Roundabout 11.14.17


Our speaker next Tuesday, November 21, will be Kerry Conway, Area 10 Agency on Aging. Conway has extensive experience in community development. She has served as executive director for the Greene County Foundation, as senior staff of The Villages of Indiana, Inc. and as community development analyst for the City of Bloomington during the Fernandez administration. Conway has been a consultant for the Lilly Endowment’s GIFT program.


Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving elderly persons in Monroe and Owen counties. Area 10 provides case management to more than 500 clients, delivers more than 67,000 meals to homes and neighborhood meal sites, answers more than 6,500 calls from those seeking services, matches 450 adults with volunteer opportunities, provides 200,000 rides through Rural Transit bus services, and houses 100 seniors in three affordable apartment complexes.


The meeting will be in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union at noon.


This Week’s News


Sign up to help at Teachers Warehouse

Teachers Warehouse needs volunteers for Saturday afternoon, December 2, to help move books into its new book room. The time slots are 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., and the link to the online signup is below. About 35 people are needed to help the move go smoothly and efficiently. Please sign up to volunteer at this link: . Click on the “view” button. You can sign up for one or both two-hour shifts, preferably for both.


Teachers Warehouse this year so far has provided more than $250,000 worth of supplies to about 600 elementary teachers from Monroe, Brown, Owen, Greene, and Lawrence counties. In January 2018, Teachers Warehouse will be open for the first time to high school teachers as it expands into three more rooms, all newly equipped and furnished thanks to grants from the Owen County Community Foundation and the Smithville Charitable Foundation.


Shermis named “Volunteer of the Week”

Bloomington’s community radio station, WFHB, has selected Michael Shermis as volunteer of the week, recognizing his work with Rotary, Lotus Festival, Bloomington Community Orchard, and more. He is the person to contact for great advice about service, said the station.


Salvation Army bells

The Bloomington Rotary Club has a long history helping others in need to have a joyous holiday season by volunteering to ring bells for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. Rotarians may sign up to ring bells at two locations in College Mall in December. Please choose a Saturday that works for you and sign up here:


Please contact Steve Moberly if you have any questions about this opportunity to serve.


Rotary Centennial Gala

It is time to sign up for the May 10 Rotary Gala, celebrating 100 years of the Bloomington Rotary Club. Here’s the link:



Crowley: Progressive Bloomington making things happen

Alex Crowley, Bloomington’s director of economic and sustainable development, has been at his job for a year now and still thinks his is the best job at City Hall.


That doesn’t mean that encouraging economic growth in Bloomington isn’t a challenge, he said. Doing this kind of work is a struggle, but a struggle not much different from his former career in the private sector. Like business, “it is a culture that is very stimulating,” he said. It’s entrepreneurial. It’s innovative. It is the business of pushing out ideas quickly to see what can work.


The office for economic and sustainable development currently has a great mix of projects, he said. Developing new businesses in the city’s Trades District builds partnerships and develops new leaders. The office is both inwardly and outwardly focused.  Even as the city tries to stimulate new business, it tries to be innovative in its own development. For example, he said, “we are adding 5-megawatt solar across city operations. We have 15,000 panels going up on roofs.” The city can be a forward-looking energy model for developers, a message he wants to take to the business community. On Dec. 5, for example, the city and the Chamber of Commerce will offer a seminar on how “sustainable investments,” like LED lighting, can improve profits.


Making innovative investments for a better business environment includes projects supporting the arts and culture. “We want to put Bloomington on the map nationally,” Crowley said. Doing that means getting behind efforts to develop public art, to open up public art to public participation and to support projects that make people want to live here and do business here. One example is Bloomington’s collaboration with the New York-based nonprofit, Creative Time, which commissions ambitious public art projects for national public display. Participants include such landmark organizations as the Brooklyn Navy Yard, MoMA, and, yep, the city of Bloomington. Bloomington, said Crowley, is the only city participating as a city in Creative Time’s current project, called “Pledges of Allegiance.” It consists of 16 flags designed by notable American artists to reflect the current political times. Bloomington’s flag, “Imagine Peace,” designed by Yoko Ono, is displayed near City Hall.


Other collaborators with the city’s efforts to build sustainable business development, said Crowley, includes such companies as the recording label Secretly Canadian, Indiana University and Cook Group – all of whom are innovative partners, loyal to Bloomington and generous with ideas and resources.


“It’s an interesting time in City Hall,” he said. “Things are happening at the local level even if they are not happening elsewhere (in government).”



President Mike Baker led the meeting. Lynn Schwartzberg greeted Rotarians and guests, and Glenda Murray led the pledge and reflection.


Glenda recalled Bloomington’s past Rotary presidents who were veterans. She noted that at least 20 of our 100 presidents served in the military. At least four of our early presidents were veterans of World War I, she said.


At least nine served during World War II, including U.S. Navy photographer Floyd Arpan (1969-70) and Tom Meglemre (1973-74), who flew gliders and other aircraft in the Army Air Corps. Bob Irie (19774-75) served in Italy, where he was wounded. Don Manlove (1975-76) served with the Army Air Corps, flying 24 combat missions as a bomber pilot in Europe. He was shot down over Yugoslavia, evaded capture and was rescued by partisans. Bob Dro (1986-87) served in the Navy.


Joe Butcher (1978-79) was commissioned in the Army Infantry Reserve in 1935. In 1936 he resigned to become a Marine second lieutenant. He served nearly 40 years, retiring as a major general. He served in the Pacific theaters—Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Manila and Pearl Harbor. He participated in armistice negotiations at Panmunjom, Korea, which ended the Korean conflict. He was the commanding general at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when he retired in 1968 and came to IU, having majored in journalism here in 1936.


Glenda asked all veterans present to stand and be acknowledged.


Michael Shermis collected Happy Dollars. All Happy Dollar contributions go to support Teachers Warehouse.


Sally Gaskill introduced our guest speaker, Alex Crowley.


Steve Ingle introduced our guests: Past District Governor J. Terry Frey and his wife, Carolyn, guests of Jean Emery; Julia Merkt, guest of Earon Davis; Thomas Barclay, guest of Hal Turner; Gary Taylor, a visiting Rotarian from Indianapolis; Susan Dyar, guest of Glenda Murray; and Celeste Wolfinger, guest of Aleisha Kropf.


Membership Birthdays This Week

Katie Burris – November 14

Walt Koon – November 13


Johnson brings banners home

Owen Johnson presented two Rotary banners and brought greetings from another club he visited recently. The banners are from the Rotary Club of Pullman, Washington, and from the Rotary Club of London. Owen also visited the Rotary Club of Golders Green in northwest London.


Time to pay for trees

All who took the survey for planting trees, including an extra tree, please make sure we have payment by end of the year.  You may write a check directly to Bloomington Rotary Foundation or ask Pam to add the contribution to your quarterly bill.



Jon Dilts, Reporter