BOUNTIFUL—If you’re looking to serve, the Bountiful Rotary Club is a good place to do it.
That was the message the club sent at a special community dinner held late last week, where the group shared their long list of local and international service projects with local leaders and residents. Though the Bountiful Rotary’s annual car show is well known in the Bountiful area, members are hoping to encourage residents to get more involved in some of the club’s other service efforts.
“A lot of people know about our ‘Coats for Kids Car Show,’ but there’s a lot of other things we’re doing,” said John Redd, the club’s current president.
The club has been involved with several projects over the years, one of which is getting water, electricity and better construction to a small Navajo village near Blanding. In the years since, they’ve supplied clothing and coats annually to the nearby Navajo shelter, and are currently working on another project to help the Navajo veterans.
“We’re going to go out into the community and ask for suits we can take to these proud vets who served our country when they go out to job interviews,” said Chris Simonsen, a member of the club.
The club is heavily involved at both Bountiful and Woods Cross High School, offering scholarships to students and sponsoring an exchange student. They also choose students for RYLA, an educational getaway that teaches the students leadership skills, and sponsor Interact Clubs at both schools. Interact Clubs are service organizations that have sponsored projects like delivering bike helmets to kids in need and earning money to provide Sub-For-Santa for local families.
“Her kids were so happy they were able to have a Christmas,” said Maura Knutson, co-president of the Bountiful Interact Club, of one family the club delivered Christmas to. “The mother was crying on my shoulder saying how grateful she was.”
The club also works with junior high students, walking them through the Rotary Club’s 4-Way ethics test. They then present the kids with scenarios, created by the students, and help them use the 4-Way Test to decide what they would do.
“It’s interesting to see what these kids come up with,” said club member Paul Summers.
The club also helps provide dictionaries for all third grade students in the state of Utah, providing funds for the dictionaries and personally delivering them to local elementary schools.
“The dictionaries are awesome,” said Casey Pickett, the vice principal at Oak Hills Elementary and Kays Creek Elementary. “I know they seem like they’re becoming more and more obsolete, but third grade is the perfect age to receive them. They take ownership, and get really excited that it’s theirs.”
The club also does a variety of other projects, including Toys For Tots, helping the Rotary’s international efforts to completely eradicate polio, and more. In order to continue their efforts, though, they’re hoping to get more community involvement.
To do this, they’ve adapted their meeting schedule and are adding monthly one-day service projects open to everyone. For more information, visit bountifulrotary.com or look for the Bountiful Rotary app in Android and Google Play stores.
“The club needs to grow, because the needs continue to grow,” said Clint Jeppson, who will be president of the Bountiful Rotary next year. “It would be a tragedy if we couldn’t fully give what was required.”