The Scoop - June 13, 2022
The Lima Locos' 2022 season is underway!
 The Lima Locos is one of the founding members of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League. General Manager Tim Clark told us that during the Locos' 35 years they have won six championships and have hosted more than 1,000 baseball players from almost every state and several foreign countries. 200 Locos alumni have gone on to play baseball professionally and there are currently four former Locos playing in the major leagues. "The reason we can be here for 35 years is because we have such a wonderful community following. Having 550 people show up on opening night and then the next two nights to bring in another 600+ people is an amazing thing to see. If you haven't been to the ballpark, you need to come. It's just a great experience." Clark thanked the Locos' sponsors, donors and volunteers as well as the local media for all they have done to support the team.
Lima Rotary night at the Locos will be July 14. See Demi if you would like tickets.
Also at Monday's meeting, Scott Neth from Premier Bank was inducted into the Lima Rotary Club. Please make him welcome.
Mike Swick presented a check for $4,245 to the Lima Rotary Foundation, which is the proceeds from the Spring Blood Clinic.
Becky Waggamon encouraged us to support the MESA Bike Tour which is June 19-24. Riders will tour Northwest Ohio to raise money for Medical Equipment and Supplies Abroad. Learn more about the tour and contribute here.
Golf Outing
Join us for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 17 and support our scholarship fund.
Please join us for a fun day of golf, games, and Rotarian camaraderie. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 24th
Last year we had 29 teams competing and raised $39,910, 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 April 2022, the Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund has helped 1,125 adults to continue their education and to pursue their dream. These scholarships total over $852,250. 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.       
Join us for social night on July 20 from 5:00-7:00 at Russ & Anne Decker's house featuring homemade ice cream and limoncello. Paddle around the pond, visit the horses and feel free to bring your fishing rod!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the June 14th board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                               Jeff Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald called the meeting to order at 11:37 A.M. with the following board members present:
Jeff Fitzgerald, Keith Horner, Carol Buettner, Lesley Fry, John Ficorilli, Joel Mengerink, Derek Stemen, Elizabeth Brown-Ellis, Andy Wannemacher, Andy Farley. Also, Secretary Anne Decker, Demi Burden and Tim Stanford were present.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                     Anne Decker
Approval of the May 10, 2022 Board Minutes
Farley made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2022 meeting as submitted. Buettner seconded the motion. Board approved.
Attendance report for May 2022 
One new member joined the club and no members resigned.  Membership is up 3 for the year. May attendance was 44.93%. The month ended with 138 active members and 5 honorary members.             
President’s Report                                                                                                     Jeff Fitzgerald
Dues Increase
The Lima Rotary Club is considering a dues increase due to rising expenses including those from Milano’s, Civic Center and Rotary International The last dues increase was in 2018. Horner made a motion to increase dues by $25 per member per quarter beginning in July 2022. Buettner seconded the motion. Board approved.
Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guard is scheduled for June 27th at the City Club. 79 reservations have been made at this point.
Reverse Raffle Recap
All 200 tickets for the Jay Begg Reverse Raffle on June 2 were sold. Initial indications are that the club will net about $7,000 from the raffle. Cat Sarno has stated that she no longer wants to be involved and she was responsible for a number of ticket sales. Discussion was held about whether the raffle should be held in the future or if the format should be changed. A debriefing meeting will be scheduled in July.
Social Meeting
The next Rotary Social will be July 20 at Russ & Anne Decker’s house.
Lima Locos
The Lima Rotary Club will hold Rotary night at the Locos on July 14. The sponsorship, including reservation of the party patio, is $300 and includes at least 25 tickets. Anne Decker will contact Tim Clark to arrange the outing and get the tickets to Burden for distribution.
New Treasurer Discussion
Dan Best will stay on as club treasurer until new treasurer is found. He has had ongoing discussions with Tracey Regula about her or someone in her accounting firm taking over the duties. She is considering it.
Board Reports                                                                                                            All Board Members
Empowering Girls Committee
Fry reported that the Empowering Girls Committee is focusing on providing reusable feminine hygiene products to girls who need them. They are also working with the Girl Scouts to support existing programs and are helping with Beauty By Jill’s upcoming Beauty Bootcamp. The committee will apply for Rotary international grant when available.
Polio Plus
Horner and Stemen reported that the club is close to reaching its $5,000 goal. They will get final numbers and see what we need to do to reach the goal before June 30.
Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing
Wannemacher reported that the golf outing is August 17 at Hidden Creek Golf Center. So far, 21 teams have signed up and 30 hole sponsorships have been sold.
Treasurer’s Report                                                                                                     Jeff Fitzgerald
In the absence of Treasurer Dan Best, Fitzgerald reviewed information from the financial reports. The club’s total income year to date is $88,796.10, slightly above the same period last year. The club’s YTD expenses are $88, 280.61, leaving the club with a net income of $515.49, down $15,469.52 from the same period last year. Brown-Ellis made a motion to approve the treasurer’s report. Wannemacher seconded the motion. Board approved.
New Business
Anne Decker reported that Lima Fire Chief Andy Heffner has submitted an application for membership to the Lima Rotary Club. Buettner made a motion to approve his application. Fry seconded the motion. Board approved.
Anne Decker reported that Salvation Army Major Jeffrey Stacey has tendered his resignation to the club due to his relocation to Springfield, Ohio. Allen County Sanitary Engineer Steve Kayatin has also tendered his resignation due to his retirement. Farley made a motion to accept the resignations with regret. Brown-Ellis seconded the motion. Board approved. Fitzgerald will reach out to their replacements and see if they would like to join the club.
Fitzgerald read a letter of resignation from Secretary Rita Brown. Brown suggested that she continue to serve as the club’s executive secretary and help organize scholarships. All agreed that the club wants Brown to stay involved and appreciates her vast amount of Rotary knowledge. Horner made a motion to appoint Anne Decker as club secretary and keep Rita Brown as executive secretary. Fry seconded the motion. Board approved.
Fitzgerald reported that we have sold more than half the tickets for the Jerry Lucas Buckeye photo raffle. The winner will be drawn at Changing of the Guard. Half the funds raised will stay with the club and half will go to Lucas’s educational program.
Motion To Adjourn
Farley made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:35pm.
District Installation
You're invited to the District 6600 Installation on June 24.
IMAGINE! What Rotary can be in the year ahead - I am so looking forward to becoming your next District Governor and being able to serve you, your club, and your community.

