Roundabout 4.16.19

 Roundabout ~ April 16, 2019

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Launched in 2016, Project 44 was created to honor the late Butler basketball player Andrew Smith, who wore #44. Andrew was a beloved, standout member of Butler’s two-time NCAA Finals basketball team.

A recipient of a bone marrow transplant in November 2015, Andrew and his wife Samantha were blessed with an additional three months together to make and share memories that would last well beyond Andrew’s final days on earth.

On January 12, 2016, at the age of 25, Andrew passed away following a two-year battle with cancer.

Project 44 Officers Samantha Smith and Krissi Edgington will tell us about this bone marrow registry program.

We will meet in the Georgian Room. President Loren Snyder is a member of Project 44’s board of directors.


This Week’s News

WONDERLAB, AREA 10 AGENCY ON AGING CHOSEN FOR GRANTS — Bloomington Rotary’s Community Service Committee has selected WonderLab and Area 10 Agency on Aging for our club’s 2019 impact grants. WonderLab will receive $6,000 for its “Sprouts Lab for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Exploration by Young Children,” a new hands-on experience for children ages 2-3 and ages 4-5 during special times. The exhibit will give children a multisensory learning experience.

WonderLab expects 20,000 children and their parents or caregivers to use the Sprouts Lab each year. The museum will need more than 30 Rotary volunteers (ages 13 and or older) to serve as greeters and guides during Sprout Lab’s grand opening week in October.

WonderLab will promote the Rotary grant and volunteer support through news releases, their website, newsletter, digital signage at WonderLab’s entrance, an outdoor banner, and mention on permanent donor sign at the Sprouts Lab entrance. To help fund our $6,000 commitment, our club is applying for a $3,000 Rotary District grant.

The committee also will award a $4,500 grant to Area 10 Agency on Aging to purchase supplies for their “2019 Safe at Home” project. During this annual one-day safety improvement blitz, staff and volunteers install grab bars, handrails, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors, and other repairs for homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities in Monroe and Owen counties. The project will prevent seniors and others from falling and will prolong their ability to live safely in their homes. Rotary volunteers will help with the project.

“Thanks to proceeds from the 2018 Rotary Toast we’re fortunate to have enough resources to support two projects this year,” says Ann Connors, chair of our club’s Community Service Committee. “We were impressed by the quality of the projects that the 15 organizations provided for our consideration for our Community Service Impact grant.”

The committee received 15 outstanding applications from local nonprofit organizations. In evaluating the applications, the committee scored them on the following:  potential impact, number of people that will benefit, alignment with one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, need for Rotary volunteers to assist, commitment to promote the Rotary grant and volunteer involvement.

Last year’s award recipient was Amethyst House, which provides residential and outpatient services for people with drug and alcohol addiction. Fifteen Rotarians and friends came together in September to paint the living room and treatment area of the house. The grant also paid for used furniture, treatment resources, and a new computer and iPads for staff to increase their work flow. More than 200 benefited from the grant during the first year, and the benefits are ongoing.

Community Service members are Ann Connors, Art Oehmich, Sara Laughlin, Michael Shermis, Kate Cruikshank, Marilyn Wood, Ashley Sullivan, Meagan Niese, Liz Feitl, Leslie Green, Byron Bangert, Marcus Whited, Steve Moberly, and Charlotte Zietlow. Interested in joining them? Contact Ann at



LET’S GO BOWLING! — Join us for this month’s 5:05 social get-together, a late afternoon and early evening of fun, frivolity and bowling with your fellow Rotarians and guests at Classic Lanes (, 1421 N. Willis Drive.  Just $2.75 per game plus shoe rental. Is it fun? “Guaranteed!” says Social Committee Co-Chairs Jean Emery and Joy Harter. See you there!

IT TAKES A VILLAGE — Be sure to mark your calendars for the noon-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, “It Takes a Village education and resource fair in support of moms, babies, and children in getting the best start in life.

Sponsored by the three Bloomington Rotary clubs, this first-time event at The Warehouse, 424 S. College Avenue, is open to all families who could benefit from a wide range of resources in a one-stop shop. In addition to informational booths, raffles, and health snacks, a key component of this event will be a family supply pantry, where participating families may choose from needed items, including diapers, wipes, and formula.

Throughout the month of April, the planning committee will accept donations of these items, in any and all brands and sizes. So the next time you’re at the store, please consider grabbing a pack of diapers or wipes or a can of formula. Fellow Rotarian Efrat Feferman is accepting donations, including cash and checks, at our April luncheons. Cash donations will be used to buy diapers and other needed items.  Make checks payable to “Bloomington Rotary Foundation” and put “It Takes a Village” in the memo line.

The event provides us with a volunteer opportunity, too! Bloomington Health Foundation will be the presenting sponsor and Premier Health Foundation is a sponsor.


JOIN US IN CLARKSVILLE APRIL 27 — There’s still time to sign up for the Saturday, April 27, District Conference in Clarksville.

To register go to and click on “district conference.” The one-day conference runs from 9 a.m.-4:35 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. “Breakfast as you arrive” starts at 8 a.m.

The conference features renowned speakers on topics that include: “Motivating your Members,” “Being the Inspiration for Millennials,” and “Being the Inspiration for Diversity and Inclusion.” In addition, there will be a panel discussion on the statewide opioid crisis and what Rotarians can do to help address the issue.

Breakout session topics:  World Service/Shelter Box & New Life International; Membership/Make Meetings Fun; The Rotary Foundation; Your Club & Social Media.


HAMILTUNES: AN AMERICAN SING-ALONGKyla Cox Deckard of the IU Center for Rural Engagement invited Rotarians to a free show featuring the music of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Admission is free, but it is recommended that you register online at The event, which will feature IU cast members and Mayor John Hamilton, is sponsored by the IU Center for Rural Engagement, the IU Jacobs School of Music and the IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance.


CONGRATULATIONS to the “Rotary Rounders,” who have advanced to the 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, round of the VITAL Quiz Bowl at the Monroe County Public Library. Team members: Byron Bangert, Lynn Schwartzberg, Trent Deckard, Alain Barker, Katie Beck.


THANK YOU, Art Oehmich, for agreeing to match the next $500 raised in support of our club’s water well project in Myanmar. Mike and Bev Baker agreed to match the first $500 raised. You can drop your contribution in the well at the April luncheon. Checks should be made payable to Bloomington Rotary Foundation.


Our April 16 program on ‘Coalition on Public Education’

Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, public education advocate and former chair of the Indiana Coalition on Public Education-Monroe County (ICPE), talked about her organization’s efforts to get the State of Indiana to increase its support for public education. She is the mother of four children, ages 14 to 24.

Introduced by Michael Shermis, Cathy said the ICPE grew out of Monroe County’s 2010 referendum to bring back programs when the state slashed $300 million from the public education budget and that money was never put back in. Rotarians Ron Jensen, Harmon Baldwin and Roger Fierst were charter members of the ICPE, she said.

Under Cathy’s leadership, the nonpartisan nonprofit group pushed for high quality, equitable, well-funded schools subject to democratic oversight by their communities.

Cathy lamented the growth in the number of charter schools, overseen by entities outside their communities, and the availability of vouchers which drain funding from traditional public schools. Indiana has the largest voucher program in the country, she said, with much of the money going to faith-based schools. Decisions concerning the funding of education are being made by ill-informed legislators and bureaucrats – not by professionals in education, she said.

“Charter schools’ teachers don’t need education-specific training, and they have no collective bargaining rights,” Cathy said “The schools are exempt from many state education laws.”

Unlike charters, public schools are required to serve all students. In Indiana half of those students qualify for free or reduced cost lunches.

“All children deserve to attend schools that offer extracurricular activities like band,” she said. “All deserve certified licensed teachers, integrated classrooms where they can learn from other students different from themselves. Students at each school deserve to have an onsite librarian, social worker and school nurse.”

After speaking at the luncheon, Cathy was off to Indianapolis to lobby the legislature in support of public schools. She also is on the board of trustees of the MCCSC.


Our April 16 Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided and led the Pledge and reflection. In his reflection Loren talked about the courage of sea turtles. With their strong shells, they’re safe as long as they don’t stick their necks out. But they must stick their necks out if they want to go anywhere. Like sea turtles, we too must take risks if we want to go somewhere.

Lynn Schwartzberg greeted Rotarians and guests.

Ann Connors introduced Phillip and Joan Harris, guests of Jim Shea; Gil Souza, guest of Rex Hillery; June Taylor (Community Kitchen), guest of Liz Feitl; Jenny Robinson (editor/ICPE Volunteer), guest of Michael Shermis; Mariette Gamble, guest of Jerry Pagac.

Birthdays (April 16-23)

  • Kay Leach 4/15
  • Peggy Frisbie 4/21

Membership Anniversaries

  • Marilyn Wood, 4 years
  • Hal Turner, 8 years

Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse. Trent Deckard was happy about getting together with “lunch buddy” Ron Jensen; Judy Schroeder about Martha Wailes’ successful knee replacement surgery; Leslie Green about a Lotus concert at StoneBelt, sponsored by Charlotte Zietlow; and Lynn Schwartzberg that Cubs ace pitcher Yu Darvish posted his first win of the season, a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins yesterday.

Loren Snyder’s Thought for the Week: “I’ve never been to heaven, and thinking back on my life, I probably won’t get a chance to go. I guess winning the Masters is as close as I’m going to get.” –Fuzzy Zoeller. Loren just returned from Augusta, Ga., where he watched Tiger Woods win The Masters.

For your calendar

  • April 17 (Thurs), 5:05-7:05 p.m. – Let’s go bowling, Classic Lanes (, 1421 N. Willis Drive. Just $2.75 per game plus shoe rental.
  • April 27 (Sat), 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Rotary District Conference, Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. To register for the conference, click on this link: Special rate on hotel rooms: $109 plus tax. Hotel reservations: (812) 283-4411. After the conference, join us for “Newsies” at Derby Dinner Playhouse (15% discount for Rotarians if tickets are purchased in advance). Derby Dinner Box Office: (812) 288-8281.
  • April 30 (Tues), 5-7:30 p.m., Young Professional Bloomington’s “Find Your Cause” event, at The Dimension Mill, 642 N. Madison. For more info, contact District Rotaract Chair Melissa Stone of Bloomington Sunrise at
  • May 14 (Tues), 5:30-7 p.m. – New Member Orientation & Social, Sara Laughlin’s house, 4079 E. Bethel Lane. Watch for a special invitation.
  • May 18 (Sat), 12-4 p.m. – “It Takes a Village” resource fair for parents, infants and Toddlers at The Warehouse (, 424 S. College Avenue. For more info, contact Efrat Feferman at

Reporter: Jim Bright

Photographer: Charlie Osborne