Club History

The Bloomington Rotary Club was chartered April 13, 1918. It was the seventh club established in what is now District 6580 and the 403rd club in Rotary.

The first officers were:

Dr. J.E.P. Holland
physician & part-time IU physician
Vice President
Joseph N. Nurre
glass manufacturer
Vice President
W. Edward Showers
furniture manufacturer
U.H. Smith
IU bursar
Nat U. Hill
Robert Hamilton
furniture sales manager
Fred Matthews
stone quarrier
Roy O. Pike

Throughout its history, the Bloomington Rotary Club and its individual members have actively contributed to the community, helping to resolve local issues and supporting a wide variety of initiatives. Some of the Bloomington Rotary Club’s noteworthy accomplishments include:

  • The city’s water source
  • The park system and later, its expansion
  • The revival of the Chamber of Commerce
  • Mediation surrounding Bloomington Hospital’s regional medical center
  • Resolution of issues surrounding the disposal of industrial toxic wastes (PCBs)
  • Scholarships for high school graduates
  • Support for international students studying at Indiana University
  • Youth activities such as a Little League baseball team and Junior Achievement
  • The creation of a rest home for tuberculosis patients
  • An outstanding response to Rotary International’s Polio Plus Campaign
  • The creation and funding of other clubs and organizations
  • Bloomington North Rotary Club
  • Sunrise Club
  • Monroe County C.A.R.E.S.
  • Funbrellas for Mills Pool
  • Teachers Warehouse
  • Volunteers in Medicine
  • Club members who have served beyond the local club, including office holders of Rotary International
  • Immediate inclusion of female community leaders when women were declared eligible for Rotary membership
  • Club and individual member recognition
  • Bryan Price – Club President of the Year, 2002-03
  • Judy Witt – Club President of the Year for clubs of over 50 members, 2003-04
  • Membership Growth of the Year Award, 2003-04
  • Club of the Year for clubs of over 50 members, 2003-04
  • Second in the District for Annual Programs Fund Giving, 2003-04

Service Above Self Award Recipients

Four Avenues of Service Award Recipients

Past Bloomington Rotary Club Presidents