On May 1 we will meet for lunch in the Frangipani Room at the IMU. Efrat Feferman will be our speaker. Efrat joined the United Way of Monroe County as the executive director in September 2017. She is a longtime community resident and most recently was assistant director of finance for the City of Bloomington Utilities. She has 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector and has served as a United Way board member.
State conference review
President Mike Baker noted Bloomington was well represented at the Statewide Rotary Conference in Indianapolis last weekend. Jim Bright was awarded the Service Above Self Award by District Gov. Judy Bush. Assistant District Gov. Jessika Hane was the emcee on Friday, and Loren Snyder was the emcee on Saturday. Ashley Sullivan, chair of our district’s Four-Way Test speech contest, introduced the district winner. Many local Rotarians walked in the Polio Awareness Walk to Monument Circle.
The April 24 program
Sally Gaskill introduced Kate Galvin, artistic director for Cardinal Stage Company. Kate took over the position in November when Cardinal Stage founder Randy White left Bloomington.
Kate’s background in theater and musical theater includes key roles for the Walnut Street Theater, the largest regional theater in Philadelphia with an $18 million budget, 50,000 subscribers and a 1,100-seat main stage theater; and at Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theater, which had no permanent performance space and a $300,000 budget. She was in Philly the last 15 years and worked independently as a director in addition to her jobs with those theater companies.
She had never heard of Cardinal Stage before she learned about the job opening but through research was impressed with its good reputation, its mix of programming, its commitment to serving youth, its opportunity for growth and the culture and lifestyle of Bloomington. She said she loved Bloomington on her first visit.
She said Cardinal has many strengths, including local talent, the board and staff, strong corporate sponsorships and good relationships with local theaters.
She intends for Cardinal to continue to present a mixture of shows, some more edgy and some more familiar to audiences. She said Cardinal best serves audiences through a broad range of offerings. She is not as strong an advocate as her predecessor was for Cardinal to have its own performance space, but the theater company needs more rehearsal and storage space. She said she was surprised to learn the theater did not have more financial support from governmental units.
One of her goals is to put Bloomington on the national map for regional theaters. She stressed: World class theater, locally crafted.
The next Cardinal Stage Company series will be announced May 24 at the new One World facility at Woolery Mill.
Our April 24 Meeting
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Leslie Green was our greeter, and Owen Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance and presented a reflection on Rotary. He talked about some information about the club’s early history he found in the 1919-25 IU Archives. He found a 1919 letter in which Rotary assumed complete responsibility for the Armenian and Syrian Relief Drive in Monroe County. He found mention of a 1920 meeting in which this resolution passed: “That the Rotary Club of Bloomington underwrite a gift of $3,000 to be paid to the Local Council of Women on account of the pressing indebtedness of the Bloomington Hospital.” Each member was to solicit or contribute $50 by the end of the week. In 1920, former U.S. President William Howard Taft was a guest for a meeting.
Judy Schroeder introduced our guests: Sandra Clark, Tania Gardner, Mary Alice Rickert and Gabe Gloden, guests of Sally Gaskill and representatives of Cardinal Stage Company; Jim Sims, guest of Earon Davis; Michelle Smith, guest of Liz Irwin; and Patty Campbell, guest of Jean Emery.
Mike Baker, April 23
Glen Steenberger, April 26
Wain Martin, April 29
Bob Zaltsberg, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer