Rotary Scholar Aubrey Seader to speak August 14
Our August 14 speaker will be our District’s first Global Grant Scholar, Aubrey Seader of Bloomington.
Aubrey was selected by our District to receive a $40,000 Rotary Global Grant Scholarship to help her pursue a master’s degree in arts and cultural administration at King’s College London. The scholarship is funded through the Rotary Foundation with $20,000 coming from District Designated Funds and the other half through the Foundation’s World Fund.
To be eligible for a Global Grant Scholarship, candidates must focus on one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Aubrey will focus on “peace and conflict prevention.”
Audrey, who received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers in 2015, uses storytelling and theater to build bridges of understanding between people of different cultures.
Through “The Hijabi Diaries,” a podcast that shares stories of Muslim-American women, she already has tackled the issue of Islamophobia. She also has used storytelling to tackle ecology and women’s issues.
In addition to her theater studies, Aubrey will take courses in conflict resolution, diplomacy, and international relations. The Rotary Club of Hatfield (U.K.) will be her host club. Aubrey is one of 90 new Rotary Global Grant Scholars in the world.
Kim Gray, Emily Metzgar, Scott Shackelford, Charlotte Zietlow and Jim Bright serve on the 12-member District Global Grant Scholarship selection committee.
District 6580 will offer a $40,000 Global Grant Scholarship again next year, and applications are available at http://www.rotary6580.org/global-grant-scholarship.php. Deadline to apply: December 20, 2018.
President Loren Snyder encourages us to invite young professionals to join us as our guests for Aubrey’s August 14 talk.
The meeting will be in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union at noon.
This Week’s News
Teachers Warehouse sets record in gifts
Sara Laughlin reported that the effort to gather school supplies by greeting customers outside four businesses brought in a record $12,025 worth of donations for Teacher’s Warehouse. More than 50 volunteers participated, including Rotarians from all three Bloomington clubs, Teacher’s Warehouse, and the North Exchange Club. Last year’s total was $5,354 worth of supplies.
Need ideas for new International project
President Loren said that as our present international service project, “Education Matters,” nears its conclusion, he is looking for suggestions about what international project we should begin next. Suggestions to Loren are welcome,
Program Committee to meet next week
The Program Committee with Jim Shea will meet next Tuesday, August 14, after the regular luncheon to discuss programs for this Rotary year.
Get ready to party
The season’s first Rotary social will at the Switchyard Brewing Company on Tuesday, August 21, at 5:05 p.m.
AUGUST 7 PRESENTATION
Bloomington gearing up for 25th Annual Lotus World Music Festival.
The Lotus Festival this year will bring 30 musicians to Bloomington from more than 120 countries, including for the first time, musicians from Somalia and Guadalupe, Executive Director Sunni Fass told Rotarians on Tuesday. Tickets are on sale now and the dates to remember are September 27 to 30.
There will be a new stage backdrop this year at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Fass said, replacing the 2013 version and more than 40 hours of free programming in the park on Third Street. Something else free this year will be a “Big Tent” – a 360-degree electronic immersive environment of media content put together with the help of the Indiana University Media School. And downtown on the square the Courthouse dome will be alight with projection mapping. “So, don’t forget to look up,” said Fass. And. Oh. Yes. There will be a parade up Walnut Avenue.
But Lotus is more than music, said Fass. Its small staff is “up to eyeballs” in planning: planning how to increase physical accessibility, to translate Lotus materials into Spanish, to roll out the new location for Lotus’ 22nd annual World Bizarre at Fairview School, and planning how to unveil the festival’s renovated home at 4th and Rogers – the product of a $220,000 capital campaign.
Lotus this past year, besides the annual festival, has had 45 Lotus Blossom events reaching children in 36 schools, that’s 12,000 participants, including for the first time a juvenile detention facility in Indianapolis. In the coming year, said Fass, Lotus plans to develop new partnerships with Indiana University, grow community awareness, sponsor new pilot programs, engage in strategic planning and build its endowment. All of that, said Fass, is on the agenda in addition to Lotus’ ongoing outreach into after-school programs, school concerts, art-making, music workshops, exhibits and classes.
But that’s to come. For now, Lotus energy is focused on late September and the 25th Lotus World Music Festival, bringing its sounds and light to the streets, parks and theaters of international Bloomington.
OUR AUGUST 7 WEEKLY GATHERING
President Loren Snyder presided.
David Meyer greeted Rotarians and guests and Mike Baker led the pledge and reflection.
Rotary Club Past President Mike Baker read a letter from IU President Michael McRobbie, responding with gratitude for his selection this past year as a recipient of the Rotary Service Above Self Award and being named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mike than reflected on his own past year as Club President, on how invisibly the club’s moving parts move behind the scenes and on how different members can be in their political and philosophical views and yet move on an even the keel as they work together “To Make a Difference.”
Michael Shermis introduced our guest speaker, Sunni Fass.
Nancy Krueger introduced our guests:
Megan Reece from Pets Alive, a guest of Michael Shermis,
Beth Sanders from German American Bank, a guest of Jean Emery,
Megan Hutchison from Lotus Festival, a guest of Michael Shermis,
Katelyn Lipa from the American Red Cross, a guest of Earon Davis, and
Katie Beck from Indiana University, a guest of Earon Davis.
Membership Anniversaries This Week
Meagan Niese – 2 years
Kate Cruikshank – 3 years
Liz Irwin – 5 years
Keith Miser – 5 years
Glen Steenberger – 5 years
Steve Ingle – 6 years
Lee Witt – 15 years
Mike Baker – 26 years
Membership Birthdays This Week
Bill Perkins, August 2
Loren Snyder, August 9
Kenneth Sparks, August 8
Glenda Murray collected Happy Dollars to support Teachers Warehouse.
Loren’s thought for the day: “Be soft. Don’t let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate.” –Kurt Vonnegut.
Jon Dilts, Reporter