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 pdg5420@gmail.com

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: 

BUENOS AIRES
ARRIVAL
BUENOS AIRES-MENDOZA

San Juan

San Luis

Catamarca

Santiago del Estero

Tucuman

Salta


Jujuy

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.



Cost: 
$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.

Itinerary:
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 deanleejackson@gmail.com 801-318-6741


Friday, April 27, 2018

Be sure to participate in our District's Service Impact Report!

Your club is almost out of time to Click this link to report your service projects. The goal is to capture & celebrate the service impact of our entire District. 

Report before June 1, 2018 so that your club's impact can be included in a report similar to this booklet produced Salt Lake club.
 
District Rotarians will take pride in handing out this beautiful 8 12" X 11" book to community leaders & friends.  A section is reserved for Rotary companies  to place full page ads to help cover publishing expenses.  The price is $500. Click for an example. Interested? Contact Mike Deputy mikedeputy@utility-trailer.com  801.550.6748



Buy an Ad in the Utah Rotary District 2018 Service Report book!

Your club is almost out of time to Click this link to report your service projects. The goal is to capture & celebrate the service impact of our entire District. 


Report before June 1, 2018 so that your club's impact can be included in a report similar to this booklet produced Salt Lake club.

 
District Rotarians will take pride in handing out this beautiful 8 12" X 11" book to community leaders & friends.  A section is reserved for Rotary companies  to place full page ads to help cover publishing expenses.  The price is $500. Interested? Contact Mike Deputy mikedeputy@utility-trailer.com  801.550.6748

Here is an example: 

Friday, March 23, 2018

End Polio Now Family Fun-raiser May 12, Murray Park hosted by Hispano-Latino Rotary Club South


Fourth Annual Evening of Elegance hosted by the Dixie Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation


When: April 7th, 2017, 5:30 PM
Where: SunRiver Community Center, 4275 Country Club Dr, St George
How much: $50/person, $350.00 for a full Table of 8.
What: 4th Annual Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation Evening of Elegance

The Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation is hosting the 4th annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser. The Washington County Search and Rescue is the primary beneficiary of the event.  The Arts Council of Washington County, Memory Matters and a new charity in the community, Neighborhood Connections are also partners in this event and will receive a portion of the proceeds. The evening will include fine dining and a silent and live auction featuring a variety of items including an African Safari for 2, a gourmet Italian dinner for six and other great items.

The Evening of Elegance will be held at the SunRiver Community Center, 4275 Country Club Dr., St George April 7th, beginning at 5:30 PM.   Tickets are $50 per person or you can purchase a table for 8 for $350.00. Formal wear is encouraged for the evening

Tickets can be purchased online at dixiesunriserotary.com or by calling 425-417-0625.

Dixie Sunrise Rotary is a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization with 1.1 million members.  Our club was founded in 1996 and has been active in the St. George Community ever since.  Today we are 40 professional men and women who meet weekly in fellowship and perform local service projects at least once a month.  On any given weekend, you can find Dixie Rotarians working on projects such as road clean up, restoring Snow Canyon State Park or cooking dinner for Switchpoint clients. We also have sponsored important international service projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa and Grenada.

Currently the Evening of Elegance is our major fundraising event for the year.  Over our 20 years of service we have raised over $200,000.00 which has supported the St. George Police, Dixie Regional Medical Center, the Washington County Search and Rescue and a variety of other local charities.  We know that many lives have been saved and improved because of our efforts to support the St. George Community.

In 2016, we formed The Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation, a 501-c-3 organization that allows us to expand our fund-raising efforts and service.  “The Rotary Foundation the mission is ‘To advance world understanding, good will, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty’.  This mission inspires us to serve the most vulnerable populations in our community and abroad,” said Janet Haines, 2018 Foundation President.  “We are proud to once again sponsor the Evening of Elegance,” she adds.

Rotary Youth to Rwanda


Rotary Youth Service Trip / Also open to Non Rotarians
$1999 (plus airfare)

Experience the magic of play in Rwanda;  Promoting Gender Equality and Education.  If you’re a young adult with a desire to make the world a better place while enriching your own life, you’ve come to the right place. Through Rotary’s partnership with Kids Play, you’ll make a powerful difference working alongside Rotarians in Rwanda and be inspired by the children and coaches in the rural community of Gatagara.  Join us on an unforgettable journey!

KPI and Rotary are teaming up for an inspiring service trip to Rwanda!  This is an amazing opportunity for you to take part in our Let’s Play Fair program with our coaches and kids, meet our players families, meet Rwandan Rotarians, learn about the Genocide and much more.


SAVE YOUR SPOT BY PLACING A $500 DEPOSIT TODAY!  
On this adventure we will immerse ourselves in Rwanda’s vibrant culture.  We will have VIP access to the Genocide memorial where we will have a Q and A with with genocide survivors.  You will be a key participant in KPI’s Let’s Play Fair program.  This is an experience of a lifetime, as you volunteer alongside other Rotarians and share the Olympic values with the children who participate in our Let’s Play Fair program.

TRIP LEADER: This Volunteer Trip will be led by Rotarian members

Contact Cathy King credking@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

4th Annual Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation Evening of Elegance - Please attend!


 When: April 7th, 2017, 5:30 PM
Where: SunRiver Community Center, 4275 Country Club Dr, St George
How much: $50/person, $350.00 for a full Table of 8.

The Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation is hosting the 4th annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser. The Washington County Search and Rescue is the primary beneficiary of the event.  The Arts Council of Washington County, Memory Matters and a new charity in the community, Neighborhood Connections are also partners in this event and will receive a portion of the proceeds. The evening will include fine dining and a silent and live auction featuring a variety of items including an African Safari for 2, a gourmet Italian dinner for six and other great items.

The Evening of Elegance will be held at the SunRiver Community Center, 4275 Country Club Dr., St George April 7th, beginning at 5:30 PM.   Tickets are $50 per person or you can purchase a table for 8 for $350.00. Formal wear is encouraged for the evening

Tickets can be purchased online at dixiesunriserotary.com or by calling 425-417-0625.

Dixie Sunrise Rotary is a member club of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization with 1.1 million members.  Our club was founded in 1996 and has been active in the St. George Community ever since.  Today we are 40 professional men and women who meet weekly in fellowship and perform local service projects at least once a month.  On any given weekend, you can find Dixie Rotarians working on projects such as road clean up, restoring Snow Canyon State Park or cooking dinner for Switchpoint clients. We also have sponsored important international service projects in Mexico, Costa Rica, Africa and Grenada.

Currently the Evening of Elegance is our major fundraising event for the year.  Over our 20 years of service we have raised over $200,000.00 which has supported the St. George Police, Dixie Regional Medical Center, the Washington County Search and Rescue and a variety of other local charities.  We know that many lives have been saved and improved because of our efforts to support the St. George Community.

In 2016, we formed The Dixie Sunrise Rotary Foundation, a 501-c-3 organization that allows us to expand our fund-raising efforts and service.  “The Rotary Foundation the mission is ‘To advance world understanding, good will, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty’.  This mission inspires us to serve the most vulnerable populations in our community and abroad,” said Janet Haines, 2018 Foundation President.  “We are proud to once again sponsor the Evening of Elegance,” she adds.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

2018 Membership Report - State of our District

During the first half of the Rotary year, District 5420 was showing positive growth being up 16 members through November.  Those numbers soon dropped as the Clubs cleaned up their membership rosters and dropped those members that have stopped participating in Rotary.  This semi-annual cleanout, each December and June, results in large drops in membership (we are minus 18 in the District as of January 10th, 2018).

So, what can we do minimize the semi-annual drops in membership?  The key to growing your Rotary Club is adding new members but more importantly keeping the members you already have. As our Zone website indicates:

“Rotarians actually do a great job of recruiting new members each year. The challenge clubs have is retaining members. Statistical data indicates that approximately 50% of new members leave Rotary within the first 12 months of their membership in the service organization. This is an indictment on the way in which we recruit and teach our new members about one of the most significant service organizations in the world.”

The Retention problem (really the lack of Member Satisfaction) is about how we manage member expectations and experiences.  The Rotary “We Care” program (A Guide for Building Strong, Effective and Fun Rotary Clubs for the New Millennium) states the following:

“One of our greatest challenges in Rotary is to better understand what type of expectations new members of Rotary have.  We need to take time and analyze what attracts new members and what will keep them in Rotary.  One of the foremost needs of new members is a strong desire to feel that they are spending their time wisely.  If they feel someone is wasting their time they have a tendency to avoid or eliminate whatever they feel is causing it.  New members need to be able to see immediate productivity.  They challenge us on a daily basis to teach them about Rotary at a quicker pace.  We must prove to them that Rotary is an organization that they should be part of.  Too many times we do not take the proper amount of time to reach out and help new members become part of Rotary.  New members must be educated quickly so they feel that they are part of the organization.  The question is, are our Rotary Clubs attractive, interesting, and do they give all individuals a feeling of accomplishment?  We all need to review our club’s attitude, environment, posture and direction. This will help to ensure that we meet the need of the new Rotarian of the 21st century.  During this process we must never lose focus of our duty and goals of being Rotarians. Most importantly, we must never compromise our beliefs.  Instead, we must modify our goals and expectations to be realistic and give our members the ability to reach the goals.  Our members must have the opportunity to feel they have accomplished something special and important.  Consistent direction and understanding are the keys to a successful club!”

Please take steps to ensure that your existing members are having their expectations met and that they are having a positive Rotary experience.  Consider how you conduct New Member Orientation, look at updating your Club Membership Plan, or conducting a Rotary Club Health Check.  Additional membership resources can be found at the following web sites:


Monday, January 8, 2018

New Consul General for Mexico in Utah receives widespread welcome from Rotary Clubs

Utah's new Consul General for Mexico José Borjón met with our District Governor Bev Christy to reach out to clubs in an effort to increase Hispanic membership in Rotary, connect the Consulate with local organizations, and to help Rotarians better understand and forward the cause of Hispanic issues in their community. 

The result is the following calendar dates. See if you can attend one of these multi-club hosted events. Other clubs are planning future events:

Wednesday, January 17 luncheon, Cottonwood Country Club. Hispano-Latino Club of Salt Lake (Glendale) & Hispano Latinos Club of Salt Lake - South, West Jordan Club, Salt Lake Club invite members and all Hispanic professionals outside of Rotary to join this event. 

Monday, February 5 at the Abbey Inn in St. George. St. George, Dixie Sunrise, Red Rock, Hurricane Valley, Zion Canyon & Kanab Rotary Clubs host an All Clubs Lunch with Consul Borjon.

Wednesday, February 7, 11am, venue TBA dependent on RSVPs. Richfield Rotary & Six County Association of Governments hosts Utah’s new Consulate from Mexico RSVP by January 23, Amy Rosquist arosquist@sixcounty.com 435-893-0720

Thursday, February 8, 6-8pm, Jim Santy Auditorium. Park City Rotary & Park City Sunrise club will jointly present a discussion with Consul Borjón, open to the public.
Cedar City, Ogden, Vernal Clubs, as well as Utah County clubs, Moab, Monticello, Bluff, Brigham City, Logan, and Davis County Clubs are in the planning stages.

190,000 Hispanics live in the Salt Lake Valley. That’s almost 18% of the population!  How many Hispanics are in your club?

Here is a biography of Consul General José Borjón: 
As of June 16, he is the Head Consul of Mexico in Salt Lake City, Utah and responsible for western Wyoming.

From August 2016 to June 2017, he was Deputy Director General of Ceremonial in the Protocol Direction General, where he contributed to the institutional events offered by the Presidency Republic to Foreign dignitaries during State, Government, Working and Multilateral meetings in Mexico, among other responsibilities.

From July 2014 to August 2016, he was Deputy Director General for the Southern Border in the Direction General of Latin America and the Caribbean, where he was responsible for the follow-up of the bilateral political and migratory agenda with Guatemala and Belize. Previously, (August 2013 to July 2014), he worked as an Advisor for the Undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean specializing in Central American issues.

He served in the Mexican Embassy in the United States (September 2008-August 2013) and was in charge of the Office of Hispanic Affairs, liaising with Latino national organizations and developing projects to support the integration of Mexican communities.

He has been Consul for Community Affairs in the General Consulate of Mexico in Houston (2004-2008), and attaché for Culture and Scientific Cooperation at the Embassy of Mexico in Korea (1999-2004).

He holds a degree in International Relations from UNAM; a Master's Degree in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Mexico and an M.A. in European Studies from the Ortega y Gasset Institute in Spain. He has attended various graduate courses in public administration, strategic scenarios; Border administration at COLEF; ITAM and UDLA-Puebla. His most recent publication is "Opportunities for Linking with Mexican Youth in the United States", in the Mexican Journal of Foreign Policy, May-August 2016, Matías Romero Institute-Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rotary International Council on Resolution Results

17R-01
To request the RI Board to consider recommending that each club have a strategic planning committee
AdoptedYes: 295No: 195

17R-02
To request the RI Board to consider recommending that all club meetings begin with The Four-Way Test
RejectedYes: 167No: 320

17R-03
To request the RI Board to consider requiring a minimum of 20 members in each club
RejectedYes: 103No: 388

17R-04
To request the RI Board to consider retaining original membership information for returning members
AdoptedYes: 331No: 152

17R-05
To request the RI Board to consider that terminated clubs secure endorsement from the district
AdoptedYes: 317No: 166

17R-06
To request the RI Board to consider researching the impact of club flexibility AdoptedYes: 341No: 146

17R-07
To request the RI Board to consider releasing information on the pilot programs AdoptedYes: 396No: 93

17R-08
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to a future Council to create regional Rotary club constitutions
RejectedYes: 94No: 388

17R-09
To request the RI Board to consider establishing a regional decision-making body in Japan
RejectedYes: 64No: 411
17R-10
To request the RI Board to consider reaffirming the Object of Rotary AdoptedYes: 280No: 204

17R-11
To request the RI Board to consider adding a fifth part to The Four-Way Test RejectedYes: 70No: 415

17R-12
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to a future Council adding core values and mission of Rotary
AdoptedYes: 250No: 235

17R-13
To request the RI Board to consider emphasizing the sequence of the five core values
RejectedYes: 224No: 264

17R-14
To request the RI Board to consider clarifying the relationships between Rotary’s guiding principles
RejectedYes: 223No: 263

17R-15
To request the RI Board to consider defining “service” RejectedYes: 208No: 275

17R-16
To request the RI Board to consider supporting ecologically-sustainable initiatives
AdoptedYes: 279No: 208

17R-17
To request the Trustees to consider adding sustainable development and environmental protection as an area of focusView detailed resolution (PDF)
AdoptedYes: 247No: 235

17R-18
To request the RI Board to consider recognizing EarlyAct clubs
RejectedYes: 221No: 262

17R-19
To request the RI Board to consider officially recognizing Rotary Kids RejectedYes: 200No: 281

17R-20
To request the RI Board to consider raising the Rotaract age limit to 35 RejectedYes: 209No: 275

17R-21
To request the RI Board to consider revising the Rotaract club certification form AdoptedYes: 281No: 194

17R-22
To request the RI Board to consider designating a Magazine Month RejectedYes: 163No: 319

17R-23
To request the Trustees to consider including a water project application template in the global grant application
AdoptedYes: 308No: 182

17R-24
To request the Trustees to consider allowing arts and culture global grants RejectedYes: 172No: 312
17R-25
To request the Trustees to consider securing a status report before sending club donationsV
RejectedYes: 226No: 258

17R-26
To request the RI Board to consider restoring the Manual of Procedure white pages
RejectedYes: 234No: 249

17R-27
To request the RI Board to consider amending the Recommended Club Bylaws to eliminate club fees
RejectedYes: 93No: 392

17R-28
To request the RI Board to consider publishing a record of the deliberations of the CouncilV
RejectedYes: 230No: 258

17R-29
To request the RI Board to consider disclosing its deliberative process on enactments that are referred to the RI Board
AdoptedYes: 284No: 196

17R-30
To request the RI Board to consider sending the five-year financial forecast prior to the Council
AdoptedYes: 425No: 58

17R-31
To request the RI Board to consider not increasing Rotary’s per capita dues at the 2019 Council
AdoptedYes: 300No: 189

17R-32
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to a future Council to provide for variable dues by country
RejectedYes: 143No: 343

17R-33
To request the RI Board to consider basing future budgets on a scenario of reducing RI dues to US$50
RejectedYes: 135No: 349

17R-34
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to a future Council to decrease RI per capita dues for RotaractorsView detailed resolution (PDF)
RejectedYes: 235No: 251

17R-35
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to a future Council to revise the governance structure
RejectedYes: 232No: 241

17R-36
To request the RI Board to consider adding editorial marks to updated versions of the Rotary Code of Policies 
AdoptedYes: 309No: 179

17R-37
To request the RI Board to consider publishing the annual presidential theme in Hindi
AdoptedYes: 305No: 175

17R-38
To request the RI Board to consider training Council representatives on how to use voting equipmentV
AdoptedYes: 340No: 144