Reverse Raffle
Thank you to everyone for making the Jay Begg Reverse Raffle a huge success!
Special thanks to the following people who worked EXTRA hard to make it a successful night:
Derek and Lesley - The BEST and entertaining MC's! Your humor and keeping the night moving along made the evening so much fun!
Jeff Fitzgerald: The best ball guy (minus #36...but hey, it's for charity!)
Our Fun-loving Bartenders: Tracie, Drew, Amy Rode, you kept the spirits flowing!
***Special Thanks to my partner-in-crime, my sister, Tracie, that always makes sure where I fall short, she picks up! We make a fantastic team!
Anne and Russ Decker: The BIG winners in every way last night, for an amazing video that gave tribute to Jay,  to Russ and his funny "dad joke"  that Jay passed on to him, and Anne's beautiful center pieces!
Anne won the grand prize and Russ took home 3rd which was a nice pay-off as well! (I'm certain Jay was smiling from above! You just know he had a hand in winning ticket number being #1. Classic Jay style!) Jon Rockhold won second prize.
Theresa Schnipke: For selling so many tickets, coordinating with the Begg Family, and coming through for me in so many ways to make this event successful! 
Carol Buettner: Your banking skills and CALMNESS are "SUPERIOR!"
Andy Farley: Thank you for the festive shirt and being a great auctioneer! You put the FUN in FUNdraising! 
Jennifer Mason: Thanks for being on your feet ALL night with the Sideboard and pulling numbers from the big board! It didn't go unnoticed! 
To my peeps who helped sell bingo cards, 50/50, auction tickets, and anything else we needed to sell, Katy Page, Chad Hughes, Demi, I honestly looked to you all to make executive decisions and you just rolled with it! So THANK YOU!
Dave Frost: You NAILED the food! Everyone raved about the food, including me! 
John Ficorilli: Your smile, support, and willingness to do whatever it took to make the event successful was paramount, and I want to thank you for keeping me grounded! 
To the folks that donated auction items: THANK YOU!
To the Set-up and Tear Down Crew: THANK YOU!
To Anne for the Table Keepsakes: THANK YOU!
To Drew Fields for the ball machine: THANK YOU!
To All the Rotarians that purchased tickets: THANK YOU!
To ALL the folks that donated BACK their winnings & donations: THANK YOU!
We will have the final proceed amounts sometime next week.
If you won a prize and were not present, we will notify you of your winnings!
Last but not least: Thanks for honoring Jay.
I think we did him proud.
The Scoop - June 7, 2021
The Lima Rotary Club welcomed Congressman Jim Jordan as our guest speaker.
"Washington's a mess," according to Congressman Jim Jordan. "The number one concern I hear from business owners is they can't find people to work. It shouldn't surprise us, when we pay people not to work, we can't find workers." Jordan says his other concerns are inflation, foreign policy, and what's happening to our liberties. "Every single liberty we enjoy as Americans under the First Amendment has been assaulted over the past several months. You've got five rights under the First Amendment: Your right to practice your faith the way you want, your right to assemble, your right to petition your government, freedom of the press, freedom of speech. Every single one's been attacked. This is the world we live in today and it really concerns me so I try to speak out." Jordan says he is working to see if there are things the Republicans and Democrats can come together to work on.
Also at Monday's meeting, we welcomed new members Andi Ostendorf and Andrew Lotz. Demi Burden, Jeff Dulmage and Tim Sielschott became Paul Harris Fellows. And Dick Schroeder announced that the Lima Rotary Club exceeded its PolioPlus and Every Rotarian Every Year goals for the year. Thanks to everyone who contributed!
Changing of the Guard
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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 or click here to register online.
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 8 board meeting.
Call to Order                         John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting together at 11:40 AM with the following members present:  Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Theresa Schnipke Derek Stemen, Andy Wannemacher and Ken Dysert.  Treasurer Dan Best, Secretary Rita Brown and Anne Decker attended along with incoming members Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and Joel Mengerink.
Secretary’s Report        Rita Brown
Approval of May 11, 2021 Board Minutes
Dysert made a motion to approve the May 11th Board Minutes as submitted.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Attendance report
The month of May ended with 146 members – 142 Active and 4 Honorary which is down 9 members for the year. Attendance for May was 44.46% which is up 2% from April.  Membership and recruiting will be a major focus for the new year.
President's Report              John Ficorilli
Annual Meeting Recap
Ficorilli stated he appreciated everyone’s involvement and comments regarding the Annual Meeting.  He also thanked everyone for attending.
Amphitheater MOU Recap
Ficorilli thanked everyone for their input regarding the Amphitheater’s MOU.  He stated he has not seen a signed copy of it but it should be moving forward soon.  Once he has signed it, he will forward to the members. Stemen made a motion to approve the minutes of the Annual Meeting and the Amphitheater MOU.  Best seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Reverse Raffle Recap
The Reverse Raffle, held on June 3rd, was a very positive event.  It was well run and the turnout was great.  While the tally has not been finalized, it appears to have been a very successful event.
Annual Goals
Ficorilli stated the Club has met its annual goal in contributions to Rotary International for EREY and Polio Plus
He thanked everyone for contributing.
Board Members   
Ficorilli welcomed the two incoming Board Members Elizabeth Brown-Ellis and Joel Mengerink who were present.  He also thanked outgoing Board Members Ken Dysert, Peggy Ehora and Theresa Schnipke for their participation and dedication to the Board.
One of  Ficorilli’s goals for 2021 – 2021 was to grow the club’s membership by 10.  He stated in addition to the Membership Committee, all members of the club need to be involved in growing the membership.  He is hoping we can now move the club back to where we were before COVID.
Board Reports
Golf Outing Update                Andy Wannemacher                                                                       
Wannemacher stated we currently have 28 teams and 38 hole sponsors signed up to participate in the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing scheduled for July 21st.
Polio Plus Update                    Derek Stemen
Stemen stated Rotary garments were distributed at the June 7th Club Meeting and will distributed again at the June 14th Club Meeting.  With the proceeds from the Garment Sale, the Polio Plus goal for 2020 – 2021 was reached. 
President Elect Report        Jeff Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald reported plans for his year upcoming year are underway.   The Reverse Raffle fund raiser that was just held was a great success.  The Fall & Spring Blood Clinic will be returning with the Fall Clinic scheduled for the first Saturday of November 2021.   The Christmas Auction will be back in December.    Committee Chairman Russ Decker and the Program Committee are already filing in the schedule for 2021 – 2022.  July, August and September 2021 are nearly filled.  He thanked John for all he did for the Club this past year. Fitzgerald’s goal is that effective July 1, 2020, we begin a normal year!
Treasurer’s Report          Dan Best
Best reviewed the Balance Sheet Previous Year Comparison
The Cash position is currently up by $26,500 but after payments are made, the Net Cash Position is $9,000.  Accounts Receivable are listed at $76,0007 with $63,200 as amphitheater pledges.  Actual Accounts Receivable are $12,807 which is down by $13,000 from last year.  The Equity position of $21, 539 is up by $19,691 which is due to the cost savings from expense reductions.
He also reviewed the Profit & Loss Previous Year Comparison
Overall Total Income for the Club is down by $14,300 from last year.  Members’ Dues are down $8,500 as dues reductions and expense savings were passed along to the members. With year-to-date expenses down, net income year to-date increased by $13,000 compared to last year.  This has potential for the next year but it could be an issue for the following year.  Best stated it will be Nip and Tuck as expenses will go up quickly.  Increasing dues may need to be considered.  Best is also looking into the possibility of the Club applying for a non-profit designation so a fund raiser could be held.  
Wannemacher made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s report as stated.  Stemen seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business: Jeff Fitzgerald
2021 – 2022 Fiscal Year Meeting Schedule and Cancellations                                   
Fitzgerald shared a list of the Federal Holidays for the fiscal year July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.
The Board agreed to the Meetings being cancelled for the following Mondays of the fiscal year.
  • Monday July 5, 2021                           Independence Day
  • Monday September 6, 2021             Labor Day
  • Monday October 11, 2021                Columbus Day
  • Monday December 20, 2021            Christmas Holiday
  • Monday December 27                        Christmas Holiday
  • January 17, 2022                                 MLK Day
  • February 21, 2022                               Presidents’ Day
  • Monday May 30, 2022                       Memorial Day
Changing of the Guard        Rita Brown
The Changing of the Guard will be held on Monday June 28, 2021 at the City Club.  The Invitations are out and sign-up sheets will be on the tables each week.  It will be a fun event dedicated to saying thank you to John and welcoming Jeff to his year ahead.                                   
Membership Application
Sarah Newland, Executive Director, Allen County Children Services
Farley made a motion to approve her application for membership.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Dr. Kevin Johnson
Ficorilli made a motion to accept the resignation of Dr. Johnson with regret.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Social Meeting
The next Social Meeting will be held on Thursday June 24th.  Demi Burden will share details.
There being no further business, Ficorilli adjourned the meeting at 12:45 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Global Grant
Unfortunately, the Lima Rotary Club's application for a global grant was not approved. Rotary International approved more than 1,900 grants this year, an increase of 40% from the previous year, and the available funds were fully expended.
Virtual Convention
Rotary International's 2021 Virtual Convention is June 12-16. Learn all about it and register now.
