September 18, 2020

The Scoop - September 14, 2020
A history of Lima, Ohio through postcards.
Lima Rotary Club members were given a walk down memory lane via historical postcards of Lima, Ohio by our tour guide Richard Warren. 
He shared with members of the club that he began this working on this presentation in 1988 through his love of history. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg College studying history and political science, before going on to law school.
Warren said his interest in the Lima region’s rich oil history sparked his curiosity about our areas buildings and historical locations.
He showed us interesting photographs of places such as, the Allen County courthouse which was built in 1882 for a grand price of $213,000. He shared with us that the total cost of the furniture for the courthouse was only $6900, and that much of it is still in use today! 
He discussed other historical buildings such as Saint Rose Church which was built in 1872, the Lima Driving Park which was a favorite for bicyclists, horse racing, and motorcycle enthusiasts, located where Lima Memorial Health System is today.
We learned about the 1913 flood, saw postcards of a bustling downtown Lima Public Square in the late 1800s, streets made of wood blocks, and many other interesting commercial and residential properties.
Judge Warren wrapped up his presentation by reminding us about the value of preserving history, as well as learning from it.
The Lima Rotary Club is doing its part to eradicate polio.
On Monday, September 14th, Lima Rotarians were given information about the upcoming 2020 Rotary International World Polio Day, which will take place on October 24th. 
Lima Rotary Club members Keith Horner and Derek Stemen addressed the club about our local fundraising plans and goals.
Keith shared some great news that the African region has now been declared “polio free” with no new cases for four years. He said that the Lima Rotary Club’s goal is to raise $5,000. Pledge cards were made available on the tables.
The video was shown about this year’s fundraiser to help eradicate polio worldwide. Although the COVID-19 pandemic may offer challenges, Rotary International believes its members are up to the challenge.
Derek Stemen thanked Lima Rotarians for their ongoing support of PolioPlus. He suggested that we could easily meet our goal if 100 Rotarians each gave $50. He suggested several ways we can meet this year’s target.
  1.  Fill out a pledge card to make a donation by cash or check, or have it placed on your quarterly bill.
  2. Ask others outside of our club for their financial support.
  3. Make a donation online by going to
  4. Donate an item for the PolioPlus auction. 
  5. Donate a service to be auctioned. Suggestions included changing oil or serving as a designated driver. 
Social Night
Join the Lima Rotary Club for the September Social Night. 
The September Social Night will be at Old Barn Out Back on September 24 from 5:00 - 7:00. We will be sitting outside and practicing social distancing for any of the members who are concerned. Please bring at least one guest to enjoy the fun and fellowship.
The Bath High School Interact Club holds its first meeting of the year this weekend.
We are very happy to welcome back our BHS students! They now have a week under their belts and everyone is settling in and making the best of this very school odd year.
The Bath High School Interact Club will hold our first meeting of the school year, this Sunday afternoon at 2pm (Sept. 20th).  We are asking students to bring a beach towel to sit on. We will spread out and socially distance in the grassy area of the high school that is near the corner of Slabtown Rd and Bible Road. We are inviting ALL students grades 9-12, regardless if they are enrolled in remote learning or attending inside the building.
We plan to hand out last spring’s Interact Club patches and pins as well this Sunday to all who are in attendance. 

We can’t wait to see last year’s members as well as meet a new batch of incoming freshmen.

Let’s make this an awesome year of “Service Above Self!”
Missy Vandemark & Chief Joe Kitchen
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the September 8 board meeting.
Call to Order John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting together at 11:38 AM with the following members present: Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Theresa Schnipke, Derek Stemen, Ken Dysert and Anne Decker. Peggy Ehora attended via telephone. Also Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown attended.

Secretary’s Report Rita Brown

Attendance report
The month ended with 153 total members – 149 Active and Active Corporate and 4 Honorary Members. There were no new members and one resignation. Attendance averaged 34.77%.

President's Report John Ficorilli
Social Meetings
The first social meeting was positive with worthwhile discussion. The next Social Meeting will be Thursday September 24th at The Old Barn Restaurant and Grill.
District Governor Keith Hodkinson’s visit
District Governor Hodkinson will visit the Lima Club on Monday October 26, 2020.
World Polio Day – Lima Rotary Club Meeting - October 19, 2020
International World Polio Day will be celebrated on Saturday October 24th. With the District Governor‘s visit on October 26th, the Lima Rotary Club will recognize World Polio Day on Monday October 19th. Educational information regarding the Day will be shared with the members and a flyer highlighting different giving options will be available. Pledge Cards will also be available for the members.

Board Member Committee Assignments
Ficorilli stated the Program Committee was the one he focused on primarily at the beginning of the year. The year is going very well as Beth Seibert is running with it. Fund raising will be the next big push.

Treasurer’s Report Dan Best
Best stated expenses are down from last year. With the District not charging the club for dues for the first 6 months of this fiscal year and with lower meeting attendance, expenses are down. The Club has saved $10,000 year-to-date.
Best also reviewed the A/R Aging Summary. He continues to work with the members in arrears and reported contact has been made with each of them.
Credit card payments were successfully taken at the Golf Outing.
Tracey Regula is currently working on the Form 990, Return for Organizations Exempt from Income Tax, for the Club.
Horner made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as submitted. Ficorilli seconded the motion. Board approved.

New Business Rita Brown
a) Amy Craft, Allen County Museum Director
b) Aimee Bucher, CEO, Harrison Latham
Applications for Membership were received from Amy Craft and Aimee Bucher. Schnipke made a motion to approve the applications and Dysert seconded the motion. Board approved. They will be invited to attend Club Meetings as Guests of the Club until their orientation is held.

District Grant Webinar John Ficorilli
Club Member Dick Schroeder participated in the District Webinar that focused on District Grants and COVID-19 initiatives. He reported the following detail. RI and District 6600 are asking clubs to creatively address COVID-19 issues on the local level. Grants will require $2,000 local funds to be matched with $1,000 by District 6600 - minimum $3,000 project. A total of $63,000 will be available. Deadline for applying will be 9/30/2020. Projects should not begin before January 2021 to allow for the approval process.
Schroeder requested a quick turnaround process as there is a lot to complete by the end of the month for the club to be eligible.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting by 12:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
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