The Scoop - January 13, 2020
"Who’s more stupid than a turkey? They guy who takes care of them."
So says Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms, one of the largest turkey farms in the country. Gary's grandmother started raising turkeys on her home farm outside of Continental to earn a little spending money. Gary's father took over the flock in 1938 and quickly expanded it to 300 turkeys. By 1944, the flock had grown to 10,000 and the family purchased their first hatchery in Oakwood. The operation has continued to grow to its current 2,300 employees, and is now run by the second generation - Gary, his sister, Diane, and brother, Jim. Cooper Farms has five facilities in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan and produces an astounding number of poultry and hogs: they hatch 15 million turkey poults a year, produce more than 115 million dozen chicken eggs a year, and raise and sell more than 200 million live pounds of hogs per year. Much of the deli turkey, chicken and ham that you purchase comes from Cooper Farms, which also pasteurizes and packages its meats. "It's one of those American stories. We're still very much family owned, family operated."
Also at Monday's meeting, we welcomed new members Russ Decker and Shanna Barns. For fellowship, Butch Kirk showed an awesome video of a 90,000 pound asphalt oxidizer that his company built being lifted by a crane and set onto a truck for transport to Medina. John Ficorilli asked for suggestions for social events that members would be interested in attending. And Derek Stemen announced that nominations are being taken for the Jefferson Awards, which honor volunteers at the local and national levels.
A large group of Bath HS Interact Club members spent Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service volunteering at the West Ohio Food Bank. Thanks for your service!
Social Committee
The Social Committee needs your help!
We are looking for fun new ways to get everyone together. Please take a little time and fill out the survey below, Just select the events you like the best.If none of these appeal to you, let us know some of your ideas in the space provided at the bottom.
We appreciate your opinions and look forward to having a roaring good time in 2020!
Board Highlights
Here are the highlights from the January 14 board meeting.
Call to Order                                                                                                                                         Ken Dysert
President Dysert called the meeting to order at 11: 44 A.M. with the following members present:  Carol Buettner, Andy Farley, John Ficorilli, Jeff Fitzgerald, Jed Metzger, Catheryn Sarno, Theresa Schnipke, Paul Swartz, and Anne Decker.  Also present were Treasurer Dan Best and Secretary Rita Brown.
Secretary’s Report                                                                                                                               Rita Brown
Attendance report with Club and District Statistics
The year ended with 164 members which includes 4 Honorary Members and 160 Active Members.  
December attendance was the highest for the six month period at 47.15%. 52.8% attended the Christmas Party.  
Six month statistics for the Lima Club show 131 Active members, 28 Active Corporate Members and one Active R85.  R85 is members who have 20 or more years’ membership.  Years of service plus age must equal 85 or more.  Attendance is excused at that status. The club has 44 females or 28% and 116 males or 72%. 
The age distribution shows 28% of the members fall within 50 – 59 years of age; 32% are under 50; 37% are over 59; 1% undefined.   Years of service show 47% have been with the club for 5 years or less with 53% being with the club for over 5 years. 
District Statistics shows attendance dropped from 61.7% to 56% across the district. 
The membership trend shows fluctuation but district membership is down by 72 members for the 6 month period 7/1/2019 – 12/31/2019.  The Lima Club is down by 5 members. 
Presidents Report                                                                                                                                Ken Dysert
Jay Begg –Leave of Absence due to hardship and extreme circumstances
The Board discussed placing Member Jay Begg on an Extreme Hardship Leave of Absence for a period of one year due to his serious injury.  The Leave can be reviewed and revised at any time.  Metzger made a motion to approve the LOA for the period from 1/1/2020 – 12/31/2020.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Christmas party recap       
Dysert thanked Sarno for chairing the Club‘s Christmas Party.  The Auctions and Events of the Party raised $3,692.00.                                                                                            
Board Candidates
