Please join us as we hear from IU Head Football Coach Tom Allen. The meeting will be a joint gathering with the Bloomington North and Bloomington Sunrise Clubs, and will take place in the IMU Solarium.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The seasonal Happy Hour will take place on Monday, May 22 at Cardinal Spirits, starting at 5:30pm.
Race for Literacy
Race for Literacy is still looking for three more volunteers.
Rotarians in the News
Kate Cruikshank presented on strategies for increasing civic engagement to the Emeriti House on Monday.
MAY 2 PROGRAM
KAZ FUKUDA, ROTARY GLOBAL SCHOLAR
Introduced by Steve Moberly, Kaz Fukuda is studying for a Ph.D at the IU Maurer School of Law. He has additional degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Purdue and has worked for years at the United Nations Development Program in Montenegro and Laos. His experience is with democratic governance, supporting the rule of law development and human rights protection. Among his many activities, he teaches Japanese at IU. His introduction to the Bloomington Rotary Club was through Jim Bright, in Japan, when Jim was on his way to the Seoul Rotary International conference. Kaz’s Rotary grant is sponsored by the Yokohama/Kawasaki and Southern Central Indiana clubs.
Kaz’s Ph.D, through the Center for Constitutional Democracy (CCD) at the Maurer School of Law, is perhaps the only program of its kind in the US with a focus on constitutional design for emerging democracies. The CCD was established by Susan and David Williams. Kaz’s dissertation explores the intersection between informal and formal justice systems around the world.
Kaz mentioned that his experiences in Bloomington have been greatly enhanced by the Rotary scholarship. In addition to the financial benefit, he has enjoyed networking, engaging with the community and is deeply grateful for the ways in which he and his family have been welcomed.
Our May 16 Meeting
Leslie Green led the meeting. Ann Connors was our greeter.
Bryce Bow led the pledge and reflection. As a recently inducted member of the club, he mentioned how amazed he is at members’ contributions to the community. At a time when our society seems to be creating unnecessary conflict through lack of understanding, through self-reinforced isolation, through online communities that don’t really intersect with others, the Rotary values based on Service Above Self have become all the more important. To quote Martin Luther King, “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Our Guests, introduced by Susie Graham
- Eric Burns, guest of Liz Irwin
There were no club member birthdays or anniversaries to report
Alain Barker, reporter
Charlie Osborne, photographer