The Scoop - April 15, 2019
Revive Civility Ohio wants to bring people together to have constructive conversation on divisive issues.
Revive Civility is a national initiative that was formed in 2011 in response to the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured 19. State Representative Bob Cupp is a co-chair of the Ohio chapter. "It is a direct response to the polarization and the unhealthy level of disrespect that seem to be occurring on every level of our society. As we all know, respect and understanding are core elements for building trust. And trust is essential for real relationships. The lack of it leads to malfunctioning governmental institutions as well as unhealthy communities." Revive Civility's goal is to help people find common ground, foster increased understanding, empathy and tolerance, and restore relationships.
Also at Monday's meeting, the winners of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest shared their winning papers with us. The first place winner was Maddox Bell, second place  was Chloe Miller, and third place was Olivia Laux. Congratulations on a fabulous job!
The Scoop - April 8, 2019
The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon.
July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon and his home town of Wapakoneta is planning a big celebration this summer for the 50th anniversary. Greg Brown, Experience Coordinator at the Armstrong Air & Space Museum told us that the Summer Moon Festival from July 19-21 will feature at least three astronauts, exhibits from NASA, inflatables, games, entertainment and much more. Phase 1 of the museum's renovation will be complete by then, adding 1,600 square feet of classroom space so the museum can expand its educational offerings. Phase 2 of the expansion will include additional exhibit space and is expected to be completed by the summer of 2022, in time for the 50th anniversary of the museum's opening. Brown said they also plan to renovate the Astro Theater so it will be a working planetarium. Brown says the Armstrong Air & Space Museum is a monument to Ohio’s contribution to aviation and space exploration from the early pioneer days through the space shuttle era. Exhibits include a moon rock Armstrong brought back with him, two full-sized aircraft he flew, the Gemini VIII space capsule, artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission and more.
Also at Monday's meeting, Lima Rescue Mission Director Chuck Ferguson updated us on the organization's mission. They provide shelter and food for homeless men on a temporary basis and transitional housing for men with some income, but not enough to afford a place of their own. periods of time. The mission also operates Camp Roberts, a summer day camp for children in grades K-6 who attend Lima City Schools. 
The Bath High School Interact Club wants kids to know that teens and alcohol don't mix.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the April 9th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                Paul Swartz
President Swartz called the meeting to order at 11:39 AM.
     Secretary’s Report                                                                                  Rita Brown
     Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance report for March 2019.  One member rejoined and four resigned.  March ended with 164 members.  Attendance was 41.04%.
President's Report                                                                                  Paul Swartz
Annual Meeting Plan   
The Annual Meeting will be held on Monday April 22, 2019.  Members will receive the Agenda and Resolutions through a mass email and hard copies will be available at the meetings on April 15th and 22nd
Changes to the Constitution and By Laws
Swartz provided copies of the updated Constitution, By-Laws and Talking Points.  Updated materials will be sent to Club Members in a mass email on April 10, 2019.  Those without access to email will receive mailed printed materials.   Members will be asked to approve the changes at the Annual Meeting on April 22, 2019.  Metzger made a motion to approve the newly updated Constitution and By-laws.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Small projects
The Small Projects Committee has been working with Habitat for Humanity and the Food Bank planning projects for this Spring.   They will be active during Swartz’s term as President.  A new committee will be formed during Dysert’s year.
            National Night Out 
LACNIP is planning a Downtown Lima National Night Out on Tuesday August 6.  Sponsorships are being offered at Gold level for $500, Silver at $250 and Bronze at $100.  The goal is to partner with other organizations, City Officials and Law Enforcement agencies to take a stand against crime. They will submit a grant application to the Lima Rotary Foundation. 
            EREY/Paul Harris Member Education
Dave Frost will speak at club meetings in order to educate club members on Every Rotarian Every Year and Polio Plus
Civic Center North Hall Naming Rights  
The Civic Center Foundation has offered the Club a Modified Sponsorship package that includes Naming Rights of the North Hall to Rotary Hall.  The Board agreed more conversation needs to be held before any decision can be made. 
Board Reports  
Social Hour                                                                                          John Ficorilli
Ficorilli stated the next Social Hour will be held at the Met on April 23.  Improvement and changes are coming.
New Member Orientation Video Update                                                   
Swartz stated Decker did a great job with it.  The link will be sent to new members joining the club
Club Service Award Nominations and Voting                    Rita Brown
Since 2009, one of the activities at the Changing of the Guard Party is to acknowledge current club members who have exhibited exemplary service over the past year in the five areas of service.   The names of those nominated along with additional nominees received from the Board were discussed.   The names of those selected by the Board in each of the five areas will be kept confidential until the Changing of the Guard Party.
Vice President Report
Polio Plus Update                                                                         
Ficorilli indicated to-date $4,942 has been collected. 
Treasurer Report Kevin Bill
Bill stated the Balance Sheet indicated the Club has $35,000 in cash and $46,000 in receivables with around $50,000 Funds Held for Others.  He also reviewed the A/R Aging Summary.  Conversation is being held with those few over 90 days but there are no real areas of concern.  Currently we have no active members from P & G.  More focus will be placed on gaining members from them.  Sarno made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report and Tracy seconded the report.  Board approved.   
New Business:                                                                                     Rita Brown
  • Kirk Slusher
Hubbell made a motion to accept the resignation of Slusher with regret.   Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Member Applications 
  • Dr. Kevin Casey, Mercy Health  
  • Dr. Tim Rehner, OSU-Lima
Tracy made a motion to accept the applications of Dr. Casey and Dr. Rehner.  Hubbell seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:12 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
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Blood Clinic
Lima Rotary Club's Spring Blood Clinic is May 4 from 6:30-9:30am at Senior Citizen Services.
Our Spring Blood Clinic is a great opportunity for the public to receive low cost blood screenings which are vital to monitoring their health. The registration form can be downloaded here. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact President Paul.
Golf Outing
Join us for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on June 12 and help support the Lima Rotary Club's scholarship fund.
This year’s Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Bluffton, Ohio.  The outing begins with a shotgun start at 9:00am and finishes with a delicious luncheon where the team winners will be announced along with the winners of our many fabulous door prizes and the big winner of 50/50 drawing! This year’s scramble will also include a number of exciting games that will be incorporated into the outing to make the day even more exciting and competitive. Last year we had 22 teams competing and are hoping to add a few more as well as crushing last year’s total of $40,000, 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 2019, over 1,002 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $733,250. 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.    
If you'd like to volunteer for the golf outing or donate a door prize, see Andy Wannemacher.  
Service Awards
The Lima Rotary Club is accepting nominations for its Avenues of Service awards.
This year the club will celebrate our Changing of the Guard Party on Monday June 24th.  Since 2009 - 2010, the Club has acknowledged individual club members each year at the Changing of the Guard for outstanding Club, Community, International, and Vocational Service.  In 2015 – 2016, Youth Services was added.  These awards were named for past presidents who represented those avenues of service in their daily lives.  Those include:
the Rex Perry Club Service Award,
the Rudolph Community Service Award,
the Goodnight International Service Award,
the Wemmer Vocational Service Award and, 
the Hulsken Youth Service Award.
These past few years, club members have nominated fellow club members for the awards and the Board of Directors has selected the winner in each category.  Please send your nominations to Club Secretary Rita Brown at  by Wednesday April 3, 2019.  The Board will vote on your nominations and select a winner in each category at the Board Meeting on Tuesday April 9, 2019.
See the criterion for each category of award and the list of past winners by clicking here.
Thank you.
Ottawa River Cleanup
The Lima Rotary Club is putting together a group to help with the Ottawa River Cleanup on Saturday, September 7. Contact Ben Swartz to join us!
The Small Project Committee will be volunteering at Habitat for Humanity's Restore on Saturday, May 11th from 12:00-3:00.  Contact Ben Swartz at
419-331-1024 if you can help.
To save time and be oriented when you arrive, it would be helpful if you did the following:
  1. Watch the Pre-orientation PowerPoint ( )
  2. Watch the safety video ( )
  3. Bring a signed copy of the waiver form ( ) with you.
Eye Mission
Rotary needs your support for two upcoming eye missions to Costa Rica.
District Conference
Register now for the District 6600 Conference and take advantage of the Rotary group rate at Kalahari resort.
Just a short alert to remind you that if you are joining us at District Conference May 10 - 12 and want to make a mini vacation of it, the Rotary Group Rate is an awesome value.  Especially over the Friday and Saturday night May 10th  and May 11th. 

If you are having your grandkids or even neighbors travel with you for that weekend or week, your room rate includes Waterpark passes from the day your arrive through all day the day of departure. Several Rotarians have mentioned having their neighbors join them for a stay so that when they are at the conference... the kids can be with Friends at the Waterpark or Zoo. 

That said, the easiest and best way to book the Rotary Conference Special Rate of $159 per night for up to four in a room with 2 queen beds is to do it online.  Just follow this link:

Not only will you be able to book the basic hut (closest to conference space) or the Desert Room at the $159 per night, there are one to three bedroom options that when you look at the bed mix and if preferred the parlor space, is also a great value.  

My favorite, if they are still available, are the 2 bedroom family suites which are closest to the conference space and have 2 bedrooms (one king bed and one with 2 queens AND a sofa sleeper) for up to 8. For a suite experience the one bedroom lodge will provide you a living room, dining, kitchen, area with a private king bedroom and a sofa sleeper for 2 more in the living room.  The pictures and options are on the reservations page at this link. 

Please do not delay as there is a cut-off for the Special Room Price.  And even if you are not know that you can share with family and friends if they want to bring the family to Kalahari on these dates.  The rate is available if you ask for the Rotary Convention (it is on May 10th - 12th) and for early an arrivals and stayovers. 

Of course, we do need YOU to register for the conference as well.  There are some fun events and great speakers from  Honduras, Alaska,  Boston, and Beyond.  

Check the website and the dacDB Calendar Page for the full schedule of Wild About Rotary. 

Thank you for all you do with your Clubs and Community.  You inspire and I look forward to sharing the full conference with you or ... perhaps just one of two events.  

Maris Brenner 
District Governor 
Rotary District 6600
Let's talk about diversity and inclusion.
Rotary Training Talk
April, 2019
Training Rotary leaders around the world
Let’s talk about diversity and inclusion
The RI Board of Directors recently adopted a new diversity, equity, and inclusion statement:

“As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.”

Does your club reflect this statement? Assessing the culture of your club requires a willingness to talk openly about diversity and inclusion. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
  • Discuss your club’s culture and whether it’s welcoming to all
  • Look for biases in your club’s membership criteria
Evaluate your community’s perception of Rotary as well. Members who see their club as a safe space for jokes or comments that target a specific gender, race, or religion contradict Rotary’s values and create a public image liability.
Practice conscious inclusion
Conscious inclusion enables people to become aware of perspectives and biases they may have.
It gives them practical tools for creating an environment where people feel they belong and their voices are heard, and where diversity is valued and respected. Kaleidoscope Group, a consulting firm in Chicago, says that an environment of conscious inclusion can lead to innovation, superior work, stronger team performance, talent retention, new opportunities, and a positive reputation.

You can lead by example. Create an environment that’s inclusive by modeling these practices in your training:
  • Empathy
  • Openness
  • Trust
  • Honest dialogue
  • Valuing differences
If you’re having trouble starting the conversation, invite someone who’s an expert on diversity and inclusion to speak at one of your meetings.
Prepare for your district membership seminar
Visit the Learning Center and take the course on Building a Diverse Club. It includes an interactive module with scenarios and assessment tools you can share with your club leaders to measure their goals of becoming a more diverse and inclusive club.

You can also promote these resources to help clubs improve their recruitment strategies:
Learn how Zones 7B and 8 are promoting these tools to create more inclusive club environments.  
Training tip
How have you used conscious inclusion in your training sessions? We’d love to hear from you. Send your story to
Foundation Minute
Your gift to the Rotary Foundation helps sustain water and sanitation projects.

The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems – and one of the hardest to solve.  Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets.  But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed.  Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed. 

Rusted water pumps and dilapidated sanitation facilities are familiar sights in parts of Africa, South America, and South Asia – monuments to service projects that proved UNSUSTAINABLE. 

That is why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration and sustainability.  Now TRF requires clubs and districts that apply for grants in other countries to show that local residents have developed a project plan that includes the above. In doing so, projects are successful.

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.   Giving to the Foundation is easy – just go to,   Thank you.

The Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors wants you to help prevent traffic accidents.

Help prevent road traffic accidents

By Dr. John Philip, Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors, and member of the Rotary Club of Newbury, England
It is estimated that 1.2 million people die each year due to road traffic accidents (RTAs). Deaths from RTAs in developing nations will soon exceed the combined deaths of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Beyond the deaths are the badly injured and permanently disabled, which number at least as many as the deaths. Most of the victims are heads of households and this throws the entire family into poverty, often permanently. RTA survivors, their families, friends, and other caregivers often suffer adverse social, physical, and psychological effects. If the current trends continue, the number of people killed and injured on the world's roads will rise by more than 60% by 2020.
It is time for us to act.
The Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors is calling on clubs to join the 5th United Nation’s Road Safety Week initiatives between 6-12 May. This year’s campaign is targeted at civil society organizations and policy-makers. We urge Rotary members to plan an event with family, friends and colleagues.
Some of the tried and tested measures to reduce RTAs are:
  • Avoiding over-speeding and following speed limits
  • Avoiding drunken driving
  • Using helmets by two-wheeler drivers
  • Using seat belts and child restraints in cars
  • Improving visibility, appropriate headlights and road lightings
Death and the impact of injuries can be prevented with first aid treatment, if treated immediately. The first hour after the trauma is called the “golden hour.” If proper first aid is given, road accident victims have a greater chance of survival and see significantly reduction in the severity of their injuries.
There are many ways you can help to reduce RTAs in your community:
  • Meet with traffic authorities and discuss the current situation in your community
  • Identify priorities with the help of key stake-holders
  • Produce informational leaflets to raise awareness and offer advice on how to reduce RTAs
  • Erect a road sign
  • Work with target groups – schools, colleges, faith communities, employers
  • Supply high visibility jackets to youngsters who find themselves having to use roads when lighting is poor
  • Advocacy – write to authorities if a particular need is identified – eg: street lights, road signs, helmets, seat belts, accident spots
  • Offer first aid training
If we act today, we may save a life or prevent a fatal injury tomorrow.
The Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors offers Rotarians, their family members, and program participants and alumni a unique opportunity to bring their vocation into service, change lives and make friends. The group shares a vision for supporting and promoting global health improvements, an enthusiasm for making advancements through volunteering, and a strong commitment to support local and international healthcare initiatives. Join the group or contact John for more information.   
Young Leaders
Rotary is engaging the young leaders of the future.
Young Leaders in Action
April 2019
Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards
Rotaract clubs develop projects to address community challenges around the world. This year, 558 projects were nominated for the Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards, but only six regional and two international projects received top honors for their innovation, sustainability, and collaboration. 

Learn more about this year's awardees and get inspired to nominate your outstanding project next year!
Taking Action
Get involved in Youth Service Month
May is Rotary's Youth Service Month! During this special month, Rotarians and young members of the Rotary family, including Rotaractors, Interactors, and RYLA and Rotary Youth Exchange participants, are encouraged to develop meaningful connections that last throughout the year. 

Want to get more involved in but not sure how to start? Check out these ideas and share how you're celebrating Youth Service Month!
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Celebrate World Immunization Week
Rotary members know that #VaccinesWork. We’ve contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children from polio. Show your support by taking action during World Immunization Week, 24-30 April:
  • Download Rotary's toolkit for sample social media posts and graphics. 
  • Color your pinkie finger purple and post a photo on social media with the hashtags #EndPolio and #VaccinesWork. 
  • Donate to End Polio Now and your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
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Join leaders in Hamburg
Attending the 2019 Preconvention in Hamburg and want to meet other attendees outside of the daily program? Consider attending a host-ticketed event, networking or social activities! On Sunday, 2 June, two major social projects will take place in downtown Hamburg: the “Wheelmap” and “Intelligent Conversation.” Learn more about these projects, networking events, and host-ticketed events and register today!
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Resources & Events
Note: This list is informational only and does not constitute an endorsement of any event. Please contact event organizers for details. 

18-21 April, 2019
Rotaract Zone Institute Vapi 2019
Vapi, Daman & Diu, Gujarat, India
31 May - 1 June, 2019
Rotaract Preconvention
Hamburg, Germany
1-5 June, 2019
Rotary International Convention
Hamburg, Germany
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