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 furthered 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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Learning to Network

TODAY IN ROTARY Richard Isom,  graphic designer and owner of Vive Studio, shared his expertise and enthusiasm for the topic of networking which is defined as “the process of developing and activating your relationships to increase your business, enhance your knowledge, expand your sphere of influence or serve the community” by Dr. Ivan Misner.  In Rotary, networking was one of the main reasons for bringing a handful of members together each week.  Meeting at each other’s businesses was the idea of RI founder Paul Harris, who was new in 1905 Chicago, and wanted to build a network of business people he could do business with because he knew he could trust them. 

Richard noted, “we choose to do business with those we know to be honest, trustworthy, pay their bills and are likable.”

Some tips on being likable and developing business connections:

1.              Don’t pitch someone you just met.  
2.              Ask questions to get to know them.
3.              Ask about their needs.
4.              Get to know who a good client might be for them.
5.              Educate your connections – don’t try to sell them.
6.              Share your lowest common denominators.
7.              Share brief interesting stories.
8.              Remember: the goal is to develop a relationship.
9.              It doesn’t matter if they need what you’re selling.
10.          When you get a referral, remember to say “thank you,” follow thru and report back.

Richard concluded by encouraging club members to take time to meet 1-2-1 with other club members outside of club meetings to better get to know each other; be a connector by looking for opportunities to give referrals; and to get involved in club projects and leadership. He noted that these are opportunities to stand out and become trusted and better known by fellow club members.

Monday, November 24, 2014

RI Poised for Membership Growth

“Take the Family of Rotary and Make it Real,” said Gary C. K. Huang, President of Rotary International at a recent Rotary Multi-Zone Institute at Denver, Colorado, according to today's speaker PDG James O. Coleman.

Coleman quoted John Hewko, RI's General Secretary, headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, as saying “We have a very serious problem in North America where we have about 30 percent of Rotary membership, but if the present membership decline trend continues, we will be down to 15 percent.” The Institute focused heavily on membership and how Rotary International must change how it conducts the business of recruiting and retaining members.  Hewko said, “We need to grow and we need to change.”

The organization founded in 1905 at Chicago, Illinois, is known for its efforts of humanitarian service throughout the world applying its motto of “Service Above Self” among its 1.2 million members in over 34,000 Districts (geographic regions).  Its flagship project which has been underway since the mid 1980’s is the Eradication of Polio from the earth. To date, only three countries in the world (Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan) are not certified “polio free” primarily due to civil unrest and political resistance.

Many other varied projects are funded by Rotary contributions, including hunger, water, health, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition, wheel chairs, and eye sight, to name a few.  Besides some of its local community projects like trail markers, benches, dictionaries to all third graders in the Washington County elementary schools, funds to the Sterling Scholar Program, the annual Four-way Test Essay Contest among area sixth graders, and cooperative activities with various agencies, the St. George Rotary Club also has an international project to provide and install cooking stoves for Mayan villages in the mountains of Guatemala. Other local clubs of Rotary International do similar projects.

Coleman said, “Membership matters Rotary will be modifying in order to promote its continued growth and prominent humanitarian work and grants from its Foundation will include allowing clubs to alter such things as types of meetings and attendance requirements, payment of dues, types of membership and expectations of members.”  Members must be able to feel the personal and professional growth which comes from membership and service opportunities as well as enjoy the social aspects of belongs to such a prestigious and wholesome organization. 

Huang said, “We must raise the image of Rotary.”  He further said, “People must know who we are and what we do.”

In addressing Rotary’s serious membership concern, Hewko said, “While diversity is important in general, two main areas of focus needs to be with the recently retired and young professionals.” Coleman told SGR, “In these days in our society, we must consider such factors as money, time and energy, as we look for new members and work to retain them.  Coleman said, “Young professionals may be reluctant to affiliate with organizations.  It has been cited Gen X, Y, and Millenials are distrusting of institutions, but they volunteer and give service.”  Coleman also said, “One powerful statement from John Hewko, was that ‘We need to change our focus from perfect attendance to perfect engagement.’ He also said, ‘Do what works, even if it means forgetting the rules.’”

Coleman said, “In order to make the change necessary to be relevant in today’s society, we must use social media to retain and recruit, especially young professionals.

Coleman joined Rotary in 1981 in Logan, Utah as a young real estate broker looking for a service organization to enhance the start of his business. He was impressed by Rotary's 4-Way Test on a plaque on the wall in a Logan savings and loan manager's office.  Coleman said, “I have learned Rotary is not a service organization, it is a membership organization which does service.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Rotary Rotates to IBC

On Monday, November 17, twenty-seven of SGR's 65 members and their guests visited and toured Industrial Brush Corporation, located at 763 E. Commerce Drive in the Fort Pierce Industrial Park. One of Washington County’s newest employers - currently with 29 on their payroll and another 70 expected to be hired in 2015 - IBC specializes in the design and manufacture of a variety of brush designs, utilizing state-of-the-art brush making machinery, to serve a wide range of industrial applications.

Thanks to James Cottam, plant manager for the hospitality of his company and thanks to D.U.B's for catering an outstanding lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and sides. 

The whole concept of Rotary club travel from business to business - at least a few times a year - was important to Rotary's first four members: Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele and Hiram Shorey. On 23 February 1905 - the official start date of what would become one of the largest service clubs in the world - they gathered at Loehr’s office in Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago for the world's very first Rotary club meeting where they voted to call the new club “Rotary” after the practice of rotating meeting locations.  Although the practice of routinely moving club meetings around the community has long since been abandoned for reasons of practicality, it is still encouraged - at least occasionally - as a great way to stay connected with new businesses and as a way to keep Rotary in the forefront of the community.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Futsal Court is Saturday Service Project

After more than 3 years of planning, preparation, fundraising, and coordination, 10 members of the St. George Rotary Club helped install nets at the Futsal Court at Snow Park on the crystal clear Saturday morning of November 8, 2014.  This group of Rotarians spent 4 hours draping the nets across a framework of posts and securing the nets. Other Rotary clubs in the area helped fund the purchase of the nets, which are the final piece of hardware required to allow play of a fast-paced version of soccer played on a hard surface with the nets being part of the playing area.