The Scoop - October 14, 2019
The Lima Rotary Community Stage and Park get two big contributions!
Mercy Health - St. Rita's Medical Center and Alberta Lee have each contributed $50,000 to the Lima Rotary Community Stage and Park. We have raised more than $800,000 toward the park and amphitheater we are building at the corner of Spring and Union Streets. Site clearing is almost complete and we hope to break ground in 2020.
Mercy Health - St. Rita's is also beginning a big building project. They are constructing a $15 million Graduate Medical Education Center at the corner of Market & Collett Streets. The 48,000 square foot building will feature simulation labs and classrooms to train physicians, nurses, medical staff, first responders and others. Dr. Kevin Casey told us that this will help address the predicted shortage of more than 100,000 physicians over the next five years. He also says it's a good economic development tool for our region since physicians who train here will put down roots here and want to stay here. The groundbreaking is October 28. The facility is expected to open in 2020.
Also at Monday's meeting, we welcomed our newest member, Dr. Cynthia Spiers, the Interim President at Rhodes State College, and we learned that David Hartman died Friday. He had been a member of the Lima Rotary Club for more than 40 years. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family.
The Scoop - October 7, 2019
A Lima Rotarian is helping crops grow across the country.
Data are information gathered from experiments, purchase records, web site visits, surveys, etc. A data scientist analyzes that data to improve products. Dr. Marin Harbur works for Land O'Lakes, one of the country's premier agribusiness and food companies. Marin told us that Land O'Lakes samples farm fields around the country and gathers data about how the crops perform with different seeds and different fertilizer, in different climates and in different soils. Marin's job is to take all this data and sort it to develop research-based solutions to help farmers grow better crops. "Every day I get to learn something new. It's always, how can we do this better? How can we learn more from it? How can we be more efficient?" This information helps farmers gain insights so they can choose the best products for their soil types matched with the right management practices that help them make the the right decisions for their farms.
Also at Monday's meeting, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis introduced us to Nadège Foofat, the guest conductor for Saturday night's Lima Symphony Orchestra concert. Nadège is one of seven conductors auditioning to become the LSO's new musical director.
Dick Schroeder gave us an update on how Rotary is making a difference in Ukraine. Angie Hersh from the Ada Rotary Club encouraged us to join them for a Family Fun Bicycle Ride along the Rotary Riverwalk on October 26 to raise money for MESA. And President Ken asked us to make a pledge to PolioPlus during October. Pledge cards will be on the tables at this month's meetings
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the October 8th board meeting.
Call to Order  Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting to order at 11: 45 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Cat Sarno, Paul Swartz and Secretary Rita Brown.    
Secretary’s Report  Rita Brown
Attendance report
Brown shared the September Club Attendance Report.  The Club had one new member and two resignations during the month.  It ended with 162 members.   Attendance was up to 44.60% which is more in-line with our past history.
President's Report                                                                                                                                Ken Dysert
World polio Day October 24th 
At our Club Meeting on October 21st, Dr. Susan Hubbell will present the program.  Pledge Cards will be available for members during the Month of October.  Pledges will count toward Paul Harris Fellowships. 
                                                                                                                                                                                John Ficorilli
Pizza for Polio will be served at the October 21st meeting.   Ficorilli will announce the Amount of the Fund Raising goal.   The Bath Interact Club is also working on fund raising activities for the day.
Fall Blood Clinic                                                                                                                                    Ken Dysert
The Blood Clinic has been scheduled for Saturday November 2, 2019, at the Sr Citizens Center on West Elm Street.  It will run from 6:30 – 9:30 AM.  Those interested in working need to contact Tracie Sanchez.
Media lunches at Monday Rotary meetings - table for Media
Dysert asked the Board for their thoughts on offering free lunches to the media staff covering the Monday club meetings.  A table could be set aside with a “Reserved for Media” sign on it.  Fitzgerald stated the other Service Clubs in town currently do offer free lunches to the media.  Buettner made a motion to put the plan in place and offer the lunches.  Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.  Fitzgerald abstained from voting.  Fitzgerald will speak with the team at the TV station in a sales meeting and Dysert agreed to call Jim Krummel at The Lima News.
    July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019 Tax Return in process
Treasurer Dan Best is gathering needed materials for the Club’s current year’s tax return.  He has reached out to club member and CPA Tracey Regula.  She will  prepare the tax return for the club. 
Board Reports:                                                                                                                    
Corporate membership discussion                                                                                                  Paul Swartz
Swartz discussed putting the following procedures in place for billing Corporate Members.  The Statements will read Corporate Billing across at Top.  Associate meals will be billed quarterly to the corporation for distribution.  During New Member Orientation, members will be asked if they prefer to be billed quarterly or annually.  Members can be billed separately or as a corporation. 
Special Needs Christmas Party December 14th   
Baldridge has formed a committee and is currently working on the Party Plans.  They will speak to the members at club meetings to get members motivated
New Business:                                                                                                                                      Rita Brown
  1. Resignations – Beth Keehn of Mercy Health 
           Rhonda McKinley of HCF
Two resignations were received.  Sarno made a motion to accept the resignations with regret.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved.
  1. Application –    Dave Stratton, President/CEO – Allen Economic Development Group
Ficorilli made a motion to approve the application of Dave Stratton.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Membership District Committee                                                                                              John Ficorilli
Ficorilli has been asked to be a Member of the District Membership Committee.  He will be participating in a Three District Event later this year and will bring ideas back to the Lima Rotary Club.
There being no further business, Dysert adjourned the meeting at 12:35 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Dictionary Day
Volunteer now for the Lima Rotary Club's Dictionary Day on November  6th.
On Wednesday November 6, Lima Rotary members will attend classrooms continuing the Lima club's tradition of distributing dictionaries to third grade students in Lima /Allen County. Lima Rotary members give a brief overview of our club's mission and pass out books to each student. We will be visiting 14 schools that day so many volunteers will be needed. It usually takes approximately 30-45 minutes per school. Please let me know if you would like to help. I will have a list of schools and times available on Monday 10/28.
Trust me you will enjoy the experience !!
Contact me—419-296-5862
Fall Blood Clinic

