BOUNTIFUL - There are plenty of ways to give back to the community, and the Bountiful Rotary tries to cover as many of them as possible.
The club recently received the Governor’s Award, naming it the best of 45 Rotary clubs in the district for the 2013-2014 year. This is the second year Bountiful has won the award, which honors clubs who do the most charitable work in areas such as youth, literacy and international projects.
“It’s just fantastic,” said Paul Summers, who was president of the club during the year they received the award for. “We did a lot of great things in order to win it.”
The award, which was created in 2002, selects from all of the rotary clubs in a district that stretches from Local to St. George. Chris Simonsen, a member of the Bountiful club, was district president the year the award was created.
“It’s hard to win,” Simonsen said. “This club really stepped it up last year.”
The Bountiful Rotary’s Coats for Kids project, which they hold a fundraising car show for every summer, covers the requirements for both youth involvement and a major community service project. The club also worked with Walgreens last winter to handle Toys for Tots for the area, and promotes literacy by providing all third graders in south Davis with their own dictionary.
Another part of the award involves international project. The Bountiful Rotary has been involved with expanding and getting supplies for a small school in Mexico for the last few years, and regularly provides clothes and other supplies to a women’s shelter in the Navajo Nation in Blanding, Idaho.
Other service projects include scholarships to local students, involvement with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) and the sponsorship of Interact Clubs at both Woods Cross and Bountiful High School among other projects.
Bountiful previously won the award for the 2004-2005 year (the Rotary year runs from July to July). Only one other club in the district has won the award twice, with the West Jordan Rotary club receiving it for both the 2002-2003 year and the 2009-2010 year.
Summers credits the club members for keeping the club involved in so many service projects.
“The thing that makes it really work well is that we have different members who are strong advocates for different aspects of our community service work,” he said. “The different projects and activities involved all of our members.”