The Scoop - October 31, 2022
The Allen County Educational Service Center is using COVID dollars to help improve educational outcomes.
The Allen County ESC received $2.1 million from the Ohio Department of Education to meet the needs of our local public schools. Superintendent Craig Kupferberg told us that they surveyed the schools and supporting agencies to see what they needed help with, and the top results were literacy, reading, STEM, and emotional and behavioral support. Craig says they asked for mini grant proposals from the schools that target those needs and were able to fund a number of them. He introduced several educators who spotlighted some of the programs that were awarded grants and all said they're seeing good results and lots of excitement from the children. They say that the programs are moving students forward academically, emotionally and behaviorally. "We're off to a great start with the implementation of these high quality projects throughout Allen County and continue to feel the excitement as the work continues in our districts, our classrooms and in our hearts and minds."
Blood Clinic
Mark your calendar for the Lima Rotary Club's Fall Blood Clinic on November 5th!
The Lima Rotary Annual Blood Clinic, in partnership with the Lima Memorial Lab Services, will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2022 at Senior Citizens Services located at 3400 W. Elm Street, Lima, OH 45805. Please tell your family and friends this is a perfect way to get  much-needed blood tests done at a discounted rate with results mailed directly to you. This is the largest fundraiser for our Lima Rotary Foundation and 100% of the proceeds go to support services within our community! Please come have your tests done at this fundraiser! We are now accepting credit cards for the Rotary Blood Clinic! If you have any questions or would like to donate your time to volunteer at this event, please contact Tracie Sanchez at 419-296-1338 or email You may download the registration form here, fill it out and bring it with you to the clinic.
Join the Lima Rotary Club for our social night on November 17th.

We had a lot fun at Purple Feet Wine Boutique at our last monthly Rotary social! Hors d’oeuvres were provided by Sielschott Financial, and good drinks, laughter and fun were had by all in attendance! If you missed out on the fun last month, don’t worry! The time for us to gather for some after hours fun has arrived, and I am hoping you can join us! This month we will be having our social at one of our very own’s house! Sophia Loser and her husband Todd have invited all into their home to enjoy some good food and drinks November 17th from 5:30 till whenever, and to any who are looking to stay a little later, a sports game will be on! This event is kid friendly so please feel free to bring your favorite littles along! Keep an eye out for an email with the proper address! If you plan to attend kindly RSVP to Demi Burden at (419) 230-2269 or, so we can properly plan for food and drink. Hope to see you there!

Bell Ringing
We're ringing bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday December 10th from 9:00-5:00 at Hobby Lobby, Kewpee West and Allentown Walmart. See Joe Watson to sign up.
Christmas Party
Preparations are underway for the Rotary Christmas party!
Monday, December 19th our usual Rotary meeting will be replaced with a Christmas Party Extravaganza helping to send all of us into the holidays in the proper frame of mind! We hope you will be a part of our party this year by attending on that Monday but also sharing your generosity by donating a silent auction item, live auction item or some cash that can be used to buy items for the auction. If you can donate a prize please email Todd Benz at and feel free to bring that item to the Monday meeting and we will store it until it is unveiled to the group at the party that Monday. If you can donate a service that we need to make up a certificate for please go ahead and email as well.  If you’re giving cash, please email with your business name and amount and go ahead and give it to Todd Benz no later than Monday December 12th and we will put it to good use to purchase items for the auction. 
Please feel free to reach out to Todd Benz if you have any questions at 567-242-0371 or email at
Peace Conference
Register now for the Rotary District 6600 Peace Conference on November 19.
Economic Empowerment
Empower your community through economic development.
Empower entrepreneurs during Community Economic Development Month
The Seven Women Center is a social enterprise in Nepal founded by Australian Rotary member and former Rotary Peace Fellow Stephanie Woollard. The center offers marginalized women education, skills training, and employment opportunities. The evolving venture has grown from helping seven women to assisting more than 5,000.

