Our next meeting on Tuesday, May 22, will feature speaker Glen Steenberger, Scout Executive/CEO, Hoosier Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America. We will meet in the Frangipani Room, IMU. The Hoosier Trails Council serves more than 6,000 youth in 18 counties in south-central Indiana. It maintains two camp properties. Glen has served as CEO of the council for more than eight years.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
New Paul Harris Fellows
Inducted as Paul Harris Fellows were, above, Liz Irwin, Julia Merkt, Sally Harvey (by virtue of a contribution from her husband), and Jim Harvey (a +3 Paul Harris Fellow).
Centennial glow still felt
President Mike Baker thanked all who attended the Bloomington Rotary 100th Anniversary Gala. He offered special thanks to the Centennial Committee (Jim Bright, Liz Feitl, Sally Gaskill, Owen Johnson, Sara Laughlin, Jerry Pagac and Ashley Sullivan plus Jean Emery and Kim Gray) for their hard work. Ron Jensen was thanked for starting the club down this path. Mike presented Alain Barker, Kyla Cox Deckard, and Judy Schroeder with Rotary wheels for their great work in assembling the 24-page program.
A plaque will be placed at Switchyard Park in honor of the Rotarian tree planting efforts. Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife were very complimentary about Hoosier hospitality. To see a video in today’s Herald Times Online about President Riseley’s tree planting challenge and his visit to Bloomington, click here.
Keith Brown remembered
A moment of silence honored Keith Brown, long-time Rotarian and president in 2002. Keith died May 9.
MAY 15 PROGRAM: Visit Indy
Loren Snyder introduced his wife, Morgan Snyder, director of public relations for Visit Indy. Morgan’s presentation, The Power of Tourism, informed us that 28.6 million people visit Indianapolis annually, spending an estimated $5.2 billion dollars. Visit Indy was the brand created in 2012 and is the official sales and marketing arm of the city of Indianapolis. Tourism creates 80,600 jobs in central Indiana. Visit Indy’s $13 million budget for promotion comes from the hotel tax (80%) and other city partners.
Morgan said the sales mission is putting “heads in beds” – especially for convention booking in the city. The marketing team of 11 full-time people is charged with “enhancing perception and driving demand” for the Indianapolis area. Their work involves heavy use of social media, earned media, paid media and owned media. Aside from sports promotion in the city, Film Media is a new focus. Bringing filmmakers to the area brings in dollars and increases the city’s visibility. Recently the series “American Ninja Warrior” did some filming around Monument Circle.
Some fun facts:
- “GenCon” is the largest annual convention, bringing 60,000 people over four days.
- The Indy International Airport is ranked #1 in the North America.
- There are 400 restaurants downtown. In 2017 Indy was ranked as one of the six best U.S. cities for dining out.
- Indy has the world’s largest Children’s Museum. It recently added a seven-acre addition to feature interactive sports exhibits.
- Indy is second only to Washington, D.C., in numbers of monuments and memorials.
- The Indianapolis 500 is the largest one-day sporting event in the world
Upcoming plans include greater development along the White River, new plans for utilizing the Circle City Mall space, an enhancement to Monument Circle, and plans for the acreage at the GM Stamping Plant site, possibly for Amazon.
OUR MAY 15 MEETING
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Bill Perkins was our greeter. At her last Rotary meeting after 10 years as club assistant, Pam Martindale led the Pledge of Allegiance and offered a heartfelt reflection on “time well-spent.” She received a prolonged standing ovation.
Peggy Frisbie introduced our guests:
Nate Swick, guest of Morgan Snyder and employee of Visit Indy
John Summerlot, director of veterans services at IU and guest of Hank Walter
Sally Harvey, guest of Jim Harvey
Rusty Shields, guest of Liz Irwin
Kelsey Haislip, Bell Trace, guest of Joy Harter
Alain Barker and David Meyer, both 4 years on May 13
Reporter: Nancy Krueger
Photographer: Charlie Osborne