Oct 02, 2017
Dominion Energy
Oct 09, 2017
Husky Energy
Oct 16, 2017
Alter Ego Comics
Oct 23, 2017
World Polio Day
Oct 30, 2017
No Shave November
Nov 06, 2017
District Governor
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Upcoming Events
Books, Brews & Blues
The Met
Oct 11, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Abilities Field Ribbon Cutting
Field of Dreams at UNOH
Oct 12, 2017
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Lantern Tour
Oct 14, 2017
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Refinery Tour
Oct 24, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Social Night
The Met
Nov 28, 2017
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Movies In The Park
The Lima Rotary Club is pleased to hosting a summer series of family films in pop-up locations throughout Lima. Please tell your friends, and join us for these free movies! We're showing Pitch Perfect at Stadium Park next to Lima Senior on July 21 at 8:00, and Gravity at the Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park on July 28 at 8:00.
We had a fantastic crowd for last week's showing of Beauty & The Beast!
Color Run
We had a fabulous time at the 3K Color Run!
The UNOH Rotaract Club has done a spectacular job this past year!  It was their first year as a chartered Rotary International organization and the Lima Rotary Club is proud of all they have accomplished.  They are reported to be the largest club on campus, and as anyone knows who has attended a club meeting at which some of their members were in attendance, they are a multi-national club of students from all over the world.
Led by President Nina Nikolic, the club was very active in the Lima community and completed the Spring semester by holding the first annual 3K Color Run.  It was estimated that more than 170 people from the local community participated.  Money raised in the event will be used to help in the fight against Opiate addiction.  More information with results of this terrific effort will be made available in the near future.
Thanks to the UNOH Rotaract Club and all that they have done in the Lima community.  It’s been a great year!
(Photo courtesy of Levi Morman of The Lima News)
The Scoop - June 5, 2017
The Apollo expansion is a community partnership.
The $53 million expansion and renovation of Apollo Career Center has been a true community partnership that creates a state-of-the-art learning center to support the region’s economic development, officials told Rotary Monday.
Apollo Superintendent Judy Wells and Touchstone CPM CEO Nate Neuenschwander discussed the project, explaining the role of a construction manager and how planning including flexibility for future needs.
Touchstone is a sister company to Tuttle Construction, which has built many of the new school projects in the region and across the state. Touchstone manages projects, and this project needed and benefitted from a manager, Wells said.
The project was done in seven phases and much of the building stayed in service as construction happened. It finished on time and under budget. The work was done by a general contractor, Garman Miller, and 30 to 40 other trade contractors. The project more than doubled the size of the campus.
The work happened because Allen County approved a levy that funded $30 million of the cost. The other $23 million came from the state.
Wells works closely with Allen Economic Development Group on workforce development. She, like many, is watching a population decline contribute to a workforce gap. At any given moment, there are about 1,300 unfilled jobs in the area. That number is only going to grow, and the region still needs trained workers.
Apollo partners with 11 schools in four counties.
“These are your employees,” Wells told Rotary. “They need to be trained well.”
The expansion and renovation project changed the campus in many ways. As the work also brought in new equipment, work spaces and labs, it also needed to remain flexible. For example, Neuenschwander and Wells said, a space that was originally marked for electrical training ended up as space for robotics and advanced manufacturing.
Wells said plans for the school include the addition of new programs in the fall and increasing access for the public, including through the café, spa, and floral areas.
In other Rotary business:
The club recognized five graduating seniors from UNOH who have helped lead the Rotaract Club this year. The students will wear Rotaract sashes at their commencement.
Esther Baldridge and Bob Ruehl received District 6600 service awards recently, for their leadership on the 4-Way Essay Contest and the global grant for the sanitary and hygiene project, respectively.
The Lima Rotary Foundation presented checks to the High Octane Drum Line and Christian Corner Community Center.
The Sergeant At Arms Committee is looking for helpers over the next few months.
Rotary is presenting several pop-up free family summer movies throughout the community this summer and is in need of sponsors for each.
Past Presidents
Sixteen past presidents of the Lima Rotary Club attended this year's Past Presidents' Lunch.
Sixteen past presidents of the Lima Rotary Club met recently for lunch and fellowship.  Two came from out of town.  Mike Yakir traveled from Mansfield and Jerry Hoerner traveled from Springfield for the event. After some reminiscing, the group focused on Dave’s question to them, "How can our Lima Club help the City of Lima?” Their answers were proactive and thought provoking.  Members of the club will be hearing more about the day and some of the actionable items in the near future. 
Changing of the Guard
Please Join Dave and Tracie for the Annual Changing of the Guard on June 26 as we say good bye to Dave's Year and welcome Tracie's Year.
The Scoop - May 22, 2017
Goodwill and Easter Seals serve overlapping populations.
The regional merger of Goodwill and Easter Seals makes sense because the two organizations serve overlapping populations, Goodwill/Easter Seals of Miami Valley President and CEO Lance Detrick told Rotary Monday.
In Ohio, one in five people have a disability. Also, one in six is living in poverty, Detrick said. Merging those two populations, one in four people with a disability lives in poverty. Goodwill helps people find jobs and overcome barriers to employment, and Easter Seals helps people with disabilities.
The two groups have a long history in Allen County. Easter Seals of West Central Ohio merged with Miami Valley in 1991, and Goodwill in Lima merged with Easter Seals of Miami Valley in 2009. While both are national organizations, there are 162 local Goodwills in the United States and Canada, and only six are affiliated with Easter Seals.
In 2016, the merged organization built a West Central Ohio regional headquarters and Goodwill retail site on Allentown Road.
“Opening that facility gives us a stronger presence here,” said Detrick, who is a Dayton Rotary Club member.
The merged group works in the region on job placement services and disability services, such as training a person with vision impairments how to use a cane.
Detrick said the organization is motivated by three things about the people they serve:
People want to help themselves, and Goodwill Easter Seals helps with a hand up;
Even when people need assistance, they want to do as much as they can for themselves;
People want choices and to make their own decisions.
In other business:
The Scholarship Committee awarded another round of $1,000 scholarships, bringing the historical total of 894 in the 16 years of the program funded largely by the golf outing.
New members Beth Seibert, Sharon Ewing, Jane Campbell, and Mindy Schulz were introduced to the club.
Rotary Day at the Lima Locos is June 24 at 7:00pm when the Locos take on the Cincinnati Steam. See President Dave for your free tickets. Rain date is July 23.
Fair Parade
The Lima Rotary Club is planning to march in the Allen County Fair Parade on Sunday, August 13 at 2:00 pm. Please join us! Contact Peggy Ehora if you'd like to walk or ride.
The Lima Rotary Club is excited to be sponsoring the Rally in the Square on August 18 with the band Somebody's Kids. If you'd like to volunteer, contact Jim Osmon.