Our next meeting on Tuesday, May 8th will be in the Frangipani Room from 12:00 noon to 1PM. Byron Bangert will introduce the four Rotary high school student scholarship recipients.
This Week’s News:
Race for Literacy
Ashley Sullivan announced that Rotary is in need of volunteers for the Race for Literacy on June 9th. There are many jobs that need to be filled – other than running! Contact Ashley to sign-up to help.
Mike Baker announced that Rotary volunteers will be meeting at Sherwood Oaks Church parking lot to plant trees at 8am until noon Saturday, May 5th. Equipment will be provided, holes, pre-dug. Wear your old clothes.
Stamp Out Hunger
Rotarians who have Stamp Out Hunger yard signs, please display them beginning Sunday May 6 through Saturday, May 12.
To all Rotarians – PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DONATIONS BY YOUR MAILBOX BEFORE YOUR LETTER CARRIER ARRIVES ON SATURDAY MAY 12TH.
ITEMS NEEDED: Canned meat (tuna, chicken beef stew, etc.), canned fruit and vegetables, juice and juice boxes, cereal.
PLEASE DO NOT DONATE: Expired food, open packages, perishable food, glass jars.
Only eight new cases of Polio reported in 2018 to date.
The May 1 program speaker, Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of the United Way Monroe County
Liz Feitl introduced Efrat Feferman, longtime Bloomington community resident and now Executive Director of the United Way Monroe County.
The Mission of the United Way is to improve people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community and to address critical needs today and to work to reduce these same needs tomorrow.
Historically the organization has its origins in the early 20th century civic and religious leaders responding to growing social services needs that were reflections of the increasingly industrial society. Although the concept originated in Denver, in 1906 Bloomington citizens (led by Mary Waldron) founded a Council of Social Services. In 1936 it was termed Community Chest and had a goal of raising $20,000. By 1956 the name was Bloomington and Monroe County United Fund with a goal to raise $118,000. By 2006 the current nomenclature was applied and the United Way of Monroe County was born.
United Way currently serves 25 member nonprofit agencies. Its priorities are education, earning opportunities, and essential needs. It strategies are to compile data, convene conversations, invest in member agencies, and partnerships and collaborations. Each category represents many community initiatives.
United Way’s 25 nonprofit partners meet monthly and undergo a certification process annually. Community volunteers lead the fund allocation process to distribute the $1.3 million raised in 2017. Each agency reports on the previous year’s impact and metrics.
Some recent proud accomplishments are the following: establishment in 2006 of the 211 service that links those in need to the appropriate social services; the Free Community Tax Service in which 100 volunteers helped 2400 people file their taxes last year; partnership in the creation of the Community Foundation’s “Birth to Five” program; Real Men Who Read that brings male role models into elementary schools to read to children; the Healthcare Navigator to assist people looking for affordable health coverage; and Stamp Out Hunger where letter carriers collected 48,000 pounds of food to be distributed to those in need by the Hoosier Hills Food Bank.
The United Way’s current goals include reacting to the changing landscape of a new generation of givers –Millennials in the workplace and the proliferation of giving options in a digital age.
On the horizon they will focus on the next SCAN report, strategic planning, and continuing to engage their corporate partners.
Our May 1 Meeting
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Dick McKaig was our greeter, and Loren Snyder led the Pledge of Allegiance. Loren discussed the concepts of apathy, sympathy, and compassion in his reflection. The difference between compassion and sympathy is action and Rotarians are truly compassionate in that they take action to better their community.
Kate Cruikshank introduced our guests:
Al Feitl, guest of Liz Feitl
Jim Sims, guest of Earon Davis
Shawn Keller, guest of Art Oehmich
Jim Sims will be the primary member for the Monroe County NAACP’s organizational membership. Classification: Monroe County NAACP. Sponsor: Earon Davis.
Anne Lucas is a retired teacher. Classification: Retired Educator. Sponsor: Drew Bratton.
Art Lotz, May 3rd
Jeff Baldwin, May 4th
Judy Schroeder, May 5th
Glenda Murray, 27 years
Joyce Poling, 9 years
Nancy Krueger, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer