"From the standpoint of daily life, there is one thing we do know:
That man is here for the sake of other men." ~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tuesday Dec, 15th

Our Christmas social was held today at the golf course country club. We had good food and the BE High School Madrigals provided the entertainment.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tuesday Dec, 8th

Our speaker today was Calvin R Stephens. He is a historian and educator for the LDS church. He spoke to us about the history of Box Elder County and some of the early settlers. He also shared some history on the Tabernacle.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday Dec, 1st

Our speaker this week was Deanna Wolfe. She is the Trama Program Manager at Ogden Regional Hospital. She spoke about her recent trip to China where she and others in her field traveled the country and compared China's healthcare practices with those of the United States.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MONDAY, Nov 30, 2009

Today was an important day for our club. The initial planning meeting for organization of the Box Elder Interact Club was held at Box Elder High School! There were a few students in attendance and plans made for an all out marketing/recruitment campaign to begin this week.

Plans are to have an organization meeting prior to Christmas break and begin the club meetings starting January 1 2010.

We will be posting further details as they become available, along with the organization meeting information for Rotarians who want to attend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Tuesday Nov, 24th

Rotarian Jeff Packer brought us to the Anvil Cabinets to see thier newest product Anvil Motion.
We took a tour of the shop where the cabinets go from start to finish.

Then we got a demonstration of the fully automated cabinets.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Nov, 17th

Our speaker today was Rotarian Jerry Capener. He shared with us his experience with Smiles for Guatemala. More than 100 volunteers spent a week in Guatemala performing numerous dental procedures.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tuesday Nov. 10th

Our speaker this week was Norm Nelson. He shared with us his experiences as a verteran.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tuesday Nov. 3rd

Our speaker this week was Jim Buchanan. He shared with us some information on keeping our workplace safe. Ways to be prepared for a disaster and ways to prevent the flu from spreading.

Friday, October 30, 2009


So, Now that we know the location of a new Brigham City landmark, our Sergeant at Arms will have plenty of ammo for an upcoming meeting.

And as was so eloquently stated in the News Journal: Now the speculators can wonder how it will fit!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Oct, 27th

We heard from the four students that went to the RYLA convention this past week. Kristen, Tyson, Alicia, and Chandler spoke to us about their favorites things from the convention and expressed their interest in starting an Interact club in Brigham City. Rotarians Annette Barber and Tere Moore will be helping them get the club started.

Tuesday Oct. 20th

Rotarian Travis Rose gave us an update on ticket sales at this past Peach Days. We sold over 9000 tickets and raised over $7500.00. Thanks to all those that sold and bought tickets.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Oct. 13th

Rotarian Beth Gurrister is heading up the dictionary
project this year. We made quick work
of the boxes full of dictionaries.
Each dictionary received a sticker with
The Four Way Test printed on it.

The dictionaries were divided up so they can now be delivered to 908 third grade students in Box Elder County.

The Dictionary Project is one of the highlights of our year and a great service project!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Tues. Sept. 29th

Our meeting this week included our clean up of Rotary Constitution Park.

We had a good turn out, so the clean up went quick and easy.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tuesday Oct. 6th

We had three members of our club receive their Paul Harris pins.
Jim Moore and Bruce Vellinga PHF+1
and Bob Davis PHF+2

Our speaker today was Terri Sawyer. She was the GSE team leader that took a group to Brazil earlier this year. She spoke about their experiences and what she learned from this trip.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tues. Sept 22nd

We had our winners from the Peach Days raffle with us today.

The fourth place winner Carolyn Long received a 200.00 gift certificate to Maddox.

The third place winner was unable to attend, but Trent Clark will receive a 350.00 Wal-Mart gift certificate.
The Second place winner Chelsea Shigley received a 500.00 gift certificate to Les Schwab Tires.

The first prize winner David Ellis received a 1000.00 gift certificate to Kent's Market.
Our speaker was mayoral candidate Dennis Fife. He spoke about the changes that he would like to see if elected.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tue Sept 15 - GOLF!

Tuesday was our Annual Rotary Golf Outing and Tournament. We had a great turnout with 5 teams playing for cash and/or prizes. (Mostly and/or prizes)
Travis Rose and his team of ace golfers came in first with a score of -11 after 18. They win bragging rights! PLUS, one member of their team took home 2 dozen golf balls for closest to the pin AND longest drive!
Bob Davis, Steve Vincent and their guests posted a very close -10.
Paul Damon, Ken Kennedy, Bruce Evans and guest took 3rd with a score of -8. They will split the $25.00 third place prize!
Bob Duke, David Farnes and guests followed the third place team.
Brad Barber, Jeremy Barber and Bruce Leonard rounded out the field.
Hope everyone had a great time!

Monday, September 14, 2009

September 11th and 12th 2009 "Peach Days"

The float was on display downtown during Peach Days as Rotarians
sold raffle tickets to raise money for the coming year.

Brad and Annette Barber rode the Rotary float in the parade
along with three of their grandchildren.

