The Scoop - March 29, 2021
We are expecting to break ground on the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater in August.
The Lima Rotary Club has raised $1,193,000 toward the $2.8 million cost of building the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater, and has secured $1.25 million from the state of Ohio's capital budget. Tracie Sanchez told us that the project budget has increased from its original $2.5 million due to input from the arts community which wanted a larger, enhanced stage with a green room, lights, sound, video screens and storage. The arts community will be helping us raise the additional funding. The architectural drawings are being finalized right now and we hope to transfer the property to the city of Lima in May. Lima will own and maintain the park and the Civic Center will book the facility. We hope to select a contractor in mid-August and begin construction shortly afterwards. One of the features of the park will be a beautiful entry called Madelon's Way, named for the mother of Dr. James O'Neill, who was very active in Lima's arts community. Other naming opportunities remain available, including the stage, the vendor plaza, the landscaping, the fencing and the park. Contact Tracie or Rich if you would like to secure naming rights for any of these areas or make a donation. A big thanks to Husky Lima Refinery for making a $50,000 donation to the GLR Park and Amphitheater!
Also at Monday's meeting, Bob Ruehl marked World Water Day by spotlighting one of the international water and sanitation projects in which the Lima Rotary Club has been involved. In 2014 we partnered with the Ursula Rotary Club in Honduras and eleven Rotary Clubs and three districts in the United States to raise $150,000 to build 135 latrines near San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 98% of the people who live there get their water from nearby streams which are polluted. We also gave instruction on proper sanitation and the importance of hand washing to stay healthy. The project was completed in 2018 with 5 school latrines and 150 home latrines. "The project continues to be an example today of cooperation between Rotary and local villagers," says Bob. 
What a fun time at Thursday's social night! Thanks to everyone who attended.
Get your Rotary apparel now! For each item you purchase, $5 will be donated to our PolioPlus fund. This is also a great way to show your Rotary pride, support a great cause, and get some great apparel for when you are volunteering in the community.
Rottery returns on April 5th after a year-long hiatus. The Lima Rotary Club is able to donate to many non-profit organizations with our weekly 50-50 drawing, so please participate!
Your help is needed with Lima's mass vaccination clinics.
District 6600 has initiated a Rotary COVID Coalition to assist in the mass vaccination clinics (MassVax) throughout our district that will take place in Maumee, Lima, and Mansfield.  Our intent is to provide a group of volunteers throughout Northwest Ohio to make the MassVax clinics flow smoothly.  Jobs would include items like:

            Traffic control
            Taking temperatures
            Assisting with paperwork
            Assisting vaccinators
            Watching over the post vaccination area

Assisting with vaccinations is in our DNA as Rotarians. Our work in the Polio Plus project around the world is well known and continues to this day.  This will not be a long-term program. We are anticipating it taking place beginning approximately April 1 and running through the month of June. The Covid Coalition program will allow Rotarians to volunteer when they can for the times that they can. We are well aware of everyone’s busy schedule and we understand that not everybody will be able to take part in this program. But if you have a heart for service and want to do something very important to make our communities safer, than this may be just the one thing you’ve been looking for over the last year when we have felt so disconnected from our clubs and from our service projects.

If you would like to help, the very first step is to register with Ohio Responds. Registering and taking the very limited training will classify you as a volunteer for the program.  This puts you under the state’s liability umbrella. Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to get registered with Ohio Responds.

STEP 1: Log onto:

1.Click on ADD Organizations 

2.Click on 01-Medical Reserve Corps 

3.Select Counties (please select counties where 
MassVax clinics are being located)  

STEP 3  
a.Continue Filling Out Information  

b.When you get to your occupation select medical or non-medical (if you have had any medical 
training it will ask for additional information so they know how they could best use your skills). 
Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email from Ohio Responds. Because Rotary will not know that you registered, it is crucial that you contact either myself or President John so that we can compile a list of the members from our club that are willing to help. 

Once you have registered, you will be contacted by Beth Litsey who is stationed at Mercy Health - St. Rita's offering you volunteer options.  You can accept or decline any or all of the time slots that are available.  It is possible that we can schedule a day when 10 - 15 Rotarians can all work together.  If so, I will let you know.  In light of this, I need to know as soon as possible how many of you are willing to serve in this capacity.  

