Club Number: 2197
Established: May 11, 1974
TIN: 31-1170560

Send all mail and payments to:
St George Exchange Club
PO BOX 1111
St George, UT 84771


Upcoming Speakers and Events:

August 28 Greg Reith with Heartland Farms

To schedule a presentation, please coordinate with Anthony McMullin @

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Gift Exchange 2010

Today's meeting was our annual Gift Exchange. There were some hot items this morning that slipped through a few hands. Santa flew away with the most coveted prize: BYU hat, Snuggie, and U of U gift bag. Sorry to Jinks and Shonie who were left with that bitter taste of defeat. Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year! See you on January 6th for our next Exchange Club meeting.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December Students of the Month

Left to right are the December 2010 Students of the Month -

Bill Hudson, St. George Exchange Club President
Tylan Glines, Pine View High School, son of Trina & Jeff Glines
Brandon Atkinson, Snow Canyon High School, son of Darin & Angie Atkinson
Taylor Blake, Tuacahn High School, daughter of Marnie & Gary Blake
Monica Lawlis, Dixie High School, daughter of Stacy & Damon Lawlis
Katrien Jack, Desert hills high School, daughter of Colin W. Jack
Melissa Topete, Millcreek High School, daughter of Yulie Rivera

Thursday, November 18, 2010

November Students of the Month

Today we recognized the November Students of the Month. Apparently, we didn't scare any of the kids to bad at the October presentation with our masked monster, because we had a great turn out from the students for this month's presentation.

Back Row Left to Right:
Bill Hudson Exchange Club President
Tori Ryerson (Tuacahn) Mom- Norma Ryerson
Courtney Brinkerhoff (PVHS) Parents- Renee & Clint Martineau, and the late Tod Brinkerhoff
Front Row Left to Right:
Adelaida Sabedra (Millcreek) Mom- Maria Urquizo
Ashlie Gilbert (DHS) Mom- Celece Seegmiller
Aubrey Nielson (DHHS) Mom- Karen Nielson
Darian Nielson (October student of the month from DHHS) Parents- Dan & Deanna Nielson

Thursday, October 28, 2010

October Students of the Month

Today's meeting was our Student of the Month. It was an extra special presentation thanks to a surprise visit from Harry (the monster).
Left to right
Bill Hudson, Club President; Regina Grogan, Snow Canyon High School, daughter of Dara A. Tancredi; Stephen Nielsen, Millcreek High School, son of Ann Barry; Bianca Alverd, Pine View High School, daughter of Angela Canfield and Tony Alverd; Nathan Hunt, Dixie High School, son of Christena Hunt; and Victoria Graff, Tuacahn High School, daughter of Ken & Kerrie Graff.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

St George Leisure Services

Today's speaker was Kent E. Perkins with the St George City Leisure Services. Kent graduated from Brigham Young University with Bachelors degree in Broadcast Communications, and Masters degree in Recreation with emphasis on Municipal Administration. He has been with the City of St George for 28 years as Director of Leisure Services. He is also the Director of the St. George Marathon and the St. George Art Festival. He and his wife Lynne have six children and 8 grandchildren.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Exchange at the Finish Line

In the cool morning hours of Saturday, October 2, members of St. George Exchange Club came out for the 34th consecutive year in (nearly) full force to support the Marathon as hosts of the 24th annual Mayor's Walk. The slightly smaller (from previous years), but equally excited and energetic crowd - including mothers and fathers, teens, children, seniors and the family dog - gathered at Bluff Street Park waiting in the darkness for the signal to begin. At the end of the 2.1 mile walk to the Marathon finish line at Vernon Worthen Park hot scones, honey butter and juice awaited. Thanks to 2010 MW chairman Ralph Flanagan and his committee including Jimi Kestin, Rosie Rosander, Tim Floyd, and Wayne Everett; and, to sponsors Yellow Book and State Bank of Southern Utah for another successful Mayor's Walk.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September Students of the Month

The following students were recognized for their outstanding
contributions to their schools and selected as the September 2010
Student of the Month for the St. George Exchange Club. Left to right -

Peter Fuller, Snow Canyon High School, son of Marybeth & Clayton Fuller;
Taylor Fox, Desert Hills High School, son of Kelly & Dave McDonald;
Kasen Wright, Pine View High School, son of Shawn & Gina Wright; Bill
Hudson, President of St. George Exchange Club; Brianna McFadden, Dixie
High School, daughter of Rick & Mary Lynn McFadden; Natalie Spangler,
Tuacahn High School, daughter of Frank & Jennifer Spangler; and Karla
Castro, Millcreek High School, daughter of Jorge & Paola Castro.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book of Golden Deeds

