Dec 11, 2017
A Live Discussion About Death
Dec 18, 2017
Dec 25, 2017
Merry Christmas!
Jan 01, 2018
Happy New Year!
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Upcoming Events
Special Needs Christmas Party
Shawnee United Methodist Church
Dec 09, 2017
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 16, 2017
Blood Drive
Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center
Jan 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Russell Hampton
Golf Outing
The Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing was a huge success!
The 2017 Rex Perry Golfing outing was a good success. Rotary members and community members came out to support our scholarship efforts. We had 21 teams this year who experienced amazing hot weather. We had a close competition with two of the winning teams shooting 58 and it coming down to a scorecard playoff. The winning team was Shawnee Properties, team number 5. Finishing in second place was Wannemacher Total Logistics. Citizens National Bank came in third with a score of 59.

We thank Shawnee Properties for putting in 5 teams this year. We appreciate all of Major sponsors and their continued support. I personally want to thank all of the golf committee, the volunteers and people who contributed. 
The Scoop - July 17, 2017
We were treated to free ice cream for National Ice Cream Day!
Our July 17th Rotary meeting was one to remember, with free ice-cream for everyone provided by our speaker, Dan Young from Young's Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Dan talked about some of the things that have made Young’s so successful over the years, explaining it all starts with great training for your team and creating an insanely great customer service experience for everyone who comes. By offering so many different activities for guests, it makes Young’s a destination for families near and far. Some of the things you can expect to find at Young's: a working dairy farm with two restaurants, homemade ice cream, farmstead cheese, miniature golf, driving range, batting cages, an animal petting area, and plenty of fun events throughout the year!
Just recently Young's Ice Cream hosted a Charity Bike Tour and was able to raise $100,000.
Member Spotlight - Jodie
Get to know Jodie Robinson in this week's Member Spotlight.
I am the baby of 3 girls. My dad owns Shawnee Pools and now runs that with my sister Deanna. I grew up around animals, showing horses in 4-H and competitively showing reining horses. This passion continued and I’ve been a horse 4-H advisor for over 10 years. I went to The University of Findlay and got a Bachelor of Science so that I could move to Colorado Springs and be a zookeeper. Although it was gorgeous, I found Lima calling me home, to be a more active part of my nieces and nephews lives’. I have 2 nieces and 4 nephews and my family is very close, with Sunday Family day every week.
I worked for the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce, Dex Media and then partnered with my oldest sister, Brenda, to buy/re-brand and move Yazel’s Flowers & Gifts into a new location with rental space behind. While living in Indianbrook I enjoyed reading the Shawnee Living magazine and when the opportunity presented itself to own the franchise, I jumped. The magazine allows me the best of all my talents, offering event planning with monthly neighborhood socials, working closely with business partners to develop a brand in the market and introduce them to residents, and meet new residents weekly to find out what they’d like in their neighborhood magazine. I absolutely love it!
After having my 2nd child, the writing was on the wall, that the time commitment of juggling 2 businesses was too much for my work life balance, so my sister bought me out, at the end of the year, so I could focus more on the kids while they’re little.
So, like any mom, every single day brings new obstacles, new joys, new pains. Sometimes someone throws up on me, bites, scratches or pulls my hair, tells me they hate me, screams when they don’t get their way, tries to seriously injury themselves, needs fed way too many times, wants their butt wiped, nose wiped, boo boo kissed and I’m exhausted because I already worked and did 50 other things, but then they do something sweet and at the end of the day, I’d do it all over again, because they’re my favorite people. 
My daughter, Elena, is 5 years old and will attend Shawnee kindergarten this fall. My son, Jackson, will be a year old on August 9. They’re everything I ever dreamed of and so much more.
The Scoop - July 10, 2017
Making A Difference is the theme for the 2017/2018 Rotary year.
On July 10th, President Tracie Sanchez kicked off her term with an exciting meeting filled with new additions and great ideas. The 2017/2018 theme for Lima Rotary will be will be Making a Difference. Some of the changes and goals you’ll see this year: the return of Rotarian spotlights, regular updates on committee reports, educational updates to keep Rotarians in the know about Rotary, a more strategic plan for tracking EREY and Paul Harris Points (now shown on invoices) as well as a fundraising board displayed at each meeting, more involvement out of membership, increase in event turnout, improve the Lima presence worldwide and locally, create a “Rotary House” that serves to connect Lima’s community resources together in one central place and most importantly to make Rotary fun!
Bob Fricke joined us to give exciting updates and news from the Allen County Fair. A couple large events have been planned, the RC National RV which has a $2 million impact to Allen County and is a 9-day event. Loud n’ Lima is going to be a large-scale event with a lot of impact as well. Plus, they host popular annual events, such as Max’s Water Dog Race & Flea Market which always does very well for the community.
Some exciting improvements done or in the works:
  • The $200,000 grandstand renovation and painting is complete and the fair board will begin to look at ways to add more color in other locations around the fairgrounds.
  • The livestock show arena will have some inside painting.
  • Driveways through the campground, vital for the 4-Wheel Jamboree.
  • Ordered another bleacher set.
  • More colored picket tables & umbrellas for seating on the fairgrounds.
  • Building a new website that’s mobile friendly and expanding social media presence.
Last year, the Allen County Fair had over 200,000 in attendance with over 1,200 Jr. Fair participants and 200 commercial exhibits. This year the 2017 Allen County Fair Parade will kick-off on August 13th for the 167th Fair! August 18th a ribbon cutting will be held at 4pm to open the fair. There’s a lot of exciting acts and entertainment scheduled. Be sure to support our youth and attend the 2017 Allen County Fair!
Just a quick update on the Rotary Field of Dreams at UNOH. The bleachers are being installed!
Movies In The Park
The Lima Rotary Club is pleased to hosting a summer series of family films in pop-up locations throughout Lima. Please tell your friends, and join us for these free movies! We're showing Pitch Perfect at Stadium Park next to Lima Senior on July 21 at 8:00, and Gravity at the Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park on July 28 at 8:00.
We had a fantastic crowd for last week's showing of Beauty & The Beast!
The Lima Rotary Club now has a Twitter page - @limarotaryclub. Please follow us, like our tweets, and retweet regularly!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the July 11th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                               
President Tracie Sanchez called the meeting to order at 11:40AM with the following members present:  Dr. Susan Hubbell, David Runk, Catheryn Sarno, Paul Swartz, Paul Crow, Jed Metzger and Jill Ackerman.  Absent were: Anne Decker, Ken Dysert, Jeff Tracy, Dave Frost, Secretary Rita Brown, and Treasurer Kevin Bill.
     Secretary’s Report                                                                                       
Sanchez made a motion to approve the minutes of the June 20, 2017 board meeting, Sarno first and Crow seconded the motion.  Board approved.
District Governor Deb Cheney will visit the Lima Club on November 6th.  There will be a joint Rotary Board and Foundation Board meeting with the District Governor Deb Cheney prior to the regular club meeting.  Additional details will be shared closer to the date.
The revised Bylaws and Constitution will be voted on by the club in the next two weeks at a regular club meeting.
     President Elect Report                       Paul Swartz
Currently the recess lights and glass shelves are being finalized.  Half the funds needed for the showcase have been collected to-date.
      World Polio Day
October 23rd, 2017 will be World Polio Day.  The End Polio Now Flag will be flown in the Lima Public Square again for the week. Swartz spoke to the Mayor and Berger will attend the Club Meeting for the proclamation. The Club will serve Pizza for Polio that day at the meeting.  Dr. Hubbell is bringing a patient who had polio to speak. Education about polio and the “plus” aspect of polio plus will be shared.  Additionally, Swartz will put the piggy bank for polio out soon at meetings so Rotarians can put loose change in it throughout the year. 
     Board Member Report                       Catheryn Sarno
     Rally in the Square - August 18th, 2017
Jim Osmon will purchase additional cozies this year as they ran out last year.  Volunteers are in place for the evening.  Sarno will follow up about paying the sponsorship. 
