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The Scoop - September 11, 2017
The Lima Rotary Club commemorates 9/11.
We met today on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 – a day of solemn remembrance of the depth of our national grief, the boundlessness of American courage and a redefining moment in U.S. history.  Our guest speaker Lt. Andy Green, veteran officer with the Lima Police Dept reflected on how for most Americans this was a life changing event.  Even six hundred miles away, here in Lima/Allen County, Lt. Green recalled how the devastation impacted first responders and safety services professionals like himself that day – functioning in a blur, wondering what was really happening and trying to determine if our local community was at risk from terrorist attacks. In his remarks of introduction, Bath Fire Chief Joe Kitchen noted how 9/11 is documented as one of the greatest and most successful search and rescue mission in U.S. history with 14,000 rescued that day.  One of the important systems to engaging safety services effectively is the 9-1-1 and Lt. Green gave an extensive overview of that program. Green emphasized the critical role of the success of that system being the unseen heroes or the dispatchers.
Of special importance on the program today was the donation by the Lima Rotary Club of a trailer to Jesse Lowe for his High Octane Drumline.  A very appreciative Lowe reflected on the 18 youth currently being served by the local program and their excitement at such a gift. 
Also, Paul Harris awards were given to Barry Hardy, Roy Baldridge and Theresa Schnipke. Congratulations and thank you for contributing to Rotary International. In addition, we raised $531.00 with a bucket collection to donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Irma.  Thank you Rotarians!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the September 12th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                       Tracie Sanchez
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:37 AM with the following members present:  Jill Ackerman, Paul Crow, Ken Dysert, Dave Frost, Jed Metzger, and Catheryn Sarno.  Also present were Ex Officio members Anne Decker and David Runk and Secretary Rita Brown
Secretary’s ReportRita Brown
Attendance Report
Brown shared the attendance report for August 2017.  The membership grew last month with five new members and one resignation. Currently we have 171 members.  Attendance for the month was 43.89%. 
President’s ReportTracie Sanchez
Plant a tree - Presidential Citation
The tree planting event is being planned.Rotarian George Diller and Rick Stolly from the City Parks are working on the project together.The Lima Club will be eligible to participate in a 50% rebate program sponsored by the Allen Water and Soil District.Brass plaques with Lima Rotary Club will be placed on the trees.
Homeless/Opiate Addiction
The Homeless/Opiate Addiction problem in the Lima Community will be a focus for the Lima Rotary Club this fall.  Mike Schoenhofer recently did a presentation on the opiate addiction problem and Jackie Fox will address the homeless problem.  Rotary’s role will be to do an educational piece.  Addressing the opiate problem in the community will begin in October with the rollout of the “Let’s Talk” program.  Rotary will be a part of the blitz.  Also in October, the homelessness issue will be addressed through a website with literature available at one site for information. 
Abilities Baseball Field
The ribbon cutting for the Field will take place on Thursday October 12th followed by a donor appreciation reception.Time for the activities is still to be determined.Dr Jeff Jarvis, Esther Baldridge and Rachel Staley will each speak.All activities will be held at the Diamond.Because of the time of year, no games will be played on the field this fall.An event will be held again in the Spring to bring everyone out to the Field.
Youth Exchange Program
Sanchez asked if the Board felt the Club Members would be interested in participating in a Youth Exchange Program during 2017-2018.If there is interest, the club needs to return the request form by the end of September 2017.The student would be with us from the end of August 2018 until May 2019.
Board Member Reports
Riverwalk signage updates Anne Decker
Decker has an estimate from a local sign company to replace the existing Rotary metal signs along the Riverwalk.The existing signs have rusted and are bent.The cost for the signs is estimated to be $181 for a set or $364 for two sets.That costs does not include installation.Each new sign would include the Rotary Wheel on them.Swartz is also speaking with Mike Powell at Sign Pro for an estimate.The signs will be placed at Heritage Park along Shawnee Road, along the Riverwalk across from the Refinery and at the Ottawa Metro Park.Metzger made a motion to order three sets of signs to be placed along the Riverwalk at a cost not to exceed $500. Ackerman seconded the motion.Board approved.
Youth essay / speech contest / Dictionary Dist. Jill Ackerman
Ackerman will be meeting in October with the Allen County Superintendents.  Ackerman is hopeful that all the schools will be represented this year. 
Ackerman stated Dave Cockerell will again be in charge of the Dictionary Distribution and is getting the distribution set up.
International fundraiser Ken Dysert
Dysert is working with Harold Bischoff regarding a Fund Raiser for the International Service group targeted to replenish the Buenos Noches Fund.  It has been four – five years since a fund raiser dedicated to International Service has been held.  In the past, the committee had a stationary cycling challenge program at the Lima Mall.  Fund raising ideas that were mentioned included a Flag Installation in Faurot Park for Memorial Day or July 4th in Remembrance of a Veteran.  Another idea for around Christmas would be the sale of luminaries with candles in bags.  The luminaries would line driveways.  Bischoff could also solicit donations outside of the Rotary Club members as a way to raise the level of awareness outside of the Club.   Runk suggested fund raising ideas can be found on Rotary International also.  The Board will continue to work with Bishoff on the project. 
Books, Blues & Brews; Husky plant tour; Ghost TourCat Sarno
The United Way’s Books, Blues and Brews will be held on October 11th from 6 - 9 PM at The Met.The Rotary Club paid $400 to cover the cost of the bands.The charge was paid from the Social Club.They are still looking for sponsors.It is necessary to donate a book at the door for entry.The Met is doing signature cocktails for the event.
A tour of the Husky Lima Refinery will be available on Tuesday October 24th.  The event will run from 4 PM – 5:30 PM and it will count at a makeup meeting.  To-date twenty-two or twenty-three members have signed up.  Heather Rutz is planning the event. Buses will take the Rotarians to the site.  Light refreshments will be served. 
April is National Autism Month.The Lima Center for Autism Awareness has reached out to the Mayor to raise the Autism Awareness Flag and to do a proclamation on April 2nd to the Rotary Club.The speaker for the Club Meeting that day will be Tyler Burkland, The Center for Autism & Dyslexia.
The Ghost Tour in Downtown Lima will be on Saturday October 14th.Transportation will be provided on the trolley with twenty-five being able to sit and with five standing.Tickets are still available.
District Grant – Amphitheater Updates- Rotaract/InteractDavid Runk
The District grant as originally submitted was rejected.  The request needs to be broken down into two programs – the Opiate Addiction Request and the Homeless Request.  Sanchez and Runk are working on it and hope to have it redone by the end of the week or early next week.
The committee is continuing to meet on the proposed building of an amphitheater.Meetings have been held with the VMCCC, Rhodes State College and the Downtown Lima Association to determine the best location for the amphitheater.
The Rotaract Club at UNOH is holding a campus wide recruiting event today.The goal is to have all the clubs on campus be supportive of each other.
The Interact Club at Bath High School held a “Yes Fest” where they brought together internal school clubs to encourage kids to get involved in their community.Almost one hundred students are interested in joining the Interact Club.The Bath Interact will be receiving the Lima Allen County Safe Community Award for Youth Safety in recognition of the work they have done in the area of seatbelt use, distracted driving and impaired driving.
Past President's ReportDave Frost
Frost stated that five of the Little Free Libraries have been installed with one recently being placed at the Salvation Army.  All plaques are on them and they have been registered.  There are five more to place.  One will be located in the Park in the Country Club Hills/Twin Lakes area.  Frost has been looking at options to winterize or cover the Little Free Libraries.  Rich Rudolph donated 1,000 books to the Libraries.  Frost, in turn, donated 500 of them to United Way.
Membership month plans
New member engagement was kicked off in September.  Cards are now available at the Sergeant at Arms Table for guests to complete stating their level of interest in joining the Lima Rotary Club.  Also members are being asked to submit names of potential candidates.  Follow-up with them will be on-going.
            New Business                                                                 Rita Brown
  1. Jon Rockhold
  2. Matt Macklin
Ackerman made a motion to accept the resignations with regret and Crow seconded the motion. Board approved. 
