Roundabout 4.30.19

Roundabout ~ April 30, 2019

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Fellow Bloomington Rotarian Alain Barker, director of the Jacobs School of Music’s  Project Jumpstart entrepreneurship program, will give us a preview of the May 17-25 Bloomington Early Music Festival (, a series of concerts and educational programs celebrating historically informed performance.

The festival and Indiana University’s Historical Performance Institute at the Jacobs School of Music will partner with national nonprofit historical performance organization Early Music America, featuring numerous performances and events at venues throughout Bloomington through late May.

Alain is president of the Festival. We will meet Where? Natalie, please add.


This Week’s News

FORMER BLOOMINGTON ROTARIAN Faiz Rahman writes: “Senator (Richard) Lugar came to visit our Bloomington Rotary Club. I think it was 2012. My son Ahmad, being a politics aficionado, wanted to go to that Rotary meeting to ‘have a chat’ with the Senator and get his autograph.” Senator Lugar, named Rotarian of the Century by the Rotary Club of Indianapolis at the club’s centennial in April 2013, died Sunday, April 28. Faiz now teaches at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and Ahmad is a pre-law student at NYU.

As a Butler University student President Loren Snyder was an intern for Senator Richard Lugar in Washington, DC.

“Senator Lugar had 15 interns. Unlike some others in Congress, he paid each of us $700 per month,” Loren says. “He encouraged us to get out and explore DC, and every Thursday he had lunch or dinner with us at the Capitol.”



Join President Loren Snyder and his 8-month-old son Coleman 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, 1525 S. Rogers, and volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts Saturday, May 18, starting at 10 a.m. and running through 6 p.m. We need 50+ volunteers to serve as hosts and hostesses at the event. Several Rotarians and family members, including Loren and his son, have signed up to help out all day.

To volunteer go to

Learn more about “It Takes a Village” at If you have trouble registering at the website, contact Co-Chair Jessika Hane at



FUN AT THE CONFERENCE — Among the 190 Rotarians and guests attending the April 27 District Conference in Clarksville are, from left, President-Elect Earon Davis, Martha Foster, Ashley Barnett and Jim Bright

PAST DISTRICT GOVERNORS GATHER — Enjoying the April 26 Past District Governors (PDG) dinner in Clarksville were Bloomington Rotary PDGs Jim Bright (2015-16), Judy Witt (2007-08) and Randy Bridges (2003-04). Randy and his wife, Vivien, moved to Alabama in 2017.

ROTARACTORS AND YOUTH EXCHANGE students also gathered for the conference. Pictured above, from left:  Megan Gearhart, Ricki Guzman, Santiago Rueda, Toby Huter, and Maren McClelland. The three women are members of the IU Rotaract Club. All five participated in the flag ceremony.


IN MEMORIAM — At the April 27 District Conference we celebrated the lives of five Bloomington Rotarians who passed away in 2018-19. They are Keith Brown, Bob Compton, Wain Martin, Dr. John Miller and Jeffery Schauss.




Ivy Tech has named the three Bloomington Rotary clubs co-winners of the “2019 O’Bannon Day of Service Community Partner Award.” Accepting the award at the April 26 O’Bannon Day of Service Civic Engagement breakfast are, from left:  Nancy Liggette-Stevens, Lon Stevens, Susan Rinne and Cheyenne Riker, Sunrise; Earon Davis and Ashley Sullivan, Bloomington; Jodi Hoagland and Bryan Hane, North; and Alain Barker, Bloomington. Chancellor Jennie Vaughan stands between Ashley and Jodi. “You and your members are the embodiment of civil servants, and we admire your commitment to our local communities through your volunteer work,” Chancellor Jennie says.



The 27th Annual “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive in support of Hoosier Hills Food Bank is Saturday, May 11.

Citizens are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food at their mailbox that day, and postal carriers will pick it up.

For those yard signs, put them up in a high-traffic area on Sunday May 5.  Questions? Contact Liz Feitl at



Rotary Southern Indiana District 6580 plans to hire a part-time administrative assistant. The successful candidate will start July 1, 2019.

The ideal candidate will be an organized and detail-oriented professional who enjoys compiling and keeping information, helping people find answers and serving others. Among other things, the administrative assistant also will help systematize events and efforts.

Most of the work associated with this position can be done at home with a few special events and meetings.

Responsibilities include club/district communication, record keeping and event coordination.

The ideal candidate will be a current or former Rotarian, possess the ability to learn, understand and adapt to different communication styles and possess excellent organization, communication and prioritization skills.

This is a part-time, contracted position with 12-20 hours per week at $12 per hour.

Travel requirements are minimal.

For more information, contact Jessika Hane (Search Committee Chair) at Jessika also is accepting cover letters and resumés at the same email address.  Deadline to apply:  May 24.



The Franklin Rotary Club invites you to their Thursday, June 6, centennial celebration at Franklin College.

For more info, go to:


Ashley Sullivan (left) and Bryce Bow of Bloomington Rotary joined Melissa Stone (right) of the Sunrise Club to “talk Rotary” with Young Professionals-Bloomington at the group’s April 30 “Find Your Cause” event at the Dimension Mill.

Rotary was one of 23 area organizations represented at the event.

Ashley, Bryce and Melissa met with about 70 Young Professionals members.


Our April 30 Program … Vonnegut: Requiem World Premier May 11-12

Susan Swaney, music director of Voces Novae chamber choir, invited Rotarians to attend the May 11-12 world premiere of Vonnegut: Requiem ((

After attending the 1985 premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem in New York, Vonnegut stayed up all night revising the traditional Requiem text into a more universal and humanistic form.

After securing rights to the text from the Vonnegut family, Sue commissioned eight composers to create short musical pieces from his text. The composers – four women and four men – have approached the text with reverence and wit. The resulting pieces are striking, diverse, and accessible.

Vonnegut: Requiem will be performed at the Unitarian Universalist Church, on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. For tickets, go to

Susan (left) is showing with Sally Gaskill, one of three Bloomington Rotarians who are members of the Voces Novae chamber choir. Other members are Amy Osajima and Abby Henkel.



Our April 30 Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Bryan Price greeted Rotarians and guests

Joy Harter led the Pledge and reflection. Joy, who co-chairs our District’s Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) at Bradford Woods every October, quoted Rotary International President Barry Rassin: “Our youth programs bring out the best in us and in Rotary.” Rassin says.

Jean Emery introduced guests:

  • Thomas Cook, father of Liz Irwin
  • Michael and Jamie Snyder, visiting Rotarians from Indianapolis, guests of Liz Irwin
  • Ashley Parks, guest of Charlotte Zietlow
  • Ellen Snyder, retired director of IT, Bloomington Hospital, guest of Judy Schroeder
  • Joan Bowden, guest of Martha Wailes
  • Britta Goetz, Kelley International Programs, guest of Trent Deckard

Birthdays (April 30-May 6)

  • Art Lotz, 5/3
  • Judy Schroeder 5/5
  • Joy Harter, 5/6

Membership anniversaries

  • Joyce Poling 4/30 (10 years)
  • Glenda Murray 5/1 (28 years)

Hyper Happy Dollars

Susie Graham collected “Hyper Happy Dollars” for Bloomington Rotary archives restoration. The effort generated $600

Led by fellow Rotarian/Archivist Kate Cruikshank, 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.

Just a few of the many expressions of happiness:  Efrat Feferman invited fellow Rotarians to join United Way for an Open House and Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their move to 431 S. College Ave. This family-friendly event will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., with the ribbon cutting around 5:15 p.m. Scott Shackelford celebrates the May 3 graduation of the university’s first cyber-security majors. Charlie Osborne is happy that his son landed a teaching position at Queens College in Belfast; Susie Graham said Ivy Tech will present honorary degrees to Lynn Coyne and Charlotte Zietlow.

Loren extended a special welcome to Charlotte Zietlow, who is recovering from an injury and illness.

Thoughts for the Week:

“Neither Republicans nor Democrats have a monopoly on good ideas” and “Growing up in Indiana, one learns early on that talent and accomplishments count — but honesty and integrity count more.” –Senator Richard Lugar

Reporter: Jim Bright

Photographer: Charlie Osborne