September 25, 2018
Cornelia “Sue” Wright, a member of the Rotary Club of Clarksville, began her term as governor of Rotary District 6580 on July 1. As governor, she is responsible for 32 Rotary clubs throughout the southern half of Indiana.
Sue joined Rotary in 2010 and has served the Rotary Club of Clarksville as secretary, foundation chair, board member and president. At the District level, Sue served as an assistant district governor from 2015 to 2017. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and was selected by her club as Rotarian of the Year for 2012-2013. For more than a half-dozen years she organized a Rotary team for the local “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”
She is a retired AT&T manager who, although she grew up in Indiana, spent more than 20 years working in California. She graduated with honors from the University of Redlands in California with a master’s degree in business management.
The meeting will be in the Frangipani Room at the Indiana Memorial Union at noon.
This Week’s News
Sell out crowd raises $4,025 for Teachers Warehouse
Comedy Attic’s 10th anniversary celebration benefitting Teachers Warehouse last week raised $4,025. Thanks to all the Rotarians who attended, including Peggy Frisbie, Marilyn Wood, David Meyer, Rex Hillery, Lynn Schwartzberg, Jim Capshew, Jim Bright, Sara Laughlin and all the others. The Attic sold out.
Be happy, give generously, cut ribbon
Remember? We pledged $100,000 to help renovate the Boys & Girls Clubs as part of our centennial celebration this year. Remember that? Well, we are almost there.
We need about $5,000 more, and your Rotary board has pledged a matching gift of $2,500 if we can raise $2,500 next Tuesday in a “hyper happy dollars” event during the meeting. So bring some extra cash or your checkbook. We have lots to be happy about.
And to celebrate, all Bloomington Rotarians are invited to attend the 5:30-6:30 p.m. Boys & Girls Clubs Lincoln Street Ribbon Cutting celebration on Thursday, October 4.
The deadline to RSVP to Leslie Abshier (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Monday, October 1.
Club inducts two more Rotarians
Bloomington Rotary on Tuesday inducted two new members: Efrat Fefferman and Joe King. Efrat was sponsored by Liz Feitl and Joe by Jim Bright.
Efrat, the executive director of United Way of Monroe County, is a 17-year resident of the county and a mother of two boys. She is an Indiana University graduate in sociology and religious studies and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona.
Professional experience includes positions with government and nonprofit organizations in both Bloomington and Tucson, Ariz.
Efrat has served on local boards and commissions, including the Monroe County Women’s Commission and the Buskirk Chumley Theater Board of Directors. She currently serves on the Monroe County Redevelopment Commission.
Joe, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, is originally from Bardstown, Ky. He came to Bloomington in 1976 when he joined PTS Electroncis. From there he moved to ModusLink Global Solutions as senior vice president of business development. Joe also served as board chair for Members Choice Credit Union.
Joe and his wife have been married for 41 years and have two children, both of whom are married and live nearby, and five grandchildren – three boys and two girls. He and his family attend Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.
Don’t forget lunch with Rotary on Friday
Bloomington Rotary’s next big social event is coming up on Friday, September 28. It is a Happy Outing for lunch at The Tap. You can arrive any time from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm. and join the large table. Hope to see you there.
Club mourns loss of fellow Rotarian, Bob Compton
Rotarian Robert J. Compton, 87, of Bloomington, died September 19.
Bob was born in 1931 in Richlands, Va., graduated from Richlands High School in 1949 and served in the army during the Korean War. At Indiana University in 1956, he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and later purchased an office supply company in Terre Haute.
His wife, Mary Jane, his daughter, Beth, his son, Charles, his grandchildren and a great-grandson survive him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. October 6 at Bloomington First United Methodist Church with visitation from noon to 2 p.m.
Celebration of Life planned for Keith Brown
Rotarians, friends and family will honor Past President Keith Brown at a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church on Friday, October 26 at 11 a.m. Keith, a longtime Rotarian died on May 9. He was a trombonist and from 1971 to 1997 was a music professor at Indiana University.
