"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 21, 2011

Rotary Christmas Dinner

The Annual Rotary Christmas Dinner
was held Tuesday, December 13, 2011
at the Goble Lodge in Perry.

Obviously a wonderful time was had by all
who were in attendance that night!

Past President Jim Moore
conducted elections for incoming officers.

President Elect Nominee Kevin Blaylock

Secretary Larry Boyer

Treasurer Jodi McFall

Director Jeff Scott

Director Tere Moore

Entertainment for the night was provided
by Paul and Ivy Buck.

We wish each of you a very
Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Great turn out to Brigham City Rotary Club.

Jerry Capener introduced the program for
Randy Capener, who was out of town.
(Apparently he's climbing some hill somewhere...)

Speakers were Kassie Capener, (Randy's wife)
Brice Passey and Cherie Case.

They shared information about the new
Promontory Charter School
that is being built in Perry.

They shared the history of the school
the teaching philosophy
and the progress as they get ready to begin
construction of the facility in Perry.

A charter was granted by the State of Utah last Spring
and already theey have nearly 500 applicants
for 450 seats.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held
December 10, 2011 for their facility.

All are welcome to attend the groundbreaking
and learn more about the school.

Don't forget the Annual Christmas Dinner
Tuesday night, December 10th
at the Goble Lodge, next to Maddox.
Be sure to bring a $5.00 white elephant gift
and your appetite!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29

A great day for a Rotary Meeting!

We had birthday singing for
Steve Vincent and
Cindy Duncan
Happy Birthday Rotarians!

Bruce Evans introduced our guest speaker
Ann Washburn presented information about
body language and understanding
what we are saying
without saying anything.
It was a very enjoyable program.

Next week the program is presented by
Randy Capener.
We will hear from a representative of
charter schools.

Don't forget the annual
Christmas Party on
Tuesday December 13, 2011
It will be held at the Goble Lodge in Perry
Social 6:00 - 6:30
Dinner 6:30ish
Bring a white elephant gift to exchange!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

J Wayne Johnson - 1916-2011

It was a solemn day in the Brigham Rotary Club.
Rotarian and friend J Wayne Johnson
passed away last Sunday morning
after a short illness.

Wayne has been a Rotarian
since December, 1980,
and has long filled the position of
Club Music Director after his years
of teaching band and music in the local schools.

He was a great example to all of us
of continued dedication to the things he loved
and believed in.

He always had a smile and a warm handshake
to share with everyone he came in contact with.

Wayne will be sorely missed by all of the
members of the Brigham City Club,
as well as by the Brigham City Community.

His obituary follows:

Together Again

J. Wayne Johnson, 95 passed away on Sunday Nov. 13, 2011 after a brief illness. He was born on Oct. 10, 1916 in Brigham City, Utah to Olof Peter and Lilly Young Johnson. He was the eighth of ten children. He attended local schools and graduated from Box Elder High in 1935. He later received Bachelor and Master Degrees from Utah State Agricultural College where he excelled in music and was the drum major of the marching band.

Wayne married Edith Thorne, his childhood sweetheart, on Aug. 16, 1940 in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were dedicated to each other through 69 years of exemplary and loving marriage. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 2010.

He taught school in Wyoming and Idaho before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1943. He received his wings as a B-25 bomber pilot, at LaJunta, Colorado Air Force Base and was stationed in the U.S. until the end of WWII. After his military service Wayne began with the Box Elder School District teaching band, orchestra, and vocal classes.

He retired in 1980, estimating that he had taught 4000 instrumentalists during his career. He was class "Dad" to the graduating class of 1952.

He was an original member of the Senior Swingers Band and enjoyed playing the drums and singing with them until the time of his death.

He was a past member of the Lion's Club, president of the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and Sons of Utah Pioneers.

Wayne was a dedicated member of the Brigham City Rotary Club.