Dysert advised the Board it is time to select six candidates who are willing to serve on the Board of Directors.  The top three vote getters will serve for the three year period from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023.  Candidates must be willing to serve as President.  A nomination committee will be selected to complete the process.   Candidates for the Board must be selected and approved at our February 11th meeting.   At that time, a Joint Board Ballot will be sent to the Club Membership for selection.  The Rotary Board and the Foundation Board will meet jointly in March and at that time; the goal is to announce the newly elected candidates to each Board. 
4-Way Speech and Essay contest - March 30th                                            
Esther Baldridge and Jill Ackerman will again chair the process.  They reported the process is underway as the information is out to the schools. 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing  
Joe Watson reported $2,566.25 was raised this year
Purchase of a new Rotary Cabinet                                                                                   Paul Swartz
The large Rotary Storage Cabinet at the VMCC is in bad condition.  Moving it is difficult as the wheels easily fall off.  Also a larger cabinet would be beneficial.   Swartz has priced a metal cabinet that is 78” tall by 28” wide by 24” deep that has a price of $798.  Sarno made a motion to approve the purchase of the cabinet.  Schnipke seconded the motion.  Motion approved.
Board Reports
Social Committee updates                                                                                                 John Ficorilli
The Social Committee has begun surveying members regarding re-establishing an Active Social Committee.  Announcements will be made as to the results and next steps.
Polio Campaign
The Polio Auctions will be held on a monthly basis.  The Pledge Cards will also be put out those days.  The Board discussed placing the Auctions on-line and putting minimums on the bids.
Special Needs Christmas Party                                                                                          Theresa Schnipke
Schnipke reported 44 children made a reservation to attend with 34 of them being present at the party.  Others attending included:  17 parents and care givers, 26 Rotarians were present with 36 Rotarians participating in the event.  Also 30 Students from Interact attended.
Treasurer Report                                                                                                                 Dan Best
Best reviewed the Balance Sheet and comparison between Dec 31, 2019 and Dec 31, 2018.  Both years include an Accounts Receivable – Doubtful amount of ($3,485.00) and a line item for Rotary Mugs in the amount of ($176.68).  Both figures have remained the same.  Best requested the ($3,485.00) doubtful be removed and the Rotary Mugs be removed and expensed as there are no mugs in storage. 
The Income Statement shows dues down from $57,538.78 to $50,825.00 as a good portion of the dues has come in.  Also the Amphitheater pledges are coming in. 
The Aging Summary indicates members who have fallen behind are being contacted and payments are coming in.   Farley made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted and Ficorilli seconded the motion.  Board approved. 
New Business:                                                                                                                              Rita Brown
Resignations were received from:   
  • Marc Bowker, Alter Ego Comics.  He hopes to return within a year.
  • Randy Green, Swartz Contracting
  • Annette Swisher, Retired
Fitzgerald made a motion to accept the resignations with regret.  Farley seconded the motion.  Board approved.
Jennifer Mason, First Federal Bank Trust Officer
Schnipke made a motion to approve the application.  Sarno seconded the motion.  Board approved.
There will be No Club Meeting on Monday January 20 in observance of MLK Day.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 12:42 P.M.
Respectfully submitted
Rita Brown, Secretary
Bob Ruehl is in Guatemala where he's a featured speaker at Uniendo Project Fair!
Down By The Bay
Enjoy the first weekend in May Down By The Bay with Rotary!
Annual Report
Rotary International has released its 2019 annual report.
Rotary Weekly
Here's this week's roundup of Rotary news.
Young Leaders
Check out what Rotary's young leaders have been up to.
Congratulations to the "Best Video" awardee
Interact clubs around the world shared their best service projects in the 11th annual Interact Video Awards. Congratulations to the Interact Club of The Rajkumar College, India for being named the "Best Video" awardee. Our judges also recognized three runners-up for sharing their inspirational videos: The Interact Club of Ullens IBDP, Interact Elect San Salvador Sur, and the Interact Club Rey de Cartago. 

Watch all the finalist's videos to get inspired by the youngest members of the Rotary family.  
Taking Action
There's still time to nominate your outstanding project

Share your Rotaract club or district's best project from the past year to receive recognition for your hard work and impact in your community. One club and multi-club group receiving top honors will each be awarded US$1000 to support their projects. Nominations due 1 February

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Get ready to celebrate World Rotaract Week

Join the World Rotaract Week party this 9-15 March! This annual celebration highlights the success and importance of Rotaract in communities around the world. 

Check out these concrete ideas you can use to celebrate every day of the week!

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Starting a fellowship
Do you want to connect with other members of the Rotary family around your favorite hobby? 

Learn more about how former Youth Exchange participant and Rotaractor, Felix Heintz, started a fellowship to connect Rotary and his passion for metal music.  
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Resources & Events

Interact Guide for Rotary Club Sponsors and Advisers 

Rotaract Handbook

RYLA Handbook

Guide for District Rotaract Representatives

How to access the Worldwide Rotaract Directory

DRR: How to access a district listing of club-sponsored organizations 

Rotary Youth Exchange newsletter

Note: This list is informational only and does not constitute an endorsement of any event. Please contact event organizers for details. 

20-23 February 2020
Delhi, India
20-24 April 2020
Pan-American Conference
Puerto Peñasco, Mexico
5-6 June 2020
Rotaract Preconvention
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
6-10 June, 2020
Rotary International Convention
Honolulu, Hawaii,USA
27 June - 1 July 2020
Hong Kong

Do you have an upcoming event to add to this list? Email us at
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Community Corps
Rotary is helping women thrive through Community Corps.
Training Talk
Learn more about upcoming Rotary training events and resources.
Rotary International is accepting applications for a brand new grant.

I am writing to share information on an exciting new grant type that is being offered by The Rotary Foundation. 

Programs of scale grants are a competitive new type of grant designed to respond to a community identified need that benefits a large number of people in a significant geographic area with a sustainable evidenced-based intervention, and measurable outcomes and impact. These grants support activities over three to five years and align with one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. 

Through programs of scale, Rotary can implement significant evidence-based projects in partnership with other organizations, making an even greater impact in the lives of people around the world. These grants can establish member expertise and capacity to implement large-scale solutions to a community need at a population or regional level while attracting leveraged resources from outside the Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation will award a single programs of scale grant annually in the amount of $2 million through a competitive two-step proposal-to-application process. While no additional Rotarian funding is required, it is highly desirable to include additional resources from Rotarian and non-Rotarian sources to increase the amount of program funding and enhance the potential scale and impact of the project. 

Applicants should be prepared to include a fully developed and highly sophisticated project design, as well as include baseline data and plans for monitoring and evaluation. The project should involve activities that have proved to be successful elsewhere. Partner organizations can complete the proposal and application along with the Rotary club or district. Incomplete proposals and applications will not be considered. 

To get started planning your project, read the terms and conditions, and download the proposal and application guidelines. You can access and submit the online proposal here. Please note proposals must be submitted online through Embark, an application tool outside of MyRotary.  Register for a new account to start your proposal.

The deadline for proposals is 1 March, 2020. The Rotary clubs or districts with the strongest proposals will be invited to submit applications, which will include comprehensive details about the project.

Key grant elements

  • Address a clearly defined need that reflects community priorities and engages its leaders
  • Be sponsored by a Rotary club or district and implemented with an experienced partner, such as a nongovernmental organization, private institution, or government entity, to assist with program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation requirements
  • Use Rotarian leadership to guide the project to succeed, because these grants should not simply transfer resources to partner organizations
  • Include activities that can be adapted for use by other communities with similar needs

If you have any questions, please write to

John Hewko
General Secretary

Grant Evaluation
Rotarians are overwhelmingly satisfied with Rotary's current grant model.

You can now see a summary of the results of the 2018-19 grant model evaluation that was presented to the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine how satisfied Rotarians are with the new grant model, gauge their support for and understanding of the areas of focus, and assess the sustainability of global grant-funded projects. In all three of these aspects, our grant model is a success! Of the survey respondents:

  • 93 percent say that the current grant model is better than the previous grant model
  • 96 percent say that Rotary is working in the right areas of focus
  • 62 percent feel that they are well-prepared to implement sustainability requirements

In addition, since the launch of the current grant model in 2013, the average size of global grants has risen 21 percent, and the average size of district grants has risen 16 percent. We can all feel proud that our new grant model is working so well.

As leaders, we need to continue to remind clubs about the importance of community assessments. When we work with community members, these assessments help us understand what’s happening in a community, decide which challenges to tackle, and ultimately implement projects that are more sustainable and have greater impact.

I encourage you to share these evaluation results with clubs. Thank you, as always, for all of your work to support Rotarians who are Doing Good in the World.


Abby McNear
Director of Grants

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