Roundabout 5.23.17

Welcome to the May 23, 2017, edition of the Roundabout, Bloomington Rotary Club’s weekly newsletter.


Next meeting

Karen Jepson-Innes, executive director of WonderLab, will join us next Tuesday at noon. We will meet in the Frangipani Room.


News of the week


Join the Race for Literacy

Owen Johnson updated us on the Race for Literacy scheduled for June 10, which is a fundraiser for Teachers Warehouse. He invited Rotarians to join for walking or running.  Participation is important! The Facebook page will have a post about joining the race. Please share it with your friends.


Welcome to our newest member

Michael Wade, Professor, Biology, Indiana University. Classification: Research Scientist – Biology. Sponsor: Mike Baker.


Rotary to toast Becky Hrisomalos

Jean Dayton, Bloomington North Club, announced that the steering committee has selected Becky Hrisomalos as the guest of honor for the upcoming 2017 Rotary Toast. Becky, who has served the Monroe County Public Library and its foundation as a board volunteer since 1964, selected the Friends of the Monroe County Library as her charitable organization to receive a contribution from the Rotary Clubs. Her longstanding dedication to community efforts—from Meals on Wheels to the IU Friends of Art—exemplifies Service Above Self.


The Toast will be held on Friday, November 3, in the Solarium and Alumni Hall. Table sponsorships are available. Jodi Hoagland, Bloomington North Club, is this year’s sponsorship chair. To purchase tickets or sponsor a table, contact Jodi at or 812-320-2375.


One Child live broadcast this Saturday

Join Rotarian Martha Foster for a live broadcast of the award-winning documentary One Child, directed by Mu Zijian, which documents three Sichuan Province families who each lost their only child in the earthquake of 2008. The documentary was adapted for American broadcast by Martha’s organization, Living Earth TV. The screening will take place on Saturday, May 27, at the IU Radio and Television Building, room 251. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the broadcast begins at 12 noon. Look for more information on the Bloomington Rotary Facebook page.


May 23 Presentation

IU Football Coach Tom Allen


Jim Shea introduced Coach Tom Allen. Coach Allen, a native of New Castle, was named the 29th head coach of Indiana this year. He joined IU on January 15, 2015, as the defensive coordinator. He engineered one of the top defensive turnarounds in 2016, when IU held their opponents to 380 total yards and gave up 25 fewer touchdowns.


Coach Allen’s father, a high school football coach who impacted the lives of young men through his work, was his inspiration. His career of coaching college football began at Wabash College. He has since lived in seven states in the last 10 years, and he thanked his wife Tracy for her support as he pursued this demanding profession.  “It drew us together as a family,” Coach Allen said of his migratory journey.


After far-flung travels, Coach Allen was delighted to come home to Indiana. He has 32 aunts and uncles and 100 cousins, and most of them reside in the Hoosier state.


Coach Allen explained his mantra of LEO: Love Each Other. LEO focuses on accountability, toughness, and love. “The love piece is what holds it all together. If you want to be about something bigger than you, it has got to be about the guy next to you,” Coach Allen explained.


“Preparation creates confidence.” It was evident to Coach Allen that the workouts and mental self-perspective was important. The team changed the daily workouts and activities to change the overall outcome.


Players are held accountable on and off the field. Coach Allen believes that the LEO principle helps guide the players on what is best for the team overall, not the individual, and that concept extends to life outside of football. He runs three miles every day because he has to stay in shape to run with the team during “gassers” if they don’t meet their practice goal. “Nothing can break you,” Coach Allen emphasizes to his players through tough practices and mental challenges.


Coach Allen explained the importance of belief, and the process of preparing to be special from that belief. “No person can break us, and it is about playing for each other,” he said.


Our May 23 meeting

President Leslie Green led the meeting.  Lynn Schwartzberg greeted Rotarians and guests, and Nancy Liggett led the pledge and reflection. Nancy reflected on the fact that no one was given a religious test to join Rotary, that Rotarians came together around shared principles, like the hope to eliminate polio.


Nancy Liggett welcomed the numerous guests of the three Rotary clubs.


Kyla Cox Deckard, Reporter