Ongoing Service Projects
Academic Decathlon - a number of our Club Members volunteer to judge the students at the annual High School Academic Decathlon.
Back Packs for Kids - our Club, in conjunction with the Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church, started the Back Packs for Kids project in 2003. The purpose of this project is to raise funds and purchase new back packs and school supplies for "at risk" children in the Washington County public schools. Each school in the District receives enough back packs for students who need them and are then distributed through the school counselors.
Christmas Gifts – starting in 2012, instead of participating in Coins for Kids, we purchased, wrapped and delivered Christmas gifts for several families identified by the school district who weren’t eligible for Coins for Kids and otherwise would have had no Christmas gifts.
Dictionary Project – a project our Club has done for many years helps every 3rd grade student in Washington County to receive their own dictionary with the 4-Way Test on the inside front cover. Our club provides nearly 500 dictionaries to 5 schools in partnership with other area Rotary clubs who provide dictionaries to the other schools.
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) - many members of the club meet the Rotary International (RI) EREY challenge to contribute $100 annually to the Rotary International Foundation.
Huntsman World Senior Games - club members help stuff Welcome Bags for senior game participants.
Polio Plus – the club participated in the Purple Pinkies campaign to raise awareness and funds for RI’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Every member is being challenged to contribute $32 per year to help make the final push to eradication.
Puerto Penasco - members of our club cleaned eye glasses, build piñatas to benefit disabled children, painted school buildings in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Our club is now working on a Rotary Global Grant to provide clean water to all schools in Puerto Penasco.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - our Club sponsors students to the RYLA, a program for youth leaders. It is about recognizing excellence in youth leadership and developing future Rotarians. Recognition is given to young men and women, high school juniors, who have demonstrated leadership ideals and example in their schools and or communities. Excellence in academics or sports is not a requirement.
Shivwits Playground – beginning in 2014, the club partnered with the Shivwitts Band of Paiute Indians to renovate and maintain a playground on the reservation to benefit tribal youth and help prevent early juvenile diabetes. This has become a regular work project each spring and fall.
Switchpoint Food Pantry - beginning in 2017, our club has been volunteering in the food pantry at Switchpoint every fourth Wednesday in place of a regular meeting. We unload and stock shelves with bread and dry goods.
Youth Exchange - members of our Club have hosted several Rotary Youth Exchange Students over the years, most recently from Spain.
Youthlinc - our Club has helped sponsor students to go on service projects around the world through the Youthlinc program.
Past Service Projects
Air Show – in 2012 our club volunteered to staff food and drink booths and in return received about $300.
Centennial Project - our Club along with the other 2 Rotary Clubs in St George participated in a project to help beautify the St George Trail system by installing informational kiosks at several trailheads. In addition, our clubs assisted the City of St George in installing landscaping at 2 of these trailheads. This project was to commemorate Rotary's 100th Anniversary.
Christmas lighting at the Bloomington Round-about - our members volunteered to install and take down all of the beautiful lighting and decorations at the Bloomington Round-about which helped add to the festive spirit of the Christmas season in our community.
Coins for Kids - many of our Club members volunteer their time to the Coins for Kids program which provides Christmas presents to less fortunate children in our community. Our Club helps raise money, shop, wrap, and deliver the Christmas presents. In 2003 our Club donated $675 to the program from money that was collected at the Club Christmas party in lieu of a gift exchange and in 2004 each Rotarian brought a gift of a toy to the Annual Christmas party.
Group Study Exchange - our Club Members hosted 2 GSE Teams; in 2004 we hosted the GSE Team from Turkey and in 2005 we hosted the GSE Team from India
Ironman 70.3 St George – our club assisted with this regional Ironman Championship for several years in May. We raised about $500 in return for volunteering to help participants transition from the swim to the bike course of the event.
JUST 4 KIDZ - our Club adopted the Just 4 Kidz charity store as their primary project.
Kite Festival - our Club members volunteered their time and efforts parking cars at the annual Kite Festival which benefits the Washington County School District. Several of our members are on The Kite Festival Executive Board.
Literacy Council - One Book One Community - members of our Club teamed with the Literacy Council to host the first annual One Book One Community Fair held at Staheli's Family Farm. Schools in the community were given books, The Great Brain and Minding Mama was given to the older children and adults. A culmination of the reading was held at a music festival with booths, lots of music, the corn maize and food.
Los Ninos de Mexico - members of our Club traveled to Mexico along with the Dixie High School Interact Club to do service for the Door of Faith Orphanage. There were others that went as well. A documentary was produced by KCSG. Everyone involved had a great time and we did a great service project.
Operation School Bell - our Club teamed with Operation School Bell to help give out a brand new coat, new clothes, and underclothes to those children in need in our Community. It is a worthy cause our Club supports and was excited to be a part of it.
Reality Store - many Club Members volunteered at the "Reality Store" which is held annually at the middle schools in Washington County and which assists young people learn about the realities of life.
Red Rock Music Fest - our Club started hosting a bluegrass festival in 2004. This morphed into a festival of local bands, which became an annual event until recently.
Rotary Bowl - many of our members joined with the other 2 Rotary Clubs in St George to host the Rotary Football Bowl Game.
Tsunami Relief - our international service committee held a fundraising dinner to help in the Tsunami Relief.
Samoa Project – this international project included partnering with the Apia Rotary Club to provide scholarships to needy children attending the Ah Mu Academy (in Apia, Samoa), providing surplus desks/chairs, surplus school books and basic school supplies.
Southern Utah Basket Brigade - our club has participated in this service project for several years. We help package and deliver a Thanksgiving dinner to families who have been nominated by their neighbors as being in need.
Vocational Exchange - each member gave a "member focus" presentation in which they provided the other members a short biography of their life. We presented awards to members of our community who exemplify the Rotary 4-Way Test and invited the recipient to our meeting to give the presentation.
Wheelchair Program – a member of our Club purchased 33 wheelchairs in December 2003 that were delivered to people in Jordan without mobility. This project was done at Christmas time, so most of the wheelchairs were given to loved ones instead of less meaningful "stuff".