Upcoming Events
Social Hour
The Met
Nov 27, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Special Needs Christmas Party
Shawnee United Methodist Church
Dec 08, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 15, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Lima Astronomical Society
Dec 10, 2018
Meet Our New Judge
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 24, 2018
Merry Christmas!
Dec 31, 2018
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The Scoop - November 19, 2018
The girls basketball teams are geared up for the 2018/2019 season.
Girls basketball season begins this weekend and Lima Rotarians got a sneak peek during our annual Girls Basketball Preview. Host Vince Koza interviewed coaches from eight Allen County high schools about the upcoming season and all said their teams are training hard and looking forward to getting out on the court.
The Scoop - November 12, 2018
Habitat For Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The Lima Area chapter of Habitat For Humanity was founded in 1991 with the mission of building homes for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them. Volunteer Coordinator Mark Suderman told us the homes are not given to the families, rather, they are sold to them at cost with a no interest loan. The families are also required to put in sweat equity, joining the teams of volunteers in the building of their homes. In the past 27 years, Habitat For Humanity has constructed 54 homes in Allen County, with the most recent one in Delphos. They have plans to begin their 55th home this spring in Elida. Suderman says they're also planning to begin a repair program next year to fix up homes for low income families who can't afford to have the work done.
Also at Monday's meeting, Katy Page, Jeff Lee and Ben Swartz received their red badges. 
President Paul reported that we've raised $1,963 for Polio Plus. If we top last year's total of $4,473, Paul will donate an extra $500.
Tracie Sanchez announced that we served 450 people at our Fall Blood Clinic and raised $8,845 for the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Dictionary Distribution
There were lots of smiles as the Lima Rotary Club passed out dictionaries to nearly 1,000 third graders.
The Bath High School Interact Club had a busy Saturday!
The students filled 28 shoe boxes with gifts for Samaritan's Purse Christmas Shoe Box drop off. They had a fun time while giving gifts to children around the world. They also attended volunteer training at Fassett Farm/The Equestrian Therapy Program. And they hosted a Friendsgiving social event with the goal of getting to know each other better. 
These are truly outstanding young men and women!
The Bath High School Interact Club collected 2,798 personal hygiene items for the West Ohio Food Bank this week at Bath Schools grades K-12. The kindergarten won with 802 items collected and will be receiving doughnuts courtesy of  Interact. Great job, everyone!
Hat & Glove
The Lima Rotary Club is collecting hats and gloves for the Salvation Army.
On Monday November 26th and Monday December 3rd, we will be collecting hats and gloves for 10 – 12 year old children – mostly size medium and some large.  A Salvation Army barrel will be placed at the club meeting. They will also have a collection box for anyone who wishes to donate money in addition to the hats and gloves. Writing a check is another option. Please make it payable to the Lima Rotary Club.  One check will then be given to the Salvation Army from the club.
The Lima Rotary Club is a finalist for the ILLY Award!
Lima Young Professionals presents the ILLY award every year to those who inspire and lead in our community. The Lima Rotary Club is honored to be selected as a finalist. The awards will be presented on December 6th.
Special Needs
Our Special Needs Christmas Party is December 8th.
The Lima Rotary Club hosts its annual Special Needs Christmas Party on Saturday, December 8 from 11:00-2:00 at Shawnee United Methodist Church. The party is for children with disabilities from ages 5-14. There will be food, gifts, entertainment, super heroes and much more. The Special Needs Christmas Party is a tradition of the Lima Rotary Club dating back nearly 100 years. The club began its support of disabled children in 1917 when the Crippled Children’s Committee was formed  to help pay for medical care, wheel chairs, braces, and other equipment for the children. The first Christmas party was held shortly afterwards.
There are a variety of ways you can help: transport a child, supervise a child, purchase a gift for a child, or all of these. If you'd like to help, contact Esther Baldridge.
Wine Raffle
We're having a wine raffle at our Christmas party!
Only 25 tickets will be sold at a cost of $20 each. Each ticket guarantees you a bottle of wine. The wines to be raffled are: 1 bottle worth over $100, 1 bottle worth $75, 2 bottles worth $50, 2 bottles worth $30, 2 bottles worth $25, and 17 bottles worth $10. See Cat for your tickets. All proceeds benefit the Lima Rotary Foundation.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the November 13 board meeting.
