Upcoming Events
Rotary Night at the Lima Locos
Simmons FIeld
Jul 22, 2018
7:05 PM – 9:00 PM
Social Hour
The Met
Jul 24, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Movies in the Park - Black Panther
Faurot Park
Aug 25, 2018
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Social Hour
The Met
Aug 28, 2018
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Jul 23, 2018 12:00 PM
Lima Memorial Health System
Jul 30, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary District 6600 Governor
Aug 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Allen County Fair
Aug 13, 2018 12:00 PM
Roundtable Discussion
Aug 20, 2018 12:00 PM
High School Football Preview
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National Awards Services Inc.
The Scoop - July 15, 2018
John Hill achieved his dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail is the longest marked footpath in the world, stretching 2,189 miles between Georgia and Maine. John Hill, a member of the Vermillion Rotary Club hiked the trail in sections over eleven years. He brought his backpack to show us how he lived on the trail. He told us he packed as light as possible. That meant he had one pot that he both cooked with and ate from, a tiny stove, one spork, a tent that was just large enough to accommodate his body lying down. He even took apart his map and carried only the pages for the sections of trail he was hiking. John had a lot of adventures, including an encounter with a bear who wanted his vegetable lasagna. During his trip, John climbed 300 mountains, the highest one with an elevation of 6,625 feet, and walked six million steps. John said Jesus was his inspiration as he hiked, and on top of one of the mountains, he was amazed to see the shadow of a cross projected across the valley. For John, hiking the Appalachian Trail was the culmination of a dream.
The Scoop - July 9, 2018
President Paul says, "Let's roll!"
Announcements From President Paul Swartz
  • Recognized Paul Crowe and Tuttle Construction for their recent Ohio Construction Safety and Excellence Awards.
  • Recognized Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and the Lima Symphony Orchestra $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to expand kids programming.
  • Noted that at the end of July five to six Rotarians will be coming to Lima from India and host homes are being sought.
Paul Swartz Spoke About His Upcoming Year As President
  • He first thanked Tracie Sanchez for a phenomenal year.  Under her leadership, our club Received the President’s Citation Award.  And we were the only club in District 6600 to receive the Significant Achievement Award for our Homelessness and Opiate Project Grant.
  • He and his wife Carol make their home in the Elida community.  He is a 1979 graduate of Elida High School and a graduate of the Eastern Mennonite University where he majored in accounting and business management.
  • A favorite quote that he lives by is “You don’t know what you don’t know” and in that he admits that there is much he still has to learn about Rotary and this club but that he is relying on the strength of the members and the committees.
  • Project Focus this year will be:
    • The downtown Lima Amphitheater and Skate Park project is moving forward and the project is spearheaded by Rich Rudolph.
    • We are engaged in a project to replace the boardwalk at Kendrick Woods Park - that we originally funded in 1987.  Dave Runk is doing some grant writing for that initiative.
    • An extension of the Riverwalk is in the planning stages and being spearheaded by Roy Baldridge.
  • Paul recognized an extensive list of members giving leadership this year to the club as committee chairs, board members, and foundation members.
  • Club communications will continue to be enhanced.  He asked members to contact himself or Anne Decker to get enrolled in the reminder text message app.  Anne is also supporting Facebook Live videos at meetings and events.  Paul sees this as especially helpful for members who are snowbirds or otherwise traveling or periodically away to stay engaged.
  • Paul has two particular goals for the year.
    • He wants to see membership increased by 10%.  Membership now stands at about 166, so that means bringing in 17 new members.  He has an incentive plan that he will be rolling out, but he believes that “just asking people” is one of the most effective tools.  He shared another favorite quote, “you have not because you ask not."  Increasing membership is also a Rotary International (RI) President’s Goal.  Anne Decker is helping him with a membership brochure and he will also distribute an RI booklet titled “Rotary Basics."
    • Paul also wants to increase awareness among the club membership and the community about the Foundation Annual Fund.  Keeping the membership up to date throughout the year is something he feels is essential.
  • Paul reflected on the new RI theme “Be The Inspiration”.  The RI president is challenging Rotarians to inspire change in the world and each other.  Paul recently attended the RI Convention in Toronto, along with Bob Ruehl.  He shared some sights of that impressive gathering that involved over 25,000 Rotarians from 175 counties.
  • Paul closed his remarks by saying that he is “excited to lead this club, knows much support will be given by the membership, so let’s roll!”
Carol Buettner gave the Rottery report.  This quarter Rottery is benefitting the Allen County Sheriff’s Dept and new exercise equipment.  Today’s $104 winner is Rashawna Perry.
Movies in the Park
Movies in the Park is back for another great season!
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel Friday's showing of Wonder due to rain. We hope to reschedule but have not yet set a date.
Need Swag for the Rotary Movies in the Park: We will be giving away 215 Swag Bags at Black Panther on August 25th  filled with sponsor items. This is a great opportunity to get your name out into the community during a community event! We expect over 300 families to attend.  If you have literature, promotional items, back to school supplies, anything that is a fun giveaway, please contact Cat.  The deadline will be August 20th to collect items.  Thank you Rotarians for supporting this much anticipated and appreciated event! 
Lima Locos
Rotary night at Lima Locos Baseball is July 22 at 7:05pm. If you'd like free tickets, contact President Paul. We're also looking for people to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch!
