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Field of Dreams
The Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH becomes reality.
The ribbon was cut on the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH on Thursday. The Lima Rotary Club was proud to provide $100,000 toward the cost of this handicapped accessible ball field as a celebration of the club's 100th anniversary.  More than 100 children ages 4-21 currently play in the Abilities Ball League and now that they have their own field, the plan is to expand the league for adult play as well. Thanks to everyone involved for making this wonderful community project possible!
The Scoop - October 9, 2017
Lima Refinery is preparing for the future with crude flexibility.
Husky Energy Lima Refinery is an integral part of the company’s overall business, and is planning for the future, refinery manager Jerry Miller told the club Monday. Miller, Vice President for U.S. Refining and manager of the Lima Refinery, explained that Husky is really two businesses, offshore exploration and the integrated corridor. Lima fits into that corridor, Miller said. The refinery can receive many kinds of feedstock from multiple sources across North America and then turn that feedstock into products that are also sent to many kinds of customers around the Midwest.
Lima and the Toledo Refinery, jointly owned by BP and Husky, process 275,000 barrels a day, 90 percent of that turning into transportation fuel.
Husky’s customers include some well known brands, such as Meijer, Kroger, UPS. The company also supplies jet fuel to domestic and commercial airlines and shippers.
The Lima Refinery, operating since 1886, is also preparing for the future with a crude oil flexibility project. While Lima was built to process primarily light, sweet crude oil, the project will provide feedstock flexibility, Miller said, meaning that Lima will be able process other kinds of crude from Western Canada, Miller said.
In other business Monday, new members were inducted into the club. They are:
  • Dave Brown, sponsored by Joe Kitchen
  • Adah Ellerbrock, sponsored by Heather Rutz
  • Tasha Sheipline, sponsored by Judy Wells
  • Russ Thomas, sponsored by Joe Patton and Mike Powell
  • Alison Van Gorder, sponsored by Jill Ackerman and Heather Rutz
  • Jim Wilder, sponsored by George Diller
The Scoop - October 2, 2017
Dominion's new facility is under construction.
The new Jackson Street building project means Dominion Energy will serve the region from its roots in downtown Lima, Peggy Ehora told the club Monday.
The two-phase, $16 million project will be complete in 2018. Crews hope to have the buildings enclosed by early winter to allow work on the inside through the weather, said Ehora, external affairs manager for the Dominion’s West Central Ohio region.
Locally, Dominion traces its roots to the Lima Gas Light Company, established in the late 1800s. The iconic building at 319 (now Golden Bridge Academy) opened in 1929. The Jackson Street plant has operated since 1910, Ehora said, and much of the facility is showing its age. Over the past few years, talk of renovating the administration and maintenance buildings turned to building new. Dominion worked with the city to keep the complex in the city and work began planning how to build new on basically the same site as the company operated, Ehora said.
About 50 people work at the Jackson Street site and cover an 11-county area out of that office. Technology has certainly changed operations. Ehora contrasted early Model Ts with current bucket trucks and pickup trucks. Thirty years ago, 10 meter readers serviced the area and today that job is done by one person, who only occasionally has to leave her vehicle to do a manual reading.
The site includes 23 assembled properties, most of which had to be acquired. Some Dominion purchased and others were acquired through the city’s Land Bank. The groundbreaking was held June 27 and the utility company is using lots of local contractors such as Tuttle Construction and Smith-Boughan.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the project,” Ehora said. “We’re staying where we’ve always been and happy to be downtown.”
In other Rotary business:
Happy Dollars on Monday were earmarked for the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund.
The club presented a check for $1,073 to the West Central Ohio American Red Cross, from Rottery proceeds.
The Paul Harris Fellow designation was presented to Curtis Shepherd.
We had a great time at Books, Brews & Blues Wednesday night and collected a lot of books for local literacy efforts.
On October 5, 2017 Rotary President Tracie Sanchez spoke to the Bath High School Interact Club. She talked about the value of serving the community as well as how she uses the Rotary 4-Way Test in her daily life. At the conclusion of the meeting, she presented each member with a gold Rotary 4-Way Test coin.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the October 10 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                      Tracie Sanchez
President Sanchez called the meeting together at 11:30 AM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Dave Frost, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz, Jeff Tracy, and Ann Decker.   Also attending was Rita Brown, Club Secretary. 
Secretary’s ReportRita Brown
Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance report for the month of September 2017.  The month ended with 170 members and 47.25% attendance.  Six new members joined the club on Monday October 9, 2017 and three are resigning this month. 
President’s Report                                          Tracie Sanchez
Abilities Field Donor Celebration & Ribbon Cutting. 
A donor appreciation and ribbon cutting celebration will be held Thursday October 12, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:30.  The event will begin at 4:30 with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony being held at 5 PM.  A cookout at the field will follow.  The Public is invited to attend. 
West Ohio Food Bank opportunity 
Sanchez met with Executive Director of the Food Bank Linda Hamilton.  The Rotary Club will hold a staples drive each week at the club meetings during the month of November.  The kick-off will be the last Monday in October.  Also Club Members and family members are invited to volunteer at the Food Bank.  Anyone over ten years of age can participate.  The Bath Interact Club is planning to volunteer.  Sign-up sheets will be available for those wishing to participate. 
District Governor Joint Board meeting Nov. 6th
The next Rotary Club Board of Directors meeting will be a joint meeting with the Rotary Foundation Board and with District Governor Deb Cheney.  The joint meeting will be held Monday November 6th at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center starting at 10:30 AM and will be completed by the time of the regular Club Meeting.  After the meeting, Sanchez will provide a tour of Lima Rotary Club’s Community Projects for the District Governor. 
President Elect ReportPaul Swartz
Swartz indicated October 23, 2017 is World Polio Day.  Lima Rotarian Dr Susan Hubbell will speak and will bring one of her patients who was a former polio victim.  Mayor Berger will present a World Polio Day Proclamation at the Club Meeting and the End Polio Flag will be flying in the Square.  Pizza for Polio, prepared by the Milano Café, will be served for lunch.  A Polio Plus Box to collect spare change from members for Polio Plus will be placed at the Sergeant-At-Arms Desk. 
Vice President ReportKen Dysert – presented by Sanchez
Fall Blood Clinic Saturday November 4,, 2017.
The large Rotary inflatable balloon will be placed outside the back doors of the Center which is the entrance site to the Blood Clinic.  Applications will be available on-line on the Rotary website to allow those attending to complete the applications before attending. 
Board Reports
Special Needs Christmas PartyDr. Susan Hubbell – presented by Sanchez
The event will be held Saturday December 9, 2017 at Shawnee United Methodist Church on Zurmehly Road.  The first meeting of the Committee will be Monday October 16, 2017.
Membership ideas                                           David Frost
Frost stated the Membership Committee continues to meet.  They placed sign-up sheets on tables and received a few leads which they are following up with.  Frost stated they will continue to work with new members to move them to their Blue Badges. 
Presidential citation. 
For the fiscal year 2016-2017, the Lima Rotary Club, the UNOH Rotarac Club and the Bath Interact Club all received Presidential Citations from Rotary International.  To-date the citations have not been received.  District Governor Deb Cheney will have them in two weeks. 
Riverwalk signage                                                            Anne Decker
Decker reported the new signs will be completed by Friday October 13, 2017.  Decker will work with City Parks Director Ric Stolly to have them erected in the three selected locations along the Riverwalk. 
Dictionary Distribution/ 4-way speech/essay       Jill Ackerman
Ackerman stated Rotarian Dave Cockerel is in charge and will do the distribution to all schools on the same day – Tuesday October 24, 2017.
Essay and Speech
Ackerman will meet in November with the Allen County School Superintendents.  At that time, they will select a date for the contest. The Rotary Board will partner equally with the Scholarship Committee and prizes will be awarded this year in the following amounts:
Speech Contest                                                                Essay Contest
1st Place              $300                                                       1st Place               $200
2nd Place              $150                                                       2nd Place              $100
3rd Place               $  50                                                       3rd Place               $  50
Sarno made a motion to approve the amounts as stated.  Frost seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Salvation Army bell ringing                                            Presented by Sanchez
Rotarian Drew Fields is currently organizing the event which will be held Saturday December 16, 2017. The Rotary Club will man the kettles at the Lima Mall.  The event will be expanded to include ToysRUs and perhaps other locations. 
Books, Brews, Blues/Ghost Tour/Husky Tour/     Cat Sarno
Sarno reported the Books, Brews and Blues event will be held Wednesday night October 11, 2017.
The Ghost Tour is sold out and the Husky Tour is sold out with a few people on the waiting list. 
                New Business:                                                                   Rita Brown
Resignations- Janice Quatman, Thom Holmes/Jeff Gast                 
Resignations have been received from Janice Quatman, Thomas Holmes and Jeff Gast.  Tracy made a motion to approve the resignations with regret.  Metzger seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Application to be reinstated.
Lima Rotarian Jon Rockhold resigned in September 2017 but has asked to be reinstated.  Tracy made a motion to approve the reinstatement and Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There being no further business, Tracy made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:48 PM.  Frost seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Respectfully submitted,
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
We need your help for the MESA Warehouse cleanup in Fostoria, OH on October 21st from 9-1.  If interested in volunteering please contact Catheryn Sarno or Tracie Sanchez.
Dictionary Distribution
Dictionary Distribution is October 24 & 25, when we'll be presenting free dictionaries to third graders in Allen County. 

In maintaining the long standing tradition of our club we will be distributing dictionaries to the third grade students in Lima and Allen County on Tuesday 10/24 ( we will also be doing a few schools on Wednesday 10/25 due to conflicts). This year we will be visiting 13 elementary schools and passing out close to 1,000 books in their classrooms. We continue to need volunteers to assist in the effort. This event is not only worthwhile but a fun event as the children are excited when they receive their books. Please feel free to contact Dave Cockerell if you like to assist: 419-296-5862 or

Polio Day
Be sure to attend Rotary on October 23rd for World Polio Day.
World Polio Day will be celebrated at our October 23rd Monday meeting.  We will be having pizza for polio and piggy for polio for everyone to leave their loose change to go toward Polio Plus.  Dr. Hubbell will be speaking about polio and sharing a patient’s story. Our polio flag will also be hung in Lima's Town Square.
We are holding a personal hygiene drive for the West Ohio Food Bank for the month of November. They are looking for hygiene items, laundry soaps, diapers, etc.  We will also be doing some volunteer hours at the Food Bank to help pack boxes. 
Blood Clinic
The Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic is November 4 at Senior Citizen Services. We're teaming up with Lima Memorial Health System to offer low cost blood screenings. Download the registration form under the Forms tab on
Giving Thanks
Lima Rotary is a sponsor of the Giving Thanks Luncheon on November 21st from 11-12:30 at the Civic Center.  All community members are invited.  This is a free luncheon. 
Willard Auction
The Rotary Club of Willard's oneline auction begins November 11.
Rotary Club of Willard
Our auction date is fast approaching!
The 2017 Rotary Club of Willard Auction opens for bidding on November 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM EST Time.

Our goal this year is to raise $6000. We need your support! This is an exciting and fun way to help us, and at the same time have a chance to win cool items!
We'll be adding new items to our auction for you to preview as the auction date approaches. Check back often to see what's new. Feel free to place a Watch on your favorites, so that you'll know as soon as bidding begins!

Many items added in the next few weeks!

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Certificate is good for 1 overnight stay at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Oh. Also included is 2 - $25 gift certificates good at the Salmon Run Restaurant at Sawmill. ($50 total valid only at Salmon Run) All are valid until 9/12/2018. Includes 2...
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