Rotary members promote community economic development and reduce poverty in underserved areas by improving access to skills training, well-paying jobs, and financial management institutions. Their projects range from vocational training and mentorship to offering small-business tools and reasonable financing. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and leaders, particularly women, across communities.

Find resources for starting a project that promotes community economic development. 
Watch a video about the Seven Women Center for inspiration.
Avenue of Service: Youth Service
Participate in the 2022 Interact Awards
Attention Interact club sponsors: We’re now accepting entries for the 2022 Interact Awards! Encourage your Interact club to show how its members champion diversity, equity, and inclusion by submitting a video, up to three photos, and/or an essay by 1 December. One club will be recognized in each category. Learn more about the 2022 Interact Awards.
Increase your impact
Plan your next service project strategically
Every community has different needs and opportunities to serve. Our guide to community economic development project strategies can help you ask the right questions, identify real needs, and make the greatest possible impact with the time, energy, and resources you have. Use it to help you plan or scale your community economic development projects. 
Enhance Engagement
Urban gardening enthusiasts promote bee conservation in Ethiopia
The Rotary Fellowship of Urban Gardening provides communities with fresh food, creates green spaces, recycles waste, and strengthens cities’ ability to combat climate change. Fellowship members in Ethiopia recently teamed up with the Kotsa Rotary Community Corps (Kotsa means “beehive” in the Gamo language) and the Rotary Ethiopia Peace Committee on an initiative that promotes economic development and environmental sustainability: the Adopt a Beehive Project. Adoption fees (about US$19 for individuals and $114 for groups) cover equipment and other essentials for 250 beehives. Donors receive sponsorship recognition and regular updates about their beehive, and they’re welcome to visit the apiary to taste fresh honey and learn about beekeeping. Contact the fellowship to get involved or to replicate this project in your community.
End Polio Now Update
RI President Jennifer Jones announces US$150 million pledge to end polio
At the Global Citizen Festival on 24 September, RI President Jennifer Jones announced that Rotary will commit an additional US$150 million to end polio for good. Jones talked about the effect of polio vaccinations being disrupted by COVID-19 in some countries. She pointed out that, in 2021, about 25 million children went without critical immunizations.
“The world has beaten back this disease significantly, but we must redouble our efforts,” Jones said. “I am proud to announce that Rotary International will commit an additional $150 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. We want this to be the start of a massive effort to reach the initiative’s $4.8 billion funding goal.”

Your support is crucial. Donate now to help Rotary and its partners end polio.
Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is November 29th.
We need your help, as a Rotary leader, to raise funds and awareness for The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday, 29 November. This global day of generosity is an opportunity for all Rotary members to make a big impact with a gift of any size to our Annual Fund-SHARE. Last year, we raised more than ever before — over US$1 million! We’re asking you to help us surpass that this year, so that we can do even more good together.

The Foundation will again recognize the top three clubs in fundraising, donor participation, and online giving. Find out which clubs made the list last year and set a giving goal for your club this year. Just make sure that the gifts are made on 29 November.

Thank you for your leadership and support. We know that with your help, Giving Tuesday will be a bigger success than ever.

The Rotary Foundation
Giving & Grants
Giving & grants - take action to create positive change locally and globally.
High-impact service through Programs of Scale
The 2021-22 Programs of Scale grant was awarded to Together for Healthy Families in Nigeria, a member-led program focused on saving the lives of Nigerian mothers and newborns by improving access to quality health care. The project is sponsored by Districts 1860 (Germany) and 9110, 9125, 9141, and 9142 (Nigeria), as well as the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health. Read more about this program.
Foundation Month
Throughout November, Rotary Foundation Month, you’ll have a lot of opportunities to show your support for the Foundation. In addition to celebrating with a gift on Giving Tuesday, 29 November, you can find ways to thank donors in your club or district. As we reflect on the good we’ve done together, the Foundation will be sending many thank-you notes to our supporters, who make all of our work possible.
Giving Tuesday
Support The Rotary Foundation this Giving Tuesday. On 29 November, we hope to have as many Rotary members as possible take action and give to our Foundation so we can continue to make a difference in communities that need our help. Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity that empowers all of us to give through service, kindness, and financial support. We hope you and your club celebrate by Doing Good in the World and supporting our Foundation. The top engaged clubs will be featured on My Rotary. See last year’s top performers.
Give the gift of Rotary
Why give the gift of Rotary? Because your support will help fund the life-changing work of Rotary members who provide sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing needs — from supplying water filters that ensure access to clean drinking water to providing medical equipment so newborns can have a healthy start. The Rotary Foundation needs help from people like you who will take action to make these projects possible. Consider giving the gift of Rotary this December so we can keep Doing Good in the World.
Programs of Scale
Is your club or district ready to scale up a successful service project to make an even larger impact? Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards one US$2 million Programs of Scale grant to a well-developed, evidence-based program with the potential to expand and attract experienced partner organizations. While the application cycle for the 2022-23 Programs of Scale grant is now closed, clubs and districts interested in applying for next year’s award are encouraged to begin preparing early. Learn how to qualify and apply for this grant.
Global grant-funded scholar survey
Rotary recently surveyed people who received global grant-funded scholarships. One of the most significant results is that scholars reported using their area of focus expertise often in their paid work. The survey also posed questions about Rotary engagement to help identify opportunities to better engage the scholars. Learn more about the survey results and Rotary’s scholarship opportunities.
The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide
The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide provides an overview of Foundation programs and services.
Learning Center
The Learning Center offers many courses and resources, including information about fundraising and participating in grants.
Project planning resources
Rotary has an array of project planning resources to help members answer questions and solve problems at various stages in the process.
Grant Responsibilities by Leader
Grants Responsibilities by Leader explains club and district roles and lists resources to help carry them out.
A Guide to Global Grants
A Guide to Global Grants helps members who want to apply for a global grant or develop more effective and sustainable service projects.
Project fairs
Project fairs connect clubs that are seeking international projects with those that want to find partners.
World Children's Day
Seven Ideas To Celebrate World Children's Day
By Claudia Urbano, Service and Engagement Senior Communications Specialist at Rotary International
World Children’s Day takes place each year on 20 November. It is UNICEF’S global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme for 2022 is “Inclusion, for every child.” Kids will stand up for a more equal, inclusive world. UNICEF is calling on partners and supporters to share a positive message of equality and inclusion for every child. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are one of UNICEF’s largest partners for polio eradication since 1988. You and your club can help raise awareness about World Children’s Day. Here are some ideas:
Health, Community, Connection
Health, community, connection -  they're important to all of us.
When we work together, use science-based information and promote sustainable practices our ability to create a difference is immense. Our last newsletter for 2022 showcases these values.  Read more

Message from the Chair

Dear Members and Friends,
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FPS Collaborates with AFSA

As the effects of biodiversity loss and climate change worsen across the globe …… read more

India Chapter for FPS

“Food Plant Solutions Rotary Action Group is a proven approach that utilises local potential to reduce malnutrition and lifestyle diseases, appeals to us. We see it as a doable and apt solution for local communities." …read more

ESAFF Burundi milestones using FPS materials

Over 8,200 individuals impacted and 8 school gardens created thanks to ….. read more

Let's Grow!

A new resource by Bethany Children's Trust can help to combat food security... read more

Solomon Island Posters

Three educational posters that identify local,  nutritious food plants have... read  more
Upcoming Events
Fall Blood Clinic
Senior Citizen Services
Nov 05, 2022
6:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Social Night
Sophie Loser's House
Nov 17, 2022
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 10, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Christmas Party
Dec 19, 2022
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
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Court Appointed Special Advocates
Dec 05, 2022 12:00 PM
Equestrian Therapy Program
Dec 12, 2022 12:00 PM
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Merry Christmas!
Jan 02, 2023
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