Table of Contents

Mayor & Council Message

Orem's Fitness Founders

Recreation Center Jobs
Resident Resources

Home Improvement Tips from the Building Safety Division

Fitness Pass Sale

Everyday Strong

Orem Chat

Neighborhood Corner

Orem Business Alliance

Recycle Coach

The City of Orem is Hiring

Mayor's Message
  "A Spoonful (cube) of Sugar will help the Medicine Go Down"

Well that was what I was told when I was a student in school back in the 60s. My teacher wanted to give me a spoonful or rather a square cube of sugar to help me swallow the pink syrup polio vaccine that coated it.  In fact, I had to swallow the sugar cube once each week for three weeks in a row. I thought it was pretty cool actually. I did not really understand what polio was full. But I very much enjoyed the cube
of sugar each week.

Later I learned more about polio and what it could do to you. In fact, a friend of mine in school contracted the disease and lost the use of his legs. I remember pushing him around in a wheelchair for several years as we both attended the same classes in school. Polio was once one of the most feared diseases in the United States. In the early 1950s, before a vaccine had been found, polio caused over 15,000 cases per year of paralysis. Following the introduction of the oral vaccine in 1963 cases fell to less than 100 in the 60s and less than 10 in the 70s.

Due to the vaccine, polio has been eliminated in the US for over 40 years. Since 1979 no cases of polio have originated in the United States. Also because of other vaccines, smallpox, diphtheria, mumps, measles, rubella, and hepatitis have all been eliminated from our society in America today. So why should we get vaccinated against these deadly diseases? First, immunizations can save lives. Second, vaccination is safe and effective. Third, immunizations protect others you care about. Fourth, immunizations can save time and money. And fifth, immunizations protect future generations. I know of multiple friends and friends of friends who have died due to COVID19 to date. One was a father of 56 years of age with multiple children at home. One was a 64-year-old government official. One was a 70-year-old grandfather who was sick for only two weeks prior to dying.

I met with Robert Garff, the owner of the Ken Garff Auto Corporation, 3 months prior to his contracting COVID-19 on a trip to Palm Springs a year ago this month. No one really understood or knew what the disease was at that time. He was in fine health when I visited with him in his office in late 2019. Not long after arriving back to Utah from his trip, he took sick and died shortly thereafter. He has done so much for Utah through charities, he brought the Winter Olympics to Utah in 2002, he served in leadership in the Utah Legislature, and mostly he was a hard-working and giving person who helped so many in our state. I was very sorry to learn of his death from COVID-19.

Vaccination is the means whereby we can eradicate this disease and allow our state's and nation's citizens to get back to normal lives. It is the means that we can save lives. I would ask each person who reads this newsletter to think about all of the many diseases that we have eliminated from our society by past vaccinations. And that we each think about what we can do for our families, friends, and future generations by getting vaccinated against the COVID1-9 disease. So I ask for each of us to get vaccinated now and save a nation.

Mayor Brunst
Message from Councilmember David Spencer
Reflect and Give Thanks
As we all are living through this pandemic and trying to keep our lives somewhat normal, I have reflected back to my past and looked forward to the future.

As I ponder on our freedoms and all those that have given their lives to protect them, let us always remember and give thanks for their sacrifice. As an Orem citizen and elected official, I want to let our first responders know that I support them 100%.
I truly appreciate the Orem Police and Fire Departments for all they do for our city.
Orem is a very safe city, because of their dedication and willingness to put their lives on the line every day. They keep my family and your families safe and protected.

I also appreciate our City employees for the work they do to keep the City running.
We are very blessed to have so many people who are committed to make Orem a great city to live in. During this challenging time, I hope we can all reflect on our past and appreciate the sacrifices that have and are being made for us. Let us all choose to be a little kinder, not be offended so easily, and look for opportunities to serve others around us.

I am proud to be an American and I am grateful for the freedoms we enjoy. May God bless America and our great City of Orem!

David Spencer
Recreation Center Jobs

With opening day just a little over a month away, we're looking for the people that will breathe life into our beautiful new Fitness Center.
We've got a bunch of job openings including:
• Child Care Attendant
• Custodian
• Lifeguard / Swim Instructor
• Personal Trainer

• Recreational Instructors: Barre, Boot Camp, Dance, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Floorball, Karate/Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Pickleball, Pilates, Silver Sneakers, Spinning, Sports Camp, Strength Conditioning, TRX, Water Aerobics, and Zumba.

click on the icon below to learn all about classes, programs, and events happening at the Rec Center!
Resident Resources
The City of Orem understands many area residents are struggling to meet basic needs due to job loss and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our webpage includes resource flyers in English and Spanish, as well as information on rental and utility assistance, food assistance, employment, mental health, and more.
Resident Resources Highlight:
The Utah Strong Recovery Project helps with those experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. Click here for more info!
Home Improvement Help from the Building Safety Division
Questions about permits as related to home repairs, such as water heater installation, air conditional replacement, electrical or plumbing changes? We've got the answers!
We're just a few months away from the opening of the new Orem Family Fitness Center and to celebrate we're offering 20% off on all annual passes until the grand opening. Be sure to get your pass now to lock in the best possible prices for this amazing facility.
Everyday Strong Tip
Are you ever hurt by your child’s behavior? When we have the mindset that a child is behaving a certain way because “I’m not a good parent” or “She just wants to rebel against me” we make their behavior about us. As we shift our mindset, listen, and let our children feel safe to share their feelings, we will be closer to helping our children feel safe, connected, and confident.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Click the link below to register for Everyday Strong Webinars, read interviews, download the Resilience Handbook and more!
Have an Issue? We'd love to chat!
As part of our effort to provide ever-improving service to our residents, we want to make sure you know that you can chat with a real-life city employee through

Instead of calling or coming into city offices, chat offers a quick and simple way to get questions answered, report problems, or let us know what is on your mind.

To access the chat window, just visit and look for the blue box in the bottom corner that says "👋 Chat with Us!" and follow the prompts from there.

We look forward to chatting with you!
Neighborhood Corner
Got Spiders Coming in to your Home from the Cold:Click here!
The Orem Neighborhood Commission has been created with one Commission member representing each of Orem's nine neighborhood districts. Learn more here.
Orem Business Alliance
Do you run a business in Orem? Are you tuned in to what's happening with the Orem Business Alliance? The OBA currently holds webinars and regularly sends out informative emails about funding sources, trainings, and other important information to help Orem Businesses. Check out last month's webinar titled "Networking Amid the Pandemic." Also, sign up here to receive emails and get the inside scoop!

Recycle Coach
Sometimes all we need to do the right thing is a simple nudge. When it comes to being a good recycler, we've got a FREE app that will provide all the nudges you need.

Recycle Coach is Orem's free app for both iPhone and Android that provides simple reminders for your trash pick-up day, how to recycle pretty much anything, and monthly tips on how to be a recycling all-star.

Just search for "Recycle Coach" in your app store.
The City of Orem is Hiring
We are hiring for multiple full-time and part-time positions. To view a list of available job openings and to submit an application, follow the link below.
Know somebody with a great yard? Nominate them for one of our beautification awards. Just click here.