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.