ST. GEORGE — If you who missed last weeks St. George Exchange Club breakfast meeting you missed out big time. Justin Osmond, Merrill Osmond’s son, was the guest speaker. He told some little known stories about being bullied as a kid for being deaf and how out of place he felt in a famous, marvelously talented musical family not being able to sing or play – or speak without a “deaf-accent,” as he called it.
He shared some personal stories and experiences he has had over the years with some of his mentors and the valuable advice they’ve passed on to him. They included Buzz Aldrin, the first man on the moon who taught him to get out of his comfort zone to experience the magic. And he learned from Lou Ferrigno, who played the Incredible Hulk on TV, that you have to have physical and mental toughness. The advice he got from the world’s richest man, Warren Buffet, is that we need to take risks.
His greatest example, his Grandpa Osmond, taught him to never give up. He learned from his mother that he can do hard things, and from his wife, Kristi, that we need to live life to its fullest.
Finally, he discussed his charity work and the impact he is making on people around the world, helping them hear again, or better, or for the first time ever — including a 250 mile run to help 25 Washington County kids.
About the St. George Exchange Club
The St. George Exchange Club has actively served Southern Utah for over 40 years with members who are local business owners, community leaders and volunteer citizens. Complementing the club is the St. George Exchange Club Foundation. Each year, club members are elected to preside over the Foundation Board, which is currently led by Mark Loosli.
The St. George Exchange Club Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 and manages all funds donated or raised by the club. Funds raised are returned to the community through various programs the St. George Exchange Club sponsors. In addition to the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival (SUPAF), the St. George Exchange Club also sponsors and hosts the St. George Mayor’s Walk, Iron Kids Fun Run, Student of the Month Recognition, Freedom Shrine installations and dedications, the Give Me Liberty program which serves area 5th graders, and Give a Kid a Flag to Wave at the annual Veterans Day Parade in Washington City.
The St. George Exchange Club, in cooperation with Dixie State University, also awards each area high school’s top graduating senior with First Year Tuition Grants. In 2015 the club contributed over $100,000 to help the City of St. George build the All Abilities Park, which was dedicated in the Fall of 2016.
The St. George Exchange Club is a local branch of America’s oldest service club, dedicated to promoting Americanism, Youth Programs, Community Service, and Child Abuse Prevention. Exchange-ites welcome men and women in the area who want to get involved to join them Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at George’s in Ancestor Square.