The Scoop - September 12, 2022
Rotary District 6600 is helping with service projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
La Soufrière volcano erupted in the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on April 9, 2021 causing widespread damage and destroying 80% of the agricultural land. Beth Schweitzer from the Tiffin Rotary Club told us that in February 2022, she was part of a team from Rotary District 6600 that traveled to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to attend a project fair where three local Rotary clubs presented service projects to help the population. They included water access and water security, replacing a playground fence, sustainable farming, school disaster risk reduction, support of a home for girls, beach rehabilitation and more. The projects District 6600 chose to support for the 2021-2022 year are: a computer coding class for girls, security cameras for Lady of Guadalupe home for girls, and picnic tables for Fancy Beach. Projects that are being supported in the 2022-2023 year are: water for rural farms and water for Mayreau, school disaster response, Rotary South Children's Christmas Party, for Disadvantaged Children, childhood lifestyle, sustainable farming, and a smart playground including playground equipment at school for special needs children. The board of the Lima Rotary Club is considering how it would like to support these projects.
Also at Monday's meeting, we inducted three new members: Captain Charity Bender from the Salvation Army, Holly Metzger from Bluffton University and Chief Andy Heffner from the Lima Fire Department. Please make them welcome!
The Bath High School Interact Club had their first meeting of the year.
The Bath High School Interact Club had their first meeting of the year last week and 98 kids (grades 9-12) showed up with interest in serving the community for the 2022-23 school year.
This was essentially an organizational meeting where we introduced the “Four Way Test,” discussed the club rules, and passed out “Code of Conduct” forms for the students to fill out and return.
We have been asked to help the school by selling programs at home football games and we are helping to host a Community Tailgate Party on Friday, 9/16/22 before the varsity football game against Ottawa Glandorf.
During the meeting we took names of kids who are interested in serving as a club officer and we will hold an election soon. We also plan to participate in the Bath High School homecoming parade on Wednesday, 9/28/22. Students have been invited to help volunteer with the Middle School Book Fair in October as a service project as well.
The club is in good hands with our new advisor, Telea McKissick and we are off and running! We are looking forward to another great year of “Service Above Self!”
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the September 13th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                               Derek Stemen
Stemen called the meeting to order at 11:40 A.M. with the following board members present:
Derek Stemen, Jeff Fitzgerald, Lesley Fry, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Tim Stanford, Jeff Unterbrink and Treasurer Tracey Regula. Also, Secretary Anne Decker and Amy Ricker were present.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                     Anne Decker
Approval of the August 9, 2022 Board Minutes
Regula made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2022 meeting as submitted.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Attendance report for August 2022 
No new members joined the club and no members resigned in August.  August attendance was 43.60%. The month ended with 141 active members and 4 honorary members.            
President’s Report                                                                                                     Derek Stemen
Global Grant
Bob Ruehl secured global grant in the amount of $251,151 for sanitation, water and hygiene in the Merendon Protectorate, Honduras to construct latrines. Stemen will meet with Ruehl to learn details and what is required of the club.
Rotary Service Awards
Rotary International is accepting nominations for awards for members and non-members for their devotion to service and their commitment to creating lasting change. The board recommended that it review our club award winners each year to see if there is anyone who should be nominated.
Peace Corps Week 
Peace Corps Week is September 19-23. Stemen will announce it at the September 19 meeting and encourage members to participate in virtual events. An email will also be sent to the club.
Mississippi Water Relief
D6600 contacted the club about helping with relief efforts for Jackson, Mississippi which is experiencing major problems with its water system and a resulting lack of drinking water. The board agreed to pass the bucket for donations at the September 19th meeting.
Rotary Direct Foundation Rewards
D6600 offering quarterly campaigns to reward Rotarians for donating to the Rotary Foundation. Dick Schroeder announced it at the September 12th meeting and an email was sent to members.
Rotary Down Under
Rotary International is offering a Rotary Down Under tour of Australia in conjunction with the RI convention in May 2023. Stemen will announce it to club members.
Fall Blood Clinic
The Fall Blood Clinic is November 5. Fitzgerald suggested that we do more promotion outside the club than we have done in the past, including radio, television and Facebook. The Lima News already runs a full page ad for the clinic. Stanford made a motion that the club spend up to $200 on a Facebook ad promoting the clinic. Brown-Ellis seconded the motion. Board approved.
Golf Outing Update
We have still not received the invoice from Golf At Hidden Creek, but it is estimated that the 2022 Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing will net $37,017.
Unterbrink stated that Andy Wannemacher may no longer be willing to coordinate the outing. It was suggested that the board keep in touch with Wannemacher to understand his intentions and ask current golf outing committee members if any of them would be willing to step up and chair the event in the future.
On a related note, Dave Cockerell has stated that he is not sure the club should be doing the Dictionary Distribution any longer. Decker will contact Cockerell to see what he has decided. The board discussed other things that could be done for students with the money allocated for Dictionary Distribution.
Goal Review
Stemen stated that he continues to focus on membership. The club printed cards that members can use to invite friends to join us at a meeting. They will be put on tables at our meetings and Stemen will encourage people to take them.
Board Reports                                                                                                            All Board Members
Empowering Girls Committee                                                                                    Lesley Fry
Fry stated that the Empowering Girls committee is considering hosting a summit for 500+ 7th grade girls in the fall of 2023. There were questions among the board members about the budget and time it would take to coordinate this event.  Fry & Stemen will ask the committee for a detailed proposal and budget for the event to take to the membership.
PolioPlus                                                                                                                      Derek Stemen
Horner will begin the PolioPlus campaign in October with presentations at each week’s meetings. Decker was asked to print 250 pledge cards and set up an online donation platform.
Treasurer’s Report                                                                                                     Tracey Regula
Regula reviewed information from the financial reports. The club’s total income year to date is $27,720.01, slightly above the same period last year. The club’s YTD expenses are $22,357.14, leaving the club with a net income of $5,362.87 up from $1,260.99 from the same period last year. Unterbrink made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Brown-Ellis seconded the motion. Board approved.
It was also agreed that at each board meeting, the treasurer and bookkeeper will review all income from fundraisers, donations and other sources that need to be transferred to other accounts and seek approval for those transfers.
New Business
There are no new applications at this time.

