District Leaders

L. Kirk Bouchie
District Governor
Mandy Jo Lohrum
Assistant Governor, PHF Society Chair
Lance Eberle
District Governor Elect
Laura J. Carie
Vice Governor
Kim Ingalsbe
Assistant Governor
Sara G. Laughlin
Assistant Governor
Charles Miller
Assistant Governor
Pepper PR Mulherin
Assistant Governor
Scott Peyton
Assistant Governor
Lacretia Ulery
Assistant Governor
Randall D. Wheeler
District Secretary
Shanon Kae O'Toole

September is Basic Education and Literacy Month
in the Rotary World!!!

Featured in the September 2021 Newsletter:

*Governor Kirk’s September message:
*Scenes from Governor Kirk’s Club Visits
*Rivet Interact Club in Vencennes makes Prayer Blankets for
New Borns and others

*Meet our District 6580 Foundation Team
*Local Leaders Square off in Cooking for a Cause
*Rotary International Emowering Girls Initiative
*Review your Giving History and so much more on

*Bloomfield's BBQ 'Meat and Greet' Results in 5 New

*District Grants Awarded to Sixteen Clubs 'to do good' in our
Southern Indiana Communities

*Each One Bring One: Membership Matters
*Eradicating Polio in Afganistan
*Global Grant Scholar Inspires Bedford Rotary Club: How
Rotary has Impacted his Career Choices

*SAVE the DATE: VIRTUAL District Assembly October 9th
*Braggin Rights!!
*What’s Coming up on the District Calendar?????
Do you know of Stories of Rotary's work in your community to share in this newsletter? Please contact Bettye Dunham,

Governor Kirk's September Message:

Governor Kirk's family

Greetings to all District 6580 Rotarians.

It is hard to believe that we are already into the third month of this Rotary year. Fortunately, I have been able to visit 11 of our 37 clubs in person since becoming your district governor on July 1st. What a great experience for me. As a lifelong resident of southern Indiana, I love our state and the many small towns and big towns that dot our landscape. How lucky are the towns that have a Rotary club? It is certainly well documented what our Rotary clubs do for the world through our Rotary Foundation, but to witness first hand what our clubs are doing for our communities at the local level is so uplifting to me. As I think about my visits the first word that pops into my head is family. We are one big Rotary family, about 1500 of us spread out from the Ohio River to Interstate 70 and from the Wabash River to almost the Ohio border. We are diverse in many ways with our common bond to do good. Given what we have all been through these past two years, our club meetings feel much like family reunions. Although Zoom meetings have given us the ability to stay connected through this pandemic, Rotary is built to bring folks together. We all pray that we will soon be rid of the virus that has certainly changed our lives and get back to our “family reunion“ meetings in person on a regular basis.

Speaking of family, I wanted all of you to see my “other” family in the picture above. Becky and I have two sons, Doug and David, two daughter in laws, Samantha and Meghan and five grandchildren, Cora, Landon, Damon, Graham and Bennett. Of course we are very proud of all of them. As I visit clubs I always ask that our Rotarians make Rotary A priority in your life, not THE priority. Certainly we can not forget Faith, Family and Livelihood are important components of being a well-balanced, successful Rotarian. I certainly look forward to continuing my scheduled visits to our Rotary family around the district. I encourage all of you to follow our district calendar on DacDB and in this newsletter as club and district events are announced. Please consider attending any of our great events. I look forward to meeting each of you. Let’s continue to have a great year and invite a friend to become a member of our Rotary family.

Be safe and stay healthy as we continue serving to change lives,

L. Kirk Bouchie
Rotary International
District 6580 Governor 2021-2022
PO Box 749
Vincennes, IN 47591

SCENES from the Govenor Kirk's Club Visits

THANK YOU to the clubs that hosted
Governor Kirk in August!!

Salem, Vincennes, Brown County, Greenwood White River, Clarksville, Young Leaders of Vincennes, Terre Haute South, and Bloomington.
(sorry, no pictures from Brown County)


Governor Kirk recognizes Kristy Purlee, President; Scott Peyton, AG; John Mead, PDG, and Randy Pepmeier, member. and childhood friend of Kirk.

Kristy Purlee, President of Salem Club!


DG Kirk presented a PHF+1 pin to Vincennes Rotarian Liz Romani during his official visit.Also pictured is Nathan Klingler, Vincennes Rotary President, right.

DG Kirk Bouchie received a large check for $6500 to The Rotary Foundation from
PDG Laura Carie, president of the Vincennes Rotary Foundation, center, and Nathan Klingler, Vincennes Rotary President. It represents a pledge of $100 per capital to the Annual Fund (Share).

Greenwood White River

Governor Kirk with David Maurer, Greenwood White River President

Governor Kirk recognizes Greenwood White River leaders. From left to right, Bob Browning, Global Grants Chair; Sandy Hillman, Past President; Charles Miller, AG; David Maurer, Presidents and District Goveror Kirk.


Govern Kirk presents to the Clarksville Club members; both in person and hybrid.

Governor Kirk recognizes Mike Mustain, President and PDG Sue Wright
of the Clarksville Rotary Club for their leadership. Also recognized (on zoom)
was Past President, Andrew Wymer.

Young Leaders of Vincennes

Club Secretary, Courtney Welage, presents Laura Carie
with flowers as a 'thank you' for helping get the club started.

Terre Haute South

Governor Kirk presents to the Terre Haute South Club.


Bloomington Rotary Club welcomes Governor Kirk. (Not shown:10 members on zoom!)

Rivet Interact Club in Vincennes makes
Prayer Blankets for New Borns and others

by Dana Worland, President-Elect, Vincennes Rotary Club

The Rivet Interact Club has been making “prayer blankets” for 2 years as our main service project. We buy 4 yards of fleece / 2 yards / 2 colors - the kids tie knots and sat prayers. Once finished our Priest Father Tony Ernst blesses each blanket. We have provided about 200 blankets to area people from new born babies who were ill at Riley Children's Hospital to our older generation. We hear about someone in need due to illness, a death , someone who needs uplifted.

The youngest to receive was actually a mama who got covid while pregnant, had to be put on a ventilator & have a baby. They are both thriving and well.

This is just one of the many projects we do & did throughout the pandemic.

Over the summer the students also hosted a Lemonade Stand at our local farmers market & raised $500 for the local Isaiah 117 House.

In addition they have served meals at loaves and fishes, bagged vitamins, written letters to our soldiers, and helped build and paint our 6 Little Free Libraries.

Interactors making prayer blankets.

Priest blessing the blankets.

Isaiah 117 Lemonade Stand

Meet out District 6580 Rotary Foundation Team
How Can We HELP??

By Jessika Hane, PDG- Foundation Chair

Our Foundation Team is hard at work planning a variety of programs and initiatives for the year. The group is made up of Rotarians from all over District 6580 and includes members of our Governor Line.
Jessika Hane-Chair
Peggy Peter-Annual Fund
Bettye Dunham-District Grants
Jim Bright- Global Scholars
Mandy Lorhum-Paul Harris Society
Jim Gislason-Polio Plus
Bob Browning- Global Grants
Kirk Bouchie-DG, Lance Eberle-DGE, Shanon O’Toole, DGN
Laura Carie- Immediate Past Chair
Here we are at our August 17th Zoom meeting (not pictured-Bob Browning and Jim Gislason).

Our group is available to come and speak to your clubs about the Foundation and we would love to assist you in making Paul Harris Fellow presentations, just let us know!
And mark your calendars for our next Friends of the Foundation event- Friday November 19th in Bloomington (with COVID protocols in place). More details to come in the October newsletter.

Give Back Gals:l to r: Stephanie Wagner, Franklin Rotary Club; Tnady Shuck, Ex. Director of Johnson County Leadership; Lee Ann Wilbur,Greenwood White River Club; Kim Kasting, Franklin Club; Jennifer Price, Franklin Club
by Daivd Maurer, President and Johnson County Daily Journal newspaper

The Johnson County community has no shortage of leadership guiding it in industry, civics and philanthropic endeavors. But this recently the public had the chance to answer the question: Who is the most skilled in the kitchen?

More than 30 leaders-turned-chefs flexed their culinary prowess, all to support local agencies and initiatives. Cooking for a Cause gave ticket-holders that opportunity to try samples of go-to dishes prepared by prominent Johnson County men.

Participating chefs cooked up everything from Korean beef tostadas to Spanish gazpacho to snickerdoodle cobbler. Tips for the chefs counted as votes, and the funds generated support Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County, the Johnson County Community Foundation and Leadership Johnson County.

The Greenwood White River and Franklin Rotarians helped promote, support and participated in this event .... stepping up and providing another example of SERVICE ABOVE SELF!

“It’s a unique and fun event. We are all partners in some way in the nonprofit community here, and it’s nice to be able to work together on a project, and bring a whole bunch of individuals together to raise funds for three non-profits at the same time,” said Kim Kasting, vice president for development for the Johnson County Community Foundation and Franklin Rotary Club member.

Cooking for a Cause is the project of the Give Back Gals. The group members — Kasting, Stephanie Wagner, Tandy Shuck, LeeAnn Wilbur and Jennifer Price — joined forces after taking golf lessons together at Hickory Stick Golf Club.

In the interest of keeping the fundraiser fresh, the Give Back Gals explored events they could host. Researching different options, and noting what had not been done in the past in Johnson County, a cook-off emerged as an exciting option.

“We would bring in male chefs with their assistants, and people could buy tickets to come and sample what the chefs were cooking,” Kasting said.

Rather than recruit professional chefs from the area, organizers instead reached out to other local leaders to whip up their go-to dishes that they cook at home. The event raised $30,000!!

l to r: Rotarian Scott Horvath; Chef , his wife April, Rotarian David Maurer- Chef, Evan Fruits - David's co-chef ;Rotarian Jennifer Maurer (President David's wife).

Hats off to our very own GWR Rotarian, Scott Horvath (R), and his cooking partner,
Terry Waggoner... as this dynamic duo won "Most Enthusiastic Chefs"

Rotary International Empowering Girls Initiative

By Jessika Hane, Zone 30 Empowering Girls Ambassador

Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta has established three Presidential Initiatives for 2021-2022. One of these initiatives is Empowering Girls.

This initiative is focused on club-level projects through which Rotary clubs can create positive change in the lives of girls. Specifically, the initiative challenges clubs to engage in a project or projects of their choice that empower girls and address the needs and inequities that girls throughout the world face on a daily basis. These projects can be local or international and I would guess that many clubs in our district are already doing projects that serve to empower girls.

Throughout the Rotary year, we will be sharing stories of our projects and exchanging ideas. Clubs will be encouraged to post their success stories in the Rotary Showcase as well.
We are just getting started and will have more resources to share soon!

As an Empowering Girls Ambassador, I will be presenting on this topic at our upcoming virtual District Assembly and am available to speak to your club as well. Just email me at

Review your GIVING HISTORY and so much more on

My Rotary - Updated | Rotary District 9685

by Shanon O'Toole, DGN

I encourage every Rotarian to explore If you have an account and have not visited recently, you are missing out. If you don’t have an account here is a short video with instructions to create your account.

There are continuous changes, new features, new benefits to you, and opportunities to engage with other Rotarians worldwide.

Once you have an account at MyRotary you’ll be able to create your own personal profile. You’ll find Rotary Spotlights, exciting new information and stories about Rotary and a quick club snapshot and you will be able to access Rotary Club Central and view your club’s goals. Look these goals over. You might learn more about your club, you will see information on membership trends, gender trends, and age trends. You’ll see information about goals, engagement, communication, and public relations. You will be able to view your giving history, and finally, if you so choose, you’ll be able to make donations to The Rotary Foundation.

BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE! You will also find featured links that will provide useful and interesting information. On the top menu bar you’ll see where you can exchange and showcase ideas, take action, discover the Learning Center and reference material, find management tools for club administration, information about TRF, RI news, and information and access various online tools like the Brand Center.

Who knows, we might even collectively become more knowledgeable about Rotary!!

Bloomfield's BBQ 'Meat and Greet'
Results in 5 New Members!!

by Mark Babbs, President, Bloomfield Rotary Club

The Bloomfield Rotary Club has been brian storming off & on for some time on how we can increase membership. Past President Brianne Jerrels came up with the idea for a 'Meet and Greet BBQ'. Once we had the date set we asked every member to reach out to invite a guest. We had 16-members and 16- guest.... great turn out!

Brianne put together a short presentation talking about Rotary and our club, Lance Eberle, DGE, also join us and said a few words as well. Each member stood up introducing themselves and let everyone know how long they have been member, as well has what they get out of Rotary.

We handed out applications to every guest. To date, out of the 16 guest, we have had 5 join! We feel it was a huge success. We plan on doing an annual “Meet & Greet” going forward.

Doing Good in the World and in our District is made possible by Rotarians Like You!!

District Grants Awarded to Sixteen Clubs ‘to do good’ in our Southern Indiana Communities

By Bettye Dunham, District Grants Chair

Recently checks were mailed to sixteen clubs in our district totaling $41,298 to use in funding local service projects. With the district funds and the matching funds from clubs more than $82,596 will go into improving our communities. These are district grant awards for the 21-22 grant year and these funds were made possible thanks to contributions by our members to The Rotary Foundation in our District 6580 in 2018-2019. (See the SHARE system explanation below.)

We congratulate and thank the sixteen clubs receiving the funding for working to make your communities a better place.

Below is a short summary of the projects being implemented over this year by clubs in our district. If you have interest in any of these projects in your own community please contact these clubs for more information.

Batesville Provide resources to schools for students
experiencing emotional and social challenges.
Bloomington Introduce local children and their families to
world cultures.
Bloomington North: Library and art therapy for youth recovering from trafficking, abuse, addiction and exploitation.
Bloomington Sunrise: Provide meals to children at Boys and Girls club before they go home for the weekend.
Brazil:Furnish equipment and accessories to the local
band program
Columbus: Establish 3 coat closets to benefit those in
Columbus Sunrise: Provide supplemental educational programs for students at Hope Elementary.
Franklin: Provide bench seating in Amphitheater Park
Greensburg: Landscaping and bench for 'pocket park'
Greenwood: Promoting learning in elementary school through
Greenwood White River: Assistance in the development of trails in the Center Grove area.
Jasper: SafeSitter training program for siblings.
Martinsville: Supply fencing for YMCA playground.
New Albany: Provide on-level books for lst grade students in
Title 1 schools qualifying for free/reduced lunch
Salem: Create a family friendly event that will help to
encourage parent/child relationships.
Vincennes: Provide food to those in need through event
designed to help with community collections.

The Share System explained: Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund (DDF), after 5% is deducted for operating expenses. At the end of three years, our district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, Global Scholars or another district project.

from RI email:

Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta has urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own. be able to do more through service, Rotary needs to increase membership. Membership has hovered around 1.2 million for the past two decades. Thus, Mehta has challenged Rotary District and Clubs to be catalysts to help increase membership to 1.3 million by 1 July 2022 through his Each One, Bring One initiative which asks every member to bring one person to join Rotary within the next 17 months.

Club Leaders, the best way to see success with your Each One, Bring One campaign is to include your members and get everyone excited about the possibilities of growing your club!

Remember to reach out to District 6580 Membership Chair, Bryan Hane, and Committee with questions.
Take Action | Each One Bring One!
If you’re a leader of your Club or District, you’re probably wondering, will my Club or District grow this year? As you likely know, membership numbers in our international organization have remained static in recent years. There are key points to consider, but one thing we know to be true for every level within our organization – with an action plan in hand, we’re likelier to see improved results.

One of the true measures of an effective Rotary Club is the ability to attract and retain members.

Eradicating Polio in Afghanistan

From Floyd Lancia, iPast RI DIrector

As the sun rose on 1 January 2021, we all worried about what this new year would bring. For those of us who closely follow polio eradication progress, it was an especially worrisome time. 2020 and 2019 had seen an uptick in wild polio virus cases and in circulating vaccine derived cases. Polio vaccinations had had to be suspended for a while in 2020 due to the coronavirus and vaccines for Covid-19 were just starting to receive early use approvals.

The polio news was especially bad in Afghanistan. On the very first day of 2021, a wild polio virus case was reported. In the next week, the national health minister was fired due to hints of corruption on non-polio matters. Before month’s end, the government of Afghanistan ordered the UNICEF polio lead to leave the country relating to a verbal spat that had occurred in the President’s office. Then in March and June there were coordinated attacks on polio workers and their security teams leaving eight families having lost loved ones. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attacks, and it appeared the attacks were tied to elements who supported ISIS or ISIL as they are also known. We also noted that some areas of the country had been subject to over 30 months of a ban on house-to-house polio vaccinations.

While all this was going on other activities were occurring which have been mostly unreported. On January 17th, the Regional Directors of WHO and UNICEF met at the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar to discuss polio vaccinations and covid response in the areas controlled by the Taliban. While house to house polio vaccinations were not agreed to, the seven senior members of Taliban leadership indicated support for other measures to provide vaccination activities. In all areas of the country, health screenings continued unabated which showed no new wild polio cases and no positive identification of polio viruses in the environment. In a zoom call of polio partnership leaders the week of 17 August, Aidan O’Leary, the global WHO polio director, noted that Afghanistan has one of the best programs for polio surveillance in the world and it was not finding polio anywhere.

After the fall of the Afghanistan government in mid-August, the new leadership has agreed to keep on the acting health minister who has been effective in righting the program since February. Taliban leaders have visited the national and regional polio offices and pledged their support for the polio eradication program. On 23 August, a Rotary sponsored roadside vaccination hut provided vaccinations to children under five with local Taliban providing the needed security. For security reasons, I will not share the photos I received but it was good to see the Rotary logo doing good in the world.

Rotary has just 35 members in Afghanistan. They inspire me daily with their courage and perseverance. The polio program has always been politically neutral in every country. Rotary and our partners work with the leaders who are in charge. We now work with new leaders in Afghanistan. Rotary funds WHO and UNICEF. We do not send any funds to the governments nor to groups other than WHO and UNICEF. We monitor the spending they do on our behalf very closely. We have never been closer to eradicating polio in Afghanistan. We will continue to work with the Afghani people and our partners to finish what we began over 35 years ago. Floyd
Remember World Polio Day: October 24rd

Global Grant Scholar Inspires Bedford Rotary Club on
How Rotary has Impacted his Career Choice

by Jim Bright, Global Grant Scholar Chair

Global Grant Scholar Cameron Davidson leaves for the University of Salamanca in Spain on Tuesday, August 30.

Cameron spoke at the Bedford Rotary Club lunch on Thursday, August 19, and John Bush, member, did a great job of recording it.

Cameron's talk is a wonderful "commercial" for Rotary's Four-Way Test, RYLA, Rotary Youth Exchange, Global Grant Scholarship and The Rotary Foundation.

You can view his talk at the following link:

Be prepared to be inspired!!

SAVE THE DATE: VIRTUAL District Assembly
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
10:00 am to Noon EST

To register:

The Assembly will focus on the RI initiative on empowering young girls, growing membership, how to get the word out about your Rotary club (public image), information on the upcoming Foundation event AND MORE!!

“Learn best practices, share ideas and collaborate,” says District Governor Kirk Bouchie. “We welcome all Rotarians, and we especially encourage all club officers and club committee chairs to join us.”

For additional information or help in registering please contact Bettye Dunham, or 502 609 1923.

WOOHOO .... Thank you PDG Jessika and the 20-21 Foundation Team
and ALL members of 6580!
by Dan Ryan, Regional Foundation Chair to District Governors 20-21 in Zone 30

On behalf of the Zone 30 Foundation Team,who personally donated the prize money for the three winners in the Bragging Rights Contest,we want to thank you for your tremendous effort and leadership in the most challenging of Rotary years.Your service will long be remembered as the benchmark that nothing can stop strong leaders who motivate others to serve from their heart.This is especially true in so many areas,not just this contest.

We should take considerable pride in that our Annual Fund donations for Zone 30, with 14 Districts, exceeded the previous years by about $2,900.That may not look like a lot,but many would have been happy if we were anywhere near the previous year.Our per capita also increased from $104.15 to $108.09.Your message resonated with those Rotarians in your Districts.While we were over $40,000 behind the previous year in polio donations,we were still strong at $922,635.Total contributions topped $5.7 million.As is often said,'It's not about the money;it's about what the money can do." Well done and thank you,your leadership Teams,and the Rotarians who gave selflessly to help those less fortunate.

Specific to the Bragging Rights Contest,a letter and check has been mailed to each winning District in each of three categories:Annual Fund;Polio;and Combined.
The results are attached and the top three Districts were:
Annual Fund:
1st :District 6740,DG James Glass Received $250 for a District celebration or promotional items
2nd:District 6600,DG Keith Hodkinson
3rd:District 6580,DG Jessika Hane
1st:District 6580,DG Jessika Hane Received $250 for a District celebration or promotional items
2nd:District 6690,DG Steve Heiser
3rd:District 6600,DG Keith Hodkinson

1st:District 6600,DG Keith Hodkinson Received $500 and their Team chose a "Happy Hour" at the Chattanooga Conference
2nd:District 6580,DG Jessika Hane
3rd:District 6740,DG James Glass

As you review the results,you will note that several Districts exceeded the previous year,earning "Bragging Rights".Doing good while having fun !.Again,on behalf of our entire Team,thank you for your dedication and service.Your Friend in Rotary, Dan

What’s Coming up on the 21-22 District Calendar????

9th: Virtual District Assembly: 10 - 12:30 EST
30th: Fall Leadership Meeting
30th: RYLA
9th: Global Grants Training (tentative at this time)
18th: District Grant Training (tentative at this time)
19th: Foundation event: In-Person in Bloomington. Details to come.

20th: District Grant Training (tentative at this time)
25th: Foundation event (tentative; virtual or in person)
18-20th: PETS: President Elect Training Seminar
District Speech Contest
31st: District grant reports (21-22) due
9th: District Conference
1st: District Grants 22-23 Due