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August 28, 2018


On September 4 our speaker will be Pat East to talk about Hanapin Marketing and the Dimension Mill.  East is the founder and CEO of Hanapin Marketing, a digital marketing agency created in 2004 that provides clients with pay-per-click (PPC) digital advertising services. Hanapin also owns and operates PPC Hero, a leading PPC blog, and Hero Conf, a PPC-only conference site.

Since graduating from Wabash College in 2000 with a B.A. in English, East has spent 20 years in online marketing, sales management and executive leadership. Hanapin Marketing has been an “Indiana Best Places to Work” winner five times and an “Inc 5000” honoree three times under his leadership. East has taught search marketing in IU’s School of Library and Information Science. The Small Business Development Center has cited him as Entrepreneur of the Year.

East also is an angel investor, advising startups with high-growth potential in the web/tech industries, which partly explains how it is that he is the executive director of Dimension Mill, a 19,000-square-foot business incubator space in Bloomington’s Trades District. He, with the Dimension Mill board and staff, has produced events and programming to support technology and innovation since 2017, including renovation of the 103-year-old Mill building, scheduled to be completed this year.

The meeting will be in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union at noon.


This Week’s News

Service opportunities available now

Thursday, September 6: The Boys and Girls Club is having its “Smart Girls, Strong Women” event from 6 to 8 p.m. We have been given a complimentary table of eight in exchange for some assistance with set-up before the event, registration, and tear down after the event. So far, we have two volunteers planning to attend and set up. Please let President Loren know if you have interest in one of the six remaining spots.

Saturday September 15: Amethyst House Volunteer Painting, 9 a.m to 1 p.m. (come for a portion if you can). The link to the “Sign-Up Genius” is  Amethyst House Volunteer Painting  or reach out to Ann Connors for more information.


New Members welcomed to Rotary

Membership Chair Liz Irwin inducted three new members to the club.  They are Katie Beck, Katelyn Lipa and Bill Oates.  Here is some background:

Katie Beck – Katie is a graduate of Indiana University and Northeastern University School of Law. She is an attorney, educator and the founder of a non-profit that works with students and media professionals to address social justice issues in Costa Rica. She joined The Media School in 2017 and is responsible for coordinating course-based travel opportunities, service-learning initiatives, student leadership and professional development activities. Originally from Fort Wayne, Katie moved to Bloomington last year after eight years in Boston and Costa Rica.


Katelyn Lipa – Katelyn is a volunteer recruitment specialist with the American Red Cross. She places a high value on service and community support. Her background includes work in crisis intervention, advocacy and support-group facilitation. She is a lifelong Indiana resident and an IU grad. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and training as a competitive weightlifter.


Bill Oates – Bill comes from the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Fla., where he was a member for 25 years. He served on his club’s board as public relations director and as youth director. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and recently made his daughter, Liz, a Paul Harris Fellow. Liz, as a student at IU, worked with our club to found the Bloomington Rotaract Club. More recently, Liz made Bill and his wife, Rita, grandparents – with the birth of a baby girl in July.


Bill first came to Bloomington in 1965 after earning an engineering degree at Purdue. He wanted to write about science and technology and so joined the IU journalism program where he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. He also met Rita here – on a blind date at Nick’s. Bill has been a science writer for the General Motors Research Laboratories, has taught at the University of Alabama and the University of Miami, was publications director for the American Welding Society, and was editor of The Miami Herald’s International Edition. After retiring from the Herald, he served as a visiting Professor of Journalism at IU from 2010 to 2013.


President Loren reports results of club survey

Responding to survey questions about why they are in Rotary, club members answered that their top reason for joining Rotary is service, the top reason for staying in Rotary is fellowship, and the top reason that might cause them to leave Rotary would be inaction by the club or decline in service activities.

About half the club’s members answered the four questions asked.  Here are the questions and results:

  1. Why did you join Rotary?

There were 97 reasons from 52 respondents.  The top five:

  • Service/being of service (26 responses)
  • Networking (25 responses)
  • Being invited (15 responses)
  • Prior knowledge of or benefit from Rotary (10 responses)
  • Fellowship (8 responses)
  1. What keeps you in Rotary?

There were 109 reasons from 50 respondents.  The top five reasons:

  • Fellowship (33 responses)
  • Service (25 responses)
  • Programs (16 responses)
  • Being part of a team / leadership (10 responses)
  • Agreement with the mission of Rotary (7 responses)
  1. What could cause you to leave Rotary?

There were 62 reasons from 50 respondents. The top five reasons:

  • Inaction by the club / decline in service activities (15 responses)
  • Too busy with work / family (9 responses)
  • Poor health (8 responses)
  • Cost (7 responses)
  • Politics / religion entering into club activities (7 responses)

4 Other thoughts?

This question provided a variety of ideas for improvement related to membership, service, fellowship, weekly luncheons and programs.


Board and President review club policies, new programs

Providing a recap of last week’s board meeting, President Loren said the club is initiating a new “Quarterly Lunch Buddies” program. Members will be paired each quarter and encouraged to have lunch together. Lunch with your buddy will count as a makeup for missed meetings.

The board also decided, he said, to support development of a printed directory of members, find a way to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for members to bring prospective Rotarians to lunch, and support an updated version of the club’s website.

The board has agreed to invite congressional candidates Liz Watson and Trey Hollingsworth to speak to the club. Past policy has been to withhold an invitation until and unless both agree to speak. In a policy shift this year, should one candidate refuse or be unable to address the club, his or her opponent will still be given the opportunity to speak.


Mark your calendar now for these exciting events

  • Comedy Attic’s 10th Anniversary Benefit for Teachers Warehouse, starring Michael Ian Black, September 20, 8 p.m. See Sara Laughlin for Details.
  • District Governor Sue Wright will speak to our club on October 2.
  • The 2018 Rotary Toast honoring Steve and Connie Ferguson is scheduled for November 2. Mark your calendar now and order your tickets soon.
  • Former Indianapolis Concertmaster and violinist Zach De Pue has agreed to perform for us at our meeting on November 20.

A thank you letter from Rotarian Ann Marie Thomson

“Dear Rotary Club Bloomington members,

“I write to thank you for so warmly welcoming Dr. Jerry Kindomba, Giving Back to Africa’s Country Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, last week at the Rotary Club luncheon. When I picked him up, he was glowing with delight for the time he spent with you.  He kept on describing all the interactions he had with all of you and I felt so thankful for having been part of this Club.

On behalf of Dr. Jerry, the Giving Back to Africa board members, and especially the children and teachers at College des Savoirs, thank you, once again, for all that you contributed to their learning environment.  The children of Congo are the only future Congo has and the students at College des Savoirs belong to that future.

I am always so humbled and thankful that people like you – who will never see these children halfway across the globe – can care so deeply.  I will never forget the Four-Way test, which remains, for me, a foundation for servant leadership.

Once again, many thanks!”



Vice Provost releases IU’s freshman enrollment figures

David Johnson, IU’s Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, announced to Rotarians on Tuesday this year’s record-breaking freshman enrollment numbers. IU Bloomington will have a freshman class of 8,097 students, he said, not counting transfer students from other institutions who might be coming as freshmen. Of that number, 4,667 students have hometowns in Indiana.

Freshmen who are historically under-represented in colleges generally also will set a record this year at 1,358.  These include African-American, Hispanic or Latino, and Native American students.

IU students in their first year come from all 92 Indiana counties, something that doesn’t happen every year. The new class represents 45 states, 41 countries and six continents. These students come with an impressive high school grade point average of 3.83 (out of 4) and an SAT/ACT average of 1,292. Sixty-four percent of this year’s incoming freshman class will receive grants and scholarships to help pay expenses, he said, up from 60 percent a year ago.

Johnson said that getting to a class of 8,097 required responding to 526,888 inquiries. Of that half-million-plus number, 103,565 interested prospects visited the campus and 44,169 applied for admission. IU admitted 33,970. Of those admitted, 9,085 said they would come and paid a deposit. Of that number, 8,097 actually showed up.

The next challenge, said Johnson, is to help these students make it through their first year and eventually to graduation. For the new freshmen, that begins by downloading an app on their phone that will take them to IU’s Hoosier Experience program and help them navigate their first year by introducing them to opportunities on campus and in Bloomington, including majors, arts events, multi-cultural experiences and opportunities for local and global involvement.

Responding to questions about the growth in applications and enrollment, Johnson said IU participates in national “common application” recruiting efforts that allow students to apply to multiple schools on the same form, making it easier and less expensive to apply to all the schools on their shortlists at one time. IU Bloomington’s application, he said, also includes the opportunity to apply to all or any of the IU’s seven other campuses. Students also can transfer to IUB from Ivy Tech, and this year 650 students decided to do that. As for foreign students, Johnson said IU has seen a modest drop from overseas, particularly from Korea, but the number of foreign students routinely fluctuates depending on opportunities available to them in their home countries, changing visa requirements, delays in paperwork, and ongoing geo-political disruptions.

As for student debt, Johnson said the average debt of an IUB graduate who has debt is about $28,000 – about the price a new car. This is a bit above the national average, he said, but fewer than 30 percent of undergraduates at IUB graduate with student debt from loans. For most students receiving financial aid, he said, the aid comes as grants or scholarships that do not have to be paid back.

Johnson is a native of Georgia and grew up in Eufaula, Ala. He earned a bachelor of science degree in political science from Troy University, a master of public administration degree from Auburn University, and a Doctorate of education, concentrating in higher education administration, from The University of Alabama. He has been at IU since 2010.




President Loren Snyder presided.  Marilyn Wood greeted Rotarians and guests, and Leslie Green led the pledge and reflection.

Leslie contrasted the support she received as a mother in Bloomington with the experiences of women where quality care is absent. She noted that “saving women and children” is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus in a world where nearly 6 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care and inadequate sanitation. Responding to those needs, Rotary provides education, immunizations, birth kits and mobile health clinics. Women are taught how to prevent mother-to-infant HIV transmission, how to breastfeed and how to protect themselves and their children from disease. Rotary district and club projects, she said, expand access to quality care by providing hospitals with clean birth kits, technology, neonatal equipment and camps with equipment for war-traumatized children. Rotary, she said, does a lot because a lot needs to be done.


Owen Johnson introduced our guest speaker, David Johnson.

David Meyer introduced our guests:

  • Robb Decker, guest of Liz Irwin
  • Christa Browning, guest of Jean Emery
  • John Taylor, guest of Hank Walter


Membership Anniversaries This Week

Jim Santo – 16 years

Leslie Green – 17 years

Tony Stonger – 17 years

Charlie Osborne – 26 years

Jerry Ellenwood – 48 years


Membership Birthdays This Week

Winston Shindell, August 29

Mike Hoff, August 30

Shelli Yoder, August 30

Kim Gray, September 1

Loren’s thought for the day: “If you think you are too small to make a difference…spend a night with a mosquito.”


Jon Dilts, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer