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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
Russell Hampton
The Lima Rotary Club is hosting the Rally in the Square tonight from 6:00-9:00 with the band Someone's Kids. Please come out and enjoy the music and fellowship and support ArtSpace/Lima and the Lima Rotary Club. Hope to see you there!
The Scoop - August 14, 2017
Youth centered non-profit looking to expand in Lima.
Representatives of The Right Direction youth development program spoke Monday about their efforts to reach youth in Bowling Green, and said they would like to bring the program south to Lima.
The organization uses action sports, such as motor cross, BMX racing and stunts, and skateboarding to reach youth and help other nonprofits.
Using these sports helps kids come out of their shells, and help other people through project-based learning, The Right Direction Executive Director Don DiBartolomeo said. Youth learn life skills, and learn about the efforts of their own hard work, DiBartolomeo said. They also learn the value of helping others, as most of their events they put on also benefit other community nonprofits. For example, a stunt demonstration or race could be used to raise money or collect donations.
DiBartolomeo, an accomplished BMX professional, decided to start the nonprofit because he saw how his sport reached youth not interested in other sports, such as football or basketball. He and the others who help run the organization are not paid, and any donation goes back into the program.
DiBartolomeo spoke about Lima’s skate park in Faurot Park and said he would like to partner with Lima City Parks and other groups in town to bring an event to Lima.
In other Rotary business:
During Fellowship, Judge Richard Warren treated the club to some music about the universe, to commemorate the upcoming eclipse. If you weren’t there, you missed quite a show.
The club will host a ribbon cutting for the Little Free Libraries at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22 at Faurot Park.
This coming Monday, members should show their school spirit by wearing their favorite high school or college shirts, to go along with the high school football preview.

Little Free Libraries
We cut the ribbon on the Little Free Libraries Tuesday!
Through a partnership between the Lima Parks and Recreation Department, Salvation Army, Lima Senior High School and the Lima Rotary Club, Lima area residents now have a new and exciting way to access free books. The Little Free Library program, started in 2009, features a small mounted box in public locations containing donated books available to the public. Nearly 10 million books are shared through this program each year. Thanks to this recent partnership, these boxes are now being seen in several parks throughout the city. The Little Free Library is a weather-tight structure that is the home to both children’s and adult books. The structures are put out throughout the community, and the concept is to encourage people to come and take a book and, if so inclined, leave a book. The Lima Rotary Club’s goal is not only to promote reading and literacy, but also to promote the accessibility of books to those who may not have the means and transportation to these resources. The Lima Rotary Club initiated the program and The Lima Senior High School Carpentry Class built the 10 libraries as a winter project. Once constructed, The Lima Senior High School Art’s department painted different children’s book themes and characters on the exterior. The first 5 libraries are now set up in Faurot Park, Robb Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Lincoln Park and at the Lima Salvation Army. The Lima Rotary Club will continue working with local area agencies and businesses on the remaining five locations and hopes to have all 10 installed this fall.
A special thanks to Zach Kurland who collected more than 200 books and donated to the Little Free Libraries!
The Scoop - August 7, 2016
At your service: sommelier gives tour of wine, food & culture.
The amount of information Chris Dillman has crammed into his brain would be helpful for Jeopardy, or Trivial Pursuit. But this education he’s achieved is for a much more enjoyable cause: food and wine.
Dillman, a sommelier at the Refectory in Columbus, spoke to Lima Rotary Club Monday about preparing to become a Master Sommelier. He’s not yet achieved the certification, but he’s not alone. The exam for the certification is considered one of the most difficult on the planet: Only 236 people have ever achieved the diploma.
A sommelier specializes in wine, food and wine pairings, and restaurant service. The knowledge base is deep and vast. Dillman took the group on a ‘tour’ of what he must know, and it includes wines, vintages, wineries, regions, history and culture from every place on the planet that produces wine.
Many people who dabble in wine and pairings as a hobby earn the introductory sommelier certificate. From there, about 20 percent of the people who take the advanced exam pass. And then things get difficult: About five people a year earn the distinction of Master Sommelier.
Dillman has passed two of the three parts of the exam and he’ll try again later this year to pass the third, tasting. The test is weighted on the importance of “calling” the wine correctly. It’s the hardest part, but it’s also the most fun, Dillman said, because in a single glass of wine is grape, geography, history, anthropology, and culture.
“You get a mix of history, story, and a great wine,” Dillman said.
In other Rotary business:
Members can help with a special effort by bringing a canned food item or $1 to the meeting Monday, to make a donation to the West Ohio Food Bank.
Jeff Sprague was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, and Tim Stanford was recognized as a Paul Harris plus one.
Member Spotlight
Get to know Beth Seibert in this week's member spotlight.
Beth Seibert has served as the Executive Director of the Ottawa River Coalition since the organization’s 1993 inception.  A local nonprofit organization, the Coalition represents the collaborative efforts of some 45 member and partner organizations, all working together to understand and protect water quality in the Ottawa River Watershed.  Beth lives in Lima, is the mother of three grown daughters, and proud grandmother to four little boys. She is very active in Spencerville Trinity United Methodist Church where she is Council Chair as well as Children & Youth Director.
Interact is off and running with service projects.
The Bath High School Interact Club has had its first two events of the year, and school hasn’t even started yet!
On Monday, 8/14/17 they were busy getting the Bath Wildcat Den ready for another fair season at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Many of them came in after sports practices to volunteer for this important PTS fundraiser.
Later in the week, our Interact Club students were on hand at the high school for schedule pick up day to greet incoming freshman, give them tours of the school, welcome them to BHS, and encourage them to join our Interact Club.
Books, Brews & Blues
Join us for Books, Brews & Blues on October 11.
The Social Committee has partnered with the United Way for a Books, Brews & Blues book drive at the MET on October 11th, from 6PM to 9PM.  You must bring a book for entry and the books will be donated to the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) to go toward their after school and adult transitioning programs that have a great need for books.  Three blues bands will be performing: Minor Blues a Lima youth group, Clemens & Co. a Columbus blues and rock inspired band that plays originals, and No Right Turn, a Lima based blues band!
The MET has craft beers and on this night they will have classic novel inspired cocktails!  Please join us and bring books from babies to adults!
Board Highlights - August 8, 2017
Here are the highlights from the August 8 board meeting.
Call to Order
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:38 AM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz and Jeff Tracy.  Also present were exofficio members Anne Decker and David Runk, Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report Rita Brown
Attendance Report
Brown shared the attendance report for July 2017.  One new member joined, one rejoined and one resigned.  Currently we have 167 members.  Attendance for the month was at 44.59%.  The club is made up of 28% females which is 2% growth for females in the club since last year.  A tenure report shows:
  • 4% under a year, 33% with 1-5 years,  14% have been in the club 5-10 years, 25% from 10-20 years, And 24% over 20 years.  The largest growth has been in the 1-5 years category.
President’s Report Tracie Sanchez
Plant a tree- Presidential Citation 
Sanchez indicated the club will Plant-a-Tree for the environment in the fall to meet one of the qualifications for the Presidential Citation.  George Diller will lead the effort and is working with Rick Stolly from the City Parks. 
EREY & Paul Harris
To-date, 31 club members have given at the $100 level for this year.  Several new Paul Harris members will be announced. 
Abilities Baseball field update
Sanchez stated the fencing at the field is finished and all the bricks have been laid.  Next the signage will be put up.  Opening date will be October 12th.  Dr Jarvis and Rachel Staley will be speaking at the event.  All Rotarians are invited.  The District Governor also has been invited and plans to attend. 
            Opiate/Homeless meeting
At an upcoming Club Meeting, a 5 – 10 minute short program will focus on the Opiate/Homeless problem in the Lima Community.   
President Elect Report Paul Swartz
Showcase update
The Rotary Showcase has been ordered and should be available within three months. Most of the money for the project has been collected from donations by Past and Incoming Presidents.  Frost plans to continue the fund raising efforts to finalize the project.   
Board Member Reports
Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing recap     Paul Crow
The Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing was held on Wednesday July 19th at Hidden Creek Golf Course.  Twenty (20) teams joined Rotary for a day of fellowship and golf to benefit the Rotary Scholarship Program. The event raised $34,000 for scholarships.  Crow expressed a Thank You to the Committee members and volunteers. 
Youth Essay / Speech ContestJill Ackerman
Ackerman will be leading the efforts and will be speaking with the Allen County Superintendents about participation.  The project will begin in October.
Movies Park, Rally in the Square, Fair Parade updatesCatheryn Sarno
Rotary will sponsor the August 18th Rally in Square.  Volunteers are in place.  The Rotary inflatable sign will be placed at the entrance.
Movies in the Park
Sarno is targeting specific companies to be major sponsors for next year and will be offering levels of sponsorship.  The events will be held at the Rotary Pavilion. 
In addition to the regular programs, Sarno is working on two fun evening tour dates.  Husky will provide a private tour this fall for Rotarians.  Sarno suggested having the Lima Trolley give Rotarians a ghost tour of the city.  Videos will be shown in October to educate members regarding Rotary’s efforts for eradicating Polio.  These will lead up to World Polio Day.
Brews, Blues and Books – Oct 11th from 6 – 9 at the MET.  
