Blood Clinic
Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered for the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic!
The Scoop - November 5, 2022
The Ohio State University at Lima is partnering with regional manufacturers to train a new generation of engineers.
Everybody is having a hard time finding employees right now, but when it comes to engineers, "Those positions are vacant. They're empty," according to OSU Lima Dean and Director Tim Rehner. Tim told us that's why OSU launched a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology on three of its regional campuses. Tim says that unlike a lot of other engineering programs, this one is anchored in manufacturing and production with real-world, hands-on training on machinery that is being used in local plants. "This  particular program was developed in partnership with manufacturers that focused on what they need. It emphases hands-on learning. A manufacturing focus. As we have gone around to shop the curriculum and talk about whether this is the kind of a degree that a manufacturer would want to hire, the answer has been overwhelmingly, 'yes and we need them today.'" Cenovus Senior Communications Advisor Heather Rutz added, "BSET graduates are continuous learners. They are problem solvers and they're leaders. These are all good fits for the refinery. That hands-on component of this degree is really important for us."
The BSET program is housed at the Ford Lima Engine Plant in the former training center and features 40,000 square feet on the ground floor, offices, labs, tool rooms, robots, high tech classrooms and a 300 seat auditorium. 
This past weekend the Bath High School Interact Club had a busy Saturday morning.
One group of students woke up early to volunteer at the Lima Sertoma Club pancake day at Lima Senior High School. They conducted a variety of duties and tasks and everyone said they had a great time. Meanwhile, another group of our students headed over to Forest Park Church to volunteer their time with tryouts and registration for the Upward Youth Basketball program. Overall, we had a lot of fun and provided some great volunteering & service to the community. 
Amphitheater Tour
We have the opportunity to tour the site of the future Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater on Monday following our regular Rotary meeting. Construction is progressing well and we are excited to have the chance to show you around. This is a construction site, so please wear appropriate shoes. 
Join the Lima Rotary Club for our social night on November 17th.

We had a lot fun at Purple Feet Wine Boutique at our last monthly Rotary social! Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Sielschott Financial, and good drinks, laughter and fun were had by all in attendance! If you missed out on the fun last month, don’t worry! The time for us to gather for some after hours fun has arrived, and I am hoping you can join us! This month we will be having our social at one of our very own’s house! Sophia Loser and her husband Todd have invited all into their home to enjoy some good food and drinks November 17th from 5:30 till whenever, and to any who are looking to stay a little later, a sports game will be on! This event is kid friendly so please feel free to bring your favorite littles along! Keep an eye out for an email with the proper address! If you plan to attend kindly RSVP to Demi Burden at (419) 230-2269 or, so we can properly plan for food and drink. Hope to see you there!

