Commitment to Youth

No club in the District has a greater commitment to Rotary’s four youth programs than West Jordan. 

In addition, recently our own Penny Atkinson led Utah students to Mexico to build  houses in less than 5 days (See video below).

Exchange Student says "Thank You!"

Here is an open letter from Anni to her host parents, Stu & Sharon Richardson. The club was her host club in Utah. 

Hi Sharon and Stuart!

You can't believe where I was last weekend! It made me think of you and Stuart and the West Jordan Rotary club and I thought I want to share my experience with you.

So about a month ago this
rotarian called me and asked if I could go and talk about my exchange year in Utah at this PETS training conference for rotaries. I went and talked about the meaning of my exchange and apparently many people liked my speech. After the speech the district governor Matti Poikolainen came up to me and said he really liked what I talked about and asked if I could go and give another speech at the district conference in April. I was kind of nervous about it because I had been to the district conference in Utah and there was a lot of people... But I decided to go and last weekend the district conference of the D1390 was held in Tampere and I gave a speech in English and Finnish about the future of Rotary and what my exchange made me think about Rotary. It was amazing and exciting and I'm really happy I went. I didn't know how to react when so many people came to thank me after my speech. Now they want me to start a Rotaract club in my city and I will find out how to do it and start it with a friend of mine.

I just want to thank you for everything you did for me during my exchange. I got an amazing gift from Rotary and I will be forever grateful for it. I really love all the
rotarians, they are such good people with big hearts. I'm so happy I got to do my exchange with Rotary so I got to know its values and what it's really about. I still love hanging out with exchange students in my city and I know all the rotary students here. This week I will go for a coffee with a French exchange student Adèle who will help me improve my French. I can't believe how amazing opportunities Rotary and my exchange has given me. And it's not just actual things I got but the courage to try new things. Thank you so much for it. I never thought I would talk in front of hundreds of people.

Please say hi to everyone in the Rotary club! I miss them and I will always remember them. Thank you for EVERYTHING!

Love you,


Exchange Student "Comes Home".

Youth Thanking the West Jordan Rotary Club

Ana comes back to Utah for a visit!

Stu Richardson and Ana

Recently, last year's exchange Student Anni, return to the home of Sharon and Stu Richardson for a visit. Anni, while in her native country of Sweden learned to drive. It was pretty nice of Stu to let her zip around in his "Z'. She told her daddy that she wasn't going to return home until he sprung for an equivalent ride!

Stu and Sharon Richardson (club treasurer) have hosted many of our foreign exchange students at their beauty retreat house in Moab for an annual outing. This is a very unique experience for young people who have never viewed the scenic beauty of Utah Red Rock country.  The video above is the class of 2010-2011 saying thank you to the “West Jordan Rotary Club.”

If it is TUESDAY, it’s Rotary


West Jordan Potential New Member Application
An Interactive Form for those in the community who may be interested in making a difference in the community, in the nation, and on the planet.
West Jordan Interactive Application.pdf
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WJ Rotary Board

Melissa White, President


Past President - Kelly Atkinson

President Elect - Pete Cardon

Secretary/Treasurer - Paul Turner

Club Service  Director - Melissa White

Membership Director - Stu Richardson 

Youth Service Director - Alicia Summers

The Rotary Foundation - Kelly Atkinson

Public Image Committee: Penny Atkinson


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 

2017-2018 Kevin McGee

2018-2019 Kelly Atkinson, PDG

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