Roundabout 2.6.18


Our guest for next week will be Marcia Veldman, co-state coordinator of the South Central Indiana chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. CCL is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. Bloomington’s 2013 Woman of the Year, Marcia has been a leader in a variety of different sustainability and food projects that promote healthy lifestyles.

Coordinator for the Bloomington Farmers’ Market since 1996, she has been an active force at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, where she helped to establish the Meal Share food rescue program and Plant a Row project.



A Toast to the Toast!

The Rotary Toast was better than you thought! $15,000 for Friends PLUS $5,000 for each of the three clubs = $30,000! Friends of Monroe County Public Library president Patrick Murray and library director Marilyn Wood received a check for $15,908.31 income from the 2017 Rotary Toast, which represents half of the proceeds from the event. The other half will be shared equally among the three Rotary Clubs, each of which will receive $5,031. Many thanks to the many Rotarians who volunteered and assisted with the project, including Jean Dayton, Sara Laughlin, Katie Metz, Marilyn Wood, Susie Rinne, Jodi Hoagland, Jim Bright, Joe Morris, and Pat Steele. Toast honoree Becky Hrisomalos was unable to attend due to a last-minute family emergency.


Rotarians in the News

Congratulations to Liz Feitl, who has been awarded the Toby Strout Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Women’s History Month (March). Liz has been the AFL-CIO community service liaison with United Way for more than 15 years and has lived in our community for decades.

Dan Preston, a professor at SPEA, recently co-authored a book, Making Blended Finance Work for Sustainable Development Goals, which is published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Bob Compton was recently featured in an Indianapolis Star article, as he attended the IU-Purdue game.



Elaine Guinn introduced Dean Emeritus Charles H. Webb, who led the IU Jacobs School of Music for 24 years. Webb spoke of his emergence as a young talented musician from a family in which there were no professional musicians. At the age of four, in Dallas, Texas, he found himself remembering all the church hymns and playing them on the piano, something noticed by his mother, which led to lessons with a local piano teacher.

An introduction to then Dean Paul Van Katwijk at Southern Methodist University led to high school and university studies at SMU. A ROTC two-year commitment on an Air Force base led to a romance of a lifetime with Kenda, who Webb married in 1958. Shortly thereafter, Webb was advised by Katwijk to study further at IU, a move that would lead to an extraordinary career in performance, administration and leadership. Upon arriving in Bloomington, Webb met then Dean Wilfred Bain and worked his way through a number of positions, including administrator of Musical Attractions, Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean. In 1973, Webb was appointed Dean of the IU School of Music and would remain in the position for the next 24 years.

As the largest school of music in the US – with up to 1,650 music majors – the IU School of Music has been named the finest institution of its kind by Change Magazine (as well as The Chronicle of Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report).

In the Q&A, Webb mentioned that the school’s strong connections to Leonard Bernstein led to a production of Trouble in Tahiti in Israel, as well as Mass at the Tanglewood music center, in celebration of the composer’s 70th birthday.

Webb also spoke of the origins of the generous gift from the Cleveland-based Jacobs family that led to the renaming of the school. David, the middle child of Barbara and David Jacobs, was for a while a music student at IU. During this time, he became close to the Webb family and, later in life, was asked by his mother what he would like for his birthday.  Suggesting that the IU School of Music be named after his father, David finally persuaded his mother to donate $40.3 million as a naming gift which led, in 2005, to what is now known as the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. David continues to be a close friend of the school and is an active member of its national advisory board.

As a final offering, Webb performed a stirring rendition of Malaguena, by Cuban composer Ernesto Lucia on the Frangipani Room’s grand piano.



Our February 6 Meeting

Mike Baker led the meeting. Julia Merkt was our greeter, and Alain Barker led the Pledge of Allegiance and presented thoughts on “Cultural Diplomacy: The Linchpin of Public Diplomacy,” a report published in 2005 by the State Department that advocates for an expansion of cultural relations around the world, specifically focusing on those areas of greatest tension. Charles H. Webb, Dean Emeritus of the IU Jacobs School of Music, was a member of a group of eight cultural leaders around the US who authored the report.


T.J. Sneddon (Jim Bright)
Jessica True (Jim Bright)
Susan Rinne, visiting Rotarian
Jean Dayton, visiting Rotarian
Barbara Bruce (Earon Davis)
Bev Baker (Mike Baker)
Patrick Murray (Marilyn Wood)
Pat Steele (Marilyn Wood)
Kevin Bruce (Elaine Guinn)
Christine Talley Haseman (Glenda Murray)
Anne Bright (Jim Bright)
Debra Rush-Wade, (Mike Wade)
Bryan Horne, visiting Rotarian
Sherrie Shuler (Elaine Guinn)
Sande Acito (Elaine Guinn)
Cassandra Husley, Sunrise Club
Gary Taylor, Bloomington North
Mary Jean Regoli (Marilyn Wood)
Jennifer Kellams (Marilyn Wood)
Mickey Needham (Marilyn Wood)
Jim Capshew (Kyla Cox-Deckard)


Jack Kirtland (Feb. 5)
Bill Murphy (Feb. 6)
Lance Eberle (Feb. 11)


Bob Gutmann (18)
Judy Witt (29)
Jim Kryway (30)
Martha Foster (5)
Drew Bratton (7)
Geoff McKim (8)

Gala Sponsors Update: Oliver Winery, IU Credit Union, Dr. Mark Dayton, Old National Bank, Hilliard Lyons, and Smithville Fiber

Alain Barker, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer