Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rest in Peace, Dear Andy

Elvin Martin Anderson, a longtime member of St. George Rotary, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2016 at the age of 104. Andy was born March 5, 1912 in Oasis, Utah to Peter M. and Tora Jensen Anderson; grew up on a farm and graduated from Hinckley High School.  He left the farm behind to move to California where he began his working life doing odd jobs and where he met June Barg on a blind date which lasted for 69 years. 

From 1933 to 1946, Andy worked for Standard Oil Company then joined the Marine Corps, serving three three years in the South Pacific. After his service, he and June ran their own gas station in Malibu, CA for seven years. They contemplated retirement at this time, but soon found out there was more month than money so decided to try their hands at real estate.  This new field kept them happily engaged for the next 21years. 

Andy was a member of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, American Legion and President of the Malibu Board of Realtors. 

Andy and June retired to Oceanside, CA where they spent 13 happy years golfing and enjoying the San Diego area. In 1989, when California began to feel too crowded, they moved to St. George, Utah. They loved St. George and became active in ICL at Dixie College. He also joined the St. George Rotary Club where he found friendship and service opportunities for nearly a decade. They also enjoyed local cultural activities and golfing at the Bloomington Country Club.

June passed several years ago.  Andy is survived by his nieces and nephews throughout the United States.  A service will be held at a later date.

Rest in peace, good friend.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

DG Shaun Visits SGR

TODAY IN ROTARY was the official annual visit from our District Governor.  DG Uwe Shaun Michel (a member of the South Jordan Rotary Club) shared the story of Jonathon and Charlotte (from Britain’s Got Talent) and reminded members of SGR “the Lord wants to bless your lives and I’m here to help.”  The leader who came from Germany while still a youngster noted, “I’m a business man and I like to make money.  I want to get a good return on my investment.”  He also asked, “since clubs run everything, how do we measure our success?  We have to make ourselves a little uncomfortable in order to truly serve humanity.”

Wife Annette Michel reminded members of SGR, “Rotary is a family affair.  Our first large service project involved all of our kids gathering 6 tons of equipment to equip a small hospital in Guatemala.  We began working on a Hopi Indian reservation several years ago and have two former exchange students we call our own children.”

Referring to RI President Germ as “a Jonathon” DG Shaun reminded St. George Rotarians, “we have to take care of the mother ship (RI).  Utah Rotarians have big hearts, but we can’t work in silos.  We must partner more.”

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RI President and D5420 Governor Introduced to SGR


TODAY IN ROTARY Egor Shulman, Assistant Governor for Area 17 represented D5420 Governor Uwe Shaun Michel in preparation for DG Shaun’s official meeting on Monday, August 29.  AG Egor played the 13-minute “Rotary Serving Humanity” video of John Germ, RI President (RY2016-17) and a southern gentleman from Chattanooga, TN, introducing the year’s theme.  He also played a 3-minute welcome video from Governor Shaun; handed out the RI and district pins for this year and presented the "Rotary Serving Humanity" theme banner to SGR’s President Collin.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

SGR Hears from Utah State Treasurer

TODAY IN ROTARY David Damshen, Treasurer of the Great State of Utah, asked SGR’s members and guests to support Constitutional Amendment B designed to provide “intergenerational equity” to Utah’s school children by continuing to “grow the land trust program” ($2 billion achieved in 2015) to guarantee quality education into the future.  Changes to the wording of the current statute will be as follows:

·               “interest and dividends” to be changed to “earnings”
·               investing “safely” to “prudently”
·               annual distribution capped at 4% as a “hard ceiling” to prevent government raiding of this fund

According to Damshen, these changes constitute a “consummate no-brainer!”

When asked if the fund would grow at the same rate as student population growth, the State Treasurer responded the fund is designed to keep up with student population growth, but Utah’s birthrate is slowing slightly.

When asked why we are still bonding for school buildings since this funding is already in place, Damshen noted these funding sources are separate and distinct.

The Treasurer then turned the focus of his presentation to Utah’s unclaimed property, which is $30-40 million annually, of which approximately 27% is claimed by rightful owners due to improvements in imaging technology, “fast track” automation and an efficient call center system.

He noted, too, there is about $9 million in unclaimed property for Washington County residents which funds are “held forever” until claimed.  To search for unclaimed property  in the name of an individual or a business, see www.mycash.utah.gov.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Chief-of-Staff Speaks at All Clubs Luncheon

Devin Thorpe, D5420’s chief-of-staff, a Forbes magazine contributor and “a champion for social good,” shared his experiences in helping to eradicate polio in India and Pakistan at an All Clubs Luncheon at the Abbey Inn.  Before Rotarians and several visitors, Devin announced 19 new cases of polio to date in 2016  IN THE WORLD.  “We MAY have already seen the last case of polio EVER,” said Devin, “and an official end to this life-threatening disease which has plagued mankind’s children for generations!”

To finish this project – and any other project in the world - Devin reminded members of SGR, Dixie Sunrise, Red Rock, Zion Canyon and Hurricane Valley Rotary clubs to, “keep shoveling, build momentum and support and create an effective end game stategy.”

“India didn’t believe they could eradicate polio,” Devin said, “but in the long run their belief in their ability to succeed was less important than for them to keep shoveling.”  Around the world there are millions of paid individuals working to eradicate polio in countries like Pakistan, “which in some cases, require as many as 8 vaccine’s before it ‘takes’.” 

Rotary has partnered with some really smart people, but Rotary is leading the way!  However, the eradication of this disease has a $1.5 billion price tag, with $35 million coming for the world’s Rotarians … the balance provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and world governments.  “Rotary needs a lot of help, so if we share the work, we must also share the credit!”

Although there has been a 99.9% reduction in the number of polio cases in the world, to accomplish “our end game every child on the planet must be immunized in the next 3 years, so we must continue to amass our war chest … and we are already a year behind!”

The key-takeaway from today’s meeting, according to Devin is “if we can end polio … what else can we do?  So, let’s start imagining a world without malaria, poverty, and a world where every child gets a decent education!”

Monday, August 1, 2016

Paul Tikalsky Shares Enthusiasm for Scouting

TODAY IN ROTARY, Annaliese Isom was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by her husband Richard Isom and Greg Zemp received his PHF+5 … amazing and generous support for the Rotary Foundation.

Our own Paul Tikalsky, a scout executive – one of 3800 professional scouters nationwide - for more than 33 years and the father of five Eagle scout recipients, spoke about scouting in the local community noting “Eagle candidates complete approximately $250,000 in projects in the local community and generate about 60,000 pounds of canned goods for the Utah Food Bank.”

Paul’s territory covers “Beaver to Mesquite with 10 support staff, a national scout store, 15,000 scouts and 2500 volunteers.”

As the Field Officer for the Utah National Parks District – the largest council in the USA with more than 40,000 volunteers - Paul has been heavily involved in the construction of the Marion D. Hanks scout camp at Quail Creek with a price tag of $600,000.  With fundraising support and donated labor provided by such Washington County companies and non-profits as SUHBA and Tuacahn, $80,000 in other improvements have made this a 1st class facility. 
 
Other upcoming projects include a capitol campaign for a re-do of the 1700-acre Thunder Ridge Scout Camp with Hyrum Smith heading up the fundraising efforts.

The Beaver High Adventure Camp has less infrastructure but also needs an upgrade.

“The local community often takes scouting for granted,” noted Paul, “but scouting prepares boys for life by teaching them to do tough things!”

Monday, July 18, 2016

Memory Matters Utah Addresses Dementia Issues

LuAnn Lundquist, Executive Director of Memory Matters Utah, shared her experience and knowledge of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on individuals, families and caregivers.  Washington County, UT is facing a community crisis of major proportions! As one of the most attractive and desirable retirement communities in the United States (based on numerous studies in the past several decades), the area in and around St. George has drawn countless numbers of residents over the age of 65, since the 1980’s to enjoy our mild fall, winter and springtime weather; our outstanding and award-winning health care; and, spectacular out amazing outdoor scenery and events.  As a result, more and more of our local residents are finding themselves – or their loved ones – dealing with the age-related diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Current estimates indicate there may be as many as 3500 residents in our area who have – but do not as yet know they have – one of these two life-changing medical conditions.  As a community, we are seeing a jump in the number of assisted living facilities with memory care units – newly opened or under construction; and, health care providers specializing in Alzheimer’s and dementia issues popping up here in Southern Utah where, by the year 2030 estimates are, more than 31% of our population will be over age 65. Statistics show an average of 10,000 “baby boomers” nationwide will age into Medicare – every day - until 2030.  Dixie Regional Medical Center, St. George’s Intermountain Health Care facility already has more than 50% of their patients on Medicare – with an expected increase by 60% in additional Medicare patients in the next 13 years.  

To address the unmet needs of our community’s rapidly growing Alzheimer’s and dementia population, the organization now known as Memory Matters Utah was organized “to reduce isolation and improve wellness for people with dementia and their caregivers through activities, support, education and consultation” for this difficult group of conditions which primarily affect those over age 65.

For more information, call (435) 319-0407.