Faylene Brown was one of many that spent time selling raffle tickets.

Tuesday September 8 2009

Mayoral candidate Reese Jensen gave us an overview of the
issues that Brigham City is currently dealing with.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September 1, 2009 "Steak Fry"

We had a great turn out for the annual Steak Fry.
Lots of good food and friends.
We would like to offer a special thanks to the MacKay's for their
and to the committee for putting together a great event.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Peach Days is upon us! There is excitement in the air and there are raffle tickets to be sold!

If you have not yet picked up your tickets, they are available at Club meeting. We will also be getting your tickets to you if you have been unable to pick them up yourself.

Just a reminder, each Rotarian is responsible for the sale of 150 tickets. Each bundle contains 200 tickets. If you are unable to sell all your tickets, please return the unsold tickets to Travis Rose so we can keep track and have the opportunity to get as many sold as possible.

If you want to sell your tickets at 11 for $10.00, that is your option, but you are still responsible for accounting for the tickets you have been given. Use the 4 Way Test if you have questions....

We have a change in prizes this year. The following are the prizes that will be awarded to lucky purchases of tickets:

1st Grand Prize: $1000.00 in Kent's Market Coupons
2nd Grand Prize: $500.00 Les Schwab Tires Gift Certificate
3rd Grand Prize: $350.00 Wal Mart Gift Card
4th Grand Prize: $200.00 Maddox Gift Certificate

This is our big fundraiser for the year. Let's make sure it is a viable fund raiser for our Club and a great opportunity for our Club to be seen in the community!

Tuesday August 25 - District Governor Visit

Tuesday we were honored by the presence of our District Governor, Gil Trujillo and his wife Pat. Also in attendance was our Assistance Governor Steve Skinner, who introduced Governor Gil. Gil Trujillo serves as the 94th Governor of Utah Rotary District 5420

Governor Gil spoke on the importance of Rotary objectives and encouraged all members to be involved in the many areas of service provided by Rotary including: Youth services, Polio Plus, literacy, and clean water.

He also made note of our Club of the Year designation in 2006 - 2007 and encouraged us to continue to work toward garnering that distinction again.

It's quite obvious that our District Governor is committed to the Rotary cause and is very excited to see our club succeed in our projects locally and worldwide. He also spent time with the Club leadership reviewing our goals and commitment to the objects of Rotary.

Pat shared a presentation by our International President John Kenny, and then encouraged all members to attend the District Conference that will be held May 13 - 15 2010 in St George. She presented Sgt at Arms Ken Kennedy with an apron to wear at Club meetings reminding everyone of the District Conference. You can find more information about District Conference at http://www.utahrotaryconference.blogspot.com/.

Banners were also exchanged with Governor Gill presenting the Club with an international Banner and President Barber presenting a Brigham Club Banner in return.

It is always a pleasure to host the District Governor and this year was no different. Thanks Governor Gil Trujillo for your service and for your message to our club!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


It was Rotarians and Sons day today at brigham City Rotary Club.
We had a full house as many Rotarians brought sons, grandsons, sons-in-law, daughters, wives and other guests to hear a great speaker.
We were privileged to hear from Larry Gelwix, "The Getaway Guru" of Columbus Travel and the head coach of the Highland High Rugby team, well known for they're portrayal in the recent movie "Forever Strong".
Larry is a world traveler and has many great stories and anecdotes.
He shared a number of humorus questions he has been asked over the years as a radio talk show host in the field of travel.
Larry also spent time sharing his philosphy and wisdom from the world of High School sports, specifically as it relates to the rugby team he has coached for the last 34 years.
Rotarians and guests were treated to two of the areas of his coaching (and leadership)philosophy:
1. Go Horizontal
2. Don't Play With Snakes
If you weren't in attendance and you're interested in what those entail, contact a fellow Rotarian that was in attendance and get an update. You missed out....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

August 4, 2009

Mark Saal, writer for the Standard Examiner, gave us some
information on newspapers and what the future holds for them.
He talked about the new directions that they are going in to
stay profitable in the internet age.

Jerry Capener presented the club with a banner that he received
from the rotary club in Belarus.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fellowship Token from Knysna South Africa

While in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, Club President Brad Barber and his wife, Annette were given stewardship over a very unique wooden "Fellowship Token" which was originated by the Rotary Club of Knysna South Africa.
We are to keep the token in our club until it can be presented to a visiting Rotarian from a foreign club.

A letter has been sent to the Rotary Club of Knysna reporting the status of the token and asking for information from them as to its origination date and its travels throughout the world.

An update will follow once we hear back from them.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


James Moore was honored as the Rotarian of the Year at our Club meeting on July 28th. Jim and his wife have been very involved this last year on numberous projects including a trip to Peru and a trip to India. They also attended the International Convention in Birmingham England in June.
Congratulations Jim - Brigham City Rotary Club Rotarian of the Year 2008 - 2009!

Our speaker for the meeting was Richard Spuhler. Richard is a Brigham City Rotarian and he gave us an update on the Brigham City hospital remodel, as well as information and statistics about the positive progress of the Hospital financially as well as in the community.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

On Tuesday July 21st we had our Rotary family picnic.

We spent the evening enjoying some Maddox chicken, and
good company.

Board Meeting and Photo

The Brigham City Club held its first Board Meeting of the new year Thursday morning at 7:00. Everyone was wide awake and ready to get into the business of the Club.

We all got together for a quick photo.

L to R Back:
Bruce Vellinga-Secretary,
Paul Damon-Foundation Director,
Dan Hansen-Club Administration Director,
Dan Price-Membership Director,
Faylene Brown-Public Relations Director

Ann Henderson - Past President,
Brad Barber-President,
Jim Moore-President Elect/Service Projects Director

Monday, July 20, 2009

Tuesday July 14, 2009 Dan Hansen-Hansen Motors

On Tuesday, July 14, we heard from Dan Hansen of Hansen Motors in Brigham City about the US Auto Industry and Hansen Motors. It was an interesting discussion as Dan talked of the causes and consequences of current auto industry issues.
He also allowed plenty of time for questions on this very timely topic.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 - Robbie Gunter - BEHS Football

On Tuesday the 7th we heard from Robbie Gunter the new head football coach for Box Elder High School. He shared his views on football and what it can bring to the community.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Installation Banquet

On June 29th the Brigham City Rotary club held their annual installation banquet at the Maddox Lodge. We celebrated last years achievements and ushered in the new year.

2008-2009 President – Ann Henderson
Ann shared with us highlights from last year.

2008-2009 Board Members: David Farnes, Director, Bruce Vellinga, Secretary, Jodi McFall, Treasurer, Paul Damon, Director, Brad Barber, President Elect. Missing from the picture are Richard Spuhler, Director, Faylene Brown, Director, Dee MacKay, Past President, Jim Moore, President Elect Nominee.
A big thanks to last years board members for their hard work and dedication.

Annette Macfarlane was inducted as a new member. Annette is the Executive Director of the YCU (Your Community in Unity).

We welcomed the 2009-2010 board members.

2009-2010 Directors – Dan Hansen, Paul Damon, Dan Price. Missing from the picture Faylene Brown.

2009-2010 Secretary – Bruce Vellinga

2009-2010 Treasurer – Jodi McFall

2009-2010 President – Brad Barber

Monday, June 29, 2009

International Convention

Brigham Club President-Elect and President-Elect Nominee attend International Convention

President Elect Brad Barber and his wife Annette and President Elect Nominee Jim Moore and his wife Tere attended the Rotary International Convention in Birmingham England this past week, along with over 18,000 Rotarians from around the world.

Convention speakers included Rotary International President D. K. Lee, President Elect John Kenney, a special appearance by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, herself a polio survivor, and renowned humanitarian Dr Jane Goodall.

Also, in the final plenary session, the body elected Ray Klinginsmith, from Kirksville Missouri, as the President-elect nominee for 2010-2011.

While there were many breakout sessions discussing numerous worldwide projects and humanitarian opportunities, as well as specific club program helps like leadership planning, membership retention and, of course, youth programs,
the main emphasis worldwide continues to be the eradication of polio.
As with all International Conventions, there were also opportunities to see local attrations as a Rotary group. Here are Brad, Annette, Jim and Tere visiting Warwick Castle.

The Convention was a great opportunity to hear from many knowledgeable and engaged people in the world of humanitarian service, but also provided opportunities to meet and talk with Rotarians from around the world about what is happening at a club level and feel the excitement that exists for this great service organization called Rotary.
On Monday evening, Brad and Annette were hosted at a dinner at the home of Mike and Sheila Pettigrew of the Rotary Club of Stourbridge along with a Rotary couple from Sturbridge Mass.
Pictured left to right:
Annette, John Savage (Stourbridge), Brad, Sheila Pettigrew (Mike's wife), Klaus Hachfeld (Sturbridge), Hilary Savage (John's wife), Glenys Hachfeld (Klaus' wife), Mike Pettigrew, President of the Stourbridge Club.

On Thursday, Brad and Annettte traveled to Merthyr Tydfil, Wales and were hosted by the local Rotarians to lunch and a tour of their city. We were presented with the local club banner as well as a traveling token of goodwill initiated by the Rotary Club of Knysna, South Africa.
Pictured from left to right:
Dr Subrahmanyam Ganesh, Past District Governor (Dist 1150) and past club president, Collin Parker, current club president, Brad, Annette, and Peter Brill, past club president.

“Is it not a miracle that Rotary has brought together good and influential men of all civilized countries?

And is it not gratifying to know that there is a platform broad enough for all men to stand on?

And is it not heartwarming to know that men of diverse faiths and allegiances can find so much in each other that is wholesome and good?

Rotary is an integrating force in a world where disintegrating forces are far more numerous.”

~ Paul Harris