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 2018-9 District Governor

Sue WrightSue Wright of Clarksville Rotary was selected as 2018-19 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.

The current District 6580 Governor lineup: Laura Carie, Vincennes, 2016-17; Judy Bush, Bedford, 2017-18; and Sue Wright, Clarksville, 2018-19.


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)

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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

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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.

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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.


RYLA students thank Evansville Rotary

At a recent Evansville Rotary luncheon, Central High School students our club sponsored at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards gave a brief overview of their experience. Students Tori Jones, Cameron Kleiman, Meredith Ziliak are pictured here with their school counselors, and EV Rotary RYLA chairman P. Michael Mitchell and president Mike Bevers.


Evansville Rotarians Give Back

Evansville Rotary

As President of our Club, Mike Bevers selected The Parenting Time Center as the gift recipient of our annual Holiday luncheon.

Generous Rotarians and guests brought toys and cash donations totaling approximately $1000 for children of "High Conflict Separation". Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle, Executive Director of Parenting Time Center, states their vision statement is to "Empower Parents and Children to Create Positive Relationships in a Safe and Nurturing Environment."

President Mike Bevers also presented a basket of books, signed by our keynote speaker each week, to Kathryn Kornblum-Zelle for the center.


New Albany Club Celebrates 100th Anniversary

NEW ALBANY ROTARIANS celebrate the 100th anniversary of their club at their Dec. 3 luncheon.  Club leaders are planning a gala celebration for June 23, 2016.


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Rotarians Active on Election Day

Rotarians Volunteer on Election Day

As part of a civic project and fundraising effort, Bloomington Rotarians delivered election equipment to the polls Monday, Nov. 2.  Shown above, from left:  Jim Bright, Tony Stonger, Glenda Murray, Rex Hillery, Henk Haitjema and Mike Baker.  (Photo by Jean Emery)


Bloomington Rotarians Honor Dr. Larry Rink

The three Bloomington Rotary clubs teamed up to honor IU Team Physician and renowned cardiologist Dr. Larry Rink Friday, Oct. 30 at the first Bloomington Rotary Toast. The event at the Indiana Memorial Union Tudor Room was a complete sellout and raised funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington and local causes of the three Rotary clubs. The three clubs presented Dr. Rink with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan declared October 30th “Dr. Larry Rink Service above Self Day.”  

Pictured Above: Dr. Rink (center) is shown with, from left:  Leslie Abshier, Boys & Girls Clubs; Cassaundra Huskey, Bloomington Sunrise; Chair Jean Dayton; Sara Laughlin, Bloomington; Joe Morris, North; and Jim Bright, District Governor. (Photo by Bill Bennett, Bloomington North).


RYLA 2015: "Coming Here has definitely Changed my Life"

RYKA 2015 - Bradford WoodsSixty-eight high school students, sponsored by 23 Southern Indiana Rotary Clubs, gained confidence -- and leadership and teamwork skills -- Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at RYLA 2015 at Bradford Woods.

As part of the Bradford Woods Outdoor Challenge Education program, students slept in cabins and spent most of their day outdoors.

While some activities were inches above the ground, others were a bit more daring.

Participants were required to give 100% effort and support members of their team.

The students grew in self-confidence, gained insights into positive group behaviors and interactions and developed leadership skills. And, yes, they had fun!


Congratulations "Everyday Heroes" Ron & Martha

Congratulations, Ron Jensen and Martha Wailes of Bloomington Rotary, honored as Herald-Times “Everyday Heroes” on Oct. 28.

Among other things, Ron was recognized for his volunteer work as board president with Rotary-sponsored Teachers Warehouse and for his overall commitment to education. Teachers Warehouse provides school supplies for free to teachers from five counties.

The newspaper recognized Martha for her volunteer work at Community Kitchen and for sharing fresh vegetables from her garden with neighbors.


We will deliver on our Promise

The Rotary Club of Evansville observed World Polio Day with an Oct. 27 luncheon, featuring Past District Governor Peggy Peter of New Albany and fellow Rotarian Dr. Ray Nicholson.

As a young doctor in the 1950s, Dr. Nicholson treated more than 120 polio patients before the launch of the Salk polio vaccine.

“Polio hit awfully close to home,” Dr. Nicholson said. “One summer three of my best buddies became paralyzed.

After the launch of the Salk vaccine, Nicholson recalled immunizing hundreds of patients who lined up for a quarter mile outside Roberts Stadium.

Meanwhile, Peggy Peter talked briefly about her mother who contracted polio when Peggy was 4.

Five years after her mother passed away in 1998, Peggy found a diary that revealed what her mother had endured as a polio patient.

When Rotary launched its campaign to eradicate polio in 1985, there were more than 350,000 new cases of polio in 150 countries.

Through mid-October of this year, there are only 51 new cases in two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria was declared polio free last month.

“We must finish the job of eradicating polio,” Peggy said. “(If we don’t), polio is just a short plane ride away.

“We will finish the race, and we will deliver on our promise to the children of the world,” she added.

Past District Governor Peggy Peter (center) of New Albany discusses Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio with Evansville Rotary Dr. Ray Nicholson and his wife following the Oct. 24 luncheon.


Vincennes Rotarians, Interactors Plant 100 Trees

As part of Vincennes Rotary’s “101 Gifts of Kindness” campaign, more than 40 Rotarians and Vincennes Lincoln and Vincennes Rivet Interactors planted 100 trees, mostly tulip poplars, Oct. 24 at the new Fox Ridge Nature Park in Knox County. Tulip poplar is Indiana’s official state tree.

Vincennes Rotary funded the project in part through a Rotary Foundation district grant.

During Vincennes Rotary’s 101st year, members are gathering and donating more than 101 gifts to community organizations each month. Earlier this year, Vincennes Rotarians donated books, canned goods and adult and children coats to various local agencies. The "101 gifts" idea is an outgrowth of Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran’s theme, "Be a Gift to the World.”

2014-15 President Doug Steele (left) and Nathan Klingler joined fellow Vincennes Rotarians and Interactors to plant trees Oct. 24 at the new Fox Ridge Nature Park in Knox County.

Ryan Lough (left), Nathan Klinger (center) and 2015-16 President Shanon teamed up with fellow Vincennes Rotarians to plant 100 trees -- mostly tulip poplars -- as part of their "101 Gifts of Kindness" project.

(Photos by Past District Governor Steve LaRoche)