The Scoop - May 13, 2019
It was an Interact/Rotaract takeover at Rotary!
What a fun time as the Bath High School Interact Club and the UNOH Rotaract Club conducted our meeting. Both groups have been heavily involved in community service. Interact showed a video of many of the activities, including volunteering at the Equestrian Therapy Program, West Ohio Food Bank, and a chili fundraiser. They have also decided to require any student who wants to participate in Interact to commit to at least 24 hours a year of community service. So far, 60 students have achieved that, and most of them were at Monday's meeting to receive certificates and pins. Great job, everyone! Rotaract has also been busy with things like the breast cancer walk, World Polio Day fundraiser, adopt-a-family for Christmas, human trafficking resource drive, adopt-a-highway and more. Both groups hope to grow their membership next year and continue to provide service above self.
Also at Monday's meeting, Johnny Appleseed Park District Director Kevin Haver was given a $5,000 check from the Lima Rotary Foundation to help rebuild the All People's Trail at Kendrick Woods. Haver told us he hoped it would be rebuilt by now, but the weather hasn't cooperated, and they were sent the wrong lumber and had to send it back, and now they're waiting for the correct lumber. Also, a gazebo is being built at Motter Metro Park, a new playground is going in at McLean Teddy Bear Park, Deep Cut is getting a new shelter house, another 4.5 miles of the Miami-Erie Canal trail is being finished this year from Zion Church Road to Delphos, the Kendrick Woods trail and parking are being improved, and a 12 acre park is being built on the Miami-Erie Canal with a staging area for hiking and biking. Haver says these projects are being funded primarily with donations and grants.
The Scoop - May 6, 2019
There are many local resources that can help you trace your family roots.
An article about her grandfather in The Lima News sparked Donna Wannemacher's interest in genealogy. She was surprised to find out that he had had an airport on the east side of Lima in the 1920s. "I got to thinking, I wonder what else I don't know about my family." In the years that she's been immersed in genealogy, Donna has found a number of local resources that can help fill in the branches on the family tree. She highly recommends the library at the Allen County Museum which has a roof full of reference books and documents, and "family files" which include newspaper clippings and notes about local families, businesses, churches, schools and organizations. She says the main documents you'll need to trace your roots are birth, death, marriage, military and census records. DNA testing can be valuable as well. She discovered her family's European roots, and was surprised to find matches to her DNA with people she doesn't know. Donna attributes the recent interest in genealogy to the availability of information on the internet.
Also at Monday's meeting, the following Major Rotary Donors were recognized: Richard Evans (dec'd) - Level 1, Harold Goodnight (dec'd) - Level 3, David & Nancy Steiner - Level 1, Robert & Ann Ruehl - Level 2. And the following Paul Harris Fellow awards were presented: Jeff Tracy - PH+1, Richard Warren - PH+2, Ken Dysert - PH+1, Paul Swartz - PH+3, Jim Bronder - PH+1 and Dave Frost - PH+5. Thank you for your generosity!
Sara Cardone also did a presentation on a new non-profit organization called Bucket List Blessings which helps people achieve the goals on their bucket lists if they do not have the resources to do so.
Blood Clinic
Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Lima Rotary Club's Spring Blood Clinic! We served 566 patients.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the May 14 board meeting.
Call to Order       Paul Swartz
Swartz called the meeting to order at 11:38 AM with the following Board Members present:   Ken Dysert, Peg Ehora, John Ficorilli, Susan Hubbell, Tracie Sanchez, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Jeff Tracy and Anne Decker.  Also incoming Board Members Carol Buettner and Jeff Fitzgerald along with Secretary Rita Brown, and guest Sydni Truesdale.
Secretary’s Report Rita Brown
Sarno made a motion to approve the Board Minutes from the April 9, 2019 meeting.   Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Attendance report
April ended with 170 members.  It included orientation and induction of seven members with one resigning.  Attendance was at 45.43% which was up from last month and the highest for the year.
President's Report                                                                                                               Paul Swartz
Annual Meeting Update                                                             
Dick Schroeder, along with a selected committee, will work on the revision of the Club’s by-laws.
District Meeting Update                                                             
Swartz recently returned from the District Conference and stated membership continues to drop in Rotary and other Service Clubs on a world-wide basis.  Last year the organization lost 55,000 members and gained 41,000.  Swartz plans to invite a group of younger members to a roundtable and hold a brainstorming session on attracting younger members.
Small Project Committee Update                                              
The first project scheduled had to be cancelled as there was not enough participation.  The Committee will plan a few more projects before the fiscal year ends.  One option discussed was working at the Food Bank.  In addition, providing more detail about what the work will entail was suggested and switching to a Friday vs. the weekend could help participation.  
District Grants Applications -   Due by July 1                                                        
Dick Schroeder will be writing the grant requests this year.  At this time, a grant will be submitted for the amphitheater. 
EREY/Paul Harris Educate the Club Update  
In order for members to have a better understanding of EREY and Paul Harris, Dick Schroeder and Dave Frost will begin holding monthly educational trainings on Rotary International and the steps necessary to become a Paul Harris Fellow.
Board Reports   All Board Members
Art Space Update                                                                                                          Peggy Ehora 
The Club has been doing Rally in the Square for the past two years with the goal of having more of a presence in the community.  This summer, the Rotary Club will sponsor the week-long Art Camp and also be a half sponsor for one of the Rally in the Square events. 
Golf Outing Update                                                                                                      Jed Metzger
Metzger stated the event is organized but it still needs more volunteers. 
Scholarship Update                                                                                                      Rita Brown
The Scholarship Committee will be acknowledging the recipients at the May 20, 2019 meeting.  We will have awarded 1013 scholarships in the amount of $744,250.
Blood Drive Update                                                                                                     Tracie Sanchez
The Blood Clinic was held on Saturday May 4th.  Five hundred and sixty-six participated in the clinic which is down twenty from the previous year.  The event should net $40,000.
                Vice President Report           
District Meeting Update                                                                                             John Ficorilli
Ficorilli attended the District Conference from May 10 – May 12.  He stated the conference provided an informative mix of sessions on MESA, the District Warehouse activities along with Rotary International projects and activities.  Fund Raising was a primary topic.  He plans to attend other Rotary Club Fund Raising events.  He will provide an update to the Club Members.
New Business                                                                                                              Ken Dysert
2019 – 2020 Fiscal Year Monday Meeting Schedule and Cancellations
Dysert presented a calendar that highlighted the days the VMCC will be closed during the next fiscal year.
He also presented a proposed schedule of six Mondays when the Lima Rotary Club would not meet.  They include: 
  • Monday September 2, 2019  - Labor Day
  • Monday December  23, 2019  - Monday before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Monday December 30, 2019 – Monday before New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
  • Monday January 20, 2020 – Martin  Luther King Holiday
  • Monday February 17, 2020 – Presidents Day
  • Monday May 25,  2020 – Memorial Day
Sanchez made a motion to approve the schedule as submitted.  Ehora seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
He suggested during the months that include five Mondays, the club consider going off-site for that fifth meeting.  Perhaps a tour of a company could be arranged or the meeting could be more of a social meeting.    Also Dysert suggested we consider moving the meeting to the City Club.  Parking options were discussed.  Dysert will speak with Abe Ambroza from the VMCC and bring the proposal to the club membership.
Resignations                                                                                                                    Rita Brown
  1. Dr. Debra McCurdy, Rhodes State
  2. Dr. Eric  Risolvato,  Lima Dental
Two resignations were received during the past month.  Sarno made a motion to accept the resignations of Dr. Debra McCurdy and Dr. Eric Risolvato with regret.  Metzger seconded.  Board approved.
Swartz adjourned the meeting at 12:40 PM. 
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary
Movies in the Park
Don't miss The Greatest Showman at the next Movies in the Park on June 21.
Golf Outing
Join us for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on June 12 and help support the Lima Rotary Club's scholarship fund.
This year’s Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at Hidden Creek Golf Course in Bluffton, Ohio.  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! This year’s scramble will also include a number of exciting games that will be incorporated into the outing to make the day even more exciting and competitive. Last year we had 22 teams competing and are hoping to add a few more as well as crushing last year’s total of $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 2019, over 1,002 adults wishing to continue their education have received scholarships from the Lima Rotary Club. These scholarships total over $733,250. 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.    
If you'd like to volunteer for the golf outing or donate a door prize, see Andy Wannemacher.  
District Golf Outing
Sign up now for the Rotary District 6600 Golf Outing on May 11.
3K Run
Join the UNOH Rotaract Club for a 3K color run on June 1.
Reds Game
Join us for Rotary day at the Reds!
Rotary members,  family & friends are invited to spend a day at the Great American Ballpark for Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies on Sunday, July 28th at 1:10pm. 
The $125 per person Fox Sports Club package includes:
Bus ride to the park and back
All-inclusive buffet and soft drinks
Access to indoor club, assigned club level seats
Stacked group seating outside between home and first plate
RSVP to by May 31st to join us for this fun-filled day!

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