We are a fun group of service-oriented people who love the communities we serve. Take a look at our bios and come say hello to us at our next Rotary lunch or event!
Tim Nicolaysen is our current club president. Tim wants to live in a world where people reason with each other, and the concerns of others are more important than those of one’s self.
He has been a member of Rotary for 14 years, and loves the fellowship of local members as well as that of Rotarians around the world.
As a retired restaurant chain operator, he’s been involved with Human Resources, accounts payable, and public relations.
When he’s not doing Rotary things, you can find him actively involved in family, church, and youth service projects.
Breagan R. Webb wants to live in a world where a child is given the opportunity to be a child. Where they don’t have to worry about where their next drink or meal will come from or where preventable diseases ruthlessly disable and kill. Where they can use their imagination, attend school, and learn. Where children and teenagers, who are blessed to grow up without such concerns, find joy in doing their part to help those less fortunate find hope for a better future.
He has been a member of Rotary since 2011 and loves the opportunity to interact with remarkable individuals who share his desire to make a positive change in the world.
As an Ameriprise Financial Advisor, he has been helping families navigate the complexities of wealth management so that they can feel confident that their essentials are covered, lifestyle preserved, and unexpected obstacles addressed; so they can focus on that which is of worth to them and the legacy they will leave.
When Breagan is not helping families on their journey towards a confident retirement or providing Rotarian service, you can find him spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping, or fly-fishing with his wife Amber and four sons; or around a campfire with a troop of boy scouts teaching them valuable skills and principles which will serve them throughout their lives.
Lori Richardson Bird wants to live in a world in which all peoples strive for a peaceful existence.
She joined Rotary five years ago to continue her father’s legacy. She loves the friendships she has found in the club and the common goals they share.
When she’s not being a realtor, she is a wife and a dog mom to two beautiful black labs. She loves to garden and can be found outside most of the summer. She is also the chair person for the annual Draper Days Events each July.
Claude Wells wants to live in a world where everyone has the opportunity to succeed through hard work, determination, and perseverance regardless of their background, race, or their environment. He wants everyone to feel wanted, loved, and fulfilled.
He has been a member of Rotary for several months, and loves the personal and business relationships established at Rotary and committee meetings. Claude enjoys meeting with like-minded, talented individuals to make a difference in the community and around the globe.
As a manager/director, he’s been in various industries (flight simulation, medical manufacturing, electronics) and believes in empowering work associates with the necessary tools, training, and environment to make critical business decisions to help the company succeed and promote their own career advancement. Now self-employed, he strives to find investments to combine work and charity.
When he’s not working on his own business opportunities, he enjoys time with family making memories through travel, riding his bike or motorcycle, or taking walks or hikes. In addition to family activities, he enjoys working with nonprofits to help kids rescued from slavery and sustain them in Haiti, helping them learn skills to support themselves and working with orphanages to improve their lives and future.
Eric Jack wants to live in a world where everyone follows the Rotary Four-Way Test.
He has been a member of Rotary for 14 years, and loves volunteering with the club Dictionary Project and seeing the third graders’ faces light up when they get them.
As a CPA, he helps businesses and individuals understand how to navigate and take advantage of certain tax laws.
When he’s not working, he loves to play golf with the family…in friendly competition, of course.
Brinton R. Webb wants to live in a world where individuals take more responsibility. Not only does he want to see more personal responsibility displayed, but also a willingness to help the many who, because of circumstances beyond their control, find it impossible to care for their personal needs and those of their family.
He has been a Rotarian for more than 14 years and loves the way Rotary makes him feel. “Being in Rotary is being a part of a worldwide humanitarian effort. My money and efforts are leveraged to lift lives next door and a half a world away.”
As a Certified Financial Planner and a Franchise Owner with Ameriprise Financial he’s always taken the attitude that life is to be planned. After 33 years of helping individuals to realize their dreams by formalizing their goals, leveraging their financial resources, minimizing the tax impact on their income and portfolios, protecting their families and arranging for the wise distribution of their estates, he is now to the point that he will be passing his business legacy on to two of his sons.
When Brinton isn’t found helping individuals or businesses with their planning concerns or participating on Rotary projects, he can be found serving as a humanitarian missionary for his church, taking trips with his wife and family, reading, playing the piano, attending theatrical performances and occasionally taking in a round of golf.
Mike Peterson wants to live in a world where prejudices are replaced by concern for others and apathy is wiped out by volunteerism.
He has been a member of Rotary for eight years, and loves associating with others that are examples of selfless service.
As an optometrist, he’s been privileged to meet many very interesting people ranging from prison inmates to celebrities. He loves providing excellent vision and eye care and seeing his patients enjoy life with confidence.
When he’s not looking at eyes, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors and recording his adventures with his family with his camera.
Kent Hartley wants to live in a world where we can all trust and respect one another.
He has been a member of Rotary for over 10 years and loves interacting with the other members.
As a Geotechnical Engineer, he has been involved in rebuilding the infrastructure in the state and working with the surge in home building in our area.
When he’s not working, you can find him hiking in the back country, fishing or hunting with friends and family.
Dale F. Gardiner wants to live in a world where those with the means to do so volunteer to help the less fortunate.
He joined Rotary in 2016 and admires the talents and energy of Rotary Club members.
As an attorney (most recently with Fabian VanCott), for 40 years, he has represented Salt Lake City, Sandy City, the City of South Salt Lake, Midvale, Riverton and Bluffdale in complex litigation matters.
When he‘s not working, you can find him doing honey do’s or working on old, but worthless, classic cars.
Claudia P. Anderson wants to live in a world where there is quality education for all of children.
She joined Rotary in 2004 and loves the opportunities it provides her to serve others in roles like President, Vice President, Car Show Chair, as well as help with service trips like Guatemala to help deliver and set up medical equipment for a local hospital.
As the founder and CEO of Audio Enhancement, a woman-owned worldwide company providing services and products for better classroom education through technology, she uses her patented technology for the first infrared wireless microphone to help teachers in classrooms around the world deliver information via video, audio, and Internet to the students. This vision came when she was a single mother of four, two of her children profoundly deaf, and she founded Audio Enhancement in 1978. In 2004, she formed a partnership with Panasonic to bring the newest and best technology possible to the public classrooms. Today, as an internationally recognized leader in Infrared Sound Field Technology, Claudia continues to lobby strongly for Audio Enhanced classrooms everywhere.
When she’s not making a difference in classroom education through improved wireless audio transmission, she’s volunteering with her foundation “The Child Shall Speak Foundation” (a foundation created to teach deaf children to talk), the Draper-Riverton Rotary club, making appearances as past Bluffdale City mayor, traveling with her husband Dale, and spending time with her family.
Frank McNeice wants to live in a world where “peace on earth good will toward men” is the order of the day 365 days a year, not just at Christmas.
He has been a member of Rotary for 35 years and loves visiting Rotary Clubs in different cities all over the world.
As a retired Senior Active he’s been able to represent his club on behalf of Rotary International at clubs in over 25 countries.
When he’s not traveling abroad, you can find him writing, studying, playing the piano, and involved in a variety of government-related issues.
Steve Schoonover was introduced to Rotary through a cross county cycling race, and his team was racing for the cause of eradicating Polio. Since that race in 2016 he has joined this local club and competed yet again in 2017 under the same cause.
Gone, But Not Forgotten
DelRoy Taylor passing in January 2019 was bitter-sweet. We miss him greatly, but he left a legacy of service above self that we still strive to match. DelRoy wanted to live in a world where everyone respects the rights of others.
He was a member of Rotary for 45 years, and loved the opportunities to serve and socialize with other members of the community.
As a retired insurance agent, he was involved in several business ventures and owned a mobile home park.
When he wasn’t working, he loved to travel and read historical novels. He also enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren, serving, and participating in church activities.
Russ Cannon passed away March 2014. Russ really is the primary person responsible for the creation of the then named Draper-Riverton Rotary Club (later re-branded as the South-Valley Rotary club to include Bluffdale and Herriman)
Russ was the first president of our club and was a man who wouldn’t take no for an answer -yet had a heart of gold. An attorney by trad, but his legacy really is his dedication to “service above self”.
Russ was a huge proponent of helping students continue their education beyond high school and was known to personally fund additional scholarships for individuals who he felt needed the help, but who had been turned down by the club for another in need. As a result, the scholarship program has been restructured with the top scholarship award being named in his honor, “The Russ Cannon Service Above Self Scholarship.”
Our members are volunteers in Rotary because they believe in the difference we can make when we work together, and in the fun we can have while doing so! Visit our club anytime to learn more about our work and what we do.