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Rotary Day at the Reds
Jul 28, 2019
1:10 PM – 4:00 PM
Ottawa River Cleanup
Red Cross Chapter House
Sep 07, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Jul 29, 2019
Zoning for Fun and Profit
Aug 05, 2019
Allen County Fair
Aug 26, 2019
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The Scoop - October 8, 2018
Mercy Health St. Rita's is offering a new aortic valve replacement procedure.

The new procedure is called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and Dr. John Sirak told us that it is a less invasive way of replacing damaged heart valves. The surgeon can repair the valves by inserting a catheter into the groin and working it up into the aorta. "It's really not necessary to fillet somebody wide open." Sirak showed a very graphic video of the procedure in which we could see the instruments at work while the heart was beating. Sirak says the new procedure is 95% effective and patients can be back on their feet within a week.



The Scoop - October 1, 2018
Ohio Fire Marshal promotes fire safety at Rotary.
There were 11,000 structure fires in Ohio last year, killing 109 people. Ohio State Fire Marshal Jeff Hussey told us that the best thing we can do to protect ourselves is to make sure our smoke detectors are working and be conscientious about replacing the batteries. He also recommended sleeping with your bedroom door closed. Hussey says if a fire breaks out, the door will block the it long enough for you to get out. 
The Ohio Fire Marshal's office consists of eight bureaus that encompass fire prevention, fire investigation, code enforcement, forensics, the Ohio Fire Academy, Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks and Testing & Registration.
Also at Monday's meeting, Michael Ayers achieved Paul Harris +2, and Bob Ruehl gave an update on MESA's work providing medical supplies to countries that need them.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the October 9 board meeting.
Call to Order                       Paul Swartz
President Swartz called the meeting to order at 11: 42 AM with the following members present:  Peg Ehora, John Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Jeff Tracy, Anne Decker, Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown.
     Secretary’s Report              Rita Brown
     Attendance report
Brown shared the September attendance report.  One member resigned during September. 
The month ended with 170 members.  Attendance was up to 44.43%.  Currently the club has 71% male and 29% female members.  The age distribution shows 7% under age 29;   8% at ages 30-39; 18% at ages 40-49;   28% at ages 50 - 59; 20% at ages 60 – 69; and 15% at ages 70 and over.
     President's Report               Paul Swartz
     Sertoma payment 
The Sertoma Club began a partnership with the Lima Rotary Club in 2010-2011 to participate in the Rotary/Lima Memorial Hospital Partnership with the Blood Clinic.  Rotary paid Sertoma $500 after that first clinic with no further payments since them.  The money went into Sertoma’s SHARP fund which is used to purchase hearing aids for those who can’t afford to buy them.  Sertoma recently asked about the payments.   Ficorilli made a motion to pay the $500 this year and going forward.    Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. In addition, we will ask Sertoma for a report as to the number of tests conducted. 
     Partnership with the West Ohio Food Bank   
Swartz spoke with Linda Hamilton, CEO of the Food Bank, to discuss how Rotary could best support them. The Club will hold a Personal Hygiene Drive for two consecutive weeks - October 29 and November 5, 2018 during the regular club meeting.
     Salvation Army
Swartz reached out to Paul Downing at the Salvation Army regarding Rotary to do a Coat Drive again this year.   Downing indicated money is the best option.  Swartz will finalize arrangements with Downing once he returns from vacation.  The Board aIso discussed the Christmas funding Rotary will provide to the Salvation Army from the Christmas Auction.  Details will need to be finalized.  
     Shelter Box for Indonesian Tsunami Victims 
District Governor Maris Brenner has requested the club consider providing a Shelter Box for Tsunami Victims in Indonesian.  Swartz will speak with Asst District Governor Esther Baldridge to see if we can get a Shelter Box set up for a club meeting.  Swartz will also discuss the request with the Lima Rotary Foundation.
    District Grant Updates
The First District Grants have been awarded.  The request for funding the upgrade of the All People’s Trail Boardwalk in Kendrick Woods has been approved.  Status of the grant for the Amphitheatre in Downtown Lima has not yet been released. 
The District has additional funds to award and the club was been given the opportunity to submit additional requests by the end of October 2018.  The Board discussed completing two additional requests.  One for assistance in paying for the Dictionaries that will be distributed to the 3rd graders in Allen County and also another to purchase the books through the Lima Public Library that are signed and placed in the Children’s Section of the Library.  The Club Guest Speaker at meetings signs a Children’s Book each week. 
     New Business:                  Rita Brown 
 Ficorilli made a motion to approve the application for membership of Keith Horner, Superintendent at Apollo Career Center.   Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Bill made a motion to approve the resignation of Beca Scheidler.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:07 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Global Grant Update
The first Global Grant produced by District 6600 and The Lima Rotary club is in its final stages of implementation.
The grant was for $197,000 to introduce and implement a sanitation and hygiene program in the Merendon Mountains of Honduras, started in 2015. This grant which began after a community assessment and dialog with the citizens of the Merendons has taken advantage of TRF research in to what works best when doing grants in the field for sanitation and hygiene. This grant was before the TRF Current “WASH” program. We incorporated in to the grant teaching the concepts to adults and children at the same time as we installed latrines in home and schools. PWW has an excellent program to implement this type of curriculum. It involves teaching “promotors” and school teachers the concepts of good hygiene and sanitation. 
To date we have installed 127 of a planned 135 latrines and five schools. Sustainability has been a key item in our planning and to date we have been very successful in maintaining the cooperation of the citizenry.
These photos represent a school latrine, a class of promotors and school teachers, and one promotor wearing the pride of the grant!
The Bath High School Interact Club is making sure everyone Arrives Alive.
The Bath High School Interact Club launched a safe driving campaign leading up to their Homecoming. During the week of September 30th – October 6th, club members posted safe driving messages on social media using the hashtag; #ArriveAlive. Dozens and dozens of these messages flooded the BHS social media feeds during the week. Messages included reminders about distracted driving, speeding, and seat belt use. Many were creative and humorous using graphics and  photos. The project was a huge success with many club members receiving service hours credit toward the club requirement. Most importantly, all students arrived at the football game Friday night and the dance on Saturday safe and sound!
Fall Blood Clinic
Don't miss the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic November 3.
The Fall Blood Clinic is a great opportunity to check your health through low cost blood screenings provided by Lima Memorial Health System Laboratory Services. The clinic also raises money for the many service projects supported by our club through the Lima Rotary Foundation, so tell all your friends about this wonderful service. The clinic runs from 6:30-9:30am at Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm Street.
Dictionary Distribution
Dictionary Distribution is November 14.

