Roundabout 4.23.19

April 23, 2019 ~ Next Luncheon Program


In a career spanning 50 years, Kurt Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with more collections being published after his death. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

Vonnegut, after attending the premiere of Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s Requiem in New York, stayed up all night revising the traditional Requiem text into a more universal and humanist form.

Now Susan Swaney, the music director of Voces Novae chamber choir, has commissioned eight composers to create short musical pieces from this text. The composers – four women and four men — have approached the text with reverence and wit. The resulting pieces are striking, diverse, and accessible.

At our April 30 luncheon, Susan will give us a behind-the-scenes look at Vonnegut: Requiem ( that will be performed at Unitarian Universalist Church on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. For tickets, go to


This Week’s News


Sign up today to help out at the Saturday, May 18, “It Takes a Village” education and resource fair in support of moms, babies, and children.

The event will be at The Warehouse, 424 S. College Avenue. Volunteers are needed for set-up from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 17, and for two-hour shifts Saturday, May 18, starting at 10 a.m. and running through 6 p.m.

To volunteer go to

At our April 23 luncheon 17 Rotarians contributed a total of $400 that will be used to buy diapers and other needed items. Fellow Rotarian Efrat Feferman will accept needed items – or contributions in cash or checks – again next week. Make checks payable to “Bloomington Rotary Foundation” and write “It Takes a Village” on the memo line.

“It Takes a Village” Co-Chair/District Governor Nominee Jessika Hane of Bloomington Sunrise says families spend on average about $60 per month for diapers and wipes.

Bloomington Health Foundation is joining us as the presenting sponsor, and Premier Health Foundation is a sponsor.



Ivy Tech has named the three Bloomington Rotary clubs the co-winners of the “2019 O’Bannon Day of Service Community Partner Award.”

Ivy Tech will present the awards at its 8:15 a.m. Friday, April 26, O’Bannon Day of Service Civic Engagement breakfast at Shreve Hall, 200 Daniels Way.

“You and your members are the embodiment of civil servants, and we admire your commitment to our local communities through your volunteer work,” says Ivy Tech Chancellor Jennie Vaughan.



With just a few days to go until the Saturday, April 27, District Conference in Clarksville, Governor Sue Wright and the leadership team have decided to keep the “early bird” registration fee of $89 in place.

To register, go to and click on “district conference.” The one-day conference runs from 9 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 505 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. “Breakfast as you arrive” starts at 8 a.m. Rotarians are encouraged to bring guests at the same $89 rate.

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.

The photo above shows the annual flag ceremony, featuring Rotary Youth Exchange students from overseas.


PRESERVE OUR HERITAGE – At our April 30 luncheon we’ll have a special edition of “Hyper Happy Dollars” to preserve our club’s rich history.

All of the club’s materials housed at Teachers Warehouse will be put in one chronologically ordered sequence under conditions that will guarantee their preservation.

Please come prepared to contribute to this special cause.



Fellow Bloomington Rotarian Meagan Niese, development director at the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County, spoke at Bloomington Sunrise Rotary breakfast April 17.

The Foundation started in 1990 with $1 million in seed funding from the Lilly Endowment. It currently holds $34 million in assets. It offers competitive grants and proactive grants to the community and serves as the lead for initiatives such as Monroe Smart Start for early childhood education.

It has 224 funds, and it manages the endowments of 75 nonprofits, including the Bloomington Rotary Foundation. Community Foundation’s most recent initiative is the development of the Monroe County Quality of Place & Workforce Attraction Plan that focuses on how to attract and retain talent in Monroe County.



Rotarians enjoyed a night of bowling at Classic Lanes on April 18. From left:  Jean Emery, Michael Shermis, Joe King, Joy Harter and Jim Bright. They had so much fun that they plan to do it again.


April 23 Celebration of Service


Our April 23 program on bone marrow registry

Samantha Smith (right) delivered a powerful presentation about “Project 44,” created in honor of her late husband, Butler basketball player Andrew Smith, who wore #44. Andrew was a beloved, standout member of Butler’s two-time NCAA Finals basketball team.

Because Andrew received a bone marrow transplant in November 2015, he and Samantha were blessed with an additional three months together to make and share memories that have lasted well beyond Andrew’s final days on earth. Samantha and her organization partner with “Be The Match,” a bone marrow registry organization.

“Every three minutes a baby, child or adult is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia,” says Angela Touseull (left), who accompanied Samantha to the luncheon. “Many of these patients need a marrow transplant to survive but don’t have a matching marrow donor in their family. They turn to the ‘Be the Match Registry’ to find a donor who can save their life.”

You can join the registry online at: or or text “Andrew” to 38470. To join the registry, you should be 18 to 44 years old, willing to donate to any patient in need, and in good general health.

Joining Samantha and Angela in the photo is President Loren Snyder, a member of the board for Project 44.


Our April 23 Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Ron Jensen greeted Rotarians and guests.

Dave Meyer led the Pledge and reflection. Dave reflected on the life of his uncle, fellow Bloomington Rotarian Wain Martin, who died October 18, 2018. Wain, a long-time Kelley School of Business professor, founded New Leaf New Life to serve local jail inmates. Wain and his friends came to the jail each week to lead Bingo and brought crackers, soap bars and candy for prizes. “Wain was a doer, a good listener and a deep thinker,” Dave said, “and he was remarkably unselfish. His spirit lives on in Rotary.”

Steve Ingle introduced guests:

  • Jessika Hane, District Governor Nominee, Bloomington Sunrise, Co-Chair of “It Takes a Village”
  • Catherine Blankensop, IU Media School junior, guest of Jim Bright
  • John Daerr, attorney, guest of Art Oehmich
  • Roland Bydlon, Cook Medical, guest of Henk Haitjema
  • Gil Souza, guest of Rex Hillery
  • David Welch, German American Bank, guest of Jean Emery

Rotarians in the news

Congratulations to Dick Rose and Anne Fraker, who were married April 17.

Birthdays (April 23-29)

  • Peggy Frisbie 4/21
  • Mike Baker 4/23
  • Glen Steenberger 4/26

Jean Emery collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse. Ron Barnes was happy that his wife, Sheryl, is a cancer survivor due to a bone marrow transplant in 2000. Leslie Green was happy to be reunited with long-lost cousins; Jim Harvey, Judy Witt and Glenda Murray, about Dick Rose’s marriage to Anne Fraker; Sally Gaskill, about a friend’s recent marriage; Dave Meyer, about the spring weather (in spite of pollen-related allergies); Lynn Schwartzberg, about having Easter dinner with Charlotte Zietlow; Martha Foster, about the return of her daughter to the U.S. after months in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer; Earon Davis, about having Natalie Blais on the Rotary team; Jean Emery, about Joe Darling’s birthday; Trent Deckard about an upcoming Shalom Center fundraiser; Jim Sims, about being back at Rotary after weeks of campaigning for office; Judy Schroeder, about guest Catherine Blankensop, who just completed a successful one-year internship at Shalom Center.

Thought for the Week

A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Reporter: Jim Bright

Photographer: Charlie Osborne