Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lehi Rotary offers Green Eggs & Ham to raise funds for a Literacy Center

Hosted at the Legacy Center - 123 North Center, Lehi
Register today at

Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast:

5k Walk/Run:
8:30am Start - 9:30am Awards
Dress as your favorite Dr. Suess character for a chance
to win great prizes.

Bounce Toys:
8:30-10:30am (Free admittance with purchase of event)
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament:
10:00am start
Play for your chance to win great prizes.
Literacy Center Awards:
Over 30 Presidential Awards

The Rotary Club of Lehi and Rippy Literacy Center are once again hosting a premier family event. The event is a fundraiser for the Literacy Center and the Club.

The Lehi-Rippy Literacy Center had its humble beginnings in July of 1998 in a one-room location generously provided by the city at the request of the center’s founder, Hesther Rippy. The Center is currently housed in the city library building, and its tutors and students benefit from the use of forty-one computers, along with Lexia educational software and phonics-based sequentially-written readers, which provide the structural underpinnings for our reading program.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Salt Lake Rotary Club members celebrate National Polio Eradication Day in India

A report from Rotarian Floyd Hatch:

Several Salt Lake Rotary members, their partners, friends, and children joined Utah Rotary Polio Plus Chair Scott Leckman to help inoculate children in India recently. The group included Anne Kim, a 15 year old Highland High student and member of Interact. 

January 11 was "National Polio Eradication Day". Children, all under 5 years of age, we're inoculated in 200 different locations throughout the country. Our contingent inoculated at least 200 children.

The effort of the Indian government, Rotary International, and the World Health Organization has had a huge impact on this terrible disease. 2011 is the first year that there was not a documented case of polio in India.  There are only 4 countries remaining in the world that have not been able to eliminate the disease.

Our contingent was also able to tour several elementary and middle age schools that have been benefitted by members of Salt Lake Rotary as well as Indian Rotary clubs. Of note, a "girl's only" latrine built for a school in the Agra region, enjoyed a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring Scott and last year's 2011 contingent that donated $3,000 towards the renovation.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Utah Rotary gets a new club: Millcreek Rotarians and guests celebrate their Chartering Dinner

January 19, 2012. What a night! On this particular Thursday evening, the Rotary Club of Millcreek had a blow out party with over 80 people to celebrate their charter from Rotary International. 28 members were present. 5 members could not make it. Many members brought soon-to-be-members to check out the festivities and pick up applications!
Rotarians from Salt Lake Club (President Colleen Malouf, President Nominee John Pace, State Legislator Patrice Arent), Park City Sunrise Club (President Ken Barfield), Hispano-Latino Club (President Alicia Gomez, Past President Martha Velasco, and President Elect Mabel Langford), and of course, our sponsoring club of Sugar House Rotary (President Ennis Gibbs, Past Presidents Therese Milad, and E. J. Passey) were there to cheer us on.
District Governor Rick Cambra presented our Charter from Rotary International, and Assistant Governor Bev Christy helped pass out pins to the new and re-upping Rotarians. Many thanks to Past District Governor Ralph Montgomery and his wife Shirley for joining us in our celebrations. Also, we were thrilled to have visiting Watertown, Wisconsin Rotarians Josh and Sandee Macht come to the party and give Charter President Megan Dunn our very first club flag!

Members and guests enjoyed the social hour at the Cottonwood Country Club, with piano accompaniment by Rotaracter Andrew Olsen. We also cannot thank enough the Salt Lake Rotaracters who manned our Registration table. A special shout out to Rotaract President Jerika Michel, who also called an entire roster of Utah Rotary leadership in advance of our event.

Centerville Farmington Rotarian Bruce Powell did more than come to the dinner, he also (in his typical Service Above Self way) picked up the monks from the Theravadan Buddhist Temple in Layton who gave our invocation and chanted their best wishes for our self-discipline, service to humanity, and generosity.
Many City Academy Interactors attended our event, includingKylee Massey who did a beautiful job of singing America the Beautiful as part of our Program. Thanks RC Millcreek member Sonia Woodbury (Principal) for arranging all that, and bringing so many guests, including the club advisor,Mandy Porter.

We appreciate all the efforts of our sponsoring club of Sugar House, and the inspiring words of club President Ennis Gibbs during our Program.

Special Representative of the District Governor, and now club member, Judy Zone, presented the club with an engraved gong and stand to use in place of the traditional club bell to begin and end meetings.
As the District Governor said, Rotary Club of Millcreek is not a traditional club. We have Utah’s first ‘Happy Hour’ club, holding two business meetings the first two Thursdays at 5:15-6:15pm each month. Our other two meetings are a social and a service project. Our club has decided to focus our local service efforts on the refugee community. For more information, contact our club president Megan Dunn at

District Governor Cambra remarked that Rotary Club of Millcreek is not only Utah’s newest club, it is the first club chartered during his term, and the first non-traditional club in our Rotary Zone (7 Rotary Districts).
Rotary Club of Millcreek would like to thank Vice President Laurie Summers-Pisani for her work with the Cottonwood Country Club to organize the menu for the dinner, and her work to coordinate the entertainment, prepare and print the Commemorative Programs. Club Secretary Christine Casper sent out the invitations and organized all the RSVPs. Treasurer Ken Klingler will be formulating the financials after this event, including generous gifts fromRotary Club of Logan and Rotarian Paul Halliday. We want to thank our International Service Chair, Peter Ingle, for arranging for the monks to deliver the invocation. As usual, Community Service Chair Miriam Kramer was ready to help in any and many ways, including taking photographs of the evening.

Susan Says: Rotary Info & Training Meetings from our own intrepid District Trainer!

Thanks Susan Marks for this information about Rotary and Upcoming Utah Rotary Training & Events.
Mark your calendars, Rotarians!

Rotary International (RI) – HQ - Evanston, IL, founded 1905. Paid staff support Rotary Foundation, Zones (group of districts), Districts (~ 2,000 Rotarians) and ~35,000 clubs and 1.22 million Rotarians in 170 countries. President – Kalyan Banerjee. RI has been driving force behind eradicating polio worldwide with partners. PAIN countries still endemic. for more information.

Utah Rotary – District 5420 – began 1911, entire state of Utah - 47 clubs and ~ 1,700 members. Millcreek is newest club. District Governor - Rick Cambra
Visit our website for more infromation.

District Governor-elect - Jerry Summerhays 
Volunteer “staff” support clubs through committees - membership, training, PR, foundation/ grants, youth programs, etc.

Upcoming Training & Events

1. PETS –President-elect Training Seminar – Feb 24 – 25, Provo

For Presidents-elect (Megan) and President-elect Nominees (TBD). How to run a club, KEY RI requirements, conduct strategic planning, meet club goals, and support/ resources from District.

2. District Assembly – Saturday, March 24, 7:30 AM – 2 PM, Riverview Jr. High, 751 W. Tripp Lane, Murray (5725 South).

Attendeesall board members, committee chairs, members – president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary AND foundation (grants), international and local service, membership, PR, youth committee chairs, and members. Everyone should attend to learn about Rotary!

3. Ongoing training -webinars & in-person – membership, foundation, more coming. Contact District Trainer Susan Marks

4. District Conference –May 31 - June 1, Zermatt Resort, Midway. PARTY & recognition for clubs.