Roundabout 6.26.18

Roundabout ~ June 26, 2018

Next meeting

Our July 3 meeting will be a Club Assembly–the transfer from the Centennial presidency of Mike Baker to President Loren Snyder. We will meet in the Frangipani Room.


This Week’s News

Mike Baker recognized Glenda Murray for her research on the history of the club and the 100 past presidents, noting she found photos (with help) of 97 of the 100 and information about all of them.

After the meeting Mike Baker awarded Joy Harter her thank you from District Governor Judy Bush, who handed out other thanks you gifts last week.

The club awarded IU President Michael McRobbie the Service Above Self Award, which includes a Paul Harris Fellow.



Our June 26 Meeting

 Sally Gaskill introduced Sean Starowitz, the Assistant Director for the Arts in the Department of Economic and Sustainable Development at the City of Bloomington. Sally noted the presence of a number of members of the Bloomington Arts Commission: Rotarians Alain Barker and Abby Henkel, as well as guests Rachel Glago and Andy Findley. Sally chairs the Commission. She also noted that Laurie Burns McRobbie has been appointed by Governor Holcomb to the Indiana Arts Commission, our state arts agency.

Starowitz talked about Creative Placemaking and Economic Development in Bloomington. The department focuses on business relations and development, sustainable development, and arts and cultural development, which he spoke about today.

There are some major community projects being planned or underway, including the re-use of the current IU Hospital site, the new IU hospital on the bypass, the Convention Center expansion, Switchyard Park, and the Trades District. All of these projects will provide opportunities for the arts. The Trades District includes the Dimension Mill, which is currently being remodeled into co-working space. The City is offering tours on Fridays at noon; contact Alex Crowley. The building should be completed in October.

Starowitz also talked about the Bloomington Arts Commission, which was created in 1983 to encourage arts and cultural activities in Bloomington. He gave a few examples of current or recent projects that the Commission oversees, including the state’s first Percent for Art Program. This has made possible many public art installations, including the Bloomington mural at People’s Park. The Arts Commission’s arts project grants program currently provides $20,000 in grants per year for community-based arts projects. This year, 17 organizations received funding for projects, all $2,000 or less. This year, the Arts Commission commissioned the Bloomington Bicentennial Community Song which will be launched at the 4th of July Parade.

Other examples of city arts support include the BUEA (Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association) Arts Grants. This year one of those grants provided for artists to perform at the City Transit Center. Recently, the City hosted a Black Y Brown Arts Festival at Banneker. For the Bicentennial, there have been lamppost banners, the street fair on Kirkwood in April, and another planned fair along the B-Line in October. Starowitz also pointed to shared projects with IU, including the Bike Share that was launched recently.

In Questions and Answers, Starowitz talked about the traffic control box painting program and indicated interest in looking into the need for housing for artists.


Sara Laughlin was our greeter. Henk Haitjema reflected on climate change and spoke of a Russian scientist who insisted on putting ideology above science. That short-sightedness helped usher in the starving of millions in Russia because of crop failures based on following ideology rather than science.


There were no birthdays this week. In anniversaries, John Bender has been a member for 48 years.


Glenda Murray introduced the guests:

Martin McCrory, guest of Jim Sims; IU faculty

Linda Williamson, guest of Glenda Murray

Rachel Glago, guest of Sally Gaskill; Cardinal Stage Company

Andrew Findley, guest of Sally Gaskill; IU Summer Language Workshop

David Vornholt, guest of Mallory Elver and WonderLab; Development intern

Bill Oates, visiting Rotarian from Coral Gables, Florida

Oakley Yoder, daughter and guest of Shelli Yoder; 4th grader at University Elementary School

Michael McRobbie, guest of the club; IU president

Laurie Burns McRobbie, guest of the club; IU first lady


Glenda Murray, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer