The Scoop - November 11, 2019
Ikigai is the Japanese concept for the reason we wake up in the morning.
What makes your life worthwhile? Is there balance in your life? Ikigai can help you answer those questions by balancing four areas of your life: passion, mission, profession and vocation. Tim Sielschott explained that you should take what you love, what you're good at, what the world needs, and what you can be paid for, and balance them. Where those areas intersect is ikigai, the source of value in your life. Tim says he and his family review their goals every Christmas. "At least once a year we try to systematically really look at what we're spending our time and effort towards and having this concept helps keep that in mind." Tim says as you life changes, the size of the circles change. For example, "what you get paid for can drop to zero as you age, and "what you love" can move into a more prominent position.
Also at Monday's meeting, Jim Chiles honored the club's veterans for Veterans Day. He had them stand up and the club joined in a round of applause for their service and sang God Bless America.
The Scoop - November 4, 2019
The Greater Lima Region makes a significant contribution to the Rotary Community Stage and Park.
The Greater Lima Region and six of its partner businesses have donated $250,000 to the Lima Rotary Community Stage and Park. President/CEO Doug Olsson says GLR is very excited to partner with Rotary, "The amphitheater and park will continue the revitalization efforts of downtown Lima and provide a beautiful gathering place for residents to participate in concerts, events and other activities. The project aligns perfectly with GLR's strategic goal of investing in key community development projects." GLR will receive naming rights for the park for its contribution. Committee member Tracie Sanchez told us the old buildings have been cleared from the site of the park and grass seed has been planted. She says they ran into a small hiccup when 5 underground storage tanks were discovered, but with cooperation from the state, the city and other partners, the tanks have been removed.

Guest speaker Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen had an interesting presentation on the history and traditions of the American fire service. The mission of the American fire service is to save lives and protect property. There are 33,000 fire departments in the United States with 52,000 stations. 80% of fire departments are volunteer, but because they are mostly rural, they protect only 20% of the population. Joe says that the trend right now is for volunteer departments to merge. "Fire districts are huge in Ohio right now. They're taking the resources of two or three little towns, putting all that money together into one organization. They can usually hire a few people, maintain their equipment better. I'm a huge advocate for consolidation. I really believe that we can provide better service to our community." The first American (volunteer) fire department company is often credited to Ben Franklin, around 1736, in Philadelphia. This started as a "club" or co-op, to protect each other's homes in the event of a fire. The first paid fire department was established in Cincinnati in 1853. The Bath Township Fire Department was established in 1957 and in 2004 the department transitioned from volunteer to paid. Joe says firefighting is a dream career. "I've really been richly blessed with having the opportunity to never have to drag myself out of bed in the morning to do a job that I absolutely love."
Also at Monday's meeting, Myron Meas exchanged his red badge for a blue badge, Joy Reichenbach received her Paul Harris +1 pin, and President Ken announced that the club raised more than $2,625 for Polio Plus. The match from the Gates Foundation brings the total to $7,875.
The Bath High School Interact Club is keeping busy this month!
As always, the Bath High School Interact Club has been busy with several programs and projects.
So far for November we have wrapped up a very successful coat drive in conjunction with the Bradfield Center. We also assisted with the Meals till Monday barrel drive which was a big success for our first time.
On Friday, November 8th our club took advantage of a day off from school to volunteer at the West Ohio Food Bank. We had 58 members show up and we got a lot done. This is one of our favorite projects.
On Wednesday, November 13th we will be going to Union Chapel Missionary Church to help with the Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoebox program. Our club members will be packing boxes full of gifts to send to needy children abroad.
On Saturday, November 16th we will be having our annual “Friendsgiving” at the Bath Twp. Fire Department from noon to 3pm. This is a great chance for us to get to know each other better and have some fun.
Our first 11 weeks of school have been busy but fun and we have a lot more work to do to continue on our mission of “Service Above Self!”
The UNOH Rotaract Club is selling their yummy baked goods again this year.
Keep your eyes open and your taste buds ready to buy baked goods from our Rotaract Club. Members of the Rotaract Club at UNOH will be visiting some of our meetings during November, making their delicious goodies available for purchase. Money earned will be used to fund their Adopt-A-Family program again this year. The generosity of our Rotarians will be very much appreciated!
Fall Blood Clinic
The Lima Rotary Club proudly served 551 people at its Fall Blood Clinic. Thanks to Lima Memorial Health System Laboratory Services and to all the volunteers who made this possible!
Dictionary Distribution
Allen County third graders have brand new dictionaries, thanks to our Dictionary Distribution!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the November 12 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                      Ken Dysert
Dysert called the meeting to order at 11: 43 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jeff Fitzgerald, Jed Metzger, Cat Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz and Anne Decker.  Also Secretary Rita Brown was present.
Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance report for October 2019.  The month ended with 160 active members and four honorary members.  One new member joined the club with two members resigning.  Also one long-term member passed away.  There were four meetings with average attendance of 37.90% attendance
President's Report                                                                                              Ken Dysert
World polio Day October 24 Recap 
Club Members participation was very positive.  Forty-eight members contributed a total of $2,625.  With the 2:1 match from the Gates Foundation, $7, 875 will be contributed from the Lima Rotary Club for World Polio Day.  Pledges can still be made.
Fall Blood Clinic
The Clinic was held November 2, 2019.  Attendance was up from 450 to 551.  The amount of proceeds is not yet available.  Conversation will continue on ways to make the event even stronger.
Media lunches at Monday Rotary meetings. 
A table will be marked as Reserved for Media at the regular Club Meetings.  They will be invited to eat lunch.  Information will be included in the weekly news release.
The July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, Tax Return in process. 
Club Member and CPA Tracey Regula is working with Club Treasurer Dan Best on the return.   An extension of time request to complete the return has been filed.
Personal Hygiene Drive for West Ohio Food Bank
Dysert will discuss the drive with Club Member Linda Hamilton and CEO of the Food Bank.   Members will be asked to donate personal hygiene items starting the last Monday of November.
Club Member Pictures for the Club Database - Club Runner
As many members’ pictures are not in Club Runner, Michael Ayers has been asked to again take pictures for new Members and also for those who want an updated picture for Club Runner.
Board Reports                                                                           
Special Needs Christmas Party Dec. 14th                                                             Ken Dysert
Members are still signing up to participate.         
Salvation Army Bell Ringing- Date Shooting for Dec 14th                                     Ken Dysert/ Andy Farley
Member Joe Watson is leading the event and is still looking for a few more volunteers.    
Social Committee- updates                                                                                 John Ficorilli
Sophia Looser and Demi Burden have joined the Committee.  They are discussing the possibility of having a Sunday brunch with a Rotarian Business sponsoring the event or a portion of the event.  
Christmas party update                                                                                      Cat Sarno
Sarno stated the Wine Auction activities are underway.  Sarno will work with Dan Bucher and a designated committee on the event
District Conference- info obtained from conference                                              John Ficorilli
Ficorilli has joined the District Membership Club.  Recently he attended a meeting of the 3 Districts from Northern Ohio that was held in Kent, OH.  He shared the following key takeaways:
  • The Club needs to develop a Written Membership Plan that could include options like Flex Memberships and Alternate Meeting Times.
  • The Membership Committee needs to look at the Dues Structure.
  • Members could be asked to participate in the Health Check Questions available through RI. 
Ficorilli’s minutes from the Conference will be distributed to the Board Members.
Treasurer Report                                                                                               Ken Dysert  
Treasurer, Dan Best was absent, Dysert discussed the Reports he had submitted.     Best informed Dysert that he has not been able to locate the Rotary Club of Lima OH as ever being filed as a company with the Secretary of the State of OH.  The Company selected to process our Credit Cards won’t accept us as a client until we are filed as a company.  Best is working with Don Witter to complete the filing with the State.  Decker suggested another option is for the Club to use Square to process credit cards.  The application can be completed on-line.
Dysert reviewed the current Income and Balance Sheet and the one for the same time period one year ago.  Current Assets at the end of October 2018 totaled $50,958.44.  Current Assets at the end of October 2019 total $44,699.45 with the difference being primarily in the Checking Account Balance.
Members with Accounts with balances over 90 days on The Aging Summary are being actively contacted. 
Payment plans have been established and payments are being made.   The Aging Summary also indicates monies pledged for the Amphitheater.   Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Business:                                                                                                Rita Brown
  • Resignations  - Tony DePalma
Fitzgerald made a motion to accept DePalma’s resignation with regret.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
  • Applications:  - Shanna Barns. Executive Director, Springview Manor
Russ Decker, Special Projects Manager, Nutrien
Sarno made a motion to approve the membership applications of Barns and Decker.  Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation in Memorial Park.                             Cat Sarno
Memorial Park Cemetery has provided two acres to the Allen County Veterans Memorial Foundation for the construction of the Allen County War Memorial.  The Board agreed to look further into the project and consider becoming a supporter of the Project.                       
There being no further business, Dysert adjourned the meeting at 12:53 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club secretary
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!
District Newsletter
Keep up to date on everything happening in District 6600 in this month's newsletter.
One Rotary Summit
Start the new year with Rotary District 6600 in a wonderful day of discussion and learning at One Rotary Summit.
New Zone
The Lima Rotary Club, along with District 6600, are in a new Rotary International zone...Zone 30.
Learn more about Rotary's efforts to promote clean water and sanitation in this month's WASRAG newsletter.
Women Leaders

Unable to join us for the webinar We Are Rotary: Advancing Women as Leaders? Good news: the recording is now available!

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