Meet the Bloomington Kiwanis leaders of 2016-2017!
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: "I have been aware of the Kiwanis Family since my dad was a member. He truly valued the goals and accomplishments of his club and was awarded for perfect attendance for over 50 years. We just knew that Thursday evenings was for Kiwanis. I, however, was unable to join until 2012 as my jobs did not allow for long lunches. I had to wait until I retired."
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "My joining was partly in memory of my father and his commitment, but also due to the wonderful work with children that Kiwanis has done in the past and continues to do today. I am especially proud of our Pancake Breakfast and Operation Chili for Children and the way we can support and help children in Bloomington, Monroe County, the United States and world-wide. Without Kiwanis International children world-wide would still be having iodine deficiency problems. Those problems have been solved. We, along with U.N.I.C.E.F., are now concentrating on reducing neo-natal tetanus issues in developing nations. Closer to home, in Monroe County, we are proud to help Visually Impaired Preschool Students (VIPS), seeing that preschoolers with vision problems have the support needed as there was no help available in the not too distant past. Helping is Kiwanis- finding a need and lending a helping hand."
Tell us about yourself: "Married with 3 children and 8 grandchildren, 1 dog and 2 birds. I retired early from teaching algebra in middle school and high school. Then I retired again from I U Health Bloomington where I worked in the Hospice Department as a secretary for 11 years. I enjoy gardening, reading, camping, boating, singing, knitting, crocheting, and genealogy. I usually go with my husband, David, to Indianapolis Indians games or sometimes to Pittsburgh Pirates games. Occasionally we go to Bradenton Pirates games and Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida."
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Thomasina joined the Kiwanis family in the fall of 2006 when she joined Key Club, a Kiwanis service learning program for high school students. During her time in Key Club she served as first a treasurer then as President. In college, she joined another branch of Kiwanis called Circle K where she was a treasurer for 3 years. After she graduated college, she joined the Kiwanis Club of Bloomington in October of 2013.
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "I will admit, I was first lured to Key Club in high school by the promise of free weekly donuts. It didn't take long before I was captivated by how many lives were touched by the Kiwanis family. Not only did joining Key Club give me a sense of purpose but it also instilled in me a sense of community awareness which helped me to realize the difference each individual person can make in the lives of others."
Tell us about yourself: "I am an alumna of Indiana University. I studied physics and mathematics along with minoring in Spanish. I am currently employed at the Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter conducting physics research and as a mathematics tutor at Bloomington Tutors."
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: "I have been a Kiwanian for 40 years, less four seminary years, in Zanesville, Ohio; Martinsville, Indiana; and Bloomington."
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "Most importantly for me, I joined to help me fulfill my civic duty of being of service to others and help others do the same. The fellowship in working and sharing weekly lunches and interesting/informative/provocative programs is a delightful bonus."
Tell us about yourself: "I am a proud husband, father and grandfather. With family, we love to camp, boat and attend Indy Indians and Pirates games. I love reading about American history, particularly the Civil War. I am actively participating in the Emergent Church movement in America."
Program Director: Allen Pease
Time spent in the Kiwanis family:"Joined the Kiwanis Club of Chesterton/Duneland in early 1990’s and joined Kiwanis Club of Bloomington in 1999."
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "I became a member foremost because of how strongly Kiwanis impacts children from birth to college graduation. Kiwanis saves lives via Riley Hospital for Children, the successful eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disease campaign and the current Project Eliminate. Kiwanis changes lives via such state and local projects as Aktion Club, Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Indiana Operation: Military Kids and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bloomington, Crestmont & Ellettsville. Kiwanis actively supports the growth and development of children via K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and Circle K. Other reasons I joined include fellowship at the weekly meetings and Kiwanis fundraisers plus the great programs presented at each weekly luncheon. They’re as educational as they are interesting."
Tell us about yourself: "Graduated from Chesterton (Indiana) High School and received bachelor degree in Professional Theater Emphasis in Management & Production from Indiana State University. Was an active member of Theta Alpha Phi and active in ISU Residence Hall Government. Served on Indiana Lt. Governor’s Public Relations Advisory Committee 1994-1995. Received Main Street Manager certification from National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2001. After 31 years as producer of radio and television commercials and programs as well as producing fairs, festivals, pageants, plays, concerts, corporate special events and public special events, I semi-retired to Bloomington where I work part-time as secretary and event coordinator at United Presbyterian Church."
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Diana has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bloomington since March of 1997
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "I joined Kiwanis to make a difference in the lives of children. I enjoy the interesting speakers our club has at our weekly meetings, working with fellow club members on our fund-raisers-especially the Pancake Breakfast and Operation Chili for Children- and seeing how with our individual member’s efforts-working together- our club does: “Change the World, One Child and One Community at a Time.” "
Tell us about yourself: "I am an alumna of Indiana University, enjoy IU football, gardening and my family."
Director: Donn Hall
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Donn has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Bloomington since 2007.
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "My Father was a Kiwanian and when I was asked to speak at a Kiwanis Meeting about an Ivy Tech event I enquired of David Garshaw (who was President) how I could join and then I did. I had always been interested in joining a community service organization but I wasn't sure how until I came to my first meeting."
Tell us about yourself: Donn, born in Oak Park, IL, lived his early years as an Army Brat and travelled with his family around the world including, Taipei, Taiwan; Augusta, Georgia; Mexico, Missouri; and Louisville, Ky. After graduating from high school at Missouri Military Academy in 1974, Donn joined the U.S Marine Corps and was trained as a Field Radio Operator, MOS 2531. He served honorably at duty stations around the world including 15 months in the WestPac with Radio Platoon, Comm. Company, H&S Battalion, 3rd Force Service Support Group (FSSG) where he was assigned to accompany the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines with Logistical Support Unit (LSU) Foxtrot; and the 1st Battalion 9th Marines with LSU Charlie and travelled to Subic Bay, Philippines; Camp Fuji on the slopes of MT. Fuji in Japan; Clearwater Bay, Australia and Wollongong, Australia. Donn returned to the United States in September of 1977 and was assigned Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) as an instructor at the Field Radio Operator’s Course at the FMFLant (Fleet Marine Force Atlantic) Communication School, Camp Geiger, North Carolina from his permanent unit at Marine Airbase Squadron (MABS)-29; Marine Air Group (MAG)-28, 2nd Marine Air Wing. Donn was honorably discharged in January of 1979 and immediately was accepted to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where he earned a BA and MA in History and met his future wife, Joan Carey. Two sons have joined Joan and Donn along the pathway of life: Sean, born in 1984 is a CPA working for Smithville Communications in Ellettsville, IN and Jesse, born in 1992 is a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the US Navy currently stationed on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 in Yokosuka, Japan.
After graduating from IU Bloomington with an MA in History in 1990 Donn worked a variety of jobs including: Technical Writer at Cummins Engines, Career Counselor at the IU Kelley School of Business, and an Academic Advisor at Indiana University before settling on a teaching career where he has taught at Northwest High School in the Indianapolis Public School system; Oakland City University in Bedford, IN and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Bloomington Campus where Donn has been teaching since 2000, now a Professor of History.
In 2012 the Trustee of Salt Creek Township passed away unexpectedly and as President of the Township Board, Donn was asked to take over as Trustee. In November 2014 Donn was elected in his own right to serve a four year term as Trustee of Salt Creek Township in Monroe County, IN.
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Bob joined Kiwanis on March 30th, 1981. He was encouraged to come to his first meeting by Past-President Hank Hankins who was married to a former colleague of Bob’s at Neal’s Vending.
Reason for joining Kiwanis: Bob was given incentive to join by his employer at the time: Bertch Vending. With an offer for paid membership into a philanthropic club that fit perfectly into his Thursday lunchtime schedule, Bob responded with an enthusiastic “YES!”
Tell us about yourself: Bob moved to Bloomington from Elkhart, Indiana. After transitioning from Midwest Catering to Bertch Vending and a 9-month stint at the Curry Food Service, Bob began what became a 27-year career as a Business Manager at IU/Bradford Woods. Bob has shared a long history of active involvement in Kiwanis which he escalated to an officer status after the passing of friend and Past-Secretary/Treasurer Wylie Skaggs. Bob is happily married to his second wife of 18 years and is a step-father to two boys.
Director: Phil Sutton
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Phil is starting his 18th year in Kiwanis.
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "John Cooper thought I needed some activity after my first wife died. I was looking for an organization dedicated to Bloomington and the young people. Seemed like a good fit."
Tell us about yourself: "I grew up in Monticello-home of Indiana Beach. I came to Bloomington in 1962 to go to school. I met my late wife at IU and got married in 1966. When we graduated we tried Indy and found that we missed Bloomington. We moved back in 1968 and both went to work for IU. My wife worked in the Journalism Dept until her death. I worked for 41 years most of the time in the Film Collection. I retired in 2009 and have been very busy since. I lead the major tours for the Bloomington and Columbus Model A ford clubs with some of the Indianapolis members joining us too. I do 3 or 4 estate sales a year selling the contents of their homes. We also travel a fair amount. We are involved with Meals On Wheels for shut in and several other volunteer activities."
Director: Phil Zook
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: Phil joined Bloomington Downtown Kiwanis during the 1987-88 Kiwanis year. From 1990-91 he served as the president of the club and the following year became the Lt. Governor of the Collegiate Division. He again held that office from 2003-04. Phil later served as Lt. Governor of the Hoosier Division from 2003-04 and chaired on serveral district committees. Phil has also been very involved in the Kiwanis International Foundation; he served as a member from 1996-2005, president from 2004-05, and trustee at present.
Tell us about yourself: Phil was awarded the McCulloch Award and the Hixson Fellowship. He was also awarded a life membership on 5-31-1995. Phil also received 4 degrees from Indiana University and is a former Green Beret.
Time spent in the Kiwanis family: "Membership since 8/20/92 - 21 years for the arithmetically challenged."
Reason for joining Kiwanis: "The old Jaycee motto spoke of "Service to humanity giving meaning and purpose to human life". I became too old to be a Jaycee, and Kiwanis fitted in perfectly with "Service to Children of the World"."
Tell us about yourself: "My wife and two daughters have kept me busy for years, along with our church and civic activities, great parties, and my jobs with Westinghouse Electric., The Bloomington Economic Development Corp and Frances Anderson Real Estate. After three retirements and investment in a new camera I took up taking pictures at Kiwanis meetings - some of which Allen Pease has been kind enough to make use of."