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.
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.
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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.
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.
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."
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!”
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.
Among the honors received by this exceptional Rotary club are:
Twice named District Club of the Year (2003 and 2009)
Once named Foundation Club of the Year (2014)
Four times club members have been honored with receiving the District Rotarian of the Year (Dwayne Woolley 2004 & 2014, Kelly Atkinson 2013)
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)
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
MTHLY PROGRAM CHAIR
March - Sherile
April - Paul
May - Brenda & Pratt
June - Rocio
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
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