Volunteer Profiles


Volunteer Profiles: Lotus Lovers Who Light Up Lives!
Read about the amazing people who generously lend their energy and time to making Lotus possible from behind the scenes.  We’ll be adding Volunteer Profile snapshots on an ongoing basis, so please check back often to keep meeting the people who make Lotus tick!

1006, 2020

Volunteer Profile: Jillian Kinzie

June 10th, 2020|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
When I moved to Bloomington as a graduate student, I was looking for music-oriented events and I immediately found the Lotus Festival. The prospect of volunteering in exchange for a ticket fit my graduate student budget, but more importantly, as a newcomer to Bloomington, it provided me […]

1107, 2019

Meet the Interim Festival Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Lollis

July 11th, 2019|

We are happy to welcome Sarah Lollis to be our 2019 Interim Festival Volunteer Coordinator! Sarah is a senior at Indiana University, majoring in Arts Management, with a concentration in music, and minoring in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. She is originally from Northwest Indiana, and music has always been her passion. Her past three years volunteering […]

2205, 2019

Volunteer Profile: Adam Riviere

May 22nd, 2019|


How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Originally invited by Merribeth Fender, who ran Athena, to accompany her playing and introducing instruments to kids and their families.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
Bloomington has always been supportive of me and my music growing up, and this way I can give thanks to […]

2504, 2019

Volunteer Profile: Laura Plummer

April 25th, 2019|

Lotus 2019 Be More Award Nominee
How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
As a graduate student, I worked on the Victorian Studies staff alongside Carol Simmons. At a party in 2005, she suggested me as a potential Board of Directors member to our mutual friend LuAnne Holladay (with whom I was a grad student in English at […]

2606, 2018

2018 Festival Shirt Artist, Julie Barnett

June 26th, 2018|

When was your first Lotus Fest?
The second year, in ‘95

How many have you attended?
I’ve attended at least one event of about 10 festivals. 

How did you first cross paths with Lotus?Favorite Festival memories?
I first learned about the festival from James Combs when it was still just an idea he was cooking up with Lee Williams and […]

1406, 2018

A Celebration of Lotus Volunteers

June 14th, 2018|

The annual Lotus Volunteer Appreciation Party took place on Thursday, June 7, at Fountain Square Ballroom.  The fun-filled event packed camaraderie, conversation, and appreciation into an evening focused on celebrating our amazing Lotus volunteers.


In addition to honoring volunteers who hit benchmarks of 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service, we also gave “Home Team” and […]

2903, 2018

Be More…Lotus! Congrats to our Award-Winning Volunteers

March 29th, 2018|

Congratulations to the “Powerhouse” Lotus volunteers who received a 2018 Be More Award at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on Tuesday night!
Duane Busick, Bob Flynn, Gail Hale, Steve Hedges, LuAnne Holladay, William Itter, Jillian Kinzie, Julie Lawson, Geoff McKim, Crystal Ritter, Lynn Schwartzberg, Michael Shermis, Andrew Simmons, and Teri Watkins
For their commitment to making Lotus a beacon […]

905, 2017

Special Feature: Celebrating Festival Volunteers

May 9th, 2017|

To celebrate the 500+ fabulous folks who make the Festival possible, we kick off Festival Volunteer Season by highlighting some favorite memories as shared by the volunteers profiled in our “Lotus Lovers Who Light Up Lives” series.

Judy Farnsworth
How would you describe to a friend why they should attend or volunteer for the Lotus Festival?
It’s a great […]

912, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Garrett Poortinga

December 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Well, I’m a Bloomington native, born and raised, so it was always seemingly part of the woodwork of B-town culture. My parents would Volunteer when I was a kid, so perhaps that may have been some my first encounters of the name and event.

What initially inspired you […]

1612, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Cherri DuPree

December 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Cindy L. (now Beaule) came to Sunrise Greetings with a ton of little index cards 20 years ago looking for volunteers.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
I was interested in being more involved in the community and I love music.

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
Ticket sales, […]