Monday, September 28, 2015

SGR Hears of Q'ero Efforts

TODAY IN ROTARY representatives of the HeartWalk Foundation, a local non-profit which “supports the preservation of native cultures and earth-honoring traditions” shared their efforts on behalf of the Q’ero tribes, scattered across the Andes Mountains east of Cuzco, Peru, living in tiny villages at elevations between 12,000 and 15,000 feet.  Because access to these remote villages is so difficult, the people lack communication, plumbling, electricity, and access to jobs.  Their lives are extremely harsh.

Since the HeartWalk Foundation was established, the NPO has funded 110 greenhouses to provide leafy green vegetables for every family; and, stocked alpine lakes with over 12,000 trout to provide a protein food source for malnourished men, women and children.

The Heart Walk Foundation also provides the Q’ero with a safe means to earn an income by buying and reselling their weavings with all proceeds re-invested in community projects.

The Heart Walk Foundation has built 12 classrooms in the region and assists with teacher salaries, leveraging our accomplishments to engage Peru’s Ministry of Education to fund teachers and classroom materials in these isolated communities.

The Heart Walk Foundation also sees to improve the health of mothers and babies by supporting the needs of the first modest clinic outpost in the region where a nurse and an assistant provide care to 1000 people scattered across the mountains.

Current needs for the new clinic outpost include:

*          Solar panel system for light and power                 $1000
*          2 burner camp stove w/ a 5-gallon gas tank          $100
*          Portable dental system                                           $2000
*          Satellite phone or short wave for ER’s                  $900
*          Beds, mattresses and blankets                                $900
*          Fetal monitor, battery-powered with gels               $50

For more information or to donate, see or call Penelope Eicher at 435-619-0797 or Tim Eicher at 435-669-0804.

Monday, September 21, 2015

SGR Plays Pickleball

What’s pickle ball?  This is the question Rotarians asked each other on Monday, September 21 when club members met in Dixie Middle School’s gymnasium where they had been invited to try their hand at playing the fastest growing sport in America.  A team of pickleball experts from Dixie Middle School, Dixie State University and the community explained the intricacies of the game best described as a racquet sport combining elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Learning how this sport is played - and how popular it has become in the US - is in preparation for a proposed fundraising pickle ball tournament in our future.  Attendance was good, boxed lunches from Einstein Brothers were tasty, the school and its staff were pleasant and accommodating and “a fun time was had by all!”

If you're wondering about the out-of-focus action shots, its because everyone was enjoying the game and moving quickly in and out of "the kitchen." 

At the end of our time together, there was a drawing for a pickleball paddle.  And the winner was Nick Lang.

Thanks to everyone who made this fun meeting happen!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Farewell to Summer Rotary Family Party

On the beautiful summer evening of Monday, September 14, 2015, SGR members and their families gathered at the amazing home of Phil and Renee Hall for pizza, swimming and socializing while the sky tried to decide if it wanted to rain or shine.  In true Rotary spirit, those who showed up for the first party of the new Rotary year, came prepared for fun and friendship.  Thanks to all who had a part in this great social event.

Monday, August 31, 2015

YouthLinc Meets SGR

TODAY IN ROTARY Terance White presented a check to Kris Neal in the amount of $425.  These funds, in support of her feral cat program, were raised during May 2015 Horseplay.  Reed Noble noted receipt of a report from the Washington County School District showing 1627 3rd graders in the 18 schools where we deliver dictionaries. As such, the price tag on this year's project will be $4200.

Today’s speaker was Heather Rogers, Asst. Operations Manager and Community Liaison from YouthLinc, the non-profit organization, which since 1999 has been working to create lifetime humanitarians of young people, ages 15 to graduate students, through local and international service in 7 countries.  In its 16 years of operation, YouthLinc has had 2250 students involved in its 9 month program and who have provided more than 150,000 hours of service in Cambodia, Thailand, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, Peru and this year adding Madagascar.  Through a holistic community development approach focusing on access to education, access to capital, the ability to keep families healthy and the ability to generate income – and in a strong partnership with Rotary’s District 5420 – YouthLinc committees spend approximately 6 months each year planning service projects and fundraising for their travel experience in June or July. 

How can members of SGR help this program and its participants succeed? 

·               support a young humanitarian
·               partner on an international project
·               serve as a mentor to a team

For more information, see on the internet.

Monday, August 24, 2015

District 5420's Governor and First Lady Visit SGR

Today in Rotary, District 5420’s Governor Glade Hamilton and his wife Vicki shared their enthusiasm for Rotary principles and programs, including Polio Plus.  According to the First Lady of District 5420, there were 350,000 cases of polio diagnosed in the world every week in 1985 – the year Rotary International jumped into the fray.  Today, in all of 2014, there were only 29 cases diagnosed.

DG Glade introduced this year’s theme … “Be A Gift to the World”, shared experiences relating to the Teton Dam disaster in his home town of Sugar City, ID and other stories of heroism.  He noted Rotary gives us all an opportunity to give back, to be heroes, to promote world understanding, strengthen our family, expand business opportunities, grow professionally and be a unifying influence in the world. 

He reminded members of this year’s district goals, including 200 kids to RYLA, grow membership, increase giving to TRF, and encourage attendance at district level events (i.e., District conference and district assemblies).

SGR’s goals for RY2015-16 include:

·               sending 5 youth and 2 facilitators to RYLA
·               add 12 new members
·               donate $11,100 to TRF (not including polio plus)
·               send 13 members to district assembly, and ….
·               32 to the district conference

Speaking of the District Conference, it will be held May 5-7 in “beautiful Cedar City.”

Monday, August 17, 2015

SGR Visits McArthur Jewelers

Members of SGR "rotated" to McArthur Jewelers where Rotarian and owner Tom McArthur shared a little of the history of the company his father started in 1950. The "meeting" part of the meeting was held in the Old Theater next-door where a lunch of pizza, salad, drinks and cupcakes from Twenty-five Main was enjoyed by all.  Also present were Ken and Arda Molen, she who has single-handedly created "hundreds of t-shirt dresses" for distribution to little girls in 3rd world countries - most recently in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Members, Finances and "Know Yer Ro"

New members (from left)  Larry Kuehn, Al Rathman (sponsored by
Ray Robinson and Michael Westfall (sponsored by Jim Coleman)
Today in Rotary three new members were inducted.  Left to right new members are Paul Toone with a classification of Mountain Bell Executive (Retd.), Al Rathman sponsored by Ray Robison with a classification of Retired and Michael Westfall sponsored by Jim Coleman and whose classification is District Court Judge.  With these three new faces our membership now totals 73.

Club Treasurer Richard Isom presented the financial report for 2014-15 to the club along with the 2015-16 club budgets. He highlighted how the St. George Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. operates as the project funding and fundraising entity for the club's service activities to provide charitable giving tax benefits to donors and the opportunity to attract donations from outside sources—something that we have been receiving. He gave an overview of the club's financial controls noting that the board approves the annual budget and also approves any expenditure that is not previously approved in the budget; the board reviews detailed financial statements each quarter; and finally, the board conducts a self-audit each year to verify the expenditures are as stated in the financials. He highlighted that the club has healthy financials with good reserves and that the board has been prudent in their financial planning.

Alan Paige shared his life and times in a "Know Yer Ro" presentation, noting he saw a lot of the world before settling on St. George as a place to retire with his wife Sandy.  USAF Col. (Ret.)  Paige ended a 29-year military career in 1998 then taught mathematics at an alternative high school in Peoria IL.  In 2000 he was hired as an exercise planner at Ramstein Air Base in Germany helping to plan military exercises between USAF and NATO personnel in Europe. In 2007 he and Sandra moved to Yorktown VA working for the USAF at Langley AFB before moving back to Ramstein AB for 4 more years prior to retiring again in February, 2013. His military service included tours of duty at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, New Mexico; George AFB in Victorville, California; Kunsan AB in Korea;  Spandgalhem AB, Germany; Takli AB, Thailand; and ANG assignments in Springfield and Peoria IL.

It was in Peoria, Illinois, where Alan was first introduced to Rotary.  The graduate of Hastings College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in math and physics was a member of the Peoria Rotary Club from 1994 to 2000.  After moving to Yorktown, VA and now fully immersed in the concept of “service above self” he couldn’t find a Rotary club to fit his schedule so joined Kiwanis where he served for two years.  

Alan and Sandy’s three children are scattered around the globe.  Their daughter – a CPA – lives in Chicago.  The couple’s two sons are a Marine stationed near Charleston, South Carolina and an engineer living and working in London.

When it came time to retire, Alan and Sandy whittled their choices down to three locations:  Tennessee, Nebraska or St. George.  Alan now plays lots of golf and looks for opportunities to teach or tutor so he can put his mathematical expertise to good use.