Our speaker will be Jon Barada, executive director of the Bloomington Health Foundation. We will meet in the Frangipani Room.
This Week’s News
Last month, Glen Steenberger and the staff at Boy Scouts of America participated in Naloxone administration training and were equipped with kits. Glen put one in his glove compartment, thinking he would never use it. “Never” came last Thursday afternoon. Glen was on his way to an appointment when he came upon a fellow on the B-Line Trail who was down, bloody, and turning blue. Glen administered Naloxone, called 911, and the man came back around. Police and EMTs arrived, and Glen was on his way.
Charlotte Zietlow is continuing to recover from her stroke.
Jim Bright says, “Given Rotary’s commitment to peace and conflict resolution, please be aware of the ‘Stories of Peace’ program at Franklin Hall from 6 to 7 p.m. this Friday, March 1. This will be a final screening of student media projects produced for Stories of Peace, a special service project commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”
District Engagement Grants are still available for Rotarians who want to attend the District Conference April 27 in Clarksville. Application deadline is this Friday, March 1.
It Takes a Village resource fair for parents, infants, and toddlers will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 18 at the Warehouse. Bloomington Health Foundation is the title sponsor; Premier Health Foundation is also a sponsor.
Lunch Buddies Program
The third quarter continues to be available for members to participate.
Jim Bright introduced our speaker, 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 and served the nation in many other ways, including working for four different Secretaries of State.
He talked about his interactions with Richard Lugar and Lee Hamilton, for whom the school is named, and about the Hamilton Lugar School’s mission and operating context. Feinstein said he worked often with Lugar when the two were in Washington. In his opinion Lugar is the man most responsible for reducing the danger of nuclear weapons. Feinstein worked with Hamilton and a Republican congressman on a report on the United Nations. He said the two statesmen “really reflect the nonpartisanship we represent.”
After spending most of his career in New York, Washington D.C., and Europe, Feinstein said he’s been warmly received and more than satisfied with his time in the Midwest. In explaining the uniqueness of IU, he noted that half of the $50 million cost for the new building that houses the school came from athletics. He credited Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass for contributing Big Ten Network money to help the broader goals of the university. “That says a lot about the university,” Feinstein said.
He said international schools are under challenge, with many places reducing their commitment to studying the world. He noted decline in area and language studies, the challenge of dynamic global change, doubt about America’s role in the world, and distrust of democratic institutions as contributors.
He said IU has chosen this time to invest more, thus putting itself more prominently on the map in the area of international and global programs.
The Hamilton Lugar School, he said, prepares students to be “globally ready” through global perspective, regional specialization, language learning, numeracy (the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts), and global teamwork, which refers to working on common problems across borders.
He shared these statistics:
- The undergraduate enrollment has nearly doubled from 2014-15 to this academic year, from 350 to almost 700;
- The median high school scores of incoming students are 4.0 GPA and 1360 on the SAT;
- The school enrolls 1 out of 4 Wells Scholars on campus;
- The school is relatively diverse, with 24 percent of students racial or ethnic minorities.
He also noted that 82 languages are taught at IU, the most at any university in the U.S. Sixty-eight of those languages are taught in Bloomington. Finally, 65 percent of the Hamilton Lugar School students study abroad. The goal is to make that 100 percent by 2023.
Our Feb. 26 meeting
President Loren Snyder presided. Jim Shea was our greeter.
Chris Kroll led the Pledge and told a story about how a potato, an egg, and coffee beans acted when put into boiling water. He noted they approached adversity in different ways.
Sara Laughlin introduced guests: Mona Mellinger, guest of Jean Emery; Ann LeDuc, guest of Earon Davis; Lauren Dimmitt, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard; and Jan Steenblik, guest of Jim Bright.
This week’s birthday:
- Glenda Murray, Feb. 24
- Jack Kirtland, 27 years
- John Hobson, 34 years
Thought for the Week from President Loren Snyder:
“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.” – Scout Oath, Boy Scouts of America
Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter