Roundabout 2.12.19


Next Meeting

The speaker will be Lisa Sideris, who will talk about “Ethics in the Age of Humans.” The meeting will be in the Frangipani Room at noon. Lisa received her Ph.D. from IU in religious studies and is now a professor in that department. The author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection, she is affiliated with IU’s Integrated Program in the Environment.


This Week’s News

Packing It In

Please join 19 of your fellow Rotarians (or bring a friend to introduce them to Rotary)  ‎on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to assist the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, 2333 W. Industrial Park Dr. In the past we have packed boxes of food for senior citizens, packed up and sorted a huge produce donation, and divvied up cheese for distribution. We won’t know exactly which project we’ll be assigned to do, and it may even be something completely different. But regardless of what it is, we will be useful to the food bank. Please email with your availability. We need a total of 20 volunteers.

Help Clean Up After Men Who Cook

Jeff Baldwin, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, needs six to eight volunteers from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Monroe Convention Center. Volunteers will help with light cleanup after the big event – 100 Men Who Cook, to help clear tablecloths, carry items to cars, help the chefs tidy up their areas, etc.  No heavy lifting. Volunteers can come to the event (which starts at 6 p.m.) for free – which is great as tickets are $60.  If interested, contact Jeff very soon at or 812-332-5311 ext. 212.

In Our Thoughts

Club member and community treasure Charlotte Zietlow has suffered a stroke. She is in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.


Please use the link below to vote for the 2019-20 Rotary officers and directors.  Voting closes on Monday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.

Foundation Meeting Set

The Bloomington Rotary Foundation Board will meet immediately after the club meeting next week, Feb. 19.

District Conference

District Engagement Grants are still available for Rotarians who want to attend the District Conference April 27 in Clarksville. Application deadline is March 1.

Resource Fair

It Takes A Village resource fair for parents, infants, and toddlers will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Warehouse.

Lunch Buddies Program

The third quarter continues to be available for members to participate.


Today’s speaker

Steve Raymer and Charlie Osborne, who also was in Cambodia in 1972

Owen Johnson introduced Steve Raymer for a program about his book, Somewhere West of Lonely: My Life in Pictures.

Raymer is a highly acclaimed and accomplished photographer and teacher with 50 years’ experience. He has visited 90 countries and has a special love for the nations of Southeast Asia. His book is a visual memoir that he wrote, edited, and designed in 18 months after retiring from his faculty position at Indiana University.

When National Geographic hired him in 1972, he had never taken a color photograph. But he quickly mastered the skill by looking for pictures that tell stories through the eyes of ordinary people. He wants his photos to make people care about the subjects.

His first experience in Southeast Asia came as a soldier serving in the Vietnam War in 1972. On the day President Nixon announced the U.S. pullout, Raymer was wounded by shrapnel while accompanying a delivery of food with an NGO in Cambodia. He was taken to a hospital and saved. He dedicated his book to friends and colleagues killed in the line of duty, and those imprisoned for doing their work.

He worked in the region for National Geographic and later returned as a professor. He has been to Vietnam 24 times. He showed photographs that started with a mangled Marine boot and moved on to beautiful landscapes to rice planting to remnants of war to images of faith. He said it’s important to give readers a sense of a place and to capture moments in the lives of people. He said intimacy is important: to take people to places they cannot go. Among the nations featured in the photos Raymer showed were Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and New Guinea.


Our Feb. 5 Gathering

President Loren Snyder presided.  Winston Shindell was our greeter.

Pledge and Reflection was offered by Beth Hailer. She talked about her 21 years in fund-raising. The most important part of it, she said, is storytelling. She quoted Mr. Rogers: “There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love, once you know their story.” She also said listening leads to understanding that leads to connection that leads to peace.

Steve Ingle introduced guests: Jim Bright brought Debbie Isom, Jan W. Steenbuk, Miki Moreland, and Yoko Moreland; Twylla Webb was a guest of Trent Deckard; and J.J. Perry was the guest of Judy Schroeder.

This week’s birthdays:

Del Brinkman, Feb. 10

Lance Eberle, Feb. 11.

Jean Emery, Feb. 13.

Judy Witt, Feb. 14.

Yolanda Treviño, Feb. 15.

No membership anniversaries this week.

Thoughts for the Week from President Loren Snyder:

Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones.

Without Valentine’s Day, February would be … well, January.” – Jim Gaffigan.

Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer