81st Annual 4th of July Celebration

The Brazil Rotary Club puts on one of Indiana's largest 4th of July Celebrations every year! The 4th of July Celebration includes free entertainment, raffle prizes, fireworks, food booths and much more. For More information please visit the Brazil Rotary website.


July 1 Changes to Affect Clubs, District

Rotary International has announced changes, effective July 1, that will affect our club and district. These changes represent the results from the April 10-15, 2016 Council on Legislation in Chicago.

Perhaps of greatest interest … Starting in 2017-18 Rotary International dues will increase dues $4 per year for three straight years: to $30 per half year in 2017-2018, $32 per half year in 2018-2019, and $34 per half year in 2019-2020. As determined by the 2013 Council on Legislation, dues will be increased by $1 to $56 per year ($28 per half year in 2016-17.)

Rotary’s Council meets every three years, and each of the 532 districts sends a representative to the Council to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed. PDG Bettye Dunham of the Rotary Club of New Albany served as our District 6580 delegate.


Laura Carie Installed as 2016-2017 District Governor

Laura Carie incoming Dist. GovernorLaura accepts congratulations from her predecessor Jim Bright at the June 18 ceremony in Vincennes.  Laura, who officially takes office on July 1, becomes the 8th governor from the Vincennes Rotary Club.


Rotary International Friendship Garden

Seven Bloomington-area Rotarians enjoyed a visit to Rotary Headquarters – and the Rotary Club of Evanston – June 16.  They also visited the Rotary “International Friendship Garden” which signifies “the friendships Rotary builds around the world.  The garden is in the shape of the Rotary wheel, and each of the countries in which a Rotary club was located at the time the garden was installed in 1962 is represented by a tree.   L-R:  DG Jim Bright, Owen Johnson, Jean Dayton, Charlie Sinn, Susan Elkins-Goldsworthy, George Karnes and John Miller.


Congratulations Mike Bevers!

Evansville AwardAt Tuesday's Evansville Rotary luncheon, District Governor Jim Bright presented President Mike Bevers the Rotary International Presidential Citation. 

Less than 10 percent of the 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide receive the honor. 

To qualify club presidents have to set at least 15 goals on Rotary Club Central and achieve goals in membership development and retention, Foundation giving, online tool adoption, humanitarian service, new generations and public image. Bloomington, Columbus Sunrise, Evansville and Washington are recipients of 2015-16 Rotary Presidential Citations.


District 6580 Visioning - Washington Rotary

This past Tuesday, June 7th , we held the first District 6580 Visioning Facilitation for the Washington Rotary.

The Washington Rotary group consisted of 60% male 40% women and a full range of ages. I would say, based on my review of DacDb, the group was a mirror representation of their club demographics.

The facilitation team was myself, DGE Laura Carie, Vincennes Rotary president Shanon O’Toole, and Vincennes member Travis Linneweber. Our demographics were 50/50 men and women and age range covering 4 generational decades.

The Visioning event began on time a finished fifteen minutes early. The Washington group was engaged and focused on the process. Overall, I will say the event was a success based on the high scores and comment submitted by the group evaluation forms.

Here is a sampling of the comments.

  • “This was great-fun even though some of the items discussed can be viewed as “heavy”. Thanks, evening went very fast!”
  • “Starting a new year with vision and direction!”
  • “I was afraid I would be bored but it was fun and productive!”
  • “I feel like we have opened up workable ways we can make our club stronger and better.”
  • “Very well planned-Smooth process-Great facilitators- Passionate people leading a training/planning is helpful.”
  • “Very interesting, enthusiastic & prepared. Thank You!”

The next Visioning event is June 28th, Corydon Rotary. That event will feature a new and completely different team. I’m sure they will be every bit as successful.


Heart of America Leadership Seminar Registration

Club and District leaders are invited to attend the Rotary Zone 30 “Heart of America” Leadership Seminars Friday and Saturday, July 8-9 at the Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport in Erlanger, KY. Cost: $35.

Attendees will share best practices in growing membership, supporting the Rotary Foundation, enhancing public image, and navigating Rotary Club Central.

Heart of America Leadership Seminar Registration Form


PDG Tim Lee Receives Rotary's Service Above Self Award

Tim Lee Receives AwardTim Lee of Greenwood received Rotary International’s highest honor, the “Service above Self” Award, at the June 6 Greenwood Rotary Club luncheon.

In 1991 the RI Board of Directors created the award to recognize Rotarians who truly exemplify Rotary’s principal motto. A maximum of only 150 Rotarians may receive the award each year.

“While many Rotarians distinguish themselves through service, it is important to recognize those outstanding few who have indeed made service a way of life,” says 2015-16 President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran of Sri Lanka.

“We asked current and past Rotary officers to submit the names and accomplishments of outstanding Rotarians,” President Ravindran adds. “We received a large response, and the Board was faced with the challenge of selecting the very best from a pool of exceptional candidates.”

Tim, a forensic engineer, serves as a member of Rotary’s “Cadre of Technical Advisers,” conducting investigations and reports for the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation. Through the Cadre he has completed assignments in St. Lucia for a water project; in Vermont for a Flood Recovery Global Grant; and in Colorado for technical review and interim report of a Global Grant.

He also has traveled overseas three times to participate in National (Polio) Immunization Days – once to India in 2000 and twice to Karachi, Pakistan in 2012 and 2015.

In November 2013 he traveled to Malawi, delivering medicine and hospital supplies, dedicating new water wells, administering polio vaccines, and performing a pre-Global Grant assessment.

Tim served as our 2013-14 District Governor and, during his year, our District posted the highest gains in membership and in giving to The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund of any of the “Heart of America’s” 26 districts. Keeping a commitment to his fellow Rotarians, Tim shaved his head when Rotarians achieved their Rotary Foundation goals.

Tim & Amy Lee

Tim and his wife, fellow Rotarian Amy, have enjoyed hosting Shoichiro (2014-15) of Sasebo, Japan, and Dena (2015-16) from Jarkarta, Indonesia through Rotary Youth Exchange. Tim and Amy also have served as RYLA chaperones.

They are Level 5 Bequest Society members and Level III Major Donors.

He has performed service projects on six continents (Australia, South America, North America, Europe, Africa and Asia), and they returned this weekend from their fifth Rotary International Convention in Seoul, South Korea. (Previous conventions: New Orleans, Bangkok, Lisbon, Sao Paulo). During his lifetime, he has donated more than 18 gallons of blood.

Tim and Amy traveled to India (D3052) for this year’s Rotary Friendship Exchange, and Tim plans to participate in an upcoming District 6540 Friendship Exchange with Turkey.

Tim is Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Chair (ARRFC) for Rotary’s three Indiana Districts, and he served as President’s Representative at the 2015 District 5970 Conference in Iowa. Also, Tim served as 1997-98 President of the Noblesville (IN) Midday Rotary Club and as an assistant governor in Districts 6580 and 6560. He hopes to complete visiting all 136 clubs in Indiana by June 2017.

Tim is the second Rotarian from District 6580 to receive Rotary’s “Service above Self” Award. The late Orphie Bridges of Columbus Rotary, father of Past District Governor Randy Bridges of Bloomington, received the award in 1996-97.

Top Photo: "Service above Self" Award Recipient PDG Tim Lee (center) with District Governors Nominee Bryce Adam (left) of D6560 and Judy Bush of D6580.

Bottom Photo: Congratulations Tim & Amy Lee


Rotary Club of Brazil's Healthy Kids 1-mile Fun Run

Brazil 1 Mile RunSaturday May 21st was a great morning for personal accomplishments at the Rotary Club of Brazil's Healthy Kids 1-mile Fun Run at 10 a.m. in Forest Park. Rotarian and event director Chris Rodgers is shown here (far left, rear) with a large group of Fun Run participants, aged 5-12 years old. Following four weeks of practices on Monday and Thursday nights, the Brazil Rotary Club also gave each child a t-shirt, medallion and healthy snack at Saturday's conclusion of the free program.


Evansville Contributes to LST 325 Memorial

LST325 MemorialThe Rotary Club of Evansville was honored to have Dr. James MacLeod, Professor of History, University of Evansville, as our keynote speaker on Tuesday, May 24, as we met for a picnic lunch on the deck of the LST 325.

Before Dr. MacLeod's presentation, Rotary President Mike Bevers presented a $6,000 check from the Evansville Rotary Foundation to the Freedom Heritage Museum as a show of support for their efforts to tell the Evansville Story of WWII.

Pictured here on the LST are: L to R: President Mike Bevers, with Heritage Freedom Museum Board members Jack Buttram, Dr. Mark Browning, Dona Bone, Jane Howell, Pat Dorris, John Dunn and Allen Sanderson.