     Call to Order                                                                                 Paul Swartz
President Swartz called the meeting to order with the following members present:  Ken Dysert, Peg Ehora, John Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Tracie Sanchez, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, and Jeff Tracy.  Also present was Secretary Rita Brown
     Secretary’s Report                                                                     Rita Brown
Sarno made a motion to approve the Minutes of the October 9, 2018, Board Meeting and the Supplemental Minutes dated November 5, 2018.  Metzger seconded the motion.   Board approved.
    Attendance report
Brown shared the club attendance report for October 2018.  The month ended with 168 members with two members resigning.  Meeting attendance was at 41.02%. Orientation for four new members was held on Wednesday November 7, 2018.   We have six new approved members but two were not able to attend orientation at this time. 
     Rotary Basics Book to Non-Active Members
Members have been picking up their copy of the book at Club Meetings for the last three weeks.  The remaining members will receive their book personally from one of the Board Members who will deliver them.     
     President's Report                                                                      Paul Swartz
     Salvation Army   Fundraiser Update                                   Paul Downing
Salvation Army Operations Coordinator, Paul Downing attended the meeting.   Downing currently has responsibility over the Salvation Army Kettles, Toys for Tots and the Angel Trees.   Downing thanked the Club for their generous contributions to the Salvation Army over the years. 
The Board considered giving Hats and Mittens.   After thoroughly discussing, the Board decided to do a Hat, Mitten and Cash drive on November 26 and December 3.   A Salvation Army Barrel will be placed in the Meeting Room for donations.   Checks should be made payable to the Lima Rotary Club.  The Club will do a presentation to Major Jeff Stacy of the Salvation Army on December 10th at the Club Meeting.               
     District Water Project to assist with Haiti Clean Water Project
The Foundation agreed to participate in the Rotary District 6600, 6290, and 7020 Project and to provide $1,000 as requested.  Jared Walsh will get information and send check accordingly.
       VMCC Sponsorship Update
The Lima Rotary Foundation Board considered the proposal from the VMCC for naming rights to the North Hall to Rotary Hall.  The modified sponsorship has a cost of $20,000 or $ 4,000 a year for a period of five years.  The package includes 10 Event Tickets per year, 10% off Room Rental but no discount on weekly fees and annual recognition at the Season Reveal Gala.  At the end of the 5 years, the sponsorship would again be reviewed.  The Foundation Board does not do multi-year grants.   At this time, they didn’t want to make that type of investment due to the investment in the amphitheater and stock market fluctuation.  Swartz suggested revisiting it again in June and making it a club project.
       Shelter Box for the Tsunami Victims in Indonesia
The Board forwarded the request for $1000 to the Foundation.  A Shelter Box will be set up for Club Members to view at the Club Meeting on December 3, 2018.  The members will be asked to contribute and the Foundation will make up the remaining amount for the of the total cost of $1,000 for the Shelter Box
       District Grant Requests for Library Books and Dictionaries
The Club submitted two requests for additional District Grants.  District grants are awarded in the amount of up to 1/3 of the cost of the project.  Request were submitted for payment of books for the Children’s Library at the Lima Public Library and also for the Dictionaries distributed to 3rd graders in Allen County. 
      Sheriff’s Department Fund Raiser   
Members will be offered the opportunity to purchase shirts and jackets from Proforma with the Rotary Logo.  Proforma will make a donation for each garment sold for the purchase of Exercise Equipment for the Sheriff’s Department.  An email with details and forms will be sent to Club Members.
     Project Coordinator
Swartz indicated wanting to name a Project Coordinator and small committee to oversee small one day projects.  The Rotary Club would partner with various organizations.  They would be Spring and Summer projects. 
     Board Reports                                                             
     Dictionary Distribution, Special Needs, and Salvation Army Bell Ringing Updates   Peggy Ehora
Ehora stated the Dictionary Distribution and Salvation Army Bell Ringing projects are on schedule.  The Special Needs Christmas Party is scheduled for December 8, 2018.  Ehora is planning special activities for the older children up to age 12.  They will consider adding Corn Hole Games to the activities for those children. 
     Polio Plus Update                                                                          John Ficorilli  
Ficorilli will lead the efforts for the Polio Plus Auctions that will take place during January, February and March 2019.  The items will be pre –posted and photos will be sent to the members.
