The Scoop - May 18, 2020
The Lima Rotary Club holds its first Zoom meeting!
After a two month hiatus, the Lima Rotary Club held its first Zoom meeting on May 18. 45 members attended the virtual meeting. The guest speakers were Katie Walker from the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and Adah Ellerbrock from Coleman Professional Services.  Katie told us that the Mental Health Board has really seen an increase in the number of people experiencing anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic. "Anxiety and depression symptoms increase due to fear about the virus, financial distress, decrease in socialization, living with uncertainty and the adjustment to change." The national hotline for people in emotional distress reported a 1,000% increase in calls in April compared to April of last year and there has been an increase in alcohol consumption, suicides, overdoses and domestic violence. She says the change in people's routines is affecting their day-to-day coping skills. If you are having any issues, she suggests keeping in mind all the things you have to be grateful for, staying positive, eating healthy, exercising, meditating, connecting with family and friends virtually, and establishing new routines. If you need immediate help, contact the crisis line 24 hours a day at 800-567-HOPE. Adah says that Coleman Professional Services is responsible for the Choose Hope signs that we've seen around the community which were designed by her daughter. They are available for a $20 donation to Coleman.
Annual Meeting
Register now for the Lima Rotary Club's annual meeting on June 1.
You are invited to join us for our annual meeting on June 1.  Since we cannot meet in person, we will be meeting via Zoom. To attend, you must register prior to June 1 (see link below to register). If you would like to do a one-on-one or small group Zoom meeting prior to June 1, please contact me at 419-979-8554 or  I would be happy to assist.
We must have 52 members in attendance to have a quorum for the annual meeting so it is important that you join us.
You are invited to a Zoom meeting. 
When: Jun 1, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Thank you,
Rotary Club of Lima
Annual Meeting 2020
Introductory Statement
The purpose of this document is to provide our members background and recommendations from the Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation and is intended to achieve the following four objectives:
  1. Achieve a consensus of all Lima Rotarians regarding club projects, activities and community needs.

    Having a clear vision for Lima Rotary’s involvement in our local community and the world will strengthen our club, help us to inform the community of our projects, encourage community support of our fundraising efforts and assist us in recruiting new members.  It will also provide guidance to the Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation as they fulfill their respective responsibilities.
  2. Provide assurance to the incoming leadership team that it has the support of membership for proposed fundraising and club projects, as well as community service activities.

    Knowing that club projects and activities have been endorsed by the general membership will allow for better oversight and improved management of club projects.  Having an active role in project selection may also encourage greater member involvement and participation.
  3. Establish projected revenues for planning club projects for the upcoming Rotary year.

    Having fundraising targets to finance endorsed projects can expedite the planning, scheduling and implementation of club projects and activities.
  4. Ensure Lima Rotary Club’s strategic plans and projects are aligned with current community needs.

    Providing a structured process to compare Lima Rotary’s goals with community needs on an annual basis can help ensure our focus is on the future.  Considering project modifications and improvements in advance of a new Rotary year will help us improve the quality and outcomes of club projects.
We ask for your participation and support in pursuing these objectives.
Yours in Rotary,
John Ficorilli                   Lesley Fry
Rotary Board                   Rotary Foundation
Recommended Lima Rotary Projects 2020-2021
Funding for Rotary Club projects comes largely from fundraising events which should be managed in a consistent manner.  The Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation believe all Lima Rotary members should be consulted at least annually regarding Rotary Club projects before the next Rotary year commences. We further believe a system for uniform accounting, funding authority, oversight of project objectives, and accountability for project outcomes is important.
Role of the Lima Rotary Foundation
The Lima Rotary Foundation (LRF) was established in 1967 to receive and manage funds for educational, charitable, scientific or benevolent purposes.  The Rotary Board used a portion of club fund-raising proceeds to underwrite most, but not all, club projects.
In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was adopted by the Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation. The MOU provides for the transfer of all net proceeds from club fund-raising events to the LRF with the LRF Trustees giving funding priority to designated Rotary Club projects. The Rotary Board submits a consolidated grant application for the upcoming Rotary year that is acted upon by the LRF to confirm anticipated resources. This partnership ensures LRF oversight of funds while affording the Rotary Board assurance it can implement and uniformly manage club projects if projected fundraising goals are achieved.
Descriptions and Definitions
Selection and Authorization
It is the responsibility of the Rotary Board of Directors to review, at least annually, current Rotary projects and propose their continuation or termination at the Annual Meeting. It is recommended the Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation meet at least semiannually to review projects and activities and confer on funding matters.
By adopting resolutions at the Annual Meeting, the general membership authorizes the projects and activities for the next Rotary year. Proposed (new) projects may be submitted to the Board in writing at any time for its consideration. The Board is not obligated to consider submissions received less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Only projects adopted by the Board and approved by the Annual Meeting may utilize the word “Rotary”.
Fundraising Projects (Resolution #1)
Lima Rotary fundraising projects are the primary source of funds to support Lima Rotary community and international service projects and programs. All net proceeds from fundraising projects are transferred to the Lima Rotary Foundation. Any funds not required for club projects or partnership projects become part of the general fund of the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Club Projects (Resolution #2)
Lima Rotary club projects are funded from the net proceeds of Rotary fundraising projects.  Club projects are those projects supported entirely by Lima Rotary. The LRF allocates net proceeds receipts first for club projects. Authority to release LRF allocated funds for club projects is exercised by the Rotary Board.
Partnership Projects (Resolution #3)
Lima Rotary partnership projects are also funded from the net proceeds of Rotary fundraising projects. Partnership projects are those projects supported in part by Lima Rotary in cooperation with others. Funds from net proceeds receipts are allocated by the LRF. Authority to release LRF allocated funds for partnership projects is exercised by the Rotary Board.
Lima Rotary voluntarily supports the work of Rotary at the District Level in the area of Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad (MESA).
Community Service Activities (Resolution #4)
Lima Rotary community service activities are not funded by Rotary fundraising projects.  Community service activities are those projects sponsored by Lima Rotary or in which it participates as an organization.
 Lima Rotary Annual Meeting Agenda
June 1, 2020
The Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation recommend the following:                  
Resolution #1 - 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Fundraising Projects, Goals and Purpose    John Ficorilli
These are the proposed fundraising projects and the amounts anticipated.
  1. Rotary Blood Clinics (Spring/Fall)                  $20,000           Unrestricted
  2. Rotary Christmas Raffle & Auction                 $ 4,000            Unrestricted
  3. Rotary Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing        $35,000           Post-Secondary Scholarships
  4. Rotary Rottery 50/50 Fundraiser                    $ 4,000            Designated Charity    
  5. Rotary International Polio Plus Campaign     $ 5,000            RI Polio Plus Fund
TOTAL estimated net proceeds                                 $68,000
*Note: The Lima Rotary Club would benefit from additional fundraising activities.  We should plan on presenting more ideas to the club for review this year.
Resolution #2 – 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Club Projects, Goals and Funding Source
(Based on Funds Raised above) These are the proposed distribution of the funds raised in #1 above. 
  1. Rotary Post-Secondary Scholarships            $35,000           Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
  2. Rotary Rottery 50/50 Fundraiser                    $ 4,000            Rotary Rottery 50/50
  3. Rotary International Polio Plus Fund              $ 5,000            RI Polio Plus Campaign
  4. Unrestricted Funds for the Foundation           $24,000           LRC Fundraising
TOTAL estimated distribution                                     $68,000
Resolution #3 – 2020-2021 Lima Rotary Club Partnership Projects
These are the projects the club deems important.  The Lima rotary Club recommends that they receive consideration by the Lima Rotary Foundation by way of a traditional grant application process.  Amounts to be determined by organizational needs and the LRF.
  1. Lima Symphony Orchestra
  2. Lima Rotary Club Dictionary Distribution
  3. Salvation Army
  4. High Octane Drum Line
  5. MESA
Resolution #4 – 2020-2021 Rotary Club Community Service Activities
These are club service projects that benefit other organizations.
  1. Salvation Army Kettle Drive                           $0.00
  2. Lima Rotary Little Free Library                       $0.00
  3. Red Cross Blood Drive                                   $0.00
  4. Movies in The Park                                         $0.00
  5. Children’s Books to the Lima Public Library  $0.00
  6. Rotary 4 Way Speech & Essay Contest         $500.00
  7. Artspace Rally in the Square                          $1,500 to $2,500
The Bath High School Interact Club has wrapped up an odd year.
The Bath High School Interact Club ended the year under tough circumstances. After Ohio schools were closed in mid March, our club was unable to meet or conduct group projects. As you can imagine, Advisor Missy Vandemark, the students, and myself were disappointed.
As you know, the students are required to obtain a specific number of community service hours annually. Due to the shortened year, we made the decision to lower that target number. However, there were still some kids who fell short of the requirement. Therefore, we gave the students the opportunity to conduct volunteering or community service on their own. They were then required to submit the hours and a synopsis of the work they did to us for approval.
We were disappointed that we were unable to attend the Lima Rotary meeting on May 11 and present awards to our students. Missy and I are still working out the details on how this will be done. Most likely, in the fall when school starts, we will have some type of presentation.
