Roundabout 11.13.18


November 13, 2018

Next meeting:

Zachary DePue, former Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, will talk about his time at ISO and share his musical talents with our club. Among the youngest concertmasters in the world, he joined ISO as concertmaster at the age of 27. A founding member of Time for Three crossover classical trio, he is known as a virtuoso violinist. The meeting will be held in the Frangipani Room.


This Week’s News


Bloomington Rotary Club recognized with Presidential Citation

Every year the Rotary International President establishes criteria for the Presidential Citation. The citation for 2017-18 was based on strengthening clubs, enhancing humanitarian service, and enhancing Rotary’s public image and awareness. Past District Governor Judy Bush announced that the Bloomington club achieved four items in the first category, five items in the second category, and five items in the third category. The club gave an average of $135.70 per person to the Rotary Foundation for a total of $14,791. Past President Mike Baker thanked all members of the club for their work.

Past District Governor Bush also recognized the Bloomington Rotary Club for its financial support of End Polio Now. “Together we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and end polio,” she said. The club gave $2,175 to the Challenge Polio campaign. Additionally, the district gave $25,400 to Polio Plus.


Holiday food baskets for Monroe County United Ministries

Donate cans of vegetables, fruit, beans, condensed soup, hearty soup, chili, tomatoes or pasta sauce, pasta, canned or frozen meat, cereal, crackers, muffin/baking mixes, helper meals, rice, ramen noodles, Easy Mac, microwaveable soups, medium jars of peanut butter, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and snacks. Rotarians are encouraged to drop off food at a Tuesday meeting from November 20 to December 4. Contact Ashley at (765) 618-6803 if you would like items to be picked up.


Salvation Army Bell Ringing 2018

Thanks to those who already have signed up to ring bells for the Salvation Army. Please use this link to sign up:


WTIU Telefund

Three volunteers are still needed to help: two on Sunday Nov. 25, and one on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Follow this link:


November 13 Presentation: Courtney Payne Taylor, CEO of Girls Riders Organization

Michael Shermis introduced Courtney Payne Taylor, CEO of GRO. Payne Taylor is a Bloomington native and a graduate of Ivy Tech and Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She began her journey with GRO 13 years ago and “bloomeranged” back home to Indiana to continue her work with GRO.

For several years, Payne Taylor lived in a van and operated free learn-to-skate workshops in states across the U.S. She said she is “a believer and a dreamer,” and she believes that simple acts can help people be better by reducing stress, pressure, and depression.

Payne Taylor said she came from a good life. She had relapsed childhood trauma at 16. The opening of the Upper Cascades Skate Park changed her life for the better, but she noticed that not many girls were there. However, studies show that 94 percent of women in the C-Suite participated in sports at least through high school, 54 percent in college, and many still today.

The principles of GRO, which apply to both skateboarding and life in general, include:

  • have courage when facing fear;
  • develop a strong stance;
  • “not easy” does not mean “not capable”;
  • ride with the transitions of life;
  • maintain your focus on where you want to go;
  • learn how to fail and fall;
  • trust in yourself;
  • you do ride alone but it is better to have a crew; and
  • you will define your journey.

Girls Inc. and GRO launched their first collaborative program; nine girls started the program and five graduated. They learn how to build a skateboard, how to fall, and the basics of riding. Every Thursday, GRO holds sessions at the Warehouse from 4:45 to 5:45 for Girls Inc. and from 5 to 7 p.m. for an open skate program. Next year, GRO is planning to offer two hours on two days each week for Girls Inc. as well as a community day. Staff have written a textbook curriculum they are launching in 2019. GRO is also working with Girls Inc. to spread the program through a national license.

Payne Taylor encouraged the community to get active, because Indiana is only 14 percent active (walking counts!). She implored us to create a community around play. There will be a GRO Strong Girls Sports and Play Experience Event in fall 2019 (a Saturday and Sunday event on dates to be determined). GRO always needs volunteers, who do not need to know how to skate!


Our November 13 Weekly Gathering

President Loren Snyder presided.

Art Oehmich & Joy Harter greeted Rotarians and guests.

Judy Schroeder offered the reflection. Eighty years ago Kate Smith with CBS wanted a song to honor the 20th anniversary of Armistice Day. People tuning in heard “God Bless America,” written in 1918 by a sergeant in the U.S. Army. When this sergeant immigrated to the U.S., his name was Israel Beilin. Irving Berlin became a naturalized citizen in 1918, the year he wrote “God Bless America” for an Army musical. It expresses his overwhelming gratitude for his adopted country:

“God Bless America, land that I love.

Stand beside her and guide her

To the right with the light from above.”

In 1938 Berlin changed the lyrics from “to the right” to “through the night,” in order to avoid any political undertones of fascism. Judy asked Rotarians to remember that “God Bless America” was written by an Army sergeant, an immigrant, and a Jew, and that it is a hymn of gratitude and a prayer for peace.


Steve Ingle introduced guests:

  • Megan Gearhardt, guest of Joy Harter
  • Kitty Khachatryan, guest of the club
  • Adam Novello, guest of Liz Irwin
  • Trent Deckard, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard
  • Former District Gov. Judy Bush, guest of former District Gov. Jim Bright

Membership Birthdays

  • Ann Connors, November 12
  • Walt Koon, November 13
  • Amy Osajima, November 14

Membership Anniversaries

  • Jim Kryway, many years!

Michael Shermis collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.

Thought for the week“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves,”  Carl Jung

Kyla Cox Deckard, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer