Roundabout for November 27
We will meet in the Georgian Room next Tuesday to hear Brian Shockney, president of IU Health South Central Region. Shockney came to Bloomington as chief operating officer in 2016 after serving as chief operating officer at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette since 2010. He was named interim president in February of this year and president in June. Shockney holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Administration from IU and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. IU Health is in the midst of constructing a $389 million Regional Academic Health Center, which will include the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital. The 735,000-square-foot medical complex is expected to be complete in 2020.
This Week’s News
Ring those bells!
Thanks to those who have volunteered to ring bells for an hour inside College Mall to help fill the Salvation Army kettles. All slots for Dec. 1 and 22 have been filled, but five volunteers are still needed for Dec. 8 and four for Dec. 15. Contact Steve Moberly or sign up yourself at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ba9ae2fa64-salvation3
NOT calling it in
Hats off to Art Oehmich for organizing the 12 Months of Service event for November: answering telephones for the WTIU fund drive. Others answering the call(s) were Anne and Jim Bright, Kate Cruikshank, Sara Laughlin, Julia Merkt, Dave Meyer, and Charlotte Zietlow.
Encouraging youth, diversity
Kudos to Mike Baker and Sara Laughlin for spearheading our club’s successful overture to Rotary International. By a vote of 304 to 192, the Council on Resolutions accepted Resolution 18R-31, submitted by our club through District 6580. The resolution requests “the RI Board to consider increasing opportunities for women, young leaders, and people of different races and ethnicities to serve in district, zone, and RI leadership positions.” Of the 55 resolutions submitted, 28 were rejected.
Holiday party Dec. 12
The holiday party, complete with entertainment, will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Country Club. Please RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y5NFSP3
Nov. 27 Presentation: Sarah Mincey, The Problem with Plastics: A System Perspective
Sarah Mincey heads up IU’s Integrated Program in the Environment, which brings together more than 140 faculty members across 10 schools to address environmental concerns. The group recently sponsored a Youth Environmental Summit, where pupils from nearly 100 schools across Indiana put together action plans for their communities. The program also brings underserved youth to IU for a Summer Experience in Sustainability and the Environment.
Leslie Green invited Sarah to Rotary to address an issue we all should be thinking about: the problem with plastics. Even though her research deals with trees instead of plastics, Sarah, as a specialist in social-ecological systems, responded because “no ecosystem on earth is untouched by humans.” A sea turtle with a straw up its nostril illustrates the problem with plastics. The YouTube video of this “reptilian poster child,” as Sarah dubbed it, has been uploaded more than 33 million times and can be viewed at
Sarah intended for us to watch another video, which you can access at
The accompanying article by Laura Parker points out that if the Mayflower had been stocked with bottled water, the Pilgrims’ plastic trash would still be around.
Sarah took a systems approach to the problem with plastics:
- Extraction–Plastic is produced using the waste gases from oil production and contains many unhealthy ingredients.
- Production–Large chemical plants are situated in poor areas, polluting the environment and raising the issue of environmental justice.
- Consumption–Microplastics are found in tap water, soft drinks, beer, fish, birds – and human waste. No one knows the long-term effects.
- Disposal–Only 9 percent of plastic gets recycled. What happens to the rest?
She asked, “Where is the leverage point, the point where we can intervene in the system and make a difference?” Solutions will come only when three sources work together:
- Government and intergovernmental agreements with “teeth”; regulation;
- Corporations and industry finding alternative products such as cellulose;
- Individuals and organizations that educate and lobby.
She challenged each of us to be part of the solution.
If you are able, please use this link to sign up to help at our December luncheons! https://www.signupgenius.com/
Our November 25 Weekly Gathering
President Loren Snyder presided and thanked greeter, Steve Ingle. After leading the Pledge, retired social studies teacher Jim Harvey referenced the works of the late Tony Hillerman, whose novels about the Four Corners region of the Southwest introduced Jim to life, people, and places. Jim commends them to other Rotarians. Joe Darling would have introduced guests had any been present.
Membership Anniversaries This Week
- Michael Shermis 7 years
- Nancy Krueger 11 years
- Bryan Price 28 years
- Scott Walters 30 years
- Kay Leach 30 years
- Keith Klein 33 years
Membership Birthdays This Week
- Ron Barnes 11/26
- Jerry Pagac 11/30
On Giving Tuesday Susie Graham happily collected Happy Dollars to support Teachers Warehouse.
Loren’s thought for the week: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill
Judy Schroeder, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer