The Scoop - November 9, 2020
Our PolioPlus auction and a tribute to Veterans Day highlighted Monday's Rotary meeting.
Member Derek Stemen set the stage for the PolioPlus auction today. Rotary International has been engaged in eradicating polio across the globe for 40 years and only three countries have active cases – so this goal is well within our lifetime. Nine items were generously donated by various members and as a result, generated a total of $1,245.  This brings the total raised for Polio Plus in the club this year to $3,878 which puts us to 78% of our goal. Thanks to auctioneer Andy Farley, ring-man Keith Horner, and all the generous bidders and buyers!
In honor of Veterans Day, member Jeff Tracy presented “My Asian Vacation," denoting his tour of duty as a Vietnam veteran. Jeff recited the military oath he took 50 years and 7 days ago, which happened to occur on his father’s birthday. Reflecting on the coincidence of that, he added that his first day in Vietnam was on his mother’s birthday. In 1968 he graduated high school and enrolled in college at the University of Montana. On April 1, 1969 he left school, with $70 in his pocket, and spent 63 days traveling the country and visiting other college campuses – because quite frankly that’s where young people were easily welcomed. Jeff noted the turbulent times in America during that era. When he got home the Army draft was waiting on him. Jeff vividly recalled for the audience his tour of duty in an Army transportation company. Here are some of the statistics he shared: 
•    2.7 million served in Vietnam, and that represented 9.7% of their generation
•    25% of those serving in Vietnam were draftees
•    There are fewer than 850,000 Vietnam vets still living, and they are dying at a rate of 390 per day (2016 data
Jeff spoke with intense pride on being a Vietnam Veteran. But he admitted that he struggled with a bad attitude about the reception returning Vietnam vets experienced.  He harbored a wave of resentment toward veterans that subsequently came home until an unexpected meeting with a stranger four years ago – a four-year-old girl. Jeff closed by saying that he believes that if you live long enough all good things come to you eventually and how that little girl changed his life. Thank you, Jeff for your service to our country!
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat For Humanity is asking for our help tomorrow.
You may recall that I announced a few weeks ago our partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Mark Suderman from the Lima office has reached out to me for some help with building some outside walls. These stud walls are being built in the construction area (at the ReStore/Office building) prior to taking them out to the build site in Delphos. 
Date: November 14, 2020
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Place: Lima ReStore
Do you think we could get a handful of able-bodied Rotarians to assist? I am in. Please respond to me if you can commit.
Wear your Rotary shirt!  
Service above self
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the November 10 board meeting.
Call to Order   John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting to order at 11: 35 with the following Board Members present: Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Theresa Schnipke, Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher, and Ken Dysert. Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown were present. Guest Catheryn Sarno also attended.
2021 Jay Beg Rotary Virtual Reverse Raffle – February 20, 2021 Catheryn Sarno
Sarno discussed proposed plans for the club to hold a virtual fund raiser in February 2021. The 2021 Jay Begg Rotary Reverse Raffle will honor the memory of Lima Rotarian Jay Begg. Schnipke will share information with the Begg Family to ensure they understand and approve of the plans. The Club plans to make a donation to the Jay Begg Memorial Fund in honor of Jay. All other proceeds from the event will go to the Lima Rotary Foundation. The goal is to raise $20,000.

Secretary’s Report   Rita Brown
Approval of October 13, 2020 Board Minutes
Buettner made a motion to approve the minutes of October 13, 2020 as submitted. Wannemacher seconded the motion. Board approved.
Attendance report for October
October ended with 154 Active and Honorary Members. Three new members joined and two resigned. Average meeting attendance for the month was 39.15%. Attendance continues to be strong especially since adding the Zoom option. The Zoom Option is now 25 – 30% of the total attendance.

