The Scoop - August 19, 2019
ODOT is keeping busy with projects across Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is performing $15.8 million worth of improvements in Allen County this year. Deputy One Deputy Director Chris Hughes told us this includes the repair and resurfacing of I-75 from north of Route 81 to Beaverdam, the resurfacing of State Route 309 from the fairgrounds to Hardin County and the repair and resurfacing of State Route 117 from Greely Chapel Road to Logan County. "This is probably one of the last times, if not the last time that we will be able to do work on I-75 with closures that go on day after day. From Beaverdam going north next year, except for a month where we have to do some bridge work, we're going to limit that to night time only closures." Next year, 11 projects totaling $30.4 million are planned for Allen County, including the full reconstruction of I-75 in Beaverdam which will include the repair of the bridge over the interstate and the replacement of the concrete barrier with a grass median. Hughes says they're also working on projects that will address safety issues on Thayer Road at both 309 and 30, and at Napoleon and 309, all of which have been recent locations of a number of serious accidents. Funding for this work is being made possible, in part, by the increase in the gas tax. Hughes says this will generate an estimated additional revenue of $450 million annually for ODOT and $370 million annually for local governments. Hughes says ODOT has been borrowing money to make road improvements, and this additional funding should keep them from having to go into debt.
Also at Monday's meeting, the Lima Rotary Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to nine students.   These students are attending Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University – Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio. They are pursuing degrees in Healthcare Administration, Early Childhood Education, Registered Nursing, Registered Dietician and an AA as an Executive Administrative Assistant. The members of the Rotary Club wish them the best in their field of studies and in the careers they have selected. To-date the Club has award 1022 Scholarships for a total of $753,250.
And the Lima Rotary Foundation presented its quarterly grants:
Lima Symphony- $3,865
DARE- $2,000
High Octane Drumline- $2,000
Soldiers of Honor Boxing- $2,000
The Scoop - August 12, 2019
Pet therapy dogs are making a difference to patients in Allen County.
The PAWS program began at Lima Memorial Hospital in 1991, and now has 17 dogs bringing their wagging tails and smiles to the patients. Helen Bibler, the Director of Lima Memorial Therapy Dogs told us that the dogs do a great job at helping the people talk about their issues and relax. "They are very calming for children and adults." In addition, the dogs participate in reading programs at local elementary schools and libraries, and are great listeners.  "Max puts his head on the kids' lap when they read to him. It is very fulfilling to see the kids read to the dogs. They don't want to read to me, but they always want to read to the dogs." 
If you'd like to help with the Pet Therapy program, any dog is welcome as long as it's calm, likes people and understands basic obedience.
Helen and her co-worker Paula Reese brought their therapy dogs, Max and Sadie to the meeting.
Also at Monday's meeting, Keith Horner exchanged his red badge for his blue badge.
And President-Elect John Ficorilli reminded us that August is membership month and we are encouraged to bring guests with us to introduce them to Rotary.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the August 13 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                                         Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting to order at 11:44 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Cat Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz and Anne Decker.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown. Guests present included:  club members Esther Baldridge, Dave Frost and District 6600 Membership Committee Member John Hill.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance for the month of July. The month began with 167 members. There was one new member and two terminations. Average attendance was 44.79%.  That is up a little but in the range where the club has been averaging.
President's Report  Ken Dysert
Acknowledge and approve new Club Treasurer- Dan Best
Dan Best has agreed to serve as Club Treasurer with responsibility for providing the club’s monthly financial statements for the Board. A free membership for Best will be provided. Metzger made a motion to approve the appointment for the period from August 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.  Ficorilli seconded the motion. Board approved.
District Governor Visit September 16, 2019 - Joint Board Meeting September 16, 2019
Our new District Governor, Carolyn Huston, will be with the Lima Club on Monday September 16, 2019.  A Joint Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Trustees will be held with her before she addresses the club at the regular meeting. The Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday September 10, 2019, has been cancelled. 
Social meetings
The Board discussed the monthly Social Meetings. Attendance has fallen off during the summer. The Board agreed to continue the meetings but to revamp them.  The revised program will be shared with the members.
Funding for the Abilities Playground
Dysert stated being approached by a Club Member about the possibility of doing a grant request for the construction of the two new Abilities Playgrounds.  Is the timing of the request appropriate with the Amphitheatre Project also going on? Can we manage another project at this time? The Board discussed sending in a request for a District Grant and also approaching the Lima Rotary Foundation. Another option was to do a District Grant request now and include the local project at the time of the next Annual Meeting. Requesting the Funding from the Hulsken Fund was also discussed.  Discussion will continue.
International Committee Water Project
Bob Ruehl advised Dysert that the International Committee will be proposing an International Water Project to the Club in the amount of $20,000. Ruehl stated the membership had expressed interest in doing another project when approached in the past. 
 The Board discussed the need to get people interested in establishing a Fund Raising Committee to do a Fund Raiser dedicated to funding International Service.   Discussion will continue.
Memorial Contributions
The Board discussed honoring two deceased Lima Rotarians with Memorial Contributions. Former President John Gaeth was a member of the team of Past Presidents who designed the Lima Rotary Scholarship Program. John’s family requested donations to the Lima Rotary Scholarship Fund in his memory. Farley made a motion to donate $75 to the Scholarship Fund from the Club in his memory. Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. Swartz made a motion to donate $50 to CIAO in Memory of John Guagenti. Farley seconded the motion. Board approved. 
                District Membership Chair John Hill               
Ficorilli’s goal this year is to make improvements to the recruitment process and to grow the membership of the club. Hill stated the issue is How Do We Engage Members and Keep Them Engaged? The Board discussed recruiting millennials, what is important to them and how to get them interested. The need for flexibility was discussed and how the culture of the club could be changed to a common purpose and goal. Hill discussed the importance of having a sponsor and a mentor to keep the new members engaged.   Hill is willing to come speak to the club if requested. The Club needs to establish a specific plan but people in the District will assist. Ficorilli stated the Club will be doing a member survey soon.
Treasurer's Report                           Dan Best
Best presented the Balance Sheet as of August 2, 2019, the Profit & Loss Statement from July 1 – August 2, 2019 and the Profit & Loss Previous Year’s Comparison from July 1 – Aug 2, 2019. At this time, Net Income is down and some Expenses were up. The difference appeared to be an understanding of the timing of the items being reviewed. His report did not include the AR report but will in the future. Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business: Rita Brown
Resignation requests were received from Jon Rockhold and Jeff Sprague.  
Buettner made a motion to accept their resignations with regret. Sarno seconded the motion Board approved. 
An application was received from Cynthia Spiers – Rhodes State Interim President.  Farley made a motion to approve the application and Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Dysert adjourned the meeting at 1:11 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
All People's Trail
Enjoy these photos of the All People's Trail at Kendrick Woods that the Lima Rotary Club helped rebuild. The park district tells us it's getting a lot of use. This fall, they'll build a berm along the edges for the safety of those who use it.
Ottawa River Cleanup
The Lima Rotary Club is putting together a group to help with the Ottawa River Cleanup on Saturday, September 7. Contact Ben Swartz to join us!
Lakeview Farms
Join the Lima Rotary Club for a private tour of Lakeview Farms.
Wine Raffle
Only a few tickets are left for our Holiday Wine Raffle. Get yours now!
Get your ticket for the Christmas wine raffle before they're gone! Only 25 tickets are being sold at $30 each. Every ticket purchased gets a bottle of wine wrapped in a Christmas bag. The prize bottle is valued at more than $100! See Cat for your ticket today.
District Newsletter
Learn all about what's happening in Rotary District 6600 by reading the August newsletter.
Club Growth
August is Membership and New Club Development Month. Learn more about how you can help grow our club.
My Rotary
Have you created a My Rotary account at Rotary International yet? It's easy and lets you access tools and information to make your Rotary membership better.
Leadership Summit
Sign up now for the Rotary Summit being held in Fort Wayne from October 10-13.

