Our next meeting on Tuesday, May 29, will feature fellow Bloomington Rotary Club member Owen V. Johnson, who will speak on the “History of Rotary International.” Owen did great work in discovering a lot of interesting information about our Rotary
club as we celebrated our 100th anniversary earlier this month. Owen is a professor emeritus in the IU School of Journalism and an expert on the distinguished World War II correspondent and journalist Ernie Pyle, of Hoosier and IU fame.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Drew Bratton, club membership chair, inducted and welcomed three new members into our club. They are:
Larry Brown, first vice president of the Monroe County NAACP, a General Electric manufacturing plant retiree, and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children and youth in court proceedings;
Dianne Shewmaker, a member of the NAACP for more than 20 years, a retired school counselor at Owen/Spencer Community Schools, and an active member/actress/singer for the Monroe County Civic Theater; and
Jim Sims, president of the Monroe County NAACP, at-large member of the Bloomington City Council, and area manager for facilities in IU’s Residential Programs and Services.
May 22 PROGRAM: The Boy Scouts of America
Bryce Bow introduced Glen Steenberger, the hard-working treasurer of our Rotary club. Glen is the Scout Executive /CEO, Hoosier Hills Council, Boy Scouts of America.
In 1972, Glen became a Boy Scout. For the last eight years, he has worked as the CEO of the Hoosier Trails Council, which serves more than 6,000 youth in 18 counties in south-central Indiana, with offices on the east side of Bloomington on State Road 46. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is chartered by the United States Congress. The Boy Scouts have been in the news of late as girls will be eligible to join the Cub Scouts as early as next month and girls will be able to become members of the Boy Scouts in early 2019. The name then will be changed to be simply “Scouts USA.” Glen pointed out that sisters of Cub and Boy Scouts have attended Scout activities for many years so he does not view the change as a great departure from the past. Glen also pointed out that Scouting is open to all youth, without discrimination of any sort.
Glen pointed out that many Scout activities take place in this part of Indiana at three properties owned by the Scouts: the Hoosier Trails office building on the east side of Bloomington, Maumee Scout Reservation in Norman, near Brownstown, and Camp Louis Ernst, in Dupont, near Madison. In hopes that these facilities can be improved to provide more activities for Scouts, there is currently a Major Gifts Campaign underway to raise funds. The goal is to raise $6 million, and $1.7 million already raised. Glen emphasized that of all the money raised, 90 percent supports Scouting activities, with only 10 percent needed for overhead. It costs a Scout $33 a year to belong, with an additional $12 for a subscription to the Scouting magazine.
In closing, Glen paid tribute to his mother, who supported all of his activities in Scouting. He feels blessed to have been a Scout and to be a Scout professional. He reminded the audience, “Scouting exists to serve as many kids as it can. We are a people development organization that benefits both kids and parents.”
OUR MAY 22 MEETING
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Steve Moberly was our greeter. Tim Jessen led the Pledge of Allegiance and offered a reflection on the recent royal wedding in England, citing the Rev. Michael Curry’s wise words on the power of fire and the power of love, which, Tim said, “were worth reflecting on today and every day.”
President Baker declared today a “Happy Dollars Day.” Hands went up to honor our World War II veterans, and all veterans, on Memorial Day, new family members, birthdays and anniversaries, with all the dollars donated to go for the support of Teachers Warehouse.
Glenda Murray introduced our guests:
Jeff Deckard, guest of Liz Irwin
Megan Everet, guest of Aleisha Kropf, WonderLab
Birthday this week:
Christina Swanson, May 24
Del Brinkman, 16 years as a member of our Club
Reporter: Steve Moberly
Photographer: Charlie Osborne