Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Hollander
Dec 21, 2022
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Dec 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Dec 19, 2022 11:30 AM
Dec 26, 2022
Merry Christmas!
Jan 02, 2023
Happy New Year!
Jan 09, 2023 12:00 PM
Cultivating a Gritty Culture
Jan 16, 2023
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Jan 23, 2023 12:00 PM
Jan 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Buckeye Chuck - Ohio's Groundhog
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Special Needs Christmas Party
There's nothing more heartwarming than the smiles on the faces of the children at the Lima Rotary Club's Special Needs Christmas Party. Thank you to everyone who made it such a huge success!
Food Boxes
The Lima Rotary Club is excited to host a service project during our upcoming club meeting. On Monday, December 12th, Rotarians will help pack food boxes for the West Ohio Food Bank's Senior Box program. This program provides supplemental food to seniors who are in need in the county. Join us as we give back to our community.  
The Scoop - December 5, 2022
The Equestrian Therapy Program celebrates 40 years with new programs.
The Equestrian Therapy Program was founded in 1982 by Joe and Ann Fassett and Bev Thompson to provide therapeutic horseback riding to improve the student’s cognitive, emotional, and physical wellbeing. ETP Executive Director Michele Andrews-Sabol explained that horseback riding is great exercise; it strengthens muscles, improves balance, coordination and blood circulation and increases range of motion. Riding has proven effective as recreational therapy in the treatment of various disabilities including: cerebral palsy, autism, Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy and more. She says riding is particularly beneficial for students with impaired motor function. The movement of the horse both relaxes and stimulates unused muscles, building muscle tone and improving coordination and balance. ETP has launched new equine assisted learning programs: Team Building and Leadership Skills, Horse Powered Reading, Horse Powered Math and Stable Moments, all of which use horses to help students learn and gain confidence.

Also Monday, we presented our quarterly scholarship to eleven non-traditional students who are attending institutes of higher learning in Allen County. Currently, the scholarship program has awarded scholarships totaling $890,250. Congratulations to the winners!
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
Christmas is approaching fast, during the hustle of the holidays we are calling all Rotarians to join us for a night of casual fun. The Hollander will be hosting us December 21st from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.. Get that wrapping done so you can come and enjoy a night of good food and drinks with friends!
Please RSVP to Demi Burden

Looking for real impact? Get involved in WASH in Health Care Facilities - reduce infections, prevent avoidable deaths!

Covid persists. Ebola emerges again. Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) threaten thousands—all indicate lack of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in our hospitals and healthcare facilities.
A recent (August 2022) report from the World Health Organization and UNICEF states:
·      850 million people use health care facilities with no water!
·      780 million use hospitals and clinics with no toilets or latrines.
·      A quarter of all health care facilities have no basic water service.
·      1 in 3 health care facilities lack handwashing facilities at the point of care—in the delivery room or surgery-depriving 385 billion people of basic hygiene service!.
The consequences are staggering:
·      About 1 in 10 patients get infections in hospital, leading to severe illness or death.
·      300,000 maternal deaths a year result from infections acquired in a healthcare            facility
·      About 600,000 infants die each year from infections that can be prevented by using soap and water.
The World Health Assembly is calling for action:
Every health care facility (HCF) to have WASH services by 2030!
A survey of 1.1 million women from 114 countries on healthcare tells us that Water and Sanitation are second only to respectful care.  They want clean toilets in maternity wards. They want soap and water to wash themselves and their babies after birth.’ 
As people of action, Rotary members can create awareness of WASH in healthcare facilities. We can mobilise resources and partners to tackle those needs.
Rotary clubs are the heart of our communities. We can lead our communities to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities. 
Where to start?
1.    Rotarians in developing countries: visit your local healthcare facility. Meet the senior administrator, talk to the nurses and medical staff, inspect the wards, especially maternity and birthing wards, look at the toilets, check for handwashing facilities—are soap and water readily accessible.
In short, size up the situation. Would you want a loved one to be a patient there?
2.Then - mobilize the community. Facilitate a meeting of all stakeholders-community leaders, healthcare administrators and workers (especially the women), local health authorities, water and sanitation officials, recent patients and medical professionals.
Listen to what they have to say—help the community to agree on goals, priorities and the persons to lead transformation to a safe healthy environment.
3.Bring the key players together, help them to plan and implement change - safe water supply, toilets, handwashing, organization and capacity building, training, funding and measuring progress.
You are not alone. Ambassadors of WASH-RAG (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rotary Action Group) are ready to help you. So are members of the Rotary Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals.  Call on the Area of Focus Managers and the Cadre of Technical Advisers. The resources you need for a sustainable project are a phone-call away.
Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus
WASH Rotary Action Group
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Connect with prospective members
Every January, we see a big increase in inquiries about joining Rotary. District and club leaders, remember to follow up with these prospective members to ensure that they have a positive experience. You can gain a better understanding of how to turn leads into members by taking the Online Membership Leads course. Use the Refer a new member form if you know someone who might be interested in joining. The updated form allows all Rotary members to refer a prospective member to their own club or to a different club.
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Develop your storytelling skills
Being able to articulate and share your stories with others can be personally fulfilling. Whether it’s a story of why you joined Rotary, an achievement you’re proud of, or a struggle that made you grow in some way, we all have stories that can inspire and connect us with others. Storytelling is a skill that is useful in any setting, and the best part is, you’re the expert on your stories. Through our alliance with Toastmasters, you can hone your skills by visiting a local Toastmasters club and getting feedback on your delivery. Here are some storytelling techniques from our friends at Toastmasters International. Take our Inspirational speech course to learn more. 

Do you have an example of how your storytelling skills helped you achieve a goal or how you got better at telling your story? Tell us about it.
Recognize exemplary service to The Rotary Foundation
The Distinguished Service Award honors individual Rotarians and Rotaractors who have demonstrated exemplary service to the Foundation and who received the Citation for Meritorious Service at least four years previously. Do you know someone like that? Any Rotarian or Rotaractor can nominate a candidate. The nomination period is from 1 January to 28 February. If you have any questions, write to
Colorado Rotary members show how they care
A little care and kindness can help a lot. Read how several members of the Rotary Club of Longmont Twin Peaks, Colorado, USA, and an alpaca helped transform a garden for Mother’s Day and fulfill a wish.
DEI is a difference maker
Mohan Kumar, charter president of the Rotary Club of Bangalore Prime, Karnataka, India, had the opportunity to establish a plan to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in his club. Learn how he is changing mindsets.
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