Upcoming Events
Special Needs Christmas Party
Shawnee United Methodist Church
Dec 09, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 16, 2017
Blood Drive
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center
Jan 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dec 11, 2017
A Live Discussion About Death
Dec 18, 2017
Dec 25, 2017
Merry Christmas!
Jan 01, 2018
Happy New Year!
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Russell Hampton
Changing of the Guard
Please Join Dave and Tracie for the Annual Changing of the Guard on June 26 as we say good bye to Dave's Year and welcome Tracie's Year.
Rotary Day at the Lima Locos is June 24 at 7:00pm when the Locos take on the Cincinnati Steam. See President Dave for your free tickets. Rain date is July 23.
Movies In The Park
The Lima Rotary Club is pleased to hosting a summer series of family films in pop-up locations throughout Lima. Please tell your friends, and join us for these free movies! We're showing Pitch Perfect at Stadium Park next to Lima Senior on July 21 at 8:00, and Gravity at the Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park on July 28 at 8:00.
We had a fantastic crowd for last week's showing of Beauty & The Beast!
The Scoop - June 19, 2017
The Lima Rotary Club was honored to host Lima's first Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Special Olympics athletes and law enforcement officers ran a 7.2 mile route through the city during Lima's first Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, ending up on Town Square just prior to Monday's Rotary meeting. After cheering the athletes as they came through the square, we invited all participants to join us for lunch. Coordinator Dan Van Vorhis told us that the torch run has been going on for 31 years, and the impetus to bring it to Lima was the idea of Lima Police officer Katy Weidman who has been participating in Findlay's run for the past few years. "The run has two goals: to raise money and awareness. Last year the Ohio Torch Run raised $538,000 for Special Olympics." The Lima run raised $4,000, and officers Weidman and Hile presented the check to Van Vorhis at our meeting. All athletes were presented with Rotary coins during the meeting. The torch will wind up at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics which are this weekend. We wish all athletes the best of luck! Thanks to Vince Koza for emceeing our meeting.
Also Monday, Rachel Staley gave us an update on the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH. The field is laid and work is currently being done on the fencing and bleachers. They expect to throw out the first pitch in August.
The Scoop - June 12, 2017
Community policing is a philosophy, not a program.
Community policing is a philosophy, not a program, not a building, not a ‘flavor of the month’ fad, Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin said Monday.
For it to be successful, the philosophy must be embraced not only through an entire police force, but by the public it serves, Martin said.
Martin, who joined the department as a corrections officer in 1986 and became chief in 2011, said community policing is about partnering and problem solving. The concept is not just about opening substations; those are one tool of community policing that create improved access to officers and coordinated services.
The philosophy is shared, it has a customer service orientation, and it’s proactive, not reactive, trying to prevent crime, rather than just reacting after it happens.
Martin discussed the many partnerships his department has with other law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, nonprofits, schools, private businesses, neighborhood groups, houses of worship and individuals.
“The most important aspect is that police can’t do it alone,” Martin said. “I and all of our officers need input from the community.”
Martin also addressed crime numbers in the city, and said in general the numbers are trending downward.
In 2016, the city saw a spike over the previous year, however through the first half of this year, those numbers are already trending back down. In 2015, violent crime was down 40 percent from 2008, the year prior to the department’s pinpoint policing program that focuses on crime hotspot locations.
In other Rotary business:
Next Monday’s meeting will be a special one, as Rotary hosts the Special Olympics Torch Run in connection with Lima Police Department and Allen County Sheriff’s Office. The torch will arrive in Town Square about 11:45 a.m. and then there will be a banquet held with Special Olympics and Rotary.
The Field of Dreams is nearly complete. The rubber is down and grass is planted. Fencing and dugouts are next. Rotary and UNOH plan a ribbon cutting for August, and a donors’ celebration for the end of July.
Speaking of baseball, Rotary night at the Lima Locos is June 24. Free tickets are available.
Paul Swartz invited Rotarians to a 30th anniversary celebration for Swartz Contracting on June 29. RSVP with Paul.
The Lima Rotary Foundation accepted a check from Lima Memorial Health System for $14,765. The funds are proceeds from the spring blood clinic.
The golf outing has a new date, July 19. Chair Andy Wannemacher will have a golf committee meeting Monday after Rotary to give an update.
Golf Outing
Sign up now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on July 19th and help us raise money for scholarships. Contact Any Wannemacher to sign up and to donate door prizes.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 20th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                               
President Dave Frost called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Anne Decker, Peggy Ehora, Dr. Susan Hubbell, David Runk, Tracie Sanchez, Paul Swartz and Treasurer Kevin Bill.  Incoming members Jed Metzger and Catheryn Sarno were also present.
     Secretary’s Report                                                                                       
The club inducted four new members into the club in May and had 47.37% attendance.  There were no resignations.  For the full year, the club had 16 new members with 19 leaving the club. Frost plans to implement exit interviews to learn why members leave the club.  Sanchez made a motion to approve the report and Hubbell seconded the motion. 
     President’s Report                 Dave Frost
     Rotary International Conference Recap
Frost and his wife attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  Frost attended some Sanitation and Water breakout sessions with Bob Ruehl.  The takeaway was the necessity of educating those remote areas about the toilets.   The 2018 Convention will be held in Toronto beginning June 23, 2018.
Little Free Library Project Update
Completion and rollout of Little Free Libraries has been delayed as the painting has not been completed by the Art Department at Lima Senior High.  Five of the ten are completed.  Ric Stolly from the City Parks District will coordinate the placement of them in the parks after the July 4th fireworks. 
Past Presidents Luncheon Recap            
Fourteen past presidents met for lunch on June 6th for a roundtable to discuss Rotary’s role in the community.   Some of the Past Presidents from out of town had the view that Lima continues to grow while others did not see the growth.  Frost thanked Brown for organizing the event.   
     Changing Of The Guard Planning (LRC & LRF)                                  
The Changing of the Guard is scheduled for this upcoming Monday June 26, 2017.  At this time, we have 87 reservations.  The event will be at The City Club – starting at 11.  It is a very full program with Judge Warren as emcee and Dave Cockerell and Paul Swartz providing the toast/roast.  Decker will record the event.  It is a great time to thank Frost for a wonderful year and welcome Sanchez as her year begins. 
President Elect Report    Tracie Sanchez
By-Law Review/Amendments
Sanchez highlighted the updates to the Rotary International Constitution and Bylaws International made though the Council on Legislation.  Decker will be posting them in the eSpoke for club ratification.   Runk recommended the Board adopt the changes and bring them before the club for ratification.  Dr. Hubbell made a motion to approve and Runk seconded it.  Board approved.
Golf Outing  July 19, 2017
Chairman Andy Wannemacher has extra sponsors this year but still needs more teams. The event will be promoted on the District 6600 calendar.  Wannemacher will begin sharing information about the event at future meetings to promote it. 
Spring Blood Clinic Tallies
Seventy-Seven patients attended the Rotary Spring Blood Clinic.  A record amount of $14, 765 was presented to the Rotary Lima Foundation at the June 12, 2017 Club Meeting. 
Rotary Field of Dreams
August 8, 2017 has been set as a tentative ribbon cutting date.  Dr. Jarvis will be there.  Rachel Staley has asked Jim Tomey, former Major League Baseball player who played for the Cleveland Indians during the 1990s, and is a big supporter of the Abilities Fields, to attend the event.  Frost will also reach out to John Germ, RI International President 2016-2017 and invite him as Germ was a major donor for the Abilities Field in Chattanooga TN.  Frost has stated working on a stone to emphasize the major donors of the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH.
Vice Presidents Report         Paul Swartz
Lima Rotary Showcase Project at VMCCC
Swartz said the goal is the raise $4800 to construct the Display Case.  Swartz is working to get pledges from Past Presidents.  To-date he has received $2400.  The Lima Rotary name will be displayed at the top of the case.  Swartz’s vision is to have it lighted so pedestrians are able to see the display from the sidewalk as the walk by on the street. 
     Past Presidents Report          David Runk
     UNOH Rotaract 3K Color Run Recap
Runk stated the Rotaract color run had about 170 participants and raised approximately $2300.  Runk will coordinate the presentation of the checks for opiate addiction to Mike Schoenhofer.  Runk requested that Rotaract have access to the eSpoke so their leadership can be informed of what’s happening in the club.  Decker stated that is possible.  Frost stated Nina, past Rotaract President had been coming to orientation and was the highlight of the meeting.  Runk will ask the new Rotaract President to continue attending and to address Youth Services as one of Rotary’s Five Service Categories.
Treasurers Report                Kevin Bill
Kevin Bill stated liabilities have been cleaned up but that won’t be seen until the July’s report.  The Club will have two major expenses in July for dues submitted to Rotary International and to the District.  Bill also stated Assets are correct as listed.   Sanchez indicated that starting in July 2017, Paul Harris points will be shown on member invoices.     
     Members resigning include:
  • Andy Johnston
  • Phil Osmon
  • Jane Campbell
  • Sharon Ewing
  • Dale Lewellen is relocating to Newark, OH and is joining The Newark Rotary Club. 
Hubbell motioned to accept the resignations with regret and Decker seconded. Board Approved
     Rule 0f 85
     Jon Rockhold has requested moving to “Rule of 85” status."   The rule was adopted by Rotary International’s 2013 Council on Legislation.  The Rule excuses members’ attendance if the combination of their age and number of years in the club total 85 or more.  Members need to notify the Club Secretary in writing and explain their need.  Approval is given upon Board approval.  Runk made a motion to approve the request and Sanchez seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
      Applications -  there were no New Member Applications this month. 
     Rotary Movies in the Park
Sarno provided a brief update.  Currently there is enough funding for two more movies. Pitch Perfect will be shown Friday, June 23rd at Lima Stadium Park.  If it rains, it will be rescheduled.  Hubbell suggested keeping the movies at one location - Faurot Park.  Sarno stated next year, she will have prefunding or an underwriter before starting the series.
     Rotary Amphitheatre
Hubbell asked about the proposed amphitheater and what is involved.  Sanchez stated that Rich Rudolph is heading up the effort and that he has a group of investors who want to do something for Lima.  They will partner with Rotary on it.  It was suggested Rich present his idea/vision to the club at a meeting so the members have an idea of the details.
The meeting adjourned at 1:10PM.
Respectfully submitted
Catheryn Sarno and Rita Brown
RI Convention
Enjoy these photos from the Rotary International Convention.
As recommended by the Rotary International Council on Legislation, the Board of Directors of the Lima Rotary Club has voted to amend the Bylaws and Constitution of the club. You may view the amended documents by clicking Read More. The full club will be asked to vote on the bylaw changes in July.
The Lima Rotary Club is excited to be sponsoring the Rally in the Square on August 18 with the band Somebody's Kids. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Jim Osmon.
Fair Parade
The Lima Rotary Club is planning to march in the Allen County Fair Parade on Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 pm. Please join us! Contact Peggy Ehora if you'd like to walk or ride.