Roundabout 5.30.17

Welcome to the May 30, 2017, edition of the Roundabout, Bloomington Rotary Club’s weekly newsletter.


Next luncheon

Heather Tallman will join us next week to talk about Indiana Grown, an initiative by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Since its launch in July 2015, the initiative has grown to more than 650 members statewide, including roughly 40 business partners consisting of distributors, farmers markets, and retailers. We will meet in the Frangipani Room of the IMU.


News of the week

Welcome, Rashad!

Our newest member comes from Azerbaijan. Rashad Mammadov is a researcher in visual communications and media. He also researches political-media relations and has taught design and photography skills. He was formerly an executive director of an online TV channel. He is pursuing a Ph.D. and is “ABD” (all but dissertation). Owen Johnson is his sponsor.


Join the Race for Literacy

Marine Brichard came to IU on a scholarship from Rotary Belgium. She participated in the Race for Literacy last year, and she encouraged everyone to participate. June 10 is the date of the race—run (or walk) with us!


Senator Birch Bayh and the Politics of Electoral College Reform exhibit at Wells Library

During a recent classification talk, Kate Cruikshank spoke about an upcoming exhibit she was preparing titled “Senator Bayh and the Politics of Electoral College Reform.” That exhibit is now installed at the fourth floor of the east tower of the Wells Library at 1320 E. Tenth Street.


May 30 Presentation

Karen Jepson-Innes


Mike Baker introduced Karen Jepson-Innes. She is one of the founding staff members at WonderLab and now serves as its executive director. Prior to joining WonderLab, she worked at the Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs and Harvard University, and she taught college classes at Colorado Springs and University of Colorado Boulder.


Nearly the entire club raised their hands when Karen asked who had visited WonderLab. WonderLab is an interactive science center for kids and adults. They served 80,284 visitors in the last year. The exhibits support Indiana education standards and hands-on learning, and WonderLab has several special education programs during the week and on the weekends. There are more than 1,700 member families, and more than 800 volunteers donate more than 15,000 volunteer hours. WonderLab was recently named one of the top 25 science centers in the U.S. by Parents Magazine.


Karen explained that “science matters,” and that it helps us understand the world around us and solve problems. Science education makes an important contribution to the debate over what is fact because it is an evidence-based way to look at the world. Eighty percent of future careers will rely on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and science education is important for Indiana and the nation. U.S. students need great improvement in STEM areas in order to stay competitive in the world.


WonderLab staff distributed an interactive project to the tables, where Rotarians tried to build the tallest structure they could, using spaghetti, tape, string, and a marshmallow. Not all groups were successful, but Rotarians shared laughs nevertheless.


Karen used an analogy to explain how the teaching of STEM does not have enough hands-on experience — in the way that students learn science without interacting with it — by comparing it to teaching basketball without actually playing the game.


Karen explained that performance, engagement, and identity are key to predicting whether someone will pursue a STEM career. Identity — the ability to identify and imagine oneself as a scientist — has been proven to be the trait with the most impact.


WonderLab’s vision is to help children become curious, creative problem solvers, inspired by the wonder of science, who will shape a better future for themselves and the world. Karen encouraged all Rotarians to join WonderLab on June 13 when we will celebrate Rotary Family Night. She also honored the WonderLab service of Mike Baker, who has served on the board since 2000.


Our May 30 Meeting

President Leslie Green led the meeting.  Art Oehmich greeted Rotarians and guests, and Owen Johnson led the pledge and reflection. Owen reflected on a social media session he attended at the recent district conference. He explained that social media is key to reaching prospective members. He challenged Rotarians to open and use their own social media accounts to help expand Rotary’s reach.


Marilyn Wood welcomed the numerous guests:

Linda Gales, guest of Liz Feitl

Steve Sapoznik, guest of Michael Shermis

Cheryl Beech, visiting Rotarian from Maui

Ellay Williams, guest of Liz Irwin

Bill Oates, visiting Rotarian from Florida


Classification Talk

Bryan Price

Brian is the president and CEO of the IU Credit Union. He has served in that role for 10 years. He holds a BS in accounting from the Kelley School of Business. When he was hired at IU Credit Union as the internal auditor in 1986, it was his goal to one day become president of the organization. He thanked the IUCU staff and board for their support over the years. He is a Bloomington resident and is proud to work with the 200 employees at the IU Credit Union. Credit Unions are a financial cooperative with a volunteer board of directors. He thanked the members in the audience who have supported the credit union mission. Bryan has two adult children. Amy is a teacher at MCCSC, and she and her husband have an adorable son, Landon. His son Aaron works for Hoosier Energy and is a former IU football player. Aaron and his wife are expecting a child in November (also sure to be adorable).  Prior to becoming the president of our own Bloomington Rotary Club in 2002, Bryan was a Rotary global scholar who traveled to England. He is delighted to be a part of a great Rotary family.




Jim Bright, June 5



Joy Harter, 11 years

Michael Hoff, 24 years

Wain Martin, 26 years

Tim Thrasher, 36 years

Fred Dunn, 44 years

Judy Schroeder, 29 years

Bob Zaltsberg, 29 years

Sally Gaskill, 14 years

John Miller, 38 years


Kyla Cox Deckard, Reporter