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The Scoop - March 18, 2019
Rotary is helping to provide clean water and sanitation around the world.
2.1 billion people around the world are without safe drinking water in their homes. One of Rotary International's priorities is to provide clean water, and Ottawa River Coalition Coordinator Beth Seibert told us that since 1990 over 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water, and that if we continue to work at it, the rest of the world could have safe drinking water in our lifetime. The Lima Rotary Club has contributed to the effort with water and sanitation projects like the one we just completed in Honduras. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. World Water Day is March 22, and Seibert encouraged all of us to unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Also at Monday's meeting, the winner and runner of up of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest presented their winning speeches. Winner Riley Iiames from Bath High School encouraged people to use the Four-Way Test to honestly assess their insecurities and improve their self esteem. Runner-up Xylon Payne-Greeno asked us to use the Four-Way Test to determine whether we are contributing to global warming. Xylon will present his speech at the district competition in Van Wert Saturday in place of Riley who is unable to attend.
The Scoop - March 11, 2019
The Equestrian Therapy Program isn't just pony rides.
The Equestrian Therapy Program is creating miracles every day. Executive Director Michelle Andrews-Sabol told us that ETP is currently providing therapy horseback riding to 83 people every week. Riding a horse moves the client's muscles in the same way they would move if the person was walking, helping stretch and limber the muscles. Physical therapists help their clients do exercises on horseback, building strength and balance. "One trip around the ring is the equivalent of working on eight pieces of exercise equipment," says Andrews-Sabol. Clients also receive emotional benefits from bonding with the horses. "Our horses have done so many special things for our riders. We've had non-verbal autistic children say their first words on there. That is the first words the parents have heard their children say. One of our volunteers was in a wheelchair and could not walk. She went from a wheelchair to arm crutches to running along beside a horse and becoming an instructor herself. That's the kind of miracles that happen out there." ETP currently has 19 horses and is about to acquire a 20th - a 17-3 hand Belgian/Quarter Horse cross named Peanut. "He is extremely quiet. For a lot of our riders, he will fit them well, and I hope that he will be part of our program for a long time." Andrews-Sabol encouraged everyone to attend ETP's Kentucky Derby Party on May 4 which is a major fundraiser for the organization.
Johnny Appleseed Parks Director Kevin Haver provided an update on the expansion of the Rotery Riverwalk from Roush Road through Country Club Hills to the OSU/Rhodes campus. They are meeting with affected property owners for right of way access and Haver says so far, things are positive. He also told us that the All People's Trail at Kendrick Woods has been removed and as soon as the weather improves it will be rebuilt. The 1/3 mile handicap-accessible trail is more than 30 years old and was deteriorating. The Lima Rotary Club donated $5,000 to the project.
Also at Rotary, President Paul won the PolioPlus auction for 4 tickets to Crafton Beck's final concert with the Lima Symphony Orchestra with a winning bid of $100.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the joint meeting of the Boards of Directors of the Lima Rotary Club and the Lima Rotary Foundation on March 12, 2019.
Call to Order                                                                                                Paul Swartz
Swartz called the meeting together at 11:35 AM with the following Rotary Board Members present:  Ken Dysert, John Ficorilli, Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Tracie Sanchez, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Jeff Tracy and Secretary Rita Brown.  Also present from the Lima Rotary Foundation:  Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Jay Begg, Drew Fields, Linda Hamilton, Jeff Unterbrink, Andy Wannemacher, Leslie Fry, Beth Seibert, Joe Watson and Treasurer Jared Walsh. 
     Secretary’s Report                                                                                        Rita Brown
     Attendance report
Brown shared the February 2019 attendance report.  The month ended with 167 members.  There were no new applicants with three members resigning.   Attendance for the month was at 40.88% - up from the previous month.    Brown also shared reports on the makeup of the membership in the following categories. 
  • Age distribution: 29 and under – 2%.  Age 30 – 39 – 11%;  Age 40 – 49 – 20%;  Age 50 – 59 -  31%;  Age 60 – 69 – 21% and Age 70 and over - 15% 
  • Gender: 26% Female and 74% Male                                         
  • Years of Service:  under  1 year 2%;      1 – 5 years  33%;    5-10  years - 19%;  10 - 20 years; 25%;   more than 20 years  - 20%.                           
      Presidents Report                                                                                        Paul Swartz
  1. Small Project Committee Update
The Small Project Committee is currently working with Habitat for Humanity.  They will also partner with the Red Cross in a Smoke Alarm Project.   The project is part of the American Red Cross National Project.   Volunteers will work alongside the fire departments and other local groups to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing ones and educate families about fire prevention and safety.
  1. The club is on track to receive the Presidential Citation again this year.  
  2. District Conference May 10-12 Kalahari Resort  If interested, go on district web site and sign up.
  3. International Conference June 1-5 Hamburg, Germany
  4. Kendrick Woods Boardwalk Project
Swartz reported hearing from the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Manager Kevin Haver.  The materials for the Boardwalk cost more than originally thought.  Total cost for the Boardwalk will be $25,000.  Swartz suggested putting in a grant request for $5,000 at the next Foundation Meeting.  Walsh suggested the additional request of $5,000 be made part of the Annual Meeting.  Walsh will speak with Attorney Don Witter before the Annual Meeting about the possibility of using funds from the Hulsken Account.
     Lima Rotary Foundation President’s Report                                                  Elizabeth Brown-Ellis  
To-date this fiscal year, the Foundation Board has reviewed 15 grant applications, and made 9 grants totaling $19,640 (does not include the non-grant items, such as the Dictionary Distribution, the Riverwalk MOU or the Rotary Showcase.) Grants have been awarded to traditional partners and new organizations as listed: 
  • ArtSpace/Lima -- $1,500
  • Haiti Clean Water -- $1,000
  • Allen Lima Youth Leadership, $2,500
  • Boy Scouts of America – Exploring, $1,000
  • MESA, $5,000
  • Shelterbox contribution, $775 (+ the $225 raised by the club = $1,000 for a Shelterbox)
  • LSO -- $3,865
  • DARE -- $2,000
  • Soldiers of Honor -- $2,000
Lines of credit in the Foundation’s name were established at Superior and State Bank, totaling $320,000, which facilitated the purchase of the land for the amphitheater project.   In addition to grant activity, the Foundation has revised the Code of Regulations and will present that for ratification soon. They are also undertaking a review of the Investment policy, which was last updated in 2000.
             Lima Rotary Foundation Treasurer’s Report                                            Jared Walsh
Walsh shared the Statement of Fund Balances, Receipts and Distribution Report – July 1 through Dec 31, 2018
Fund Balances – December 31, 2018 are as follows:
  • Amphitheater                   $2,745.00
  • Buenos Noches                       85.64
  • Endowment Fund           $475,782.31
  • General Fund                 $  56,160.28
  • High Octane Drumline   $    1,839.37
  • Hulsken Fund               $  59,300.33
  • Scholarship Fund           $  83,876.79
  • Total                             $679,789.72
Lines of Credit have been established with Superior Credit Union and State Bank in the amount of $320,000.  Walsh shared a Transactions by Account for the Amphitheater Land that totaled $478.503.20.  He stressed the importance of the Fund Raising to cover this cost so The Rotary Foundation does not have this amount of debt.  Hubbell made a motion to approve the reports of the Foundation President and Treasurer.  Hamilton seconded the motion.  Boards approved. 
As Bill was not present, Sanchez presented the following report for the Rotary Club.  The checking account at Superior Federal Credit Union has a balance of $24,380.42 and all liabilities are paid down.  The Polio Plus liability will be paid to Rotary International by the end of the month.  Wannemacher made a motion to approve the report as submitted.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Boards approved.      
            Annual Meeting                                                                                     Paul Swartz
The Annual Meeting will be held on April 22, 2019.  Swartz and Dysert will be organizing planning meetings with Brown-Ellis and Wannemacher.    
President Elect Report                                                                        Ken Dysert
New Ideas & Projects
Dysert  just returned from the two-day President Elects’ Training.  Rotary Connects the World  will be the theme next year.  The sessions included Break Out sessions with clubs of similar size.  Dysert complimented members of the Board and The Club on all that the Lima Club has done or is doing.  
Fund raising projects – get ideas
Dysert has been proactively filling the 32 Committee Chairs for next year and stated the response has been great.  Almost all are in place.  Dysert’s goal is to keep the club vibrant. 
Vice President Report                                                                         John Ficcorilli
            Polio Plus
Currently $3,800 has been raised for Polio Plus which is behind goal.  The auctions will continue until the end of March.  He has a goal of growing membership and is looking for options for the members to get involved.  The Social Committee is looking at other options that will allow member involvement.  The Young Professionals are also being involved. 
New Business:                                                                                   Rita Brown  
Alberta Lee resigned in January 2019 due to family member health issues.  She has now requested returning to the club as an active member.
Applications were received from the following three candidates:
  • John Guagenti, First Insurance Group – Benefits Consultant - sponsored by Dave Frost and Drew Fields.
  • Richard P. Kortokrax, Huntington Corporate Membership, sponsored by Dave Frost
  • Heather M Jordan, Huntington Corporate Membership.
Hamilton made a motion to approve the request of Alberta Lee to rejoin and to approve the applications for membership of John Guagenti, Richard Kortokrax and Heather Jordan.  Seibert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Resignations were received from the following three candidates:
  • Dale Gisi at Mercy Health 
  • Harold Bischoff, Cornerstone Alliance
  • Sam Halker, Smith Boughan Mechanical
Brown-Ellis made a motion to accept the three resignations with regret.  Hubbell seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
            Golf Outing                                                                                      Andy Wannemacher
Wannemacher discussed the upcoming Rex Perry Golf Outing and stated plans are underway.
The meeting ended with general brainstorming on ways to improve the club!  It was decided to add this feature to future joint board meetings.
There being no further business, Swartz adjourned the meeting at 12:51 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary.
Have you contributed to PolioPlus yet this year? You're encouraged to donate at least $25 a year to help eradicate this crippling disease.
Blood Clinic
Lima Rotary Club's Spring Blood Clinic is May 4 from 6:30-9:30am at Senior Citizen Services.
Our Spring Blood Clinic is a great opportunity for the public to receive low cost blood screenings which are vital to monitoring their health. The registration form can be downloaded here. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact President Paul.
Foundation Minute
Lima Rotary's effort to provide clean water and sanitation is featured in this Foundation Minute.
Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.  When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. 
Lima Rotary began its efforts with clean water in 2007 in Las Navarrete’s, El Salvador, in 2008 Lima Rotary began its efforts at clean water in the Merendon Mountains just NW of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In 2009 we began the water tower and distribution system in Choloma, Hn. In 2014 TRF began research on Water Sanitation and Hygiene.  Lima Rotary was one of the first clubs to take advantage of this research incorporating the information in to our efforts to produce sanitation units in the Merendons.  This effort was a forerunner to the current Rotary Foundation effort called WASH.
Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotarians mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Rotary has partnered with the US Agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement such programs.  It has done the same in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.  Since 2013 the Foundation has invested in more than 1000 such programs in more than 100 countries. 
2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene. Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Lima Rotary is the leader in D6600 in these efforts.  Thank you for your generosity. 
Service Awards
The Lima Rotary Club is accepting nominations for its Avenues of Service awards.
This year the club will celebrate our Changing of the Guard Party on Monday June 24th.  Since 2009 - 2010, the Club has acknowledged individual club members each year at the Changing of the Guard for outstanding Club, Community, International, and Vocational Service.  In 2015 – 2016, Youth Services was added.  These awards were named for past presidents who represented those avenues of service in their daily lives.  Those include:
the Rex Perry Club Service Award,
the Rudolph Community Service Award,
the Goodnight International Service Award,
the Wemmer Vocational Service Award and, 
the Hulsken Youth Service Award.
These past few years, club members have nominated fellow club members for the awards and the Board of Directors has selected the winner in each category.  Please send your nominations to Club Secretary Rita Brown at  by Wednesday April 3, 2019.  The Board will vote on your nominations and select a winner in each category at the Board Meeting on Tuesday April 9, 2019.
See the criterion for each category of award and the list of past winners by clicking here.
Thank you.
Bucyrus Auction
The Bucyrus Rotary Club is auctioning off a wine cellar.

NEW in the box

Absentee bids accepted

Pick up by April 27 near wynford School, Bucyrus, OH

Contact information provided to winning bidder




For those refined tastes and robust collections, only a heavyweight wine cellar will do. This elegant column is a unique statement piece that houses the finest features, including stable shelving and tip-free technology, to ensure every bottle is cradled with care. The temperature swing-free cooler promises to properly store each and every varietal that pleases your palette.



59 cm
23.43 "
72 cm
28.48 "
176 cm
69.35 "


396 liters
14 cu. ft.
Bottle Capacity (750mL)

Temperature Range

Low: 39 °F
High: 64 °F

Warranty Information

The Silhouette Professional DWC140D1BSSPR model comes with a 24-month in-home warranty on parts and labor. Installation and yearly maintenance (cleaning) of the fridge are not covered under the warranty. 
Absentee bids accepted through Bucyrus Rotary Club Facebook page through midnight,
Wednesday, April 10.  Please include all contact information needed to finalize the purchase.  Individual name and phone and business name and phone if being purchased for a business.  Any additional contact information you feel would be helpful. 
Payment must be made to and received by Bucyrus Rotary Club prior to pick up.   
High bid will be updated on this posting on the Club Facebook page and all absentee bidders will be contacted as bids are received.  Bidder names will not be disclosed until item
Mobile Phones
Rotary is using mobile phones in its fight to eradicate polio.
Mobile phones and simple text messages are not only used by us to update appointments, trace stock quotes, sport teams or your spouses’ where-abouts – they are now being used for the victory in the world’s largest public health initiative:  the eradication of polio.  As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy.  Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria where a single text message can save a life.  
Community health workers across Pakistan have received more than 5, 000 phones through a partnership with Rotary, its government as well as Telenor the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider and Eycon a data monitoring and evaluation specialist. Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in polio eradication. It gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions needed to make to eliminate polio. 
Your continued support of PolioPlus enables this happen.  Thank you.
Early bird registration is going on now for the Rotary International Convention June 1-5 in Hamburg, Germany. If you'd like to attend, see President Paul.
Rose Parade
Your help is needed to fund the Rotary Rose Parade float.