Another issue that arose was the fact that we had to cancel our annual father daughter dance. This is our largest fundraiser and how we generate money to provide two scholarships to our graduating seniors. Generously, the Lima Rotary Foundation and the Scholarship Committee stepped forward to make funding available so we could continue this valuable benefit for our club members.
Like all other areas of our lives, this last few months were a disappointing and unexpected circumstance. However, we hope that a silver lining may be the fact that our students had an opportunity to face a challenge, show their resiliency, and overcome despite the tough circumstances.
Missy Vandemark and I would like to express our thanks to the members of The Lima Rotary Club for their continued support of the Bath High School Interact Club.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the May 12 board meeting.
Call to OrderKen Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting together at 11:33 AM.  Members present:  Carol Buettner, Anne Decker, Peggy Ehora, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jeff Fitzgerald, Jed Metzger, Theresa Schnipke, and Paul Swartz.  Also incoming members Keith Horner and  Andy Wannemacher attended along with Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report  Rita Brown
Attendance report
The club held no meetings during April.  Three members left the club – two resigned and one was moved to Honorary Status.  The month ended with 156 active members with 5 Honorary Members for a total of 161.
President's Report  Ken Dysert/John Ficorilli
Annual Meeting Updates
According to the Lima Rotary Club’s bylaws, the Club’s Annual Meeting must be held before May 1st each year. 
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, the Board approved a delay for a period of one month at the April Board Meeting.   As the Club will not be meeting on May 25th because of Memorial Day, Metzger made a motion to schedule the Annual Meeting for Monday June 1, 2020, during the regular Club Meeting.  The Meeting will be held using Zoom format.  Meeting Agenda, Introduction and Resolutions will be sent to the club members during the week of May 18th.  Members who wish to submit questions before the meeting should email them to Club Secretary, Rita Brown at   Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.  As a quorum of 52 members attending is required, members are encouraged to attend.
Board Reports  All Board Members
      Club Service Nominations and Voting                                                Rita Brown
The list of candidates nominated for the Club Service Awards by Club Members for this year was reviewed by the members.  Those selected will be honored at the Club’s Changing of the Guard Party held in late June.
Vice President Report                                                                       John Ficorilli
  1. Membership Dues Update
Ficorilli and Treasurer Best reviewed Membership Dues for the April, May and June Quarter.  With the shelter-in-place order, the Club has not met at the VMCC since March 9th.  Member dues statements for the quarter were delayed.  District 6600 waived dues for the quarter but Rotary International has not.  The Board reviewed the savings to the club for the period of time.  Charges for the month of April were taken out of the equation.   Ficorilli made a motion to charge the Active and Active Corporate Primary Members $100 dues for the remaining two months.  Corporate Associate Members will be charged at the rate of $25 dues for the remaining two months.  Voluntary dues will also be included on the statements.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved.
  1. Club  Meeting Format – May 18, 2020
As we still are an active club, we will begin holding club meetings using Zoom.  Our May 18th Club Meeting will be the first.  Members will be receiving an email invitation.
  1. Committee Chairs for 2020 – 2021
Details about the Committee Chairs for the upcoming year will be released soon.
  1. Golf Outing Update    
Wannemacher stated the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for July 22, 2020.  A rain date has been set for August 26, 2020.                                                   
  1. Social Hour Update
A Social Hour using Zoom will be held Thursday May 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.  Invitations to join have gone to the members. 
Treasurer Report  Dan Best
Best reviewed the Balance Sheet.  Payment of funds held for the Foundation will be paid bringing the amount owed to the Foundation to a zero balance.  Best stated the Club operates on a very slim margin.  Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.   Schnipke seconded the motion. Board approved.
New Business: Rita Brown
There was no additional New Business at this time.  Dysert adjourned the meeting at 12:24 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown
Club  Secretary.
Golf Outing
Golfers! Register now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on July 22!
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 26th. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to ensure our participants' safety. The Committee is also staying abreast to the most current recommendations set forth by the Ohio governor regarding the best practices for staying safe during the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Since standards and protocols are continuously being changes and updated the format and what happenings that will take place on the day of the event are still undergoing planning, but rest assure that the day will be both exhilarating and competitive. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register as an individual or team at 419-231-3209 or
Last year we had 21 teams competing and raised over $43,000, all of which went to benefit the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund selects persons who live or work in Allen County who are in pursuit of a degree or certification and will attend a school or college in Allen County. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage Allen County employees and residents to work and plan for their futures within our county.  As of March 2020, over 1,046 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $776,250. Degrees or certifications can be achieved at the Apollo Career Center (Adult Education), Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University at Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio.  All residents who live in and employees who work in Allen County are eligible.       
Movies In The Park
At this time we are cancelling our first Movie In The Park, Frozen II, scheduled for June 5th.  We are postponing the June 27th movie, A Walk With Grace, to see what happens near the end of summer.  If we are able to get together again and enjoy movies outside, we will make sure they happen!
Summer Toys
The Lima Rotary Club is helping provide toys for children this summer.

Help give kids a chance to have a summer with a bit of fun! Money is tight for many families and we want to put together summer fun bags.

You can help by donating money or purchasing the items in large quantities: kites, frisbees, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hula hoops, little green Army men & women, water balloons, slip & slides, soccer, kick, foot or baseballs. wiffle balls & bats, jacks, and any other items you think would be fun.

Jill Ackerman & her team of teachers will make sure the kids get the toys.

3 ways to contribute:

1. Rotary will bill you on your quarterly bill

2. Write a check to: The Rotary Foundation & mail to:

PO Box 1111, Lima, OH 45802. Notate on the memo line: Summer Fun Bags.

3. Write a check directly to: Lima City Schools & mail to: Attn: Jill Ackerman, 755 St. Johns Ave., Lima, OH 45804. Notate on the memo line: Summer Fun Bags.

(All Rotary donations are tax deductible as a 501c3)

Please commit or donate by June 1st

Thank you Rotarians!

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