The Scoop - October 4, 2021
Local fire officials encourage us to take precautions to guard against fires.
Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen says the mission of the fire service is not just to put out fires, but to educate the community on fire safety and fire prevention. "In the United States, there are 1.3 million fires annually and about 100,000 of those are commercial buildings. $25.6 billion in losses annually." Kitchen says the three leading causes of commercial building fires are cooking, human error, and electrical malfunction. He says regular inspections, employee training, and keeping buildings clean and organized all help prevent fires. As business owners and managers, we should welcome fire inspectors on their annual visits. He says they are not there to fine businesses or cause problems; they are there to make sure that there are no fire hazards. 
Lima Fire Chief Andy Heffner stressed the importance of sprinklers and told us that sprinklers are only a small part of a building's budget, but they are invaluable in putting out fires and saving both lives and property. He illustrated this with a video about a huge fire in Philadelphia which was rapidly spreading, until it got to the one floor that had sprinklers and those sprinklers stopped the fire, which hundreds of firefighters had not been able to do.
Shawnee Township Fire Prevention Officer Matt Myers told us that every building should have smoke detectors and alarm systems. The main types are: automatic, which calls the fire department when fire is detected; manual, which is a box on the wall that has a handle to pull in case of fire; conventional, which divides a building into sections and has a panel that identifies the location of the fire; and the expanded system, which incorporates the sprinkler system, the smoke alarm system, CO2 detector, and security system. Your fire department can help you decide which system is best for your business.
Chief Kitchen also encouraged us to have fire extinguishers throughout our businesses; local fire departments will come to your business to train your employees on how to use them.
Also at Monday's meeting, we welcomed a new member, Jude Meyers, Superintendent at the Shawnee School District.
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
The Bath High School Interact Club is up and running for the 2020-21 school year.
We met with our elected officers right before school started to lay out plans for the year. Many of the club's flagship projects will return. Students must obtain 24 hours of documented community service hours to successfully complete the year and attend the pinning ceremony in May at a Lima Rotary meeting.
So far this year we have had two meetings. Attendance has been in the 55-65 range which is down a bit from past years but we think it may be because we lost our momentum during COVID-19 as we were unable to meet regularly for an extended period of time. We think more may join as we get going on projects.
A few events we have worked on this year include our Spirit Den, where the public can purchase Bath clothing and other swag. The club makes a portion of the profits and the members help with delivery of the items. This is a joint project with our friends at Proforma. We hosted a community tailgate party with Union Chapel Church back in August which was a lot of fun and was well attended. We did face painting and collected donations at the football gates at the annual “Gold Game” for pediatric cancer and we had a booth and passed out candy at the Homecoming game tailgate party.
Some upcoming events include: volunteering at the Bath Middle School Book Fair, helping out at the ACESC Fall Fest, and a hygiene drive with the West Ohio Food Bank.
We are looking forward to a great year of “Service Above Self” and are thankful for the support of the Lima Rotary Club.
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.
Peace Conference
Register now for Rotary District 6600's third annual peace conference on October 30.
The Sixty-three Rotary Clubs of District 6600 seek to foster peace and understanding in the region and beyond by sponsoring their third Peace Conference on Saturday, October 30 in Elyria, Ohio. Rotary club leaders, young people, and interested individuals throughout the area will join in conversations and hear proposals about unique solutions. 
“There is no question that we face enormous challenges in today’s world. If we don’t act now to build the conditions for a sustainable peace, the problems will only increase,” says Jeanine Donaldson, Rotary District 6600 Peace Conference Chair and the Executive Director, YWCA of Elyria. 
Distinguished keynote speakers are Xavier Ramey, Founder and CEO of Justice Informed and a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Dr. Akram Boutros, President and CEO of the Cuyahoga County’s MetroHealth System, and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of the Mount Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.   
What do a water well, a sanitation project in a rural school, a malaria nets program and a polio immunization day have in common? They change lives. They bring hope to communities around the world. And that hope begins with us and our Rotary Foundation.
The Conversations That Matter: Virtual Series brings Rotary members together to engage, inspire and inform, this time with Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, John Germ.
Conversations That Matter with Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, John Germ
Thursday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. ET
John is a global Rotary leader and a passionate advocate for polio eradication and the work of our Rotary Foundation. His conversation, “Our Rotary Foundation Brings Hope,” will no doubt be  informative, inspiring and delivered with John’s straight-talking Tennessee style!
Registration is OPEN  with limited space for  Conversations That Matter with Trustee Chair John Germ.
Have a question for John? You can enter your question when you register!
Here are the Details to Register!
Conversations that Matter with Trustee Chair John Germ

Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:30 PM CT / 5:30 PM ET
SPACE IS LIMITED – Advance Registration is required:

Please join in this meaningful dialogue with John, and thank you for being a Rotarian.

Elizabeth Usovicz
Rotary International Director, Zones 30 and 31
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