Roundabout 6.19.18

Roundabout ~ June 19, 2018


Next Meeting

Our speaker will be Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of the Arts, City of Bloomington. We will also recognize Michael McRobbie with our Centennial 2017-18 Service Above Self Award. We will meet in the Georgian Room.

This Week’s News

Time for Awards!

District Governor Judy Bush visited our club on her “thank you” tour. She thanked Mike Baker for doing such a good job for the Centennial year of the club. DG Judy noted that our club provided more people in leadership roles than any other club in the district. She gave gifts for those from our club who helped in District leadership roles this year (and who had not already received their gifts at the All Indiana Rotary Conference).

DG Judy thanked:

  • Owen Johnson for editing the district newsletter
  • Judy Witt for collecting information and creating the memorial slideshow for those who died during the year
  • Joy Harter and Loren Snyder for their leadership of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
  • Kim Gray for her work with alumni from Rotary programs
  • Sara Laughlin, District Program Service Chair, who presented at the conference
  • Lance Eberle, District membership chair, who presented at the conference
  • Jim Bright, District Grant Scholarship Program and Vice-Governor

President Mike then awarded Jim Bright the Five Avenues of Service in Rotary award for his work in Community Service, Club Service, Vocational Service, International Service, and Youth Services.


At President Mike’s recommendation, the club voted to recommend Karen Wentz from Maryville, Tenn., Rotary Club for membership on the 2018-19 Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2020-21 from Zone 30.


Mike also announced that the club, through a district grant, can provide $600 to any member who has never attended a district or RI conference and who is interested in attending. If you are interested, contact Mike Baker before July 1.

President Mike and Past President Jim Bright awarded Geoff McKim a Paul Harris Fellow.


Race for Literacy

President Mike Baker gave a shout-out to Ashley Sullivan for her work with the Race for Literacy and thanked everyone who helped or participated in the race.


Our June 19 Meeting

Elaine Guinn introduced our speaker, Steve Higgs, who is adjunct faculty at the Media School. He was an environmental writer for the Herald Times from 1985 to 1996.  Steve spoke of his love for the natural places in Indiana. He also talked about his 2016 IU Press book, A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana: 119 Unique Places to Explore. The companion book, A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana: 125 Unique Places to Explore, will be published by IU Press in 2019, with a coffee table book about natural Indiana due in 2020. Steve explained how he researched, visited and photographed so many places around the state. There are 244 natural areas, covering about 800,000 acres, which is 3.5% of Indiana’s land. Almost half of those acres are state parks, preserves, etc. Steve explained that 87% of Indiana was forested in the late 1600s when white explorers reached Indiana. There are three basic ecosystems in Indiana: north of the Wabash, south of the Wabash, and the prairie that was along the western side of the state, between the current cities of Gary and Terre Haute.

Steve has taken thousands of photos over the years. He showed us 10 minutes of photos of some of the areas in Indiana, highlighting wildflowers and overviews of natural areas. Many of them are in and around Bloomington: Brown County State Park, Spring Mill State Park, McCormick’s Creek State Park, Goose Pond in Greene County, Green’s Bluff in Owen County, the Hoosier National Forest, and various properties of Sycamore Land Trust.



Hank Walter greeted us in the Georgian Room. Elaine Guinn led the pledge and reflection. She noted that when we see a stray dog we usually are sorry for it and asked us what our feelings are when we see a stray or homeless person.


President Mike Baker announced six birthdays:

Liz Feitl, June 14

Marshall Goss, June 20

Jim Harvey, June 20

Nancy Richmond, June 18

Julia Merkt, June 22

John Hobson, June 24


Mike announced two Rotary anniversaries this week:

Martha Wailes, 5 years

Ashley Sullivan, 3 years


Michael Shermis introduced our guests:

Katie Beck, from IU Student Services, guest of Earon Davis

Malcolm Abrams, Bloom Magazine, guest of Elaine Guinn

Ann Lemon, professor of graphic design, guest of Sara Laughlin

Bryan Hane, Bloomington North Rotary

Brian Woolums, guest of Liz Irwin

Judy Bush, District Governor


Glenda Murray, reporter

Charlie Osborne, photographer