Upcoming Events
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
Lima's Wastewater Treatment Plant
May 11, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
District Conference
May 18, 2018 8:00 AM –
May 20, 2018 5:00 PM
Rally in the Square
Town Square
May 18, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MESA Bike Tour
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 05, 2018
Past Presidents' Luncheon
Shawnee Country Club
Jun 06, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
Hidden Creek Golf Club
Jun 13, 2018
Changing of the Guard
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center
Jul 02, 2018
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
May 14, 2018 12:00 PM
May 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Temple of Tolerance
May 28, 2018 12:00 PM
No Meeting
Jun 04, 2018
Bureau of Workers Compensation
Jun 11, 2018
Southside Spartans Boxing
Jun 18, 2018
Jun 25, 2018
Premier Paint & Sip
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
The Scoop - May 7, 2018
Lima Rotary holds pinning ceremonies for young leaders.
Lima Rotary Club hosts dozens of young people Monday from Bath Interact Club and UNOH Rotaract Club, as members of both clubs earned pins for their service.
While the Bath High School club has grown to more than 100 members, the club decided this year that a pin from the club should mean more than just membership, club advisers Joe Kitchen and Missy Vandemark said Monday. Only club members, 36 in all, with 24 hours of service earned pins Monday.
About 13 students represented UNOH Monday, but more in the club couldn’t attend because of conflicts with school classes. Four new members earned pins this year.
Both clubs have grown in number and the kinds of service projects they are taking on, from clothing drives and animal shelter socialization and cage cleaning to dodge ball tournaments and color runs.
In other Rotary business Monday:
The club watched an educational video about the founding and early history of Rotary Club in Chicago.
Rita Brown received her Paul Harris plus two status for giving in support of Paul Harris Fellowship, Annual Fund, and Rotary Foundation. More than 100 members of Lima Rotary Club are Paul Harris fellows, and 45 of those are plus one or higher.
The Scoop - April 30, 2018
Aaron McLaurine is changing lives through boxing.
Boxing teaches skills that can help children deal with life, according to Aaron McLaurine. He told Lima Rotary Club Monday that nearly 250 children a week attend his Soldiers of Honor Boxing Gym.
McLaurine, who joined Lima Rotary Club in February 2017, owns New Look Fitness Gym and serves as an associate pastor at Faith Ministries International and chaplain in several area businesses. He uses the gym as the home base for Soldiers of Honor, where he passes on lessons he’s learned over a lifetime of boxing.
“The more I fought, the harder I studied,” McLaurine said of his young boxing career and earning a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technologies from Bowling Green State University, and a two-year technical degree in Electronic Engineering from Lima Technical College (now Rhodes State University).
At one point, McLaurine was ranked No. 32 in the world and No. 3 in Ohio as he fought for three world titles. Soldiers of Honor serves children at Heir Force School and in an after-school program. He uses the gym and boxing to improve children’s self-control, focus, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
Children feel better, look better with improved physical well-being, and think more clearly as they relieve frustration and anger, he said.
Soldiers of Honor is a faith-based operation that uses boxing as a tool to reach kids, McLaurine said, to address strategies for addressing challenges out of the ring.
In other Rotary business Monday:
Dr. Suman Mishr who is coordinating a delegation of business people from Varanasi, India to Lima in July, talked with the club. Last year, a group from Lima visited Varanasi as the two cities established a Sister City relationship.
Mishr, an endocrinologist from Cridersville, is looking for host families for 12 to 15 visitors. He also is looking for activities for the group while they visit, including factory and business tours and activities for them to network with people living here.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the May 8th board meeting.
Call to Order     
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:37 AM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Dr Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz, Jeff Tracy, Anne Decker and Secretary Rita Brown.
     Presidents Report                                                                 Tracie Sanchez
     Spring Blood Clinic
The Blood Clinic held on Saturday May 5, 2018 netted $40,500.  Five hundred eighty-eight participated in the Blood Draw - which is the 2nd highest number served.    The Club anticipates earning $10,000 - $15,000 for the day.
    Torch Run scheduled for June 18, 2018
Sarno is again taking the lead for the event which will include a blood drive.  The event will include a Torch Run with the Lima City Police, Sheriff’s Deputies and State Highway Patrol participating.   The Special Olympics event will be held in the Center Hall of the VMCCC with the Mayor of Lima speaking.
    Click it or ticket campaign scheduled for Monday May 14, 2018
Chief Kitchen is managing the campaign and asked Rotarians to arrive for the meeting by 11:15 AM.  The event will be held in front of the VMCCC.  Law enforcement from the EMS Sheriff’s Office, State Highway Patrol, and the Lima Police Department will participate. Lt Grisby will speak briefly at the Rotary Club meeting.
       Lima Rotary Club Office
The Lima Rotary Club has had an office/storage location in the basement of the Better Business Bureau building at 219 N. McDonel Street for many years.  Cost to rent the location has always been at $10 per month or $120 a year.   Recently a leak in the pipes in the ceiling of the room caused the office to flood.   Materials in the file cabinets and desks were not damaged but materials not stored in them were water damaged and ruined. We will be consolidating and relocating the office to the 2nd floor in the building.  The cost will remain the same at $10 a month or $120 annually.  Office furniture not being moved to the second floor will be donated to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity.   Swartz Contracting will move the furnishings to the 2nd floor.   Hubbell made a motion to move the Rotary Office to the 2nd floor of the BBB Building at the cost of $120 annually.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
     Rotary Club Audit
Currently the Rotary Club does not have an annual audit.  Tracy made a motion to begin the process of having an Annual Club Audit.  Frost seconded the motion.  Board approved.   Paul Swartz will also be added to the Rotary Club Checking Account as a Signer. 
     Love Lima Week sponsorship - Community Breakfast June 11 2018.  
The Annual I Love Lima Week will kick off the week-long events with a Community Breakfast on Monday June 11th from 8 - 9 AM.  The Rotary Club has been asked to participate.  The Board discussed options such as sponsoring the hall for the event and having the Breakfast replace the weekly Rotary Club meetings scheduled for noon.  Sanchez will look into the option and get back with the Board. 
     President Elect Report                                               Paul Swartz
Contracts are due and need to be renewed with the Milano Café and The VMCCC.  Current cost for the Milano Café is $9.85 per lunch.  The proposed new charge by the Milano Café would be $10.30 per luncheon. The weekly charge for the VMCCC is $325 and the proposed new charge would be $375 per week.  The upgrade would include a dedicated technician for audio and visual equipment.   The layout of the halls will be changed with monitors on the North and East Walls with several television monitors around the halls.  These are permanent improvements.  Metzger made a motion to approve the two contracts at the new rate:   The Milano Café at $10.30 per luncheon per member and the VMCCC at $375 per week.  Hubbell seconded the motion.  Board approved.   
Swartz is also reviewing the dues structure and determining ways to cut cost.  The charge to administer the Scholarship Fund is $1,200 annually.  Swartz spoke with Bill Timmermeister, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, and Timmermeister has agreed that the Scholarship Committee will pick up that charge.  Timmermeister has requested a report of the members in the club who are paying and not paying the voluntary $12.50 each quarter dedicated to the Scholarship Fund.   Once Brown has secured it, Swartz will share it with Timmermeister.    
     Committee signups for new year – all Committee Chairs are in place. 
Dave Frost will chair the Membership Committee.  New members will be asked to bring a friend who would be interested in becoming a new member.
     Board Reports                                                                     
     Golf outing  -  Wednesday June 13,  2018                 Paul Crow 
Crow indicated the work of the committee is progressing and the Hole in One Sponsorship has been set up.  Swartz will be sending out an email blast later this week and information will also be available on the Twitter feed. The Gift bags items have all been ordered.  
     District Grants                                                                                             
David Runk will be completing the grant applications for district grants for the Kendrick Woods project and the amphitheater.  Grant applications are due by July 1st.     
    Treasurer Report                                                       Tracie Sanchez
Sanchez shared the Profit & Loss Statement for the period of July 1, 2017 – May 7, 2018 and reported the club has net income of $10,736.40.   The AR Aging Summary showed a balance of $1,115 for 1 – 30 days; $12,021 for 31 – 60 days; $748 for 61 -90 days; $2,815 over 90 days with 16,699 total.    Sanchez did not see any areas of concern.   Sarno made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as submitted.  Tracy seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
     New Business:                                                         Rita Brown
  1. Resignations-   none
  2. Applications: Jeff Dulmage sponsored by Paul Swartz.  Ackerman made a motion to approve the application of Dulmage and Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
  3. Orientation - The three new members will be invited to an orientation scheduled for Thurs May 31st with induction following on Monday June 4th
  4. Past President’s luncheon has been scheduled for Wednesday June 6 2017.
There being no further business, Sanchez adjourned the meeting at 1:04 PM.  
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Blood Clinic
We served 588 patients at our Spring Blood Clinic. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success!
Movies in the Park
The Movies in the Park are back for another fun season!
Click It, Or Ticket
Please join us Monday for a news conference for Click It, Or Ticket.
Fellow Rotarians, 
Lima Rotary has teamed up with the Lima Allen County Safe Community coalition to kick off an annual seatbelt awareness campaign we call, “Click It, Or Ticket.”
We will hold a short press conference in front of the Civic Center at 11:15 AM on Monday, May 14th prior to our regular Lima Rotary meeting. It is our hope that many Rotarians will come to the meeting a little early next Monday and join us for this event. Many local public safety officials will also be on hand. OSP Lima Post Commander, Lt. Tim Grigsby, will make some short remarks at the opening of our Rotary meeting as well. 
 Because the Lima Rotary Club is made up of so many local leaders, we believe that this show of support for our initiative will help strengthen our message on the importance of wearing seatbelts. Buckling up truly saves lives, and we need your help to share this vital information with Lima Allen County community. 
 I hope you will join us on Monday, May 14th at 11:15 AM. 
Chief Joe Kitchen
Program Survey
The program committee would like your input on the 2018/2019 programs. Please fill out the short survey.
Either fill out our online survey or print and fill out this form and return it to Chuck Wolfe. Thanks for your input!