Roundabout 2.19.19

ROUNDABOUT ~ February 19, 2019

Next Meeting

Our speaker will be Lee Feinstein, the founding dean and professor of international studies at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. Before joining IU, Feinstein was U.S. Ambassador to Poland from 2009 to 2012. We will meet in the Frangipani Room.


This Week’s News

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. They will help clear tables, 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.) free. Tickets are $60. If interested, contact Jeff very soon at or 812-332-5311 ext. 212.

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.

Charlotte’s Back in Town

Club member Charlotte Zietlow is back in Bloomington recovering from her stroke. She’s in Stonecroft for rehab. Natalie will email out a Sign-Up Genius so visitors don’t show up all at once.

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.

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.


Today’s speaker

Byron Bangert introduced our speaker, Lisa Sideris from IU’s Department of Religious Studies. Sideris is principal investigator on a project called “Being Human in the Age of Humans: Perspectives From Religion and Ethics,” which researches new ways of envisioning what it means to be human in the Anthropocene, or the Age of Humans. IU and three other universities are involved.

Her presentation on Ethics in the Age of the Human focused on the Anthropocene era – the time of human domination of the planet. She said much of how you view the topic comes from your perspective of when this began. You would view it differently if you time it from 11,000 years ago or if you consider the start as the advent of agriculture or the detonation of the first atomic bomb, which clearly indicated humans had the power to destroy the planet. She said changes can be seen as very natural or by concluding that humans are a very dangerous species.

She said the discussion can be framed with “religious-like questions,” including whether humans are god-like in a number of ways. She cited what she called Anthropocene technologies as part of the issue.

One is de-extinction, in which humans can use cloning or gene editing to bring back species. She said we should ponder whether there a good reason. It’s about the creative power of the human.

Another is assisted migration-assisted evolution, in which things such as trees and coral are moved around to save them from human-caused damage to their environments.

Finally, there is geo-engineering, such as solar radiation management, which includes cloud brightening, space mirrors, and stratospheric aerosols to combat climate change caused by human activities.

She asked, “Are we fitting ourselves into nature, or adapting nature to ourselves?”

Our Feb. 19 meeting

President-elect Earon Davis pinch-hit for President Loren Snyder.

Jim Sims was our greeter.

Earon led the Pledge and offered the reflection, quoting District President Sue Wright about Rotary’s Peace and Conflict Resolution Month.

Steve Moberly introduced guests: Amber Skoby, guest of Jean Emery; and Chris-Michael Morrison, guest of Jim Bright.

This week’s birthdays:

  • Kyla Cox-Deckard, Feb. 18
  • Jim Kryway, Feb. 18.
  • Owen Johnson, Feb. 22

No membership anniversaries this week.

Thought for the Week from President Loren Snyder:  “The harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.” – George Washington.

Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer