Upcoming Events
Social Hour
The Met
Oct 23, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fall Blood Clinic
Senior Citizen Services
Nov 03, 2018
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Oct 01, 2018 12:00 PM
State Fire Marshal
Oct 08, 2018 12:00 PM
A Dam Story
Oct 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Oct 22, 2018 12:00 PM
Oct 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Nov 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Do You Believe in Rock and Roll?
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The Scoop - September 24, 2018
What a romantic day at Rotary!
Berlin Carroll's fellowship is one no one in attendance will ever forget. He asked Adah Ellerbrock to come to the stage, brought out his mother's engagement ring, got down on one knee and proposed to her! Of course, Adah said yes. Congratulations to the happy couple! You can watch the proposal through this link:
Also at Rotary, Jill Ackerman told us about the new artificial intelligence software that the Lima City Schools will soon begin using. It's called Watson Classroom, developed by IBM. Crews spent two months entering all data the school system has on its students. Now teachers and faculty can pull up detailed information about students with the touch of a button."Watson will turn data into insights that lead to decision making," says Ackerman. She says they have struggled for years to take all their data and use it to help students achieve, and she expects Watson to help them boost productivity and improve the students' learning. Teachers will initially use Watson for 5th through 8th grade students but Ackerman hopes to expand the software to all students. The Lima City School District is one of ten districts around the country trying the software as part of a pilot program.
The Scoop - September 17, 2018
RTA ridership is increasing as funding is decreasing.
The Lima/Allen County RTA served almost 400,000 people in 2017. Director Shelia Haney told us that ridership is increasing, but at the same time, funding is going down. She says the RTA works to serve the entire community by running routes to all corners of the county, by providing services to the elderly and disabled, to schools, and to industrial parks to help people get to work. However, funding has decreased 30% in the past five years. To make ends meet, they have eliminated some routes and have cut back on maintenance. "We need sustainable, dedicated funding to ensure continued operation of the RTA," says Haney. As a result, the RTA is planning to put a .1% sales tax levy on the ballot in the spring.
Bath High School Interact continues to grow!
114 students grades 9-12 attended the second meeting of the Bath High School Interact Club. Three years ago we met in a small classroom, we now meet in the HS auditorium. The growth of the club has been really exciting!
So far this year we have purchased and distributed pom-poms to boost school spirit and we are also attending athletic events which draw less of a crowd (such as volleyball, golf, etc.) to encourage and inspire the participants.
Now that “Yes Fest,” which was a HUGE success, is behind us, we are now starting to make plans for our service projects. We are in the early stages of a project with the Equestrian Therapy Program, and are planning another hygiene barrel drive with the West Ohio Food Bank.
On October 3rd we will be walking in the Bath High School Homecoming Parade on its way to the bonfire to cheer on our Wildcats! The parade gets underway at 7:00 P.M. so come out and watch us! (We will also be throwing some goodies to
the crowd!)
Finally, keep an eye on our social media accounts and look for the hashtag #ArriveAlive as we plan to send safe driving reminders to the students and community as we head up to our Homecoming on October 6, 2018.
Fall Blood Clinic
Don't miss the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic November 3.
The Fall Blood Clinic is a great opportunity to check your health through low cost blood screenings provided by Lima Memorial Health System Laboratory Services. The clinic also raises money for the many service projects supported by our club through the Lima Rotary Foundation, so tell all your friends about this wonderful service. The clinic runs from 6:30-9:30am at Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm Street.
MESA is doing amazing work!

Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA) held its monthly meeting at its warehouse in Fostoria. The MESA Bike Tour was the most successful ever. Great news: there's only one more payment on the warehouse! A shipment of medical and other equipment was sent to Nigeria last week. The "tariffs" are creating a problem getting containers. RCI has a shipment waiting to go. Some roof issues are being taken care of. Some signage and outside painting will soon be undertaken.

District 6600 Rotary Clubs are encouraged to schedule a MESA presentation in the near future.

The preceding is but a sample of the exciting items discussed. If you are a Rotarian in District 6600, you are automatically a member of MESA! Come to a meeting on the the third Thursday of the month at the warehouse.