Bob Ruehl
Bob Ruehl wins his third award from Rotary International.
Lima Rotarian Bob Ruehl was recently acknowledged with the Rotary International Foundation Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the Induction of our District 6600 Governor. Our District 6600 has only had four recipients over the years, and Bob is the first Lima Rotarian to receive this prestigious award!
The Trustees of the Rotary International Foundation grant this award to Rotarians who have rendered exceptional service to the International Foundation beyond the district level for an extended time. No more than 50 Distinguished Service awards are presented worldwide each year. The award is determined by active service rather than financial contributions.
This is the third time Bob has been recognized by Rotary International. He received his first award, a Citation for Meritorious Service in 2012. His second sward, An Avenues of Service Award for Individual Rotarians, came in 2016. And now in 2020, Bob received the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Bob's unending passion for the work and for people has changed and improved countless lives throughout the world. 
Bob, your fellow Lima Rotarians thank you and salute you for your dedication and commitment. Well done, and we can’t wait to hear more about your next project and adventure.
Golf Outing
Golfers! Register or volunteer now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 26!
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. The date has been moved to Wednesday, August 26th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with lunch from Western Sizzlin Steakhouse. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to ensure our participants' safety. The Committee is also staying abreast to the most current recommendations set forth by the Ohio governor regarding the best practices for staying safe during the on-going Coronavirus pandemic. Since standards and protocols are continuously being changes and updated the format and what happenings that will take place on the day of the event are still undergoing planning, but rest assured that the day will be both exhilarating and competitive. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register as an individual or team at 419-231-3209 or
We still need volunteers. Contact Shannon if you can help at or at 567-940-1007.
Last year we had 21 teams competing and raised over $43,000, 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 March 2020, over 1,046 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $776,250. 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.    
50-50 Drawing
Get your 50/50 tickets for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing now!
This year’s Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday, August 26th at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Bluffton. The outing begins with a shotgun start at 9:00am and finishes with a delicious luncheon where the team winners will be announced along with the winners of our many fabulous door prizes and the big winner of 50/50 drawing!  
Scott Cockerell will be selling 50/50 Tickets on Monday, August 3rd, 10th , 17th & 24th at the Rotary Meetings. Tickets are 1 for a $1 OR 6 for $5. You need NOT be present to win. All proceeds go to The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund.
You may also purchase your tickets online and be billed on your next quarterly invoice. Just fill out this form.
The Scoop - August 17, 2020
Nutrien begins $100 million project.
Nutrien is beginning a $100 million, two month long maintenance project that will result in the replacement of much of the plant's piping and parts and several upgrades. Special Projects Manager Russ Decker told us that this turnaround is routine and takes place every four or five years. The plant is bringing in 800 skilled workers from across the country to get the job done. In order to perform the work, the plant will shut down beginning August 30. Decker says we may hear some odd whistles and noise coming from the plant during this time, and during the restart in two months, but it's nothing to be concerned about. Nutrien is the world's largest producer of crop inputs such as potash, phosphate and nitrogen. The Lima plant also makes ammonia, urea and diesel exhaust fluid. The Lima plant had a record year for ammonia production in 2019 - 1.5 billion pounds!
Also at Monday's meeting, Tracey Sanchez, Jared Walsh and Mary Elmquist-Lane gave an update on the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater. The club has raised just over $1 million of the $2.5 million needed to build the park. So far, the land has been cleared, 5 underground tanks have been removed from the site and grass has been planted. Landscape architect Pat Beam has been working with the local arts community to change the amphitheater from its original design of simple stage into a professional structure with potential seating for 2,500. Tracey told us that even though the Greater Lima Region has secured naming rights for the amphitheater and park, Rotary's name and logo will be very visible. Mary emphasized the importance of donations. She encouraged everyone to consider donating to the park and to give donation forms to their friends. The committee is working with Representative Cupp and Senator Huffman to secure state funding for the project. It's hoped that ground can be broken next year.
The Lima Rotary Scholarship Committee will be awarding scholarships to 12 students for the fall sessions.  
These students are attending Apollo Career Center, Bluffton University, Ohio State University–Lima and Rhodes State College. They are pursuing degrees in Biology, Education, Social Work, Nursing, Criminal Justice, and Medical Insurance Specialist.
The members of the Rotary Club wish them the best in their fields of study and in the careers they have selected. To-date the Club has award 1069 scholarships for a total of $799,250.
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Social Media
Get social with Lima Rotary!
Did you know that you can find lots of great information about the Lima Rotary Club on our social media platforms? Be sure to like our Facebook page at "Rotary Club of Lima" and follow us on Twitter at @limarotaryclub. Coming soon, we will be making our debut on Instagram!
Help us expand our social media presence by liking our photos, commenting, sharing, and retweeting!
Don’t forget, August is Rotary Membership Month. Have a friend or colleague who might be interested in joining? Have them check out what we have been up to on our social media pages so they can learn more about our club.
Also, if you take photos at any of our Rotary events such as social night, committee meetings, etc., be sure to send them to Anne Decker so we can share them with everyone.
Having a busy day at the office? Not yet comfortable venturing out due to COVID-19? Watch our regular Monday meetings on Facebook Live! Say hello in the comments so we know you are there. 
Holger Knaack
Greetings from Rotary International President Holger Knaack.
Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!
I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.
Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.
Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.
I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.
As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.
So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.
Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.
I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.
Thank you.
Holger Knaack
RI President, 2020-21

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