  1. David Brown,
  2. Russ Thomas,
  3. Allison Van Gorder
  4. Julie Bassitt
Metzger made a motion to approve the applications as submitted.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Orientation is scheduled for Thursday October 5, 2017.
There being no further businesses, a motion was made by Crow to adjourn at 1:02 PM.The motion was seconded by Frost.Board approved.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary

Abilities Field
The Abilities Field ribbon cutting and donor celebration will be October 12th  at the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH from 4:30-6:00 with the ribbon cutting at 5:00. Enjoy a cookout and tour of the field. Enter from Eastown Road.
Lantern Tour
If you like ghost stories, you'll want to join us for Rotary's own Lantern Tour!
Downtown Lima Inc. has extended their Lantern Tours for Rotary! Bring your friends & family and take a tour through historic buildings!  Lima has a unique history all its own. From historic mobster shootouts, murdered sheriffs and slayings, to documented haunts of downtown buildings and spooky legends. Only here will you find out how it all wen down!
Only 30 Tickets Available - First Come, First Serve!
$25 a ticket (They will sell out FAST!)
Saturday, October 14th at 5:30PM
The Tour will take the Trolley from haunted venue to venue!
Contact Cat Sarno for tickets and more information.
Refinery Tour
Husky Refinery is doing a Rotary tour of their plant on October 24th.  4:00-5:30.  Contact Cat Sarno for a reservation.
The Lima Rotary Club is looking for two families to help host an exchange student for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please contact Tracie Sanchez if interested. or 419-296-1338 for more information.
Social Night
The Lima Rotary Club's next Social Night will be October 24th at the Met from 5-6.  Mary Elmquist Lane is our sponsor for the event!  Snacks provided!  Cash Bar.
Books, Brews & Blues
Join us for Books, Brews & Blues on October 11.
The Social Committee has partnered with the United Way for a Books, Brews & Blues book drive at the MET on October 11th, from 6PM to 9PM.  You must bring a book for entry and the books will be donated to the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) to go toward their after school and adult transitioning programs that have a great need for books.  Three blues bands will be performing: Minor Blues a Lima youth group, Clemens & Co. a Columbus blues and rock inspired band that plays originals, and No Right Turn, a Lima based blues band!
The MET has craft beers and on this night they will have classic novel inspired cocktails!  Please join us and bring books from babies to adults!
Lima Rotary Club's global grant is promoting WASH in Schools.
The Global Grant (GG) which Lima Rotary developed with Usula Rotario in San Pedro Sula, Honduras incorporated many of the research objectives of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The training offered with our GG incorporated sustainability concepts which were part of TRF long term policy development to motivate clubs in two Areas of Focus.  These are Basic Education and Literacy, as well as Water and Sanitation.
Usula Rotarios focus on their community changed following the training necessary for our GG.
Usula has elected to participate in a new community development program called WASH in Schools. They along with 3 other clubs in San Pedro Sula have applied and were accepted to do a community assessment of the 54 schools in San Pedro to teach the new concepts of hygiene and sanitation.  They were awarded a $10,000 to do the assessment.
The activity has a name now called “What is the WASH in Schools Target Challenge?”
The WASH in Schools Target Challenge is a pilot program created to motivate Rotary clubs to develop sustainable water, sanitation, hygiene (collectively referred to as WASH), and education projects using the expertise and resources available through two of Rotary’s areas of focus: basic education and literacy, and water and sanitation(disease prevention).
The program will focus on measuring the impact that WASH and basic education and literacy initiatives have on school attendance. Rotary and UNICEF will recognize Rotary clubs and schools whose WASH in Schools projects achieve the benchmarks outlined below.
During the pilot phase, the program will run through July 2020 in five countries, all chosen for their strong, active involvement in school sanitation efforts: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.
All of the contributors to our global grant can be proud of the resounding contribution that our grant has made to progressive thinking with the clubs in San Pedro Sula.
Polio Day
Be sure to attend Rotary on October 23rd for World Polio Day.
World Polio Day will be celebrated at our October 23rd Monday meeting.  We will be having pizza for polio and piggy for polio for everyone to leave their loose change to go toward Polio Plus.  Dr. Hubbell will be speaking about polio and sharing a patient’s story. Our polio flag will also be hung in Lima's Town Square.