     Christmas Party Update                                                               Cat Sarno  
As the Club will not be holding a Reverse Raffle this year, Sarno is working with a Committee to raise additional money at the Party that will be in addition to the regular Christmas Raffle/Auction/Elvis.  Plans include a Wine Raffle that has a goal of raising $500.  Also vendors are being invited to have a display with a portion of the proceeds going to the Club.    Members will be given the option of having their purchases included on their quarterly statements.
      Blood Drive Recap                                                                        Tracie Sanchez
Sanchez reported 460 attended the Blood Drive and Memorial Hospital performed 1003 blood test.  Attendance was down about 100 people.  Gross income was $30,000 and after expenses, the Drive raised $8,845 which will be given to the Lima Rotary Foundation.   A check presentation will be held.  The Board discussed ways to do a better job in promoting the Blood Drive in the future.
     Amphitheatre Update                                                                  Tracie Sanchez 
Sanchez reported the following updates.  The sale of the Sonntag property is ready to be finalized and closed. 
That should occur by the end of this week or next week.  An issue has come up on the McDonald Property where the Gas Station was.   They are working through those issues.  That will take a period of time to accomplish.     Sanchez and Rich Rudolph met with Senator Matt Huffman, State Representative Bob Cup, Mayor Berger, Howard Elstro and Tim Stolly.  The City is excited about the project and will be fully involved.  Bart Mills is leading an Arts Committee that will help with the Designs.  Mills will be talking to other cities with amphitheaters about the pros and cons of their structures.   This will be a mini version of the project in Columbus OH.   Sanchez stated the Mayor is very excited about the $2.2 million dollar project.  Bassitt Architectural Firm has put together the budget for the project. The project is moving forward and fund raising is almost ready to begin. 
      Treasurer Report                                                                                       Kevin Bill
Treasurer Bill called into the meeting to discuss the Financial Report.  A few members were specifically discussed on the Aging Report.  2nd notices will be sent to all people over 90 days in arrears.   Dysert made a motion to approve the Financial Report as submitted.  Sanchez seconded the motion.  Board approved.
     New Business:                                                                                       Rita Brown
There were no resignations and no new member applications for the month. 
Swartz adjourned the meeting at 1:15 PM.  
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Order your Rotary shirts and jackets today!
Over the last few months, we have been actively raising money for the purchase of exercise equipment for the Sheriff’s Office. Bob McPheron from Proforma is offering club members the opportunity to purchase shirts and jackets with the Rotary logo.  Proforma will make a donation to the fund raiser for each garment sold. These items will also make great Christmas gifts. If you are interested, download the order form here and make sure your order is placed by November 26.
  • Members need to complete the form and email or fax it to Brandy Fisher at Prorfroma. Her contact information is on the order form. 
  • Members who wish to use a debit or credit card can do so by completing the order form with their card number information.
  • There will be no tax on the orders as they are sending them in together as a Rotary Club order.
  • Bob will bring the garments to our club Christmas Party on December 17th and members can pick them up that day.
  • Members will be able to pay cash or write a check when they pick up their orders.
  •  Bob does not want to use the quarterly bill option.
  • All orders need to be in to Proforma by Monday November 26, 2018.
Polio Plus
The Lima Rotary Club is helping to end polio.
The Lima Rotary Club is taking pledges for Polio Plus.  You can either donate at Monday's meeting, or download the pledge card you can find here and mail your donation. If the entire Lima Rotary Club can meet or exceed last year’s World Polio Day total of $4,473.00, Paul Swartz will contribute an additional $500.00. Don't forget that for every dollar we contribute, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation will contribute $2, tripling our pledge.
Giving Tuesday
Please support the Rotary Foundation on Giving Tuesday.

You can end Foundation Month on a charitable note by participating in Giving Tuesday, 27 November. Rotary will be joining thousands of other organizations worldwide for a global day of giving. Our new online giving platform has made it easier than ever to give to the Foundation, and you can easily notify someone of a gift made in their honor via email or by printing and delivering a customized notification yourself.

We usually refer to The Rotary Foundation as Our Foundation. Unlike most charities, our Foundation is truly Our Foundation, because it is both supported by the Rotary family, and supports the work we do. This year, our Foundation has already approved 222 district grants, with $31.9 million USD in total funding, and 41 global grants, with $11.9 million in total funding.

Our ambitious goals to grow our endowment and our annual giving set the stage for a larger, more effective, more sustainable Rotary—that will Be the Inspiration for generations to come.

Object of Rotary
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