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The Met
Apr 24, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Spring Blood Clinic
Senior Citizen Services
May 05, 2018
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
Lima's Wastewater Treatment Plant
May 11, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
District Conference
May 18, 2018 8:00 AM –
May 20, 2018 5:00 PM
MESA Bike Tour
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 05, 2018
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Soldiers of Honor
May 07, 2018 12:00 PM
National Fitness Month
May 14, 2018 12:00 PM
May 21, 2018 12:00 PM
Temple of Tolerance
May 28, 2018 12:00 PM
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The Scoop - April 9, 2018
Fees not keeping pace with engineer's infrastructure needs.
The Allen County Engineer’s Office is working with revenue from taxes that have largely not kept pace with today’s costs, Engineer Brion Rhodes told Lima Rotary Club Monday.
Rhodes, Allen County Engineer since 2015, spoke to Rotary, giving an overview of what his office provides and how the work is funded.
The Allen County Engineer’s Office is responsible for the maintenance of Allen County’s local highway system, which includes 352 miles of county roads, 550 miles of township roads.  The County Engineer is also responsible for the inspection, maintenance and replacement of 378 bridges and over 1,400 culverts of various sizes located throughout the county.  To maintain this complex system, the County Engineer works in cooperation with the 12 townships to help perform roadside mowing, snow plowing, drainage improvements and road maintenance. 
Rhodes has been with the Engineer’s Office since 1997, and was appointed chief deputy engineer in 2009. As the Allen County Engineer, Rhodes administers all aspects of design, construction and repair of our local roads, bridges and culverts in Allen County.
Nearly all of the office’s funding comes from fuel tax and license fees, 85 percent to be exact. The fees are a:
  • $5 permissive fee, last increased in 1968,
  • Ohio license plate fee, last increased 1988,
  • Federal gas tax, last increased in 1993, and
  • Ohio gas tax, last increased in 2005.
The proposed 10-year sales tax increase would provide $5 million to upgrade the county engineer’s facility, as well as $500,000 annually over the life of the tax for road and bridge repairs. That $500,000 would double the county’s current road repair budget. The Allen County commissioners are asking for a 0.2 percent increase to the county’s sales tax to fund capital improvements.
The Scoop - April 2, 2018
Lima Rotary Club marks World Autism Awareness Day.
Tyler Burklund, with the Center for Autism and Dyslexia, spoke to the club Monday on World Autism Awareness Day, emphasizing the many different kinds of diagnoses connected to Autism and how that translates into various treatments and responses.
The club learned about how a person is diagnosed with autism, how treatment and responses have improved with time, and how to help a person with an autism diagnosis.
Autism is a complex, life-long biological disorder of development that results in social interaction problems, communication difficulties, and restrictive or repetitive interests and behaviors. The Autism Spectrum refers to a vast array of symptoms, and reflects wide variety in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism, Burklund said.
“For some, autism is a difference. They are able to live independently and have fulfilling lives,” Burklund said. “For others, it is a disability. These individuals may grow into adulthood and need additional support such as group homes or job coaching.”
Serving ages 3 to 21, the Center for Autism & Dyslexia is a nonpublic chartered school serving families across Northwest Ohio with locations in Lima and Findlay. The center accommodates students with Autism Spectrum disorders, mild and moderate intellectual disabilities, specific learning disabilities, speech-language impairments, emotional disabilities, and other health impairments.
The center provides comprehensive, individualized programs that address a child’s unique challenges. The programs address individual skills in the content areas of academic, language, social, and life skills, with the ultimate goal of preparing children to become independent adults.
Mayor David Berger also provided a proclamation Monday, and the World Autism Awareness Day flag was flown on Town Square.
Great job Bath High School Interact Club ! They volunteered at the West Ohio Food Bank packing boxes of food for distribution to senior citizens in our community.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the April 10th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                   Tracie Sanchez
President Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:35 PM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Anne Decker, Susan Hubbell, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz, Jeff Tracy, David Runk plus incoming Board Member John Ficorilli.  Also present were Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown. 
     Attendance report                                                             Rita Brown
Brown reviewed the Membership Attendance Report for March 2018.  The month of March ended with 170 Members, up by four since the end of June 2017.  Meeting attendance for March was at 46.11% and remains consistent with previous months. 
     Presidents Report                                                              Tracie Sanchez
     Blood Clinic will be May 5, 2018
Flyers have been ordered and will be given to churches and other gathering places.  New signs will be ordered and placed at the entrance by the drive and at the rear of the building.  Also an A Frame sign will be place by the rear door entrance to the clinic. 
     Presidential Citation 
The last criterion to be met is the purchase and planting of 160 trees.  Sanchez indicated the money has been raised for the purchase and the trees are being planted.
     Club Service Awards
Each year at the Annual Changing of the Guard Party, Club Members are acknowledged as winners in the Five Avenues of Service.    Winners were selected for the 2017-2018 year.  Their names will be kept confidential until the Changing of the Guard Party scheduled for July 2, 2018 during the Club Board Meeting at City Center.
     New Vice-President Announcement 
Incoming Board Member John Ficorilli has been named as incoming Vice President for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
     Reimbursement for Conferences - District and International
The Board discussed reimbursement for District and International Conferences.   Sarno made a motion to approve $1,000 per club member for International Conferences for up to the first five club members and up to $100 per member for District Assemblies or Conferences for registration fees.  The number of members reimbursed who are attending District or Regional Conferences is unlimited.  Crow seconded the motion.  Board approved.   The Board agreed to revisit the issue each year. 
     Torch Run
The Special Olympics Torch Run will be held and may include a Blood Drive for the Red Cross.
     President Elect Report                                                       Paul Swartz
Swartz stated this year, the club raised $10,289.04 for World Polio from the fund drive, the auctions and Rottery proceeds.  Forty-six percent of club members contributed.            
     Annual meeting April 23rd
This year the annual meeting will have a new format.  Previously it was done by the current President.  This year the incoming President will lead the meeting with the current President providing support as needed.
     Request from Sheriff’s Office for a Tread Mill
The Rotary Club has made a request to the Foundation in the amount of $6,000 for a treadmill for the Sheriff’s Office.  Whatever the Foundation does not provide will need to be raised by the club.
     Retractable banner stand
A banner with all Lima Rotary areas of service activities was discussed.   Decker will design it.
     Board Reports                                                                   All Board Members 
     4-way speech/essay                                                          Jill Ackerman
The local winners of the Rotary Speech and Essay contest will be presenting at the upcoming Rotary Meeting – Monday April 16th.   Ackerman will introduce the speakers at the club meeting.
    Golf Outing                                                                         Paul Crow
This year’s Golf Outing will be Wednesday June 13 with Wednesday July 18 set as rain date.  The committee is working on securing major sponsors by next week. 
     Rotaract/Interact                                                               David Runk
Runk stated Rotarct is participating in the March of Dimes Walk on Saturday April 21, 2018 with a team of walkers.  The Club will Adopt-a-Roadway April 23, focusing on Cable Road and the surrounding campus.  They will be provided supplies for a day of cleaning.  The second annual Color Run is scheduled for Saturday May 26 in Faurot Park. They are currently contracting former and potential sponsors.  Several members of Rotaract are planning to go to the Rotary District Leadership Conference on Saturday May 29, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Toledo. 
The Bath Interact Club meets twice a month and recently participated in a safe driving social campaign on social media with the hashtag #ArriveAlive.  Club President Gabe Niebel was the winner of the State Farm Billboard Safe Driving contest.  Niebel and the Interact Club were each presented with a check for $500.  The club’s prize money will go towards the Interact Scholarship Fund.  Alexis Ball, Bath Interact Secretary, won first place in the Lima Rotary four way speech contest and will advance to the District Contest plus is speaking at an upcoming Rotary Club Meeting.   Club Members will be providing support at the West Ohio Food Bank and also will be participating in the Ottawa River Clean Up during the month of April.  Members of both clubs who have more than 24 hours of service will attend the Rotary Club Meeting on May 7, 2018 to receive their pins.
     Movies  in the Park
Sarno indicted The Eagles has again agreed to be a movie sponsor.    Two free movies are now scheduled for the summer.   The free community events will be featured on the Rotary website and Facebook page.
     New Business:                                                   Rita Brown                                                             
Sarno made a motion to accept the resignation of Pam Stricker with regret.  Crow seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Dysert made a motion to approve the application of Cory Frazer and Tracy seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Sanchez adjourned the meeting at 1:10 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Movies in the Park
The Movies in the Park are back for another fun season!
This year Rotary will host two big movie nights for Movies in the Park. Black Panther will be shown August 25 and we'll be showing a movie chosen by the community on July 20. Vote for either Frozen, Cars 3, Wonder, or Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on our Facebook page. If you’d like to be a sponsor, please contact Cat Sarno at   Sponsors may provide giveaways, help with pre-show announcements, and get as involved as they want to for the movie! If you didn’t attend last year, we highly recommend you come out and experience the cheerful smiles and appreciation Rotary receives for offering free family-friendly-movies to our community! We couldn’t offer FREE movies without our sponsors!
Apollo Tour
Thanks to everyone at Apollo Career Center for the outstanding tour!
Blood Clinic
The Lima Rotary Club's Spring Blood Clinic is May 5.
The Lima Rotary Club is pleased to offer low cost blood screenings at our Spring Blood Clinic. For your convenience, you can download the registration form from our website under the Forms tab.
Wastewater Tour
Join us for a fascinating tour of Lima's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
If you attended the “Lively Meeting about Death” program, you might just want to find out what happens to all that waste that goes down the drain, or maybe not! For those who are brave enough to dive into the deep waters of knowledge, here’s your chance! Friday, May 11th, from 2PM to 3:30PM Rotarians will have a tour of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Contact Cat Sarno at or 614-633-7305 to sign up. Space is limited so sign up now!