Upcoming Meetings
As promised, here is the latest update on our upcoming meetings...
No meeting on Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents' Day.
Social Meeting (dates welcome): Brunch at Old City Prime - Sunday, February 21 @11:00am. Let me or Demi know if you are attending. There will be a group of us going to 9:30 mass at St John's prior.
February 22 - Meeting at VMCCC with lunch! (Zoom option available). You don't want to miss Larry Webb deliver the Joke of the Day 
*** Please adhere to 3 per table for this meeting. We can't afford to get shut down! ***
Looking forward to seeing you all ASAP. Thank you all for your patience.
  - President John
The Scoop - February 8, 2021
Michael Ayers has traveled the world taking photos of breathtaking cathedrals and he shared them with us along with their interesting history and architecture.
The next Lima Rotary Club social is February 21st at Old City Prime from 11:00 - 2:00. Drop in any time and enjoy brunch and great fellowship! Please let Demi know if you will be attending so she can plan appropriate distancing measures.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the February 9th board meeting.
Call to Order     John Ficorilli
President John called the meeting together at 11:34 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Peggy Ehora, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Theresa Schnipke, Derek Semen, Andy Wannemacher and Ken Dysert. Also, Treasurer Dan Best, Secretary Rita Brown and Anne Decker were present.
Secretary’s Report          Rita Brown
Brown shared the Attendance Report for January 2021.  The month ended with 148 total members – 4 Honorary and 144 Active Members.  Since July 1st, 14 members resigned and 7 new members have joined – an overall loss of 7.  Attendance is up 1% with the Zoom Meetings.
Presidents Report         John Ficorilli
RI - Rotary Meetings Through the Remainder of the 2020 – 2021 Year
The Lima Rotary Board agreed to offer a Hybrid Option for the Lima Club.  Members will be able to attend Club Meetings both In-Person or on Zoom starting February 22nd.    Meeting formats will be reviewed on a monthly basis. 
Joint Board meeting Tuesday April 13, 2021   
The Lima Rotary Board of Directors and the Lima Rotary Foundation will hold a Joint Board Meeting on Tuesday April 13, 2021.  New Board Members for each Board will be announced at that time. 
Preparation for the Annual Meeting        
According to the Lima Rotary Club ByLaws, the Annual Meeting needs to be held before May 1st.  A quorum of members needs to attend.  Due to delays caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ficorilli made a motion to delay the Annual Meeting until Monday May 17th.  Each member will be notified personally through mass eMail.  Details will also be included in the eSpoke.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Virtual Reverse Raffle Update
Ficorilli, Farley and Catheryn Sarno are working on plans for a Virtual Reverse Raffle.  The event will be held in March or April 2021.
Strategic Planning Update
Ficorilli will name a committee from members of the Rotary Board and the Foundation Board.  The focus will be on Staying Vibrant and the Direction of the Club going forward.
Social Meeting Updates 
The next Social Meeting will be a brunch held on Sunday February 21st from 11 AM – 2 PM at Old City Prime.  Members and families are encouraged to attend.                          
Board Reports              
Candidate selection Update for the Boards          Jeff Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald stated the Slate of Candidates will be finalized by Monday March 9th.  Ficorilli will make an announcement to the Club Members on Monday February 22, 2021.  If anyone is interested in being considered, he or she needs to contact Fitzgerald or Stemen at this time.
Polio Plus Fundraising Campaign – Next Steps     Derek and Keith
The goal for this year’s Polio Plus campaign is $5,000.  To-date, $4,000 has been raised.  Ideas currently being considered are a Bake Sale sponsored by Rotaract.  Also, an Apparel Sale and other personalized Lima Rotary Club items are being considered.
Request for Jefferson Award Nominations            Derek Stemen
Stemen is currently requesting Club Members propose nominees for the Jefferson Award.  The deadline for nominations is March 17, 2021. 
Golf Outing Committee Planning         Andy Wannemacher
Wannemacher stated a date for the Rex Perry Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing has not been finalized but the committee is working on the planning stages at this time.
Treasurer Report              Dan Best
Best stated the Quarterly Dues Invoices are out.  They reflect a reduction of $50 per member due to the Club’s cost savings as a result of holding meetings via Zoom.    Semi-annual dues have been paid to RI and also the District MESA Contribution has been paid.  The P & L indicates Revenue and Expenses are both down with meetings held via Zoom.  Net Income is up for the 6-month period of July 2020 – January 2021.
He also reviewed the A/R Aging Summary as of February 4, 2021. 
The Board discussed establishing a Fund for Diversity and Inclusion efforts. Ficorilli will reach out to District Membership Manager, John Hill, to learn if the District has any programs in place addressing the issue.
Ficorilli made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.          
New Business      John Ficorilli and Rita Brown
 Legacy Arts Celebration on August 7th
Ficorilli will speak with the Legacy Arts Organization to determine if Rotary could have a tent located at the festivities. 
               Lyman McCluer
         Jacqui Daley-Perrin
Stemen made a motion to approve the resignations of McCluer and Daley-Perrin with regret.  Best seconded the motion.  Board approved.   
There will be no Club Meeting on Monday February 15, 2021 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 12:46 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
One Rotary Summit
Explore the power of dngagement and how “Rotary Opens Opportunities” at the District 6600 One Rotary Summit.
Sessions will be held Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 9:00 am via Zoom. This session is designed for new and experienced Rotarians and Rotaractors to come together and share discussion about opportunities through Public Image, Membership, and The Rotary Foundation.

As a participant you will…
•    Be inspired and ready to act on Rotary opportunities through the connectedness of Membership, Public Image, and The Rotary Foundation.
•    Gain a broader view of opportunities that come through Rotary and Rotaract.
•    Understand how acting on opportunities can help clubs increase membership and result in member retention.
•    Appreciate how acting on opportunities can lead to increased giving to The Rotary Foundation and Doing Good in the World.
•    Understand “What’s in it for me” and “What’s in it for others.”
What?  District 6600 One Rotary Summit
When?  February 27, 2021         

Service in Action
Rotary International - Service In Action

Learn from experts about solar refrigeration to safely store vaccines and system-wide solutions to food waste

By Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)
Through End Polio Now, Rotary members have worked passionately to ensure that children in the most remote corners of the world get vaccinated. Now, to help Rotarians and Rotaractors respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, ESRAG Renewable Energy Task Force is hosting a webinar where experts will explain the use of solar direct drive (SDD) refrigeration to store vaccines at safe temperatures in communities without reliable electric power. The speakers include Steve McCarney of Sunny Day LLC and Johnny Weiss of Solar Energy International (SEI).
As a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), McCarney developed specs for battery-free solar-powered refrigeration kits, with built-in cold storage for backup to ensure they can maintain proper temperature through the night and for several days if the sun is not shining. A hundred models of fridges and freezers meet the specs and have been pre-certified for purchase by UNICEF.  These systems maintain temperatures of +2 to +8 degrees Celsius, consistent with safe storage of the Oxford AstraZenica vaccine. Here is a list of the WHO prequalified appliances.
McCarney and Weiss will also explain the opportunities for clinics to tap excess electricity generated by these same solar fridge kits to power other equipment health centers need, such as lighting, communications, and even select small medical devices like the fetal Dopplers and otoscopes. The systems are rigorously designed to ensure that the refrigerator or freezer always has the power it needs to maintain proper temperatures for storing vaccines and medications. 
Learn more about how to make the worldwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations safe and fair by joining this webinar!
Webinar Date/time: 12 February, 10:00 Central Standard Time*
Large-scale Solutions to Food Waste
The U.S. food industry is estimated to account for 80% of water use, 51% of land use, 10-15% of energy use, 10% of greenhouse gas emissions, and 21 million jobs. In 2019, 35% of the food produced in the USA went to waste. That uneaten food – worth $308 billion - accounted for 4% of US carbon emissions. Cost-effective, systemic solutions are ready to deploy. 
Dana Gunders, ReFED Executive Director will describe the logistics and economics of work now underway in the USA to reach the national goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030. As her predecessor Chris Cochran says, this is “a tremendous economic, environmental, and social opportunity.”  ESRAG’s Drawdown Food Waste Task Force is offering this webinar on practical solutions, to inform and inspire Rotarians, Rotaractors, and anyone committed to food security and a livable planet worldwide. 
Webinar Date/time: 18 February, 13:00 Central Standard Time*
Before becoming a founding board member of ReFED, Dana Gunders served as a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, then launched Next Course LLC to provide strategic advice on preventing food waste. She is the author of NRDC's landmark Wasted study, launched the Ad Council’s Save the Food campaign, and is a leading public voice for solutions, including testifying to the U.S. Congress. ReFED is an entrepreneurial nonprofit powered by leaders in the food industry, capital investment, foodbanks, foundations, and the public sector, including the Rockefeller Foundation, General Mills, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
Visit ESRAG website to access more resources and to contact the group for project advice.  
Upcoming Events
Social Meeting
Old City Prime
Feb 21, 2021
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
One Rotary Summit
Feb 27, 2021
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Feb 15, 2021
President's Day
Feb 22, 2021 12:00 PM
Life During COVID Times at Procter & Gamble Manufacturing
Mar 01, 2021 12:00 PM
Heart Health
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