Charles Webb, IU Jacobs School of Music Dean Emeritus, will speak in the Frangipani Room.
This week’s news
Two new Paul Harris Fellows
President Mike Baker, assisted by Glen Steenberger, right, recognized two new Paul Harris Fellows for their generous and varied investments in Rotary and the Rotary Foundation. Honored were Kyla Cox Deckard and Ashley Sullivan.
New Gala sponsors
Smithville and Old National Bank were announced as new Gala sponsors, joining Oliver Winery, IU Credit Union, Dr. Mark Dayton and Hilliard Lyons.
Rotarians are needed to pack food supplies Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Hoosier Hills Food Bank, 2333 W. Industrial Park Drive, Bloomington.
To volunteer contact Liz Feitl.
The Jan. 30 program
Charlotte Zietlow introduced our speaker, Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House. Charlotte told us that Debra took herself from being a client at the shelter to get a degree in criminal justice. She worked for Middle Way House for eight years, and became its executive director after a national search. She replaced Toby Strout, the legendary long-time director who retired and later passed away in early 2017.
While many people think of Middle Way House as a domestic violence shelter, Debra said it’s so much more than that. The organization is a rape crisis center, for example, and has outreach offices in Martin, Owen and Greene counties. It also provides services in Morgan and Lawrence counties.
It provides legal advocacy, such as help with protective orders. It operates support groups for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, including a support group at the Monroe County Jail.
Middle Way operates extensive youth programs, such as after school tutoring and classes on dancing, cooking, drumming and other topics. It operates a licensed childcare center onsite, and has a transitional housing program that provides survivors and their children a safe place to live for up to two years. There is always a waiting list to get in. Middle Way has prevention programming, teaching children about healthy relationships. “Helping the youth is going to help our future,” she said.
Debra said Middle Way follows an empowerment model that works on letting people know how to take control of their lives.
In answer to questions, she said safety planning is a key skill that is taught to people who come to them because the cycle of violence can be recognized. First, there’s tension that has potential targets “walking on eggshells.” Then there’s the explosion and the violence. That’s followed by apologies. She also said the agency sees more clients right after the holidays, over spring break and over summer break. The latter two, she believes, are because a parent is more likely to seek help when the kids are out of school.
She also noted predictors of domestic violence include growing up in a household where domestic violence was occurring, though that can be overcome. She said people who are abusive to animals and/or want to have power and control over another person illustrate traits of domestic abusers.
Middle Way will be holding a conference about domestic abuse issues in Bloomington on March 22. To register go to: tinyurl.com/mcdvc2018conference
Program info: http://tinyurl.com/mcdvc2018conferenceprogram
Our Jan. 30 meeting
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Loren Snyder was our greeter, and Owen Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance and presented a reflection on the “roundtable” of Rotary.
Lynn Schwartzberg introduced six guests: Lauren Bryant, guest of Michael Shermis; Jim Capshew and Trent Deckard, guests of Kyla Cox Deckard; Christy Langley, guest of Kim Gray; Courtney Payne Taylor, guest of Joy Harter; and Liz Watson, guest of Glen Inman.
Judy DeMuth, Jan. 30
Phil Eskew celebrated 37 years of perfect attendance.
Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer