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The first local chapter of the National Committee on Planned Giving has been formed. Utah Planned Giving Round Table has been organized to promote professionalism, communication and cooperation among planned-giving professionals and will include legal, development, financial, fund-raising and tax professionals.

Volunteer president is Edward F. John, who is the vice president of resource utilization endowments for the Salt Lake United Way. John has more than 14 years' experience in nonprofit administration, volunteer management, community development, fund raising and planned giving.He is a board member of the Utah Society of Fund Raisers, a 1989 Junior League Advisory Board member and a 1988 member of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce President's Club. He was the development director for the Utah Symphony.

President-elect Edward Scott Sweeney is the vice president for institutional advancement and general counsel at Westminster College, where he is on the faculty. He is responsible to the president for annual giving, deferred giving, alumni affairs and public relations. Sweeney is also president of the Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Utah, a volunteer consultant on the planning staff for the Cathedral of the Madeleine Restoration capital campaign, board member of Catholic Community Services and Utah Issues and past president of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel of America.

W. John Lamborn, a member of the Utah Bankers Association, presently serves on the board of Dee Foundations; the Utah Chapter for the Prevention of Child Abuse and is director of the Exchange Club Foundation. Former affiliations include the American Cancer Society and the Cooperative Education Program, Utah Technical College.

Besides establishing and administering information-sharing systems about planned giving, the Utah Round Table will provide training for its members and monitor planned giving regulations and issues.

For more information, call Edward John at 328-0211.