Roundabout 4.9.19

Roundabout ~ April 9, 2019

Next Luncheon: April 16

Cathy Fuentes-Rohrer, public education advocate and chair of the Indiana Coalition on Public Education-Monroe County (ICPE), will talk about her organization. Location: Frangipani Room.

ICPE is a nonpartisan nonprofit group that advocates for all children to have high quality, equitable, well-funded schools subject to democratic oversight by their communities. ICPE gathers trends and information about legislation affecting public schools and works to promote informed public opinion.

This Week’s News

Fellow Rotarian Efrat Feferman writes:

It takes a village to raise happy and healthy children, and all of us at the Rotary clubs of Bloomington are committed to doing our part to support moms, babies, and children in getting the best start in life.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, May 18, from 12-4 p.m. for an education and resource fair at The Warehouse, open to all families who could benefit from having an array of resources all 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 shopping, please consider grabbing a pack of diapers or wipes, or a can of formula. Representatives at each Rotary group will gladly collect these items each week. See Efrat Feferman at Tuesday’s meetings to deliver donations. And don’t worry if you don’t want to haul materials around. Cash donations will also be accepted, and used towards purchasing these needed items.

April is Rotary’s “Maternal and Child Health” month. Your help for mothers and children in our community through these donated items will go a long way toward making our first fair a meaningful one. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 18 as a volunteer opportunity, too!


Report on Rotary Scholars

Alexandra “Alex” Starry of Bloomington has been selected as Rotary District 6580’s 2019-20 Global Grant Scholar. The $40,000 award will help fund Alex’s pursuit of a master’s degree in Public Policy at Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

Alex has an impressive record of service to others. At Bloomington High School North she was a lead organizer for the BHSN “Hoosiers Outrun Cancer.”

As an undergraduate student at IU, Alex volunteered at “Pages to Prisoners,” giving inmates an opportunity to express their artistic talents.  At the Crestmont Boys & Girls Club, she worked as a volunteer, helping students with homework and with forming relationships. Alex also was accepted into IU’s “Washington Leadership Program” and interned for then Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for a semester.

After receiving a B.S. in Public Financial Management from IU in 2014, Alex served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, in southern Africa, where she worked on education, health, and economic projects to combat the rising number of HIV/AIDS cases in youth.

During her year as a Rotary Global Scholar, Alex will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Berlin-Gedächtniskirche.

After graduating from Hertie, Alex plans to gain more experience in non-governmental organization management, continuing to work on community projects in developing countries. Alex, who speaks German and Sesotho, also wants to work with foreign governments on policy issues that would improve the lives of every citizen no matter how small or poor the country may be.


Rotary Global Scholar Aubrey Seader performed recently in “Babylon beyond Borders,” an international show performed simultaneously at theaters in London, São Paulo, Johannesburg, and New York. Performances in all four locations were aired live on the Internet. Aubrey was part of the chorus at London’s Bush Theater. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Hatfield in the U.K., Aubrey is seeking a master’s degree in Arts & Culture Management at King’s College London. She plans to use storytelling in general and theater in particular to “tear down walls and build bridges between people of different cultures.”  Aubrey is shown with Past President Mike Baker and District Scholarship Co-Chairs Kim Gray and Jim Bright at the May 2018 centennial gala.

Starting in August, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Jun Takahashi will be teaching Japanese at the University of Nevada, Reno. Jun has been working on his Ph.D. at the IU School of Education since January 2014. Sponsored by Rotary District 2590 in Yokohama, Japan, Jun has been a speaker at 12 Indiana Rotary clubs, including Bloomington Rotary, his host club. He will teach this summer at Middlebury College in Vermont. Jun is shown with Japanese cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

Rotary Global Scholar Kaz Fukuda is a student at the IU Center for Constitutional Democracy at IU’s Maurer School of Law. Kaz, hosted by our club, and his fellow law school scholars have created an “Amicus Institute for Governance” NGO to provide legal technical support for developing countries, including Laos. This summer Kaz has la summer fellowship from the 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative that will enable him to spend June through mid-July in Japan researching the prospect for constitutional review by non-judicial bodies. Kaz has been a presenter at 10 Southern Indiana Rotary clubs and at district conferences in Columbus and Indianapolis. Kaz is shown with his wife, Lisa, Past District Governor Judy Bush, and Past Rotary International President Ian Riseley at the May 2018 centennial gala.

Jamil Rahman, son of former Bloomington Rotarian Faiz Rahman and the first president of the BHSN Interact Club, will graduate with a degree in economics from Cornell on May 26. Jamil has a two-year research position with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and, at the same time, he will pursue a master’s degree in math and statistics from Georgetown University. Ultimately, Jamil wants to pursue a Ph.D. in finance and economics.


Young Professionals Bloomington


embers are invited to help out at a “Rotary table” at the 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, Young Professionals Bloomington’s “Find Your Cause” event at the Dimension Mill, 642 N. Madison. For more information, contact District Rotaract Chair Melissa Stone of Bloomington Sunrise at


For your calendar

  • April 18 (Thurs), 5-7 p.m. — Bowling at Classic Lanes, 1421 N. Willis Drive.. 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 home, 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 joining 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 information, contact Efrat Feferman at


Our April 9 program: ‘Conscious Feminine Leadership’

Through “Conscious Feminine Leadership” Rev. Mary Ann Macklin, senior minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, and Beth Lodge-Rigal, founder of “Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington,” seek to inspire women to grow as leaders.

Macklin opened with a quote from John Heider, author of The Tao of Leadership: “The wise leader speaks rarely and briefly. After all, no other natural outpouring goes on and on. It rains and then it stops. It thunders and then it stops.”

She also read from Poet David Whyte’s Working Together: “We shape our self to fit this world and by the world are shaped again./The visible and invisible working together in common cause,/to produce the miraculous.”

In their leadership retreats, our speakers focus on developing four personal leadership resources:

  • Power — Show up and ask others to show up: Create welcoming spaces at meetings that invite others to show up. Be vulnerable. Follow through on what you say you’ll do. Ask for help. Own mistakes. Own the authority to make decisions when decisions must be made. Harness the power within.
  • Love – Pay attention. Listen. Recognize strengths and capacities of others. Model kindness. Be willing to nurture and mentor. Build strong internal teams and collaborations across community sectors. Acknowledge and honor all parts of the work. Express gratitude. Give credit where credit is due. Model support. Rest. Play.
  • Vision (truth telling) – Be willing to question the status quo. Invite naming of what is emerging in your group. Create space for truth telling. Cultivate clear communication. Say what you mean without blame or judgment.
  • Wisdom – Cultivate a culture of belonging. Embrace diverse perspectives. Be open to outcomes. Adapt to change. Discern what is –and what is not – in your control. Show patience and perseverance. Take the long view. Learn to say: “I do not share your sense of urgency.” Recognize the right timing for action.

They recommend the following daily practices:

  • Ask yourself, “What made me happy today?
  • Set intentions. Where did I experience comfort and balance today?
  • Offer gratitude. Who or what inspired me today.
  • Consider how your actions affirm or improve life. Seek life-affirming action.

In the absence of Charlotte Zietlow, who had extended the invitation, Glenda Murray introduced our speakers. Charlotte had extended the invitation.


Our April 9 Celebration of Service

President Loren Snyder presided.

Earon Davis greeted Rotarians and guests

Charlie Osborne led the Pledge and reflection. Charlie shared motivational quotes, including “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” (Confucius) and “If you’re going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill).

Kate Cruikshank introduced guests

  • Lauren Bryant, guest of Michael Shermis
  • Lauren & Peter Cowan, guests of Jean Emery
  • Amy Cornell, guest of Geoff McKim
  • Sarah O’Connell, guest of Katie Beck
  • Stephanie Niemeyer, Leanne Zdravecky & Melissa Bruecks, guests of Marilyn Wood
  • Emily Manvel Leite, Unitarian Universalist Church, guest of Earon Davis


  • Martha Wailes 4/8
  • Gus Shakalis 4/9
  • Martha Foster 4/11
  • Meagan Niese 4/13
  • Kay Leach 4/15

Membership Anniversaries

  • Ron Barnes 2 years (this time around)
  • Matt Stitsinger 3 years
  • Marilyn Wood 4 years

Susie Graham collected “Happy Dollars” for Teachers Warehouse. Phil Eskew was happy for his great-nephew Kyle Guy, star guard of the NCAA Champion Virginia Cavaliers; Tim Jessen, about his successful cataract surgery (“I once was blind but now I see”); Lynn Schwartzberg about the April 13 Chamber Singers concert at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; Charlie Osborne, about his granddaughter’s selection by the U.S. State Department to participate in a cultural immersion in China; and Steve Ingle, about his USAF son being named attaché in Bogota, Colombia.

Thought for the Week: “Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller, (Cleveland Indians pitcher from 1936 to 1941 and from 1945 to 1956, interrupted only by a four-year engagement in the Navy).

Reporter: Jim Bright

Photographer: Charlie Osborne