February 2013

Dear Daughters,

Happy New Year!  I hope you are having success as we work together to further the DAR work in Utah.  Thank you to our Chapter Regents for getting their reports in by end of January. I appreciate all that you do for your chapters. And, a special thank you to Debbie Hoyt for her help with the reports.

Dec. 19, 2012, I spoke at a Naturalization Court held in the Rose Wagner Theatre. It is always an inspiration to attend and to be part of the festivities in welcoming new citizens.  Carol Howard, State Chairman, Americanism, has been in charge of the DAR’s involvement with Naturalization for over 10 years.  She is indispensible to the Federal Court. Her many years of service have put DAR in the spotlight when it comes to welcoming new citizens.  Thank you, Carol.

The month of January found me involved with our Utah State Board of Management and the National Board of Management.  As you are aware, Cindy Toone is a Vice President General and serves on the NBM with me.  As we attend the meetings in Washington D.C., we associate with great women from all over the country. We try to be good ambassadors for Utah.
Shirley Nelson and Cindy Toone at National Board of Management

The Library ceiling without the lay lights and the Utah State Flag

 Belinda Barking and Judy Barking auditing USSDAR books

While in Washington D.C., I spent some time at the Children of the American Revolution headquarters. The staff and I discussed how we could promote C.A.R. in Utah. You will hearing more from our Senior State President, Melissa Moon. Plans are to build another chapter in St. George with Organizing Senior President, KariAnn Christiansen, and to be recognized as a state society with two chapters in Utah.

Dominguez y Escalante Society met February 2, 2013. Lisa Hoyt and Meredith Frey gave a presentation on the Declaration of Independence. The children colored pictures of the five authors and learned a little about each one.

Sophie reciting the C.A.R. Creed
Tommy signing the C.A.R. Creed

Jonah signing the C.A.R. Creed

Presentation on the Declaration of Independence

Marching to the C.A.R. Creed song

Plans are under way for our Spring Conference, April 25-27, 2013. You will be receiving our Newsletter in early March with a Call to Conference and all of the details. As you know, we will be entertaining our President General, Mrs. Merry Ann Wright. Come join the fun and excitement as we celebrate our 116th Utah State Conference. If you haven’t made reservations at the Radisson Hotel, please do so today. Questions?  Contact Brenda Reeder, Conference Chair kyseeker@comcast.net

I am really excited to announce that we are going to present our gift of a new piano for the Fisher House at conference. The piano will be on display and play for us during our meals. This is a result of your generous donations and response to the State Regent’s Project. Please accept my thank you for your support. We are over half way there, and plan to raise the final amount with our Silent Auction and Chapter gift baskets. If you want to be included in the drawing for Helen Clayton’s patriotic quilt, be sure to send your $10.00 key donation to Debbie Hoyt. Helen has donated her time and efforts with a beautiful quilt. Thank you, Helen.

In DAR friendship,  
Shirley Nelson, State Regent