Roundabout 7.24.18



Our speaker on July 31 will be David Lantz, owner of Shelterwood Builders. David has over 35 years of building experience and has been building and remodeling in the Bloomington area for over 20 years. David is also a polio survivor. Founded in 1989, Shelterwood has specialized in building highly energy-efficient, healthy, and environmentally sound homes. Shelterwood uses the newest technologies, such as Green Building Products, Geo Thermal, and Energy Cost Guarantees. Prairie Green, off State Road 45 east, is a Shelterwood development “where architecture meets environment.” To this end, Shelterwood Builders at Prairie Green have taken great pains to landscape the site with naturally occurring vegetation, including spots of prairie grasses and ground covers, arranged in a seemingly random fashion which allows for the greatest privacy and enhanced vistas. We will be meeting at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.



Vote for Teachers Warehouse!

You can help Teachers Warehouse earn thousands of dollars just by voting for Teachers Warehouse at this address: Voting is easy and is open through July 30. If Teachers Warehouse is one of the top three vote-getters among the five non-profits listed, it is given a 3-month span to collect coins, which Lucky’s Market will double. When shoppers bring in their own grocery bags, Lucky’s gives them tokens that can be inserted in one of three jars in support of area non-profits. In 2016, TW earned $1,300 to purchase supplies, and in 2017 TW earned $2,200 for school supplies.

Teachers Warehouse has big opening day

As reported on the front page of the Tuesday, July 24 Herald-Times, “Fifteen minutes before Teachers Warehouse opened Monday for its first day of its Back-to-School Blitz, around 50-60 people waited in the parking lot.” At the end of the first day, Director Sue Cull reported that TW had a record-breaking 129 shoppers! The Back-to-School Blitz continues from 2-6 p.m. daily through Friday and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the TW, 524 N. Fairview St. Next week, TW resumes its normal hours of 3:30-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Volunteers needed for supply drive

Marilyn Wood reminded us that the Teachers Warehouse 2018 supply drive is just around the corner – in two-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 4.  Our club volunteers will be working at College Mall Kroger’s, and the Bloomington Exchange Club will be collecting supplies at Staples, the Bloomington Sunrise and North clubs will be at Walmart, and Teachers Warehouse staff will be at Office Depot.  All of our club’s volunteer spots have been filled on SignUpGenius, but it is always good to have extra helpers if you have two hours free on August 4.

Please sign up for August meeting duties: Greeter, Pledge and Reflection, Introduce Guests


OUR JULY 24 MEETING:  Dan Peterson, Vice President, Industry and Government Affairs, Cook Group, Inc.


Michael Shermis introduced our speaker, Dan Peterson, Vice President, Industry and Government Affairs, Cook Group, Inc. Since joining Cook in 1989, Peterson has held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of operations, finance and accounting, and human resources. His current work focuses on policy and programs in healthcare delivery as well as economic, education, and workforce development. He holds two degrees from I.U., a B.S. in biology and an MBA in finance. Peterson serves on numerous boards, including the Indiana Department of Workforce Development – State Workforce Innovation Council, the Indiana Health Industry Forum Board of Directors, the Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation Board of Directors, and the Bloomington Hospital Board of Directors, of which he is currently chairman.

Dan began his presentation by noting that most of the audience probably knows him as “Mr. Tina Peterson.” (His wife is currently the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.) The Cook family business was established in 1963, when Bill and Gayle Cook moved to Bloomington and started the business in a spare bedroom. The business started with needles, wire guides, and catheters – a simple set of tools for physicians to use in the vascular system. The core Cook Medical business has grown to offer products for minimally invasive treatments across almost every system of the body, in nearly all areas of the hospital, and around the globe.

Cook Medical, which is the heart of the Cook Group, now has over 10,000 employees and operates in 135 countries. It has two divisions, 7 manufacturing companies, 900 products, and 16,000 stock-keeping units. Cook Medical is an innovative company which works with clinicians to come up with ideas for new products.

The Cook companies employ over 12,500 people globally, about 6,000 of them in the uplands area of southern Indiana. The Cook Group consists of several types of businesses: Medical Devices, including Cook Medical and Cook Advanced Technologies (a research company); Life Sciences, including Cook Animal Health, Cook Biotech (tissue repair), Cook MyoSite (cell therapy), Cook Regentec (also cell therapy), and MED Institute (translates medical device ideas into commercial products); Service businesses, such as Cook Aviation and K-Tube (which provides stainless steel tubing for Cook and other businesses); Property Management – CFC Properties; and Resorts – French Lick Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs Hotel, and Canton Harvester Inn. The next generation products for Cook will be aimed toward restoring tissue.

