gerdeman during the early morning hours of Wednesday May 27.  
May his soul rest in peace.  Please keep his family in your prayers and may the Lord continue to be their source of strength during these difficult times.  
District Newsletter
Stay up to date with the latest happenings in District 6600 in Governor Huston's final newsletter.
It is hard to believe that I am sending my last newsletter as your District Governor. I have been very proud that in the midst of a very unique time, so many of our clubs have continued to meet and serve in the name of Rotary. Please take a few minutes to read this month's newsletter to read about some of the Rotary news in our area and our organization at large. I also welcome you to join me at our Virtual District Assembly this Saturday and encourage your participation in the Rotary International Virtual Convention later this month. Information about both events is included in the newsletter.

It has been my honor to serve as your District Governor this year and I've appreciated your support and friendship! 

Yours in Rotary,
Carolyn Huston, District Governor 2019-2020
Virtual Convention
Save the date for the Rotary Virtual Convention, June 20-26. Now more than ever, Rotary connects the world.
May 31, 2021
Happy Memorial Day!
Jun 07, 2021 12:00 PM
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Rhodes State College
Jun 21, 2021 12:00 PM
Legacy Arts Building
Jun 28, 2021 12:00 PM
Jul 05, 2021
Happy 4th of July!
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Social
Milano Cafe
May 20, 2021
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Jay Begg Reverse Raffle
Jun 03, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
District Governor Recognition and Awards Ceremony
Hancock Hotel
Jun 17, 2021
6:09 PM – 10:00 PM
Movies in the Park Presents Moana
Faurot Park
Jun 26, 2021
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Changing of the Guard
City Club
Jun 28, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Movies in the Park Presents Frozen II
Faurot Park
Jul 17, 2021
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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