Friday, August 17, 2012

Meet Our Outgoing Exchange Student

Alexandria Meyer, like her classmates at Pine View High School, is eagerly anticipating the excitement of her senior year of high school.  But rather than studying in English in her Washington County hometown, Meyer recently left her family and friends behind to study in French as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Belgium. 

Meyer, the oldest daughter of Lance and Suzanne Meyer of St. George, is one of 8000 students annually who participate in Rotary youth exchanges in more than 80 countries, living for a year with a host family while attending school, learning a new language and serving as an unofficial ambassador of goodwill for her country, her culture, her ideals and values.
When she first proposed the idea of studying abroad, her parents were uneasy, but encouraged her to “do the research . .  . and she did!” notes her mother.  “She coordinated with Pine View so she could graduate with her classmates here in St. George, collected all the necessary reference letters and – through fundraising and part time jobs – raised more than 75% of the money she needed for the year.  That’s our Alex!  When she wants something, she really digs in her heels and gets it done!”
As Meyer’s sponsor in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, the St. George Rotary Club plays host to an incoming exchange student and provides a small monthly stipend to the incoming student. The Meyer family will serve as a host family for our incoming an exchange student.

Other families are needed to host Rotary Exchange Students. If interested, please contact Linda Baker.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Rotarians At Play!!!

Only a handful of Rotarians and their families took advantage of President Phil Hall’s invitation to spend a weekend recreating at Deer Creek Ranch, his beautiful, fully-developed property up Johnson’s Canyon outside of Kanab, but those who made the 1 ½ hour trip were not disappointed!  The weekend included zip lines, swimming, skeet shooting, hiking, canoeing, great food, and the opportunity to get better acquainted and socialize with family and Rotary friends.  Those who did attend are ready to do it again . . . those who were unable to attend can expect a wonderful opportunity for fun and play!  Thanks to Phil and his family for sharing this exceptional resource in the mountains.

Collin Davis Named Rising Star

Collin Davis was named 2011-12 Rising Star at the club's annual installation and awards luncheon on July 2.  He also received a Distinguished Service Citation in recognition of his willingness to get involved in the club's parks and trails project committee which will be carrying out a futsal project at Snow Park.  Collin initially sought membership in the club because of the Guatemala stove project and immediately volunteered his time and money to travel with members of his new club.

The Rising Star Award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in service to the club, community, state or the world by a new member(s) in good standing (those who have been members for one year or less). 

O'Riley is Rotarian of the Year

Janet O’Riley was named 2011-12 Rotarian of the Year by President Linda Baker at SGR’s annual installation and awards luncheon on July 2.  Janet also received a Distinguished Service Citation – both awards in recognition of her work as Rotaract Advisor and providing guidance in the establishment of a an Interact Club at Dixie Middle School.  In addition, Janet helped establish an annual fundraising project and was personally responsible for the sale of 100 cases of oranges to help the fundraiser succeed.

The Rotarian of the Year must be a member in good standing who has provided outstanding service to the club exceeding the expectations of membership through their commitment of time and energy to best exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.”