Dick Riggs
Long-time Lima Rotarian Richard H. (Dick) Riggs has passed away. 
Dick had been a member of the Lima Rotary Club for over 55 years and remained an active member until the end. He served as Club President during 1973-74 and then later as Club Secretary for many years. Dick was very active in Rotary projects, especially in the planning and development of the Rotary Riverwalk. His calling hours will be 9:30 AM - 11 AM on Friday with services immediately following at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home's Shawnee Chapel. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. If you wish to leave a personal message, the family can be reach through Chiles-Laman Funeral Home. The club will also reach out to the family. 
The Scoop - November 1, 2021
Downtown Lima is on the grow.
This is an exciting time for Downtown Lima, according to Executive Director Shaunna Basinger. She told us that there are a number of new arts, shopping and dining opportunities in the central business district including the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater, Rhodes State College's Borra Center for Health Sciences, The Central District, Legacy Arts, and much more. She says Downtown Lima is working to create and maintain a dynamic, vital, and sustainable downtown in three main ways: promotion, design and business enhancement. Promotion includes events such as Holiday Fest on December 4, First Fridays, social media promotions, lantern tours and the Shop Small campaign. Design encompasses beautification efforts like the downtown planters and holiday decorations. Business enhancement provides support for downtown businesses including small business loans and advocacy. 
So what's coming up for Downtown Lima? New holiday decorations which will be going up soon; continued promotions and community engagement opportunities; renewed focus and attention to beautification efforts such as lighting, flowers, holiday decorations; helping to keep the public informed on upcoming changes and construction in the downtown; working to educate the public of resources available to them, new ways that they can support our local businesses, and help them make the connection between a vibrant downtown, a thriving local economy, and an improved quality of life that it would bring.
Your help is needed to eradicate polio forever.
We want to thank each of you for your continued support of Rotary’s PolioPlus initiative. We are making incredible strides in eradicating this horrible disease, but we need your continued support!  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, PolioPlus Chairs
Bell Ringing
Your help is needed ringing bells for the Salvation Army.
Saturday Dec 11th is Lima Rotary’s day to “ring the bells” for Salvation Army. We need volunteers at Lima Mall main entrance, Kewpee West, and Walmart Allentown road from 9-11 a.m, 11-1 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.  Joe Watson will have the signup sheet at Monday’s meeting or you can call him at 419-235-1186 to sign up. This is a very worthwhile event and we typically raise around $2,500 for this local charity.
Special Needs
Help give some special children a very merry Christmas this year.
Calling all Rotarians! Christmas is just around the corner, which means our annual Special Needs Christmas Party is quickly approaching. The party this year will be held on December 4th, at Shawnee United Methodist Church, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
This year we are getting back to a more 'normal' agenda, with guest appearances from our super heroes, Mrs. Claus, and most importantly Santa! There will be crafts for the children and an interactive experience with our very own High Octane Drumline. Before departing, each child will receive a book, fruit basket, and present from Santa.
This is the part where you can help! We encourage any or all Rotarians that are willing and available on this date to get involved! You may bring a child to the party, provide a present for a child, or both! This is such a wonderful and rewarding way to give back a little during this holiday season. If interested in participating, in this years party, please contact Sophia Loser or Demi L. Burden to find out how you can help, you will not regret it!
Christmas Auction
We are looking for donations for our Christmas Auction on
Since we didn’t have a Christmas Party in 2020, let's make 2021 Christmas Party the best. Dig deep and donate! All donations are tax deductible and all proceeds go to the
Lima Rotary Foundation. We are lining up another great Christmas Party on December 13 for you, so please plan to attend! We will be there at 11:30am so you can get your Elvis immunity tickets and bid on silent auction items. More details to follow! We would LOVE to have our honorary members attend! Please let Jennifer Mason know what you would like to donate.
We can schedule pick up if needed. Thank you for your support!
Celebrate Community
Kiwanis, Lions, Optimist and Rotary join to celebrate community.
Celebrate Community 2021, a joint initiative of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International, launched 10-16 October. During this first celebratory week, our organizations asked their clubs to work together on projects to improve and benefit local communities.
Clubs were encouraged to collaborate on projects to support health and wellness, alleviate food insecurity and hunger, improve education and literacy, and protect the environment. Clubs organized activities such as community cleanups, food donation drives and distributions, walks and runs to raise money for specific causes, and book collections for children’s personal libraries.
Clubs from across these organizations connected by making an initial introduction, inviting members of other clubs to their service projects, and creating new activities together to make a difference in their community. Clubs could participate individually or in partnership with clubs from the other organizations.
Read about how clubs made an impact:
  • In the Cayman Islands, the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, along with other Lions, Leos, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Rotaract members assisted their local Red Cross Thrift Shop by sorting donations.
  • In São Paulo, Brazil, Lions Club Marília Nova Generação, Lions Club Marília Agroecologico, and Rotary Club Coroados prepared 100 lunchboxes and 200 meals for people in need in two communities.
  • In Iowa, United States, the Noon Optimist Club of Western Des Moines and Downtown Des Moines Kiwanis built and delivered new beds to children in partnership with a local nonprofit, Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
  • In Batangas and Lucena, Philippines, the Kiwanis Club of Lucena Aces, District 4C and the Tanauan City Lions, District 301-A2 together provided 10,000 units of dental fluoride to children in need.
  • In Ontario, Canada, the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club, Rotary Club of Petrolia, Petrolia Lions Club, Petrolia Rotary, Royal Canadian Legion, and Kiwanis Club of Petrolia and Area planted crocus bulbs in Hillsdale Cemetery. This project was organized with Windover Nurseries and in collaboration with students from Lambton Central Collegiate & Vocational School.
This initial event is a springboard to the future. We envision an annual week of service in which all the clubs around the world collaborate and involve their youth clubs, too. Celebrate Community brings together members from different clubs, so we can learn more about each other, our organizations, and our shared goals to make a difference in our communities and our world.
Did you take part in Celebrate Community 2021? Please complete this form to share your Celebrate Community project and its impact.
Rotary In Review
Rotary In Review
29 October 2021
A roundup of Rotary news
World Polio Day program shares progress
So far in 2021, only two cases of wild polio have been reported — the lowest circulation of the disease ever — with one infection each in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries where polio remains endemic. Global health experts expressed their optimism that Rotary’s goal of ridding the world of polio is within reach, during a 2021 Online Global Update. The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress we are making and discussed remaining challenges in the fight to end polio. Learn more
This week's stories
Supporting education for girls in Bangladesh
The Rotaract Club of Dhaka Orchid in Bangladesh met a young girl who could no longer go to school because her father died tragically in an accident and her mother’s income was barely enough for them to live on. Knowing how literacy is the key to overcoming poverty and providing for a better future, the club launched an effort to cover the family’s school fees. Supporting education is one of Rotary’s causes, and RI President Shekhar Mehta has made empowering girls one of the year’s presidential initiatives. Learn more about the club’s efforts.
Let your voice be heard
Our all-member survey helps us learn about our members and their experiences in Rotary and Rotaract so we can continue to build a stronger Rotary. To make sure you receive the survey and have an opportunity to tell us about your experiences, update your email address in My Rotary by 1 November. Look for the survey in your inbox in November.
Enter the 2021 Interact Awards
Submit your nominations by 1 December for a chance to be named best video, photo, or essay and receive funds to support your Interact club’s next project. Learn more about the 2021 Interact Awards.
Nurturing new clubs
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