President's Report   John Ficorilli
Acknowledge Former County Commissioner and Member – Jay Begg
Former Club Member Jay Begg had been a member of the Lima Rotary Club from 2010 until the time of his passing in November 2020. Fitzgerald made a motion to acknowledge Begg’s outstanding contributions to the club and to make a donation at this time to the Jay Begg Memorial Fund in care of the Union Bank. Buettner seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Personal Hygiene Drive for West Ohio Foodbank Plans and Update.
The West Ohio Food Bank will place a bin at our regular Club Meetings on November 23rd and 30th and also December 7th. Members are requested to donate personal hygiene items.
Salvation Army Barrels at Club Meetings Update
Ficorilli will speak with Paul Downing from the Salvation Army to determine if they wish to place a drum at Club Meetings for item donations from club members during December

Board Reports
Special Needs Christmas Party Dec. 12th   Theresa Schnipke
The Special Needs Christmas Party will be held at Marimor this year. The deadline for turning in applications to attend will be later in November. The students will be photographed with Santa. They will receive an individual gift, a bag with food and a goodie bag. Members can sign up to provide gifts and needed items. Sign-up sheets will be located on the tables during the regular club meetings.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing Dec 5th
Joe Watson is currently making calls to fill the time slots.
Polio Plus Auction November 9th recap   Derek Stemen
Stemen reported the Auction was very successful. Overall, the auction raised $1,245. The Club is currently $1,000 short of the overall goal. The Bath Interact Students will do a bake sale at a later Club Meeting to raise additional funds.
Rotary Christmas Party – December 21st   Andy Farley
Farley indicated the Christmas Party plans are underway. It will include a Wine Auction, a Silent Auction and a Live Auction. Also, the traditional tickets and raffle will be a part of the festivities. Entertainment will be provided. Farley is looking for additional members to participate on the Committee. The party will begin at 11 AM on Monday December 21st.

Treasurer Report   Dan Best
Best reviewed the Balance Sheet and Previous Year Comparison.
He indicated the October 31, 2020 Balance Sheet shows total Checking/Savings of $77,277 compared to the previous year’s balance of $23,383. Proceeds of $42,000 from the Golf Outing have not been transferred to the Lima Rotary Foundation. Balances will be comparable once the transfer has been made.
Receivables on the Balance Sheet include $20,500 pledged to the Rotary Amphitheater. Other than that, the balances are comparable.
The Profit & Loss statement shows total income is down but expenses are also down with meetings and meals being cancelled because of COVID. Also, District 6600 forgave the Club’s Dues for the first six months of this fiscal year. Overall, income is currently up $10,000. The Aging Summary appeared to be in line with previous months. Best continues to work closely with those who seem to be moving in arrears. Dysert made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted and Farley seconded the motion. Board approved.

New Business:   Rita Brown
• New Member Application
John Gonzales, West Ohio Food Bank
An application for membership was received from John Gonzales, Community Impact Coordinator. He is sponsored by Tommie Harner, CEO of the Food Bank and current Club Member Curtis Shepherd. Buettner made a motion to approve the application as submitted. Dysert seconded the motion. Board approved.
• Resignations
o Dr Jeff Jarvis
o Jim Bronder
The Club received a notice from UNOH requesting their Corporate Account be cancelled at this time. The members affected are Dr. Jeff Jarvis and Controller Jim Bronder. A letter was sent to them advising them they would be welcome to return to active status at any time. Wannemacher made a motion to accept the resignations were regret. Schnipke seconded the motion. Board approved.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 1:05 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Wine Donations
We are looking for donations for our annual wine auction.
We're almost there to raise $500 for the Foundation!
Monetary donations to cover the $120 for the $10 wines. 
(If it's not covered, it comes out of the total proceeds)
1 bottle valued at $50
 You can send VENMO payments to Cat to donate toward the wine purchases.
100% of the proceeds go to the Lima Rotary Foundation
Thank you again for all the support for fundraising for the Foundation!
Tickets for the wine auction are sold out. Thank you!
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