Evening of Opportunity online gala June 26 to welcome Linda Sappington

Utah Rotary members from across the state are invited to join together online on Friday evening, June 26 for an Evening of Opportunity, featuring an entertaining program and the passing of the gavel to  new District Governor Linda Sappington. It will be an enjoyable and impactful 90 minutes hosted by legendary Rotarian Devin Thorpe, who will mix it up with some laughs and surprises to keep the evening lively. The program will run from 7:00-8:30 p.m. MDT.

The new district governor is a leading proponent of the fifth line of Rotary’s Four Way Test: Is it Fun?  Her official installation will capture the hallmark of being a Rotarian: the ability to see the lighter side of life even in the most challenging of times. Sappington is a longtime Rotary leader from the St. George Rotary Club. She will serve the district under the banner of Rotary International’s new theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities.  

The program will also feature outgoing District Governor John Hanrahan of the Park City Rotary Club. He will present the Rotary Club of the Year award and, with Martha Velasco’s leadership, the Rotaract Club of the Year. Hanrahan will also reflect a bit on his most enjoyable time as district governor. Watch for the program participants to do something out of the ordinaryWho knows what they might come up with?  

Utah Rotary will also welcome an important voice from the Rotary International board, Johrita Solari from the Rotary Club of Anaheim. A longtime leader at the local, district and zone level, Johrita began serving on the Rotary International Board in 2019 as one of 17 global zone leaders.  We have asked her to talk about what she enjoys the most about service above self at the lofty heights of Rotary International.  

And don’t be surprised if there are a few special guests who show up throughout the evening.

It will be an evening of fun and a reminder of the true spirit of Rotary, with Rotary friends from across our great state. Registration is free for the evening. Simply click on the registration link – you will then receive a confirmation email with the Zoom program link for the evening. 


Evening of Opportunity

Online Installation of Utah Rotary District Governor Linda Sappington

Friday, June 26 • 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Online Registration



Welcome – Past District Governor Bev Christie

Host – Devin Thorpe

Invocation – Past District Governor Penny Atkinson

John Hanrahan Introduction – Judy Zone

Year in Review – District Governor John Hanrahan

Rotary Club of Year Presentation – John Hanrahan

Rotaract Club of Year Presentation – Martha Velasco

District Governor Installation – District Governor Linda Sappington

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