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Kelli DeLong
It is with heart breaking sadness that we have lost a fellow Rotarian, and a dear friend, Kelli Delong.  Kelli passed away Wednesday night in her sleep from a seizure.  Please keep her family in your prayers. Kelli was loved by everyone and her spirit lit up every room she entered. All of our hearts are broken today.

Kelli Jo DeLong, age 48, of Lima, passed away 4:14 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017 at her residence. She was born Oct. 30, 1969 in Celina, Ohio to Larry J. and Sharon A. Fell Pingry, who survive in Celina. She married Doug DeLong April 18, 2003 and he survives in Lima.

Kelli's passion was her work at Springview Manor. She cherished her relationships with the residents, coworkers and work associates. Her true love was the horses. She put her heart and soul into each and every one. She treasured her friends and families in the Equine industry. Her passion, her desire and her drive to be better will truly be missed.

Additional survivors include a brother Todd (Suzanne) Pingry of Powell, Ohio and their son Carson, an aunt Kathy Thomas of Lake James, IN, an Uncle Steve (Sherry) Pingry and their son Brian & family; In-laws: Dennis (Jean) DeLong of Wapakoneta, brother-in-law David (Ashley) DeLong of Wapakoneta, sister-in-law Michele (Rob) Seidel and nephews: David, Grant, Ethan and Grady all of Greenwich, Ohio.

The family will receive friends 2-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. The memorial service will follow at 6.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Association and online condolences may be shared at

The Scoop - November 6, 2017
District Governor Cheney encourages us to think and dream big this year.
Deb Cheney joined the Waterville, Ohio Rotary Club in 2004 because it was required by the Waterville Primary School, of which she was principal. Deb quickly realized what a wonderful organization Rotary is and before long, the meetings and community service were a pleasure, instead of a job requirement. When her husband died, "my Rotary family was my support. I would not have made it through that time without them." 
Deb is responsible for starting the Waterville Interact Club, and was active in the Rotary garden, scholarship fund, and the purchase of a therapy dog for the schools. She is now Governor of Rotary District 6600, which encompasses 63 clubs in northwest Ohio.
This year Deb would like to see more teamwork between clubs in service projects and fundraising. She'd like to boost the literacy programs in our district, and she'd like all the clubs in District 6600 to collaborate on a global grant for a water project in Haiti.
Deb quoted from the book, What Do You Do With An Idea? The answer? You make a difference. "There are no weird ideas. There are no ideas that cost too much money, take too much time. Any idea is a good idea. I want you to think and dream big this year."
Also at Monday's meeting, Deb presented the President's Citation to the Lima Rotary Club, the Bath High School Interact Club and the UNOH Rotaract Club. We are the only three clubs in the district to all receive the President's Citation.
Dick Schroeder had a "Know or Dough" trivia contest about the Rotary Foundation as a way to spotlight Rotary Foundation Month, and Larry Webb led us in a round of Happy Dollars.
Board Highlights - November 6, 2017
Here are the highlights from the joint meeting of the boards of the Lima Rotary Club and the Lima Rotary Foundation on November 6, 2017.
Call to Order                                                                     
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 10:33 AM with the following present:  District Governor Deb Cheney and Assistant District Governor Angela Hersh.  Rotary Board members:  Rita Brown,  Paul Crow, Anne Decker, Dave Frost, Dr. Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, and Jeff Tracy. 
Rotary Foundation Board Members:  Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Drew Fields, Jeff Fitzgerald, Linda Hamilton, Butch Kirk, Heather Rutz, Jeff Unterbrink, and Andy Wannemacher.  Also present was guest Steve Conrad.
Secretary’s Report                Rita Brown
Attendance Report
Brown shared the October Attendance Report.  At of the end of October, the club had 173 members.  There are fourteen new members to-date for this year and six resignations.   Last month’s attendance averaged 46.94% of membership.  That has remained consistent.
          Applications - there were no new applications received for this month.
Resignations and transfers
  1. Resignation - Phil Buell
  2. Transfer- Lt. Dave Brown
Frost made a motion to approve the resignation/transfer with regret.  Hubbell seconded the motion. Board approved.
President’s Report               Tracie Sanchez
Welcome & Thank You to Board Members
Sanchez welcomed the Board Members from both boards and thanked them for attending. 
World Polio Day Recap
The Club raised $4,473 on World Polio day and with the Gates Foundation Match, $13,419 will be given from the Lima Club in the fight to eradicate polio in the world.  Pledges are still coming in.
Volunteer & drives for West Ohio Food Bank & Salvation Army 
The Club is currently conducting a drive to collect personal hygiene items for the West Ohio Food Bank.  Club Members and their family members can volunteer at the Food Bank to pack boxes for distribution.  The Club will be conducting a Toy Drive for the holidays for the Salvation Army.  Club and family members will have the opportunity to volunteer and pack toys for the Salvation Army.  Salvation Army Bell Ringing will be held on Saturday Dec 16.  The Bath Schools Interact Club will be participating.
Fall Blood Clinic Saturday November 4, 2017
Nineteen members of the club volunteered on Saturday morning from 6 AM to 10 AM.  A record number of 513 members of the community had blood drawn – up from a previous high of 487. 
Special Needs Christmas party
The Special Needs Christmas Party will be help on Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Shawnee United Methodist Church.  
Foundation President’s Report                  Jeff Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald reported on Foundation Activities year-to-date by quarter from Jan 2017 – Oct 2017.  Fitzgerald indicated the financial report looks really solid.  The Foundation Board was advised by Foundation Treasurer Walsh they had $5,000 - $6,000 a quarter to award and were later advised the Board has $7,000 - $8,000 a quarter.  Fitzgerald also provided a report of the actual grants awarded between June 30, 2017 and Sept 30, 2017.  It was a very good year with the Rotary Scholarship Committee awarding $67,500 in Scholarships for the fifteen month period.  The total awards for the period paid by the Foundation Board are $93,830. 
District Governor Message & Remarks        Deb Cheney
Cheney asked the Board Members for more detail about the Club Projects and Fund Raisers.
Wannemacher stated this was the first year he chaired the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing.  Scholarships are awarded to non-traditional students with the goal that they remain and work in the community.  It was developed as an Economic Development Project for the Community.  The event raises around $32,000 - $34,000 annually.
The Club holds two Community Blood Drives a year – Spring and Fall.  The Club teams with Memorial Hospital with Phlebotomists being provided by the hospital.  The blood draws are provided at a drastically reduced cost.  Reports are sent to the patients’ physicians.  Volunteers serve coffee, doughnuts and juice.  The Club usually raises $10,000 to $12,000 in the Fall and $20,000 in the Spring.
The Club held its first Reverse Raffle last year in February.  This year it will be held on February 16, 2018.  The goal was to not ask Rotarians for money again but to raise the money from the Community.  The event includes a silent auction.  Proceeds were awarded to the Foundation. 
The Special Needs Children’s Christmas Party is favorite project.  A Christmas Party is held for developmentally disabled children at the Shawnee United Methodist Church each December.
District Governor Cheney provided the following report:    
