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Rust Belt Resistance
Jan 15, 2018
State of the County
Jan 22, 2018
National Popcorn Day
Jan 29, 2018
Ohio Senate
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 12, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Blood Drive
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center
Jan 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Social Night
The Met
Jan 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Reverse Raffle
City Club
Feb 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Social Night
The Met
Feb 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
The Scoop - September 25, 2017
State school board attempting strategic plan.
The Ohio State Board of Education is about to create something it hasn’t had in a long time: A strategic plan for education.
Board President Tess Elshoff told Lima Rotary Club Monday the board is establishing working groups and seeking public input about a strategic plan, something it hasn’t had in years, she said.
Elshoff, the mother of five, is from New Bremen and had served on the school board there, until she joined the state board. With children in every stage of school, she has a good lens on education in Ohio.
“Every aspect of school is at my kitchen table every night,” Elshoff said.
Elshoff said she became interested in education policy not only as a mother, but also as a student. She had a learning disability that was not diagnosed until she was in high school. That experience led her to wonder how she might make a difference in the lives of other children.
“I have a son who struggled in school, as I did, and I wanted to help,” Elshoff said. “And then I had the opportunity to be a voice at the state level.”
The strategic plan will allow for proactive thought about what Ohioans want for their education system. It will include input from superintendents, teachers, and other stakeholders. And it will focus on a vision for student success and readiness. The five workgroups are: standards, assessments, and accountability; early learning and literacy; excellent educators and instructional practices; student supports and school climate and culture; and high school success  and post-secondary connections.
Social Night
Enjoy these photos from the September Social Night. There will not be a Social Night in October, so the next one is November 28.
Interact Award
Congratulations to the Bath Interact Club - winner of the Youth Safety Award from the Safe Community Coalition!
Bath Interact Club was extremely honored to accept the Youth Safety Award today from the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition. Interact was the recipient of this award for their work promoting safe driving through our bi-annual mock crash, our "Click It or Ticket" event and bringing in the ODOT distracted driving simulator. It's awesome to see these kids be recognized for their hard work!
The Bath Interact Club is off to a great start.
Here are the Bath Interact Club officers: Jordain Craig, Kayla Garcia, Alexis Ball and Gabe Niebel leading the meeting, with 74 students  in attendance! We had a full agenda to cover, discussing our Tailgate Party, organizing an online Spirit Den and Red Ribbon Week just to name a few. We are off to a great start!
The Scoop - September 18, 2017
Ohio justice advocates for veterans' courts.
Rotary can help advocate for a cause near to Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy’s heart: veterans’ courts.
A specialized docket in a county or municipal court makes available services to veterans they have already earned, Kennedy told the group Monday.
The idea is taking hold across the country, and in Ohio there are 18 veterans’ courts. Such a court would use existing resources to pair veterans with supports, such as mental health or addiction services, similar to how Allen County’s drug court works now. The rationale is two-fold, Kennedy said: First, veterans have already earned these services, by virtue of their service to the country, and second, many veterans find themselves in legal trouble because of mental health and substance abuse issues related to their service.
Veterans are self-medicating to deal with things such as depression, physical pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and they find themselves in the criminal justice system, Kennedy said.
The idea originated with a Buffalo, New York judge who was noticing an increase in veterans in his court. He began pairing them up with veterans who worked in the legal system to develop wrap-around services.
Abilities Field
The Abilities Field ribbon cutting and donor celebration will be October 12th  at the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH from 4:30-6:00 with the ribbon cutting at 5:00. Enjoy a cookout and tour of the field. Enter from Eastown Road.
Lantern Tour
If you like ghost stories, you'll want to join us for Rotary's own Lantern Tour!
Downtown Lima Inc. has extended their Lantern Tours for Rotary! Bring your friends & family and take a tour through historic buildings!  Lima has a unique history all its own. From historic mobster shootouts, murdered sheriffs and slayings, to documented haunts of downtown buildings and spooky legends. Only here will you find out how it all wen down!
Only 30 Tickets Available - First Come, First Serve!
$25 a ticket (They will sell out FAST!)
Saturday, October 14th at 5:30PM
The Tour will take the Trolley from haunted venue to venue!
Contact Cat Sarno for tickets and more information.
Husky Tour
The Rotary Husky Tour on October 24th is SOLD OUT!  Contact Cat Sarno if you would like to be on a waiting list if there are cancellations.
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!
Dictionary Distribution
Dictionary Distribution will be coming soon in October!  Details to follow!
Polio Day
Be sure to attend Rotary on October 23rd for World Polio Day.
World Polio Day will be celebrated at our October 23rd Monday meeting.  We will be having pizza for polio and piggy for polio for everyone to leave their loose change to go toward Polio Plus.  Dr. Hubbell will be speaking about polio and sharing a patient’s story. Our polio flag will also be hung in Lima's Town Square.
Reverse Raffle
Don't miss the second annual Rotary Reverse Raffle, Saturday, February 17th. It's a fun and exciting night with good friends and chance to win some big money. See Jay Begg for tickets.
The Lima Rotary Club is looking for two families to help host an exchange student for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please contact Tracie Sanchez if interested. or 419-296-1338 for more information.
You're invited to the Uniendo Project Fair in Belize!
If you have never before  been to Belize---- then 2018 is the  year to treat yourself  to an unforgettable experience and meet some of the most  splendiferous  Rotarians of Central America.   The Belize, Uniendo America Project Fair, in 2018 is the place to begin your International Project Adventure;  And if developing an International Project is  not your  only dream  and  desire----
1.       You can never GET LOST  in the only English speaking country in Central America
2.      Interested in practicing or improving your Maya, Spanish, German, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese, Hindi or Urdu and Arabic?----THEN BELIZE IS THE PERFECT LANGUAGE  LABORATORY FOR YOU.
3.      If you are unfamiliar with the secrets of  Microcredit  and the arcane and mysterious workings of your Rotary Foundation then you need to be here and listen to the experts shed light on the inner workings of these enigmatic institutions. 
4.      Not one but TWO Blue Holes and the second longest Barrier Reef in the world.  Good diving too!
5.      5268 species of North American Birds can’t all be wrong; they are enjoying the warmth, sunshine and the hospitality of Belize from October to May.
6.      The most dynamic people from seven of the smallest and most interesting and beautiful countries in the Western hemisphere are here to help you make Central America and the world a better place to live.
7.      The best LITTLE zoo in the world with the only Harpy Eagle in captivity.
8.       If you have a special Interest that you want to discuss,   enterprise that you would like to begin, or unique concern that needs attention then ROUNDTABLE is for you. 
9.       Belize is the only country in the world where  you can  drink DELICIOUS  BILIKEN  BEER
OOPS I FORGOT WHAT # 10 IS!   Well 9 is enough...and to make your  visit as easy as  8-9-10 just click on the link below  &  register.
Respectfully, Yours In Rotary,  
André Lopez    
Youth Participants
Rotary International is offering a new online course, Protecting Youth Program Participants.
Now available in Rotary’s learning center is a new online course, “Protecting Youth Program Participants”. This course is essential for Rotarians working closely on Interact, RYLA, and youth exchange. Encourage your club members to take the course and strengthen their youth protection knowledge and skills. Find the course in the “Youth, Students, Scholars” category in Rotary’s learning center.
RI Convention
The 2018 Rotary International Convention is June 24-27th in Toronto. Early registration will open June 10th – 14th  for $335  for more information:
Dual Membership
Enjoying the benefits of dual membership in Rotaract and Rotary...