Roundabout 11.7.17


Our speaker next Tuesday, November 14, will be Alex Crowley, Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the City of Bloomington. Crowley also is the founder and managing director of Excello Solutions, which consults with entrepreneurs and executives on financial and business concerns. He is a former vice president for business operations at Insight Communications and has corporate experience with Ogilvy & Mather, a large, global marketing and advertising firm in New York City. He is a graduate of Fordham University in New York.


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


This Week’s News


Rotary toast honors Hrisomalos

A packed Alumni Hall resounded with accolades for Becky Hrisomalos, the third Bloomington Rotary Toast honoree. The Monroe County Public Library Book Cart Drill Team, including Rotarian Marilyn Wood, began the program and delighted guests with creative choreography to appropriate background music. Jodi Hoagland read a mayoral proclamation declaring November 3 Becky Hrisomalos Day. On behalf of the 180 Bloomington Rotarians who are celebrating their centennial, District Gov. Judy Bush made Becky a Paul Harris Fellow. Father Peter Jon Gillquist led off the toasts by paying tribute to Becky’s role in helping to found an Orthodox Church in Bloomington that was open not only to Greeks but to Russians, Arabs, Romanians, Serbs, Americans — in short, to everyone. Becky’s niece Lexi Orfanos Pangere said her Aunt Becky personified philotimo, the highest of all Greek virtues, leading a way of life devoted to walking in the right path. Rotarian Dave Morrison described how Becky had inspired his successful career in health care. Ron Remak, last year’s honoree, celebrated the many ways Bloomington is better for the contributions of Becky, Frank, and their four children. Becky described herself as the daughter of immigrants who taught her to do her best. Her whole family appreciated Rotary, she said. Her brother’s son, in fact, was a Rotary scholar in New Zealand in 1973. Explaining why she chose the Friends of the Monroe County Public Library as the beneficiary of her toast, she attributed her children’s love of reading to a library contest where each child’s spaceship flew closer to the moon with each book read. Keith Klein served as the genial master of ceremonies. Recalling how PBS’s Mister Rogers said you never forget those who are special to you, he pointed to the assembled throng of people to whom Becky Hrisomalos is special indeed.


Three members inducted

Membership Chair Drew Bratton inducted two new members and welcomed a third Rotarian from the Indianapolis area to Bloomington. They are Beth Spradley, Jeffery Schauss and Dr. Phil Eskew, Jr.


Beth has been the house director for Alpha Phi Sorority at Indiana University since 2009. She has 25 years of experience with collegiate Greek life as a chapter advisor, volunteer and property manager. Beth’s sponsor is Michael Shermis.


Jeffery is an Indiana University graduate whose career has included Fortune 500 companies and work as a venture capitalist. In his retirement, he has become a wine consultant, specializing in wine education and tourism. His wife, Patricia Stiles, is an international opera star and opera voice professor at the Jacobs School of Music. Jeffery’s sponsor is Earon Davis.


Phil is a physician who has spent 39 years at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, where, he says, he has delivered more than 5,000 babies. He has served as president of the Carmel Rotary Club and helped start the Fishers, Westfield and Zionsville clubs. Phil has perfect Rotary meeting attendance since joining Rotary in 1981. He is an inductee and a past president of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, an inductee of the DePauw University Athletic Hall of Fame, a member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees and a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. In 2016 he was promoted to Brigadier General in the Indiana Guard Reserve.  His wife, Ann, is the Director of Women & Children’s Services at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Phil’s sponsor is Owen Johnson.


Salvation Army bells

The Bloomington Rotary Club has a long history in support of 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 not too early to sign up for the May 10 Rotary Gala, celebrating 100 years of the Bloomington Rotary Club. Here’s the link:






Walker: Manufacturing is coming back with a vengeance


Indiana manufacturing is alive and going very well. Better than you might think. That was Melanie Walker’s message for the club on Tuesday.


And manufacturing is doing pretty well in Bloomington, too. Walker said her company plans to build a brand-new building in Bloomington’s Trades District on Tenth Street, probably next year or the year after. It will be a 40,000 square foot building for research and development and will expand the company’s existing Bloomington-based corporate headquarters.


Walker is president of TASUS Corporation, Tsuchiya Group’s North American subsidiary. Since coming to Bloomington, she has established four Tsuchiya facilities, including plants in Ontario, Texas, Alabama and the Tsuchiya Group North America headquarters in Bloomington. The company makes plastic automotive parts, parts you know because they are on every car, such things as speaker grills, tail lights, armrest consoles, radiator housings, interior and exterior plastic trim, under-hood components, and just about anything else made of plastic. And printed graphics, too, such as caution labels and overlays – like Prius’ blue insert on its grill and trunk emblems. You see them every day, because Walker’s company supplies parts for every make and model built in North America – Toyota, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, and all those automakers from Europe and Detroit.


Walker said the widespread belief that manufacturing is dying in the United States is a myth. It isn’t dying, but it is changing. For one thing, it is global, a fact that is evident in Indiana where there are 250 Japanese-owned companies, including three auto assembly plants, employing thousands of Hoosiers. China and Korea are also invested here, she said, making American-made products to be exported into a global economy. Another myth is that manufacturing employees are poorly paid and frequently laid off. Average weekly pay, she said, is $1,200. That is $30 an hour.  $60,000 a year.  That’s better than most jobs in the service sector, she said.


However, those employees don’t look like your grandparents – even when they were young. “This is not your grandfather’s manufacturing,” she said. There have been huge changes in technology as ideas continue to advance. Today’s manufacturers and their employees make products using robots and digital technology that allow equipment to interact with people and with other robots. “The equipment talks to each other,” she said.  And then there is additive manufacturing technology – 3-D printing that lays down material to produce a product. It may still be too slow for mass production, but it is getting faster and has the added benefit of minimizing waste.


But robots, 3-D printers and digital communications require people, people to program, design, process and add a “huge dose of human touch,” she said.  Those people need to be trained in the new ways of doing things, and Walker said she thinks it is the manufacturers’ responsibility to develop those skills, to bring the classroom into the plant, to show middle school and high school students the opportunities available in their future, and then work with colleges to teach students how to use the tools of the trade – the robots and the computers.


Walker said her company works closely with Ivy Tech in Indiana and similar colleges in others states. In Alabama, for example, she said, students are taught to use the equipment actually used in her plants. That’s the stuff that needs doing, she said.


Manufacturing is alive and thriving. Just because it looks more global, more technical and more challenging doesn’t mean it has gone away.




President Mike Baker led the meeting. Susie Graham greeted Rotarians and guests, and Winston Shindell led the pledge and reflection.


Winston recalled his days as Rotary Club President in 1988-89.  With the anniversary of his administration now approaching 30 years, Winston is the earliest serving past president active in the club. He was the Rotary Club President the year Rotary International agreed to admit women and the first Rotary Club President in Bloomington to be able to announce that a member was pregnant. In those years, Winston said, he had five major goals, all of which were met: The club set a record in contributions for Polio Plus that year; it grew membership to 160 with a focus on attracting influential women as new members; it worked to vitalize the club’s standing committees, reinstate Fireside Chats and expand classification talks; and it took advantage of a strong program and fellowship opportunities to raise weekly attendance to 60 percent.


Winston’s sponsor when he joined Rotary in 1982 was Harold Jordan, who had been Club President in 1965-66 and District Governor in 1968-69.  Harold, like Winston, enjoyed a long career at Indiana University: 41 years in the residence halls, the IU Bookstore, the Indiana Memorial Union and the IU Auditorium. Harold, Winston noted, was instrumental in expanding the art collection in the Union and balancing classical and popular performances at the Auditorium.


Drew Bratton introduced our guest speaker, Melanie Walker.


Lynn Schwartzberg introduced our guests:  Nick Aschliman, a guest of Sara Laughlin; Haley Norwood, a guest of Jim Bright; and Julia Merkt, a guest of Earon Davis. Some Rotarians may remember Haley as the daughter of the late, long-time Rotarian Bud Kohr.


Membership Birthdays This Week

Beth Rodriquez – November 9

Ann Connors– November 11


Membership Anniversaries This Week

Art Lotz – 37 years

Dick McKaig – 32 years

Bob Holt – 24 years

Jack McCrory – 31 years



Jon Dilts, Reporter

Charlie Osborne and Joy Harter, Photographers