The Scoop - May 23, 2022
The Lima Police Department is making a renewed effort at crime prevention.
The Lima Police Department has hired Liz Casey to be its Crime Prevention Specialist and she filled us in on her efforts at Monday's meeting. Liz told us that the position has been vacant for a few years so she is working hard to get out in the community, meet people and develop crime prevention programs. LPD's Crime Prevention Unit's mission is to work in partnership with the community to improve quality of life by creatively solving problems related to crime, the fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. Liz has a number of programs targeted to both children and adults covering a variety of topics including home security, personal safety, older people safety, neighborhood safety, scams, theft prevention, robbery prevention, gun safety, child safety, bicycle safety, stranger danger and much more. She is also looking for input from people to find out what their unique needs are so she can work one-on-one with them to solve their problems. One of the new programs she's working on is a Special Needs Camp at Safety City which will take place August 8-12. She hopes to reach 100 special needs children through this camp. Liz is also hoping to start an Allen County Crime Prevention Association with input from emergency responders from throughout the county as well as from the general public. The Crime Prevention Unit has begun publishing a monthly newsletter to keep the community updated on what they've been up to.
Also at Monday's meeting, Rita joined us following a long leave of absence to help award twelve non-traditional students with Lima Rotary Club Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for summer 2022. Six of the twelve winners were able to attend the Lima Rotary Club luncheon acknowledging the group. Students are pursuing higher education in Biology, Psychology, LPN and RN, Finance, Business Management, Middle and Early Childhood Education, Licensed Social Work, Medical Office Management and Welding. These students plan to attend Apollo Career Center, Bluffton University, The Ohio State University – Lima, and Rhodes State College and the University of Northern OH. Congratulations to each of them!
Currently, the program has awarded scholarships for a total of $865,250.
Derek Stemen took a Plunge For Polio, sitting in a cold dunk tank while members had fun dunking him at $10 a throw to raise money for polio. His and Keith Horner's efforts raised a total of $867, with quite a bit of the money coming from members who bought $20 immunity tickets to keep themselves out of the tank.
We also heard from Marc Wright who encouraged us to attend the Juneteenth celebration scheduled for June 18th from noon to 6:00 pm on Town Square. Juneteenth is a celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States in 1865. There will be food trucks, entertainment, fun for the kids, a small business popup, a health and opportunities tent, and much more.
And Todd Benz exchanged his red badge for his blue badge. Congratulations!
Plunge For Polio
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Plunge for Polio event this week. Through the immunity tickets and dunk tank, we raised an additional $950 for Polio Plus. Thank you for your help eradicating polio.  
- Polio Co-chairs - Derek Stemen & Keith Horner
Reverse Raffle
There are fewer than 50 tickets left for Thursday's Jay Begg Reverse Raffle. Get yours today!
The Lima Rotary Club's Jay Begg Reverse Raffle takes place on June 2 at the Allen County Fairgrounds. It's a fun night with games, dinner, silent auction, great fellowship, and your chance to win part of the $10,000 in cash prizes that will be handed out. It's also a big fundraiser for the Lima Rotary Club so we encourage you to buy a ticket even if you can't attend. Tickets are just $100 and are available from Katy or Cat.
Golf Outing
Join us for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 17 and support our scholarship fund.
Please join us for a fun day of golf, games, and Rotarian camaraderie. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 24th
Last year we had 29 teams competing and raised $39,910, 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 April 2022, the Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund has helped 1,125 adults to continue their education and to pursue their dream. These scholarships total over $852,250. 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.       
Upcoming Events
Jay Begg Reverse Raffle
Allen County Fairgrounds
Jun 02, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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May 30, 2022
Happy Memorial Day!
Jun 06, 2022 12:00 PM
Columbus Zoo
Jun 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Jun 20, 2022
Happy Juneteenth!
Jun 27, 2022 12:00 PM
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