Upcoming Events
4 Way Test Speech Contest
Lima Senior High
Mar 03, 2018
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Joint Rotary/Rotary Foundation Board Meeting
Shawnee Country Club
Mar 13, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Social Night
The Met
Mar 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tour Apollo Career Center
Apollo Career Center
Apr 03, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Social Night
The Met
Apr 24, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Mar 05, 2018
FAN for Disabilities Month
Mar 12, 2018
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
National Women's History Month
Apr 02, 2018
Apr 09, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
ODOT Update
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Soldiers of Honor
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Our homeless project met its fundraising goal!
“We will end homelessness in Lima, Ohio.”  That is the statement from WOCAP’s Executive Director, Jackie Fox at a Rotary meeting on October 30th. The money needed was $15,200.00.   Our fundraising project started at the beginning of January with the intention to fill a gap our Community has for the homeless population that do not fit Federal or State guidelines for funding.  This is private money raised from the Lima Rotary Club to fill the gap.   
As of February 17th we have reached our goal of raising $15,200.00.  Committed to ending homelessness was:  Radio Hospital, Webb Insurance, Spherion of Lima, Lima Pallet Co., Swartz Contracting, Eye Site of Lima, Alberta Lee, Rich Rudolph, Carl Berger, Dave Cockerell, Jon Rockhold, Shelly Diepenbrock, Carol Russell, Chuck Wolfe, Larry Webb, Tracie Sanchez, Cliff Barber, Joe Kitchen, and Annette Swisher.  Our club raised $285.00 by passing the bucket around at a meeting and our “go fund me page” raised $420.00.  We also received a District Grant for $5,000.00. 
Much appreciated is the Lima Rotary Club’s support of this project with the intent that anyone that needs and wants a warm bed to sleep in will have one.  There is no reason in Lima, Ohio that anyone needs to be homeless. 
The Scoop - February 26, 2018
Rotary helps honor arts award recipients.
Lima Rotary Club helped honor three people connected to the arts community Monday with recognition for their contributions to the local arts economy.
The Arts Advocacy Collaborative of West Central Ohio presented annual awards to Margie Anich, with the Theater Department at The Ohio State University at Lima; Larry Webb, with Webb Insurance Agency; and Erin Grim, retired band director at Bath High School. The Lima Rotary Club partners with the collaborative each year to host the awards luncheon.
Anich received the 2018 Creator Award. It is presented to an artist whose work has made a significant impact on his or her discipline and also shows creativity and imagination that exemplifies the highest level of achievement in a particular discipline while advancing the art form.
Grim received the 2018 Advocate Award. It is presented to an individual, family or corporation with a proven record of exceptional generosity who, through direct financial support, has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility, and whose generosity encourages others to take philanthropic leadership roles in our community.
Webb received the 2018 Philanthropist Award. It is presented to an individual, family or corporation who has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Ohio’s schools and/or community organizations.
The awards were first presented in 2012. The Arts Collaborative was organized by representatives of The Lima Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Ohio Film Foundation, Allen County Board of DD, Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center, Council for the Arts, ArtSpace/Lima, and Lima City Schools Arts, to increase advocacy for the arts and arts-related industries in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and Putnam Counties. The need to highlight the economic impact, employment, creativity and innovation in local arts efforts is in response to the rapidly evolving local economic demands for a dynamic and creative workforce.
The Bath Interact Club had a successful fundraiser for Kyle's Heart Scholarship Fund.
On 2/18/18 the Bath HS Interact Club collaborated with the Kyle's Heart Scholarship Fund & hosted "Sunday Funday" at Westgate Lanes to raise money for scholarships for Bath high school students. Bath HS Interact continues to work on projects and programs for the final three months of the school year. They are looking forward to attending the Lima Rotary meeting on May 7th for their official pinning.
4 Way Speech
The 4 Way Speech Contest is Saturday.
The local Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Lima Senior High School Auditorium.
The contest was open to area schools. The following students are participating.
Cassie Phillips, Lima Senior
Nur-Huda Mahammad, Lima Senior
Reilie Lyons, Lima Senior
Alexis Ball, Bath High School
The speeches must be between five and seven minutes long, and be centered around applying Rotary’s Four-Way Test to an important issue in everyday relationships. 
The Four-Way Test asks: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all?
The winner of the local contest will win $300 and advance to Districts April 14 at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. The first place winner at Districts receives $500. 
Reverse Raffle
We had a great time at this year's Reverse Raffle!
Congratulations to Rich Rudolph who purchased the winning ticket in the reverse raffle! Rich generously designated half of the $5,000 to the Homelessness Project and the other half to the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Be sure to bid on these fantastic auction items at our March meetings to benefit PolioPlus.
March 5         Ivy Nails Gift Certificate                                                                                                             $50 sell as a package @ $130
                        Massage from Touch of Health                                                                                                 $60
       Wine Basket and accessories with:                                                                                                           $100
  • three bottles of wine – two cabernets and one merlot, 
  • kitchen towels
  • cheese board with a chees knife set,
  • four wine glasses, two wine bottle stoppers and a set of wine glass markers
March 12      Lima Locos Package with:                                                                                                           $130
  • Two season passes
  • Throw out the first pitch
  • Honorary Bat boy or girl (must be at least 9 years old)
  • Hot dog and a cookie for 4 for single game.
Four Seasons Car Wash – Gift card from Chamberlain-Huckreide FH.                                                 $125                                    
March 19     Lima Restaurant Tour
                                Thai Jasmine                                                                                                                       $30 sell as a package @ $230
                                Milano Café                                                                                                                          $50
                                Yamato                                                                                                                                  $50
                                Hollander                                                                                                                             $100
Date night item - 2 Movie Tickets and 16” pizza from Lanes Record Storage                                      $50
March 26     Moeller Brew Barn with:                                                                                                           $260
  • Growler Cooler Package with a Cooler
  • A Couple of Glass Growlers
  • 12 Growler fills plus an MBB logo’d cooler
Apollo Tour
Join us for a tour of Apollo Career Center.
Rotary Tour of Apollo:  Tuesday, April 3rd from 4PM-6:30PM Apollo is hosting a Hands On Tour for Rotary members and their guest. Choose what you want to do but you have to sign up!  Contact Cat Sarno at or 614-633-7305 to sign-up. Choose one of the three sessions to get hands on experience:
  1.        Spa/Esthetics and Floral Design Class – hand treatments and make it/take it flower design
  2.        Media Center Virtual Reality Experience – Oculus Rift and ZSpace (submerge yourself into a virtual “world”)
  3.        Manufacturing/Health Care – experience Virtual Welding, Robotic Welders,  and Medi-Man Diagnosis
Carrie Prince will talk about her HS and adult program and the students will prepare and serve appetizers and desserts to Rotarians.  There be some great door prizes and so much more! Space is limited so sign up now!
Wastewater Tour
Find out where our drinking water comes from with a fascinating tour of Lima's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
If you attended the “Lively Meeting about Death” program, you might just want to find out how all that waste that goes down the drain turns into drinking water, or maybe not! For those who are brave enough to dive into the deep waters of knowledge, here’s your chance! Friday, May 11th, from 2PM to 3:30PM Rotarians will have a Tour of the Wastewater Plant.  Contact Cat Sarno at or 614-633-7305 to sign up. Space is limited so sign up now!
Movies in the Park
The Movies in the Park are back for another fun season!
This year Rotary will host two or three big movie nights for Movies in the Park. If you’d like to be a sponsor, please contact Cat Sarno at  Black Panther will be shown in August! Sponsors may provide giveaways, help with pre-show announcements, and get as involved as they want to for the movie! If you didn’t attend last year, we highly recommend you come out and experience the cheerful smiles and appreciation Rotary receives for offering free family-friendly-movies to our community! We couldn’t offer FREE movies without our sponsors!
MESA Bike Tour
The MESA Bike Tour is the first week in June.
M.E.S.A. 2018 Bike Tour will be from June 1st to June 5th.  May 31st is a bonus ride along the River in Toledo. Overnight stops in Sandusky, Bucyrus, Marion, Mansfield, and Ashland. This year we will be the first ever ride on a Rails-to-Trails bike path from Mansfield to Butler.  Total mileage for the week is 300 miles. The tour will end on June 5, 2018 in Lorain.
The M.E.S.A. Bike Tour is not just for a select few. You can join us for a day on the Tour. If you can’t ride a full day, ride a portion of a day. This tour has allowed Rotarians to get in shape and find beauty along the scenic roads in our district. The bike tour has rest stops about every 10 miles. We average a 10-mph pace with breaks for rest, water, and snacks. Most days we travel 50 to 60 miles. The M.E.S.A. Bike Tour will allow Rotarians to visit Rotary Clubs all around our district. 
The cost is $50 a day. The funds raised from this bike tour are used for the operation of our warehouse at 1370 North Main St. Fostoria, OH and for the shipping of donated equipment. M.E.S.A. bikers solicit funds from friends and relatives to make this possible. Our goal this year is $55,000. This amount represents over half of the M.E.S.A. operating budget.
World Workshop
The World Community Workshop is May 10-12 in Defiance.
Paul Swartz will be at All-Ohio Presidents Elect Training March 9-11 and he's competing in a children's book drive.
Ohio Rotary presidents elect are collecting children’s picture and story books that will be shipped to Rotary District 3450–Mongolia. These books will then be translated from English to Mongolian by local private HS Students.  The students make sticker tapes that are placed in the books with the Mongolian translation.  A portion of the books collected will be translated into Braille the same way.  The translated books will be distributed to school children in rural Mongolia by both Ohio and Mongolian Rotarians. The Lima Rotary Club is making its donation from the abundance of books we collected for the little free libraries.