Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 District President Elect Training Seminar & Assembly, Feb 15 & 16, Miller Conference Center 9750 South 300 West

All President Elects, President Nominees, Club Chairs, and Rotaractors are invited to this annual training. PETS is a half day Friday, and Assembly is all day Saturday. See full agendas below, and be sure to register no later than February 10 so we can be sure to have plenty food for our meals.

District Governor Elect John Hanrahan will send out registration links.


For Club Registration of PEs, PENs, Club Chairs, Treasurers & Secretaries
For Past District Governors.
For Rotaractors.
For Assistant Governors.

Club cost for PETS and Assembly is required, whether clubs attend or not. This year's club cost is a reasonable $225. Attendance for PEs, PENs, their spouses, and Club Chairs are included in this cost. There is an additional charge for Club Chair meals, but these costs have been kept low.

As PETS does not start till 1pm on Friday, we hope Rotarians from Southern Utah will be able to drive up during the morning.

Rotaractors are invited to the Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, and all day Assembly, including a special breakout from 1-2pm with Club Youth Chairs.

We at the District look forward to seeing you and beginning a new Rotary adventure!

2019 District 5420 PETS - Miller Conference Center
February 15, 2019   1:00pm – 5:30pm with dinner 6-8pm
·         We are in ½ conference center room w a breakout room for DGN Linda, dinner in conference room

1:00-1:30pm:       Pledge of Allegiance, 4-Way test, invocation-President-Elects TBD
Welcome, Opening Comments-- District Trainer Dean Jackson, District Governor Scott Leckman, District Governor-Elect John Hanrahan, Schedule review
1:30-2:00pm:       UN NGO Conference --Orem PE Clark Merkely, Boys Scouts of America,--Past president mark Griffith, PanAmerican Rotaract conference—Rotaractors TBD
2:00-3:30pm        PE/PEN Small Group Discussion: DGE John Hanrahan & DGN Linda Sappington (2 rooms)
3:30-3:45pm:       Break
3:45- 5pm:            Club Administration for PEs/PENs - Chief of Staff Judy Zone & PDG Dean Jackson
5:00-5:30pm:       Wrap Up – DGE John Hanrahan
Preview of Assembly/Planning Your Day – PDG Dean L. Jackson
5:30-6:00pm:        Social
6:00- 7:30pm        Dinner    Spouses welcome
7:00-7:30 pm        District trainer Dean Jackson presentation and Q and A with district leaders
5:30-7:00 pm        Background Music Entertainment Park City High School Jazz Ensemble

2019 District 5420 Assembly – Miller Conference Center
February 16, 2019 – 9:00am – 5:30pm
·         PEs, PENs, AGs, District Chairs, Club Chairs, Rotaractors
·         We are in Auditorium all day, Lunch & Secretary/Treasurer breakout in Showroom
·         Small classroom reserved for Rotaractor meeting with Youth Chairs

9:00 – 9:30am              Light Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45am              Pledge of Allegiance, 4-Way test, invocation-President-Elects TBD
                                        Welcome and Opening Comments District Trainer Dean Jackson
9:45–10:15am              Training Vision & Self Introductions
                                        John Hanrahan - District Governor Elect, 2019-2020 
                                        DGN Linda Sappington – District Governor Nominee 2021-2022
10:15-10:30am            Break
10:30am-11:00am       Judy Zone – Chief of Staff for DGE John Hanrahan
11:00am-12:15pm       Youth Programs – PDG Mike Wells Youth Chair, group discussion
         U40: social media marketing plan to attract under 40 Rotarians
12:15-1:15pm              Luncheon, DGE John Hanrahan
1:15-2:15pm                 Concurrent breakouts:
·         Secretary Breakout & Treasurer Breakout
·         Rotaractor meeting with Youth Chairs
1:15 –2:30pm               Rotary Foundation – DG Scott Leckman, Foundation Chairman, group discussion
2:30 – 3:45pm              Membership - Brett Mickelson, Membership Chair
3:45 – 4:00pm              Break (Snacks & Drinks)
4:00 – 5:00pm              Public Image – Tom Kelly, Public Image Chair, group discussion
5:00-5:15pm                 Closing Remarks for Assembly, DGE John Hanrahan and District Trainer Dean Jackson
There will be one link to all material online following PETS & Assembly

Monday, September 3, 2018


SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Rotary District Governor Scott Leckman and Immediate-Past District Governor Beverly Christy are pleased to announce a donation in the amount of $1 million from LDS Charities, the humanitarian services arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  This major gift to The Rotary Foundation, a non-profit corporation supporting the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs, will be used to continue Rotary’s ongoing effort to eradicate polio from the earth.
 “We are grateful to the LDS Church for this generous donation on behalf of the world’s children. We are pleased to be in partnership with the Church in this greatest public health initiative in the history of humankind.”  Leckman adds, “These funds will now be matched 2-to-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, one of our amazing partners in this effort.”

In 1979, Rotary's first Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grant was to Rotarians in the Philippines to immunize 6 million children with the polio vaccine. The success of this effort led members worldwide to believe Rotarians could play a big role in public health. In 1985, Rotary announced its commitment to eradicate polio. It was the first organization to set this goal. In 1988, the WHO, joined in making the same commitment.

“When Rotary began the fight against polio about 1,000 kids in 125 countries around the world were diagnosed with polio … every day!” notes the longtime member of Salt Lake Rotary Club and a well-respected general surgeon in Salt Lake City.  He adds, “In 2017, there were only 22 cases in the world – all in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  That’s a drop in confirmed cases of more than 99 percent.  Rotary has contributed more than $1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort. But we’re not yet to the finish line because as long as there remains a threat anywhere, it is a threat everywhere!”

“We are very grateful for this contribution and for the continuing positive relationship Rotarians in Utah have with LDS leadership,” states Carol Pandak, Director of Polio Plus at Rotary International, headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.

The church grant is specifically for polio immunizations for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are currently 35,565 chartered Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries worldwide, cutting across dozens of languages, political and social structures, customs, religions and traditions. On July 1, 2018 there were more than 1.2 million Rotarians “doing good in the world.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jay Jacobson by email to  To contribute to Rotary’s polio end game, see

Sunday, August 5, 2018

West Jordan Rotary Celebrates 30 Years of Community Service

The West Jordan Rotary Club celebrated 30 years of service to our community on June 28, 2018, at Gardner Village in West Jordan. Dignitaries that attended the event included West Jordan Mayor, Jim Riding; Scott Leckman, Rotary Governor for Utah District 5420; and cofounders of the West Jordan club, Bob Ladenburger and Craig Dearing. The club was also honored to have Paul Quist, the club's second President, attend the event. 

The club was founded in 1987 by Bob Ladenburger, a hospital administrator at the Jordan Valley Hospital, and West Jordan’s own Craig Dearing, President of the Chamber at the time. “Rotary Clubs exists to do good in the world,” stated Craig Dearing. “Bob and I could not imagine a city as engaging as West Jordan, not having a Rotary club.”

Since its inception in 1987, the club has contributed to the surrounding communities including West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, Bluffdale, and Herriman in countless ways. Its projects include planting over 100 trees in the town, building the first of its type baseball field in Utah for disabled children in the city’s main park, called the SME Field of Dreams; and creating playgrounds for disabled children as well as non-disabled children in West Jordan. The club has sponsored over 20 Utah high school student to study for a full academic school year as well as receiving over 20 foreign exchange students. Each year the club distributes over 3000 dictionaries to third-graders in Jordan School District and gives annual scholarships to students desiring post-high school education attending Bingham, Copper Hills, and West Jordan High Schools.  In addition, the club has been heavily involved in projects to assist children impacted by the AIDS epidemic in South Africa and children in Costa Rica who are victims of sex trafficking.

“It has been a remarkable journey,” stated Kelly Atkinson, one of only two charter members remaining in the club. “This community has benefited from the work of Rotary, and we each have benefited by the service rendered on behalf of the generous and giving people of the West Jordan Club.”

The night of celebration included a $2,000 check awarded to the club’s partner in its South Africa project, a $600 check given to SL County Recreation to support the club’s Field of Dreams Ballfield by scholarshipping impoverished disabled children so they may participate in league play, and a $1,000  check contributed in the name of Mayor Jim Riding for his exceptional public service to the community. Also, the club inducted two new members into its ranks, Alicia Summers and Ellie Mulder.

“This club has helped to transform this community,” stated Bob Ladenburger, who is now a resident of Denver, Colorado. “I cannot believe how much the club has contributed to the West Jordan community by its many accomplishments.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Utah Rotary loses a great Rotarian way too soon

Russ Perry came running up to me like an eager little boy a number of years ago, after my District Grants presentation at PETS. His exuberance and energy was uncharacteristic for the event, but it actually was characteristic of Russ. At the end of that first meeting he declared, "we are going to be great friends!" and that's exactly what happened.

Over my years of friendship with Rusty, I heard many stories of his Rotary escapades, the money he raised for one cause or another, the grants he wanted to participate in, his clubs' many projects. He used to hike dictionaries to the Indians at the bottom of the Grand Canyon as part of the Vernal dictionary project. He always took things to the next level, going way beyond what most of us ever consider to serve more and better.

He was that way with peace, and as a member of the District's Peace Committee, he took the initiative to travel to a number of Rotary Clubs, promoting Peace as an Area of Focus in Rotary and Peace Ambassadorial Scholarships. He was a key decision maker in the commitment by the District to move forward in sponsoring the Columbia Peace Initiative Global Grant, and actually assisted in raising money towards it despite his own personal difficulties this past month. His biggest passion in the world was peace through helping people. He was a man of strong conviction and dedication to his family, his friends, his Rotary family and he will be missed. 

When Governor Bev asked me to write this article, I wasn't sure if I was the appropriate one to write it. There are many people who knew him longer and better than I. Yet I also realize as I have spoken with many of you this week, that we all had the same love for Russ, and that the one thing I could do, was mirror that love back to you.

Love and light,

Kris Swanson

District Grants Chair
Rotary District 5420

Provo Rotary Club turns 100 & elects first woman president

Provo Rotary Club will celebrate two milestones this coming year. First, it will mark 100 years since the club was organized in August, 1919, with W.F. Bulkley, an Episcopal archdeacon, as president.

The second milestone is its first woman president, Ruth Riley. She lives in Spanish Fork but works as vice-president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Provo. She and fellow Provo Rotarian Steve Tolley are planning events to celebrate the Provo club’s centennial.

Riley has actively promoted service in the Provo Rotary Club. She and fellow Rotarian Linda Pemberton have for the past three years organized a popular project involving many local Rotarians and their families, United Way officials, and local residents in planting raised-bed gardens and repairing storage units at Franklin Community Center. Canteen Committee Chair Vaughan Park brings the club’s rolling kitchen and serves hotdogs, chips, and drinks to all participants.

Provo Foundation Chair Tom Powell each year secures a district grant to help with the Provo club’s annual dictionary project. They apply Rotary stickers to the dictionaries and deliver them to every fourth-grader in Provo School District.

Riley says that “Service is what Rotary is all about.”

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friendship Exchange to Argentina

What:  A wonderful and friendly exchange with the warm-hearted and very gracious Rotarians of Northwestern Argentina.  The group will visit a select group of sites in that beautiful part of Argentina.

When:  The Outbound contingent of Rotarians from Utah to Argentina will take place in the February - March, 2019 time frame.  That is a great time to visit during the early Autumn.  

Why:  Friendship Exchanges have been called the ¨best part of Rotary¨ and the ¨best kept secret¨.  They give the participants a rich taste of the visited culture and form the beginnings of firm and lasting friendships.  Additionally, the exchanges give us a chance to form partnerships for future humanitarian projects.  

Who:  The inbound and outbound groups will consist of 10 - 12 Rotarians and partners.  While not required, speaking/understanding some Spanish will make the adventure more of an exchange of ideas and culture.  

Cost:  The total cost of the trip will be the responsibility of the participants.  A recent check of airfare to Buenos Aires showed RT fares at $1,800 - $2,600.  We can probably do better but that will give you an idea of what to expect.  It would be good to expect the cost per person to be about $3,000 - $3,500 for the trip.  

Contact:  If interested please contact Fred Berthrong at 435-760-2734 or

What follows is some information from our Argentinean coordinator, Ana Cáceres.
As you know, our district embraces many provinces (states) in Argentina: Mendoza, San Luis, San Juan. The latter are called REGION DE CUYO. And the other provinces are: Santiago del Estero, the place where I live, Tucumán, Salta, Jujuy and the city of Santa Marita in the province of Catamarca. These later ones belong to the Northern part of my country. As you can read, a vast territory to travel and to visit a range of different landscapes and idiosyncrasies.

All in all, my district group 8 (eight) provinces of my Argentina. There are almost 81 clubs with about 1100 Rotary members.

We have been talking and our suggestion could be many. The first one is to receive the American team in February or March, 2019. The district would offer accommodation and transportation in some parts of the district, from some cities to the nearest ones.

To my knowledge, a rough schedule of the visit can be as follow: 


San Juan

San Luis


Santiago del Estero




and its most important attractions..
The hills of the seven colours.

You can start your visit to our district in Mendoza or vice versa, in Jujuy. They can travel along the district by coach. You need't visit the whole district. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Japan Friendship Exchange March 9-18, 2019

Join Gov. Scott Leckman, PDG Dean & Marlys Jackson to Japan in March 2019.

$4,950 per person* 15 people Max.
Cost per person includes hotels, in country transportation, tour admissions, breakfasts
and limited meals
Flight to and from Japan is an additional cost.

Please note that we will fly into Narita Airport on March 10th which means you will fly
out of Salt Lake City on March 9th. We will then fly out of Osaka Kansai Airport on
March 18th.

3/9 Sat: From Salt Lake City to Japan.
3/10 Sun: Arrived, gathered at a hotel in Narita.
3/11 Mon:  Tour Narita Temple and Big Buddha.
Exchange meeting with the 2820 district. (Ibaraki Prefecture)
3/12 Tues: Sightseeing Aizuwakamatsu.
Exchange meeting with Yonezawa club.
3/13 Wed: Meeting of Sagae Club. (Suzuki Governor's club)
Sightseeing in Shogi and brewery in Tendo.
Exchange meeting with Sagae and Tendo Club members.
3/14 Thurs:
AM : From Yamagata to Osaka. (Flight)
PM : To sightseeing in Nara.
3/15 Fri: To sightseeing in Kyoto.
3/16 Sat
AM : To Sagano and Arashiyama sightseeing.
PM : From Kyoto to Osaka.
3/17 Sun
AM : Tour of Osaka Castle.
PM : Sumo Tournament
3/18 Mon: From Osaka to Salt Lake City, arrived, to your home.

For Further Information:
Contact PDG Dean L. Jackson 801-318-6741