Roundabout 7.31.18



Our speaker on August 7 will be Sunni Fass, Executive Director of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation (LEAF), the organization which presents the Lotus Music and Arts Festival (a.k.a. the Lotus Festival) and the Lotus Blossoms Education Outreach program (a youth-focused program which brings internationally respected artist-educators to southern Indiana schools). This year – which is the 25th anniversary of the Lotus Festival – the Festival will fill the streets of downtown Bloomington with sights and sounds from around the globe on September 27-30. Tickets will be available beginning August 1. Sunni became Executive Director of LEAF in January 2014, but she also served as a volunteer and intern for the Lotus Festival when she was in graduate school in Bloomington starting in 2001. Prior to returning to Bloomington, she was Executive Director of the Pentangle Arts Council in Woodstock, Vermont. We will be meeting in the Frangipani Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.



Volunteers needed for supply drive

Marilyn Wood reminded us that the Teachers Warehouse 2018 supply drive is this week – from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. Our club volunteers will be working at College Mall Kroger’s, and the Bloomington Exchange Club will be collecting supplies at Staples, the Bloomington Sunrise and North clubs will be at Walmart, and Teachers Warehouse staff will be at Office Depot.  If you have some time free on August 4, please come and join the volunteers at any of these four sites!


Banner Exchange with the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati

Keith Schoenthal, a Visiting Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Rancho Cotati, Sonoma County, California, is in Bloomington for the Boy Scouts of America National Order of the Arrow Conference. Keith attended our meeting and exchanged club banners with President Loren Snyder. Keith said to remember that “Sonoma makes wine, Napa makes auto parts.”


Please sign up for August meeting duties: Greeter, Pledge and Reflection, Introduce Guests


OUR JULY 31 MEETING:  David Lanz, owner of Shelterwood Builders


Steve Ingle introduced our speaker, David Lanz, owner of Shelterwood Builders. David has over 35 years of building experience and has been building and remodeling in the Bloomington area for over 20 years. Founded in 1989, Shelterwood specializes in building highly energy-efficient, healthy, and environmentally sound homes. David is also a polio survivor, and Steve mentioned that one of Rotary International’s major projects is stamping out polio, with only 11 new global wild poliovirus cases so far this year.

David noted that he grew up on a farm in Indiana. He was project oriented as a kid; he remembers at least three remodeling projects on his home as he was growing up. He likes the definition of wisdom as “the ability to see things as they are.” With this kind of wisdom, an individual can make more conscious choices in life. He asked us to consider the impact of mankind on our planet in the last 50 years – it has been mind-boggling. For him, 2001 was a turning point – it convinced him that we all need to care for our planet. We are facing a catastrophe, and we need to do whatever we can do to help the planet. For David, it meant building houses that were energy efficient, but balanced by economics.

David loves architecture of many types, but his favorite is prairie architecture. His work is based on design-build, incorporating energy efficiency. For him, this energy efficiency begins with two elements: (1) utilization of spray foam insulation, and (2) incorporation of geo-thermal heating and cooling. Beyond these two elements, adding solar power is desirable, as well as adding solar storage. Also, as a way of saving energy, don’t mow your entire lawn – set aside some portion of your lawn as prairie grasses or ground cover. Of course use energy-efficient appliances.

He is proud of his development of Prairie Green, off State Road 45 east of Bloomington. Prairie Green is a Shelterwood development “where architecture meets environment,” consisting of twelve lots of at least 2 ½ acres each. The houses have been built using prairie architecture, and Shelterwood has taken great pains to landscape the site with naturally occurring vegetation, including spots of prairie grasses and ground covers, arranged in a seemingly random fashion which allows for the greatest privacy and enhanced vistas. He has tried to be creative at Prairie Green, and he urges us all to be creative in what we do.

Turning to his illness with polio, David said he contracted polio when he was 3 (almost 4) years old. His neck was paralyzed and so were his shoulders. His sister, who was younger, also contracted polio when she was 2. At the time, he really didn’t understand what was going on. Eventually, after time in the hospital and lots of physical therapy, he was able to return home. He was afraid to attend school, but he (with his dad’s urging) forced himself to go. He sought help from professionals, including attending seminars. Eventually, he forgave himself – he understood why he was the way he was. He learned to love himself. He said that was the key to getting better, whatever problem you have: Learn to love yourself.

In response to questions, David said his physical therapy was usually water therapy (and so was his sister’s). He had received a polio vaccination before he contracted polio, which is probably why his illness was not as severe as many polio sufferers. His sister’s legs were paralyzed, and she had to stay in the hospital longer than David. She also recovered. He thought perseverance was the key to his recovery and his later success in life. David believes the tariffs proposed by President Trump are not a good idea, not good for anybody, and that they might trigger a recession. When asked what we can do to make our current homes more energy efficient, David suggested that we insulate them better (particularly with spray foam insulation), that we purchase energy-efficient appliances, and that we try to stop using fossil fuels.



President Loren Snyder led the meeting and Liz Feitl greeted us. Owen Johnson led the pledge and reflection. Owen encouraged us to attend some of the events being held in Bloomington on Friday to celebrate National Ernie Pyle Day. His reflection, however, was (he hoped) the last historical reflection during our club’s centennial year. The reflection will try to answer “why Bloomington Rotary was founded in 1918.” In the latter part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, middle-class men in the United States joined a number of organizations for their camaraderie and perceived prestige, such as the Masons, the Knights of Pythias, and the Oddfellows. But many of their sons wanted more from the organizations they joined – they wanted to assist in solving the problems of the world, to focus on social justice, to provide service. Rotary was created in this era, with its motto of “Service above Self.” The first Rotary club was formed in Chicago in 1905, and the Bloomington club followed in the next decade. Of course, these first clubs were all white men. In the 1920s the rules were changed to forbid discrimination on the basis of race. It wasn’t until 1989 that Rotary admitted women members, and Owen believes that it is high time for a woman to serve as president of Rotary International.


Michael Shermis introduced guests:

Pam Ward, German American Bank, guest of Jean Emery

Ann Eskew, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, guest of Phil Eskew

Becky Wann, realtor, guest of Steve Ingle

Dr. Whitney Cordoba, Fulbright Scholar, guest of Jim Bright

Dalal Azzouzi, Fulbright Scholar, guest of Jim Bright

Joel Mason, Smithville Fiber, guest of Liz Irwin

Larry Barker, guest of Jim Bright

Heleen Roex, from Australia, guest of Henk Haitjema

Keith Schoenthal, Visiting Rotarian from Rancho Cotati, California


Member birthdays this week:

 Jeffery Schauss, July 29


No member anniversaries this week.


Happy Dollars to support Teachers Warehouse were donated for a wide variety of reasons, including a sister visiting from Australia; guests from Las Cruces, New Mexico; 5,500 Scouts and Scouters in town; a bridal shower for a granddaughter; and over 375 teachers who shopped at Teachers Warehouse last week during the Blitz.


Other Announcements

** During his presentation at our transition meeting, President Loren Snyder asked us to respond to a 3-question survey. Fifty-one members have now responded to this survey. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the survey using the following link: Your input is greatly appreciated.

** President Loren indicated that our present international service project, “Education Matters,” which aims to improve the educational conditions in the former refugee camp Mpasa near Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is nearing its conclusion. What international project shall we begin next?  Suggestions to Loren are welcome, particularly if you are passionate about a potential project.

 ** Audrey Seader, the first outbound Global Scholar from the southern Indiana Rotary District, will leave for London in August to begin classes in pursuit of a master’s degree in arts and cultural management at King’s College London. She will be speaking at our club on August 14.

** A LinkedIN Group for our club, named Bloomington Indiana Rotary, has been created. If you use LinkedIN, please join the group.


Loren’s thought for the week: “If you want peace, don’t talk to your friends, talk to your enemies.” – Desmond Tutu


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