Posted by Rita Brown on Aug 23, 2019
Here are the highlights from the August 13 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                                         Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting to order at 11:44 AM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jed Metzger, Cat Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz and Anne Decker.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown. Guests present included:  club members Esther Baldridge, Dave Frost and District 6600 Membership Committee Member John Hill.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Attendance report
Brown shared the attendance for the month of July. The month began with 167 members. There was one new member and two terminations. Average attendance was 44.79%.  That is up a little but in the range where the club has been averaging.
President's Report  Ken Dysert
Acknowledge and approve new Club Treasurer- Dan Best
Dan Best has agreed to serve as Club Treasurer with responsibility for providing the club’s monthly financial statements for the Board. A free membership for Best will be provided. Metzger made a motion to approve the appointment for the period from August 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.  Ficorilli seconded the motion. Board approved.
District Governor Visit September 16, 2019 - Joint Board Meeting September 16, 2019
Our new District Governor, Carolyn Huston, will be with the Lima Club on Monday September 16, 2019.  A Joint Meeting of the Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Trustees will be held with her before she addresses the club at the regular meeting. The Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday September 10, 2019, has been cancelled. 
Social meetings
The Board discussed the monthly Social Meetings. Attendance has fallen off during the summer. The Board agreed to continue the meetings but to revamp them.  The revised program will be shared with the members.
Funding for the Abilities Playground
Dysert stated being approached by a Club Member about the possibility of doing a grant request for the construction of the two new Abilities Playgrounds.  Is the timing of the request appropriate with the Amphitheatre Project also going on? Can we manage another project at this time? The Board discussed sending in a request for a District Grant and also approaching the Lima Rotary Foundation. Another option was to do a District Grant request now and include the local project at the time of the next Annual Meeting. Requesting the Funding from the Hulsken Fund was also discussed.  Discussion will continue.
International Committee Water Project
Bob Ruehl advised Dysert that the International Committee will be proposing an International Water Project to the Club in the amount of $20,000. Ruehl stated the membership had expressed interest in doing another project when approached in the past. 
 The Board discussed the need to get people interested in establishing a Fund Raising Committee to do a Fund Raiser dedicated to funding International Service.   Discussion will continue.
Memorial Contributions
The Board discussed honoring two deceased Lima Rotarians with Memorial Contributions. Former President John Gaeth was a member of the team of Past Presidents who designed the Lima Rotary Scholarship Program. John’s family requested donations to the Lima Rotary Scholarship Fund in his memory. Farley made a motion to donate $75 to the Scholarship Fund from the Club in his memory. Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved. Swartz made a motion to donate $50 to CIAO in Memory of John Guagenti. Farley seconded the motion. Board approved. 
                District Membership Chair John Hill               
Ficorilli’s goal this year is to make improvements to the recruitment process and to grow the membership of the club. Hill stated the issue is How Do We Engage Members and Keep Them Engaged? The Board discussed recruiting millennials, what is important to them and how to get them interested. The need for flexibility was discussed and how the culture of the club could be changed to a common purpose and goal. Hill discussed the importance of having a sponsor and a mentor to keep the new members engaged.   Hill is willing to come speak to the club if requested. The Club needs to establish a specific plan but people in the District will assist. Ficorilli stated the Club will be doing a member survey soon.
Treasurer's Report                           Dan Best
Best presented the Balance Sheet as of August 2, 2019, the Profit & Loss Statement from July 1 – August 2, 2019 and the Profit & Loss Previous Year’s Comparison from July 1 – Aug 2, 2019. At this time, Net Income is down and some Expenses were up. The difference appeared to be an understanding of the timing of the items being reviewed. His report did not include the AR report but will in the future. Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted. Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
New Business: Rita Brown
Resignation requests were received from Jon Rockhold and Jeff Sprague.  
Buettner made a motion to accept their resignations with regret. Sarno seconded the motion Board approved. 
An application was received from Cynthia Spiers – Rhodes State Interim President.  Farley made a motion to approve the application and Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
Dysert adjourned the meeting at 1:11 PM.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Club Secretary