Chris Horn, Maria Sanko, Zach McCain, Aimee Bucher and Shelby Buccholz have submitted their resignations. Fry made a motion to approve the resignations with regret. Regula seconded the motion. Board approved.
Motion To Adjourn
Stemen adjourned the meeting at 1:06 P.M.
King Charles
The  company we keep!
Rotary Direct
Rotary District 6600 is rewarding Rotarians for foundation giving.
Peace Corps Week
Rotary Peace Corps Week is September 19-23.
This week is an opportunity for members of Rotary to collaborate, share their resources, and co-create projects that will have an even greater impact. It is hosted by Partnering for Peace, a group of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who are also Rotary members and are passionate about the impact we can all make together through the official Rotary-Peace Corps partnership.

The week’s theme is Peacebuilding on the Ground and starts on Monday, 19 September with a panel webinar including:
  • Chief Financial Officer of Open Doors Asheville, Keevon Baten, who is a Founding Rotaractor Club President, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer;
  • President Emeritus of the National Peace Corps Association and Former President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Charles Dambach, who was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize and received the 2017 Institute for Economics and Peace Leadership and Service for Peace Award;
  • Past Rotary International Director Peter Kyle who has been an active peace builder and former chair of the Rotary Peace Center Committee; and,
  • U.S. Representative for Frontline Defenders, Ana Patel, who is a Rotary Peace Fellow, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a Rotary Representative to UN Women.
The week’s other events include:
  • Tuesday, 20 September - What does “Peacekeeping on the Ground” mean to you? (Social Media Discussion on Partnering for Peace’s Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
  • Wednesday, 21 September – Breaking Down the Design of a Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership Project with Peace Corps, Namibia Director of Programming and Training, Jane O'Sullivan (Webinar, 11 am EDT)
  • Thursday, 22 September – Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership Question & Answer “Drop In” Session with Rotary International, Partnerships Manager, Carrie Golden, and Peace Corps Office of Strategic Partnerships & Intergovernmental Affairs, Acting Director, Ted Adams (Zoom Meeting, 10 am EDT)
  • Friday, 23 September – Information Sessions: From Rotary to Peace Corps: Continuing Your Legacy of Service (Webinar, 2 pm EDT)
  • Friday, 23 September - Deepen Your Impact: Get Started on Your Journey to Become a Rotary Peace Fellow (Webinar, 3 pm EDT)
  • Friday, 23 September – Virtual Cultural Happy Hour (Zoom Meeting, 4 pm EDT)
You can register for events here.

How else can your Rotary community participate in this week-long grassroots initiative? Although opportunities vary by country and geographic region, consider the ideas below.
  • Invite a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) to speak about their service at your club meeting. Find a speaker here.
  • Participate in a joint service project or social event with members of the Peace Corps community by connecting with your local RPCV group.
  • Promote the Rotary-Peace Corps partnership by sharing successful partnership projects with the Partnership Manager (contact information below), district newsletters or local media.
  • Attend the Rotary-Peace Corps Week events. Register for them here.
For more information, email or visit 

We encourage you to consider participating in this week of events and to extend this invitation to your club members.

Best wishes,

Carrie Golden
Partnership Manager
Programs and Services | Service and Engagement

On behalf of Partnering for Peace, an affiliate group in support of the Rotary-Peace Corps partnership
Partnering for Peace
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Centennial CO 80112
United States

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