Roundabout 4.2.19

April 2, 2019


Next Luncheon: April 9

We’ll be back in the Frangipani Room for a presentation on “Conscious Feminine Leadership” (CFL), which seeks to inspire and support women’s growth as leaders. Our presenters will be CFL’s co-facilitators.

  • Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, serves a growing congregation of 550+ members and is on the board of the Bloomington Center for Connections.
  • Beth Lodge-Rigal founded “Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington” in 2004. In addition to facilitating writing circles, outreach and retreats, she has designed and implemented next-generation “Conscious Feminine Leadership” training in Cincinnati and Bloomington.

This Week’s News

  • President Loren Snyder was at Boston’s TD Garden on March 29 for a Project 44 program, supported by Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens. Loren is shown with Project 44 Officers Krissi Edgington (center) and Samantha Smith. Krissi and Samantha will be at our Tuesday, April 23, luncheon to tell us about this bone marrow registry program, named for the late Butler Bulldog basketball player Andrew Smith, who wore #44.
  • The Office of International Studies asks Rotarians to consider serving as host families for students from Myanmar April 5 to 20. To learn more or to apply, contact Summer Vergiels at Include “’MYLP Host Family” in the subject line. Or you can call (812) 855-0353.
  • In recognition of April-June speakers, the club will make a small contribution each week to the Lotus Education & Arts Foundation, which is dedicated to the year-round presentation of music and art from around the world and known primarily for the September “Lotus Festival.”
  • Mike and Bev Baker will match the first $500 raised in support of our club’s water well project in Myanmar. You can drop your contribution in the well at the April luncheon. Checks should be made payable to Bloomington Rotary Foundation.

For Your Calendar

  • April 18 (Thurs.), 5-7 p.m. – We’re going bowling at Classic Lanes, 1421 N. Willis Drive, Bloomington. Stay tuned for more details.
  • 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: The deadline for registering at the special $89 early bird rate has been extended to April 15. 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 percent discount for Rotarians if tickets are purchased in advance). Derby Dinner Box Office: (812) 288-8281.
  • 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.” To combat infant mortality, we’re collaborating with the North and Sunrise clubs to host a resource fair for parents, infants and Toddlers at The Warehouse. (, 424 S. College Avenue. Bloomington Health Foundation will be the presenting sponsor, and Premier Health Foundation has also joined us as a sponsor. For more info, contact Jessika Hane at
  • 1 (Fri.), 6-9 p.m. – Bloomington Rotary Toast, honoring Cary Curry at Woolery Mill. For reservations, contact Bloomington North Rotary President Jodi Hoagland at


Our April 2 club assembly at St. Mark’s

Fellow Rotarian and pianist Dr. Craig Spence received a standing ovation for his performance of two selections, “Waldstein” Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven and a ballad by Frederic Chopin.  Many of his fellow Rotarians had not heard Craig, and he amazed us with his musical talent. Craig has performed internationally. He has more than 43 years of experience as an M.D., specializing in addiction and family medicine. He has been a member of Bloomington Rotary since 2002.

Bloomington Rotary Foundation (BRF) President Leslie Green conducted the annual meeting of the Foundation.  The Bloomington Rotary Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting the mission of Bloomington Rotary Club. It is supported solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation. The Foundation, made up of members of Bloomington Rotary Club, manages an endowment and supports club initiatives within our community. During 2018-19 the Foundation handled expenses for the Bloomington Rotary Toast and the Bloomington Rotary Centennial Gala. The Foundation also contributed to our club’s Amethyst House district grant project ($3,670), the Race for Literacy in support of Teachers Warehouse ($4,300), Rotary Toast Ivy Tech Scholarships ($32,000), and Centennial awards to Boys & Girls Clubs ($100,000), Community Foundation award for our club’s scholarship program ($10,440), and Teachers Warehouse endowment ($6,000).

For a complete annual report, contact Bloomington Rotary Foundation Leslie Green at

Our April 2 Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Kate Cruikshank greeted Rotarians and guests.

Because April 2 was Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day, Ashley Sullivan led the Pledge and reflection. She talked to us about her work as admissions coordinator at College Internship Program. The organization helps prepare young adults with Asperger’s, autism, ADHD, and other learning differences for the world of work. CIP Bloomington offers support at Ivy Tech and at IU. Ashley and her team provide individualized support and direction to college students with learning differences. Ashley was accompanied by three CIP students.

Gus Shakalis introduced guests:

  • Charles Culp, Career Counselor; Kameron Breedlove, Lauren Buchanan, Abigail Kameter, College Internship Program (CIP), guests of Ashley Sullivan
  • Madeline Deckard, 8-year-old daughter of Trent and Kyla Cox Deckard
  • Luis Casal Dueñas engineer from Cuba, guest of Jim Bright
  • David Davila, musician, husband of Katie Beck

Steve Moberly 4/1
Sara Laughlin 4/2
Lynn Schwartzberg 4/4

Membership Anniversaries:
Glen Inman 2 years

Jerry Pagac 4 years
Monika Kroener 29 years

Tina Swanson 30 years

Charlotte Zietlow 31 years

Thought for the Week: “Spring is when you feel like whistling, even with a shoe full of slush.”— Doug Larson

Reporter: Jim Bright

Photographer: Charlie Osborne