June is Rotary Fellowships Month. Learn more about this great way to enjoy your interests with fellow Rotarians from around the world.
Do you have a hobby or passion you would like to explore with friends from around the world? Do you want to build community around your profession or cultural identity globally? Rotary’s Fellowships are international groups that share a common passion or identity. Being part of a fellowship is a fun way to make friends around the world, explore a hobby or profession, and enhance your Rotary experience. Watch this video to learn more:
Get involved in a fellowship during June, Rotary’s Fellowships month. To explore all Rotary Fellowships, just visit the Rotary Fellowships page. Fellowships cover more than 90 topics and it is easy to connect. Just visit a fellowship’s website to learn more about that group and connect with them directly. Don’t see one of your favorite hobbies or interests? You can find guidance and resources on Rotary’s Fellowship page for proposing a new group.
On the Service in Action blog, Rotary Fellowships will be highlighted throughout the month. You will:
  • Hear from Rotary Fellowships about their recent activities
  • Learn about brand new and unique fellowships that recently launched
  • Connect with fellowship groups via the 2021 Virtual Convention House of Friendship (You must be registered to access the House of Friendship)
Are you involved with a Rotary Fellowship? We would like to hear how connecting with a Rotary Fellowship has enhanced your Rotary experience or provided a life-changing opportunity. You can share your story by emailing us at or post in the comments below.
Membership Minute
Get a quick update on what's happening with Rotary in the latest Membership Minute.
The 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention
Connect with members of the Rotary family from around the world during our second online convention. The 2021 Rotary Virtual Convention, taking place 12-16 June, offers you the opportunity to network in virtual lounges, meet new partners in service, and participate in fun activities. 

You’ll also learn about innovative ways to engage and attract members. Breakout session topics include growing membership and encouraging diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Plan to attend one or all of these sessions: 

•    Alumni: A Hidden Gem for Membership and Service, on 12 June
•    Innovative Ideas to Start a New Rotary Club, on 12 June
•    Grow Rotary Through Engagement, on 14 June
•    Expanding Club Visibility to a Non-Rotarian Audience, on 15 June
•    Mission Inclusion: Accelerating DEI in Rotary, on 16 June 

Review the full list of breakout sessions and look again often for updates. We hope to see you online!
Our DEI webinar series
Our six-part webinar series that explores diversity, equity, and inclusion has attracted more than 3,000 attendees so far from all over the world. You can find links below to five of the recordings, along with comments from participants:
  • Design an Inclusive Plan for Your Organization. “Equity is a choice because it’s about systems and processes. In Rotary, we need to make sure our systems offer fair treatment and equal opportunity.” 
  • The Power of Connection with Diverse Communities. “Excellent topic, which is complex and requires understanding. Brilliant and knowledgeable speakers. I learnt a lot.” 
  • Exploring the Black Experience in Rotary. “Having the discussion about inclusion and racial issues [is] long overdue. So to combat inequalities, you have to make individuals feel uncomfortable to get the ball moving.”
  • Building Strong Intergenerational Relationships. “We are sometimes not aware of our bias until someone else points it out or you are exposed to others’ experiences. I know intergenerational bias is one that flies under the radar too often.”
  • Building a Welcoming Community for People with Disabilities. “I learned that I know very little, and that I need to ask and question what we do. As president of my club, I will make watching this video a personal request of our members so we can start a meaningful discussion and planning on how to be inclusive of the disabled community in our club, because we are not right now.”
The final webinar in this series, Planning for an Inclusive Future, will take place in July. More details are coming soon!
The 2020-21 Rotary Citation due date
All activities for the 2020-21 Rotary Citation need to be completed and reported to Rotary by 30 June. Club leaders have access to an FAQ, the goals to select from, and instructions. Write to us at if you have questions. 
A reminder about adding new members 
As club leaders prepare to complete their terms, remember that members added on or before 30 June will count as having started during the current Rotary year, 2020-21. Members added with an effective date of 1 July will count toward the new Rotary year, 2021-22. Write to us at if you have questions. 
Easy and fun ways to keep a new club going 
Starting a new club is exciting, but it’s important to also think about ways to sustain and nourish the club after the initial excitement has worn off. District 5950 has several new clubs that are thriving and growing rapidly. About 88% of their charter members are new to Rotary. Find out the secrets to their success. 
7 tips to growing membership 
Is it possible to grow your club in the midst of a pandemic? The Rotary Club of Collierville, Tennessee, USA, definitely thinks so. Find out how the club grew by incorporating corporate memberships, offering online applications, providing different meeting options, and more. 
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Changing of the Guard
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Movies in the Park Presents Frozen II
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Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
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Jul 21, 2021
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