     Allen County Fair Parade    
Peggy Ehora will be submitting the application for the Club.  The Parade will be held on Sunday, August 13th starting at 2PM.  The route will begin at Robb and Main Street and proceed to Market Street to Elizabeth Street ending at Wayne Street. Anne Decker and her husband will make bales of hay available so Rotarians can sit on the float.  Details will be shared when available.  
    Free Movies    
Sarno stated funds are available for three movies: July 14th will be Beauty and the Beast 2017 at Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park; July 21st will be Pitch Perfect at Lima Stadium Park; July 28th will be Gravity at the Rotary Pavilion in Faurot Park. If there is a rain cancellation, Beauty and the Beast will be reshown in place of Gravity.
     Programs 2017 - 2018
The programs for the year are almost booked with the exception of April, May, and June of 2018.  Sarno stated there were multiple requests for Jim Bowsher to speak again.  Sarno stated Bob Ulm was the front runner as overall favorite program last year.
Communications/Social Media
Sarno stated that the Social committee will be showing some meetings on Facebook Live so anyone can click on and watch.  Chief Joe Kitchen has created a Lima Rotary Twitter account and is doing a great job tweeting for the club.  The Social Media Committee goal is to get more followers on Twitter and Facebook as a way of getting people engaged in Rotary.
     Blues, Brews, and Books Drive
United Way approached Tracie Sanchez about the Lima Rotary Club sponsoring a book drive. United Way cannot have an event that includes alcohol so they are requesting Rotary to be the sponsor of the “brews” portion.  Dr. Hubbell stated as many book drives occur, they need to be certain they are not in conflict with other organizations.  United Way plans to donate books to UMADAOP and other agencies. Sarno will continue to gather information to share with the board.    
Board Report                                   Paul Crow
Crow stated that the Rex Perry Golf Outing has 13 teams signed up and the Committee is looking for 5 to 8 more teams.  They are also looking for door prizes.  Reinke Ford is sponsoring a hole in one. 
     Ex Officio Past President's Report      David Runk
Runk stated Rich Rudolph held a meeting to share his idea about having an amphitheater in downtown Lima that will have a Rotary presence.  More details will follow as the plan is still in the beginning stages.
    Opiate/Homeless District Grant
Runk stated he would submit a grant request to the District for funds to assist with the opiate/homelessness issue in Lima.  The club would be responsible for a portion of the cost of the project if our request is awarded.  Runk will continue to research and provide more information to the board.            
    Little Free Libraries
Sanchez stated they will be placed in their home sites this week.  Jill Ackerman indicated that they have all been delivered to the Park District.  Jed Metzger will work with Frost to coordinate a ribbon cutting for the rollout.  
     Board Report                                    Jill Ackerman
4Way Speech Contest
Ackerman stated that the committee hopes to increase participation this year.  Last year there were 16 participants.  The board discussed requesting the Scholarship Committee match the funds to increase the prize amounts. Crow will work with the Scholarship Committee. 
     Members resigning include:
  • Bob Baxter
Hubbell motioned to accept the resignation with regret and Ackerman seconded. Board Approved
    Applications - there were seven New Member Applications this month. 
  • Bob Schulte – reactivate membership
  • Steve Conrad
  • Adah Ellerbrock
  • Richard Dackin
  • Bob Fricke
  • Laura Myers
  • Joel Mengerink
Metzger motioned to accept the applications and Swartz seconded. Board Approved.
     Additional Topics: 
Sarno was approached by William Trudeau from the Rotary Club of Ada regarding the Lima Club hosting a family for a Rotary Youth Exchange student from France.  Sarno is interested in being a host and will pursue it more. 
The meeting adjourned at 12:55PM.
Respectfully submitted
Catheryn Sarno and Rita Brown
As recommended by the Rotary International Council on Legislation, the Board of Directors of the Lima Rotary Club has voted to amend the Bylaws and Constitution of the club. You may view the amended documents by clicking Read More. The full club will be asked to vote on the bylaw changes in July.
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