To observe the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, members of the Rotary Club of Evansville enjoyed a picnic luncheon on the deck of the USS LST 325 Memorial along the Ohio River.  Dr. James MacLeod, author and Professor of History, University of Evansville was keynote speaker.  (Photos by Assistant Governor Randy Wheeler)


Annual Rotary Civic Award Luncheon

Evansville RotaryDistrict Governor Jim Bright joined Evansville Rotary President Mike Bevers for the Annual Rotary Civic Award luncheon.


Dr. Linda Bennett named 2015 Civic Award Winner

During a recent Rotary Club of Evansville luncheon, with 170 in attendance, Past President and Civic Award chairman, Pepper Mulherin, announced the 2015 recipient, Dr. Linda L.M. Bennett, President of the University of Southern Indiana.


Sue Wright to serve as 2017-8 District Governor

Sue WrightSue Wright of Clarksville Rotary was selected as 2017-18 District 6580 Governor by club presidents at the April 9 District Conference in Bloomington.

Sue, who joined Clarksville Rotary in 2010, has served as her club’s secretary, Foundation chair and club president (2014-15). Sue currently serves as the Area 8 assistant governor and supports the Clarksville, Corydon, Jeffersonville, New Albany and Salem clubs. A Paul Harris Fellow, Sue received the District’s Rotarian of the Year Award in 2012-2013.

Sue, a retired AT&T manager, grew up in Indiana but lived and worked in San Diego for more than 20 years. She attended the 2014 Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia.


90.9% "Very Satisfied" with District Conference

One week after the April 9 conference, 88 Rotarians (43.8%) have responded to a post-conference survey. (The survey was emailed to 201 Rotarians who attended and who provided email addresses.)


* 96.5% are satisfied or very satisfied (Note: 90.9% very satisfied)

* 92.0% are likely to attend a future conference

* 96.5% are likely to recommend this event

* 82.9% prefer a one-day conference (11.3% prefer a multi-day conference; 5.6% no preference or no response)

* All events received high marks (Top 3: Spotlight on Youth Luncheon, Celebration Dinner, Big Picture Breakfast)

* All breakouts received high marks (Top 3: Pack Away Hunger, India to Indiana, Fundraising & Signature Events)

Related Documents:


2016 Rotary District Conference

Emcee Loren Snyder of Bloomington Rotary (formerly of Franklin Rotary) kicks off the 2016 Rotary District Conference with a "service above selfie."


Celebrating Paul Harris Fellow Award Recipients

Ray Klinginsmith (center), Chairman of the Board of The Rotary Foundation, joined dozens of Rotarians who had received Paul Harris Fellow Awards since July 2015 at the April 9 conference in Bloomington. (Photo by PDG Steve LaRoche)


Pre-Med Student Colton Junod shares his "Rotary story"

Butler University Pre-Med Student Colton Junod shares his "Rotary story" at the April 9 conference in Bloomington. Colton helped start Interact at Vincennes Lincoln High School, participated in RYLA, won the 2014 Four-Way Test Speech Contest and flew to Sydney for the 2014 Rotary International Convention. He received a standing ovation -- and a Paul Harris Fellow Award from PDG Jim Gislason and DGE Laura Carie from Vincennes Rotary -- his hometown club. (Photos by PDG Steve LaRoche of Vincennes)


Record-setting 2016 Rotary 6580 District Conference


Co-Chairs Jean Emery (left) and Elizabeth Thompson and their team put together a record-setting 2016 Rotary 6580 District Conference. The Bloomington event attracted more than 300 Rotarians and youth program participants. Jean and Elizabeth were surprised to be named Paul Harris Fellows. (Photos by PDG Steve LaRoche)


St. Mary's Reading Rotarian Program

Evansville Rotary Club ReadingOur club had 55 volunteers read to 97 first grade classrooms in Evansville last week.

The books are then left in the classroom for future enjoyment. Thank you St. Mary's and Rotaract Club of Evansville for purchasing the books and to all the "reading" Rotarians for your "service above self".

Pictured is a photo of Joe Notter reading at Scott School.


Evansville Rotary Club - Rotarians At Work

In the past, Evansville Rotary Club has been known as a "check writing" club. 2015-16 President Mike Bevers had a goal to add at least one monthly activity for Rotarians to "get their hands dirty"!

Since August, we have paired up with the Keep Evansville Beautiful organization and the City of Evansville to pick up trash in a designated neighborhood in the city. The first Saturday of every month a team of Rotarians and their families, wearing their bright yellow “Rotarian At Work” T-shirts, pitch in to clean up Evansville and have fun performing Service Above Self!

Pictured Above our April 2nd Clean Evansville Campaign.


Rotarians Bring Bicentennial Education to Students

Book Cover

Washington middle schoolers will get a little extra lesson on the history of the Hoosier state during Indiana's Bicentennial year thanks to the Rotary Club of Washington. Local Rotary members received a Rotary District Grant to purchase "Hoosiers and the American Story" by James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss with Student Guide Activities by Jane Hedeen for approximately 500 students at Washington Junior High and Washington Catholic Junior High as part of the Washington Carnegie Public Library's One Book One Community initiative.

For more information please click here.

Pictured Above: Rotarian and retired WJHS History teacher Don Spillman, Vincennes Rotarian and Friends of the Library Board Member Travis Linneweber, Jr. High Students, WCPL Library director and Rotary President Teresa Heidenreich, Rotary President Elect Sally Petty and Rotarian Chris Byars.


District 6580 Vision Facilitator Training

Club visioning is now available to Rotary Clubs throughout District 6580. Twenty-Nine Rotarians from across our District successfully completed a full day of facilitator training on March, 2016 in Vincennes, Indiana. Facilitation teams comprised of four-five Rotarians are ready to facilitate a club visioning event if requested by any club in our District.

The visioning process is designed to help a Rotary club create its own vision and to discover for itself the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The result is unique to each club because this is not a vision decided by the Rotary District or by Rotary International. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the club’s own members.

If you would like more information on the Club Visioning process please attend the breakout session at District Conference on April 9: "Seeing the Future: Club Visioning" at 2-3 p.m. or 3:15-4:15 p.m. More information will be emailed to club officers within the next few weeks.


Evansville Rotary gives $100,000.00 Centennial Gift to the City of Evansville

On March 8, 2016, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke gave his annual State of The City Address in a room filled to capacity at the Rotary Club of Evansville's luncheon. Past Presidents, Amy Walker, Jeffrey Berger, Pepper Mulherin, along with current President Mike Bevers, presented Mayor Lloyd Winnecke a check for $100,000.00 fulfilling the commitment made at the Centennial Celebration Gala on March 1, 2014. The money is to be used for a Rotary Centennial project at Robert’s Park.

Pictured Above: President Mike Bevers, Past President Jeffrey Berger, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Past President Amy Walker, Past President Pepper Mulherin.


Rotary Club of Brazil Celebrates Rotary's Birthday

Rotary Club of Brazil members celebrated with a large birthday cake for the 111th Birthday of Rotary at the regular Wednesday lunch meeting February 24 at Brazil Family Restaurant. Here members gather with a cake generously provided by restaurant owner and Brazil Rotarian Rose Imeri.  Rotary's first president, Sylvester Schiele, was from Clay County, Indiana and grew up on his family's farmstead located on South State Road 59. Brazil is happy to be recognized as Schiele's hometown, and Sylvester personally spoke at the club's chartering banquet in 1937.


Evansville Rotary Celebrates the 111th Anniversary

Evansville Rotary CelebratesEvansville Rotary celebrated the 111th anniversary of the first Rotary meeting, held on February 23, 1905 at Tuesday's luncheon.

Pictured here, Rotarians Caren Whitehouse and Chris Ripley.



5 Evansville Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellow

Evansville 5 RotaryAt Evansville's Rotary luncheon, President Mike Bevers congratulated Bob Milne and Jeff Happe as our newest Paul Harris Fellows!

Also recognized were multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Rita Eykamp as a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1, J. Cory Mills as a Paul Harris Fellow plus 2 and John Whinrey as a Paul Harris Fellow plus 4.


Tibetan Monks visit Evansville Rotary Club

Tibetan Monks visit EvansvilleTibetan Monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India are touring the US to teach the Dharma and educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet.

Pictured: Kalsang Gyatso presents a gift and blessing to president Mike Bevers at Tuesday's Rotary luncheon.

Kalsang became a monk in Shetsang Ghasar Monastery when he was 13 years old . He began to study, read and write Tibetan grammar and language in the monastery. He studied Tibetan Buddhist philosophy in the Shetsang Ghasar monastery until 2000. At the age of 20 he hiked across the Himalayan Mountains and arrived in India as a refugee in 2001. Then he entered Tashi Kyil Monastery to study Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Now he serves as the monastery’s disciplinarian.