Golf Outing
Thanks to everyone who turned out to make the 2019 Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing a huge success! 
On a perfect summer day 21 teams took to Hidden Creek Golf Club for the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing to raise money for the Lima Rotary Club's scholarship fund. The First Federal Bank team took first place, Andy Wannemacher's team came in second and Ken Dysert's team was third. The outing raised $43,614 for our scholarship fund.
The Scoop - June 10, 2019
Ohio Northern University works to maintain its high quality.
Quality matters and cost matters. Ohio Northern University President Dr. Daniel DiBiasio told Lima Rotarians that those two points led the university on a 15 month long initiative that will save the campus more than $4 million. "We are proud of our quality at ONU. At the same time there remains abundant challenges that colleges and universities face like stagnant family wages, stock market changes, rising healthcare costs, demographic declines that impact enrollment, just to name a few. The net result is a gap between revenues and expenses that challenge our ability to sustain quality and stay affordable." DiBiasio says they didn't want to raise tuition or uniformly cut all budgets. Instead, they strategically cut expenses through selected and targeted efforts. The result is that ONU is laying off 16 faculty and staff members and discontinuing 10 academic programs as part of its Foundation for Our Future Project. FFP has two goals: "To sustain and enhance the university's excellence, quality, value and reputation, and at the same time, strengthen the university's financial condition for the future."
More than 3,000 students are currently enrolled at Ohio Northern University.
Also at Monday's meeting, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis presented the Lima Rotary Foundation's quarterly grants: 
 - Children’s Developmental Center: $1,680 to add music therapy services to students’ treatment plans
 - Boy Scouts Black Swamp Area Council: $2,680 to fund eight camperships for Lima area youth
 - Star-Spangled Spectacular: $500 sponsorship for the July 4 event
Joy Reichenbach became a Paul Harris Fellow, Scott Shafer was awarded awarded Paul Harris +2 status,  and Rich Rudolph was awarded Paul Harris +3.
We also passed the bucket for the Celina Rotary Club's Tornado Relief Fund and raised $633.
President Paul called for volunteers to help pass out food and clean the warehouse at West Ohio Food Bank on Friday from 1-4. Contact Ben Swartz at 419-231-6567 if you'd like to help.
The Scoop - May 27, 2019
Classroom learning isn't for everyone.

The West Central Learning Academy is a free public high school that offers alternative education to students who are not doing well in a traditional classroom setting. Superintendent Mindy Schulz told us that WCLA serves primarily students at-risk of graduating from high school and/or those who have already dropped out. WCLA also serves students in grades 9-12 who do not meet this criteria, and are desiring a different setting than the traditional public school setting. She says it is an ideal environment for students with health problems, those who are pregnant, or being bullied. WCLA has a blended learning program in which students learn online from home and attend school for face to face instruction with teachers part of the time. WCLA also offers a Drop Out Prevention Recovery Program which allows students, ages 16-22 years old, who have already dropped out or are behind in their credit requirements to complete their education for a high school diploma. Schulz says they have a good track record: for the last two years WCLA's seniors had a 100% graduation rate. They serve about 90 students a year.

Also at Monday's meeting, President Paul told us that construction has begun on the All People's Trail at Kendrick Woods. The Lima Rotary Club is helping to fund this project. 
John Ficorilli also gave us a report from last month's District 6600 Conference. He said that besides being a lot of fun, it was a wonderful place to network and learn more about Rotary.
And Aaron McLaurine told us a little about Soldiers of Honor Boxing Club which encourages children to grow physically, mentally and emotionally through the disciple of boxing. This is another project funded by the Lima Rotary Foundation.