I hope Lima Rotary is able to step up and help in this important work.
Yours in Service, 
Esther Baldridge
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.
Reverse Raffle
The Jay Begg Reverse Raffle Tickets are ON SALE!
Do you have a favorite lucky number?
Reserve your lucky number
1 through 200!
If the ticket number is available, I'll hold it for you!
Call or email Cat - 419-229-5736
This event is Tax Deductible and all proceeds go to the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Virtual Conference
Registration is now open for our Virtual Multi-District Conference. Pre-registration is required to attend.  
Theme: Rotary - A World of Opportunities
Friday night will feature music, prizes, and inspiration. On Saturday you will have the unique opportunity to hear powerful Rotary stories with an Ohio connection and a global impact.

When:  Friday April 23, 2021 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday April 24, 2021 from 9:00 - 11:00 am. 

Registration Link: 

Register by April 10th and you will receive a free conference T-shirt sent via mail!

Cost to Attend: None!

Important Registration Information:

1. Our District # is 6600 NW Ohio (DG Hodkinson).

2.  For the Thursday night event - Click on "I am not in District 6630."  Thursday is an event for D6630 members only.

3. Your confirmation will be arriving from

4. The confirmation contains a Join Meeting Link
        • This link is unique to each of you.
        • Do NOT share your confirmation link. Only registered attendees can enter the meeting.
        • Be sure you login the day(s) of the event using the email you registered with.

5. If you are using the Zoom desktop app – please be sure your application is updated to the most current version (this is not applicable to those who login using the web application).
6. Here is sample to show you where to find that your Join Meeting Link that will be in the email from Rotary District 6630:

Please join me for this exciting event!

Keith W. Hodkinson
District Governor 2020-2021
District 6600

P.O. Box 611
Tiffin, OH 44883-0611

419-455-9872 (o)
419-618-1862 (c)


First programs of Scale Grant awarded to malaria project.
The Rotary Foundation is giving a significant boost to the fight against malaria in Zambia with a new $2 million Programs of Scale grant that will scale an already successful program model. Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia is a Rotarian-led effort that will use a community health worker model proven to effectively respond to cases of malaria and prevent transmission. The program aims to help reduce malaria cases over time by 90% in 10 target districts in two of the country’s provinces. Learn more
This week's stories
Nigerian Rotaractors support health clinics
Rotaract members in Nigeria jumped into action when they learned that health clinics for the poor in Port Harcourt lacked some of the essential supplies to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Rotaract clubs, in partnership with Rotary members, visited the clinics and provided COVID protocols as well as needed cleaning supplies. They also met with clinic staff who deliver prenatal care to pregnant women from the rural surroundings to make sure they understood the protocols and had supplies to stay safe. Read their blog post and share your efforts on Rotary Showcase.
Diverse club helps refugees in Indiana
Southport, Indiana, USA, has the largest population of Chin outside of Myanmar, refugees fleeing persecution. Rotary leaders in Indianapolis have been partnering with other community organizations to help the Chin for years. But recently, they decided to form a new Rotary club that would include many Chin members. The new club not only expands Rotary membership in the city, but increases our diversity. Read more
Taipei convention
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will be held virtually. Learn more
Learning Center refresh
We’ve given The Learning Center home page a new look. Check it out today.
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Maternal Health
Rotary supports child and maternal health.
Maternal and child care is one of Rotary’s main causes. Rotary makes health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger.
It is estimated that close to 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, inadequate health care, and poor sanitation, which can all be prevented. Rotary clubs and districts dedicate their efforts to improve access to quality care so that mothers and children can have long-serving opportunities for a healthy future. Projects to support mothers and children include mobile prenatal clinics, cancer screening, immunizations, and training on how to protect themselves and their children from disease.
Several projects highlight innovative solutions that provide health care to mothers and children:
  • Nigeria averages only one physician for every 2,500 people and creative solutions are needed to expand health care reach. Read about how innovative integration of telehealth medicine have helped those living in rural Nigeria.
  • Brazil has experienced high infant mortality rates and several Rotary clubs partnered together to provide solutions. Read about how a Rotary club partnership led to an increase in resources for the incubators and access to Neonatal intensive care units at the Dr. Leopoldo Bevilacqua Regional Hospital in Brazil’s Ribeira Valley.  
Watch this video to learn more about how Rotary supports mothers and children:
Throughout April, Maternal and Child Health Month, help us support this main rotary cause. You can get involved in the following ways:

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