Changing of the Guard
Say goodbye to President Ken and welcome President John at the Changing of the Guard on Monday.
Please be sure to attend the Changing of the Guard Party on Monday June 29th. It is our chance to thank Ken for his year and to welcome our new President, John. Also it is a time when we acknowledge a number of members for the outstanding work they have done. And, it is fun.  It will have a surprise ending this year that you will enjoy!
Enjoy your weekend and be sure to join the Changing of the Guard via Zoom on Monday! 
Topic: Lima Rotary Club - Changing of the Guard
Time: Jun 29, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 979 1797 8882
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Return To Normal
The Lima Rotary Cub resumes (almost) regular meetings in July.
Just as we start to get pretty good with Zoom meetings, it looks like we will be able to start meeting at the VMCCC again, starting in July. Our plan as of now is to have our July 6 meeting at the Civic Center at the regular time. It will be set up as a hybrid live/online meeting. We will work to make sure we have adequate space to maintain social distancing (is anyone else tired of this term?) to maintain a safe environment for our members. There will likely be no sign in or buttons, and we may have to set up one-way traffic, but we will make it work.  
We are working with Milano’s to set up safe food distribution, and we will have more details as we get closer to the meeting date. We will also have live streaming of the meeting and text/chat capabilities for any members who are not yet comfortable attending in person. 
Thank you all for your patience as we are navigating this crazy time.  It will take more than a little virus to take down Rotary.
Ralph Ellis
It is with deep regret that I inform the Lima Rotary Club of the passing of long time Rotarian Ralph Ellis on June 23, 2020. Ralph joined our club on November 1, 1972 equating to 47 years and 8 months as a member and a true Rotarian. Ralph had many friends with in our Club and will certainly be missed by many. Please keep the Ellis family in your thoughts and prayers. Visitation with the Ellis family will be this Saturday June 27th from 1 – 4 PM at Chiles Shawnee Chapel. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the West Ohio Food Bank at 
Ken Dysert
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The Scoop - June 22, 2020
Lima Parks & Recreation staff worked hard to keep the parks open during the COVID-19 crisis.
One of the few places that didn't shut down during the pandemic was parks. Lima Parks & Recreation Director Ric Stolly told us that his staff put in a lot of hours to ensure the parks were safe and that the people who enjoyed them were informed about the precautions that they should take. But though the parks were open, Stolly says their spring and summer programming suffered. They made the difficult decision not to open Schoonover Pool this year, and instead of children going to the parks for the summer playground program, they are holding a virtual summer playground program online with fun things the kids to do like exercise and art projects. The summer baseball and softball leagues will be able to meet, but the season will be abbreviated. Stolly credits his staff for working through all the issues to keep the parks open and give people the chance to get out of the house and enjoy the nearly 400 acres of green space encompassed by Lima's parks.
The Scoop - June 15, 2020
Small businesses have been hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis.
Owners of small businesses have been facing numerous challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have closed their doors - some temporarily, some permanently - and many have had to lay off employees. Kathy Keller, Project Coordinator of the Small Business Development Center at Rhodes State College told us that most small businesses have the resources to survive for 60 days without customers. The federal government created the Cares Act to help them with the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. The first $349 billion allocated to the Paycheck Protection Program ran out in just 13 days. There was $310 billion in the second round of funding.
So what can businesses do to stay viable? Keller says those with a business plan are 30% more likely to succeed than those without one. If you already have a business plan, she recommends taking a look at it and revising it for current conditions. She says you should also revise your cash flow income to reflect the restrictions, and negotiate your debt repayment. If you need assistance, the SBDC is available to help. Most of all, Keller says that shopping locally will help our businesses.
Golf Outing
Golfers! Register now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 26!
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. The date has been moved to Wednesday, August 26th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with lunch from Western Sizzlin Steakhouse. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to ensure our participants' safety. The Committee is also staying abreast to the most current recommendations set forth by the Ohio governor regarding the best practices for staying safe during the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Since standards and protocols are continuously being changes and updated the format and what happenings that will take place on the day of the event are still undergoing planning, but rest assure that the day will be both exhilarating and competitive. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register as an individual or team at 419-231-3209 or
Last year we had 21 teams competing and raised over $43,000, all of which went to benefit the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund selects persons who live or work in Allen County who are in pursuit of a degree or certification and will attend a school or college in Allen County. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage Allen County employees and residents to work and plan for their futures within our county.  As of March 2020, over 1,046 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $776,250. Degrees or certifications can be achieved at the Apollo Career Center (Adult Education), Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University at Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio.  All residents who live in and employees who work in Allen County are eligible.       
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