The Lima Rotary Club is volunteering at the West Ohio Food Bank this afternoon from 1:00-4:00.
Join us as we help the West Ohio Food Bank help distribute food to the hungry, pack senior boxes, sort donated food items and give the warehouse a deep cleaning. If you have a heavy duty floor scrubber you'd be willing to let us use, please let us know. Contact Ben Swartz at or text him at 419-231-6567 if you can help.
Movies in the Park
Don't miss The Greatest Showman at the next Movies in the Park on June 21.
MESA Bike Tour
The MESA Bike Tour is underway!
MESA Mortgage Burning
The MESA warehouse has been paid off and a big mortgage burning celebration is planned for June 15.
The Bath High School Interact Club has wrapped up its 2018-2019 year.
The Bath High School Interact Club wrapped up their 2018–2019 year by assisting UNOH Rotaract with their 3K Color Run. 
We will now be taking a break for the summer but are looking forward to a great new year starting this fall. We are looking for opportunities to network our Rotarians with members of our club. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming collaborative projects.
Advisors Joe Kitchen & Missy Vandemark would like to thank the Lima Rotary Club for their support of our students.
Changing of the Guard
Make your reservations now for the Changing of the Guard on July 1.
Celina Tornado Relief
The Celina Rotary has established a Disaster Relief Fund to help the community recover from the April 29 tornado. At Monday's meeting, Lima Rotarians generously donated $633 to the relief effort. Thanks, everyone!

Donations may be sent to:

Celina Rotary Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 22
Celina, Ohio 45822

All donations will benefit those affected by the recent tornadoes in Celina and surrounding areas of Mercer County. Any questions may be sent to Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you for supporting our friends and neighbors. Your gifts and support are greatly appreciated!

 - Deb Hemmelgarn, Celina Rotary President


Don't miss the next Social Hour on June 27.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 11 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                                          Paul Swartz
President Swartz called the meeting to order at 11: 40 AM with the following Board Members present:  John  Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Tracie Sanchez, Cat Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Jeff Tracy, Carol Buettner, Anne Decker.  Also present was Secretary Rita Brown.
       Secretary’s Report                                                                                                                            Rita Brown
      Attendance report
May ended with 168 members.  To-date we are up two members from last year.  The year included 20 sponsored members - 4 women and 16 men.  Attendance for the month was at 40.97%.
President's Report                                                                                                                    Paul Swartz
Board Members                                                                                        
Swartz welcomed new Board Members Carol Buettner, Jeff Fitzgerald and Andy Farley and thanked Tracie  Sanchez,  Jeff Tracy and Dr. Susan Hubbell for their service upon the completion  of their terms.
Small Project Committee Update                                                              
A Small Project Committee will be volunteering at the West OH Food Bank on Friday June 14 from 1 – 4 PM.  Volunteers are still needed.
District Grants Update                                                              
Dick Schroeder is currently writing a District Grant request for funding a portion of the cost of the Amphitheatre. 
Rotary Citation Update                                                               
The Rotary International Citation will again be awarded to the Lima Rotary Club for this past year.  Notification from RI will occur in July 2019.
YP Roundtable                                                                              
Swartz will hold a roundtable in his office during the week of June 17th.   Dysert and Ficorilli, along with staff from Swartz Contracting and members of the Young Professionals will have dialogue regarding their interest in joining the Rotary Club and ways to make joining the club more appealing to them.
Disaster Relief
At the Club Meeting on Monday June 10, $633 was raised from the membership for the victims of the Celina tornado.  The money is being sent to the Celina Rotary Disaster Fund.
Board Reports
  Golf Outing Update                                                                                                                     Jed Metzger
Metzger reported 19 teams will play in the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on Wednesday June 12, 2019.
Blood Clinic Update                                                                                                                       Tracie Sanchez
Sanchez reported the Blood Clinic brought in around the $30,000 range net but until all bills are in and paid, the check presentation to the Foundation can’t be done.
President Elect ReportKen Dysert
EREY Paul Harris       
Dysert has spoken with Club Member Richard Schroeder about educating the club members regarding Every Rotarian Every Year and the EREY process and benefits.  Training session will be held on the first Monday of the month during club meetings.
Committees for the upcoming year.
Committee Chairman have been named.  Club members will be given a Committee Selection form and have an opportunity to get involved and join committees.  The goal is to have 4 – 6 members on each committee.  Dysert will assign the responsibility for the committees to board members
Treasurer Report          Tracie Sanchez
Sanchez reported the checking account at Superior Credit Union has $92,000 in checking.  Liabilities to pay out include: $40,600 for blood clinic as liability;  $2,000 for Foundation in dues;  $5,400 for the scholarship fund;  $11 000 for EREY; $532 for Rottery funds and $1,000 for Movies in the Park.  Profit Loss is ($1,625)
Funds held for Others – Other show (633.00) for the Celina Tornado Victims.  Dysert made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as present.  Metzger seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Business:                                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Changing of the Guard
 The Changing of the Guard Party is scheduled for Monday July 1st at the City Club.  At that time, we will celebrate the past year with Paul Swartz being President and transition to incoming President Ken Dysert.   We will also acknowledge the outstanding contributions and service of other club members.  It is a great way to say thank you to Paul and welcome Ken to his new role.
 New Members
Wayne Kopics, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, sponsored by Julie Bassitt.  He is a former member of the Findlay Rotary Club.  Metzger made a motion to approve the application for membership.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.    
Shelia Haney, RTA CEO submitted her resignation.  Tracy made a motion to accept the request with regret.  Sanchez seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Request for Assistance                                                                                                          Cat Sarno
Sarno reported Club Member Bob Fricke made a request for 20 volunteers to assist during the Allen County Fair on August 21.  The Rotaract Club at UNOH will be approached.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:58 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Reds Game
Join us for Rotary day at the Reds!
Rotary members,  family & friends are invited to spend a day at the Great American Ballpark for Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies on Sunday, July 28th at 1:10pm. 
The $125 per person Fox Sports Club package includes:
Bus ride to the park and back
All-inclusive buffet and soft drinks
Access to indoor club, assigned club level seats
Stacked group seating outside between home and first plate
RSVP to by May 31st to join us for this fun-filled day!