School Supplies
The Lima Rotary Club is collecting back to school supplies for Lima City School students.
The Lima Rotary Club will be collecting school supplies at its meetings on July 23 and 30. A list of needed items is below. If you doesn't want to bring items, but would like to contribute, you could donate financially by making your check out to the Lima City Schools with "school supplies" in the memo box. The Lima City Schools are holding a Back to School Celebration from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, August 14, at Maretin Luther King Park. There will be free school supplies, food, face painting, community organizations, wiffle ball and other games and activities. 
Needed Supplies
Plastic school box
Crayola Crayons
Fiskar scissors
Glue sticks
Glue bottles
# 2 Pencils
Black dry erase markers
Pocket folders
Pink erasers
Ear buds/headphones
Grades 5-8
Spiral notebooks
Loose leaf wide ruled paper
#2 pencils
Ink Pens
Pencil bag/box
Dry erase markers
Pink erasers
Post It Notes
3-ring binders
Colored pencils
Scientific calculator
High School
#2 pencils
Ink pens
Scientific calculator
Loose leaf Paper
Other items needed
Book bags
Boxes of tissues
Gallon and Quart size Ziplock bags
Baby Wipes
Hand sanitizers
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights of the July 10th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                           Paul Swartz
President Swartz called the meeting to order at 11:37AM with the following Board Members present:  Ken Dysert, Peggy Ehora, Jed Metzger, Tracie Sanchez, Catheryn Sarno, Jeff Tracy, Anne Decker and David Runk.  Also present Treasurer Kevin Bill and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s ReportRita Brown
Attendance report                                                     
Brown presented the attendance report for June 2018.  For the year, 22 new members joining the organization and 22 resigned.  Attendance averaged around 45.5% for the year.    The percentage of females in the club increased from 28% - 30% up 2% from last year.   Breakdown of years of service shows: Less than 1 year – 4%;   1 -5 years – 36% ; 5-10 years  14%; 10 – 20 - 24%; 20 plus years – 22%.  Those percentages have remained nearly the same from last year and show a balanced mix of new and longer termed members.
Presidents Report                                                                   Paul Swartz
            District Governor visit on Monday July 30, 2018
Newly appointed District Governor Maris Brenner will visit the Lima Club on Monday July 30, 2018.  A joint meeting will be held with the Rotary Board and the Lima Rotary Foundation before the Club Meeting.
Former Members (Retired, Etc.) invited to join the Club for lunch once a quarter
In the Spirit of Goodwill, former club members in good standing will be invited to join the club for lunch once a quarter.  Swartz will send out cards inviting them. The goal is to keep them semi-involved.
Officer & Paid Position Succession Plan
New Board Members John Ficorilli, Peggy Ehora and Theresa Schnipke were welcomed to the Board.  Dysert made a motion to appoint Ficorilli to the position of Vice President.  Effective July 1, 2018, Tracie Sanchez became President Ex-Officio, Paul Swartz became President with Ken Dysert named as the Incoming President. In addition, Anne Decker was re-appointed to the Social Media and Marketing position, Amy Ricker as Treasurer’s Clerk , and Rita Brown as Club Secretary each at the rate of $400 a month.  Tracy seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Board Reports
Golf outing                                                                             Ken Dysert
The Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing was held Wednesday June 13, 2018 at Hidden Creek with proceeds designated to benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund.  Twenty-two teams participated in the event.  Thirteen club members served on the Committee with eight volunteers working at the event. The event raised over $38,500 for Scholarships.
Grants                                                                                     David Runk     
Runk reported last year the club received District Grants for the Homeless Project and for Opiate Addiction.
This year, two District Grants will be submitted.  #1 - to redo the Boardwalk in Kendrick Woods in the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District and #2 - for the Amphitheatre to be located in downtown Lima.   District grant money needs to be used in the year it is awarded.    Grant applications are due by August 1st.   
Honorary Membership                                                              Catheryn Sarno 
Sarno asked that the Rotary Club consider naming June Miller as an Honorary Member.  June will be given a Certificate and also a Rotary Pin and invited to attend our meetings at her convenience.  Sarno made a motion and Swartz seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Treasurer’s Report                                                                  Kevin Bill
Bill stated having 4 -5 members volunteer to be on the Audit Committee.  They will perform a year-end audit with Bill.  Next month Bill will provide a 2018-2019 budget report with Swartz.
            Aging Report
Bill discussed the Aging Report.  A few accounts were discussed specifically.  Bill will contact them to discuss payments.  Tracy made a motion to approve the report as submitted and Sanchez seconded the report.  Board approved.
New Business Rita Brown
Resignations were received from Bob Schulte, Judy Wells, and R. Barry Hardy. Tracy made a motion to accept the resignations with regret.  Bill seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Member Applications were received from:
Anthony Miller, Assistant County Prosecutor, sponsored by Chris Hardesty
Sydni Winkler, Boy Scouts of America, Great Oaks District Executive, sponsored by Jim Mason.  Sarno made a motion to approve the new members and Ehora seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Library Books
Each week, the club’s guest speaker signs a book that we donate to the Children’s section of the Lima Public Library.  Our supply is running low and it is time to order again.  Ehora made a motion to re-order books from the Library in the amount of $500.  That amount will provide books for a period of time close to 18 months.  Dysert seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There being no further business, Swartz adjourned the meeting at 1:05 PM. 
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Rotary Conventions
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