ST. GEORGE — Durant McArthur of St. George was installed as 2013-14 president of the 60-member Rotary Club of St. George, assuming duties and responsibilities from outgoing President Phillip Hall. Prior to passing the gavel, Hall noted how the informal leadership style of his board had resulted in several positive changes to the club’s structure and programming, including reorganization of board assignments, review and update of club bylaws, successful grant writing, stronger youth programs and additional boots on the ground for the Guatemala stove project and other service in that country. McArthur, who reminded club members he is “a better writer than I am a speaker,” is an emeritus natural resource scientist who returned to his hometown in 2008 after a successful career with the research branch of the U.S. Forest Service, mostly at the Shrub Sciences Laboratory on the campus of Brigham Young University. A past member of four Rotary clubs from a dedicated Rotary family, the new St. George president considered himself a “back bencher” in some of his previous service but promised to step up.
McArthur pledged to follow in the distinguished footsteps of his father and two of his three brothers, all who previously served in the club’s top spot and other outstanding club presidents. His late father, Eldon, also served as Utah Rotary District Governor in 1986-87.
The new president will be assisted in his duties by board members: Secretary/Treasurer Richard Isom; President-Elect Bette Arial, who will manage youth activities and functions; Linda Sappington, who will be responsible for public relations; Janet O’Riley, who will manage club administration; Collin Davis, who oversees fundraising; and Sheldon Banks, who will oversee service activities.
Phil Hall will continue in a leadership role as chairman of the club’s foundation and immediate past president, and Nick Lang will be responsible for membership activities.
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