The Scoop - October 18, 2021
Dr. Michael Alexander triumphed over polio to become Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at the hospital where he was treated. 
Dr. Michael Alexander contracted polio in 1951, 4 years before the vaccine was discovered. To commemorate World Polio Day, Dr. Alexander joined us to talk about the crippling disease. He gave a fascinating talk about the way polio attacks the muscles affecting a person's strength, ability to walk and run, breathing, ability to sit, ability to talk and swallow. Dr. Alexander underwent numerous surgeries and decades of extensive rehabilitation, including six surgeries at the Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE,  before he graduated from high school. With the help of his family, physicians and friends,  coupled with untiring drive and determination, he returned to the very same hospital  21 years later as the Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine. At duPont Hospital from 1986 until retirement in 2012, he served thousands of patients and families while conducting research, teaching, lecturing and publishing. He served as a consultant for numerous programs including  The Children’s Center in Bethany.
The Lima Rotary Club is currently accepting donations for PolioPlus. Donation cards are on the tables at our Monday meetings, or you can contact Rita and ask her to add your donation to your quarterly invoice.
Also at Monday's meeting, we donated $716.50 to Family Promise; this is the proceeds from this quarter's Rottery drawings.
Your help is needed to eradicate polio forever.
We want to thank each of you for your continued support of Rotary’s PolioPlus initiative. We are making incredible strides in eradicating this horrible disease, but we need your continued support!  Even a small contribution can help protect many children from this disease.
  • $30 - provides 200 children with this lifesaving vaccine
  • $60 - provides 400 children with this lifesaving vaccine
We are asking every Rotarian to consider donating at least $50 in our efforts to eradicate polio. Every dollar donated will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.
Visit the link below to donate and don’t forget to share this donation page with others. Together we can eradicate polio and save numerous children from this disease! 
Thank you,
Derek Stemen & Keith Horner, PolioPlus Chairs
Within Rotary, October is the month our attention is turned most closely to polio. 
While polio eradication is our number one priority, World Polio Day on October 24 is a time for reflection and renewed focus on this important task. 
Thanks to generous Rotarians such as yourself, global efforts to eradicate polio have continued during an ongoing global pandemic and in the midst of conflict in Afghanistan.  Despite these challenges, so far this calendar year, only two cases of wild poliovirus have been reported — one in Afghanistan and one in Pakistan — compared to 116 last year (as of 28 September 2021). There has also been a significant reduction of wild poliovirus detected in the environment and a decline in cases of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV), which occur when the live, weakened virus used in the oral polio vaccine circulates in under-immunized communities.
Given your interest in eradicating polio, I wanted to make sure you saw the article in the October Rotary where the World Health Organization’s (WHO) polio chief shared his optimistic perspective of the challenges and unique opportunities facing polio eradication today – The Best Chance to Eradicate Polio is Now.
As we approach World Polio Day on 24 October, Rotarians around the world will be hosting local events, participating in fundraisers, and sharing the importance of polio eradication. Thank you for the role that you’ve played in our collective effort to eradicate polio.  
Together, Rotarians are working to help improve health outcomes for children wherever they live, so that no one has to deal with this devastating disease ever again.
Blood Clinic
The Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic is Saturday, November 6 from 6:30-9:30am. This is a great opportunity to get health screenings at a low cost. Download the registration form here, fill it out, and bring it with you to the clinic.
The Lima Rotary Annual Blood clinic is taking place November 6th after a year off due to COVID. As in the past, this event will be held from 6:30-9:30 at the Senior Citizens Services, 3400 W. Elm St. Furthermore, we will continue to partner with Lima Memorial for the blood draw and testing. 
A huge thank you to the 18 Rotarians who are volunteering for this community service event. This is one of our biggest fundraisers for the Lima Rotary Foundation, so we need a good turn out. Reports as of late indicate that this year's blood clinics around our region have had very low turnout, so encourage all Rotarians, friends, family co-workers and neighbors to come that more to have tests done at a reduced price. 
Masks are not required but optional. Social distancing is in place for those worried about coming out. Drinks & donuts will be to-go this year!
Join us for the next Rotary Social on Wednesday, October 27 from 5:00-6:00pm at Tracie Sanchez's house at 1418 W. Market Street. Light hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided. Please bring your significant other or a guest.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the October 12 board meeting.
Call to Order           Jeff Fitzgerald
President Fitzgerald called the meeting to order at 11:38 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Lesley Fry, Keith Horner, Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher and John Ficorilli.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report           Rita Brown
Wannemacher made a motion to approve the Board Minutes of September 14, 2021 as submitted.   Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
    Attendance report for September 2021
Membership remained the same for the month of September with no new members joining and no resignations.  Attendance was 42.25% and rose by 1.47%
President’s Report          Jeff Fitzgerald
Rotaract Update – David Runk has requested being removed from his responsibilities with the Rotaract Club at this time.  John Ficorilli and Dave Frost will assume responsibilities as the liaisons between the Lima Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club.  Runk will assume responsibilities as the Chair of the Chaplain Committee.
Jerry Lucas/OSU Sports Memorabilia update
The Board discussed next steps in selling the tickets to a broader group.  Each Board Member will be asked to sell 10 tickets.  In addition, Board Members will be reaching out and offering the tickets to members of neighboring Rotary Clubs.  Stemen suggested a Social Media Account be opened and we put the information on Facebook.  Adah Ellerbrock has prepared a Step-by-Step Guide to assist the Board Members.  
Fall Blood Clinic – Saturday November 6, 2021.  Tracie Sanchez indicated all volunteers are in place.  An ad will appear in the paper.  Memorial Hospital has indicated individual results will no longer be mailed.  It will be necessary for those participating to go to the Memorial Hospital Patient Portal to open an account.  
Special Needs Christmas Party – December 4th  Demi Burden and Sophia Loser will be Chairing the Event with  Theresa Schnipke offering her expertise and help as needed. 
Bell Ringing Kettle Drive – Organized by Joe Watson.  The event will be held on Saturday December 11th from 9 AM – 5 PM.  Watson will bring sign-up sheets for those participating starting on November 1st.
Club Christmas Party - December 13, 2021 update - Farley has reached out to Jennifer Mason with assistance and updates regarding the “Elvis Auction” portion of the party.
Social Meeting Updates  The next meeting will be held in late November before the holidays. 
Board Reports            All Board Members
Polio Plus plans                 Derek Stemen
Stemen stated during the first week of the campaign, the club raised $1500.  The campaign will continue during the month of October with an auction of 6 -8 items held on November 1, 2021.  Members can contribute by completing the Pledge Cards or also contribute on-line directly to Rotary International as indicated in the email from Stemen.  
Placemat Design
It is time to re-order the Rotary Placemats.  Decker is designing a mat that focuses of the accomplishments of the Lima Rotary Club.  The Club Members will also be asked to consider another option and if placemats are necessary as we currently have table cloths on the tables.                                                                                                                     
Treasurer Report              Dan Best
Best stated that Club Member and CPA Tracey Regula is currently working on the 990 IRS Report.  Also, the Ohio Division of Unclaimed Funds report will be submitted prior to the due date of November 1, 2021. 
Best reported that the September 2021 month-end net worth increased $4,038 compared to September 2020. For the current fiscal year to-date net income decreased by $4,788 compared to the same time period in 2020. Dues’ income increased by $1,223 but expenses for meal costs and District 6600 dues increased by a total of $8,193. These increases are due to the increase in member meetings compared to the 2020 pandemic year.  Best also reviewed a new report to reflect the Club’s working capital (current assets-current liabilities). Current working capital is $12,241. Also, he reviewed aged Accounts Receivable.                                                                                                                                            Fitzgerald and Best are scheduled to meet with the Foundation Board before their regularly scheduled meeting on October 25, 2021.  Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Horner seconded the motion.  Board approved.   
New Business
Membership                      Rita Brown
Peggy Ehora, Dominion Energy of Ohio
                          Pastor Jim Wilder, Gomer Congregational Church  
Joy Reichenbach, Lima Convalescent Home
Fry made a motion to accept their resignations with regret.  Stemen seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There being no further business, Wannemacher made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:42 PM.  Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved.   
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Upcoming Events
Oct 27, 2021
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Fall Blood Clinic
Senior Citizen Services
Nov 06, 2021
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
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Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM
Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center
Nov 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Downtown Lima
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