Linda and Ed Sappington, Mark Loosli

Today's meeting was our presentation of the Book of Golden Deeds. We presented it to Linda Sappington. Linda wears many hats:
  • Director of the Volunteer Center of Washington County and the Five County Senior Corps including Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companion Program (SCP), Foster Grandparent Program (FGP), and the Five County Health Insurance Information Program.
  • Writer for the local newspapers and magazines
  • Wife to Ed Sappington
  • Mother of six
  • Grandmother to 12, soon to be 13 and one great grandchild
Linda also served as Public Relations Director for Dixie Regional Medical Center in the 1980's and started and served four years as the Chairperson "Jubilee of Trees", a major fundraiser for the Dixie Regional Center Foundation. She served as the Chairman of Habitat for Humanity this past year, is a Past President of Rotary.

Ed Sappington has been a member of the club since 1975. He and Linda will soon be leaving on a full time mission.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Today's speaker was Phil Tuckett and Lani Puriri. Lani is the Marketing Manager with CMI at Dixie State College. She Explained some of the background in getting Phil Tuckett to join DSC and introduced him to the club. Phil Tuckett is the Festival Director for DOCUtah. Phil is an associate professor at Dixie State College and the director of the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation. He is also the director of the digital film track in the communication department. Prior to coming back to his alma mater to teach, Phil was vice president of special projects at NFL Films for 21 years.

DOCUtah had 487 films submitted from 36 countries. 134 Films were selected for this first annual international documentary film festival, lasting 9 days with 4 outdoor screenings.

DOCUtah has its Gala Night at Tuacahn on September 16th. The audience will then watch part one of Helen Whitney’s latest documentary, “Forgiveness.” Award-winning filmmaker, Helen Whitney, will be a featured guest at this event. Her film, “Forgiveness”, is a two-part, four-hour PBS documentary special featuring intimate and emotional stories of great wrongdoings and the struggle to find the strength for forgiveness. With emotional rawness the films challenge our psychological and ethical assumptions that it is always best to forgive, and that those who embrace anger are lesser for it. Among the more personal stories of the film: A survivor of a gruesome attempted murder who single-handedly tracks down her assailant and a penitent 60’s radical on the run for more than 30 years for murder who must face her victim’s widow.

Part two of “Forgiveness” will be screened on Friday, September 17th at 7 p.m. at the Dolores DorĂ© Eccles Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater on the Dixie State College campus.

For more details on this film and many more go to the DOCUtah website.

Our Know your Exchangite today was Tom Bayles. Tom has been a member of the Exchange since February 2009. His birthday is December 6th. Tom is a Dixie State College Alumni and moved to St. George in 1998. When I googled the name Tom Bayles, this is the first picture that showed up. (Seriously, I don't make this stuff up!)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

76th Annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo

Joe Bowcutt, Courtney Welch, Jennifer Welch, and Wayne Hoppal

Today's meeting was a presentation by the Lion's Club, Joe Bowcutt. He brought this year's Dixie Roundup Rodeo Princess, Courtney Welch, her mom Jennifer (Roundup Queen of 1986), and this years Roundup Chairman Wayne Hoppal.

This year is the 76th Annual Dixie Roundup Rodeo. The Lion's Club built the Sun Bowl in 1947 and the Roundup has been there ever since. The Rodeo will be September 16-18.

Parade Info:
Friday 9/17 at 5:00 pm, Children's Parade Theme - "A BLAST FROM THE PAST"
Saturday 9/18 at 5:00 pm, General Parade Theme - "THE ROUNDUP, A DIXIE TRADITION"

Rodeo Info:
Gates open and tickets on sale at 6:00 p.m. nightly, entertainment 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 9/16, "Kids Night" - children 11 and under are free with a paying adult
Friday 9/17, "Tough Enough to Wear Pink"
Saturday 9/18 , "Rodeo Breakfast" benefiting the Washington County School District Foundation
Saturday 9/18, "High Noon" Special Needs Rodeo
Saturday 9/18, the final night of the rodeo

Advance Ticket Sales: Lions/VFW Bldg. 301 E 100 S - 435.673.3301
Ticket Sales begin on Saturday September 11, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Price - General Seating - Adults $8, Children 11 and under $5 Reserved Seating $12

For more information about the rodeo go to the Dixie Roundup Rodeo Blog.

Our Know your Exchangite today was Jay Barnes. Jay has been a member of the Exchange since January 2010. His birthday is November 6th and although he was wearing red today he made it very clear he was not rooting for the University of Utah. Jay served an LDS mission to Romania and is married to Jana. He is an attorney at the law office of Dabney and Dabney. When I googled the name Jay Barnes, this is the first picture that showed up. (Seriously, try googling the name Jay Barnes yourself!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

National Service Award

On July 6th our club was awarded the 2009-2010 National Service Award. A picture with the letter we recieved is listed below. This is a great accomplishment and something for us to be very proud of. Now we all need to buckle down and work towards the BIG-E.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ken Olsen

It is with great sadness that we announce that one of our club members, Ken Olsen, passed away on Sunday, July 18, 2010. Ken was a charter member of the St. George Exchange Club and he served as president of the club and president of the District.

In the last few years he has spent a great deal of time on the road and has not been able to attend our meetings very often, but it was always enjoyable when he did.

He leaves behind a great legacy and we should all be grateful for the efforts he put in to help establish this club.

A link to his obituary is below. The club has arranged to send flowers.

Ken joined the Exchange Club on 5/1/1974.

1975 Club President
1977 District Div. 1 Director
1978 District Div. 1 Director
1979 District Secretary
1981 District President-Elect
1982 District President
1983 District Immed. Past President


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ford Iron Man St George 2010

Today's speaker was Kevin Lewis, Sprots & Events Director with the St George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kevin gave us a recap on the St George Iron Man, sharing a couple of videos and pictures and much feedback from the participants.

2,500 athletes signed up (the race was capped at 2,500). Only 2,150 athletes registered the day before, only 1,916 started the race, and only 1,634 finished. Kevin explained that the St George Iron Man is being claimed as the hardest course in North America. The people at Iron Man were impressed with the way the City of St George came together to pull this off. We had 4,300 volunteers, over 9,000 visitors came and spent an estimated $7.85 million in Washington County.

The male winner was Michael Weiss, finishing in 8 hrs 40 min.
The female winner was Heather Wurtele, finishing in 9 hrs 35 min.

The Kids Fun Run had an estimated 700 participants, this is the second largest Fun Run that the Iron Man circuit has ever had.

Iron Man has signed a 5 year contract with St George and will always be on the 1st Saturday of May.

Ford Iron Man St George website

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Changing of the Guard

Out with the old, and in with the new!

Today's club meeting was held at the Children's Justice Center. We conducted our new officer installation. Tim Floyd was presented with a Exchange Club President Plaque for his valiant efforts as club president for the past year. Our new Club President Bill Hudson was sworn in by Mark Loosli.

The 2010-2011 Club Officers are:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

National Outstanding Service Project

And the winner is...

"Congratulations! The Exchange Club of St. George won the National Outstanding Service Project, in the area of Youth for your Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival. What a great project!"

Michele Tallent
Awards/Programs of Service Coordinator
The National Exchange Club

I just received the news from Michele with The National Exchange Club. She also said that our club will be presented with a special banner on July 23rd at the National Convention in La Quinta, California. Congratulations again to the club and to our SUPAF director Hayley Winslow. Keep up the good work.

For more information about the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival visit the website.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Vision For Tomorrow

Today's Speaker was Scott Hirshi with the Washington County Economic Development Council. He presented Washington County economics 101, which Bill Hudson FAILED miserably. He explained how the past few decades has reshaped the economic climate of St George/Washington County and explained why this is important to our community. He shared the strategic plan, which includes:

visit their website here

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Business Meeting

Today was a business meeting at the Main Street Plaza. We recapped Iron Man Kids Fun Run. There was an estimated 700 kids that participated. This is a good fund raiser for the club and should be bigger and better next year. Our goal is to have 1,500 participants and next year we will likely reach that. We will need to have a better outreach to the elementary schools and order more T-shirts. Our registration booth next year will need to start earlier and be better organized to handle it, but it is realistic.

We also discussed the need to raise dues to cover our expenses and change our venue to accommodate larger groups and a meal. It was motioned and approved to change our dues to $40 a month and continue at the Main Street Plaza through the end of May.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Give Me Liberty

"Just a quick note regarding the Give Me Liberty winners from Snow Canyon Elementary. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with these twelve fifth-graders! I would challenge almost anyone in the club to name every state and its capitol city or the continents and oceans, or repeat the preamble to the Constitution or to sign the Pledge of Allegiance! It was truly inspiring! And, they were also just ding-dang cute!!" - Trish

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Student of the Year

Today we had our Student of the Year presentation at the Abbey Inn.
Left to right -
Club President: Tim Floyd
ACE Student of the Year: April Curtis (MHS)
Student of the Year: Megan Nielsen (SCHS)
District Representative: Mark Loosli
Student of the Month Committee Chairman: Neal Smith

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why should I shop at Deseret Industries?