The Lima Rotary Club Fall Blood Clinic will be Saturday November 2nd at the Senior Citizen Services, 3400 W. Elm Street from 6:30 - 9 AM.  

The Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic is an outstanding opportunity to get low-cost blood screenings. Download the registration form here, fill it out and bring it with you to save time.
Honey Plant
Join us for a Lima Rotary Club exclusive tour of the Wannemacher Honey Plant!
The tour is scheduled for Friday, December 6th at 10am and is limited to 15 people (and guests). RSVP to Cat at or call 614-633-7305.
We are working on getting a bus to transport us to the plant from Lima. Bee there or bee square!
Special Needs
The Childrens' Special Needs Christmas Party will be December 14 at Shawnee United Methodist Church, 2600 Zurmehly Road from 11:30 AM - 2 PM.  Esther Baldridge and her committee are planning the event at this time.  Details will follow.
End Polio
October 24th is World Polio Day.  We will have Pizza for Polio at our meeting that week; we will also be bringing our Polio Pig back for loose change donations, and we will have polio pledge cards available on the tables in October. These pledges count towards Paul Harris points.
Take a few minutes to watch this video and learn five ways you can help end polio now.
Why should you support the Rotary Foundation? Watch this short video and find out.
Project Fair
Make plans now to attend the Uniendo Project Fair in January.

January 23 - 25, 2020 in Antigua Guatemala


Rotary Districts 4240 & 4250
The Project Fair is just around the corner, it is the ideal place to share your experience and find the best partners to develop Social Projects in the region. Attended by Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, NGO's and more, it is the best place to meet the right people and make the right connections.

Register and reserve your booth
Do not miss this opportunity

  • Visit Antigua Guatemala and it's surroundings
  • A large number of participants and Rotary Clubs registered
  • The unique opportunity to start or further develop social projects in the region
  • Hotel Museum Spa Casa Santo Domingo where each corner is a page lost in time that joins others to form a beautiful chapter of the great book of our history. go back in time historical
  • Starting on January 23rd, The Project Fair will end on Saturday January 25th, 2020
  • We offer a large variety of lodging options
  • Register here and reserve your booth here
  • Have a look at our wide costs options
Sin Fronteras is a Tour Operator ofering Taylor Made Travel in Guatemala
Training Talk
Learn how Rotary is training leaders around the world in this month's Training Talk.
Oct 21, 2019
World Polio Day
Oct 28, 2019
State of the County
Nov 04, 2019
Powdered Food
Nov 11, 2019
Ikigai - The Reason We Wake Up In The Morning
Nov 18, 2019
Girls Basketball Preview
Nov 25, 2019
Boys Basketball Preview
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Upcoming Events
Fall Blood Clinic
Senior Citizen Services
Nov 02, 2019
6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Dictionary Distribution
Nov 06, 2019
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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