Salt Lake Rotarians Judy Fang, Amelia Larsen,  Karmeen Kulkarni, Kyle Muir, Linda Kruse, Brian Berkelbach, Mark McCashland, and Teri Jensen had a great time serving dinner for the Lied Boys and Girls Club Holiday dinner.  This is our 4th year serving the holiday meal.  Teri's friends Corrine and Tony joined the group.  Mark's wife Trudy came too.  Thanks to Trudy's  culinary skills, we served a fabulous gravy with turkey and mashed potatoes.  Amelia also brought her friend Brandon Mendoza.  When you volunteer for Rotary service projects it is nice to include friends. It gives others the opportunity to serve, and it helps spread the word about the work our club does.
This dinner is always chaotic, and it is always fun.  A few of us joined in with the dancing game.  You might know it, when the music stops, FREEZE.  Check out Kyle's dance moves.  He was the last Rotarian standing. The Boys and Girls Club presented a brand new pair of shoes to all of the children.  It was fun to watch the kids receive this special holiday gift.

Amelia, Karmeen, and Kyle presented a check to SL Boys and Girls Club for $1000 on behalf of SL Rotary.   Amelia took a few minutes to tell the Rotary story. The kids know this money goes directly back into their club and they responded with enthusiastic applause.

Remember, SL Rotarians staff the Kids' CafĂ© on the third Wednesday of every month.  We like to have three or four volunteers attend each dinner service.  We have open slots for February and March.  Please contact Teri Jensen at  if you'd like to sign up.  A few Rotarians have asked about bringing kids to the volunteer events.  This monthly dinner service is kid friendly.
Energetic Rotarians Judy Fang, John Eberhardt, Duane Hill, Bry Davis, Amelia Larsen, Jan Stucki, Bob Huefner, and Teri Jensen had a great time with the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter preschool play group.  This was our first time in the gym - it was definitely a work out.    We wish we could show you pictures of these precious children.  Their hugs and smiles are worth so much.  Keep in mind these children are in the shelter with mothers who have run for their lives to escape domestic violence.    One of our newest Rotarians, Amelia Larson, presented a check for $1000 to the shelter on behalf of Club #24.

Salt Lake Rotary was inspired by the words of Bishop Oscar A. Solis, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake, who presented the Thanksgiving message to the Club.  

On November 11th, Rotarians served turkey, potatoes, green beans, pieand ice cream to the VOA youth. Rotarians estimated there were 50 meals
served. Large portions were provided to all participants as they went through the line. One recipient said, "This is the best gravy I've had in ten years, but don't tell my mom." Rotarians who participated where Mark McCashland, John Ashby, Ross Youngberg who were also supported by their wives. Others Rotarians who participated were Joshua Creer, Mike Gregory and two colleagues of Mark's - Lynn Erekson and Richard Hair who helped peel potatoes before they had to leave.

Mark also presented a check for $1,000 to Cathleen Sparrow, Chief Development Officer for VOA. She was appreciative and said these funds would be used to help keep the lights on and pay for the heat. Alexis Brown Brotherton also joined Cathleen during the check presentation.

Thanks for all those who planned and participated in this event. If you haven't participated in this activity yet, talk with Terri Jensen and find out when you can join other Rotarians in this fun event.

Submitted by Mark McCashland
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