The Scoop - September 30, 2019
Legacy Arts is working to bring an artistic vibe to downtown Lima.
Legacy Arts is collaboration of four downtown Lima businesses whose vision is to foster the growth of art, commerce and creativity in downtown Lima. The businesses - Alter Ego Comics, The Meeting Place, Rustgaze Records and Shop For Good - are all housed in Alter Ego Comics' building on North Main Street. Alter Ego owner Marc Bowker told us that their mission is to support and encourage artists and entrepreneurs to stay local and to provide unique experiences and events in downtown Lima. They've already held their first event, a street party on North West Street with 20 vendors, food trucks and three bands. "To see the diversity of people that attended, to see our vendors, our local artists and our local bands, seeing people have a great time, dance and smile was fantastic." Legacy Arts also plans to hold events next door to the Legacy Arts Building (LAB) in the park that CASA is building. They are building a recording studio and indoor performance space in the LAB which should be completed in 2020. After that, Bowker says they plan to develop the second floor of the LAB for art and retail space. and provide mentoring and a platform for local entrepreneurs and artists.
We also heard from former Lima Rotarian Billie Dray who is now the Development Director for Young Life International. She promoted the Developing Global Leaders Program which works to provide leadership training to young people around the globe and to help them attend college.
The Scoop - September 23, 2019
Two local organizations are working to enrich our community.
Just a few days prior to the Community Enrichment Dinner, organizer Jerome O'Neal told us that the dinner is about optics and engagement. It's about changing the way people  view other people, and having them come together who normally don't get in the same circles. "At the end of the day what we try to do with the Community Enrichment Dinner is to let people know that it's OK to be uncomfortable. To let people know that it's OK to go places where they may not look like you, may not act like you, may not have the same beliefs as you have, but at the end of the day, that's how we grow."
The Community Enrichment Dinner is held every year to raise money for the Walter Potts Entrepreneur and Technology Center which helps establish and grow minority and small businesses. O'Neal proudly announced that the dinner is a sell out with more than 500 tickets sold. It's scheduled for September 28 with guest speaker Roland Martin.
United Way Executive Director Derek Stemen also spoke. The 2019 United Way campaign just kicked off with a goal of $1.65 million. The funds are distributed to local agencies such as the American Red Cross, the Bradfield Center and the Salvation Army based on the community's needs. "Our goal is not simply to raise funds for agencies, but it's actually to fund solutions to problems. Problems and challenges that we all face in the community, that we all see in the community. We know that the best way to achieve those goals, to make sustained change in our community, is to work collaboratively together to make a difference. That's why our mission at the United Way is to improve lives by uniting the caring power of our community."
Also at Monday's meeting, Mayce McCreery and Tim Fitzpatrick from the UNOH Rotaract Club donated $250 from their Color Run to the Lima Rotary Foundation to help fight the opioid and homelessness crisis in Lima.
And we had a laugh-out-loud version of the Way Test sung to the tune of Yankee Doodle led by Marin Harbur. of the 4-
The Bath High School Interact Club has had a busy few weeks.
Club members were issued T-shirts to wear at all of our events this year. They were made available free of charge thanks to sponsorships from area businesses. 
A few of their projects so far include:
- Several of the members volunteered their time to support the Bath Music Association by working in the concession stand during the Bath High School band spectacular.
- They participated in the 2019 Bath High School homecoming parade and threw out some cool spirit items to the parade attendees. There were a lot of people in attendance, and it was a lot of fun.
- The club purchased mini pom-poms to pass out to the crowd at the Bath High School homecoming game on Friday night vs Celina. One of their goals this year is to help promote school spirit!
- They are in the process of teaching incoming freshmen and new club members the Rotary Four-Way test which we recite at the beginning of every meeting.
- The club has secured two dates to volunteer at the West Ohio Food Bank. One in November, and one in January. This is one of their favorite service projects.
- The club has launched their online Spirit Den. Through a partnership with a local company, the club sells Bath High school clothing and other items, with a portion of the proceeds going to their scholarship fund. Additionally, funds raised help support other service projects throughout the year. If you would like to place an order, go to, and click on “Spirit Den.”
Club Advisor, Missy Vandemark, and Lima Rotary Club liaison, Joe Kitchen, are excited about the size of the group this year which is well over 100 students!
As you can see, the Bath High School Interact Club is off and running. We look forward to another great year of “Service Above Self!”
Photos: Our 2019-20 t-shirts, front & back
Vince Koza
Our good friend Vince Koza is battling stage 4 kidney cancer and is undergoing treatment at the James Cancer Center. We are keeping Vince and his family in our thoughts and hope for a speedy recovery. You can help with medical bills and related expenses on his GoFundMe page.
Fall Blood Clinic

The Lima Rotary Club Fall Blood Clinic will be Saturday November 2nd at the Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm Street from 6:30 - 9:30 AM.  

A special thank you to all who have volunteered to work the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic! Also we encourage each of you to attend and have your blood tested!  Along with supporting the club, you will be taking care of your own health. 
Download the registration form here, fill it out and bring it with you to save time.
Special Needs
The Childrens' Special Needs Christmas Party will be December 14 at Shawnee United Methodist Church, 2600 Zurmehly Road from 11:30 AM - 2 PM.  Contact Esther Baldridge if you'd like to help.
Wine Raffle
Only a few tickets are left for our Holiday Wine Raffle. Get yours now!
Get your ticket for the Christmas wine raffle before they're gone! Only 25 tickets are being sold at $30 each. Every ticket purchased gets a bottle of wine wrapped in a Christmas bag. The prize bottle is valued at more than $100! See Cat for your ticket today.
End Polio
October 24th is World Polio Day.  We will have Pizza for Polio at our meeting that week; we will also be bringing our Polio Pig back for loose change donations, and we will have polio pledge cards available on the tables in October. These pledges count towards Paul Harris points.
Take a few minutes to watch this video and learn five ways you can help end polio now.
Leadership Summit
Sign up now for the Rotary Summit being held in Fort Wayne from October 10-13.

I want to take this opportunity to personally invite you to this year’s Rotary Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana being held October 10-13, 2019.

Heart of America (Rotary Zones 30 & 31) has just completed four very successful Summer Leadership Seminars.  We set out to make these events interactive and engaging – and it worked!  The comments from attendees were overwhelming! 

“This was the best Rotary training event I have ever attended!”

“The Seminar was so informative and enjoyable, I can’t wait for the Summit in Fort Wayne, Indiana!”

“I loved hearing ideas from Rotarians that are experiencing the same challenges that my Club has!”

The October Summit will continue this new and innovative approach as we focus on Rotary’s newly adopted Strategic Plan.  The Summit will include several mini-summits, thus attendees will be able to select from a variety of topics of which you may be of interest.

In addition to outstanding programming, speakers will include RI President Elect Holger Knaack, The Rotary Foundation Trustee Vice-Chair Ravi Ravindran, motivational speaker John O’Leary, Past DG Wade Namura of California and RI General Manager Tom Thorfinnson. Entertainment will include Addison Agen from The Voice and Marvelless Mark of Las Vegas. 

Everyone is invited to attend!  This Summit is not just for Past District Governors and District Leadership.  All Rotarians are welcomed.  Come and enjoy great Rotary fellowship and be inspired, informed, motivated and entertained!  See you in Fort Wayne!

2 Zones, 13 States, 31 Districts – 1 Great Time!

Register today at

Yours in Rotary,

Floyd Lancia
Rotary International Director
Zones 30-31  2019-21

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