I wanted to personally invite you to attend our first celebration and District Installation event to be held on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Founder's Hall, Sauder Village in Archbold, OH.  Cocktail hour at 6 pm, dinner served at 7 pm, live entertainment throughout the evening.  Registration for this event is now open in DACdb and closes in just 7 days.  Please consider attending this event and welcome our 2022-2023 leaders and club presidents who will serve during the upcoming Rotary year.  Click here to register:

The celebration will continue through Saturday, June 25, as we move the party to Bryan, Ohio and the Day in the Park.  There will be a cornhole tournament at 11:00 am (registration begins at 10 am - cash prizes), a District wide family-friendly social event beginning at 2 pm at 406 Willmoore Drive, Bryan, OH.  And, last but not least - a FREE outdoor concert with Girl Named Tom (Winners of The Voice) at 8 pm, and fireworks at dusk.  Click here to register:

Feel free to bring your family to enjoy the exhibits at Sauder Village either Friday, June 24 or Saturday, June 25 - Rotarians are admitted FREE, families receive a 15% discount.

There is excitement in the air, the new year is almost here, I don't want you to miss out on the first of many family fun Rotary events - can't wait to see you!

Yours in service,

Diana Savage
District Governor Elect, 2022-2023
District 6600
Resource Centers International
Resource Centers International is doing good around the world. They are part of MESA, which is a project of Rotary District 6600. They have enjoyed a successful growth period in Belise and Jamacia.
Read about recently completed missions to the Stann Creek, Cayo and Toledo Districts of Belize in the latest Resource Centers International newsletter.
Keeping education close to our hearts
By Madu Bishnu, Chair of the Rotary Fellowship of Rotarian Educators
I joined Rotary in 1999 after 9 years of Rotaract. I’m currently a member of e-Club of Melbourne, Australia while residing in Kolkata, India. I joined my first Fellowship, the International Travel & Hosting Fellowship, in 2001, during the RI Convention in San Antonio, USA. Now I am member of several Rotary Fellowships and Rotary Action Groups, but my favorite is the Rotary Fellowship of Rotarian Educators, of which I am currently the chair. I joined this fellowship in 2016, because education is very close to my heart.
In India, there are lot of people who are illiterate, despite basic education being a fundamental right. While there are many socio-economic barriers to education, poverty is one of the main ones. The International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators allows me to interact with 108 members from 32 countries to promote literacy and provide children with a strong education leading to a better future.
Our Fellowship has monthly programs hosted on Zoom during which speakers share information about literacy, how to organize education-related projects, and how to raise funds. We have covered topics such as home schooling, substitute teaching, sustainable education in the Philippines, and educating girls in Egypt.
Our Fellowship means a lot to me because I believe education is the key to success – for example, better literacy often leads to greater financial literacy and financial independence. To join our fellowship, you do not need to be an educator, but you do have to keep education close to your heart.
Are you passionate about education, community service, and friendship? Learn more and join our fellowship at
Upcoming Events
Russ & Anne Decker's House
Jul 20, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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Happy 4th of July!
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Welcoming Remarks
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Organ Transplants
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