Roundabout for 1.8.19


Tuesday, January 8, 2019


Next week’s meeting, Tuesday, January 15, in the Frangipani Room, will feature guest Dave Williams, Operations and Development Director of Bloomington’s Parks and Recreation Department at the City of Bloomington. With the building of the Switchyard Park and other major initiatives underway, this promises to be a very interesting presentation.


Teachers Warehouse Needs Volunteers!

Kate Cruikshank urgently invited members to consider volunteering at Teachers Warehouse on the second Saturdays of the month, particularly while the snowbirds have migrated south: January 12, February 9, and March 9. Help is urgently needed THIS COMING SATURDAY. For details, contact Sara Laughlin, Please.

Supporting Maternal and Child Health

The three Bloomington Rotary clubs are going to partner together for an event in the spring to support Rotary’s Area of Focus: Maternal and Child Health. This event (still untitled) will be a one-day event at the Warehouse in Bloomington. It will focus on providing resources for new and expectant parents and their young children. In 2017, Indiana had the eighth highest infant mortality rate in the nation. The project will bring together local resource providers to share information on child and maternal health.

District Conference

The upcoming District Conference will be April 27 in Clarksville.



Immediate Past President Mike Baker and Jim Bright provided an entertaining and impressive overview of the year that celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Bloomington Rotary Club, as well as the activities of its siblings, Bloomington Sunrise Rotary Club and Bloomington North Rotary Club.

  • Through the extraordinary work of Glenda Murray and Owen Johnson, we were able to honor and remember most of the past presidents.
  • A Centennial Gala that celebrated all three clubs welcomed Rotary International President Ian H. S. Riseley and wife, Julia.
  • The Club received a Rotary International Presidential Citation, as well as a Citation for support of Ending Polio.
  • Community activities were numerous and included
    • Tree-planting at Sherwood Oaks Park and the Boys and Girls Club.
    • Producing the Race for Literacy, with record income in support of the Teachers Warehouse project.
    • Collecting supplies for Teachers Warehouse. Moving 17,000 books at Teacher’s Warehouse.
    • Bell-ringing for the Salvation Army in December.
    • Packing food at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
    • Planting more than 110 trees in May 2018 for the City of Bloomington. In all, Rotary was able to plant around 300 trees through the year.
    • Providing a $7,340 grant and assisting the painting of Amethyst House.
    • Leading the Fall WonderLab clean-up around the building.
    • Producing the Service above Self Rotary Toast in partnership with the sibling clubs, in celebration of Connie and Steve Ferguson. This was the fourth such annual event.
    • Contributing $51,452 to the Bloomington Community.

Mike Baker thanked Ron Jensen for helping start the Centennial Celebration process two years ago, as well as the 80/20 donors, who together contributed $17,325. In all, the Bloomington Rotary Foundation was able to raise $100,000 by the end of the calendar year, with a grand total of financial outflow of $167, 892.

The Club also thanked Past President Mike Baker and Jim Bright for their extraordinary Service Above Self, making possible a hugely successful year. Past Presidents of the Rotary Club were also thanked for their leadership and support, including Winston Shindell and Sara Laughlin.

A wonderful video of the Centennial Gala was viewed.



Leslie Green, Bloomington Rotary Foundation President, presented a check of $10,440 to the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County for upcoming scholarship grants: $6,000 to four high school recipients and $500 to four Ivy Tech students. The amount is part of an effort to build a scholarship endowment of $120,000. Tina Peterson and Meagan Niese from the Foundation were on hand to receive the check.

Sara Laughlin presented a check of $6,000 to the Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools in support of Teachers Warehouse.  The hope is to develop a support base of $25,000 by the end of 2020, with an ultimate goal of $100,000 in support of rent for the Teachers Warehouse space. On hand to receive the check was Foundation executive director Cyrilla Helm, who announced that an anonymous donor recently contributed $10,000 to the fund.

Leslie Green presented a Centennial gift of $100,000 to the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club. Executive director Jeff Baldwin and members of the Boys and Girls Club board were on hand to receive the gift in support of their programs and a playground that is expected to be completed this year. Jeff said the amount was deeply appreciated and recognized that no other single service organization in Bloomington has the capacity to develop such an amount in a single grant.

The gathered members and guests then took a group photo in memory of the extraordinary and deeply transformative year of activities.


President Loren Snyder presided, and Jean Emery greeted Rotarians and guests.

After leading the pledge, Joy Harter invited all to consider attending the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), which takes place in Columbus, Ind., on February 9. The institute, a grassroots leadership development program, began its activities in 1992 and was formally recognized by Rotary International in 2013. “With the diversity of their programming, it’s the glue that bring it all together,” said Joy.

Joy Harter also introduced our guests:

  • Sue Wright, Rotary District Governor
  • Anne Bright, guest of Jim Bright
  • Cyrilla Helm, guest of Sara Laughlin
  • Glenn Harris, guest of Jeff Baldwin
  • Denny Smith, guest of Jeff Baldwin
  • Steve Holbrook, guest of Jeff Baldwin
  • Jill Kovach, guest of Jeff Baldwin
  • Bob Babcock, guest of Jeff Baldwin
  • Rich Holdeman, guest of Jim Bright
  • Jessika Hane, Bloomington Sunrise Club, District Governor Nominee
  • Zahradeen Ahmad, guest of Jim Bright
  • Mark Adams, guest of Jim Bright
  • Jane Perry, guest of John Hobson
  • Joanie Spain, guest of Jim Bright
  • Pam Martindale, guest of Sara Laughlin
  • Hannah Laughlin, guest of Sara Laughlin

Birthdays This Week

  • David Rogers, January 4
    Matt Stitsinger, January 8
    Hank Walter, January 11.
    Marty Donnelly, January 12

Membership Anniversaries This Week

  • Julia Merkt – one year
    Scott Shackelford – one year
    Kimberly Gray – two years (this time around)
    Emily Metzger – three years
    Gus Shakalis – three years
    Owen Johnson – four years
    Kyla Cox Deckard – seven years
    Jim Shea – seven years

Alain Barker, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer