Roundabout 3.15.18


Adventures in Backpacking. Our speaker next week will be Leslie Green, CEO of Stone Belt ARC Inc., a fellow Rotarian and an avid outdoors person. She will talk to us about getting into the outdoors as a wonderful way to beat stress and see some beautiful scenery. Come Tuesday to find out how carrying everything you need on your back can make this possible.





Paul Harris Fellow

Congratulations to Glenda Murray who has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for the fourth time. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage contributions to the foundation.


Nonprofit Grant

Ann Connors announced that there are only two applications for the $6,000 Rotary grant available to nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit must be sponsored by a Rotarian. The deadline for applying is March 30. For more information, contact Ann at


Brown County Rotary’s “Taste of Art”

Brown County Rotary’s third annual “Taste of Art” event will take place on March 24. There will be a live auction of approximately 30 original works and a variety of interesting art pieces in a silent auction format. The proceeds support and provide recognition for local students through a variety of scholarships and programs. Tickets for the event are $35 and are available for purchase along with additional information at


Speedy Recovery, Del

Del Brinkman has recovered from pneumonia and is back at Meadowood getting his strength back in rehab. Keep up the good work, Del.



Dr. Phil Eskew Jr.:  Hoosier Hysteria and March Madness

Jim Bright introduced our own Dr. Phil Eskew Jr., a Rotarian with 37 years of perfect attendance. Phil’s immersion in Indiana high school basketball started early as he joined his father, Phil Eskew Sr., commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) from 1962 to 1976, as he visited 700 high schools throughout Indiana. The Eskews are the first father-son duo to receive IHSAA’s Silver Medal.


Phil packed an amazing amount of history and statistics into the short period of time he had to share his wealth of knowledge. For those of you who missed this wonderful trip into Indiana basketball history and tradition, Phil provided two valuable resources: “History of Our Hysteria: Indiana High School Basketball,” a publication of the Indianapolis Star that is available at, and a recommended visit to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle, a 14,000-square-foot museum that celebrates the proud heritage of basketball in Indiana from its origins in the 1890s to the current season. Phil was inducted into the IHSAA Hall of Fame in 2005.


Your reporter must confess that the information came so rapidly and in such detail that our notes are worthless. We, therefore, did some searching online to flesh out references to some of the wonderful information Phil provided.


We learned that Crawfordsville first declared itself high school champion in 1894 against a “cobbled together” opponent. Crawfordsville went on to become the first official state champion in 1911 after the establishment of the IHSAA.


James Naismith, who invented basketball in 1891 in Massachusetts, in his first exposure to Hoosier Hysteria, recalled on a visit to Indiana that the sight of the stadium “packed with 15,000 people, gave me a thrill I shall not soon forget.” Naismith also told an Indianapolis audience: “Basketball really had its beginning in Indiana, which remains today the center of the sport.”


Hoosiers were responsible for many firsts in the development of the game:


-When the game arrived in Indiana the “basket” was a peach basket. Hoosiers were the ones to create the metal rim and attach a gunny sack. It didn’t take long for Hoosier ingenuity to make an important improvement by cutting a hole in the bottom of the gunny sack!


-Tony Hinkle, Butler coach for 41 years, in an effort to make the ball easier to see, introduced the orange basketball in the 1950s.


-Chuck Taylor of Columbus, Ind., designed the first basketball shoe for Converse, which, according to Phil, because of its weight made jumping more difficult than today’s basketball shoes.


-In the mid-1920s, Everett Case, coach for Frankfort High School, at the age of 25 led his team to the first of their championships. After each championship (there were three more), Case would remind his boys to always cherish the memory and, perhaps, to take a little something that would help them with that task. Often, that little something was a piece of the basketball nets. The tradition of “cutting down the nets” after a championship began in Indiana high school basketball and is now celebrated throughout the game.


There was some reminiscing about the days before school consolidation and multi-class high basketball and the thrill of the underdog winning the championship. Today’s players have only known multi-class basketball. Phil said the current multi-class system works well for everyone by providing opportunities for more kids to participate and enjoy the thrill of a championship season.


Two Hoosier Hysteria facts left your reporter wide-eyed:

  • In 1990, 41,000 were in the RCA Dome to see Damon Bailey and Bedford North Lawrence win the state championship.
  • Indiana has 13 of the top 15 largest high school gyms in the country.




President Mike Baker presided. Sara Laughlin greeted us, and Glenda Murray led us in the pledge of allegiance. In keeping with the sports theme last week and this week, Glenda reflected on the five past Bloomington Rotary presidents who are connected to the Zora Clevenger Award. The award is named for Zora Clevenger, who was our president in 1933-34. IU presents the award to men who have made outstanding contributions to IU through service to its athletic programs. Four of our past presidents have been honored: Ralph Tirey, president 1926-27, won the award in 1963; Fred Seward, president 1940-41, in 1966; Neal Baxter, president 1949-50, in 1975; and Bob Dro, president in 1986-87, in 1984.


Steve Ingle introduced guests:

Aubrey Seader, nominee for Rotary Global Grant, guest of Jim Bright

Joe King, Edward Jones financial advisor, guest of Jim Bright

Sandy Keller, executive director of My Sister’s Closet, visiting Rotarian from Bloomington Sunrise and guest of Jim Bright

Brian Brase, I-Association director, guest of Marshall Goss

Jim Stark, guest of Jim Bright

Joel Niese, German American Bank financial advisor, guest of Jean Emery

Mary Lynn and Jeff Elver, parents and guests of Mallory Elver


Birthdays include Rex Hillery on March 13 and Scott Shackelford on March 16.


Membership anniversaries:

Beth Rodriguez 6 years

Dick Rose 16 years

Jeff Baldwin 4 years


Julia Merkt, Reporter

Ann Conners and Glenda Murray, Photographers