The Scoop - March 15, 2021
The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is working to protect people from abuse and neglect.
Theresa Schnipke took advantage of Disabilities Awareness Month to tell us that abuse and neglect of those with disabilities is very real and happens right here in our community. The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a full range of services beginning with in-home early intervention programs for very young children and their families to service coordination for individuals who are elderly. Investigative Agent Shelly Snyder told us their services include crisis intervention. "Individuals with developmental disabilities experience serious crimes more than 10 times higher than the general public. The rate of theft is about 13 times higher and the rate of sexual abuse is 11 times higher. It is staggering, but that is the reality."
Support Services Coordinator Anne Dunbar told us that there is help for caregivers who feel overwhelmed and don't know what to do. "Sometimes caregivers aren't aware of the support that exists and that breaks my heart too because that's part of what we do is just getting our information out there that we're here to serve and if they need help we can help them get connected."
They told us that they rescued a woman from a Lima house who had been chained to her bedroom for a long period of time. They were able to help her achieve a better life, but unfortunately the other woman who was being held in the house with her decided not to leave.
If you suspect someone is being abused or neglected, call 419-221-1385 or 911 if it is an emergency.
The Bath High School Interact Club continues to provide service projects to our school and community during the pandemic. 
The Interact Club recently participated in Allen County Board of DD’s Reverse parade to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. In the heavy February snowfall, students shoveled out their neighbors, built snowmen outside nursing home windows, as well as cleared snow around fire hydrants. The club has been a staple in the concession stand this winter as well. The kids helped the athletic department by filling vacant spots and manning the concession stand for boys and girls basketball games weekly (approx. 4 to 6 kids a night, 4 nights a week for the past 3 months!) We are grateful our club has been able to continue to operate this year, many clubs inside the high school did not. But it’s clear our kids miss our regular meetings, the simple act of being together, and holding what has become our annual events. Chief Kitchen and I look forward to resuming “normal” Interact happenings next school year.  It’s been a year to remember no doubt!
  - Missy Vandemark
Social Night
The Lima Rotary Club's next social night is Thursday, March 25 from 5:00-7:00pm at Vino Bellissimo, 2412 Cable Court. Bring some friends and join us for drinks, munchies and great fellowship. Please RSVP to Demi so we can plan for proper social distancing.
Golf Outing
Register now for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on July 21 and support our scholarship fund!
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, July 21st at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 25th. The Golf Committee is working closely with Hidden Creek Golf Course to again ensure our participants' safety against COVID.  
Last year we had 27 teams competing and raised over $40,000, 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 2021, over 1,089 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $817,250. 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.      
The golf outing is open to the public so please invite your friends to join us. Contact Andy Wannemacher today to register! 
Rottery returns on April 5th after a year-long hiatus. The Lima Rotary Club is able to donate to many non-profit organizations with our weekly 50-50 drawing, so please participate!
You can now pay your Rotary dues with Venmo.
After numerous requests to enter the 21st century, I am happy to tell our membership that the Rotary Club of Lima is now able to process online payments. The club is set up on Venmo, and you can send payment using the Venmo app to @LimaRotaryAccount. All you need is a smartphone or tablet, internet access, a bank account and nimble fingers. If you grew up with rotary phones, don’t worry, ask me or any of our under 40 members for help and we will help you get set up.
There are three new Rotary fellowships for those who are looking for like-minded friends among their fellow Rotarians.
Rotary International is excited to announce the chartering of three new Rotary International Fellowships. Currently Rotary International recognizes over 90 active Rotary Fellowships. A Rotary fellowship is a group of individuals who globally unite around a common interest, vocation, or recreational activity with the primary purpose to network and further friendship.  Membership in a fellowship is open to any interested individual.
The newly approved fellowships are for Graphic Designers, Hunting, and Wildlifers for Conservation. The purpose of each fellowship is detailed below and includes a link to learn more or connect with each group: 
Graphic Designers – The Rotary Fellowship of Graphic Designers is a group of people who work in or enjoy the common interest of graphic design. The fellowship plans to meet virtually and in-person to share best practices, work together, share professional ideas, and build fellowship.
Hunting - The purpose of the International Rotary Fellowship of Hunters is to cultivate international friendship among hunters.  The fellowship will promote the acceptance of hunting among the population while maintaining hunting ethics and traditions.
Wildlifers for Conservation - The Rotary Fellowship of Wildlifers for Conservation is a group of any interested individuals who share a common interest and are willing to work towards building a future in which people and nature thrive.

For more information on Rotary Fellowships or how to charter a new Rotary Fellowship please visit
Upcoming Events
Social Night
Vino Bellissimo
Mar 25, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Mar 22, 2021 12:00 PM
ODOT Drive Ohio Smart Vehicle Pprojects
Mar 29, 2021 12:09 PM
World Water Day Commemoration
Apr 05, 2021 12:00 PM
Eastern Philosophy for Everyday Challenges
Apr 12, 2021 12:00 PM
Children Services Overview
Apr 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Environmental Law
May 03, 2021 12:00 PM
ALL Youth Program
May 17, 2021 12:00 PM
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