Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard was a fun goodbye to President John Ficorilli who did a great job of getting us through a difficult year. We welcome the Lima Rotary Club's new President, Jeff Fitzgerald as we look forward to an outstanding 2021-2022!
The Changing of the Guard included a roast of President John by Cat and Demi, the presentation of the Lima Rotary Club's annual Service Awards, recognition of long-time Rotarians, recognition of incoming and outgoing club board members and foundation board members, and a toast to the new year. A special highlight was Jay Begg's almost 5 year old granddaughter Ellie leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. She had been practicing it with Jay before his accident and was thrilled to get a chance to recite it for us. Jeff told us his hope for the next year is that it's normal. "Let's have some fun, do some fellowship, fundraising, and we'll all be working along with the District Governor from 6600 and her theme this year, 'Serve to Change Lives.'" Thank you, President John and welcome, President Jeff!
The Service Awards were presented to:
Rex Perry Club Service - Anne Decker
Rudolph Community Service - Beth Seibert
Goodnight International Service - Bob Ruehl
Member Vocational Service - Bob Cupp
Hulsken Youth Service - our school superintendents for working so hard to keep our children safe during the pandemic: Jill Ackerman, Rich Dakin, Keith Horner, Joel Mengerink, James Kanable, Craig Kupferberg, Theresa Schnipke
Outgoing Lima Rotary Club Board members are Peggy Ehora, Theresa Schnipke and Ken Dysert. Incoming board members are Lesley Fry, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and Joel Mengerink.
Outgoing Lima Rotary Foundation Board members are Lesley Fry, Joe Watson and Beth Seibert. Incoming board members are Abe Ambroza, Jennifer Mason and Corey Frazer.
President John also presented three awards for outstanding service during his year: Demi Burden received his Superstar Award, Derek Stemen received the Never Say No Award and Cat Sarno received the Rock Award.

Movies in the Park
Unfortunately, the ground is too soggy to set up, so tonight's Movie in the Park has been cancelled.
Golf Outing
Register now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on July 21 and support our scholarship fund!
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, July 21st at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 25th. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to again ensure our participants' safety against COVID.  
Last year we had 27 teams competing and raised over $40,000, all of which went to benefit the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund selects persons who live or work in Allen County who are in pursuit of a degree or certification and will attend a school or college in Allen County. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage Allen County employees and residents to work and plan for their futures within our county. As of March 2021, over 1,089 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $817,250. Degrees or certifications can be achieved at the Apollo Career Center (Adult Education), Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University at Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio. All residents who live in and employees who work in Allen County are eligible.      
The golf outing is open to the public so please invite your friends to join us. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register or click here to register online.
District Newsletter
Read the latest from District 6600 in the June newsletter.
Check out these new Rotary Fellowships during this wrap-up of Rotary Fellowships Month.
To wrap up June’s Fellowships month, there are additional groups to highlight and brand new groups to announce!
During the last year, the Internet, LGBT+, and Metalheads Fellowships coordinated service projects and new initiatives:
Rotarians on the Internet Fellowship:
  • Funds were donated to provide internet connection services at My Sister’s Place (MSP). MSP is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive center for women who have experienced violence, trauma, or have suffered mental or physical health challenges.
  • Computers were donated to The Gathering Place, which is a community hub in London that provides opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities. 
Rotary LGBT+ Fellowship:
  • Several virtual happy hours were coordinated in Portuguese to connect LGBT+ people and allies within the Rotary family. These happy hours were started to have conversations, educate, and build safe spaces with LGBT+ communities around the world and to engage Rotary and Rotaract Clubs.
  • The Rotary LGBT+ Fellowship promoted a service project leading up to the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention. They coordinated with Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to sponsor food drives to support either a local LGBT Food Pantry in their area with either money, food items (non-perishable) or both.  Read more about Rotary’s LGBT+ community in the June 2021 issue of Rotary magazine.
Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship:
  • The Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship was interviewed by a German Rotaract podcast, which you can listen to here.
  • Rotary UK has launched a mental health campaign that features the Metal band Burning Witches. The campaign encourages open communication and speaking about your mental health.
New Fellowships!
Rotary International is excited to announce that there have been 6 newly recognized Rotary Fellowships in just the last three months. These new groups are open to any interested individual. Click on their links below to learn more, join, or contact these new groups. You can also visit the Rotary Fellowship website to find a full list of all  active Rotary fellowships.
Argentine Culture Agrupación Rotary Cultura Argentina - The purpose of this Rotary Fellowship is to bring together interested persons to promote Argentine culture. The fellowship strives to unite those that have an affinity for the Argentine culture and its history through literary, artistic and sociocultural productions, promoting its dissemination and preservation.
Comedy & Laughters’ Rotary Fellowship - The purpose of this Rotary Fellowship shall be to provide a platform for any interested individual to network, collaborate and raise funds through engagement of comedy, laughter and fun towards support of service projects and above all the opportunity to enhance health and wellbeing through the participation in the fellowship.
Empowering Women - The fellowship empowers, elevates, motivates, and engages women into leadership roles and mentoring girls and boys into leadership, business and career roles. (Website to be launched soon.)
Global Development - The purpose of the Rotary Fellowship for Global Development is to foster and encourage learning and networking about Global development among members. Membership in the Rotary Fellowship for Global Development is open to any interested individual. (Website to be launched soon.)
Rotary Fellowship of Leadership Education And DevelopmentWe enhance the leadership capacity of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Peace Fellows, and friends of Rotary by providing leadership education and leadership development opportunities, and by connecting like-minded leaders through both in-person and virtual leadership events.
Rotary Fellowship of PalmwineThe Fellowship exists to use the Palmwine as a symbol to promote Africa’s rich cultural heritage and in effect boost African tourism. It also wants to globalize the Palmwine culture and propagate the rich economic values of the Palm Tree.

Learn about Rotary’s Fellowship groups on 
Upcoming Events
Legacy Arts Street Party
Aug 07, 2021
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Allen County Fair Preview
Aug 16, 2021 12:00 PM
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Aug 30, 2021 12:00 PM
Rotary District 6600 Governor
Sep 06, 2021
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