End Polio Now
Here is the latest End Polio Now newsletter.
August 2017
Take action to End Polio Now
Start Planning Your World Polio Day Event
World Polio Day is 24 October, so now is the time to start planning events in your community. Use the resources available on to get started. You’ll find everything you need to plan and promote your event, including outreach guides, sample press releases, and social media messages and graphics.
Last year, 1,400 World Polio Day events took place in 90 countries. Let your community know that the fight isn’t over and that Rotary is leading the way toward a polio-free world.
Join the celebration, and register your event.
Thank you, Rotary
UNICEF and the World Health Organization have produced a nearly-four-minute video thanking Rotary and its members for protecting the world’s children against polio for more than 30 years.
Every dollar you have donated and every drop of vaccine you have helped administer have brought us one step closer to a polio-free world. This video is a powerful reminder of the positive impact Rotarians have made around the world.
Rotary releases a new online giving platform
Making a contribution to end polio just got easier thanks to Rotary’s newly upgraded online giving platform. You can now make a gift quickly and securely from your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The new platform allows you to make donations in your local currency and, when you’re signed in to My Rotary, keeps track of your giving record.
Through the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, any contribution you make will be tripled, increasing Rotary’s ability to help vulnerable children around the world be polio-free.

Make a donation.
 Activities Roundup
As part of its Purple for Polio program, the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland sponsored a young writer’s poem competition for school children ages 7-11 years old. They were tasked with writing poems about polio. Each participant received a certificate for their submission. One winner was chosen from each district and the winning poems were shared with 2016-17 Rotary International President John Germ and RIBI President Eve Conway.
On 25 June, members of District 7070 in Canada scaled new heights as they reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The team of three climbed more than 19,000 feet to the summit and in the process, raised $500,000 for End Polio Now. Read more about their journey.
The Rotary Club of Scottsbluff/Gering, Nebraska, USA, held a Purple Pancakes for Polio fundraiser. More than 100 hungry people showed up for breakfast, where, for US$5, they were treated to a short stack of pancakes, coffee, and conversation – all for a good cause.
In Ethiopia, of the 11,000 women participating in the 14th Edition of the Women First 5K Run, 300 ran “towards a polio-free world” as part of the End Polio Now team to raise awareness and funds for polio eradication efforts.
Polio in the News
Carol Pandak, Rotary’s director of PolioPlus, was featured on the podcast Humanosphere, a U.S.-based news outlet that covers global health and development topics. Pandak discussed Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of polio. The podcast also addressed Rotary’s historic role in eradicating polio, the importance of continued investments in global health, and PolioPlus’ plan to shift its focus to other health initiatives once polio is eradicated.

Polio was featured in a supplementary issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Titled “Polio Endgame & Legacy: Implementation, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned,” the issue includes several articles about polio strategy and coordination efforts, strengthening immunization services, and planning for transition after polio is eradicated. Rotary wrote the article “Rotary’s PolioPlus Program: Lessons Learned, Transition Planning, and Legacy” and co-wrote “The Public Health Legacy of Polio Eradication in Africa.”
The New York Times’ Retro Report produced a 10-minute video looking back on smallpox, polio, and Ebola. It highlighted how in 2014, the polio surveillance infrastructure played a huge role in combating Ebola, particularly during an outbreak in Nigeria, which was declared Ebola-free just three months afterward.
The Leadership newspaper in Nigeria reported on local Rotarians’ commitment to eradicating polio in the country by hosting immunization days and providing education, particularly to those in rural communities, on what causes polio and how to prevent it.                                                                 
The Washington Post’s editorial board published an article outlining the success so far toward ending polio, while reporting on the recent vaccine-derived outbreaks in Syria. 
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Young Leaders
Check out what our Young Leaders in Action are doing.
Young Leaders in Action
August 2017
Engaging the next generation of Rotary leaders
2-8 October is Rotary Reconnect week! This annual event is an opportunity to invite former Interactors, Rotaractors, RYLA participants, and other program alumni to renew their connection to Rotary. Host an alumni networking night, plan a service project to take action together, or invite alumni of all ages to your next club meeting. When you stay connected with alumni, you not only cultivate new membership opportunities and network with proven leaders, you also help alumni discover new ways to give back through Rotary.
