CEDAR CITY—A $20,000 donation from State Farm Insurance and local State Farm agents was given to the Cedar City Rotary Club. The money is to help with restoration of lands damaged by last summer’s Brian Head fire, primarily to plant trees at Yankee Meadows on Cedar Mountain, a popular fishing and camping area that was heavily damaged in the fire.
“We want to keep our communities safe and educated so people are prepared to prevent and survive wildfires,” said Kenneth Whitehair, State Farm Vice President-Agency/Sales, in a release. “Working closely with the Forest Service and the Cedar Rotary Club on the restoration of Yankee Meadows Campground is what being a good neighbor is all about.”
This is not the only donation the Rotary Foundation has received in the last couple years. In the fall of 2016, Kenneth Englehart, community and Rotary Club member, and his wife Helen, also felt the need to help press the Rotary Foundation’s world wide efforts along with a $1,000,000 donation.
Kenneth has been a Rotary club member for 37 years. Through smart investments, hard work, sound decisions, and some sacrifices, the Englehart’s were able to pool together the money and make the large donation to the International Rotary Foundation. Through coordination with Rotary International, the Englehart’s were able to decide the best way to utilize the money. It was decided the money would be optimized through humanitarian work throughout the world.
“He’s got a big heart,” said good friend and former District Governor Glade Hamilton. “A lot of people would not do what he has done, and he’s always thinking about what he can do to help other people.”
The Rotary Foundation is a global network of 1.2 million people who have joined together with the vision of taking action to create change across the globe. The foundation has over 35,000 clubs who work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene. They also work to support education and grow local economies. For more information on becoming a member of the Cedar City Rotarians, email Sue Longson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo courtesy of Cedar City Rotary
Caption: State Farm agents present $20,000 check to the Rotary Club for restoration efforts from the Brian Head fire in 2017.