The Scoop - September 9 ,2019
District Governor Huston encourages us to explore all Rotary has to offer. 
Rotary District 6600 Governor Carolyn Huston says she started out in Rotary just like we did. She joined the Lorain Rotary Club in December 1999 and quickly realized, "This is a really nice bunch of people." Rotary's mission to eradicate polio quickly struck a special chord with Carolyn because her mother's twin sister has polio. "Because of Rotary's commitment, I never worry about my children, and I've never worried about my grandchildren getting it."
Carolyn really started getting involved in Rotary when she attended a district conference and offered to help our own Bob Ruehl with international service. He convinced her to attend a UNIENDO Project Fair and see what true need there is in the world. Carolyn got involved with a group of schools that wanted create a mobile library in Central America. That experience got her hooked. She had a life changing experience in Honduras working on the same sanitation project that the Lima Rotary Club was involved with and seeing that her efforts were providing necessities to people who lacked something as basic as a toilet. While there she fell ill and ended up in the hospital. She was overwhelmed with the way the local Rotarians cared for her and helped her through her sickness. "Rotary truly connects the world. We are all Rotarians and we are all a big family."
Carolyn challenged us to get more involved and go to at least one district event this year. "Having the nerve to say, 'Can I help with that?' totally changed the trajectory of my life. Grandmas from northern Ohio don't typically have these stories to tell. Why not come out and get together with people who also share your same values and goals?" She says the District Conference is a great place to start. It's May 1 & 2 at Maumee Bay State Park. You can find information here:
Also at Monday's meeting, Tammie Colon received her Paul Harris Fellow pin and Bob Komminsk received his Paul Harris Fellow +1 pin. And Tracie Sanchez gave us an update on the Rotary Community Stage and Park. We have raised just over $80,000 of the $2.5 million project. Site clearing begins immediately following today's meeting and will take about 2 weeks. We hope to begin construction next year.
Amphitheater Demolition
Site clearing has begun for the Rotary Community Stage and Park!
Immediately following Monday's regular Rotary meeting, many members walked down the street to the site of the new Rotary Community Stage and Park to watch the site clearing begin. After brief remarks and some rock throwing, the excavator took the first swipe at the old gas station and quickly demolished the building. The site is expected to be completely cleared in about 2 weeks, then dirt will be spread over  the site and grass seed planted. We hope to break ground for the amphitheater in 2020. The site extends from Spring Street to Elm Street and is bounded by Union Street on the east and the backs of the Main Street buildings on the west. 
The Scoop - September 2, 2019
OSU Dean and Director Timothy Rehner wants to make Lima a destination campus.
"Do Destination OSU Lima" is Tim Rehner's slogan. He has been Dean and Director of The Ohio State University Lima campus for six months and says he believes in the campus's potential. Rehner told us that he took the job because he likes the energy and capacity of the campus and the support from the community. "The time is right and change is possible.
There are two things I think we need to do. We need to become "destination Ohio State University Lima." We need to extend our resource-rich campus to make it a more magical environment that fosters growth for all and it needs to be inclusive for all kinds of traditional and non-traditional students. It needs to be part of the solution for how we keep talent in northwest Ohio. We need to build pipeline loops to campus into the community so we can help fill some of the 1,200-1,800 jobs that are consistently open in this part of Ohio. It's about how you build futures." Rehner says we need two things to "Do destination OSU Lima:" a destination curriculum with new degree plans, new certificates, more internships, new pathways between OSU/Lima and Rhodes State College, a new residence hall, a dining commons and more things that create a campus experience that motivates students to stay.
Also at Monday's meeting, Dick Schroeder took a few minutes to explain how the recognition points that you accumulate when you contribute to the Rotary Annual Fund or PolioPlus can be transferred to others to help them qualify for Paul Harris Fellowship.
We also welcomed Wayne Korpics as the newest member of the Lima Rotary Club. He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, a former member of the Findlay Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the September 16 joint meeting between the Board of Directors of the Lima Rotary Club, the Lima Rotary Foundation and District 6600 Governor Carolyn Huston.
Call to Order                                                                                                                         Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting together at 11:03 AM with the following Rotary Club Board Members present:
Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Anne Decker and Paul Swartz.  Also Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown were present.   Those present from the Foundation Board included:  Demi Burden, Adah Ellerbrock, Linda Hamilton, Beth Seibert, Andy Wannemacher, and Secretary Heather Rutz. Guest include:  District Governor Carolyn Huston, Asst DG Esther Baldridge, Tracie Sanchez, Joe Kitchen and Bob Ruehl.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Farley made a motion to approve the Board Minutes from the August 13, 2019 meeting.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance report for the month of August.    The month began with 165 members with two
members resigning so the month ended with 163 active or active corporate members.  There were four meetings in August with an attendance percentage of 38.21%.  That is down but so far September has shown better attendance and should bounce back.   
  1. Resignations
  1. Chuck Wolfe    Sarno made a motion to approve the resignation of Wolfe with regret.  Buettner seconded the motion.  Board approved.
  2. Fred Seelenbinder   Metzger made a motion to approve the resignation of Fred Seelenbinder with regret and to change his Membership Status to Honorary.   Seelenbinder has been a Rotarian for 44 years.  Hamilton seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Presidents Report  Ken Dysert
Welcome District Governor and Introductions.
Dysert welcomed District Governor Carolyn Huston to the meeting and thanked the Board Members for attending the Joint Meeting.
DECA Monopoly Board- Sponsorships and levels
Limaopoly is a custom Monopoly-styled Lima based board game.   Local businesses that sponsor the Lima Senior DECA Program are able to display their company logo/name on the game board as a Promotional Opportunity.  Sarno made a motion to approve the sponsorship at the $250 level.   Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Club major project – The Amphitheater
Sanchez stated the project that began over 3 years ago is leading the revitalization in downtown Lima.  An entire City Block was purchased for the over $2 million project.   Currently a little over $800,000 of the $1.2 million needed or 65% has been raised. Today is the beginning of the site clearing!
Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing Andy Wannemacher
Foundation President, Andy Wannemacher, stated this year, the Golf Outing raised around $43,000 for Scholarships
for Allen County non-traditional higher education students.  Since the program’s inception, over 1000 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $752,250.    
District Governor – updates on the District  Carolyn Huston
District Governor Carolyn Huston stated the role of DG is an amazing position to have.  Currently she has visited 46 clubs and stated every club is the same but different.   Membership continues to remain a huge focus as the numbers of members has remained flat internationally but the numbers in the United States has dropped.  She expressed concern about maintaining Rotary International Headquarters in the US if the trend continues. 
The District will be holding a membership seminar and will be sharing many ideas. 
A Peace Conference for college and high school aged students will be held in November.
At this time, the process for raising money for the Bahamas has not been finalized. 
She discussed the Polio Plus Globe Bank – Rotary connecting the World and stated Clubs will get recognition for the dollars they contribute.  Currently the district has raised over $8,000. 
She also asked the Club to consider a nomination for District Governor. 
Foundation Board Member Linda Hamilton stated membership is always a concern. She asked if there has been conversation about the traditional once a week meetings not working and have different formats been discussed such as different times and places. Another option is to hold every other week meetings.
DG Huston stated three districts are working on it from different perspectives. Everyone wants to make a difference and Rotarians need to remain excited about what we are doing and to advertise the good things we do.
Interact Club  Chief Joe Kitchen
The Interact Club at Bath High School was started four years ago. The first meeting at Bath High School was held this fall with 140 high school kids expressing interest in joining.The students have open hearts for community service.They just participated in the cleaning-up of the Ottawa River.
There was no further business. Dysert adjourned the meeting at 11:38 AM.The members of the meeting adjourned to the regular Monday club meeting.
Respectfully submitted
Rita M. Brown, Club Secretary
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