Taking Action

Make your Rotaract projects outstanding 
Want to learn what it takes to make an outstanding project? Join us for “How to create a Rotaract outstanding project” webinar on Tuesday, 19 September 9:00 AM CDT. Hear from Rotary International staff and previous awardees on what makes an innovative and sustainable project and take away tips to make your next service project the best one yet!
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Share your work with Rotary in Toronto 
Do you have programs that activate and inspire young leaders? Want to share your youth service project with the Rotary world? Organize a breakout session at the 2018 Rotary International Convention! Breakout sessions inspire attendees and connect them with new ideas and other youth service leaders. Encourage young leaders to lead their own breakout session — give them a chance to show off their leadership and presentation skills! Submit your proposal online by Sunday, 1 October 2017. If you have any questions, please contact
Rotaract experience leads to path in education
Isma Seetal, Rotary Global Grant Scholar and former Rotaractor, found her passion for community service and education through a Rotaract medical project in her home country of Mauritius. Today she is a Rotary Global Grant scholar in California studying for a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Learn more about how getting involved in Rotaract influenced her path. 
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Spotlight on service: Start with Hello
The Interact Club of Burnet Middle School in Texas was honored for creating an inclusive environment with the “Start with Hello” program. The program was started by families of victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary shooting where a student killed more than 26 people at the Connecticut school in 2012. The program was created to "help prevent tragedies such as school shootings, suicides, and other violence born out of social isolation and exclusion." The students were honored because they went beyond school walls and involved the entire town. 
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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.
2-6 September
Interota 2017
Taipei, Taiwan

5-8 October 
Rotaract European Meeting (REM) Fall 2017
Ljubljana, Slovenia
21-22 October
Australian Rotaract Conference
Sydney, Australia

26-29 October
ERBOPECH XXIX Rotaract Conference -Ecuador, Bolivia,  Peru and Chile
Iquitos, Peru
18-21 January
Rotaract European Meeting (REM) Winter 2018
Vilnius, Lithuania

4-8 April
Rotaract European Convention (EUCO) 2018
Antwerp, Belgium 
19-22 July
15th Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference
Manila, Philippines

You're invited to the Uniendo Project Fair in Belize!
If you have never before  been to Belize---- then 2018 is the  year to treat yourself  to an unforgettable experience and meet some of the most  splendiferous  Rotarians of Central America.   The Belize, Uniendo America Project Fair, in 2018 is the place to begin your International Project Adventure;  And if developing an International Project is  not your  only dream  and  desire----
1.       You can never GET LOST  in the only English speaking country in Central America
2.      Interested in practicing or improving your Maya, Spanish, German, Garifuna, Creole, Chinese, Hindi or Urdu and Arabic?----THEN BELIZE IS THE PERFECT LANGUAGE  LABORATORY FOR YOU.
3.      If you are unfamiliar with the secrets of  Microcredit  and the arcane and mysterious workings of your Rotary Foundation then you need to be here and listen to the experts shed light on the inner workings of these enigmatic institutions. 
4.      Not one but TWO Blue Holes and the second longest Barrier Reef in the world.  Good diving too!
5.      5268 species of North American Birds can’t all be wrong; they are enjoying the warmth, sunshine and the hospitality of Belize from October to May.
6.      The most dynamic people from seven of the smallest and most interesting and beautiful countries in the Western hemisphere are here to help you make Central America and the world a better place to live.
7.      The best LITTLE zoo in the world with the only Harpy Eagle in captivity.
8.       If you have a special Interest that you want to discuss,   enterprise that you would like to begin, or unique concern that needs attention then ROUNDTABLE is for you. 
9.       Belize is the only country in the world where  you can  drink DELICIOUS  BILIKEN  BEER
OOPS I FORGOT WHAT # 10 IS!   Well 9 is enough...and to make your  visit as easy as  8-9-10 just click on the link below  &  register.
Respectfully, Yours In Rotary,  
André Lopez    
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