Foundation Report
The Lima Rotary Foundation Board approved grant requests from three local non-profit organizations when they met recently.
The Salvation Army was approved for $5,000, Soldiers of Honor for $2,000 and Amil Tellers of Encore Theatre for $1,500. Additionally the LRFB also approved payment of $21,000 as our Club’s local share to support a grant in excess of $200,000 from Rotary International for Phase II of a water and sanitation project spearheaded by Lima Rotarian Bob Reuhl in Honduras.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the November 8th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                               Derek Stemen
Stemen called the meeting to order at 11:36 A.M. with the following board members present:
Derek Stemen, Jeff Fitzgerald, Joel Mengerink, Tim Stanford, Demi Burden, Jeff Unterbrink, Lesley Fry and Treasurer Tracey Regula. Also, Secretary Anne Decker and Amy Ricker were present.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                     Anne Decker
Approval of the October 11, 2022 Board Minutes
Burden made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 11, 2022 meeting as submitted. Regula seconded the motion. Board approved.
Attendance Report for October 2022 
No new members joined the club and four members resigned in October.  September attendance was 43.01%. The month ended with 138 active members and 4 honorary members.   
President’s Report                                                                                                     Derek Stemen
Membership Initiatives
Stemen stated that there have been no visible results yet from the new membership initiatives. He is planning to target those who have donated to the amphitheater and encourage them to become members.
Rotary Social
The next Rotary Social is November 17th at Sophia Loser’s house at 5:30pm. Burden reported that there was good attendance at the September social. December’s social will be a good, bad & ugly Christmas sweater contest.
Books For Speakers
At each meeting, the club donates a book to the children’s section of the Lima Public Library in the name of that meeting’s speaker. It has been policy not to donate books for speakers who are members of the club. The board agreed to change that policy and present books to the library for all speakers.
Rotary District 6600 Peace Conference
The Rotary District 6600 Peace Conference is November 19 at the University of Toledo. The topic is “Finding Common Ground In Uncommon Times.” Attendance is free and all are encouraged to attend.
Board Approval For Projects
The board discussed having a policy that would require board approval for all fundraising and volunteer projects done in the club’s name. Stemen stated that he would begin working on this and would present it to the board before taking it to the club for approval at its annual meeting in April.
Good progress is being made on construction of the amphitheater. Stemen stated that there are plans for the club to take a tour of the construction site, possibly in conjunction with an announcement about stage naming rights.
Goal Review
Stemen will continue to work on membership initiatives. He also has two service-based meetings scheduled. The club will pack senior boxes for the West Ohio Food Bank at its meeting on December 12. He is also working with Allen County Children Services to pack backpacks for foster children. He would like to identify one more service project this year.
Fall Blood Clinic
The final numbers are not yet available for the Fall Blood Clinic held on November 5. It is hoped that attendance was up slightly from the previous year. The board would like to see additional promotion for the Spring Blood Clinic including a television PSA and appearance on WLIO’s Noon Edition
Rose Bowl Parade Float Donation
The board agreed to make a $25 donation to the Rotary International float being entered in the Rose Bowl Parade.
Board Reports                                                                                                            All Board Members
Empowering Girls Committee                                                                                    Lesley Fry
There is nothing new to report.
PolioPlus                                                                                                                      Derek Stemen
$2,175 has been collected and billed toward the club’s $5,000 Polio Plus goal. Donations are still to come from the October social and Rottery proceeds. The board discussed another fundraising drive after the first of the year, possibly including a sale of Rotary clothing.
Special Needs Christmas Party                                                                                   Demi Burden
The Special Needs Christmas Party is December 3 from 11:30-1:00 at Shawnee United Methodist Church. Burden reported that volunteers are needed to purchase gifts and host children. Invitations to the party were sent to the schools on Wednesday. Burden will write an article for the eSpoke and send an email blast.
Club Christmas Party                                                                                                  Derek Stemen
Todd Benz is chairing the Lima Rotary Club Christmas Party on December 19 with David Trinko’s help. He is looking for auction items and has begun selling Elvis immunity tickets.
Treasurer’s Report                                                                                                     Tracey Regula
Regula reviewed information from the financial reports. The club’s total income year to date is $54, 531.31, slightly above the same period last year. The club’s YTD expenses are $33,516.23, leaving the club with a net income of $21,016.08 up from $12,581.39 from the same period last year. Members who are more than 90 days in arrears will be sent email and regular mail in an attempt to collect. Burden made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Stanford seconded the motion. Board approved.
New Business
New Member Applications
Applications have been received from Susan Fifer and David “Chip” Bullock. David is requesting to transfer his membership from the Napoleon Rotary Club, where he was president, to the Lima Rotary Club due to a job transfer. Burden moved to approve the applications. Regula seconded the motion. Board approved.

Holly Metzger has submitted her resignation. Burden made a motion to approve the resignation with regret. Fitzgerald seconded the motion. Board approved.
Jay Begg Reverse Raffle
The club held a discussion about the Jay Begg Reverse Raffle. It was suggested that instead of having an evening event at the fairgrounds, the raffle be held over a period of four club meetings. Further discussion will be continued at future meetings.
Motion To Adjourn
Stemen adjourned the meeting at 1:04 P.M.

Bell Ringing
We're ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday December 10th from 9:00-5:00 at Hobby Lobby, Kewpee West and Allentown Walmart. See Joe Watson to sign up.
Christmas Party
Preparations are underway for the Rotary Christmas party!
Monday, December 19th our usual Rotary meeting will be replaced with a Christmas Party Extravaganza helping to send all of us into the holidays in the proper frame of mind! We hope you will be a part of our party this year by attending on that Monday but also sharing your generosity by donating a silent auction item, live auction item or some cash that can be used to buy items for the auction. If you can donate a prize please email Todd Benz at and feel free to bring that item to the Monday meeting and we will store it until it is unveiled to the group at the party that Monday. If you can donate a service that we need to make up a certificate for please go ahead and email as well.  If you’re giving cash, please email with your business name and amount and go ahead and give it to Todd Benz no later than Monday December 12th and we will put it to good use to purchase items for the auction. 
Please feel free to reach out to Todd Benz if you have any questions at 567-242-0371 or email at
Peace Conference
Register now for the Rotary District 6600 Peace Conference on November 19.
Upcoming Events
Social Night
Sophie Loser's House
Nov 17, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Special Needs Christmas Party
Shawnee United Methodist Church
Dec 03, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Nov 14, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 21, 2022 12:00 PM
Nov 28, 2022 12:00 PM
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Dec 05, 2022 12:00 PM
Equestrian Therapy Program
Dec 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Dec 19, 2022 11:30 AM
Dec 26, 2022
Merry Christmas!
Jan 02, 2023
Happy New Year!
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