Back To Zoom
The Lima Rotary Club is returning to Zoom-only meetings.
As you know, I have fought to keep us meeting in person. After numerous phone calls, emails, and the never-ending messages from the Governor’s office, we are going to switch to Zoom only meetings for the next few weeks. Luckily, we have all gotten better at our Zoom knowledge, so I expect that we will still have time for fun, fellowship and learning. And we will all be a little safer! Please accept my apologies for the back and forth – your leadership team is doing the best we can with the information we have. I still hope that we will be able to do our Christmas party in person, and we will communicate any information over the next few weeks.
Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.  See you all on Monday!
Special Needs Christmas
Special Needs Christmas Party -  COVID Style
We are looking forward to our Special Needs Christmas Party – COVID Style on December 12. We will be serving between 55 and 60 children. About half will get home delivery of their gift items and half will come to Marimor School. 
For children coming to school, it will be more like a drive thru or walk through party. Children and a parent will get their temperatures taken. If they pass, they will be allowed in the school where they will meet Santa and receive their personalized gift. They will then walk down the hallway past stations where they will receive book(s), a craft bag, a goodie back and a fruit basket.  Before they exit, they will receive a picture of them with Santa. And then they go home. No lunch will be served and no entertainment. The participants will be divided alphabetically into four time slots to ensure there aren’t too many present at any one time. In the alternative, a family can choose to have their gifts delivered to their home. They will receive everything except a picture with Santa. 
We are all set on volunteers! Our Lima Rotary Club is awesome! I have a few volunteers that I haven’t contacted yet because I don’t have kids to assign to you. If you have questions, contact Esther by text or email. (419) 302-2580 or
The Scoop - November 30, 2020
The Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio is helping victims of sexual abuse.
Our guest speaker this week was Chelsea Migura, the Coordinator of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of West Central Ohio. The office is based in Lima, OH but serves Allen, Auglaize, Putnam, Hardin, Paulding and Van Wert counties. Lima Rotary Club member Theresa Schnipke sits on the CAC executive board which partners with Crime Victim Services, the Board of DD, Mercy Health, SAFY, the Prosecutor's Office, Lima Memorial Hospital, Children Services and local law enforcement agencies. The mission of the Child Advocacy Center of West Central Ohio is to provide a comprehensive community response to individuals and families affected by sexual abuse. In short, the CAC is the nexus to connect all of the agencies involved in a child sexual assault abuse case. The CAC is a non-profit agency that serves over 120 families per year.
Without the local CAC presence and services, local families (along with the supporting agencies involved) would be referred to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Currently the CAC is funded by Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) federal grants – a program administered by the Office of the Ohio Attorney General. Six weeks ago it was announced that VOCA funds were being cut by 40% and so the local CAC representatives are reaching out into the community with this important message and for assistance – reaching out to legislators, donations, etc. Chelsea spoke of her mission to prevent the vital work of the CAC from being the best kept little secret in our community. 
The CAC is one of ten programs operating under the Crime Victims Services agency in Allen County. Their ultimate goal is to provide an ease for victims and families to connect with her agency and to minimize the investigation impacts on kids affected by abuse. Another important component to their work is conducting forensic interviews so that evidence can be properly used in court. Chelsea noted that the local CAC Clinic is operated within Lima Memorial Hospital. 
Chelsea also provided an overview of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Through volunteer advocates, CASA gives a voice to children as a neutral third party, working in the best interest of child. The advocates are involved with home visits and inspections, talking with parents, and dialoging honestly and openly with the child. An important goal of the program is to eliminate the trauma of the child going to court and testifying. The CASA advocate is court appointed as guardian ad litem and is often the one constant person in that child’s life. Jeff Fitzgerald noted the huge shortfall of volunteers per the need for CASA. Chelsea spoke of the ongoing training provided to the volunteer advocates. Advocates come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are retired, some still work, and no special background needed – just a caring heart and a dedicated spirit. For more information, contact them at or by calling 567-940-2272.
Salvation Army
Please help the Salvation Army provide a happy holiday season.
The Salvation Army is in need of hats, gloves and socks (kids and adults).Please purchase some to donate when you are shopping this month. President John will arrange a couple of drop-off times and will deliver them. Also, they have a need for packing toy bags for kids, and can accept a group of us on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Please contact President John if you can volunteer!
Hygiene Drive
Please help the West Ohio Food Bank by dropping off personal care items for their clients.
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 $90 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!
Honduras Hurricanes
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, where the Lima Rotary Club has performed international projects, has been devastated by two hurricanes.
Hurricane Eta ripped through Central America on November 3. Less than two weeks later it was followed by Hurricane Iota. More than 200 people have died, 94 of them in Honduras and the Sula Valley is under water. We will be asking for financial assistance to help buy food for the millions who have lost their homes and their work places.
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Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 05, 2020
Special Needs Christmas Party
Dec 12, 2020
Lima Rotary Club Christmas Party
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Dec 21, 2020
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