On Wednesday November 14 Lima Rotarians will be in the classrooms as we will continue the tradition of distributing dictionaries to the third grade students in Lima and Allen County. This Lima Rotary project has been a long time tradition and fun event for Lima Rotarians for many years. Lima Rotary members give a brief overview of the the Lima Rotary Club and then pass out a dictionary and pencil to each student in a classroom setting. This is a great event and Rotary volunteers will be needed. Please let Dave Cockerell know if you would like to participate.

WOFB Drive
The Lima Rotary Club is collecting personal care items for the West Ohio Food Bank.
District Newsletter
Here is the District 6600 October newsletter.
Educators Fellowship
Educators, Rotary has a professional fellowship for you.
One of Rotary's newer professional fellowships is the International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators. The website address is:
As you can see from the website, one does not have to be an educator or work in the field of education to become a member-just have an interest in or a passion for education. Rotarians, family members of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Foundation Alumni members are eligible for membership. You can join online from the website by using a credit card or by PayPal.
India Trip
Join Rotary International on a trip to India.
Rotary is participating in the late January/early February, 2019 polio National Immunization Days (NID) activities in India.  This trip offers Rotarians an extraordinary opportunity to have an experience of a life time.  Find details here.
In 2015, India was declared polio free.  In past years, India would organize three or four NID dates.  However, in 2019, there is only one NID program.  Therefore, we expect this may be one of the last opportunities you will have to join a trip to India to participate in polio NID activities.
The following summarizes the key trip information:
Our program will travel to Delhi, India, where we will participate in the polio NID activities and attend other related Rotary events.  This trip also includes travel to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal, and Jaipur to visit the famous Rotary Jaipur Limb factory, and enjoy this extraordinary city.
Date of Departure:                         Friday, January 25, 2019
Date of Return:                               Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Per Person Cost, based on double occupancy:  $2,499.  This price does not include international, roundtrip airfare or Indian visa fees.  However, it does include hotels, transfers, Rotary events, participation in the NID activities, most meals, sightseeing, English speaking guide and other items as stated in the attached document.  Participants are free to secure their own air reservations using their frequent flyer mileage, or individual purchase.  Howard Tours will be happy to help you purchase airline tickets, which can be requested on the trip application.
This group will be limited to approximately 35 people, and confirmation in the program will be on a first come, first served basis.  To join us, please complete and sign the application on page five of the attached document.  If you, or people from your club are going to join us, we suggest immediate action.  Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks. 
Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation maintains its 4 star rating.