He was involved with the Golden Spike re-enactment since its inception in 1947 through 2010, usually leading the band or playing the role of General Dodge.

He served in many of the offices of the LDS church, including President of the Intermountain Indian School Branch, and was currently serving as an instructor of the High Priests Group of the Brigham City 9th ward.

Surviving are his four children John W. (Cynthia) Johnson DDS, Mesquite, NV; Dale T. (BJ) Johnson, North Ogden; Janet (Bob) Sanford, Brigham City; Dawn Marie (Rett) Ferrell, Edmond, OK; 17 grandchildren, and 42 great grandchildren.Wayne was preceded in death by his six brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 at the Brigham City 9th Ward, 236 E. 100 S. at 12:00 noon. Friends may call at Gillies Funeral Chapel 634 E. 200 S., Brigham City on Thurs. Nov. 17 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and at the church on Friday from 11:00 to 11:45 A.M.

Interment will be held in the Brigham City Cemetery.

The family would like to express appreciation to the Hospitalists and staff at the Brigham City Community Hospital.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tue Nov 8, 2011 CLUB ASSMEBLY

Good group today for our weekly meeting.

A number of announcements were made
regarding Youth Programs:

RYLA will be held a week later than
it has been this coming year.
That means our youth won't have to
miss Peach Days to attend.

ALSO: RYLA is now open to Sophomores,
making it available to even more youtth,
as well as making a return visit possible.

Plans are in motion for the
Mexico Service project
scheduled for June 9 - 16 2012.

Anyone interested in participating
needs to make the commitment by Feb 1, 2012

Birthdays commemorated:
Dan Price

Jerry Capener
Bruce Vellinga

Program was a video of club service
from Louisiana following
hurricane Katrina.
A stark reminder of the damage
the forces of nature can wreak
as well as the generosity of
Rotarians in helping in times of need.

Next week:
Assistant District Governor Bruce Vellinga

Two Weeks:
Holly Lamb from ATK

Three weeks:
Ann Washburn on Body Language.

Sounds very interesting, no??

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tue Nov 1, 2011

Like it or not, It's November!!
And the temperature shows it!

Great crowd at Rotary today.
Not too much in the line of business
and announcements other than
Jack Molgard's failed attempt to levy fines
without Sargeant-At-Arms authority.
Good luck next time.. ;}

Our speaker was PDG Fred Berthrong.
He is past chair of the
Utah District Foundation Committee.

November is Rotary Foundation Month!

Fred discussed the changes in the
funding of grants through the
new pilot program that our district
has been participating in.

He talked of the many projects
Rotary has been involved in,
reminding Rotarians that
no other service group has ever taken on
a project the size of Polio Plus
and had near the success we have had.

Fred and his wife will be entering
the LDS Mission Training Center
this coming Monday as they prepare
to serve a humanitarian aid mission
to Chile. He hopes to get the local
clubs in Chile involved in
any way he can while providing
aid and help to the Chilean people.

Thanks, Fred, for your time, example
and past leadership in Rotary. Good Luck
to you and your sweetheart as you
continue to do good in the world for others!

Next week we will have a Club Assembly
and will be watching a video of
Rotarians in action following
the hurricane Katrina disaster.

In two weeks, we will be treated to
a visit from our Assistant District Governor
Bruce Vellinga!

You won't want to miss Rotary!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday meetings

I apologize that I have been out of town the last two weeks. No one has sent me pictures or updates so all I know is that we had Superintendent Ron Wolff from the Box Elder School District last week and Kristin Carr, our last year foreign exchange student yesterday.

Hope the programs were enjoyable and informative. I really wish I could have been here to extend some questions to the Superintendent.

Hope to see everyone on the 1st!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sorry, I'm a little behind.

October 4th was Dictionary preparation day!
We had a great turnout as we prepared
32 cases of dictionaries for delivery to
local third graders.

Deliveries are to be made this week and next.

October 11th was CleanUp day
at Rotary Constitution park.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Sept 27 - Davis and Bott Building

Rotary today was held at the new home
of Davis and Bott, Certified Public Accountants,L.C

Following a Chef's Salad, rolls and cake,
provided by the hospital caterers,
we were provided with a guided tour
of the new facility
Including a peek into Rennie Bott's
and Bruce Vellinga's new digs.

We even had a local Kiwanian,
Roger Lowe, helping with the tour.
It's good to see he is given some
limited responsibility, in spite of his
questionable service club affiliations.... ;))

Tuesday, Sept 20 - GOLF OUTING

There were a number of Rotarians
that took the opportunity to participate
in our annual Rotary Golf Outing
at Eagle Mountain Golf Course.

I'm not sure who the lucky one was
that disturbed the pond with a direct hit,
but here's the aftermath....

Winners of the event are:

1st Place Team with 4 Under Par
Ken Kennedy
Bruce Evans
Bob Duke
Rob Duncan

2nd Place Team with 3 Under Par
Davis Motors Group
Bob, Brock, Jeff and Jon

3rd Place Team with 2 Under Par
Team Fife
No Names Listed
(Not sure if that's because there were
only three teams???......)

Longest Drive on #2 - Rob Duncan

Closest to the Pin on #18 - Jon Weese

Longest Drive on #13 - Bruce Evans

Closest to the Pin on #8 - Paul Damon

And Jeff Scott took honors in the Putting Contest

Sounds like a good time was had by all!

Speaking of Golf...
The first person to call Brad Barber
and let me know you read this
will be treated to a sleeve of golf balls

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Club meeting today was a special treat as we
were introduced to the winners of our Peach Day Drawing.
And the winners are:
1st Place - Dale Baron - $1000 in Kents Market Coupons
2nd Place - Kris Powers - $500 gift cert to Les Schwab Tires
3rd Place - Dale Draper - $400 Walmart gift card
4th Place - Dan Coburn - $200 Maddox gift cert
Congratulations to each of our winners
And a big thanks to Rotarians for selling tickets
and the community for supporting our fundraiser!

Our speakers today were
five of our six RYLA participants.
Most clubs send one or two students
to RYLA each year.
We have so many amazing youth
we were able to send six to RYLA this year.

Each of them shared their appreciation
for the opportunity to participate
and talked of the amazing experience it was.
Hopefully each of them will get involved
in the Interact Club and
share their experiences with others.

Next week, October 20
is the Golf Outing at Eagle Mountain

Two weeks will be a tour of the new
Davis & Bott building on west Forest.
You won't want to miss either event!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RYLA Participants 2011

The 2011 Ryla participants headed off
early Wednesday morning for a weekend
of leadership training, fellowship, and
an all around great experience!

Good luck to each of you!
We look forward to hearing about
your experiences when you return!

Tuesday Sept 6

We heard from Dr Tom Lee,
Dean of the USU Brigham City Regional Campus
and he shared with us a presentation
about the long term plans
USU has for the recently purchased land in the Southeast
part of Brigham City. (The old Indian School property)

He provided a number of artist renderings
of the proposed layout
including a closeup of the proposed
new Academic Building.
They're hoping to name the extension of Fishburn Drive
"Aggie Boulevard"

The proposed Acedemic Building
will hold office and classroom space.
Approximately 60,000 square feet,
slightly larger than the existing 100 South space.
Intent will be to continue using the 1100 South location
until a second building can be built,
then move everything to the new space.

What a great addition to the Southeast end of Brigham City
and a very promising long term plan for the regional campus.
Thanks, Dr Lee, for your presentation!

Next week invite a friend to a special membership meeting.

And get those Peach Days tickets sold!!

Tuesday August 30th - Steak Fry!

The Annual Brigham City Rotary Club Steak Fry
was held at the home of Club President Paul Damon.

It was a great event and well attended.

