Thanksgiving Heroes 2022

Looking for a quick and easy way to serve others this November? Boy, do we have an opportunity for you!

Hunger continues to plague Utah’s children. One out of seven children suffers from hunger. Please join us for one of our favorite opportunities to give back by helping those in need. We’ve teamed up with Thanksgiving Heroes again this year to help provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner to 3000 Utah families. Please consider donating or signing up to deliver these dinners. The delivery date is Saturday, November 19. The delivery slots disappear fast due to the increasing popularity of this charity. Don’t miss out on this amazing effort! Click the link to find out more and to sign up.

Governer Cox Speaks to Our Club

At the beginning of August, the governor’s office contacted Steve Schoonover, president of the South Valley Rotary club, to organize a forum in which Governor Cox could speak directly to Rotarians and other community leaders. Regarding this event, held on August 25, 2022, Schoonover said, “What a great opportunity not only for the South Valley club members, but other members of other local Rotary clubs, Chamber of Commerce members, and guests. This was a great town hall type gathering which allowed non Rotarian guests to experience how a Rotary club meeting is run and the speakers we are privileged to have attend. Not only did the attendees have a chance to ask questions to our Utah Governor, he also indicated how important our feedback was.”

Referring to the Rotary Four-Way Test, Governor Cox said, “Imagine if every politician, myself included, everytime they had a decision to make, or had a press conference to hold, or a tweet to send out, if we went through that four-way test. How different would our country be right now?”

He stated that he is concerned that many of the institutions that our country was build on, including service-based institutions, are decaying. “One of the reasons I wanted to speak to Rotarians,” he continued, “is because I believe that you are the best and most important thing happening in our country and I’m devastated that we are in such a small room right now.”

The governor was gracious and gave attendees the opportunity to ask him questions toward the end of the meeting, which was attended by almost 100 people. The meeting can be viewed here.

Bear-O-Care Needs Our Help!

Sad news. Earlier this week our good friends at Bear-O-Care, which provides care for severely disabled individuals, had the catalytic converters stolen from their transportation buses. Total repair and replacement are estimated at $4,500! Please consider donating to ease this heavy burden. Donate directly to Bear-O-Care through our PayPal ( or Venmo (@SouthValley-RotaryClub).

We’ve teamed up with Thanksgiving Heroes

In one of our recent meetings, Rob Adams spoke to us about his charitable organization, Thanksgiving Heroes. Their goal is to give a full Thanksgiving dinner to 2500 families! That is a huge undertaking, which requires a large amount of money and numerous volunteers. Read Rob’s amazing story of growing up homeless here. If you would like to give your time or your money to such a great cause, click here to visit the South Valley Rotary Club partner page.

Welcome to Rotary

Are you an established professional wanting to make positive changes in your community and around the world?
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Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.  With the Draper-Riverton Rotary Club, you’ll:

  • Discuss your community’s needs and discover creative ways to meet them
  • Expand your leadership and professional skills
  • Catch up with good friends and meet new ones

Visit our club on Thursdays to learn more. It’s not only a good way to get to know us—it’s also a great way to get involved in your community.