Roundabout 1.29.19

ROUNDABOUT ~ January 29, 2019


Next week’s meeting, Tuesday, February 5, in the Georgian Room, will feature David Paul Nord, professor emeritus of journalism and adjunct professor emeritus of history at Indiana University, who over the years has collected dozens of original historic newspapers that span 250 years of American history. He is a former interim editor and associate editor of the Journal of American History. For this presentation, he is bringing in a sampling of this collection to illustrate both change and continuity in the newspaper as a material product of manufacturing. If you have never handled an 18th-century or 19th-century newspaper before, this is your chance.


District Conference

Funds are still available to support Rotary members who plan to attend the April 27 District Conference, which will take place in Clarksville.

Rotary 5:05 Meeting

A reminder that you’re invited to join fellow Bloomington Rotary Club members for a casual dinner TONIGHT at 5:05pm at Nick’s English Hut on Kirkwood Ave.

Lunch Buddies Program

The third Quarter “Lunch Buddies” continues to be available for Rotary members. More info about this initiative is in your email inbox. Natalie will also have hard-copy info available at upcoming meetings.


Michael Shermis introduced our guest for the week, Erin Predmore, executive director of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. A psychologist by training, Erin was appointed to her position last summer. Before then, she was executive director of Monroe County United Ministries and served as executive director of the Family Service Center in Springfield, Illinois. A University of Virginia and University of Georgia graduate, she is a certified fund raising executive.

Erin provided an inspiring overview of how the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is responding to change, business development in the region, and personal professional development for the approximately 900 members it serves. The Chamber believes that strong businesses in the community benefit all, lead to higher wages, and help with housing, transportation, and infrastructure advances.

With around 50 events per year, the Chamber serves as a link between a diverse set of professions. From engineers, to financial analysts, to construction specialist, the organization is there to connect and link. A commitment to an emerging generation is a focus, as young professionals learn to navigate, act professionally, and open themselves to opportunity.

The chamber is working on a number of initiatives that serve the needs of the business community, including insurance plans for such things as dental and liability. With around 30,000 workers represented in membership, there is an opportunity to build plans that are competitive. The chamber is also working on projects that intersect the arts and business, and women in business.

Sustainability issues often come up in Chamber advocacy, such as the impact of parking meters and parking garages on downtown businesses. Leadership at the Chamber feels that it’s important to recognize that 15,000-20,000 people commute to Bloomington each day and that progressive, smart economic development in the City of Bloomington should be designed and balanced to support businesses that are affected by change.

Going forward, the Chamber has established a number of strategic goals:

– An advocate for connections, introductions, and networking; a trusted knowledge center; a dependable organization and advocates for the business community.

– A partner and architect for a better community through engaged advocacy on local boards.

– A voice for businesses.

– A developer of enduring ideas that brings long-term beneficial impact to the Bloomington community.


President Loren Snyder presided and Winston Shindell greeted Rotarians and guests.

The pledge and reflection was given by Sara Laughlin, who reminded us of how meaningful fellowship is within the club at times of distress or loss. Many of us have received get-well cards from Martha Wailes. After Martha recently broke her kneecap, she received a card herself and reflected on how much it meant to her. Last year, Sara experienced the impact of club fellowship in a way that moved her deeply: a letter of support with a list of 16 members who made a gift to the Bloomington Rotary Foundation in memory of her husband Tim.

Sara mentioned that when she joined and filled out Rotary paperwork, she checked the box to make a small gift when a member or spouse passed away. Now she understands at a visceral level what Rotary fellowship means – good times and bad, for ourselves and our families. If you haven’t signed up to make memorial contributions (or aren’t sure), check with Natalie or email her at

Michael Shermis welcomed and introduced the guests:

  • Jeff Cockerill, guest of Geoff McKim
  • Danyele Green, guest of Jim Bright
  • Amanda Barge (County Commissioner), guest of Liz Irwin

Birthday this week

  • Leslie Green, January 27
  • Judy DeMuth, January 30

Membership anniversaries

  • None this week

Thought for the Week from Loren Snyder: “Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone. The best reward is to get there surrounded by winners.” – Howard Schultz

From Rotary member Judy Schroeder this week: “Imagine my surprise when my rickshaw in Chiang Mai (Thailand) sported a rotary logo.” Another interesting tidbit: When Julia Merkt joined the Bloomington Rotary Club, she transferred her membership from the Chiang Mai Club!