The Scoop - February 10, 2020
Mayor David Berger says Lima has everything it needs to succeed.
In 2013, James and Deb Fallows took a five year, 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. They wrote their observations in a book called Our Towns. Mayor David Berger based his annual State of the City speech on the book's ten and half signs of civic success: 
  • People work together on possibilities rather than allow political disagreements to keep them apart.
  • Local patriots 
  • Public/private partnerships
  • People know their story
  • They have a downtown
  • They are near a research facility
  • They have and care about a community college
  • They have distinctive schools
  • They make themselves open
  • They have big plans
  • They have craft breweries
Mayor Berger pointed to projects such as the Rotary Community Stage and Park, Rhodes State College's downtown campus, and both hospitals' expansions as well as many other investments as signs that Lima is seeing continuing growth. Regarding the recent triple homicide, Mayor Berger called it "a breathtaking violation of our community. Our attitude about it should be that we cannot allow that kind of behavior to define us. Our attitude about it has to be in fact that we will continue to support those doing business in our community because that is what we want. The city has been engaging on these issues for a long time. We've shut down a number of bars. We have in fact been able to succeed both with challenging the licenses of bar owners but we've also begun to use the nuisance statutes for the city and the state in order to take effective action to make certain that those that are operating businesses in our community in ways that are not safe are held accountable."
Berger says that with the downtown brewery in the works, Lima meets nine and a half of the ten and half signs of civic success. Lima is, "a place that has talent, energy. We are a place that cares for itself and has demonstrated that over time we can take a hit and come back. There are many things that are happening in our community that are positive examples of what can happen when people work together."
Also at Monday's meeting we raised $1,100 for PolioPlus by auctioning off a number of Valentine's Day packages. Thanks to everyone who bid!
The Scoop - February 3, 2020
An accurate census count is vital to local economies.
The United States has been counting its population every ten years since 1790. It's not just for information; a community's population determines how much it receives in federal funding for numerous programs, and it also determines how many US congressmen a state has. Lima/Allen County Complete Count Committee member Sophia Fisher says that our local numbers are going the wrong direction. In 2000, Lima's participation was 76% and Allen County's participation rate was 83%. In the 2010 census, that had dropped to 71% and 78%. "$1,814 is the amount of money lost, not entering a county, for each individual every single year that wasn't counted. We get over $50,000,000 not entering the county every year because we didn't have that full, accurate count of our population."
Lima Chief of Staff Sharetta Smith says there's a big change in the census this year. "The census, for the first year since 1790, will be taken online. Census workers will be out in the field with their mobile apps and starting March 12-20, individuals will begin to receive cards in the mail with a code for them to go online and complete the seven question census." Those without access to computers are being encouraged to visit their local library to complete the census. Census workers will also be visiting the homes of those who don't complete their form to assist them.
US Census Bureau Recruiter Gloria Baughn told us that they are hiring census workers right now. Applications are being taken at
The Bath High School Interact Club has had a busy few weeks. 
On January 20, our club took advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday to participate in the National Day of Service. About 50 of our members volunteered at West Ohio Food Bank. 
On January 27th  The Interact officers attended a regular Rotary meeting to give an update on this year‘s activities as well as upcoming events. 
 On February 1st the club hosted the annual Bath High School Sadie Hawkins dance. The students took care of decorating for the dance and cleaned up after. This isn’t a big moneymaker, but the club did raise a few hundred dollars. 
 On February 7th members of our club volunteered at the annual Tim Tebow Night to Shine event. They assisted with serving dinner at Marimor and helping out with the dance at Lima First Community Church.  Night to Shine is a wonderful event for many of the people in our special needs community.
 The club is doing well and the students are working hard to earn their service hours. We have lots of great events plan for the rest of the year. 
Trivia Night
Join us for Trivia Night!
The Social Committee has scheduled a Rotary event! We are going to field a Rotary team for Trivia Night at J’s on Shawnee Road on February 26th from 7:00 to 9:00pm. Please join us!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the February 11th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                       Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting together at 11:41 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, John Ficorilli, Peggy Ehora, Andy Farley, Jed Metzger, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz, Anne Decker and Club Secretary Rita Brown.  Also Guest Russ Decker attended the meeting.
Attendance report                                                                              Rita Brown
January ended with the total number members at 163 including 4 Honorary Members and 159 Active and Active Corporate Members.  The month included two new members and three resignations.  Attendance averaged 44.42% for the three meetings held during January.  Attendance appears to be picking up!
President's Report                                                                              Ken Dysert                  
Rotary Board of Directors' Candidates
Farley made a motion to approve the following slate of candidates submitted for the Rotary Board of Directors: 
  • Keith Horner
  • Shelly Diepenbrock
  • Craig Kupferberg
  • Sophia Loser
  • Derek Stemen
  • Andy Wannemacher 
Metzger seconded the motion.  Board approved. Terms for the newly elected members will run from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023.
Dysert provided the following slate of candidates for the Lima Rotary Foundation Board as submitted by Lesley Fry, Incoming President of the Foundation.  
  • Russ Decker
  • Chris Hardesty
  • Myron Meas
  • Katy Page
  • Rashawna Perry
  • Mike Powell                                       
Updated Schedule of Events being planned.
  • The Speech and Essay Contest will be held March 30, 2020.                        
  • District Conference will be held May 1-2 Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center.   Please consider attending – even for one day.
  • The first meeting of the Golf Committee for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for February 24, 2020.
  • The next Rotary Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees meeting will be held Tuesday March 10th.  At that time, the newly elected members to each Board will be announced.
  • The Annual Meeting of the Lima Rotary Club will be held on Monday April 20, 2020.   Preparation and Planning for the Meeting are underway.
Board Reports:
Social Committee- updates                                                                 John Ficorilli
The Social Committee Planning is currently underway.  The Club will hold the first Trivia night in March.  Other events being considered include a bunch and having family events during the summer.    
PolioPlus Campaign                                                                            John Ficorilli/ Rita Brown
The PolioPlus Auction held Monday February 10, 2020 went very well and raised $1,110.00. 
New Business: Rita Brown
      Application - Chris Horn, P & G – Sponsor David Runk
Schnipke made a motion to approve his application.  Ehora seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There will be No Club Meeting on Monday February 17, 2020 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
There being no further business, President Dysert adjourned the meeting at 12:35 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
District Newsletter
Have you read the Rotary District 6600 newsletter? There's a whole page on the Bath High School Interact Club!
Down By The Bay
Enjoy the first weekend in May Down By The Bay with Rotary!
Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have extended their fundraising partnership for PolioPlus.
The Gates Foundation will continue matching donations to Rotary’s PolioPlus program 2-1, up to $50 million every year. Whether you're a new Rotary member, or you've been fighting polio for decades - there's a role for you to play in ending this disease. Visit to learn more and donate. Watch Bill Gates's message to us: 
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