"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

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

Friday, June 19, 2009

Photos from the Belarus Project

Rotarian Jerry Capener and his wife Sue Ann with members of the Minsk Rotary Club.

A new fridge for the kitchen.

Some of the other items that were provided to make the living space more enjoyable.

Sue Ann and some of the children sitting on their new couch.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Rotarians and Daughters day! We had a good turnout of club members and daughters.

Sergeant at Arms Dave Lewis provided all daughters the opportunity to answer questions about Flag Day and Women's Suffrage to help their Rotarian parent to avoid Foundation Fines. The daughters did a fine job!

Our program consisted of the cast from "SNOOPY, The Musical" currently playing at the Heritage Community Theatre.

Everyone enjoyed a half hour of music and scenes from the play.

Apresentation was also made to President Ann Henderson and Club Member Steve Vincent for their hard worrk and perserverance in getting everything handled for our project in Minsk, Belarus. A total of nearly $15,000 in furniture, appliances and equipment was donated to an orphanage in Minsk through a partnership with the Minsk Club.

Facilitating the project were Rotarian Jerry Capener and his wife Sue Ann, who served an 18 month humanitarian mission in Minsk. They provided the supervision and direction in Minsk as the project began and unfolded.

Because of their help,and the fine work of Rotarians on both sides, we were able to pull this project off in record time, in spite of the difficulties and bureaucracy encountered in Belarus.

Great job Jerry, Sue Ann, Ann and Steve!

See you next week as we hear from John Gardner, Media Manager for Miller Sports Park - arranged by Rotarian Richard Scott.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brigham City Rotary Club welcomes YOU!!

We're excited to be here and look forward to keeping members of the Brigham City Rotary Club updated on Club, District and International events. Please be patient as we get the site set up with details about our Club.

And, by all means, leave us a note at any time!

"Service above Self"....You can never go wrong with that philosophy!