Roundabout 3.26.19

Roundabout ~ March 26, 2019


Next meeting: ST. MARK’S METHODIST CHURCH – note change of venue!

Leslie Green will conduct the annual meeting of the Bloomington Rotary Foundation. The Club Assembly will include a special piano performance. Don’t miss a minute!


This Week’s News

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,

Myanmar Water Project

Our club is participating in a water well project in Myanmar. 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.

Lunch Buddies

While you wait for your new lunch buddy assignment, don’t forget to report your January-March get-together to Natalie (or email her at Make a friend and get a make-up (even if you don’t need one).

Our next 5:05: We’re going bowling!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 18, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Classic Lanes!  Three lanes have been reserved.  Stay tuned for full details.

New members (i.e., those who have joined in the last two years) are invited to a fireside chat (that’s Rotary’s name for orientation) at Sara Laughlin’s house on Tuesday, May 14. Watch for a special invitation.


March 26 Guest Presentation

Leslie Green introduced Susan Russ, Director of Lifelong Learning at Stone Belt, and Georgia Frey, IU School of Public Health/Department of Kinesiology, for an update on the Upstart program. (Jim Bright reminded Rotarians that proceeds from the 2016 Toast, honoring Ron Remak, helped to support this program.) Georgia noted that people with disabilities tend to be more overweight and less active than others and are marginalized in the healthcare system in general. The goal of the Upstart program is to increase participation and overall physical activity among people with disabilities.

Previously, Susan reported Stone Belt clients at the Y were sitting in the lobby rather than exercising. With funding from the Rotary Toast, the Y hired Ann Brzuzy, who has extensive experience working at other Ys and with people with disabilities, to work with Stone Belt clients directly and with Y staff to teach them how to support these new users.

Georgia noted that, as a researcher, she wanted to be sure the program followed best practice, was effective, and was sustainable. She secured a Trailblazer Award grant from IU to support the partnership of university and community. The grant helped purchase equipment for the Y and paid for graduate students to work one-on-one with clients at the Y. The Upstart program took away transportation, financial, and instructional barriers that previously had prevented Stone Belt clients from participating at the Y. Susan shared stories of clients who now are regular participants in physical activities at the Y. They participate in strength training, stationery aerobic exercises, chair yoga, swimming, and walking. They are using equipment, the track, and taking classes along with other Y members.

For the future, the goals are to increase attendance and participation in Y programs, develop worksite wellness activities at Stone Belt for clients and staff, and continue the collaboration among Stone Belt, the Y, and the IU Department of Kinesiology.


Our March 26 Weekly Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

 Steve Moberly greeted Rotarians and guests.

Sally Gaskill led the pledge and reflection. She grew up on her family farm eight miles from St, Joseph, Missouri, an area that is currently ravaged by the worst flooding in decades. Sally’s daughter, her brother, and his son currently run the farm. Sally noted the flood control dams and locks managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers were not designed to handle floods that are increasing in intensity and frequency. She wondered if the farm would be there for succeeding generations.

Martha Foster introduced guests:

  • Lisa Colvin, mortgage lender at Mutual Bank, guest of the club
  • Ann Brzuzy, Monroe County YMCA, guest of Leslie Green
  • Jim Grandorf, retired IU Kelley School professor, guest of Liz Irwin
  • Brooke Bronning, Solution Tree, Guest of Liz Irwin


  • Liz Irwin, March 29

Membership anniversaries

  • Bryce Bow, 2 years
  • Hank Walter, 2 years
  • Dean Watson, 9 years
  • Jim Bright, 12 years

Jean Emery collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.

Jim Bright announced the honoree for the 2019 Rotary Toast will be Cary Curry. He has chosen the Community Impact Fund at the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County as the charity to receive half the proceeds. The other half will be divided among the three Bloomington Rotary Clubs to fund other community service.  This year’s toast will be held on November 1, at Woolery Mill.

Thought for the week

If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jimmy Valvano, also famous for his saying “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

Reporter: Sara Laughlin

Photographer: Charlie Osborne