The Cook Group is a family of ethical and entrepreneurial companies that seeks to empower people and communities to reach their full potential.

The My Cook Pathway has been created to give employees the opportunity to advance their education and career skills. Originally the program was created to help employees earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, and 28 Cook employees had earned their HSE by April 2018 through this program. The program originally required the employee to take the course and receive at least a C grade before he or she would be reimbursed for the tuition; now the process has been reversed and Cook pays the fees right away. The program also has been expanded to include an associate degree partnership with Ivy Tech and support to go on to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Quoting from the Cook Website, “The whole My Cook Pathway program is about removing barriers and providing the resources for people to take their education as far as they want – from HSE to Ph.D.” Dan indicated that about 1,100 people have taken advantage of the My Cook Pathway program thus far.

In response to questions, Dan indicated that the tariffs President Trump has implemented or announced would have no direct impact on Cook’s businesses. Dan indicated that the opioid crisis has certainly affected Cook, both in terms of hiring new people and keeping current employees. It is particularly difficult to hire new people – he indicated that in one case in which job candidates were given both a drug test and a test of simple skills and knowledge only about 5 people out of 100 could pass both tests. Dan was asked about the Cook program at Fairview Elementary School, and he said that is continuing. Cook employees volunteer to go to Fairview to read to and tutor students to get them up to the appropriate reading level. The Cook headquarters used to be near Fairview, and this program was Steve Ferguson’s idea.



President Loren Snyder led the meeting and Art Oehmich greeted us. Mike Wade led the pledge and reflection. Mike completed one year of membership in Rotary just two weeks ago. He decided to reflect on how he got to our Rotary Club. He said that it might be, in part, to prepare for his retirement in a few years. He had made financial contributions to several local organizations, but he had no idea about the opportunities available to help in these organizations. Then he found that Mike Baker was volunteering with several organizations, and Mike got him to come along to work at some of these organizations. Mike Wade has now built a standing relationship with some of the community organizations that he has been supporting financially for a long time. He also got invited to coffee with Jim Bright. As a result of these interactions, Mike became a member of Rotary to place Service Above Self. For Mike, Rotary is a welcoming door to the next stage of his life

Jean Emery introduced guests:

Ron Smith, Medicaid analyst, guest of Lynn Schwartzberg

Joe King, guest of Jim Bright

Bill Oates, Visiting Rotarian from Coral Gables, Florida (and now the owner of a Bloomington condo)

Whitney Cordoba, IU graduate student, guest of Jim Bright


Member birthdays this week:

Fred Dunn, July 24

Dick McKaig, July 25

Scott Walters, July 26


No member anniversaries this week.


Happy Dollars to support Teachers Warehouse were donated for a wide variety of reasons, including the Big HeARTs exhibit, becoming grandparents, seeing all 10 grandchildren and 2 new great-grandchildren, seeing all three IU Summer Theatre plays, purchase of a condo in Bloomington, the start of the Teachers Warehouse Back-to-School Blitz, and the opportunity to participate in a discussion on the future of the eastside Kmart property.


Other Announcements

Owen Johnson has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Friends of Ernie Pyle.

  • The Bloomington Rotary Club Board of Directors met last week, and discussed a number of items, including how we should go about deciding the charity that would receive our quarterly contribution that we intend to give in lieu of speaker gifts this year. It was decided to use “The Hat.” The names of many local organizations were already placed in The Hat, and members were invited to write the names of other organizations on a slip of paper and place them in The Hat. At the conclusion of one meeting each quarter, a name will be drawn from The Hat and that organization will receive our quarterly contribution. The winning organization for the first quarter of the Rotary year is the Area 10 Agency on Aging.
  • During his presentation at our transition meeting three weeks ago, President Loren Snyder asked us to respond to a 3-question survey. Fifty-one members have now responded to this survey. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey using the following link: Your input is greatly appreciated.
  • President Loren indicated that our present international service project, “Education Matters,” which aims to improve the educational conditions in the former refugee camp Mpasa near Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is nearing its conclusion. What international project shall we begin next?  Suggestions to Loren are welcome, particularly if you are passionate about a potential project.
  • Audrey Seader, the first outbound Global Scholar from the southern Indiana Rotary District, will leave for London in August to begin classes in pursuit of a master’s degree in arts and cultural management at King’s College London. She will be speaking at our club on August 14.
  • A LinkedIN Group for our club, named Bloomington Indiana Rotary, has been created. If you use LinkedIN, please join the group.


Loren’s thought for the week: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; and small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Bill Perkins, Reporter
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