The Scoop - June 24, 2019
The Lima Rotary Club was honored to host the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics.
It was truly a special meeting as the Lima Rotary Club hosted the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run on Monday. More than 50 local law enforcement officers and athletes, headed by torchbearer Meghan Long, escorted the Special Olympics torch through the north side of Lima and down Main Street to Town Square where the Lima and American Township Fire Department ladder trucks hung a huge American flag over the street and crowds were on hand to welcome them. The law enforcement officers and athletes joined us for lunch and with the help of host Vince Koza, performed the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-Way Test. Known as Guardians of the Flame, law enforcement members and Special Olympics athletes carry the “Flame of Hope” into Opening Ceremonies of local competitions. The Ohio Special Olympics games take place this weekend in Columbus. We wish everyone good luck!
Thanks to the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities for sharing their photos.
The Scoop - June 17, 2019
Two All Ability Playgrounds are planned for Allen County.
Play is not always available to people with disabilities. Allen County Board of DD Superintendent Theresa Schnipke and The Arc Executive Director Brad Perrott told us that that is why they have begun a $1.25 million fundraising campaign to create All Ability Playgrounds at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Camp Robin Rogers. They say the playgrounds will be both accessible and inclusive. "People of all abilities are able to play on the equipment. It is designed to meet the physical needs of people with disabilities but people of all ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to play." The proposed equipment will include such things as a merry-go-round that will accommodate wheel chairs, companion swings, accessible see-saws and sensory-friendly areas. They hope to build the playground at Camp Robin Rogers in 2020 and the playground at the Allen County Board of DD in 2021.
Also at Monday's meeting, Dr. Susan Hubbell summarized the recently released report, The State of Ohio's Health. It's bad. Ohio ranks 46 among all 50 states and the District of Columbia for health value. Hubbell says factors that contribute to this include our social and economic environment, healthcare system, physical environment, and public health & prevention. Recommendations from the report are to create opportunities for all Ohio children to thrive; invest upstream in employment, housing and transportation, and to build and sustain a high quality addiction prevention, treatment and recovery system.
Changing of the Guard
Make your reservations now for the Changing of the Guard on July 1.
All People's Trail
The Lima Rotary Club has helped rebuild the All People's Trail at Kendrick Woods.
The All People’s Trail at Kendrick Woods Metro Park is a gift from the Lima Rotary Foundation and was originally constructed in 1987. It consists of a 0.33 mile boardwalk through the some of the most natural terrain Allen County has to offer. The original boardwalk lasted for over 30 years and was constructed over the course of three months by park personnel.  There are approximately 25,000 visitors per year that utilize the All People’s Trail. These visitors include park program groups, school groups, nursing homes, families, birders, hikers, and a variety of other user groups.
The new boardwalk construction is complete and has been made possible due to the generous donation of the Lima Rotary Club. The boardwalk took approximately one month to construct with the expertise of park maintenance staff and the grit of seasonal workers who carried lumber throughout the project site. The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District is grateful for the generosity and forethought of the Lima Rotary Club in helping to replace this vital link within Kendrick Woods. The Park District looks forward to many more years of happy trail goers. See you on the trail!
-Tyler Black
  Deputy Director
  Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District  
District Database
District 6600 is changing the log-in information for its website on July 1.
As a Club Member, you have the ability to view Rotary information on three websites.
  • Club Runner or  It is our personal website with local information
  • – our District Data Base
  • – Rotary International’s database
Effective July 1, 2019, our District Site is making a very simple one-time change to the Log-In and New User Interface.  If you haven’t made the change, you will loose the ability to view DACdb. Many of us use the District Site to view the District Calendar, Register for District Events or Functions and to view information about other clubs in the District for example so it is important that you do the quick one-time update. 
The most important thing to do it to login to
Once you log-in, on the right side near the top, you will see your name with a Welcome.
Immediately following below is the message – Switch to New interface.  Click on that message - it is a one-time change you need to make.
The look of the new web page is different but very easy to understand.  You still will click on MY Club icon to see our club information or click on the Calendar icon for registering for conferences for example. 
Don’t forget to make the quick change by Monday July 1st.
Reds Game
Join us for Rotary day at the Reds!
Rotary members,  family & friends are invited to spend a day at the Great American Ballpark for Cincinnati Reds vs. Colorado Rockies on Sunday, July 28th at 1:10pm. 
The $125 per person Fox Sports Club package includes:
Bus ride to the park and back
All-inclusive buffet and soft drinks
Access to indoor club, assigned club level seats
Stacked group seating outside between home and first plate
RSVP to by May 31st to join us for this fun-filled day!

Neil Armstrong
The Rotary Club of Wapakoneta wants your help celebrating the 50th anniversary of  Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon.

On July 20, 1969, District 6600 Rotarian Neil Armstrong became the first human being to walk on the moon! To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this historic event, his hometown is throwing a parade! We would love to have as many Rotarians walking in the parade as possible! The Rotary Club of Wapakoneta 50th Anniversary Parade will take place on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM in Wapakoneta, Ohio. It will feature over 100 floats, and will receive national and international attention from numerous media outlets, including a live broadcast from NASA during the festivities.

Besides growing up in Auglaize County, Mr. Armstrong was a member of the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta. We would welcome Club Members from any of District 6600 Clubs to walk with us in leading the parade. If any member of your Club is willing to participate, please RSVP to or text 567-356-6484. There is no cost to a Club Member or Club to participate – we just ask that one would wear a Rotary shirt! There will be plenty of exciting things for people to do after the parade in Wapakoneta as well.

Thanks for all you do.

Parade Information:

Sunday, July 14, 2019
Starts at 3:00 PM (be there by 2:15 PM)
Parade starting point: Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Dr, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895
Contact – Josh Little – 567-356-6484

Josh Little
Rotary Club of Wapakoneta

Ada Picnic
Celebrate our nation's birthday with the Ada Rotary Club.
The Ada Rotary Club is hosting its 2nd Summer Picnic at the Ohio Northern University Inn on July 6th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Following the picnic, you are welcome to stay on campus for the University’s 5h annual Lima Symphony Orchestra Fourth of July Concert! The Inn’s ‘Fresh from the Grill Buffet’:  your choice of bratwurst or USDA prime beef burger (with assorted buns, relish, cheese, pickles, and assorted condiments). Included sides are potato salad and garden salad. Beverages included with the meal are selected from the Inn’s Classic Afternoon Beverage Station (coffee, tea, iced water, iced tea, and lemonade). Cost is $25 per person.  A cash bar will be available.
The 5th Annual Patriotic Concert featuring the Lima Symphony Orchestra begins at 7:00 p.m. on the sculpture mall in front of McIntosh Center. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. This concert, sponsored by ONU and the Lima Symphony Orchestra, is free! In case of inclement weather the concert will move indoors to the University’s King-Horn Athletic Center. Patrons are reminded that even indoors you will need to bring along your lawn chairs or blankets!
To reserve your place, contact: Ada Rotary Club, c/o Rich Meininger, 2230 State Route 81, Ada, Ohio 45810.
For information:  Call 419-634-2642 or email:
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Upcoming Events
Changing of the Guard
Jul 01, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Social Hour
The Met
Jul 23, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rotary Day at the Reds
Jul 28, 2019
1:10 PM – 4:00 PM
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Jul 01, 2019
Jul 08, 2019
Lima Rotary Community Stage and Park
Jul 15, 2019
Ohio Supreme Court
Jul 22, 2019
Ohio Means Jobs - Employing a Region
Jul 29, 2019
Zoning for Fun and Profit
Aug 05, 2019
Allen County Fair
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