Blake Walker - Entertainment for our West Jordan Rotary Celebration

Blake is 11 years old and lives in Bountiful. He is a member of the One Voice Children’s Choir. He is the oldest with 3 younger sisters. Singing comes as natural to Blake as breathing. He also needs music as much as he needs air to breathe! He has been featured in many One Voice Children’s Choir videos, has traveled to Japan and France for special performances, and has even sang in a private performance for the Princess of the Kingdom of Tonga. He won the Salt Lake County’s Got Talent Competition, and has performed for nearly 20,000 people at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. In addition to music, Blake's interests include swimming, riding bikes, architecture and technology.

The West Jordan Rotary Club has been prolific supporters of Rotary's youth exchange program. The picture above features Bruna Canario (Mendonca) and the West Jordan Rotary Club 10 years after she was sponsored by the club. Bruna, pictured in the front row third from the left, is expecting her first child. 

Welcome to West Jordan Rotary Club

West Jordan Rotary is one of the premier clubs in all of District 5420. The club was first formed in 1986 by hospital administrator Bob Landenburger and Chamber President Craig Dearing.

 

The club meets weekly at the Jordan Valley Hospital (3580 W 9000 South), third floor conference room, on Tuesday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm and at the West Jordan City Hall (8000 S Redwood Rd) on the third Tuesday from October to May for the Student of the Month presentations (Bingham, West Jordan, & Copper Hills High Schools). Please call 801-673-2861 to confirm.

 

Rotary is an international service organization (the first in the world) who's stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a  secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. Members are invited to join Rotary through the invitation of a club member. There are  34,000+ clubs in over 189 countries with a membership of 1.2 million worldwide. The members of Rotary are known as Rotarians.

 

If you wish further information regarding the club, please scroll to the bottom of this page to the contact information below.

DNEWS

 

IBAPAH, Tooele County — The town of Ibapah received a big donation, which will help this isolated community when a fire breaks out. Ibapah sits on the west side of the Deep Creek Mountains, about an hour south of Wendover.

 

“It’s quiet and isolated. We like that,” said Richard Henriod, the volunteer fire chief for Ibapah. “Most people don’t even know where it is.” There’s only one paved road to get to town, which ends at the Goshute Indian Reservation just a few miles south.

“It’s very peaceful out here. The solitude, the quiet, the privacy. And there’s no traffic,” Henriod said with a laugh.

 

However, even in a peaceful place, life can be tough. "For fuel, you have to go to Wendover, which is an hour away. Groceries, you go to Wendover, it's an hour away,” he said. “There are no stores for shopping.” "I guess if you're not used to it, it can be very tough,” said Melissa, who didn’t want to give her last name. “There's no Wal-Mart, no malls, anything, or fast food places." Life is even tougher when there’s a big wildfire burning nearby. Ibapah has a volunteer fire department, but they often have to call for help with those bigger fires.

 

"By the time somebody calls it in, you're probably looking at an hour and a half, two hours response time probably,” Henriod said. The town has two brush trucks and a structure truck for fighting fires. However, fire hydrants are scarce for the 140 or so who live in Ibapah and the Goshute Reservation. “Half the valley doesn’t have fire hydrants. That’s when we need help,” Henriod said. So, last month, he thought somebody was playing a joke on him when he got a phone call from someone wanting to donate a fire truck.

 

But, sure enough, during a ceremony in Wendover Friday, Henriod was handed the keys to a tinder fire truck capable of carrying 1,000 gallons of water.

“We are making a gift of our 1983 GMC FMC fire pumper truck,” said Stuart Richardson. “The truck runs great."

 

Richardson is with the West Jordan Rotary Club. The club bought the truck to give to a small town in Mexico that one of the club's members was from, but too much red tape kept them from getting it across the border. So, they found Ibapah.

 

"This truck only has 18,000 miles on it. It’s going to work well for the Ibapah people for a long time to come,” Richardson said. The West Jordan and South Jordan fire departments also donated hoses, nozzles and turnout gear.

 

"It'll help and it'll be good. We'll all feel a lot more safe,” Melissa said.

It is an older truck, but for Ibapah, it’s perfect. “This is good. We’re going to have better fire coverage,” Henriod said.

 

West Jordan Rotarians bring a “Field of Dreams" to the physically and mentally challenged!

The SME Field of Dreams project earned West Jordan Rotary Club the honor of being named the District's club of the year in 2010, an honor the club has earned twice in its brief history.

Last Leg of Jordan River Trail is completed thanks to Rotary's Leadership

The final leg of the Jordan River Trail is complete “Thanks to Rotary”.  Former District Governor Summerhays, secured funding from ooth the Sorenson Foundation and Rotary Clubs throughout the Salt Lake valley and pitched in to spearhead the project. Outgong West Jordan Rotary Club President Stephanie Sherrel,  said “It is rewarding to know you can make a difference in little ways which enriches the lives of people and improves your community.”

 

Rotary, as it does frequently, partnered with cities and towns in the area including our own city of West Jordan who greatly contributed to the success of this project. Mayor Kim Rolfe and City Councilman Jeff Haaga are members of the club. "We appreciate the leadership of these two men", said Past President Dwayne Woolley, "in helping to complete the last leg of the Parkway."

West Jordan Dictionary Project

 

 

Each year members of the West Jordan Rotary Club go into elementary schools to delivery dictionaries to third graders. The experience is heart-warming and supports increased literacy. For some kids in impoverished schools, the dictionary will be the first book the child has ever owned.

 

Sharon Richardson, the literacy chair for both District 5420 and the WJ Club spearheads the project each year.

 

Favorite Dictionary Quote

”West Jordan Rotary Club – “Thanks for the dictionary. It has made me a better spiller!”

 

 

South Africa Project

The West Jordan Rotary Club has formed a partnership with an NGO to build and maintain a school in South Africa for children orphaned as a result of the AIDS epidemic. It is a wonderful project that is changing lives. Club member Brenda Cole is the driving force behind this international humanitarian service project in our club.

 

 

Club Recognition

Among the honors received by this exceptional Rotary club are:

 

Twice named District Club of the Year (2003 and 2009)

  • This award honors the Rotary Club in District 5420 (Utah) which has demonstrated exceptional service over the Rotary year.

Once named Foundation Club of the Year (2014)

  • This award recognizes the District club who has contributed the largest per capita contribution to the Rotary Foundation for the Rotary year.

Four times club members have been honored with receiving the District Rotarian of the Year (Dwayne Woolley 2004 & 2014, Kelly Atkinson 2013)

  • This award recognized the Rotarian in District 5420 (approximately 1700 members) who has given a significant amount of service that year to the District.

Once a club member receive the highest award a Rotarian may receive - the Service Above Self Award (Kelly Atkinson, 2015)

 

Once honored for the Rotary Foundation Project of the District (2011)

 

 

West Jordan Rotary Leads the District & Zone

Two District Governors have served from the Club: Kelly Atkinson (2004-2005) and Penny Atkinson, the first woman Governor in the history of the District (2010-2011).

 

The Chief of Staff for the District also serves from the Club: Dwayne Woolley (2004 to 2016).

 

The Youth Exchange Chair for the District has been from our club multiple years: Sharon and Stu Richardson (1994-1999), and Kelly Atkinson (1999-2003). 

 

The Youth Service Chair for the District has serviced from our club multiple years: Kelly Atkinson (2006-2009) and Penny Atkinson (2013 to 2015).

 

The club has sponsored 16 foreign exchange students.

 

The Literacy Chair for the District has served from our club: Sharon Richardson (2012 to present).

 

The club currently has one member servicing at the Zone level. Kelly Atkinson is the Rotary Coordinator for Zone 27. 

 

 

For more information on the West Jordan Rotary Club please contact Membership Chair Kelly Atkinson at 801-673-2861 or email him at Congresman@comcast.net.

If it is TUESDAY, it’s Rotary

 

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WJ Rotary Board

Kevin McGee, President

 

ROTARY CLUB BOARD

Past President - Elise McGee

President Elect - PDG Kelly Atkinson

Secretary/Treasurer - Sharon Richardson

Club Service  Director - Melissa White

Membership Director - Stuart Richardson

Youth Service Director - PDG Penny Atkinson

Program Director - Craig Dearing

Literacy Director - Sherile Rickman

Communications Director - PDG Kelly Atkinson

Vocational Director - David Oka

Rotary Foundation - Paul Turner

Sargent at Arms - Sherile Rickman

Past and Future President of the West Jordan Rotary Club

Rotary West Jordan Club # 25006

1987-1988  Robert W. Ladenburger

1988-1989  Paul S. Quist

1989-1990  Wilbern L. McDougal

1990-1991  Lowell K. Brown

1991-1992  Larry J. Bain

1992-1993  Stuart Richardson

1993-1994  Kelly C. Atkinson, PDG

1994-1995  James D. Sargent

1995-1996  Dwayne J. Woolley

1996-1997  Eric Allred

1997-1998  N. Craig Dearing

1998-1999  Corey Nebeker

1999-2000  Max Campbell

2000-2001 Terry Holzworth

2001-2002  Doug Schmidt

2002-2003  Chris Christensen

2003-2004  Penny Atkinson, PDG

2004-2005  Sharon Richardson

2005-2006  Jason Campbell

2006-2007  Terri Belliston

2007-2008  V. Paul Turner

2008-2009  Al Potts

2009-2010  Stuart Richardson

2010-2011  Brenda Cole

2011-2012  Sherile Rickman

2012-2013  Sue Potts

2013-2014  Stephanie Sherrell

2014-2015  Rocio Mejia

2015-2016  Sharon Richardson

2016-2017  Elise McGee 

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