Driven by her desire to serve, as a young mother Neka Roundy became an active volunteer in her community. A role in the PTA led to a City Council position and now Roundy is the Mayor of her town.
Neka F. Roundy
City / State
What was your big dream?
My big dream throughout my life was to learn and magnify the value of service…
My parents always taught me about service and applying it to my community. I have tried to live these values. As a young mother in a new community, I didn’t have monetary resources but I knew I could give my time. I volunteered for the city recreation department and ran several youth programs. I also volunteered on the city planning commission.
How did you accomplish it?
As my children entered the school system, I volunteered in their classrooms and in each school’s PTA. I even held several offices in our local PTA organizations. I have tried to support my children in all of their activities and keep my own interests current. One time our mail carrier made the comment, “There are only two people on my route that take the Wall Street Journal, and you are one of them”.
Where did you find inspiration to get started?
I really enjoy our city park system. There is one park in particular, a wilderness park on the mountainside, that I really appreciate. When I heard that the mayor and some city council members were looking at selling this park property, I became very concerned. My passion for our city park system drove me to run for a spot on the city council. I wanted to have a stronger vote on issues such as these. Fortunately, the years I had spent volunteering in the community and on the planning commission gave me a balanced and qualified background to be a good candidate and a good choice for office.
What motivated you to keep going?
Three weeks after I took my oath of office, I missed a city council meeting. Our family had two children serving missions for our church. Our missionary daughter was scheduled to return home on February 1st, 2000. On January 28, 2000, our missionary son and three companions were killed in an automobile accident. Our family has had, and continues to receive, a lot of support from others. This experience has provided some challenges and some great opportunities. Our family is stronger from having experienced this and hopefully more understanding of others.
When the opportunity came to run for city mayor, I entered the race… and won! I have made efforts to improve communication between the city and residents. As a council, we have added more park amenities to our citizens’ quality of life. We have one of the lowest tax rates in our county. I have been involved with our local businesses to improve communication with them also. I make the youth a priority in my service. Each month I host ‘Lunch with the Mayor’ for selected students from all of our elementary schools.
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Several times during the summer I like to spotlight one of our city parks or trails on a “Walk with the Mayor”.
As Mayor, I meet with city departments, citizens, and go to many meetings. It is a pleasure to represent the citizens of Kaysville. Our citizens make our community strong with their actions, volunteering, and caring for each other and neighborhoods.
What's your next Big Dream?
I would like to continue serving the citizens of my community. I also have some cute grandchildren that I hope to spend time with.
When you were 5 what did you want to be when you grew up?
At a recent ‘Lunch with the Mayor’, a student asked me if I had always wanted to grow up and be mayor. I answered, “No.” But, like I stated before, I was taught to serve others and being mayor is certainly an extension of service. There are many times when I can literally help a citizen in need. Another part of service is honesty, integrity, fairness, and open information on agenda items. This is service I give to our community.
What about when you were 15?
When I was 15 years old I wanted to be a veterinarian. I applied to only two colleges and was accepted to both. The veterinarian school was on a campus that was heavily involved with Vietnam War demonstrations and flag burning. I chose to attend the other school with the thought of transferring in two years after I took my generals. That never happened. I stayed in Utah and have never regretted it.
Now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Now that I have more experiences and wisdom, I still want to be a good parent and grandparent. I still intend to exemplify the values I have. Working with people will always be a priority for me.
What book is on your night stand?
“It’s All Good” by Jill Stevens, 2007 Miss Utah and Kaysville resident. She is quite the role model for young women.
What's your Guilty Pleasure? (Grey's Anatomy, Peppermint Mocha Lattes)
Reading. I would say eating chocolates, but everyone knows I love chocolate.
What song moves you?
The Christmas song, ‘Mary’s Lullaby’. I like the verse where Mary holds her son and knowing what his future is, says ‘Lord, not for him’. Sometimes I feel this song has some personal application for me.