The Scoop - October 19, 2020
The Lima Rotary Club marks World Polio Day by hearing from two polio survivors.
Brenda Ferguson and Bob Boyce both contracted polio as children and went through lengthy hospital stays. They have been successful in their careers and consider themselves fortunate the disease did not do more damage. Their lives have been very challenging with the disabilities the disease has caused. Bob had a 27-year career with BP and has since retired. Since his retirement, he has suffered from post-polio syndrome which has taken a toll on his ability to walk any distance and kayaking is a thing of the past. Brenda is also retired and is suffering from the post-polio syndrome and has limited abilities of walking herself. Both stories we compelling and we thank them both for sharing with Rotary. They both thanked Rotary multiple times for the work we do to eradicate polio.
Also at Monday's meeting, we awarded blue badges to six members: Wayne Korpics, Rick Kortokrax, Dave Stratton, Jennifer Mason, Shanna Barnes, Tommie Harner, Dr. Cynthia Spiers and Kerri Romes. Congratulations!
Polio Plus Auction
We want to thank each of you for your continued support of Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative. As we are fighting to eradicating this horrible disease, we are asking our members to consider donating items for our upcoming Polio Plus auction. Please see Derek Stemen or Keith Horner (Polio Plus Chairs) for more information or to make a donation.     
We also need your financial contributions.  Even a small contribution can help protect many children from this disease.  
  • $30 - provides 200 children with this lifesaving vaccine
  • $60 - provides 400 children with this lifesaving vaccine
We are asking every Rotarian to consider donating at least $50 in our efforts to eradicate polio.  Every dollar donated will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.
Visit the link below to donate and don’t forget to share this donation page with others.  Together we can eradicate polio and save numerous children from this disease! 
Thank you,
Derek Stemen & Keith Horner, Polio Plus Chairs
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the October 13 board meeting.
Call to Order  John Ficorilli
Ficorilli called the meeting together at 11: 48 AM with the following members present: Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Theresa Schnipke, Derek Stemen and Andy Wannemacher. Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown. Carol Buettner attended by phone.

Secretary’s Report   Rita Brown
Attendance report
September ended with Total Membership of 153. The Club has 4 Honorary and 149 Active Members. Attendance for the month was 42.79%. Attendance since July was grown from 28.14% to 42.79% or 14.65%.

President’s Report John Ficorilli
World Polio Day October 19, 2020
To-date, Members have contributed $2600 with $550 of that being raised on-line. An auction will be held on November 9th. The Club will have two speakers for World Polio Day on October 19th. The buckets will be passed for donations after their presentations.
District Governor visit on Monday October 26, 2020
DG Keith Hodkinson will visit the Lima Club on Monday October 26, 2020 at the regular club meeting.
District Grant Updates
Esther Baldridge has submitted a request for a District Grant for funding of the Special All-Abilities Playground. The specific request is for Hand Sanitizing Stations and ADA Accessible Picnic Tables.
Social Meeting Updates
Currently the Social Meetings are held once a month. Stemen indicated the time frame of 5 – 7 PM was very difficult for him. Options discussed included having meetings at alternative times such as a Breakfast Meeting with topics such as a Leadership Minute and Deepening the Networking.
Fall Blood Clinic Cancellation
The Fall Blood Clinic has been cancelled.
West Ohio Food Bank – Staples or Hygiene Products Drive during November
Stemen will speak with CEO Tommie Harner about the needs of the Food Bank. Barrels will be placed at the Club Meetings for members to place their donations of staples and hygiene items.
Salvation Army donation
Ficorilli will reach out to Paul Downing from the Salvation Army to ensure their grant application has been submitted and can be funded in a timely manner.
Rotary Club Christmas Party - December 21, 2020
Andy Farley agreed to be on the Committee again this year. A committee will be formed to plan the details.
Rotary International Club Citation
Ficorilli shared the criteria for the Club Citation. The Board will participate in the needed activities for the Club to accomplish the Citation this year.