Ada Picnic
Celebrate our nation's birthday with the Ada Rotary Club.
The Ada Rotary Club is hosting its 2nd Summer Picnic at the Ohio Northern University Inn on July 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Following the picnic, you are welcome to stay on campus for the University’s 5h annual Lima Symphony Orchestra Fourth of July Concert! The Inn’s ‘Fresh from the Grill Buffet’:  your choice of bratwurst or USDA prime beef burger (with assorted buns, relish, cheese, pickles, and assorted condiments). Included sides are potato salad and garden salad. Beverages included with the meal are selected from the Inn’s Classic Afternoon Beverage Station (coffee, tea, iced water, iced tea, and lemonade). Cost is $25 per person.  A cash bar will be available.
The 5th Annual Patriotic Concert featuring the Lima Symphony Orchestra begins at 7:00 p.m. on the sculpture mall in front of McIntosh Center. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. This concert, sponsored by ONU and the Lima Symphony Orchestra, is free! In case of inclement weather the concert will move indoors to the University’s King-Horn Athletic Center. Patrons are reminded that even indoors you will need to bring along your lawn chairs or blankets!
To reserve your place, contact: Ada Rotary Club, c/o Rich Meininger, 2230 State Route 81, Ada, Ohio 45810.
For information:  Call 419-634-2642 or email:
June is Rotary Fellowship Month. Learn how to network with people who love to do what you love to do.
Learn more about Rotary at the District Training Assembly.
District Training Assembly will be held on Saturday, June 22nd from 9 am - 3 pm. The day will include keynote speaker Patrick Haratory and a  variety of breakout sessions.  Click here to learn more about the keynote speaker and the breakout sessions. 
WHO:  Club Presidents-Elect, Club Presidents, Club Officers, Club Membership, Public Image, Foundation Chairs, plus future leaders in your club and any engaged Rotarian.
COST:  Free!
WHERE:  Lorain County Joint Vocational School, 15181 State Route 58, Oberlin, OH
REGISTER NOW:  Sign up for the day by clicking here.
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