Our next meeting on Tuesday, May 15, will feature Morgan Snyder, director of public relations at Visit Indy, a marketing organization promoting Indianapolis tourism. The meeting will be held in the Georgian Room.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Tree Planting and Photo Op
Mike Baker announced that 24 Rotary volunteers planted 44 trees in 90 minutes on Saturday, May 5. Those participating are encouraged to attend a photo opportunity with the Mayor and City of Bloomington representatives on Thursday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. at the Switchyard Park parking lot near Patterson and Grimes.
New Rotary Administrative Assistant
Natalie Blais was introduced. She will replace Pamela Martindale May 15. She is training under Pam’s expert guidance.
5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at the Monroe County Convention Center. The gala will feature special guest Rotary International President Ian Riseley of Australia.
Stamp Out Hunger
Rotarians who have Stamp Out Hunger yard signs, please display them 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 12.
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.
Kyla Cox Deckard and Doris Sims (wife of new Rotarian Jim Sims) will be among seven local women leaders to be honored at the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce’s 9th annual Women Excel Bloomington Awards event May 31 event at Henke Hall. More at www.chamberbloomington.org.
MAY 8 PROGRAM: HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Byron Bangert introduced the program by stating that, of 23 applicants from three area high schools, 16 students were eligible for review. Six were interviewed and four were selected. The criteria for selections were service to school and community; academic achievement; demonstrated leadership; and future goals that the scholarship may help the recipient achieve. The four students were in attendance with family and teachers. They are Tamsin Stringer, Shahzadi Upadhyay, Forrest Burdette, and Baileigh Goodlett.
Tamsin Stringer was born in the United Kingdom, has a French grandmother, and is a naturalized citizen attending Bloomington High School South. She speaks French and Spanish. She is interested in environmental sustainability. Among the many places she has volunteered are Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Green Sprouts, DNR Lake Monroe Clean Up, Bloomington Weatherization projects, and LOTS. Her service in sustainability issues has shaped her, as has her family’s international perspective. She co-founded Green Sprouts, an educational organization for young children. She is involved in sustainability and green movements for youth action across the country. She also enjoys theater, soccer, and music. She has been accepted to Bates College in Maine and will focus on environmental studies and international political science. Her dream is to manage a United Nations environmental program or nonprofit that affects lasting environmental change for the world. Her letters of recommendation describe her as “the epitome of integrity, conscientious, hard-working, and driven — but she has an upbeat, positive, and outgoing infectious personality.”
Shahzadi Upanhyay’s family are natives of Nepal. Shay’s passion is for human rights. Her volunteer career began at WonderLab. She serves as a youth leader at Middle Way House and recently appeared as a panelist on WFIU’s Noon Edition, discussing the Parkland, Florida, school shooting. She mentors children living at Middle Way. She is very involved in the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Youth Council (ICADVYC). As part of her work with ICADVYC, she serves as a youth policy advocate for how bills become law and follows relevant bills as they move through the Senate. She also arranged a collaborative partnership between the ICADVYC and the Indiana Institute for Working Families, a state nonprofit that advocates for impoverished Hoosier families in the Indiana General Assembly. She will attend IU to study public policy at SPEA. One of her teachers described her as extremely hard-working and intellectually gifted, someone who challenges herself academically and has a rare gift for making everyone in the room – teachers and fellow students alike – better people.
Forrest Burdette is a student at Bloomington High School North. As a young man who thinks outside the box, he has rebuilt cars and participated in the Debate Team, the Book Club, the Philosophy Club, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, and most passionately, became an Eagle Scout in 2015. His strong interest in Scouting allows him to mentor younger Boy Scouts and to foster future leaders of the world. Forrest feels service is a big part of Scouting and of academic learning and bettering oneself as a person. He plans to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to study engineering. He expects to continue with Scouting by becoming a troop leader while attending college. Forrest noted Rotary’s role in fostering youth and leadership. He is described as “truly self-motivated and self-directed. Whether inside the classroom or in the real world, Forrest is able to work on his own or on a team to systematically address any problem or question….he is thoughtful, empathetic, and intellectually creative.”
Baileigh Goodlett is a senior at Bloomington High School South. Her service above self includes involvement in SAGE, student led environmental group, president of BHSS Habitat for Humanity, and Interfaith Shelter. She serves as a deacon at her church. Baileigh has past experience with Rotary as an Interact Student and attended RYLA. This experience fostered her passion to continue working with Rotary as it has helped her form friendships and contacts with Rotarians around the world. She is currently working with Dr. Luyda Bronstein in the IU Chemistry Department to develop an HPV vaccine that will improve access to health care and cancer prevention in Third World countries. She has decided to take a gap year before college to continue her research with Dr. Bronstein on developing a stable HPV vaccine. Her references describe her as making “high performance look easy, a strong critical thinker, highly proficient at explanations and deeply involved in a wide variety of community service endeavors.”
(A note from Owen Johnson: Wendi Goodlett, Baileigh’s mother, told me she received the same scholarship when she was a student at Bloomington North. Jim Bright told me Baileigh’s dad was briefly a Rotary member but found he couldn’t fit the meetings into his schedule.)
OUR MAY 8 MEETING:
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Steve Ingle was our greeter, and Leslie Green led the Pledge of Allegiance and reflection. In honor of the recent tree planting by Rotarians,
Leslie discussed the ways trees help our environment.
Michael Shermis introduced our guests:
Beverly Teach, member of the Rotary Club of Brown County, guest of Glenda Murray
Jeni Waters of the IU Center for Rural Engagement, guest of Kyla Cox Deckard
Alexis Laginess, intern at the Community Foundation, guest of Meagan Niese
Tamsin Stringer’s mother and grandmother and Amanda Figolah, biology teacher at Bloomington High School South
Samrat & Babita Upadhyay, parents of Shahzadi
Deb, Alan, and Claire Burdette, parents and sister of Forrest Burdette
Paul Rhodes, AP literature teacher at Bloomington High School North
Wendi, Garth, and Sydney Goodlett, parents and sister of Baileigh Goodlett
Dr. Fritz Lieber, IU School of Education
Don Colglazier – May 9
Joy Harter – May 6
Nancy Krueger, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer