The co-owner of Southern Utah Mortuary in Cedar City decided to throw his hat in the ring to serve as DG because “I find great joy in service and in everyway I want to make a difference in my world.”
Boyer is still trying to wrap his arms around what’s ahead for him as Utah Rotary District Governor, but he is already focusing on two goals: “strengthening youth and young Rotarians and finding more effective ways to make Rotary relevant in my hometown and in our district.”
His first introduction to Rotary was as an elementary school student. “Periodically, I attended with my dad and enjoyed lunch and the fellowship. There in the Sugar Loaf café in downtown Cedar City, I recognized Rotary as a ‘big deal’ even when I was a little guy.”
In his two-plus decades in Rotary, he has formatted and implemented four membership levels for his club; oversaw fundraising to purchase $20,000 worth of tree saplings to help the BLM plant trees to replace those destroyed by wildfire; served on committees organizing the local Rotary golf tournament and the July Jamboree, his club’s annual major fundraiser; and worked to reactivate the Rotaract Club at Southern Utah University. He has also served as club president and as Cedar City Rotary’s Foundation Chair. But it was not until he traveled to Guatemala with members of neighboring St. George Rotary that he fell in love with and caught the full vision of this amazing organization!
Outside of Rotary, the incoming DG served three years as a member of the board of directors of the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, including a year as vice president followed by a year as president. In 2002-03, he served as southern Utah director of the Utah Funeral Directors Association; as UFDA secretary in 2004; vice president in 2004-05 and president of the 300 member organization with more than 100 firms in 2006-07.
Boyer, a scouter at heart, served twice on the Wood Badge staff, which is Boy Scout leadership for adults; twice as assistant scoutmaster for Timberline (BSA leadership for youth); chairman of Regional Scouting Leadership in 2008 and as Scouting Unit Commissioner from 2006-09.
He has also served in various leadership positions in his church, including as bishop.
In the community where he and his wife Jennifer have reared their four children, all now young adults, he has served Cedar City youth by coaching football, wrestling, track, and as baseball coach for his three sons Joshua, Andrew and Jacob and softball coach to his daughter Rebecca.
How will he manage the fulltime job of Utah Rotary District Governor in RY2024-25 in his already busy life? “It’s all about timing. The kids are almost all grown up … scouting is easier now … and I have a very supportive business partner willing to step up when I am away on Rotary business. I look forward to this new challenge, to putting together an amazing team and making many more Rotary friends.”