Today's speaker was Randy Patterson. Randy is a five year resident of St.George. He was transferred here from Southern California. (Wasn’t everyone?) With 23 years experience in welfare services for the LDS Church, Randy’s job is to help individuals become economically self reliant thru employment, education, and self employment. Randy holds a MA in Career and Technical Education. He is a Sunshiner with the St George Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Dixie Tub Thumpers (Toastmasters.) Randy’s hobbies are scouting, camp cooking, woodworking, and visiting thrift stores and yard sales.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April Students of the Month and More...

Today's meeting was a remarkable presentation by Neal Smith. He mixed it up this time with his mysterious disappearing man in the closet trick. Way to go Neal! Never a dull moment when he takes over.

Left to right:
Megan Nielson, Snow Canyon High School, daughter of Perry & Michelle Nielson
Dr. Ryan Robinson, immediate Past President of St. George Exchange Club
Tanner Sherman, Millcreek High School, son of Monica Garrick
Jordan Ellsworth, Pine View High School, son of Jeff & Jenny Ellsworth
Jaimee Clark, Dixie High School, daughter of Bruce & Beverly Clark
Chad Call, Desert Hills High School, son of Brooke & Jan Call

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Child Abuse Prevention and the Children's Justice Center

A display representing victims of child abuse in Washington County will be unveiled on Thursday, April 1st at 463 East 500 South. Early that morning, members of the St. George Exchange Club will erect the display and a banner of explanation will be hung by volunteer Al Ayling.

275 silhouettes of children, painted blue and purple, represent the number of children interviewed through the WCCJC in 2009.

These silhouettes will become an annual visual demonstration to the community of the need for child abuse prevention. It is hoped that this display will serve as a reminder that the children of Washington County need the support and protection of all adults.

Following creation by local artist and Friend’s Board member Smilla Miller, the silhouettes were brought to life and edges smoothed by volunteers Doyle Ohlwiler, Doug Shaerrer and Kathy Howard under the direction of volunteer and “master craftsman” Al Ayling. Painting was then completed by Dixie College 1st Stake Service Council members headed up by Benjamin Moss along with Craig Broadhead and Bruce Bailey.

The Washington County Children’s Justice Center was established in 1997 to provide a safe, neutral, child-friendly environment where professionals from law enforcement and child protective services can interview children between the ages of 2 and 18 when allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse or other crimes against children are made. Since opening in February, 1997, over 3,000 children have been interviewed at the Center and their family members and guardians have received services.

To help raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Washington County Children’s Justice Center invites all community members to drive by this powerful new display at 463 East 500 South beginning April 1st and continuing through April 30.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

March Students of the Month

Today's meeting was the March Student of the Month program. We met at the Abbey Inn and had a great turn out.

Left to right -

*Jake Kasner, Millcreek High School, son of Donna & James Kasner
Jake King, Snow Canyon High School, son of Michael King
*Morgan Campbell, Tuacahn High School, daughter of Tami & Jeff Campbell
Caleb Snarr, Tuachan High School, son of Jeff Snarr
Elise Bowen, Dixie High School, daughter of Douglas Bowen
Kyle Boice, Desert Hills High School, son of Chris Boice & Kristina Benson
Micci Hafen, Pine View High School, daughter of Kim & Becky Hafen
Tim Floyd, St. George Exchange Club President

*February Student of the Month

Thursday, March 18, 2010

100 Years of Scouting

Today's presentation was from the Boy Scouts of America, celebrating 100 years. Derrick Larson, District Executive for the BSA presented to us. Derrick gave us an overview of the BSA history and current organization. He educated us on how each troop needs to sponsored by a chartered organization and in Utah most troops are sponsored by an LDS ward. The Exchange Club could be a sponsor of a scout troop and one of the clubs in northern Utah has done this. The upcoming events for the BSA are:

Dixie Scout Expo: April 10, 2010, at the Dixie Center

Largest Eagle Court of Honor: July 3, 2010, at the Stadium of Fire, Lavell Edwards Stadium Provo, UT (go Cougs!)

National Scout Jamboree: July 26 - August 4, 2010, at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia

Found some BSA images I thought some of you might enjoy.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

NJCAA Division I Fast Pitch National Championship

Today's meeting was a presentation from Steve Bingham, Recreation Manager with the City of St George. He presented information about the upcoming NJCAA Division I Fast Pitch National Championship Tournament. It will be held at The Canyons on May 19-22, 2010. The nations 16 best junior college teams will come and compete, bringing over 500 people into the area, spending nearly $500,000 in St. George and Washington County.

Last years winners were Yavapai College. Our very own Club President, Tim Floyd, was their gracious host. Other Hosts included Wayne and Ralph. Hosts are needed again this year and there are other opportunities to help out (ticket sales, parking, etc.). A special ticket price and fund-raising opportunity is available to service clubs. To get involved contact Steve Bingham at 627-4572.

Our Know Your Exchangite today was Matt Staheli, our newest club member. Matt is the owner of
Staheli Enterprises which includes Staheli Laundry and Staheli Distributing and is a graduate of Utah State University.

Next week's meeting is
Derrick Larson and the Boy Scouts of America 100th Anniversary.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

February Students of the Month

Today's meeting was held at the Abbey Inn on south Bluff Street. In order to accommodate our large turn out we needed to have a larger venue. We had 5 of the 6 schools represented and Neal did another great job. The February Students of the Month are (left to right):

Alex Clark, Pine View High School, son of Suzanne & Stephen Clark
Megan Buckway, Desert Hills High School, daughter of Jeff & Tauna Buckway
Reza Omori, Snow Canyon High School, daughter of Akio Omori
Chase Paxman, Dixie High School, son of Chantel Paxman
Tim Floyd, St. George Exchange Club President

Friday, February 19, 2010

St George Exchange Club Freedom Shrines

Burns Arena at Dixie State College
Desert Hills High School
Desert Hills Middle School
Dixie College -Mcdonald Center
Dixie Convention Center
Dixie High?
Dixie Middle School - 5/24/1978
Dixie Regional Medical Center
Fossil Ridge Intermediate
Heritage Elementary School?
Millcreek High School - 2002
New Courthouse
Pineview Middle School
Red Cliffs Mall - 8/31/1991
Riverside Elementary?
St. George Airport - 1980
St. George City Office Building - 5/28/1981
Tonaqunit Intermediate?
Washington County School District
Zions Bank?

Freedom Shrine Link

Thursday, February 18, 2010

IHC Foundation and Jubilee of Trees

Today's speaker was Ken Wilson and Kent Ririe from The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center. They shared with us the success of last years Jubilee of Trees in raising the funds to bring the Life Flight to Dixie Regional. Part of their presentation was also about the employee giving program called "Spirit Club". Through this program employees have gifted nearly $1.5 million over the past 10 years, making local projects happen like Life Flight and the Child Development Center at Dixie Regional. This program is available for employees of any business to participate in.

Another way of supporting The Foundation at Dixie Regional is through The Jubilee of Trees which occurs in November. In preparation for the Jubilee of Trees is The Jubilee Cup, the annual golf tournament and dinner. The Jubilee Cup has been renamed to The Rulan D Woodbury Jubilee Classic. This year the dinner will be on May 19th and the golf tournament will be May 20th and 21st.

To contribute to The Foundation or to participate in the golf tournament, visit the websites below.

The Foundation website
The Jubilee Classic Golf Tournament website

Our Know Your Exchangite today was Vasu Mudliar. I found this picture when I googled Vasu Mudliar. Vasu is the President of the Dixie State College Athletic Club and spend all of his free time "playing" at the college. Just ask him about his trip to California...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

March for Dimes, March for Babies

Today's meeting was a presentation from Andrea Brown. Her and her family are a March of Dimes Ambassador Family. They shared their story about their baby girl, Gracie, born at 26 weeks gestation and weighing only 2 pounds. She spent 79 days in the NICU. Their family is the Southern Utah Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes. There is a March for Babies walk on March 27, 2010 at Nissons Park in Washington. Registration starts at 9:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am.

Their is no cost to walk. Family teams can do fund-raising. There are opportunities for sponsorship. The money raised in March for Babies is used to fund important research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives.

For more information about March for Babies visit their website or call 801-746-5540

Today's Know your Exchangite was Kathy Martin. Kathy showed us her newest hobby of Earth stone jewelry. She has found a new love of life in creating her own line of jewelry with these precious stones.