Cheney stated the Lima Rotary Club has a lot to brag about.  Rotary International has a Goal for the Lima Club to give $17,000 to the annual fund each quarter. The Lima club gave $17,600 for a total of $64,954.   The per capita goal set by RI per member is $79 per year.  The Lima Club members gave $103 per member last year.  Membership has fluctuated from 166 – 184 members.  We started 2017 with 166.  Last year’s RI goal was for EREY to give $100.  One hundred twenty two Lima Rotarians met that goal.  Angela Hersh has blue EREY boxes to distribute.  The goal is that we fill them with change and when we get to $100, we send a check to RI.   Another option, which the Lima Club does, is to include it on our dues.
Cheney stated RI’s bi-laws provide a great deal of flexibility to the clubs.  It is important that the club’s bi-laws match what the club is actually doing. 
Cheney stated the club is doing an awesome job with Youth organizations.  The Lima Club is the only club that won the Presidential Citation for the Club, the Interact Club and the Rotarac Club in 2016 – 2017. 
The Rotaract Club will be attending the Peace Conference at the University of Findlay on November 18, 2017.  The speaker will be a Peace Scholar who is attending Duke University.  The speaker will be addressing human trafficking and sexual abuse. 
The Club is already doing Little Free Libraries.
At this time, the club members have not expressed much interest in Youth Exchange.  Cheney suggested the club have a speaker from the program to spark interest in the program. 
Planting trees by Earth Day is an RI priority.  The Lima Club recently planted two larger trees in Martin Luther Park.  The trees have the Rotary Emblems on them.  Options other than planting one tree per person locally is to send money to have trees planted in countries that have lost a lot of trees due to the weather disasters with year.  In addition trees are given to first grades in the schools on Arbor Day.  Metzger will chair a project for the Lima Rotary Club to donate trees to the local schools.
The District Conference will be held May 18 – 20, 2018 at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.  Cheney asked the club to Save the Date and consider doubling the number from four to eight attendees. 
Cheney mentioned the proposed District Global Grant where every club in the district would contribute to a water project in Haiti.  Dollar amounts for the fifty-three clubs have not been determined.  
There being no further business, a motion was made by Kirk to adjourn at 11:24 AM. Metzger seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary.
Interact Food Bank
The Bath HS Interact Club volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank this week as one of their ongoing service projects. The kids had a lot of fun, and hope to return again soon.
The Bath HS Interact Club volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank this week as one of their ongoing service projects. The kids had a lot of fun, and hope to return again soon.
Drive Alive
The Bath High School Interact Club is encouraging everyone to Drive Alive.
The Bath High School Interact Club is working on a couple of important safe driving campaigns for their fellow students, and our community. They are sending safe driving tips and messages out via social media, and they are using the hashtags #ArriveAlive and #iDriveSafeFor...  
They have also teamed up with State Farm Insurance and are working to design a billboard to be displayed in our community with a focus on distracted driving.
The UNOH Rotaract Club is once again creating Christmas decorations to raise funds for the Adopt-a-Family program. These were a big hit last year. See David Runk if you'd like more details.
Blood Clinic
We had a record turnout of 515 people for our Fall Blood Clinic and 19 Rotarians volunteered!
The Scoop - October 30, 2017
Doctor encourages cancer screenings and "No-Shave November."
With early detection, most cancers can be stopped, Dr. Ramesh Vedula told Lima Rotary Club Monday.
Vedula, chief of radiation and oncology at Lima Memorial Health System, encouraged the group the get regular screenings to catch cancers early. “Early detection is very important,” Vedula said.
Vedula also discussed No-Shave November, a national awareness and fundraising campaign that raises money for Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Those participating donate money typically spent on shaving and grooming, and raise other funds through pledges, to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
In other Rotary business Monday:
Jackie Fox, executive director of WOCAP, talked to the club about a new initiative Rotary is helping with, serving the needs of the chronically homeless. The unrestricted dollars will help pay for stays in area shelters, such as Restoration House and Guiding Light.
The club raised $4,473 for World Polio Day; the Gates Foundation match turns that into $13,419.
The club had another successful annual Dictionary Distribution recently, giving dictionaries to area third-graders.
Rotary and West Ohio Food Bank are partnering for a hygiene item drive and volunteer opportunities on Nov. 6, 13, 20, and 27.
Mindy Schulz earned her blue badge and turned in her red badge.
We are holding a personal hygiene drive for the West Ohio Food Bank for the month of November. They are looking for hygiene items, laundry soaps, diapers, etc.  We will also be doing some volunteer hours at the Food Bank to help pack boxes. 
Salvation Army
We are doing a Salvation Army toy drive the month of December.  Please bring a new toy to make a child's Christmas happy.
Giving Thanks
Lima Rotary is a sponsor of the Giving Thanks Luncheon on November 21st from 11-12:30 at the Civic Center.  All community members are invited.  This is a free luncheon. 
Rotary Riverwalk
Next time you're enjoying the Rotary Riverwalk, check out the new signage!
Special Needs
The Special Needs Christmas Party is December 9 from 11-2 at Shawnee United Methodist Church. Contact Esther Baldridge if you'd like to volunteer for this wonderful event.
Polio Plus
Don’t forget to send your $25.00 for Polio Plus!  Rotary International is asking every Rotarian to pledge $25.00 for this year.  We raised almost $5,000.00 on World Polio Day!
Peace Conference
Please encourage youth of your acquaintance to attend the Peace Scholar and Leadership Workshop on November 18.
District Conference
Join President Tracie May 18-20 at the District Conference at the Toledo Renaissance Center. 
World Water Day
Projects are being sought for the World Water Day competition.
Russell Hampton
There is a sale on Rotary logo merchandise this month.
Rotarians on the Internet - using information technology to enhance the Rotary experience.
Rotary boosts scientific literacy in Taiwan.