Roundabout 3.19.19

Roundabout ~ March 19, 2019

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We’re back in the Frangipani Room, where Georgia Frey, IU School of Public Health, and Susan Russ, Director of Lifelong Learning at Stone Belt, will update us on Upstart, their partnership to support physical activity of people with disabilities. In 2016 Ron Remak chose this program, supported at the YMCA, to receive Rotary Toast proceeds.


This Week’s News


Myanmar Water Project

March is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month and the perfect time to contribute to the Myanmar Water Project. 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.

Service Project Needed for March

Haven’t been to Teachers Warehouse? Get a tour as you volunteer on Saturday, March 30, from 9:30-12:30. If you are interested, contact Sara:

It Takes a Village: Want to Sponsor or Exhibit?

Indiana has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in the nation; the fair is our effort to reduce it in our community. Bloomington Health Foundation will be the presenting sponsor and Premier Health Foundation has also joined to sponsor “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). If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibiting, contact Jessika Hane,

Lunch Buddies

Time is running out to meet for coffee or lunch with your January-March lunch buddy. Don’t forget to report to Natalie afterward (or email her at Make a friend and get a make-up (even if you don’t need one).

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 the youth in Brown County. For tickets and more information, visit:

 Greetings from Two Rotary Clubs

Winston Shindell presented banners from the Rotary Clubs of Roatan and Western Forsyth County (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

Three Attend President-elect Training

President Loren Snyder thanked President-elect Earon Davis and President-elect Nominee Ashley Sullivan for representing our club at PETS, March 16-17, in Effingham, Ill., along with 299 others from the central and southern districts in Illinois and Indiana. Sara Laughlin also attended as an Assistant Governor nominee.


March 19 Presentation on Cuba

Elma and Tim Jessen, Joe Lee, Jim Watson, and Bob Bernacki shared slides and stories from their recent visit to Cuba with a group from First Christian Church. They first visited in 2016. This time, they took three suitcases of art supplies. Under the leadership of long-time art teacher Bess Lee, they taught art classes to elders at the MLK, Jr. Community Center and to young people from the neighboring Baptist church. Their slides showed beautiful watercolors and marbleized paper projects. One young artist, Pablo, showed them his drawings, made with handmade charcoal on flattened boxes, the only materials at hand. In Havana, the Bloomington group saw beautiful murals, sculpture, and a graphic arts studio alongside crumbling infrastructure. In the countryside, they helped pull weeds at an organic farm. During the “special period” of privation after the economy tanked as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the U.S. embargo, Cubans returned to traditional farming methods using oxen to pull plows and pest control without fertilizer and chemical sprays. The group visited several churches, where the members were “enthusiastic, happy, and joyful in their faith,” according to Tim.

While the American group was in Cuba in 2016, Fidel Castro passed away. Rotarians were interested in how Cubans responded to his death. Joe responded that Cubans were bereft. Most people had known no other leader and there was a real sense of mourning.

Rotarians wanted to know if there were wealthy Cubans. Joe replied the average monthly wage is $20. Although there are a few people who are comparatively better off, there is not a huge divide. After President Trump’s election, many Cubans were worried development of resorts and hotels would be too rapid.


Our March 19 Weekly Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Winston Shindell greeted Rotarians and guests.

Martha Wailes led the pledge and reflection. She offered two challenges, both of which are posted on her refrigerator, including this one from the Talmud, quoted by Tim Jessen in a recent H-T article:

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.

Do justly now,

love mercy now,

walk humbly now.

You are not obligated to complete the work,

but neither are you free to abandon it.


Marilyn Wood introduced guests:

  • Al Feitl, husband and guest of Liz Feitl
  • Sandra McGow, Meadowood Retirement, guest of Julia Merkt

Loren congratulated Glen Steenberger, CEO for the Hoosier Hills Boy Scout Council, and his team for landing a $1 million FEMA grant to add safety amenities (including a tornado shelter) to the Maumee Scout Reservation, south of Lake Monroe.


  • Dick Rose, March 19
  • Monika Kroener, March 20

Membership anniversaries

  • Jeff Baldwin, 5 years
  • Shelli Yoder, 6 years
  • Tim Jessen, 6 years
  • Steve Moberly, 12 years

Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.

Thought for the week

The next time I cry about golf it will only be with joy. It’s not worth crying over golf for any other reason. After all, it’s only a game.” – Rory McIlroy, who won the Players Championship on Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day.

Reporter: Sara Laughlin

Photographer: Charlie Osborne