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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!

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 […]

608, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Jacob Smith

August 6th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
As with most of the best things in my life- purely a happy accident. My freshman year at IU, I took a class that required each of us to join any campus organization. I randomly choose Union Board. At the call out meeting, I had to choose […]

1605, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Bill Holladay

May 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization
Lee told us about the very first one, which we attended. Been volunteering ever since the following week or so.
What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
The first Lotus Festival was such a vibrant, exciting evening of music and community that it COULD NOT be a […]

1601, 2018

Volunteer Profile: Lynn Schwartzberg

January 16th, 2018|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I can’t remember, it’s been a long time!

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
We loved the event, volunteering is always my next logical step! I love working behind the scenes to help make events successful!

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I worked my very first shift […]

905, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Judy Farnsworth

May 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
I don’t remember how I heard about the volunteer call out. I did have friends who volunteered in the first year or so. Malke Rosenfeld was the volunteer.coordinator, my first year.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
It seemed like it would be fun, and I […]

904, 2017

Volunteer Profile: Kevin Bird

April 9th, 2017|

How did you first hear about the Lotus organization?
Saw it in the newspaper.

What initially inspired you to volunteer for our organization?
My wife, Jill Bird.

What volunteer jobs have you performed?
I’ve been a gofer, helped with artist hospitality, food pick-up, bus wrangling at the Bazaar, and artist airport pick-up and return

Which volunteer experiences have you most enjoyed?  […]

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