Provo Rotary Club turns 100 & elects first woman president

Provo Rotary Club will celebrate two milestones this coming year. First, it will mark 100 years since the club was organized in August, 1919, with W.F. Bulkley, an Episcopal archdeacon, as president.

The second milestone is its first woman president, Ruth Riley. She lives in Spanish Fork but works as vice-president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Provo. She and fellow Provo Rotarian Steve Tolley are planning events to celebrate the Provo club’s centennial.

Riley has actively promoted service in the Provo Rotary Club. She and fellow Rotarian Linda Pemberton have for the past three years organized a popular project involving many local Rotarians and their families, United Way officials, and local residents in planting raised-bed gardens and repairing storage units at Franklin Community Center. Canteen Committee Chair Vaughan Park brings the club’s rolling kitchen and serves hotdogs, chips, and drinks to all participants.

Provo Foundation Chair Tom Powell each year secures a district grant to help with the Provo club’s annual dictionary project. They apply Rotary stickers to the dictionaries and deliver them to every fourth-grader in Provo School District.

Riley says that “Service is what Rotary is all about.”

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