This is a United Way book drive project.  Rotary has been asked to partner with the UW for the event.  They are planning to have a Blues theme.  UW is asking Rotary to partner with them on the Brews as they can not do alcohol. 
District Grant – amphitheater updates David Runk
The Amphitheater Committee is meeting and trying to get more solidified ideas. They are discussing what should the amphitheater look like and where it would be positioned. Locations discussed include the south side of the YMCA across the River or in the Square.The Committee also discussed involving Memorial Hall and Encore Theatre.Committee members will be visiting other cities with Amphitheaters. Rich Rudolph plans to begin discussion with the VMCCC, Rhodes State and the Downtown Lima Association.
District grant
On August 1st a grant request for $5,000 was submitted to the District.  The Lima Rotary Club will contribute an additional $5,000 for a total grant for $10,000 that will focus on the Homeless and Opiate Addiction problems in Lima.  Rotary will use the grant monies to assist with the homeless problem and also assist with educational opportunities that include the Let’s talk for Mental Health and Recovery program.  Last Spring, the Rotaract Club collected $1700 from their Color Run and donated it to this program.  District Grant awards will be determined during August.  Runk stated the Lima Club will be providing funding to the Mental Health and Recovery Board in September.
Past President's Report   Dave Frost
Little Free Libraries
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in Faurot Park at 11:30 AM August 22nd announcing the Little Free LibrariesTo-date four have been installed in the City Parks - at Faurot, Lincoln, Robb and MLK Park.A fifth one will be placed at the Salvation Army.Future Plans include placing two additional Little Free Libraries in neighborhood parks.One will be placed in Bath Township and another near Elida.Also one will be placed near St Rita’s Medical Center and Memorial Hospital.
Membership, Recruitment, & Retention
The Committee is meeting next Monday and is looking for ways to reach out to the Community.  They plan to speak with the new superintendents at Perry and Shawnee Schools and also try to grow larger corporate memberships.
Treasurers Report Kevin Bill
Bill has been calling members who are at 120 days past due in an effort to bring accounts up-to-date.  Sanchez also indicated past due statements can be sent.   Dysert made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report and Tracy seconded the report.  Board approved.
New Business
Long term member and Past President Jim McCoy has resigned.Ackerman made a motion to accept his resignation with regret and Hubbell seconded the motion.Board approved.
A proposed application for membership has been submitted for Tasha Shepline, Apollo Adult Education Administrator, by Judy Wells, Superintendent at Apollo. Crow made a motion to approve the application and Metzger seconded the motion. Board approved.
The Club will have new member orientation on Tuesday August 15th for five new members.  They include:
Bob Fricke, Allen County Agriculture Fair Board General Manager sponsored by Jay Begg
Laura Meyer, Pharmacist at Heart Light Pharmacy on Cole Street sponsored by Andy Farley
Joel Mengerink, Elida Superintendent sponsored by Jill Ackerman
Richard Dackin, Bath Superintendent sponsored by Joe Kitchen
Steve Conrad, VP at Keystone Meats sponsored by Dave Cockerell
Riverwalk signage updated Tracie Sanchez
Some signs along the Riverwalk are getting faint and faded.Sanchez has been trying to determine who originally did them.It was suggested that Rich Rudolph, Bill Timmermeister or Kevin Haver from the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park may know and should be contracted. Decker will speak with Kevin Haiver.
Sanchez adjourned the meeting at 12:48 with a motion being made by Frost and seconded by Crow.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Program  Committee
The program committee is using your suggestions for upcoming programs.
We hope you are enjoying this year’s line-up of programs so far.  We want to thank you for taking the survey and providing feedback.  From the feedback we received, we are working on two off-site Rotary events that will take place in the early evenings.  Also, we had a few requests to bring back Jim Bowsher with the Temple of Tolerance and we’re happy to inform the club he will be returning in a two part series May 14th  & 21st!  We appreciate your suggestions!
Tree Planting
We are planning a “tree planting” party led by George Diller this fall.  This event is part of the 2017-2018 initiative from Rotary International to focus on the environment.  More details to follow!
Social Night
Our next Social Night at the Met is August 22 from 5:00-6:00pm. Appetizers are sponsored by George Diller. You are responsible for your own beverage bill. Please join us!
New Members
Welcome to our new members:  Bob Fricke, Joel Mengerink, Rich Dackin, Laura Meyer and Steve Conrad!
Watershed Tour
If you'd like to learn more about how local farming practices affect our water, you'll want to sign up for the District 6600 Watershed Tour on September 22.
Risesley Message
Rotary International President Ian Riseley says flexibility is key in making Rotary more welcoming.