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Feb 17, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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Vino Bellissimo
Feb 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
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The Met
Mar 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tour Apollo Career Center
Apollo Career Center
Apr 03, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Feb 19, 2018
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Reverse Raffle
We're making deals on the last few reverse raffle tickets!
We have just a few tickets left for the Lima Rotary Club's reverse raffle Saturday night and we're dealing to make them go fast! 
$75 for a 2nd ticket 
$100 a ticket if you are not attending but want to support the Foundation & a chance to win $5,000.
Call 419-229-5736 for tickets now!
Paul Yessenow
It is with a heavy heart that I inform the Club that fellow Rotarian Paul Yessenow passed away February 9.  We will miss his witty sense of humor!

Paul Yessenow, 92, died at 10:20 a.m. Feb. 9, 2018, at his residence. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Burial will be in Shaare Zedek Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The Scoop - February 12, 2018
Rotary celebrates American Heart Month.
Lima Rotary Club celebrated American Heart Month with a fun program from Dr. Pamela Gardner and learning hands-only CPR.
Gardner is a cardiology specialist with the Heart Institute of Northwest Ohio.
Hands-only CPR can save lives. Many people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work, or a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene, according to the American Heart Association. What to do? If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast with both hands in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute. Immediate CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival.
Why a song? People feel more confident performing Hands-Only CPR and are more likely to remember the correct rate when trained to the beat of a familiar song. Song examples include “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira” or “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.
Gardner brought hands-only CPR dummies for Rotarians to practice.
How can you celebrate American Heart Month? The American Heart Association suggests Life’s Simple 7:
  1. Get active
  2. Control cholesterol
  3. Eat better
  4. Manage blood pressure
  5. Lose weight
  6. Reduce blood sugar
  7. Don’t smoke.
Also during the meeting, Teresa Schnipke's husband, Terry Schnipke, entertained us with the details of his run in last year's Boston Marathon.
In other Rotary business:
The club continues to sell Reverse Raffle tickets. We have 55 tickets left for Saturday night and we're dealing to make them go fast. If you purchased an original ticket, you can buy a second ticket for $75. You can also purchase a ticket for $100 if you are not attending but want to support the Foundation and a chance to win $5,000. Call 419-229-5736 for tickets.
MESA has a work day planned at the warehouse in Fostoria on February 24. Contact Scott Salyers 419-348-7719 if interested in volunteering your time.
The Scoop - February 5, 2018
Human trafficking is a global issue with local response.
Human trafficking is happening here in the Lima community, as well as across the country, and it takes many forms, said Kathryn Farmer, with Crime Victim Services of Allen and Putnam Counties.
Farmer, Rape Crisis, Prevention, Human Trafficking Director with the agency, marked Human Trafficking Awareness Month by speaking with Lima Rotary Club about how people become victims of human trafficking and the various reasons people are trafficked.
Crime Victim Services has worked with more than 100 survivors of trafficking since 2012. Globally, more than 40 million people are trafficked, with 70 percent being women and children. Some people are victims of sex trafficking, while others are victims of labor trafficking, such as working long hours without pay in hotels or nail salons. Many times people are victims of fraud: They are sold a story about a job or education, but when they arrive in a new country, they are forced into labor and sex acts, Farmer said.
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act defines “severe forms of trafficking in persons” as:
a. sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or,
b. the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or ob­taining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Farmer talked about the difficulty of victims leaving their situations, even in the rare circumstances that they are able. Trafficking victims suffer significant brain trauma, and it affects their decision making. Certain parts of the brain shut down, and the part that remains functioning is much more about how to survive at a basic level day to day, she said.
Northwest Ohio is fortunate to have so many agencies working in partnership to address the issue, both in trying to stop it, provide a law enforcement response to it, and providing support for victims, Farmer said.
Crime Victim Services (CVS) is a United Way based victim support program. CVS began in 1981 in Allen County as the second Victim Offender Mediation Program in the U.S., expanding to comprehensive victim services in 1985. The Putnam County office began in 1990, and is Ohio's only county with all victim services at one facility.  The Family Justice Center for domestic violence victims in Putnam County opened in 2007.
For assistance in Allen County call 1-877-867-7273 or visit
In other Rotary business:
David Runk presented Dr. Susan Hubbell with a Paul Harris plus two status.
Lima Rotary Foundation presented $5,000 to MESA, $2,500 to Allen Lima Youth Leadership, and $1,000 to Family Promise of Lima/Allen County.
The Bath High School Interact Club has been busy!
Our Bath High School Interact Club hosted the annual Sadie Hawkins Dance last Saturday night. This was a safe and fun social event for the students in attendance. Special thanks to Lima Rotarians Marc Bowker, Carl Berger, and Dave Cockrell for their donations to help keep costs down.
Also, Interact voted to donate $50.00 to the Lima Rotary Club’s 2018 Polio Plus drive. The money was raised at the recent Father/Daughter Dance which was hosted by the club members.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the February 13th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                        
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:30 AM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Dr. Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, and Paul Swartz.  Also present were Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown
Secretary’s Report                              Rita Brown
Ackerman made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 9, 2018, Board Meeting as submitted. Sarno seconded the motion.   Board approved. 
Attendance report
During the month of January 2018, we had no new members with one resignation and ended the month with 167 members.  Attendance was at 42.37%.  
President's Report Tracie Sanchez
Allen County Safe Community Campaign 
The Campaign is called “Click It or Ticket.”  On May 14, 2018, the Campaign Organizers will assemble in front of the Civic Center and are asking Rotarians to join them.  Chief Joe Kitchen and the local leader of the State Highway Patrol will speak briefly at the Rotary Meeting. 
Lima Locos Rotary Night – Summer 2018
This is the 3rd and final year of a contract signed with the Locos for Rotary Night at the Park.  We will need to pick a date for the outing.  The Club will receive 50 free tickets and can select someone to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch. 
Apollo Tour April 3rd.
The Lima Rotary Club will do a tour of Apollo on April 3, 2018 from 4 - 6:30 PM for 50 people.  The Culinary Arts students will serve food.  Apollo will be sending invitations for the event.  It was suggested golf carts be available for members who would prefer riding.
The Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will be held June 13th.  Andy Wannemacher will head up the event again.
Ballot for new Board 2018-2019
Rotary Board of Directors candidates include:
  • Steve Barker
  • George Diller
  • Peggy Ehora
  • John Ficorilli
  • Alberta Lee
  • Theresa Schnipke
Foundation Board of Trustees candidates include:
  • Rich Dackin
  • Lesley Fry
  • Tracey Regula
  • Bob Ruehl
  • Beth Seibert
  • Derek Stemen
  • Joe Watson
Hubbell made a motion to approve the two slates of candidates as submitted.   Ackerman seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Joint Board meeting with Foundation March
The two Boards will be meeting on March 13, 2018.  Agenda items will include:
  1. Announcing  the New Members elected to the Boards
  2. Reports from the Presidents of the Foundation and the Board
  3. Reports from the Treasurers of each Board
  4. Annual Meeting Preparation and Discussion
  1. Fund Raisers and Projects
  2. Agenda Items for the Annual Meeting
The Board recognized the service of former Lima Rotarian Paul Yessenow who passed on February 9, 2018.
President Elect Report                                        Paul Swartz
World Polio Day  
The auctions are continuing with every slot on the agenda filled.   With President’s Day and the Arts Advocacy Luncheon, the next auction will be March 5th
Board Reports: (any updates to report)                                                                         
4-way speech/essay                                            Jill Ackerman
The Speech Contest is set for March 3, 2018. Plans have been finalized but a few more volunteers are needed.
Reverse Raffle                                                      David Frost
Plans are in place for the event with great auction items available.   Set up will be done on Friday afternoon February 16, 2018.  Nine Rotaract students are attending to help with the event.  
New Business                                                       Rita Brown                                           
A resignation request was received from Jon Rockhold.  Hubbell made a motion to accept the resignation with regret.  Metzger seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Applications were received from:
  • Nate Garlock
  • Rhonda McKinley
  • Charles Leidy for reinstatement as an active member.  Charles resigned in January 2018 but decided to return to active status. 
Frost made a motion to approve the applications as submitted.  Crow seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Member Orientation will be held on Thursday March 1st for Berlin Carroll II, Joshua Parker, Julie Bassitt, Rhonda McKinley and Nate Garlock.   
There being no further business, Sanchez adjourned the meeting at 12:20 PM. 
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Social Hour
Join us for Social Hour on February 27, sponsored by Jodie Robinson.
Come "flamingle" with Shawnee Living Magazine, which is sponsoring the upcoming Rotary Social Hour on February 27th at the business of one of its residents, Vino Bellissimo. There'll be Sara's Sweets flamingo cupcakes, Marc at Vino will be providing flamingle themed food, Jodie  will have door prizes from some of her magazine's business partners, and there will be fun activities.
Please wear something pink to go with the theme and make a $5 donation to WOCAP for our homeless project.

MESA has a work day planned at the warehouse in Fostoria on February 24th .  Please contact Scott Salyers 419-348-7719 if interested in volunteering your time.
World Water Day
World Water Day is March 22.
The UN designated day to bring attention to the importance of clean water, sanitation and hygiene is approaching. The UN theme this year is "The Answer is in Nature", encouraging nature-based solutions to the current water challenges. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 is that by 2030 everyone has access to safe water. This target includes protecting natural environments and reducing pollution. 
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Happy 50th birthday to Rotaract!
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