The Scoop - October 28, 2019
Allen County Commissioners are working on fixing the county's crumbling buildings.
Allen County owns 19 buildings encompassing 53,000 square feet which house 25 departments. Most of those buildings are old. Very old. Five of them were built more than 100 years ago. Commissioners Jay Begg and Cory Noonan told us during their State of the County Speech that these buildings are in need of major repairs. First up is the courthouse, which Begg says has some major issues. "We would like public to help us fine tune the plan. Anybody who wants to be part of that, please let us know. We'll take tours and try to get an understanding of what we need to do to stabilize this iconic building in our community and also be a functional building for the future." The county spent $1.5 million putting a new roof on the courthouse and now that the roof is no longer leaking, the inside can be renovated. Begg says the county will ask for a $5 million line of credit next year to fund the renovations on the courthouse and other buildings. 
The commissioners are proud of the brand new Juvenile Detention Center which was recently completed. Approximately half of the $7.2 million project was funded by the state. Begg says the county will have its portion of the project paid off next year.
Also at Monday's meeting, President Ken presented a check for $5,404.80 to the Lima Rotary Foundation. The funds came from member dues and donations to the scholarship fund.
The Scoop - October 21, 2019
We're "this close" to eradicating polio.
Lima Rotary Club member Dr. Susan Hubbell spoke to the club on October 21st about polio. Rotary International has been engaged in the worldwide effort to eradicate polio for 30 years. She reported that in 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries. Presently there are 66 cases reported in only two countries. Susan noted that once the disease is eradicated, vaccinations will still need to be administered for a decade. She spoke of how a global population is still at risk because we travel. Susan also explained how polio affects the spinal cord and nerves and that each case can manifest itself differently.
Susan invited guest, 82-year-old Loren Hughes, to the podium to talk about his life-long affliction with the disease. He explained how he contracted the disease at age four. He talked about how as a young man he had been trained up as a sheep shearer – handling 100 sheep per day. Professionally he enjoyed a career as a mechanical contractor.  Since people can contract polio at any age, Loren strongly advocates the importance of vaccinations – “everyone needs the vaccine, no ifs ands or buts!."
Vice President of Lima Rotary Club reminded the members today that our Polio Plus Fundraising Campaign aims to see 100% of our membership make a donation, and we are well on the way to reaching that important goal!
During Fellowship Time, Marc Bowker reported that October 21 was National Check Your Meds Day.  He encouraged members to clear out outdated and unneeded medications they have at home.  Beth Seibert added that proper disposal of these unwanted meds can be done by leaving them in their original containers and dropping them off in a secure receptacle at either St. Rita’s Hospital Emergency Room or the lobby of the Allen County Justice Center. Both locations are accessible 24/7.
Polio Update
The Lima Rotary Club raised nearly $8,000 in October to help eradicate polio.
World Polio Day was Thursday October 24th. During the month of October, each week we asked for your pledges to End Polio Now. Forty eight members participated and pledged a total of $2,625! With the Gates Foundation Match 2:1, $7,875 will be given from the Lima Club in the fight to eradicate polio in the world. And, your pledges can still be made! Thank you for your generous participation!
Here's the latest update on the effort to eradicate polio:
And here's more polio news you need to know.
Fall Blood Clinic

The Lima Rotary Club Fall Blood Clinic will be Saturday November 2nd at the Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm Street from 6:30 - 9:30 AM.  

A special thank you to all who have volunteered to work the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic! Also we encourage each of you to attend and have your blood tested!  Along with supporting the club, you will be taking care of your own health. 
Download the registration form here, fill it out and bring it with you to save time.
Yes Fest
The Bath High School Interact Club's 2019 Yes Fest did an amazing job encouraging students to make positive choices in their lives!

Whew! What a day!! Our 3rd Annual YES Fest is in the books!!

Thank you to our keynote speaker, Ron James, and our two local guest speakers, School Resource Officer Damian Tibbs and local Tug Taviano. All three brought the juice!

Big THANKS to P&G for donating all the goodies for our ice cream social in the afternoon.

We cannot thank our staff enough for the help that goes into making this day happen for our students. We hope it was well worth the efforts and we have impacted our kids' lives.

Going to the Bath High School football game tonight? Please take a food donation for Meals 'Til Monday, organized by our Bath High School Interact Club. Today is also the last day to donate to their coat drive. Thank you, Interact, for taking care of those who need it the most!
The UNOH Rotaract Club is selling their yummy baked goods again this year.
Keep your eyes open and your taste buds ready to buy baked goods from our Rotaract Club. Members of the Rotaract Club at UNOH will be visiting some of our meetings during November, making their delicious goodies available for purchase. Money earned will be used to fund their Adopt-A-Family program again this year. The generosity of our Rotarians will be very much appreciated!
Dictionary Day
Volunteer now for the Lima Rotary Club's Dictionary Day on November  6th.
On Wednesday November 6 and Thursday, November 7, Lima Rotary members will attend classrooms continuing the Lima club's tradition of distributing dictionaries to third grade students in Lima /Allen County. Lima Rotary members give a brief overview of our club's mission and pass out books to each student. We will be visiting 13 schools that day so many volunteers will be needed. It usually takes approximately 30-45 minutes per school. Please let me know if you would like to help. Trust me you will enjoy the experience !!
Contact me, Dave Cockerell—419-296-5862
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.
Special Needs
The Childrens' Special Needs Christmas Party will be December 14 at Shawnee United Methodist Church, 2600 Zurmehly Road from 11:30 AM - 2 PM.  Contact Esther Baldridge if you'd like to help.
Honey Plant
Join us for a Lima Rotary Club exclusive tour of the Wannemacher Honey Plant!
The tour is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 10am and is limited to 15 people (and guests). RSVP to Cat at or call 614-633-7305.
We are working on getting a bus to transport us to the plant from Lima. Bee there or bee square!
District Conference
Register now for the Rotary District 6600 Conference May 1 & 2 at Maumee Bay State Park.
Please join us on the "1st Weekend in May at the Bay." This conference is all about having some fun, fellowship and of course Rotary. Some activities include indoor pool, volleyball, trails, bike rides, tennis, golf, racquetball, just to name a few. We have two great speakers, Evan Burrell on Friday and Robert Darling on Saturday. There is a registration discount if you register before 1/1/20.  So what are you waiting for? Hope to see you there.
 - Jim Duke
   Conference Chair
Rotary Weekly
Here's this week's roundup of Rotary news from around the world.
Take advantage of an amazing opportunity to travel to India to help with the polio eradication initiative (and do some sightseeing).
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 10, 2020
Date of Return:             Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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 this 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, 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 this document.  If you are planning to join us, we suggest immediate action.  Over the last two years, this program sold out in less than two weeks. 
We look forward to having you join us. 
 - Jolene R. Bortz
    Manager, Howard Tours
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