Roundabout 3.12.19

Roundabout ~ March 12, 2019

Next meeting – STATE ROOM EAST AND WEST: We’ll hear from member Tim Jessen about his recent trip to Cuba with the First Christian Church. Tim writes a column every other week on the Religion page in the H-T. in addition to ministerial appointments in Indiana and Kentucky, he has worked as an adjunct faculty member teaching ethics and philosophy of religion at Ivy Tech Community College and as chaplain at Putnamville Correctional Facilit., He holds a BA in history from Wheaton College, MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and Doctor of Ministry, Theology, Philosophy from McCormick Theological Seminary.


This Week’s News


Brown County Rotary Invites…

Brown County Rotary Club invites Bloomington Rotarians to the 2019 Taste of Art – Wine, Shine, & Beer tastings and art auction on March 23, at The Seasons Conference Center in Nashville. Tastings begin at 5 p.m.; the live art auction follows at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. All proceeds support educational initiatives for youth in Brown County. For tickets and more information, visit:


Service Project Needed for March

To continue the club’s “service every month” promise, members were again invited to suggest a service project for March. Sara Laughlin proposed club members volunteer at Teachers Warehouse on Saturday, March 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If you are interested, contact Sara:


Myanmar Water Project

The Myanmar Water Project has been approved by Rotary International, according to J.T. Waring. We must now raise those funds. You can drop your contribution in the well at the Tuesday meeting or write a check to Bloomington Rotary Club. If you would like a tax deduction, make your check payable to Bloomington Rotary Foundation.


It Takes a Village: Get It on Your Calendar

Bloomington Health Foundation will be the presenting sponsor for “It Takes a Village,” the collaboration of all three Bloomington Rotary clubs to host a resource fair for parents, infants, and toddlers (Saturday, May 18, noon to 4 p.m. at The Warehouse). Premier Health Foundation has also signed on as a sponsor. Indiana has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the nation; the fair is our effort to reduce it in our community.


Lunch Buddies

There is still time to have coffee or lunch with your January-March lunch buddy. Don’t forget to report to Natalie afterward (or email her at You have fun, claim a make-up, and the club’s attendance ratio increases – win-win-win!


 March 12 Guest Presentation

Byron Bangert introduced Bloomington singer-songwriter Jeffrey Day Cannon. After a successful career as a contemporary folk touring artist, rock musician, choral and opera singer, producer, community arts organizer, and even street performer, Cannon moved to Bloomington and earned a Master’s in Journalism and PhD in Mass Communications. He is now a lecturer at Kelley School of Business.

In 2018 Jeff was selected by the Bloomington Arts Commission (including three members of our club – Sally Gaskill, Lynn Schwartzberg, and Alain Barker) to compose a Bloomington Community Song in honor of the city’s bicentennial. His composition, “Ride,” was released in November. The song celebrates Bloomington as a marvelously fertile place, where tradition and progress remain in productive tension. “Ride” is about a pace of life and a focus on the living, a community where life is not a race but a ride.

Cannon performed two other pieces he wrote, one asking for forgiveness of his father and the other in response to his daughter’s first breakup with a teenaged boyfriend. Members joined in for the choruses of “Ride”:

“And so we ride, we don’t race,

And we wish this gift of grace

For the world from our Bloomington home.”

Cannon’s dream is that the song will be performed in a variety of contexts over many years. On the website (, versions of the song are available for marching band, choir, barbershop quartet, and orchestra. Jenn Christy performs the song in a video, also available on the website. Several elementary schools have also included the song in performances.

Asked how long it took to write “Ride,” Cannon answered that it took about three days, during which he studied other songs about places, especially Indiana places. He wanted the song to represent this particular place, without being a sales piece.


Our March 12 Weekly Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Rex Hillery greeted Rotarians and guests.

Glen Steenberger led the pledge and reflection. He shared a “Scoutmaster’s Minute” which urged Scouts to use their lives to touch other people’s hearts.

Liz Feitl introduced 11 guests:

  • Mitchell Powell, grandson of Liz Feitl
  • Celeste McGregor, retired social worker, guest of Earon Davis
  • Michael McGregor, retired IU faculty, guest of Earon Davis
  • Donna Newbrough, visiting Rotarian, guest of Earon Davis
  • Sara Jamieson, head student advisor at CIP, sister of Ashley Sullivan
  • Jane Rogan, IU Center for Rural Engagement, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard
  • Angie Cannon, Abbie Cannon, and Emma Cannon, family of speaker Jeff Cannon
  • Sandy Keller, My Sister’s Closet, visiting Rotarian who will be transferring to our club
  • Nathan Fischer, IU Jacobs School of Music, guest of Alain Baker


  • Rex Hillery, March 13
  • Scott Shackleford, March 16

Membership anniversaries

  • Jim Capshew, 1 year
  • Beth Hailer, 7 years
  • Dick Rose, 17 years

Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.

Thought for the week, in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8: “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.” – Unknown

Reporter: Sara Laughlin

Photographer: Charlie Osborne