Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Softball is Program Topic

Lots of business TODAY IN ROTARY.  Richard Isom received a pin for bringing new member Bryan Wheat into SGR.  Jennie Lee received her 7th Paul Harris Fellow Award and Dr. Richard (“Biff”) Williams, president of DSU was sworn in as the newest member of SGR.
Randy Simkins, head coach of DSU women’s softball program, introduced the successes of his teams:  third in the nation in 2014, made it to the final 8 in the College Softball World Series in 2009 and again in 2014 and won 27 games in a row in our phenomenal 2014 season … and “we found every possible way to win a game!” he said. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SGR Hears from TLC

On Monday, January 12 our speaker was Janie Belliston from The Learning Center for Families who shared a well-done video about the program which has provided early intervention and family education and support for 13,000 pregnant women in stressful situations as well infants and toddlers to age 3, with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autism.  The organization, which was established by former Rotarian Debbie Justice in 1993, mentors Parents as Teachers and manages Early Head Start for many preschoolers among the county’s 22.7% of children living in poverty, according to statistics from the Washington County School District.

Rotarians are encouraged to support TLC as volunteers (call for assignments which might include service on the board) and get involved in upcoming fundraising events, including:

·       *  April 4                    Friends of TLC fun run
·       *  April 17                 Corporate Sports Challenge
·       *  Sept. 15                 Debbie Justice retirement party

TLC is located at 2044 S. Mesa Palms Drive.  For more information, call 673-5353 or find them on the internet at TLC4families.org.

Monday, January 5, 2015

SGR Learns About Fiber Communications

After the 2-week holiday break, SGR gathered again at the Abbey Inn where President Janet announced SGR’s assignments for the upcoming tri-club car show in October.We will be responsible for admissions, gates, registration and sponsorship.

Dennis Leavitt, GM of L’Chef was sworn in as SGR’s newest member with his sponsor Nick Lang at his side.

Lynn Beecher of Skywire Communications was today’s speaker.  He was accompanied by Josh Barney and Randon Anderson, two “nice, sweet young and tech savvy guys who really keep me on my toes.”  Lynn showed “A Day Made of Glass” produced by Corning which showed some of the technological advances which will be online very soon.  “We can’t even comprehend what’s coming in IT,” said Lynn.  “We have to stay on top of technology and its coming fast!”  Such things as internet TV will be here soon.”

Friday, December 19, 2014

Til We Meet Again, Shar Heitkotter

Our beautiful, fun-loving, hardworking, no-holds-barred, devoted and true blue, mouthy and outspoken,"service above self" Rotarian Sharlet (Shar) Heitkotter left this life and her friends in SGR on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from compilations of heart surgery.  Shar didn't just join SGR in August 1996 ... she fell in love with the organization and jumped in with both feet.  She served as a board member, as SGR's 72nd president in 2002-03, as an Assistant Governor, chairman of the Dixie Rotary Bowl Foundation and, until the very end, brought her enthusiasm and energy to every meeting and numerous service projects.

In addition to Rotary, she donated time and money to various non-profit organizations in the community including the Family Support Center, St. George Art Museum, United Way and Children's Justice Center.  She always looked forward to Christmas and the chance to ring the bell for the Salvation Army.  Helping others and giving back to the community was her gift to the world.  She will also be remembered for her love of Michael (her husband of 30 years), her daughter, two sons and 3 grandchildren, black coffee, dressing up for Halloween, and giving hugs to strangers and friends.

From a card at her memorial service:

If I should die before the rest of you, break not a flower nor inscribe a stone, 
Nor, when I'm gone, speak in a Sunday voice, but be the usual selves who I have known. 
Weep if you must, parting is hell ... but life goes on, so sing as well. 

Shar Heitkotter leaves a huge void in the world and will be missed for always and forever by those who knew and loved her.

Monday, December 15, 2014

L'Rotary Visits L'Chef

Dennis Leavitt, General Manager of L’Chef in the St. George Industrial Park, told members of SGR during a site visit, “wheat is one of the earth’s most valuable commodities” and his company – which had its official beginning in 1979 when his mother Eloise opened Leavitt’s Bosch Kitchen Center in St. George – has exclusive distribution rights for Bosch and also manufacturers a variety of other food processing products.  Although the company headquarter is are located at 100 S. 500 East, the manufacturing side of the business is located in the old RMC building, a landlord Leavitt calls “kind and gentle and who treats us like royalty.” 

“We are the #1 seller of flour mills on earth and have exclusive distribution rights in the US for Bosch," noted Leavitt who reports his company is creating 70 units per day.  He also introduced SGR’s members to the company’s 2nd high speed flour mill with sales expected to launch in March in Chicago.
“Mom made St. George a Bosch town,” said the club’s newest Rotarian, but added "manufacturing is capital consuming.  Our motors - and the bamboo box for our newest product - come out of China."  L’Chef’s product line includes Bosch, NutriMill and several fruit and veggie blenders.  “Our products are built to last,” said Leavitt, “but we pride ourselves in being able to deliver outstanding customer service repairs and response when needed from right here in our own hometown.”

The delicious lunch was catered by Grandma Tobler's Bakery.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cahoon Shares His Love for East Africa

“Teaching is the most important thing we do,” said Dr. Drew Cahoon of his dental work in the East African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, speaking to SGR on Monday, December 8.  Supported in his efforts by a handful of Rotarians in his home club in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, and donations from SGR, his program has raised more than $2 million in ten years for the purchase of 106 dental chairs, x-ray and other equipment and have taken the work “from dream to clinic in 2 ½ years.”

“Our next goal is to go from 98% extraction to 50% extraction and the rest prevention and control.  We’ve done what we set out to do but there is so much more we can do,” noted an enthusiastic Cahoon   Other accomplishments during a decade of work in East Africa include partnerships with 13 regional referral hospitals which provide free dental work; a donation of $22,000 worth of equipment and supplies from A-dec (an Oregon-based manufacturer of ergonomic dental equipment), the implementation of ACT (atraumatic restorative treatment) which provides filling decayed teeth at a cost of just $2.30 per students (to date 66,500 family members have been treated through this program); and, 23 courses completed each with 18-20 participants, and each receiving 2 sets of instruments to enable them to provide limited dental care for others. 

“Come join us,” Drew invited.  “You will love the experience and the people and I will promise you a miracle a day.”

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry Christmas, SGR

SGR members, spouses and dates gathered at The Ledges' Rock Fish Grille to celebrate friendship, "service above self" and the holiday season of 2014.  On Friday, December 5, 55 revelers enjoyed the yuletide musical repertoire of the Dixie High School Madrigal Choir under the direction of Sheryl (Mrs. Lowry) Snow. Following a festive can-can number by the boys and a cappella carols by the girls - then a delicious dinner of steak, salmon or cornish game hens - Rotarians and their guests were further entertained by Taibree Coleman, 15-year-old daughter of Bob and Stephanie Coleman, granddaughter of Jim and Margaret Coleman and Desert Hills Middle School student body president. The evening also included a book drive to help fill the shelves of the library at Water Canyon School in Hildale.  A silent auction of donated goods and services raised a total of about $250 in support of SGR causes.  It was a delightful evening filled with outstanding entertainment, great food and wonderful friends.