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When you live, work and play in a city, it’s inevitable that you’ll fall in love with it. Just ask Doyle Smith. Not only has Smith lived in Sandy for two decades, he has been involved in the community for just as long.
One of Smith’s favorite things about Sandy is “it’s just a great city for service.” He enjoys that residents are willing to pitch in and help each other out. And as much as he sings the praises of neighbors and other service-minded people in Sandy, Smith doesn’t brag about the reason he knows everyone at a service project—he’s one of city’s most dedicated volunteers.
Smith was the 2009 president of the Rotary Club of Sandy, a service-based organization. During that year, the Rotary Club won the city’s appreciation award for Outstanding Organization of the Year.
Under his leadership, the club delivered dictionaries to third graders throughout the city; hosted a soccer festival for Sandy residents; hosted a soccer clinic for the kids at The Sandy Club: A Safe Place for Boys & Girls; sponsored three students in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program; and delivered medical equipment and supplies to Sandy’s sister city of Piedras Negras, Mexico.
“Between the Rotary Club and the Exchange Club, we work quite well with the city. They have a lot of projects and events,” he says, noting that he enjoys helping the city with park cleanups and working with the Boys and Girls Club.
In addition to his many hours of service in the city, Smith is also involved in the business community, both working in Sandy and as the Chair Elect for 2013 of the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.
As vice president and branch manager of Zions Bank, Smith is well acquainted with the business-friendly environment the city fosters. “They really do what’s needed to attract businesses to the city,” Smith says, when talking about Sandy officials.
By keeping taxes low, he says Sandy has become a city of growth, particularly under Mayor Tom Dolan’s vision for a business-friendly community. Dolan’s guidance has been the driving force, but he wouldn’t have gotten as much done without the support of the city council and other Sandy officials.
“I’m really impressed with the unity with which the council works with the mayor and the city administration,” Smith says. The council members “have a broad perspective, but when they come to decisions they stand in unity." He says the more he sees what goes on in other cities, he is glad the council members can disagree but still get along.
And as a resident, he says Sandy officials have done a good job of planning the city, mixing business and residential without either encroaching on the other. Sandy offers many services and is a great place to live, Smith says.
Whether it’s for business, family or community, Smith says there are few places as nice as Sandy. His many years of involvement in the city and service for others just show how much Smith wants to give back to the city he loves.