The Scoop - July 25, 2022
The Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater is 100% funded!
Monday's amphitheater update brought the good news that with the $800,000 designated for the Greater Lima Region Park and Amphitheater in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' budget, the new downtown park is fully funded. Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker Bob Cupp joined us for the meeting and told us that the state funds projects like these because they have a very important purpose: they enhance the quality of life and assist with workforce development and retention. Mayor Sharetta Smith told us the park will help create a community that has the quality of life that makes people proud to call Lima home. Tracie Sanchez told us that the foundations are in for both the restrooms and amphitheater, the storm sewer system, sanitary system and water service are complete, and masonry work is about to begin. The park should be complete in late spring 2023 and a grand opening celebration is being planned for the first weekend in July 2023. Rotarians raised $1.5 million for the project and the state contributed $1.25 million from its capital budget and $800,000 from the ODNR budget. Tracie says that we are still raising money for extras, like big screens, sound and lights for the stage, as well as for a maintenance fund.
Also at Monday's meeting, Doug Wise told us about his kidney transplant. He started having problems in 2007 and received his transplant on April 6, 2010. He says he's doing well and feeling good, but he pays close attention to his health and strictly follows doctors' orders, which include taking 28 pills every day, getting checkups at St. Rita's every three months and at the Cleveland Clinic twice a year. "The moral of my story is always: if you can, and you're healthy, please consider donating an organ."
Also, congratulations to Shelby Koenig who exchanged her red badge for her blue badge Monday!
We had a great time at Wednesday's social night at the Decker farm!

The August Rotary Social will be held at Outskirts Brewery, 2412 Cable Court, on August 18th, from 5- 8 p.m. We will be outside if the weather is nice and inside if not. Looking forward to a night of fun and relaxing conversation! Please RSVP to Demi.

Golf Outing
Join us for the Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing on August 17 and support our scholarship fund.
Please join us for a fun day of golf, games, and Rotarian camaraderie. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the annual Rex Perry Memorial Golf Outing. It will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at Hidden Creek Golf Course with a rain date of Wednesday, August 24th
Last year we had 29 teams competing and raised $39,910, all of which went to benefit the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Fund. The Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund selects persons who live or work in Allen County who are in pursuit of a degree or certification and will attend a school or college in Allen County. The intent of the scholarship is to encourage Allen County employees and residents to work and plan for their futures within our county. As of April 2022, the Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund has helped 1,125 adults to continue their education and to pursue their dream. These scholarships total over $852,250. Degrees or certifications can be achieved at the Apollo Career Center (Adult Education), Bluffton University, Rhodes State College, The Ohio State University at Lima and the University of Northwestern Ohio. All residents who live in and employees who work in Allen County are eligible.       
District Newsletter
As a member of Rotary District 6600, you will be receiving a monthly newsletter that contains information about Club activities, District events and opportunities, ZONE events, and some special items of note from Rotary International. 
It is my hope that you will find the information useful in your role as a Rotarian and as a community leader.

The format of the newsletter has changed in two ways.  First, there will be a short video message sent with the newsletter.  This will give you an opportunity to have quick access to the information that is being provided.  Second, the newsletter will contain live links - where you can click to find additional information, read an article, register for an event, etc.  I hope that you find this new format helpful and easy to navigate.

So - let's IMAGINE!  August is Membership and Club Development Month

Link to video message from District Governor Diana Savage -


Link to video message from Rotary International President Jennifer Jones -
It is truly an honor to be serving as your District Governor for the 2022-2023 Rotary year.  Let's IMAGINE a month where we share our stories, our whys, our success and invite others to join us on this amazing journey!

Yours in Rotary,

Diana Savage
District Governor 6600
Summer Leadership
Rotary's Summer Leadership Seminars will help you contribute your voice and ideas to the future of Rotary.

Have you ever described someone you know this way? “She’s the kind of person that puts her heart into whatever she does for Rotary.”

Today, I am sharing two opportunities to be that kind of person, and to contribute your voice and ideas to the future of Rotary in the Heart of America with Zones 30 and 31’s Summer leadership Seminars!  

Think Innovation, Not Habit will explore ways to innovate how we do Rotary in our communities.  

This series of four, 90-minute sessions is an opportunity to explore our unique experience in Rotary and take action in ways that are meaningful to you,

Registration is open, and you can register for each session at this link:

Pathways to our Future is the FIRST Zones 30 and 31 gathering in THREE YEARS!  And it’s not your pre-Covid conference! We’ll go beyond keynotes and passively sitting in sessions.  It’s an opportunity to engage in ideas with Rotary friends, colleagues and world class speakers and express your own in small-group conversations. Conversations that Matter on Topics that Matter to You – conversations that you can put your heart into, and come away from with renewed, energized and ready to make a difference!

Check out the 3-minute conference video here:

The dates are September 29-October 1 in Gig City, Chattanooga, Tennessee, hometown of our own Past Rotary International President and Foundation Trustee Chair, John Germ.

Registration is open!  Hotel rooms at the host hotel, the Chattanooga Marriott, are still available, but limited. .

Register and reserve your hotel room at this link:

Ready to put your heart into Rotary? Then join like-minded, open-hearted people like you tonight, and for Pathways to our Future in Chattanooga!


Elizabeth Usovicz

Rotary International Director

and the Summer Leadership Seminars and Pathways to our Future Conference Teams

Convention Highlights
Highlights from the Rotary International Convention 2022
With over 70 breakout sessions, the 2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, marked a successful return to an in-person event.

All 12 livestreamed sessions are now available on demand. You can view the virtual program online and register and watch on-demand content through 31 August.
New Award for Advancing Women in Rotary
The Sylvia Whitlock Leadership Award honors one Rotary member each year for their work to advance women in Rotary. The award, originally established by a group of Rotarians in 2017, is named for Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman to serve as a Rotary club president. Whitlock has gone on to lead change for women around the world through Rotary.

In 2021, the RI Board made this an official Rotary award, and beginning this year, any member can nominate another member during the 1 August-30 September nomination period. Do you know a member of any gender who is doing great work to advance women in Rotary? Now is the time to recognize them for their contributions.
What's in the Learning Center
Is your club interested in becoming qualified to apply for a global grant? If you have previously completed the 10-course Grant Management Seminar, you can now take the Grant Management Recertification 2022-23 course. Your district can opt to supplement or even replace in-person grant management seminars with the courses in the online seminar, and you can use Learning Center reports to track participants’ progress for the purpose of qualifying their clubs.
Some Learning Center courses have been updated, new courses have been added, and others have been discontinued. Download the updated course catalog to see what’s available now.

The following learning plans for club and district officers have been updated:
The content of the following discontinued courses has been integrated into new or revised courses in the updated club officer learning plans:
  • Club Administration: Club Secretary
  • Develop Membership Strategies: Club Membership Committee
  • Managing Club Finances: Club Secretary
  • Managing Club Finances: Club Treasurer
  • Managing Your Foundation Activities: Club Rotary Foundation Committee
  • My Rotary: Club Administration
  • Organizing Your Club: Club Administration Committee
  • Planning Your Projects: Service Projects Committee
  • Risk Management: Service Projects Committee
  • Using a Club Management System
The following membership courses have also been discontinued:
  • Getting Started with Toastmasters: The information in this course can now be found on the Toastmasters page on My Rotary.
  • Kickstart Your New Member Orientation: The content of this course will be incorporated into the Introducing New Members to Rotary: An Orientation Guide and the Best Practices for Engaging Members course.
  • Practicing Flexibility and Innovation: The content of this course has been integrated into new and revised membership courses. Find more information on the Flexible Options for Clubs page on My Rotary.
  • Starting a Community-Based Rotaract Club
  • Your Membership Plan: The content of this course is available in the Strengthening Your Membership: Creating Your Membership Plan publication.
Visit the Rotary Membership Vimeo channel for videos and webinars on membership topics, including content from these discontinued courses:
  • Building a Welcoming Community for People with Disabilities
  • Building Strong Intergenerational Relationships
  • Design an Inclusive Plan for your Organization
Callout to trainers
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