David Johnson to speak August 28
It’s that season—the coming of IU students and the start of a new academic year. We will hear about the record-setting enrollment on the Bloomington campus and other timely news from David Johnson, IU’s Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.
News of the Week
August 21 Guest Speaker: Dr. Judy DeMuth, MCCSC Superintendent
Speaking to a full house of Rotarians on Tuesday in the IMU’s Frangipani Room, school superintendent Judy DeMuth, a member of our local club, spoke about some “diamonds in the rough”—emerging MCCSC programs that will address community needs. But she first thanked the Bloomington Rotary Club for their support of two successful projects: the Fairview Elementary playground shade structure and the Teacher’s Warehouse, which supports all area K-12 teachers.
The Hoosier Hills Career Center, Judy noted, has been a mainstay of Bloomington secondary education, but the renewed focus on career clusters and pathways is providing directed educational opportunities for local students. Students can prepare for careers in sectors ranging from Agriculture to Advanced Manufacturing, to Health Science, Fire & Rescue, and Hospitality, among other subjects. In addition to content knowledge, students learn teamwork, dependability, and other skills attractive to potential employers. Partnering with Ivy Tech, students at Hoosier Hills can gain transferable college credit.
The school system is the recipient of an “E3 Innovation Grant” to focus on training for advanced manufacturing and health sciences from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Working in Southern Indiana, Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) is also partnering with MCCSC for a “Ready Schools” grant to design career pathways.
Finally, Judy told about an exciting new MCCSC facility—the Early Learning Center (ELC)—designed for infants age 6 months or more through 4 years of age. Designed to encourage creativity, discovery, and independence, the center provides a dynamic and nurturing environment for young children. The ELC was just opened.
Superintendent DeMuth closed her presentation with brief construction updates about local school facilities: Templeton got solar panels, Lakeview and Highland Park increased parking areas, Batchelor received a safety lane, Tri-North is planning for a new school, BHS North will renovate the swimming pool, and BHS South will construct a girls’ softball field. She reminded the audience that the tax rate for the school system has remained stable or slightly decreasing for the past several years.
Local schools provide the foundation to our community, and the club extends its thanks for the hard work of Judy, her administrative colleagues, and the teachers of MCCSC.
Our August 21 Weekly Gathering
President Loren Snyder presided. Winston Shindell greeted Rotarians and guests. After leading the pledge, Glenda Murray reflected on the recent discovery of slides of 33 former Bloomington Rotary Club presidents, including Hiram Binford, a past superintendent of schools. She noted our club has 28 living past presidents; she asked those in attendance to stand and be recognized with applause.
Mike Baker read the citation naming Judy DeMuth the latest Paul Harris Fellow.
Steve Moberly introduced our 17 guests:
Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer, a school board member, a guest of Michael Shermis,
Brandon Shurr, a school board candidate, a guest of Michael Shermis,
Efrat Feferman from United Way, a guest of Liz Feitl,
Ken Pierson from Smithville, a guest of Liz Irwin,
Gina Lovell from Amethyst House, a guest of the club,
Hannah Crouch from Amethyst House, a guest of the club,
Mark DeLong from Amethyst House, a guest of the club,
Sue Cull from Teacher’s Warehouse, a guest of Ron Jensen,
Jane Freeman, a guest of Glenda Murray,
Phyllis Perkins, a guest of Bill Perkins,
Betsy Meglemre Watson from IU, a guest of Glenda Murray,
Katie Beck, a guest of the club,
Dr. Jerry Kindomba, a guest of Henk Haitjema,
Bieneke Haitjema, a guest of Henk Haitjema,
Naja Duyverman, a guest of Henk Haitjema,
Christine Matheu, a guest of Marilyn Wood, and
Jeannie Kellam, a guest of Glenda Murrary.
Dr. Jerry Kindomba brought us greetings from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and news of the educational program to develop servant-leaders that continues to be supported by the club.
Ann Connors presented a check for $7,340 to the Amethyst House to our guests from the Amethyst House, for support of their long-running program in addictions treatment.
Ron Jensen introduced our guest speaker, Judy DeMuth, noting that she was Indiana-trained as she received degrees from Ball State, Purdue, and IU.
Membership Anniversaries This Week
Susie Graham 5 years
Birthdays This Week
Phil Eskew 8/19
Henk Haitjema 8/20
Bob Holt 8/21
Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars to support Teacher’s Warehouse.
Loren’s thought for the week: “Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.”
James Capshew, Reporter