He was born in 1933 at Colorado Springs, Colo., and studied music at the University of Southern California. His wife, Margaret, survives, along with his three children, Bob, Lise, and Kris. Lise and her daughter, Hannah, were both recipients of Rotary scholarships.
Interfaith Winter Shelter chosen to receive Rotary gift
Each quarter, Bloomington Rotary selects by lot a local charity to receive a gift from the club in the names of the speakers who provide our weekly programs. During the next quarter gifts will go to the Interfaith Winter Shelter.
The Interfaith Winter Shelter is a low-barrier shelter for homeless individuals in Monroe County. Its purpose is to offer a warm, safe space to those who have nowhere to go and do not meet admission requirements for other shelters in the community.
SEPTEMBER 25 PRESENTATION
Global grant sought for Myanmar water project
Los Angeles Rotarian J.T. Warring is back home in Indiana. The Bloomington native is Rotary International’s Special Representative to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Warring came home to talk to about a massive new water project Rotary hopes to get underway in Myanmar. With him Tuesday was Nay Lin Htut of Myanmar, a member of Warring’s Rotary Project Team.
Nay Lin Htut spoke of the salty and dirty water his village relies on in the
Irrawaddy Delta of southern Myanmar. People are dying there, and it is pure water they need, he said. Pure water. That is what Warring wants to give them.
The water coming downstream into the delta is deeply toxic, Warring said. People are getting sick from water drawn from wells shared by chains of villages. He related the story of a 14-year-old girl who washed fruit in well water before eating it. She died the next day. Existing wells are often not deep enough, he said. Two hundred feet is not enough to get to good water. At two hundred feet the water is still brackish. Good water means getting down to at least 600 feet, he said.
Warring, who has led water projects since first visiting Myanmar while traveling in the region for Rotary after a tsunami in late 2004, said Rotary has been able to work in Myanmar because it has a history of building successful water management systems for orphanages and monasteries. The government trusts Rotary because it knows how to stay out of politics. Rotary delivers what it promises with no hidden agendas. The challenge now, however, is how to deal with thousands of villages suffering from contaminated water.
Beginning this year, Warring has started working on a strategic plan addressing an area with the greatest need, the Irrawaddy Delta, which comprises the main arms of Pathein, Pyapon, Bogale and Toe rivers, a poverty-plagued area populated by farming and fishing villages with more than 3.5 million people.
This is where, said Warring, he hopes in 2019 to spearhead the construction of a massive water management system that will serve the first nine of the many villages in the delta.
To fund it, Warring is working with the two Rotary Clubs now in Myanmar (which he is responsible for establishing) to apply for a Rotary Global Grant, “a big one,” he said. Rotary District partners in the United States so far include only District 6740 in Kentucky, he said, but there will be more. He hopes this will be a multi-linked global grant that functions as a springboard to large corporate gifts.
The bottom line, he said, is that Rotary has the credibility and the team to transform a country. Rotary is capable of becoming a major source of influence for good, and the vehicle for that in Myanmar, as elsewhere, is clean water.
OUR SEPTEMBER 25 WEEKLY GATHERING
President Loren Snyder presided.
Bryce Bow greeted Rotarians and guests, and Ashley Sullivan led the pledge and reflection.
Ashley noted that the International Day of Peace was last Friday and that promoting peace is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. One practical application of Rotary’s efforts at peace making is the Rotary Peace Academy, a partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace. Together, they have created a free, self-paced training course for Rotarians to learn how to build and sustain peace in their communities. The academy is for members who want to learn more about peace and take action to address one of the world’s biggest challenges. To get started, just enroll at http://rotarypeaceacademy.org. It’s free. Ashley, for one, plans to sign up.
Jim Bright introduced our guest speaker, J. T. Warring.
Katie Beck introduced our 15 guests.
Membership Birthdays This Week
- Jack McCrory, September 26
Membership Anniversaries This Week
- Jon Barada, 5 years
- Bill Perkins, 14 years
- Yolanda Trevino, 16 years
President Loren’s thought for the week: “In our lives, remember our mind is like a computer. It operates more efficiently with fewer ‘tabs’ open.”
Jon Dilts, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer