Golf Outing
Golfers! Register or volunteer 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 assured 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
We still need volunteers. Contact Shannon if you can help at or at 567-940-1007.
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.    
50-50 Drawing
Get your 50/50 tickets for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing now!
This year’s Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Bluffton. 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!  
Scott Cockerell will be selling 50/50 Tickets on Monday, August 3rd, 10th , 17th & 24th at the Rotary Meetings. Tickets are 1 for a $1 OR 6 for $5. You need NOT be present to win. All proceeds go to The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund.
You may also purchase your tickets online and be billed on your next quarterly invoice. Just fill out this form.
Rotary socials are beginning again!
Rotary socials are beginning again!
We will kick off our 2020-2021 Rotary Year Socials with an informal get together on August 20 from 5:00-7:00 at Vino Bellissimo. The theme will be “What Does our Club Need?” Stop in and share some fellowship with your fellow Rotarians, enjoy the nice weather on the patio while maintaining proper social distance, and let President John know your thoughts on how we can work together to improve our club. Guests are welcome and encouraged. We will have door prizes. Masks are highly encouraged.
The Scoop - August 10, 2020
It's that time of season, it's that time of year. The Allen County Fair is here!
Just a month before the beginning of the Allen County Fair, Governor DeWine restricted all fairs to junior fairs only due to the coronavirus pandemic. Allen County Fair Manager Bob Fricke told us that as a result, this year's fair is shorter than usual; it runs from August 21-27th and it is closed to the public. "We're going to back to what fairs started out as. They were livestock exhibits and harness racing was there. Then they grew into the commercial exhibits. This is going back to the most simplistic fair, probably it's what we started out as." There will be harness racing with no audience, the traditional livestock auction on August 27th at noon, and food vendors. Fricke says they've asked that the food vendors stay on the fairgrounds on the 28th and 29th to serve any members of the public who want their annual fix of fair food. Grandstand headliner Brad Paisley has rescheduled his concert for August 21, 2021. This year's tickets will be honored next year, or ticket holders can get a refund if they like.
On a positive note, Fricke told us that they have plans to construct a 60,000 square foot expo building. It will replace the aging sheep show arena, sheep barn and goat barn, and when the fair isn't going on, it can be used for commercial events and shows since it will be climate controlled. Fricke hopes to break ground in 2022 and be able to use it in 2023.
The Lima Rotary Scholarship Committee will be awarding scholarships to 12 students for the fall sessions.  
These students are attending Apollo Career Center, Bluffton University, Ohio State University–Lima and Rhodes State College. They are pursuing degrees in Biology, Education, Social Work, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Medical Insurance Specialist.
The members of the Rotary Club wish them the best in their fields of study and in the careers they have selected. To-date the Club has award 1069 scholarships for a total of $799,250.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the August 11 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                         John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting together at 11:35 AM with the following Board Members present:  Carol Buettner, Anne Decker, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Theresa Schnipke, Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher and Ken Dysert. Also, Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown were present.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Attendance report
The month of July ended with 154 members – 150 Active and Active Corporate and 4 Honorary.  Two new members joined and three left the organization.  Meeting attendance averaged at 28.14%. 
Presidents Report  John Ficorilli
Social meetings
The next Social Meeting will be held on Thursday August 20th at Vino Bellissimo.  More details will follow.
Fund Raising ideas.
Ficorilli and Wannemacher are currently discussing fundraising ideas and plans. 
                World Polio Day – Saturday October 24, 2020
The Club will observe World Polio Day 2020 at the regular club meeting on October 19, 2020.  Derek Stemen and Keith Horner are planning the activities.  Pledge cards for contributions will be available that day also. 
                District Governor’s visit
District 6600 Governor Keith Hodkinson will visit the Lima Club on Monday October 26, 2020. 
Board Reports
Update on the August 26th Golf OutingAndy Wannemacher
Wannemacher stated twenty-seven teams have signed up for the event and all Hole Sponsors have been named.  Volunteer workers are still needed for the event.
                Treasurer Report                                                                                                                 Dan Best
Best shared comparative information on the Balance Sheet for the Previous Year. He indicated Current Assets are up as this year’s figures include payables collected for the Rotary Golf Outing and Every Rotarian Every Year.  Those figures will net out with time.
Comparisons from the Profit and Loss Statement indicate Net Income is up.  Best stated District 6600 did not charge dues to the Clubs in the District for the first six months of fiscal year 2020 – 2021.  In addition, the Club is just beginning to meet F2F and attendance is still lower than usual so payment for meeting expense is less.
Members also reviewed the Accounts Receivables Aging Summary.  Best continues to work with those members in arrears.  Board Members will continue to monitor and determine if further action needs to be taken.
Fitzgerald made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as submitted.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business:                                                                                                                      Rita Brown
Books for Guest Speakers donated to the Children’s Library
For the past several years, the club has been acknowledging speakers by placing children’s book signed by the Speaker in the Lima Public Library Children’s Section. The Library buys them at a discount of 30% and passes the savings along to the club.  Ficorilli made a motion to continue the purchase of children’s books for the library in the amount of $500.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Member application
Ann Meiring
An application for membership was received from Ann Meiring.  Ann is a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones on Harding Highway.  She is being sponsored by Derek Stemen.  Wannemacher made a motion to approve her application for membership.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Linda Hamilton
A resignation was received from Linda Hamilton, CEO of the West Ohio Food Bank, as she is retiring.  Farley made a motion to accept her resignation with regret.  Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved
There being no further business Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 12:30 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Bath High School Interact Club activity in limbo.
We have not yet received specific guidance from school administration about how clubs will operate during the 2020-21 school year. It is unclear if we will be able to meet and if so, how those meetings will look. There are also restrictions on visitors coming in to the school, so we will have to address that as well. Finally, it is uncertain how we will cooperate with our partners which provide volunteer opportunities to our students. We hope that we will be able to overcome these obstacles and still be able to provide an opportunity for our club members to participate in a meaningful way.
On a positive note, the Bath HS Interact Club has launched its annual Spirit Den fundraiser with new school logos and apparel for adults, youth and toddlers. Interested persons may shop online at
Proceeds from our sales help fund our club’s school and community projects as well as our two annual scholarships.
September is wear your pin month!
Officers Installation
Rotary District 6600 hosts a Virtual Installation of Officers tonight. 
We had hoped to hold this event in person, but are grateful we will still have the chance to "Come Together" and kick off this Rotary year, recognize Past District Governor Carolyn Huston and all of our new Club and District officers.

Please join me from 6-7 PM using the Zoom Meeting information below:

Direct Link: 

Meeting ID: 479 752 9634
Passcode: 6600

Yours in Rotary,
Rotary District 6600 | District Governor
Membership Workshops
Learn how to encourage new members and retain current members in the Tri-District Membership Workshop.

It becomes even more apparent that our focus on the facets of membership are even more critical. Whatever they are (new member acquisition , orientation, member engagement and retention, and different types of memberships), having a club membership chair or committee are paramount to sustain a vibrant club.

As your district membership chair, I implore you to have representation for our Tri-District Membership Workshop (our district is hosting it this year!), on either of the dates listed. This letter will provide all the details, but please let me know if you have questions - you know that I will respond to your needs.

Please register on Zoom using the links provided in the letter. 

Thank you, and "see you" in mid-September!

John Hill

Upcoming Events
Rotary Social
Vino Bellissimo
Aug 20, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
Hidden Creek Golf Club
Aug 26, 2020
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
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Aug 17, 2020
Aug 24, 2020
Sep 07, 2020
No Meeting
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