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Oct 11, 2017
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Oct 12, 2017
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Oct 14, 2017
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Oct 24, 2017
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The Scoop - May 22, 2017
Goodwill and Easter Seals serve overlapping populations.
The regional merger of Goodwill and Easter Seals makes sense because the two organizations serve overlapping populations, Goodwill/Easter Seals of Miami Valley President and CEO Lance Detrick told Rotary Monday.
In Ohio, one in five people have a disability. Also, one in six is living in poverty, Detrick said. Merging those two populations, one in four people with a disability lives in poverty. Goodwill helps people find jobs and overcome barriers to employment, and Easter Seals helps people with disabilities.
The two groups have a long history in Allen County. Easter Seals of West Central Ohio merged with Miami Valley in 1991, and Goodwill in Lima merged with Easter Seals of Miami Valley in 2009. While both are national organizations, there are 162 local Goodwills in the United States and Canada, and only six are affiliated with Easter Seals.
In 2016, the merged organization built a West Central Ohio regional headquarters and Goodwill retail site on Allentown Road.
“Opening that facility gives us a stronger presence here,” said Detrick, who is a Dayton Rotary Club member.
The merged group works in the region on job placement services and disability services, such as training a person with vision impairments how to use a cane.
Detrick said the organization is motivated by three things about the people they serve:
People want to help themselves, and Goodwill Easter Seals helps with a hand up;
Even when people need assistance, they want to do as much as they can for themselves;
People want choices and to make their own decisions.
In other business:
The Scholarship Committee awarded another round of $1,000 scholarships, bringing the historical total of 894 in the 16 years of the program funded largely by the golf outing.
New members Beth Seibert, Sharon Ewing, Jane Campbell, and Mindy Schulz were introduced to the club.
The Scoop - May 15, 2017
Autonomous vehicles are headed to our region soon.
Autonomous vehicles are being piloted already in Allen County, Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 Kirk Slusher said Monday, and many more are coming.
By 2021, every car manufacturer will be selling autonomous vehicles, Slusher said. Over the next 20 to 30 years, the American driver will see significant change on the road and how they drive.
“They’re here, and you’re going to see them coming at a rapid pace,” Slusher said.
Many cars sold now already include features of autonomous vehicles, for example,  lane departure detection and speed control. The first places the public will notice the autonomous vehicles will be larger cities, in public transportation systems, and private transportation companies, such as Uber.
“You’ll be hailing a driverless vehicle,” Slusher said. “The car could still have a ‘driver,’ but they won’t be driving.”
U.S. Route 33, from Lima to Columbus, is one of three state pilot projects this summer, preparing roads and infrastructure for driverless vehicles. The stretch will be wifi-enabled, and a fiber network will be added to the median, allowing vehicles to “talk” to one another and the road.
Slusher also talked about road and driving safety, saying the number of accidents is climbing at a time when cars and roads are safer than ever. Ohio saw 330,000 accidents last year, many of them because of distracted drivers.
“We have a serious problem with driver distraction,” Slusher said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is increasing awareness of the issue with a safe driving pledge drivers can make, saying they won’t drive distracted.
Slusher also discussed spring and summer construction projects in the region. Allen County is relatively quiet compared to the previous years of Interstate 75 work that is now complete, Slusher said. Work on I-75 continues in Hancock County. Allen County’s work consists mainly of culvert replacements and two bridge deck replacements on 75, at Bentley Road and Napoleon Road.
In other Rotary business:
Harold Bischoff reminded members the MESA bike ride is June 1-6, and members can donate pledges to riders. The ride raises more than half of MESA’s operating revenue.
The next social meeting will be May 23 at The Met.
Color Run
We had a fabulous time at the 3K Color Run!
The UNOH Rotaract Club has done a spectacular job this past year!  It was their first year as a chartered Rotary International organization and the Lima Rotary Club is proud of all they have accomplished.  They are reported to be the largest club on campus, and as anyone knows who has attended a club meeting at which some of their members were in attendance, they are a multi-national club of students from all over the world.
Led by President Nina Nikolic, the club was very active in the Lima community and completed the Spring semester by holding the first annual 3K Color Run.  It was estimated that more than 170 people from the local community participated.  Money raised in the event will be used to help in the fight against Opiate addiction.  More information with results of this terrific effort will be made available in the near future.
Thanks to the UNOH Rotaract Club and all that they have done in the Lima community.  It’s been a great year!
(Photo courtesy of Levi Morman of The Lima News)
Movies In The Park
The Lima Rotary Club is pleased to hosting a summer series of family films in pop-up locations throughout Lima. Please tell your friends, and join us for these free movies! We're showing Pitch Perfect at Stadium Park next to Lima Senior on July 21 at 8:00, and Gravity at the Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park on July 28 at 8:00.
We had a fantastic crowd for last week's showing of Beauty & The Beast!
Stadium Park
The Lima Rotary Club is proud to have helped at the dedication of Stadium Park!
MESA Bike Ride
The MESA Bike Tour is June 2-6 across northwest Ohio. This year's goal is $55,000, all of which supports Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad. Please contact Harold Bischoff at to donate, or fill out this form and bring it to the next Rotary meeting.
Picture Days
The next picture day is June 12.
Photographer extraordinaire Michael Ayers will have his second picture day on June 12 from 11:30-12:00.  So if you need a new Rotary photo, please make plans to see him prior to the meeting.
Rotary Day at the Lima Locos is June 24 at 7:00pm when the Locos take on the Cincinnati Steam. See President Dave for your free tickets. Rain date is July 23.
Fair Parade
The Lima Rotary Club is planning to march in the Allen County Fair Parade on Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 pm. Please join us! Contact Peggy Ehora if you'd like to walk or ride.
The Lima Rotary Club is excited to be sponsoring the Rally in the Square on August 18 with the band Somebody's Kids. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Jim Osmon.