Board Reports: Golf Outing wrap-up Andy Wannemacher
Wannemacher indicated the Golf Outing raised $43,000 this year for the Scholarship Fund.
Special Needs Christmas Party Dec 12th Theresa Schnipke
The Party is being organized by Esther Baldridge and her committee. It will have a different format this year. It will be held at Marimor. Students will receive a gift purchased by Rotary Members, a packed lunch or snack and a fruit basket. Members will still be asked to pick up their student and bring them home. Santa will greet the children at the party.
Bell Ringing Dec 5th – Organized by Joe Watson Rita Brown
Watson is currently working with the Salvation Army on the locations. He will have sign-up sheets at the upcoming meetings for those who wish to participate again this year.
Dictionary Distribution Plans - Organized by Dave Cockerell John Ficorilli
The Dictionary Distribution will take place but it will have a different format this year. Plans are still underway.

Treasurer’s Report   Dan Best
Best indicated the 990 IRS Report has been completed and was filed on-time
He reviewed the Balance Sheet with Previous Year Comparison. For this month, the Balance Sheet shows a difference that reflects the proceeds of the Golf Outing. Best will make the arrangements to have the Amount of the Golf Outing proceeds moved to the Foundation for the Scholarship Fund. The Cash Position for next month will reflect the transfer. Best also discussed receivables. They are comparable with dues collected from last year. Stemen made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Schnipke seconded the motion. Board approved.

New Business
Membership Rita Brown
• Dr. Kevin Johnson sponsored by Paul Swartz. He is a Pediatrician with Lima Memorial Hospital.
• Andi Lynn Ostendorf, Huntington Bank Manager Downtown Office.
Fitzgerald made a motion to approved the Membership Applications as submitted. Horner seconded the motion. Board approved.
• Heather Jordan, former Branch Manager of the Huntington Downtown Office
• Dr James Nieman, OIO Surgeon
Horner made a motion to accept the two resignations with regret. Wannemacher seconded the motion. Board approved.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 12:59 PM.

Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
District Newsletter
Stay up to date with everything happening in Rotary District 6600 by reading the October newsletter.
Training Talk
Looking for training opportunities? You'll find them in this month's Training Talk.
Training Talk
October, 2020Training Rotary leaders around the world
Reshaping Rotary’s future with online learning
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenge to the way Rotarians meet and provide training. But it has also provided an opportunity for Rotary to adapt and innovate.

We’ve seen that district and club leaders have turned to the Learning Center for resources and materials to help convert in-person training events to virtual learning sessions. Between April and June 2020, the number of people using the Learning Center rose from 2,800 per month to 10,000.

Some highlights of how the Learning Center has grown from its August 2018 relaunch to June 2020 include:
  • Members took more than five times as many courses in June 2020 as they did in August 2018.
  • The zones with the highest course completion rates are in Asia, Africa, and South America.
  • Our most popular courses are Getting Started With the Learning Center, Rotary Club Central Resources, and Protecting Personal Data.
  • In districts that receive Learning Center reports, an average of 9.3% of members use the Learning Center — four percentage points higher than districts that don’t receive reports. If you’re a governor, district trainer, district membership chair, or district Rotary Foundation committee chair, take the Access to Learning Center Reports course to get access to reports.
The Learning Center is ready to support your online learning future!
Featured breakout session recordings from the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention
You can still access featured breakout sessions from the virtual convention on in Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Learn about new club types, digital trends, disruptive innovations, and engaging families in Rotary. Click the session title to access the recording. The recordings play best using the Chrome browser.  You can find presentation materials that accompany the featured breakout sessions in the Learning Center.

You can also access some July breakout session recordings and session resources through the Learning Center under the Convention Breakouts learning topic. Note that not all July sessions are available, and those that are available are in English only.
New courses in the Learning Center
Don't forget to explore these courses:                                                                                           ​​​​​
Toastmaster courses to build your public speaking skills
Thanks to our friends at Toastmasters International, Rotarians and Rotaractors now have access to eight communication and leadership courses in the Learning Center. These courses are designed to improve your skills and increase your knowledge through online lessons, assignments, and peer evaluation — exactly what you need to become a better communicator, public speaker, and leader. Enroll today at
Training tip
Rotarians and Rotaractors are using many training platforms to conduct virtual training events. These platforms can manage registration, general and breakout sessions, virtual booths, and networking groups.

If your club or district is using a virtual training platform, we’d love to hear from you. Share your ideas in the Questions and Answers page in the Learning Center or you can write to us at

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