I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to this year’s Rotary Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana being held October 10-13, 2019.

Heart of America (Rotary Zones 30 & 31) has just completed four very successful Summer Leadership Seminars.  We set out to make these events interactive and engaging – and it worked!  The comments from attendees were overwhelming! 

“This was the best Rotary training event I have ever attended!”

“The Seminar was so informative and enjoyable, I can’t wait for the Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana!”

“I loved hearing ideas from Rotarians that are experiencing the same challenges that my Club has!”

The October Summit will continue this new and innovative approach as we focus on Rotary’s newly adopted Strategic Plan.  The Summit will include several mini-summits, thus attendees will be able to select from a variety of topics of which you may be of interest.

In addition to outstanding programming, speakers will include RI President Elect Holger Knaack, The Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice-Chair Ravi Ravindran, motivational speaker John O’Leary, Past DG Wade Namura of California and RI General Manager Tom Thorfinnson. Entertainment will include Addison Agen from The Voice and Marvelless Mark of Las Vegas. 

Everyone is invited to attend!  This Summit is not just for Past District Governors and District Leadership.  All Rotarians are welcomed.  Come and enjoy great Rotary fellowship and be inspired, informed, motivated and entertained!  See you in Fort Wayne!

2 Zones, 13 States, 31 Districts – 1 Great Time!

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Yours in Rotary,

Floyd Lancia
Rotary International Director
Zones 30-31  2019-21

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