The weather was perfect, the fellowship was excellent
the food was superb!

A BIG THANK YOU to the committee for their hard work
and to the Damon's for the use of their yard!

Just think....Not long until PEACH DAYS!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tuesday August 23, 2011

We extend a big welcome to Cindy Duncan as our newest Club member. Cindy is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a new practice in Perry. She is the daughter of Rotarian Bob Duke and is very excited to be involved in the Brigham City Rotary Club.

Today we held a Club Assembly and worked through a number of items on the agenda.

Discussions were held regarding Peach Days and our annual Raffle. Tickes are now available and each Rotarian should pick up 200 to sell before the Saturday of Peach Days. We also discussed the float and signups for times to man the float and sell tickets.

Next item of discussion was the Dictionary Project. We have received a grant and ordered 900+ dictionaries for delivery to the third graders in Box Elder County. This is an annual project that brings a lot of joy to a lot of kids in the area. Not to mention the joy brought to Rotarians as we participate in the activity of delivering the dictionaries to the schools in the county.

President Damon also shared some preliminary information regarding a local project in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Hopefully we'll soon be involved in building a house for a family in the local area.

Next week is the Club Steak Fry at President Damon's home. Be sure to let Paul know if you are planning on being in attendance and if you'll be bringing a guest.

Two weeks will be Kevin Blaylock's program.

Then it's PEACH DAYS!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

TUESDAY August 16

Today was our annual
Rotarians and Sons luncheon.

A number of Rotarians had sons in attendance
and all were introduced at the beginning of the meeting.

Connie took care of fellowship by having
Tere Moore and Randy Capener
select a group of Rotarians to sing to them.

What an awesome rendition of Happy Birthday!

Our best wishes to Tere and Randy
on celebrating another birthday!

Travis Rose raised some money for the Foundation
as Sergeant-At-Arms

Adam Baird introduced our speaker:
Judge Kevin Allen, former Rotarian
who spoke about his involvement with
the Box Elder County Drug Court
and the positive program it is in our area.

The premise of Drug Court is that there are addicts
and the program attempts to deal with the addiction
in place of dwelling on the offense of possession or use.

The long term plan is to help offenders
deal with the addiction and return to being
productive members of society.

So far the program has an 85% success rate.

Thanks to Judge Allen for sharing
this informative program with us.

Next week is Club Assembly.
We'll be discussing Peach Days.

In two weeks we'll have our annual Steak Fry
at President Damon's home.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On the Road Again.... TUE August 9

Sorry for my absence. It's been a wild summer...

Last week we heard from Matthew Kennedy on his
service in Uganda. I was unable to attend and received
to photos or updates. I'm sure it was a great program!

We had a couple of guests today, besides our speaker:
Kayson Hester, great nephew and guest of Annette McFarlane and
Gary Thompson, guest of Jeff Scott.
Glad to have you both with us today!

Bob Davis admirably filled the Sergeant-At-Arms position.
No fines were levied and he reported
the group was well behaved for the day.

Fellowship: President Paul Damon reported on the
marriage of his son.

Richard Scott introduced our guest speaker for the day
Andrew Johnson, Marketing Director for
Miller Motorsports Park presented a review
of the Sports Park and it's many attractions.

He also brought one of the Sports Park pace cars with him.

He also shared a great video about the
Ford High Performance Driving School
Available at the Park

Thanks to Andrew for his time and presentation!

Next week is Rotarian and Sons
Two weeks: CLUB Assembly
Three weeks: Rotary Steak Fry at President Damon's Home

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Installation Banquet. And the Cycle Continues...

The annual Installation Banquet
was held Tuesday, June 28, 2011
at the Iron Gate Grill.

Outgoing President Jim Moore
reported on the last year
and the accomplishments of the club.

Thanks Jim for a great Rotary Year!

Jim then passed the gavel to our incoming president
Paul Damon as well as introducing
the 2011 - 2012 officers and Board of Directors

We look forward to another great year under the leadership

of Paul Damon - Club President

Dan Hansen - President Elect

Jodi McFall - Treasurer

Larry Boyer - Secretary

Malone Molgard - Director

Laurie Liddell - Director

Jerry Capener - Director

Eve Jones - Director

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Rotary / Interact / Families Helping Families Service Project

Bright and early Saturday morning, June 11th, we loaded 61 teenagers and 25 adults on a 55 passenger bus, 3 Suburbans, a 15 passenger van and a pickup truck and headed for Puerto Peñasco Mexico. This was the beginning of a joint service project made up of Rotarians and Interact club members from across Utah and in cooperation with the Families Helping Families Foundation. Our purpose: Build and house and paint an orphanage...in four days.

16 participants from Brigham City, including 8 teenagers and 8 adults, were involved. Rotarians Jim and Tere Moore, and their daughter Michelle, Rotarians Brad and Annette Barber, and their son Tyler, Interact Club advisor Lou Ann Thompson, Alan Shakespear and his son Colin, Colin's uncle Jason Wilson, Matthew Pulsipher, Preston Shaugaurd, Matthew and Lexi Payne, Tyler Bond, and Emilie Conover.
A brief lunch and volleyball stop in Page, Arizona prior to stopping in Scottsdale, Arizona for an overnight stay. 15 hours on the bus the first day.

Sunday, June 12th, we were on our way to Mexico by about 12:00 noon. As we approached the border, the youth were asked to exit the bus and file one by one through Mexican immigration. The lone attendant asked where we were headed and how many there were of us. When I told her we had 51 teenagers on the bus and we were headed for Puerto Peñasco, she was not very excited.

She asked for our "papers" and I let her know we all had our passports with us. "No", she said, "Do you have your official papers allowing you entry into mexico to work?" My heart sunk as I was now standing with 51 teenagers and 4 adults in the hot Sonoran sun and no idea how we were going to get us into Mexico and back on the bus.

After a few phone calls to her supervisor, she once again asked where we were going and where we were staying. When I told her the hotel we were scheduled to stay at, she said "Oh, you're going as tourists??" "Uh, sure" I replied, "Tourists". "Well then, we can take care of that with each person filling out this form and, since you'll be less than seven days, there will be no charge"

After a massive sigh of relief, and 2 hours of filling out individual forms with each youth there, we were back on the bus and headed for our destination.
Finally, about 8:00 pm, we arrived at the Las Palomas condominium resort in Puerto Peñasco, completely worn out and tired of sitting on a bus.

The next morning, we awoke to view our surroundings. A beautiful resort witth swimming pools and a gorgeous beach just steps away.

Not that we had time to enjoy it then, because half of us were back on the bus at 7:00 am and headed for the Esperanza Children's Home about 35 minutes outside of town. The other half headed for the construction site to begin work on the house.

At the Children's home, we painted, played with the children and delivered gifts to them including clothing, toys and sports equipment.

After dinner and a nights sleep, we were back at it the next morning at the construction site where everyone jumped in and continued the labors of the previous day laying block for the house.

The construction site was about 20 minutes from our condo, but a complete contrast in scenery as the roads and everything surrounding us was dirt, sand and dust. Not to mention the 100+ degree temperatures each day. But the kids didn't complian. They knew this was why we were here and they dove right in, building, learning and giving of themselves for someone else.

The girls did not tlet the boys show them up. And with smiles on their faces!!

We worked Monday through Thursday, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch was delivered each day to the work site. And the evenings were filled with volleyball, dinners and fun on the beach and in the pools. Not to mention a couple of hours before heading home to do some shopping and bargaining at the souvenir shops down by the port.
Everyone was proud of their efforts and we received numerous compliments from our construction foreman, Jared Parker, about the quality of work done and the quality of our youth.

To be quite honest, there are a number of those that went that are already excited to go again!