Rotary Club coming soon to Monticello

Rotary is the “Grand-Daddy” of all service clubs. Founded in 1905, Rotary International has become the world’s leading international service club located in 211 countries and territories with 1,234,527 members (as of 30 June 09) in 33,790 clubs.

Two other prominent service clubs are spinoffs from Rotary: Kiwanis in 1915 and Lions in 1917 - all three service clubs make a major contribution to their communities and the world at large by their excellent programs to improve the lives of people everywhere.

Every community of any size and stature in America should have a Rotary Club. The new Monticello Rotary Club will be sponsored by Blanding Rotary with Phil Lyman and Tony Turk of the Blanding club taking the lead in helping to organize and get Monticello Rotary Club chartered.

Clayson Lyman, a Monticello native and Rotarian since 1974, is the Utah Rotary Assistant Governoror for Extension, charged with starting new clubs. He states: “When I looked at the list of Rotary Clubs in Utah and found that my home town of Monticello does not have a Rotary Club, I was very concerned since there are Rotary Clubs in both Blanding and Moab. Because I was raised in Monticello and know all the ‘old-timers’ we have decided to charter a Rotary Club in Monticello.

“It will enhance the stature of the community and provide a way for Monticello’s leading business and professional men and women to make a real humanitarian difference in the town, the county, the state, the nation and indeed, around the world.”

Lyman, who lived in Southern California for 35 years and raised his children there, was President of the Glendora, California Rotary Club in 1988/89 and District 5300 Governor in 1991/92. He has started many new clubs and has been directing Rotary Membership Development Committees since 1992.

A Rotary Club is composed of active members each of whom is an adult of good character and good business, professional and/or community reputation,

1) engaged as a proprietor, partner, corporate officer, or manager of any worthy and recognized business or profession; or

2) holding any important position in any worthy and recognized business or profession or any branch or agency thereof and have executive capacity with discretionary authority; or

3) having retired from a position listed above; or

4) being a community leader who has demonstrated through personal involvement in community affairs a commitment to service and the Object of Rotary; or

5) having the status of Rotary Foundaiton alumnus and

6) having his or her place of business or residence located in the locality of the club or surrounding area.

Rotarians live by the motto: Service Above Self and the Four Way Test of the things we think, say or do: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

First. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

Second. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

Third. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life.
Fourth. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Rotary’s Four Avenues of Service are the philosophical and practical framework for the work of the Rotary Club.

1. Club Service involves action a member should take within the club to help it funciton successfully.

2. Vocational Service has the purpose of promoting high ethical standards in business and professions, recognizing the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and fostering the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. The role of members includes conducting themselves and their businesses in accordance with Rotary’s principles.

3. Community Service comprises varied efforts that members make, sometimes in conjunction with others, to improve the quality of life of those who live within the club’s locality or municipality.

4. International Service comprises activities that members do to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace by fostering acquaintance with people of other countries, their cultures, customs, accomplishments, aspirations, and problems, through reading and correspondence and through cooperation in all club activities and projects designed to help people in other lands.

The initial Rotary Information Meeting for Monticello Rotary will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20 at the County Commission Chambers in the County Courthouse.

Monticello business and professional men and women are invited to attend. Call Clayson Lyman to receive an invitation and information packet prior to the meeting at (801)221.7789 or

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