Kurt Johnson named St. George Rotary’s new president

ST. GEORGE – Kurt Johnson, a practicing attorney and certified public accountant with the law offices of Kurt A. Johnson, Esq. emphasizing estate planning, probate, asset protection, business and tax planning, has recently been inducted as the 90th president of the Rotary Club of St. George.

Johnson assumes duties and responsibilities for the 72-member service club from immediate past President Dale Desmond, Business Development Manager at Red Rock Vacation Properties in St. George.

Johnson’s goals for his year in the club’s top spot are not unlike his professional goals. With the help of his club’s outstanding board members, he is focusing his efforts on growing and further developing the organization he leads with this year’s international theme of “Serve to Change Lives.”

During his year as president, St. George Rotary Club hopes to increase new and retain current membership, especially by recruiting more women and young business leaders; increasing humanitarian service in the community and the world and member giving to the Rotary Foundation; enhancing Rotary’s public image and awareness of the good work done by Rotarians in 220 countries, including the final eradication of polio from the Earth; and developing young leaders through Rotary youth programs.

A huge passion for this Idaho native – other than his family, golf and BYU sports – is his club’s 16-year-old Guatemala stove project, where members and friends of St. George Rotary Club will once again travel to this Central American country once the threat of COVID is passed to participate in their important annual service project, which, to date, has funded and/or built more than 3300 vented, cinder block stoves in numerous Mayan villages.

Locally, this now 90-year-old service club has a long history of “service above self” in the St. George community, including but not limited to honoring veterans on Memorial and Veterans Day with flags at local cemeteries, distributing dictionaries to 3rd graders in 18 Washington County elementary schools, raising funds to provide Christmas for several struggling families within our community, and participating in numerous other activities in and around St. George.

This father of five, grandfather of eight who served locally as a foundation trustee for Intermountain Healthcare for more than 20 years, Johnson will be supported in his Rotary responsibilities by board members Dale Desmond as Foundation Chair; Collin Davis, CPA as treasurer; Allison McArthur as secretary; Tom McArthur as Membership chair; Dave Prisbrey as Club Administration chair; Joann Coleman as Youth chair; and Reed Noble as Service chair.

St. George Rotary Club is the oldest service organization in Washington County comprised of community and business leaders who engage in activities to give back to the greater St. George area and the global community. Founded in 1931, the club is one of nearly 35,000 such clubs in 220 countries in the worldwide Rotary International, including six Rotary clubs in Washington County.

Interested men or women of any age are invited to join members of SGR on any Monday at noon at the Best Western Abbey Inn or call 435-414-8356 for more information.

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