Operation Santa 2019

Operation Santa 2019
Operation Santa with the Rotary Club of Midvale

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Business Meeting Minutes - March 5, 2020


Members in attendance:  Jayne Barnett, Rose Defa, Daniel Diaz, John Haglund, Julie Jones, Tim Jones, Frank Lilly,  Justin Powell, Laurie Summers-Pisani, Jordan Taylor, Dave Veenstra, Sonia Woodbury
Guests in attendance:  Jim Rudin, Sherry Rudin, Julie McKee
Business items:
1.       Call to order, Four-Way Test
2.       New member induction – Jordan Taylor
3.       John Haglund reported on PETS (President Elect Training) in Denver
4.       2020-2021 Club leadership positions presented and ballot vote held:
President: John Haglund
President Elect 2021-2022: Tim Jones
Secretary: Julie Jones
Treasurer: Daniel Diaz
Membership Chair: David DeMarco
Local Service Chair: Christine Casper
Rotary Foundation: Justin Powell
Social Chair: Safia Keller
PR Chair: Dave Veenstra
Interact / Youth Service Chair: Jayne Barnett
5.       Interact Service Support: Club members brought new socks and underwear for project donation. 
6.       Financial review, Tim Jones
7.      Next Meeting: March 19th with guest speaker(s) from local nonprofit, Immigration Legal Services
8.      Service: Geraldine E. King Women’s Resource Center/VOA – Sunday, March 29, 5-7 p.m. Tim Jones will email Sign Up sheet.
9.       District Conference: May 14-16 at Empire Lodge in Park City.  Everyone is welcome - especially new members.  Saturday 5/16 BETS (Board Elect training) is highly recommended. The Club will reimburse members 50% of the registration fee. 
10.   Polio Pig was circulated
Upcoming Events
May 7th – House of Hope Service Project

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Business Meeting Minutes, February 6, 2020

Members in attendance:  Joe Balstaedt, Jayne Barnett, Chris Casper, Denise Chassé, Rose Defa, Dave DeMarco, Daniel Diaz, John Haglund, Julie Jones, Tim Jones, Safia Keller, Frank Lily, Susan Marks, Terry Palmer, Justin Powell, Laurie Summers-Pisani, Shannon Tilly, Jordan Taylor, Dave Veenstra, John Zone, Judy Zone,
Guests in attendance:  Kaileen Balzano & Jim Rudin
Business items:
1.       Call to order, Four-Way Test
2.       New member inductions – Daniel Diaz, Dave DeMarco, Safia Keller
3.       Club Goals – Justin reviewed the goals we have selected to pursue in support of our strategic priorities.
4.       Next Meeting: February 20th with a guest speaker TBA
5.       Winter Social: Satutday Feb 22 ski at Solitude/snowshoe at the Solitude Nordic Center (located between Brighton and Solitude).  Meet for lunch at 1:30pm at Honeycomb Grill.
6.       Service:
                                       i.            Volunteers of America (VoA) Service – Thursday February 27th at 5 p.m. (dinner to be served at 6 p.m.)  We’ll be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for homeless and troubled youth.  Tim Jones & Julie Jones are organizing.
                                       i.            Our club contributed $1,000 to Hay Soe, a refugee now student at the U of U (our guest speaker on 1/16/2020), for the purchase of supplies in Burma.
                                     ii.            There is a blood drive at City Academy on Feb 10 from 2:00-7:00 pm in the multipurpose room.  You can sign-up ahead of time using the Red Cross Blood Donor app.
7.       District Conference: May 14-16 at Empire Lodge in Park City.  Everyone is welcome - especially new members.
Upcoming Events
Feb 20th – 5:30 p.m. – Business Meeting with guest speaker to be announced – Youthlinc Office at Brickyard Plaza
Feb 22nd – Snowshoe and Social at Solitude Mountain Resort and Nordic Center
Volunteers of America (VoA) Service – Thursday February 27th at 5 p.m. (dinner to be served at 6 p.m.).  Downtown location

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Social and Service Night January 16, 2020

We enjoyed food ordered from Wann Jale, a new Burmese restaurant in Sandy (and Spice Kitchen graduate), while listening to the inspiring journey of Hay Soe, a positive and hard-working former student of our club member Dave Veenstra.  Hay Soe is of Karen descent and was born in Burma (Myanmar).  He moved to a refugee camp with his family as a very young child and then to Utah when he was 7 years old.  He overcame many challenges in school, graduated high school as valedictorian of his class and is now a student of the College of Business at the U of U. He volunteers to assist others in our community and is currently organizing a Bridging Borders trip in March to deliver dental supplies and other much needed items to refugee camps in Africa.

After a short slide presentation (and wiping away some tears), we quickly transformed into a seemingly well-oiled production team tracing, sewing, embroidering and stuffing dolls and bears for Dolls of Hope, another inspiring organization that supplies the materials, trains volunteers and delivers the toys to children in refugee camps.

Our 25 attendees stuffing and sewed 27 dolls and prepped 30 additional dolls for the next step in the creation process.  We discovered unknown skills in each other and enjoyed much laughter in the process!










Business Meeting Minutes – January 9, 2020


Members in attendance:  Joe Balstaedt, Jayne Barnett, Linda Book, Chris Casper, Dave Chassé, Denise Chassé, Ronda Eiting, John Haglund, Julie Jones, Tim Jones, Susan Marks, Justin Powell, Laurie Summers-Pisani, Erica Wolff, Pearl Wright, Terry Palmer
Guests in attendance:  N/A
Business items:
1.       Call to order, Four-Way Test
2.       Announcements
a.       Guest Speaker & Service & Social– Thursday January 16th, Hay Soe, refugee student will speak.  Dolls of Hope service project for refugees in camps worldwide.  We’ve invited the Sugar House Rotary Club to participate.
b.      Service
                                                         i.            Volunteers of America (VoA) Service – Thursday February 27th at 5 p.m. (dinner to be served at 6 p.m.)  We’ll be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs for the youth.  Tim Jones is the organizer.
                                                        i.            Madagascar Clean Water Project – Took 3 years, but is now completed.
                                                       ii.            Wine into Water – We’re going to look into possibly changing the venue to the Baldwin Radio Factory.
                                                     iii.            Socials – February 22nd we’ll be doing a snowshoe hike and after party.
                                                     iv.            Club Survey - Results of the survey were discussed.  A lot of good input was received.  If you want to see the survey results, please contact Justin.
                                                       v.            Rotary Club Clothing – John Haglund mentioned that all forms of Rotary Club clothing articles are available RTPClubClothes.com, use code NY10 for 10% off your order.
Upcoming Events
Jan 16th 5:30 p.m.– Guest Speaker Hay Soe, Dolls of Hope service project and Sugar House Rotary Club combined service and social - Youthlinc Office at Brickyard Plaza
Feb 6th – 5:30 p.m. – Business Meeting – Youthlinc Office at Brickyard Plaza
Feb 22nd – Snowshoe and Social – details to be announced.
Volunteers of America (VoA) Service – Thursday February 27th at 5 p.m. (dinner to be served at 6 p.m.).  Downtown location (Tim Jones, help!)

Thursday, December 19, 2019

December 6, 2019 - Holiday Social

Milo the Greeter 


Sam the Elf!


Our lovely Hostess, Erica and her Guest

Host Roger and Miss Susan


Tim the Terrific Treasurer 

The Delightful Desserts!



Friday, December 13, 2019

Mothers Day Celebration at the House of Hope

We celebrated our friends at the House of Hope for Mother's Day and received this beautiful note:



Mother’s Day at House of Hope

May 28th, 2019
Mother’s Day can be a challenging day for many of our women. Some are learning to parent a newborn, some are working hard to repair broken trust, and some do not have custody of their children. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be a special day to celebrate.
We were so fortunate to have Rotary Club of Millcreek provided gifts for every woman at House of Hope for the second year in a row! The gifts included items like shampoo and loofahs to help our women feeling beautiful and encourage them to take time for self-care.
As an extra special treat, Jennie Lloyd and friends brought a lovely Mother’s Day breakfast to all our women in residential facilities. This will be five years that Mrs. Lloyd and her friends have been providing Mother’s Day breakfast for our women. This wonderful treat gives our moms a break from having to prepare breakfast and allows them to enjoy a wonderful morning.
Thank you to everyone who made Mother’s Day special this year

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Business Meeting Minutes – November 7, 2019, Revised



Members in attendance:  Joe Balstaedt, Jayne Barnett, Dave Chassé, Denise Chassé, Rose Defa, Ronda Eiting, Marty Gelman, John Haglund, Tim Jones, Frank Lilly, Susan Marks, Justin Powell, Colby Rider, Dave Veenstra, Judy Zone
Guests in attendance:  Jordan Taylor, Daniel Diaz
Business items:
1.       Call to order, Four-Way Test
2.       Announcements
a.       RYLA – thank you, Jayne, for driving and coordinating drivers to/from Aspen Grove (retreat).
b.       Socials
                                                               i.      Nov 14th Friendsgiving at Judy’s and John Zone’s home.  Please bring along friends you would like to introduce to our club. 
                                                             ii.      Dec 6th Holiday party at Erica Wolff’s home.
b.       Service
                                                               i.      Nov 14th – bring food items for Cottonwood High School’s food pantry to Friendsgiving.  See Cottonwood HS Food Pantry for a list of needed foods. 
                                                             ii.      Dec 7th, 7:00 a.m. Operation Santa at the Fort Union Target.  Come help kids from poor families as they find each other gifts for the holiday season!  Each child is provided with vouchers to pay for the gifts.  The kids are escorted by local Police and Fire Fighters, making it an exciting arrival scene!  Note:  our club donated $1000 to help sponsor this event.
3.       Wine into Water – This year’s event grossed a little over $14,000 and netted ~$8,500 (significantly less than last year).  Having the event on a weekday was a contributor to reduced attendance.   We discussed going back to a Friday evening for next year’s event.  But we learned that Tracy Aviary now charges significantly more for weekends than weekdays.  This raised the suggestion that we should at least consider finding an alternative venue.  One possibility: the Baldwin Radio Factory.  We also talked about having other beverages available because not everyone drinks wine.  Perhaps we should serve craft beers and have a soda bar.  Let’s plan to talk some more about these ideas in future business meetings.
4.       Reports on International Service Trips – Dave Veenstra presented slides on the Nepal trip, and Frank presented slides on the Cambodia trip.  Both Dave and Frank expressed their appreciation for Rotary’s help in making those trips successful.  They and the Youthlinc participants will be forever changed by their experiences!
Upcoming Events
Nov 14th 6:00-8:00 p.m. - Friendsgiving at Judy’s and John Zone’s home, 4517 S. Abinadi Rd (4160 E). 
Dec 6th 6:00 p.m. - Holiday Party at Erica Wolff’s home, 3222 E. Regan Court, Cottonwood Heights.
Dec 7th 7:00 a.m. - Operation Santa at the Fort Union Target