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In Person Meetings
The Lima Rotary Club will resume in-person meetings on February 22.
It would appear that we have made it through the dreaded post-holiday spike in COVID cases. We are hearing that vaccines are available for some of us; I even know a couple of people who have received them! We are still wearing our masks and we are still working and going to the grocery and maybe even doing a little bit of travel. 2021 has arrived, along with a new President (not Rotary – I am here until July 😊) and congress.  And yet, life goes on. Time to get back to it, for those who are able. We will begin hybrid meetings again on February 22, 2021. The VMCCC will set up for three per table, Frank will cater lunch, and we will wear our masks upon entering and exiting and we will maintain social distance.  Zoom will be an option for all who cannot or will not attend in person. We will work on getting Zoom attendees more engaged as well. Time for a NEW Rotary experience. If you are reading this, YOU are part of that NEW experience. Bring your bodies and minds and heart, either live or virtually, and help us move our club forward. I look forward to seeing you all again. We have a lot of work to do.
 
Thank you,
 
John
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The Scoop - January 25, 2021
Lima Mayor David Berger presented his final State of the City address to the Lima Rotary Club Monday.
Mayor Berger opened his speech by pulling out his 1990 calendar and noted that he made his first speech to the Lima Rotary Club on March 12, 1990. Later that day he held his first with the city of Delphos to attempt to negotiate a water contract. Berger told us that the past year has been a huge year of upset and challenge, not just for the city of Lima, but for every one of us. He says the city coped with the COVID pandemic by reorganizing to figure out how to keep city services moving while observing hygiene procedures and distancing practices. "In large part, we were successful in that. We continued to provide police and fire emergency services. We continued to provide drinking water, wastewater services. We continued to interact with our community in ways that addressed day to day needs as well as emergency needs." Berger says in order to deal with COVID's impact on the budget, the city instituted a hiring freeze, shrank the city workforce by 35 positions, and delayed discretionary expenditures and capital expenses. The city received approximately $3 million in relief funds from the federal and state governments which helped to heal the budget. He hopes to restart hiring this year, especially in the police and fire departments.
 
Berger points to a number of successes this past year: keeping most of the city workers healthy, partnering with the Mental Health Board on a community navigator to help people with opioid problems; collaborating with agencies that serve with to create a Youth Commission whose pilot project is after-school programs at North Middle School and St. Gerard's; the grade separation and roundabout on Bellefontaine Avenue; the installation of an underground sewer overflow tank at Simmons Field; the revitalization going on in downtown Lima; and the diversification of city boards and commissions.
 
So what is the greatest achievement of his years as mayor of Lima? "I'm still married." Berger thanked his family for supporting him during the long hours and challenges of the past 32 years.

Also at Monday's meeting, Tracie Sanchez gave an update on the Greater Lima Region Amphitheater and Park. The club has raised $2.4 million of its original $2.5 million goal. The architectural and engineering plans are being completed now, then the committee will go out to bid to select the contractor. The estimated construction cost is $2.8 million due to the expanded vision of the park since its initial conception. The local arts community has been a valuable partner in this project and, with their input, we have upgraded the stage capabilities to include professional sound, lighting and video screens, as well as a backstage area. It is hoped that construction will begin this spring or summer.
 
 
 
 
 
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Social Night
We had a great time at the Lima Rotary social night!
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Interact
The Bath High School Interact Club volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank on Monday, January 18th, a national day of service.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is known as a day β€œon” not a day β€œoff” and the Interact Club has made it an annual event to serve at the West Ohio Food Bank every MLK day. 17 Interact members helped pack senior boxes and backpacks for the food bank. This is an event our kids look forward to every year. 
 
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Instagram
The Lima Rotary Club is now on Instagram. Please follow us at https://www.instagram.com/limarotary/ for all the latest from your club!
Accountability and Inclusion
Throughout 2020-2021, Rotary will host a webinar series to explore diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Registration will be announced eight weeks prior to each webinar, and recordings will be posted here. Topics are subject to change. Click here for the flyer to learn more.
 
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