Posted by Rita Brown
Here are the highlights of the January 12 board meeting.
Call to Order                                     John Ficorilli
President Ficorilli called the meeting to order at 12:02 PM with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Peggy Ehora, Andy Farley, Jeff Fitzgerald, Kevin Horner, Theresa Schnipke and Derek Stemen.  Also, Treasurer Dan Best, Secretary Rita Brown and Anne Decker attended. 
       Secretary’s Report                             Rita Brown
Buettner made a motion to approve the December 8, 2020, Board Minutes as submitted.   Stemen seconded the motion.  Board approved.
        Attendance report with Club and District Statistics
Brown shared the Attendance Report for the month of December 2020.   The month ended with a total of 150 members – 4 Honorary and 146 Active and Active Corporate.  Attendance for the month of December was 32.57%.  To-date, we are down a total of five members for the 1st half of the fiscal year.  Seven new members joined the club and twelve left the club.   The District indicates being down 42 for the time period.  The Lima Club has remained healthy and strong during the pandemic. 
Our composition of members includes 19% Active Corporate and 81% Active,
New member growth shows 3% growth in number of females in the club.   
Age of the Membership indicates we have 47 under 50, 77 between 50 and 69, and 22 over 70.  We are seeing a younger club evolve. 
Our years of service distribution is a good mix.  48% have 5 years or less of service and 14% have over 26 years of service.  The remaining 38% have between 6 – 25 years of service.
President's Report     John Ficorilli
Joint Meeting with the Foundation Board – April 13, 2021
The Rotary Board and the Rotary Foundation Board will hold a Joint Meeting on Tuesday April 13, 2021.  Newly elected Board Members will be announced at that time.    
4-Way Speech and Essay contest
Due to the Safety Challenges caused by the Pandemic, the 4-Way Speech and Essay Contest will be cancelled at the District and Local Level this year.
Virtual Reverse Raffle Update
Plans to hold a Virtual Reverse Raffle in March are underway.  Cat Sarno and Anne Decker are reviewing the Event Software Platform - Greater Giving.  The Non-Profit Platform has the ability to perform all segments of the fundraising.  The goal of the Raffle is to raise $20,000 Plus for the Lima Rotary Foundation.  
Social Committee Updates
The next Social Meeting will be held on Thursday January 21st at 5:30 PM at The Met.
            Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Chairman Joe Watson reported the event raised $2,313.30 which is slightly up from last year.  Twenty Rotary Members participated in the event.
            Disabled Children’s Christmas Party.
Esther Baldridge reported that 50 – 60 children enjoyed the party this year.  Forty-two Rotarians and nine Interact students participated to make it a special day for each of them.
Board Reports:                                                                                       
Rotary Board Candidates Report     Jeff & Derek
Fitzgerald and Stemen are actively recruiting candidates to run for a term on the Rotary Board of Directors. Terms will run from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024.  Ballots will be sent to the members in March 2021.
Polio Campaign                           Derek & Keith
The Campaign has raised nearly $4,000 to-date.  Additional fund-raising activities will be held in the Spring.
             Treasurer Report                         Dan Best
Best reviewed the Financial Reports for December 2021. 
The Cash Position has increased on the Balance Sheet because of decreased expenses.  Net Worth is up by $21,000.
The Profit & Loss Statement indicates income is down because of decreased dues.  Also, with reduced Meal cost, VMCCC rental cost and District Dues being down, a $22,000 Savings is indicated.
Best indicated due to reduced expenses, membership dues will be reduced $50 per member for this quarter. 
Stemen made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report as submitted.  Fitzgerald seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Business:                              John Ficorilli                                                             
Strategic Planning for the Club
Ficorilli is interested in forming a Committee of Club Leaders to develop a Strategic Plan for the Club.  Fitzgerald stated the latest issue of Rotary Magazine features an article on the process.  Details will follow.
Applications – None                       Rita Brown
There were no New Member Applications during December.
  1. Julie Bassitt
  2. Ben Swartz
Resignations were received from Julie Bassitt and Ben Swartz.  Ehora made a motion to accept the resignations of each of them with regret.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There will be no club meeting on January 18, 2021, in observation of Martin Luther King Day.
There being no further business, Ehora made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:48 PM.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Board Approved.
Respectfully submitted,
Rita Brown, Club Secretary