No luncheon on Tuesday, June 13! Instead, we will gather for pizza and a “hands on” visit at WonderLab, 308 W. Fourth Street (just west of the B-Line Trail), from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13.
Come experience WonderLab, one of our newest corporate members! Bring your children or grandchildren, bring your own curiosity, and come explore this Bloomington resource and treasure. Children will visit and eat for free.
Cost: $16 for members and adult guests (will be billed to your account). The fee includes pizza and admission to WonderLab. There is paid street parking, or you can park at the Convention Center and walk the B-Line Trail one block to WonderLab. We will not have our regular Tuesday noon meeting that day.
Please click on this link to RSVP today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WD3LHKR
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Welcome back, Ron!
We are pleased to welcome Ron Barnes back as a member of our club, continuing his 37 years of membership in Rotary. Ron served in various leadership positions in school administration, including superintendent of schools, before joining the Indiana University faculty as Executive Director, Indiana School Executive Leadership Academy, and Professor of Leadership & Policy Studies. He joined the emeritus faculty ranks in 2008, and he remains active as a school executive search consultant.
Race for Literacy: Saturday, June 10
The Race for Literacy will be this Saturday, June 10, with the start and finish near Bloomington Hardware.
Volunteers need to report at 7:15 a.m. with runners and walkers beginning the race at 8 a.m. Fifty-three runners and walkers have signed up, according to Sara Laughlin, but we would like to have twice that many, so sign up to walk or run and encourage others to do so as well.
Proceeds support Teachers Warehouse.
2017 Rotary Toast Honoree: Becky Hrisomalos
This week the Herald-Times announced Athena (Becky) Hrisomalos as the honoree at the third annual Rotary Toast to be held on Friday, November 3, in Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union. The Toast, sponsored by the three Bloomington Rotary Clubs, honors an individual who has made contributions to the community in a manner consistent with Rotary International’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Becky’s service record includes extensive service to the Monroe County Public Library, as well as the development of the Meals on Wheels program and the “Light Up a Life” tree. She was director of social services at Bloomington Hospital for 17 years. Mark your calendars now to attend this signature event!
During his recent trip to Scotland, Jim Bright visited Rotary clubs at St. Andrews and the small town of Ullapool, and he presented a banner from the Ullapool Rotary Club to President Leslie Green. Visiting Rotarian Sharon Beach exchanged a banner from her Lahaini (Maui) Sunset Rotary Club for a banner from our club.
Past Presidents Dinner
On Wednesday, May 31, twelve past presidents of our club met with current President Leslie and incoming President Mike Baker, continuing a tradition of supporting the new president. President Leslie reported that Mike heard time and time again about the support the past presidents are ready to provide him as he moves into the presidency.
Other news about our Rotary family
Congratulations to club member Steve Raymer on the publication of his new book, Somewhere West of Lonely: My Life in Pictures, published by IU Press. President Leslie believes this would be a good presentation for a future club meeting.
Our sympathies go out to Michael Shermis, whose mother passed away over the weekend.
JUNE 6 PRESENTATION: HEATHER TALLMAN, Indiana Grown initiative
Lynn Schwartzberg introduced our speaker, Heather Tallman, who is member development program manager for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Indiana Grown initiative. Heather is a native of Monroe County with a strong background in the food industry. She founded her own food media company, Kitchen Sink Media Inc., which helped brands and businesses with content creation, social media, product placement, and promotion. Through creating her own food-centric network, Heather has gained experience in blogging, broadcast appearances, and cooking demonstrations as Basilmomma. In her role with Indiana Grown, she is responsible for member development, project leadership, and implementation of multiple strategies to drive economic development and marketing in the Indiana food industry.
The mission of Indiana Grown, according to Heather, is to help Hoosier consumers easily identify, find, and buy products grown, raised, or processed in Indiana. Most visibly, Indiana Grown has a logo to label locally grown food. Heather noted that Hoosier consumers spend $16 billion a year on food.
There are four variations of the Indiana Grown logo: 100% Indiana (everything about the product occurs in Indiana), prepared in Indiana (such as wines with grapes from another state), partner (such as retailers like Lucky’s Market, Upland Brewery, Finch’s), and a general purpose logo.
Heather gave an example of an Indiana Grown development in and near Converse, Indiana. A sixth-generation farmer decided to broaden his crops beyond traditional products to include fields of sunflowers and canola. The harvested crops are then cold-pressed to produce Healthy Hoosier Oil. The byproducts of the pressing are fed to hogs, and the meat from these hogs is used at the Jefferson Street BBQ in Converse.
Much of Heather’s work involves recruiting members of Indiana Grown, which include farmers, producers, processors, artisans, and retailers. Members benefit by being able to use the Indiana Grown logo, as well as by introduction to potential partners, having a community with which to share ideas, an increase in product awareness, and promotion to retailers throughout Indiana. At present there are more than 800 Indiana Grown members, including over 700 food products members. Indiana Grown seeks to support farms, producers, and related businesses of all sizes.
Coming soon will be the second anniversary of the creation of Indiana Grown, which will be marked by an Indiana Grown “Monumental Marketplace” to be held on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis on Friday, July 7, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You will have the opportunity to sip, sample, and shop great local products, have lunch from one of the many members, and support small businesses from all across the state.
Our June 6 Meeting
President Leslie Green led the meeting. Ardalan Vossoughi greeted us, and Charlotte Zietlow led the pledge and reflection. Charlotte reflected on the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and the 4-Way Test, which she sees as remarkably similar to the Golden Rule she learned in her Lutheran elementary school. When we look around and see many of the things happening in the world today, she wonders if many people really believe in these guidelines for living. What do we really mean by Service Above Self? What do we really believe in? She thinks it is a challenge for us and other Rotarians to make these guidelines for living real to us and to others around us.
Judy Schroeder introduced guests:
Charlotte Griffin, guest of James Griffin
Brian Beach, visiting Rotarian from Lahaina (Maui) Sunrise Rotary
Sharon Beach, visiting Rotarian from Lahaina (Maui) Sunset Rotary
Member birthdays this week and next
Steve Ingle, June 11
Geoff McKim, June 11
Liz Feitl, June 14
Member anniversaries this week and next
Henk Haitjema, 5 years
Marty Donnelly, 5 years
Martha Wailes, 4 years
Bill Perkins, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer