Our June meeting was our annual election luncheon held at the Brick Oven restaurant in South Jordan. We had some great pizza and a great time catching up with our friends in the IBM i world. The election results were as follows:
President – Gary Larson Vice President – Matt Kingdon Secretary – Joe Wood Treasurer– Mike Meservy
Our guest speaker was Tony Latimer, Horticulture Specialist at Thanksgiving Point. Tony shared with us his knowledge and gardening wisdom, including what it’s like to be in charge of planting over 250,000 tulip bulbs for the famous Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival.
Come join us at our annual Christmas Luncheon to be held December 11, 2013 at the Golden Corall in West Valley City located at 3399 West, 3500 South at 11:30 a.m.
This month’s luncheon will feature two special speakers.
Fredrick Ntabwoba and his wife, Experance Rugomwa, lived through the challenging 1990s racial upheavals in their homeland, Rwanda. With their three children, they escaped to a refugee camp in Zambia, where Fredrick was able to teach English and French at the local convent school. After four years in the camp and the tragic loss of their son, the couple and their two daughters were assigned to Salt Lake City, Utah, as refugees.
“I went to the British Library to find out about Utah,” Ntabwoba said. “I had never heard of it before, but it felt like the right place for us.”
A prayerful person by nature, Fredrick knew his family was watched over, especially after they arrived in Salt Lake City and a thoughtful volunteer service missionary couple stopped by their new apartment. The missionaries and the resettlement agency helped them find furnishings, food, household goods and their way around and through the services provided them in their new community.
“Since I was young,” Fredrick explained, “everywhere I’ve gone the way has been prepared for me. There were always people willing to help me.”
Now, after 13 years in Utah, Fredrick works at the Utah Department of Workforce Services to help other refugees navigate their resettlement. Esperance works as a case manager for one of the refugee resettlement offices in Salt Lake City.
We look forward to hearing from Fredrick and Esperance on December 11th.