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Frank Frost
It is with sincere sadness that we share news of the passing of Lima Rotarian Frank Frost. 
Frank joined Rotary in September 1958. He currently was a Senior Long-Term Member with 62 years of Active Service. He had held the position of longest serving member of the Club for the past 5 years. 

He also had been able to see three generations of his family as active members of the Lima Rotary Club. Frank was named President of the Club in 1975. He always enjoyed sharing that on his first day as President, he was able to induct his son Greg into the Club. And he was just as proud to join his family for his grandson Dave’s Induction as President of the Lima Rotary Club in 2016. 

Private Family Memorial Services will be held this Friday followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. Please keep the Frost Family in your thoughts and prayers. The Club will also reach out to them.
 
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COVID
The Lima Rotary Club is regretfully canceling its annual Christmas Party.
My Fellow Rotarians,
 
The Board of Directors met Tuesday to discuss the Christmas Party originally scheduled for December 21. With the current spike in Covid cases, the Governor’s mandate against large group meetings, and considering the health and welfare of our members, we have decided to cancel the party. I am sorry if this decision causes you stress. We are making the best decisions we can with the information we are given. The wine raffle which usually takes place at our Christmas Party will happen at this Monday's meeting.
 
We will likely roll the December auction items into the proposed reverse raffle we will have in February (more to come on that soon). We still have to decide what happens to Elvis! At this time, we will plan on meeting via Zoom like we have been at least through January. Barring any post-holiday spikes in Covid cases, hopefully we can return to meeting in person very soon.  We will likely be making adjustments to the Q3 dues invoices which will be sent in January. Stay tuned for details.
 
In the meantime, please join us via Zoom on Monday, December 14. We will take the following two weeks off so that you can focus on family, health, and the really important people in your lives. I do miss seeing you all, and I hope we can get together very soon. Until then, have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.
 
Pres John
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The Scoop - December 7, 2020
What actually happens when a company focuses on employee happiness?
What if you were as happy at work at 8:00 Monday morning as you were at 5:00 Friday afternoon? That was the question posed by our own Aimee Bucher, a consultant on the creation of happy workplaces. She told us that companies experience tremendous benefits when the employees are happy. "Employees come first because happy employees do better work. Better work makes the customer happy because they get great service, and that makes the stakeholders happy because the customers keep coming back and the company makes more money."
Aimee says the results are measurable:
  • Happy workers are 20% more productive than their unhappy colleagues.
  • Happy employees are 19% more accurate at their tasks.
  • Highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability.
  • Happy sales people increase sales by 37%.
So how do you make employees happy? "Happiness is created in an organization when people feel good about themselves and their work, leadership communicates and rewards positive cultural behavior, and all employees believe their work has purpose and meaning beyond the bottom line."
 
Aimee says you can get started by doing a regular weekly check-in to see how your people are doing and act on their input. Second, allow employees adequate time to accomplish their tasks. Third, tell the success stories of how your company puts its employees first and how your employees deliver great customer service.

"When you intentionally create a culture of happiness you will see incredible benefits in every part of your organization."
 
 
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Hygiene Drive
Please help the West Ohio Food Bank by dropping off personal care items for their clients.
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Salvation Army
Please help the Salvation Army provide a happy holiday season.
The Salvation Army is in need of hats, gloves and socks (kids and adults).Please purchase some to donate when you are shopping this month. President John will arrange a couple of drop-off times and will deliver them. Also, they have a need for packing toy bags for kids, and can accept a group of us on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays. Please contact President John if you can volunteer!
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Special Needs Christmas
Special Needs Christmas Party -  COVID Style
We are looking forward to our Special Needs Christmas Party – COVID Style on December 12. We will be serving between 55 and 60 children. About half will get home delivery of their gift items and half will come to Marimor School. 
For children coming to school, it will be more like a drive thru or walk through party. Children and a parent will get their temperatures taken. If they pass, they will be allowed in the school where they will meet Santa and receive their personalized gift. They will then walk down the hallway past stations where they will receive book(s), a craft bag, a goodie back and a fruit basket.  Before they exit, they will receive a picture of them with Santa. And then they go home. No lunch will be served and no entertainment. The participants will be divided alphabetically into four time slots to ensure there aren’t too many present at any one time. In the alternative, a family can choose to have their gifts delivered to their home. They will receive everything except a picture with Santa. 
We are all set on volunteers! Our Lima Rotary Club is awesome! I have a few volunteers that I haven’t contacted yet because I don’t have kids to assign to you. If you have questions, contact Esther by text or email. (419) 302-2580 or esther.baldridge@gmail.com
 
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Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the December 8 board meeting.
Call to Order   John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting to order at 11:36 AM with the following board members present: Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher and Anne Decker. Peg Ehora attended via telephone. Also, Treasurer Dan Best, Secretary Rita Brown and Anne Decker attended.

Secretary’s Report   Rita Brown
Farley made a motion to approve the Board Minutes and Addendum Minutes of November 10, 2020 as submitted. Buettner seconded the motion. Board Approved.
Attendance Report
The month of November ended with 4 Honorary Members and 149 Active Members or a total of 153 members. Two members joined the Club and three resigned. Attendance averaged 34.66% for the month.

President's Report John Ficorilli
Christmas Gifts for Milano’s and VMCC staff
Horner made a motion to acknowledge the Milano wait staff and VMCC Rotary support contact. Stemen seconded the motion. Board approved.
Personal Hygiene Drive for West Ohio Foodbank
Stemen reported that the drive will continue through this week. The donated items are gathered every evening.
Social Committee Updates
Due to the Pandemic, the Social Committee will be inactive during December. Their goal is to resume activity in January.
Jay Begg Virtual Reverse Raffle Updates
Sarno reported that the family is very pleased with the Rotary Club’s plan and fully supports it. Sarno and Decker will speak with Greater Giving in an effort to determine the best on-line platform for the Club to use for the event.
Nomination Committee for Rotary Board Positions
Fitzgerald and Stemen will be in charge of the Committee. Their goal will be to secure six candidates who will stand for election and are also willing to serve as Club President if selected. Three positions on the board will be filled for the term running from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024.

Board Reports
Polio Fund Raising Campaign Updates   Derek Stemen
Stemen reported the campaign is about $1,200 - $1,300 short of the goal. Due to the pandemic, next steps have not been finalized.
Updates on the Special Needs Christmas Party
Ficorilli indicated Baldridge has members in place as required for the party with this new format.
Updates on the Salvation Bell ringing on December 5th
Ficorilli participated in the event and has also heard from other Rotarians that the event was successful.
Club Christmas Raffle and Party updates   Andy Farley
The Club Christmas Party and Raffle are currently scheduled for Monday December 21, 2020. With the current spike in COVIC cases and the Governor’s mandates against holding large meetings, the health and welfare of the members needs to be the primary concern. The board agreed that the safest way to ensure the members well-being was to cancel the December 21st face-to-face meeting and the party. The meeting scheduled for December 28th will also be cancelled.
The next club meeting will be on Monday January 4, 2021. It will be held via Zoom.
As the club is planning the Jay Begg Reverse Raffle in February, discussion followed moving the raffle and including the items from the Christmas Party and Elvis’s next destination to the Reverse Raffle.
Effective January 4, 2021, regular Monday Club meetings will continue via Zoom. This process will be in place at least throughout January 2021.
Ficorilli will send an email to the members to share these updates.

Treasurer Report Dan Best
Best reviewed the balance sheet and profit and loss with previous year comparison and also the A/R aging summary.
He indicated three checks totaling $51,522 were recently sent to the Foundation. They include $42,450 from the golf outing, LRF dues contributions in the amount of $5,012 and dues contributions to the scholarship fund in the amount of $4,060.
He also reviewed the profit & loss previous year comparison. Line items that he specifically mentioned included a savings of $8,300 for cost of lunches as the number of face-to-face meetings dropped due to pandemic. Also District 6600 did not charge the Club their semiannual dues in the amount of $5,500 in July 2020. These two savings amounts show the club having a profit of $13,000. If those amounts had been paid, the period would have ended with a negative balance.
Best finished his report by reviewing the A/R Aging Summary. He continues to work closely with the few with overdue balances.
Ficorilli made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as submitted. Wannemacher seconded the motion. Board approved.
New Business: Rita Brown
Holiday cards to Club members who are shut-ins
The Board signed holiday cards for five long-term members who are no longer able to attend regular club meetings.
Location of the January 12, 2021 Rotary board meeting
The Board agreed to hold the January 12, 2021, board meeting via ZOOM.
Resignations
Cyndi Scanland
Horner made a motion to accept the resignation of Scanland. Stemen seconded the motion. Board approved.
Steve Johnson sent a letter of resignation and indicated he is relocating to New Bern, North Carolina.
Buettner made a motion to accept the resignation of Johnson with regret. Farley seconded the motion. Board approved.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 12.47 PM.

Respectfully submitted.
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
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Gift of Rotary
Give the gift of Rotary this year.
 
 
Give the gift of Rotary today
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dear Anne,

Thank you for being part of the Rotary family! Did you know that because of our generous donors, Rotary members were able to complete more life-changing projects last year than ever before? You can make a difference by helping people in need — from supplying equipment that protects health workers against COVID-19 to training peacebuilders who’ll work toward a future with less conflict. It all starts with giving the gift of Rotary.

The Rotary Foundation funds the work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to their communities’ most pressing needs. This work is necessary now more than ever, but we need people like you who will take action and help make these projects possible.

With your gift today, together we can fund projects that make a big impact by strengthening communities to create real, lasting solutions. Please consider giving the gift of Rotary so we can keep Doing Good in the World.

Sincerely,
The Rotary Foundation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the Dominican Republic, biosand water filters are used to provide clean water. 
 
 
 
 
In Ecuador, grant funding provides vital personal protective equipment and training to help protect communities from the coronavirus. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The WASH in Schools program provides hand washing stations, clean water, and teacher training to educate students on better hygiene practices.
 
 
 
Newborns start their lives healthy when hospitals have up-to-date equipment to  care for babies in their first moments.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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