Roundabout 11.21.17

November 21, 2017


Our speaker next Tuesday, November 28, will be Hussein Banai, an assistant professor in IU’s School of Global and International Studies. He will talk about “U.S-Iran Relations in the Trump Era.”


Banai, a native of Tehran, immigrated to Toronto at 15. He earned his B.A. in Political Science at York University in Toronto in 2003, his M.Sc. in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005, and his Ph.D. in political science at Brown University in 2012. Before coming to Indiana, he was an assistant professor in diplomacy and world affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles and a research affiliate at the Center for International Studies at MIT. He became an American citizen earlier this year.


Banai’s research focuses on Iran’s political development and on American-Iranian relations. He has been a co-convener of an oral history project on American-Iranian relations since 2007. The project brings together former Iranian and American officials, scholars, journalists and others interested in exploring American-Iranian relations since 1979.


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. Needed are about 35 people 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.


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:



 Conway: Area 10 provides help to seniors

The leading aging and disability resource center in the area, Kerry Conway told Rotarians Tuesday, is the oddly named organization she happens to lead, and from which she will soon be retiring. It’s called the  “Area 10 Agency on Aging.”


It is a legacy of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, a companion piece to Medicare, a product of the Older Americans Act, signed into law in 1965, reauthorized by Congress in 2016, and effective through 2019.


Area 10 is one of 95 Area Agencies in Indiana and 600 across the country, she said, with a mandate to grow in response to local needs. It provides services in Monroe, Lawrence, Putnam and Owen counties and annually 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, and matches 450 adults with volunteer opportunities, provides 200,000 rides through a Rural Transit bus service and can house 150 to 175 seniors in four apartment complexes.


“We believe that everybody should be able to age in the home of their choice,” said Conway. It is the right and the smart thing to do. It is less expensive to stay at home. Long-term assisted care elsewhere can cost, at a minimum, as much as $60,000 a year.  By comparison, she said, assisted in-home care costs average about $25,000 a year.


Area 10 operates a vast transportation system, she said, providing rides for anyone who needs them, especially for older adults and non-drivers. It is an important transportation resource for Ivy Tech Community College, with scheduled bus service for students and employees to and from downtown Bloomington.


Area 10 also operates four housing complexes for low to moderate-income seniors 55 and older: Cunot Apartments in Clay County, the Dodds-Wylie Court Apartments and the Patterson Point Apartments in Bloomington and Edgewood Village Apartments in Ellettsville.


Area 10 matches anyone willing to help to any one of its programs. “It is a kind of eHarmony for seniors and older adults,” she said. Would-be volunteers to Agency 10 services may help with the mobile food pantry, which delivers groceries to seniors and their companion animals, or deliver hot meals to those who need them. There also are volunteer opportunities, she said, at Ellettsville’s Endwright Center, which focuses on physical fitness, nutrition and the creative arts, and offers a wide array of classes, from guitar to yoga. And there are opportunities to volunteer as a court-appointed guardian for older adults. VASIA volunteers (Volunteer Advocate for Seniors or Incapacitated Adults) are trained and then appointed by the court to advocate for incapacitated adults unable to manage their own financial assets or personal affairs.


Area 10 partners with all its sister non-profits in the area, but it is the only United Way Agency focused primarily on the needs of seniors. “We are a quiet but large agency,” she said, “with 90 employees, $14 million in assets, a $4 to $6 million budget, and a lot of impact.”  She said that while Area 10 is funded from state, federal and private sources, including United Way, “it’s local funding that makes it work.” It’s about local people helping one another.





President Mike Baker led the meeting. Nancy Krueger greeted Rotarians and guests and Leslie Green led the pledge and reflection.


As Thanksgiving approaches, Leslie said she was thankful for all that Rotary does in the community and offered a list of what we are all about – a kind of quiz we can take to we are doing. You can get your score by checking off all the things you have done since joining Rotary:  You were a presenter or reflector; volunteered at Teachers Warehouse; took supplies to Teachers Warehouse; had perfect attendance at Rotary meetings; volunteered to be a greeter; talked to a new member; gave to the 80/20 program; planted or paid for a centennial tree; purchased Rotary note cards; rang bells for Salvation Army; made a presentation at a meeting; did a make-up at another club; drove a Rotarian to a meeting; served on a committee; chaired a committee; gave to Happy Dollars; brought a guest to a meeting; became a Paul Harris Fellow; served on the Board; attended a Fireside Chat; wore your Rotary pin to a community event;  read the Rotary magazine; bought a copy of the book, “I Just Kept Walking”; volunteered to help with youth programs, such as RYLA; visited other Rotary clubs; attended a Rotary International Convention, attended the Rotary Toast; served as a club officer; sat with different Rotarians at meetings.


Susie Graham introduced our guest speaker, Kerry Conway. Susie also introduced our guests: Past District Governor J. Terry Frey and is wife, Carolyn, visiting Rotarians from North Vernon; Chris Myers, accompanying our speaker from Area 10 Agency on Aging; Doris Monaghan, mother and guest of Liz Feitl; Bob Epps, guest of Tim Jessen; Julia Merkt, visiting Rotarian from Thailand; Stephen Randolph, guest of Michael Wade; Ron Smith, guest of Lynn Schwartzberg; Scott Shackelford, guest of Jim Bright.


Membership Birthdays This Week

Bryce Bow – November 21

Nancy Krueger – November 24

Steve Raymer – November 25

Ron Barnes – November 26



Pay for trees by year’s end


All who took the survey for planting trees, including an extra tree, please make sure the club has your payment by end of the year. $120 each. If you did not take the survey but want to sponsor a tree or partial tree, just have Pam add it to your statement. You may write a check directly to Bloomington Rotary Foundation or ask Pam to add the contribution to your quarterly bill.


Jon Dilts, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer