On Dec. 16 the Sons of the Utah Pioneers held its monthly meeting to honor a modern pioneer, who is still living, and to install new officers for 2014. The new president will be Paul Dickson, with Ronald Ray as president elect. Other officers include Steven Dickson, treasurer; Calvin Stephens, program director; Robert Poll, membership chair; Larry Newton, directory; Alan Madaris, historian; Alan Turner, executive secretary; David Corpany, scholarship chair; Gerald Betournay, trek coordinator; Roger Petersen, publicity chair; Francis Tilby, recognition chair; Dean Pace, monuments chair; Jay Jeffery, pioneer of the month chair; and Jim Hurst, past president. Keith R. Little was honored as modern pioneer of the year. President Little has had an extraordinary history among leaders within the Morgan Valley. He was president of the Morgan Stake of the LDS Church prior to the division in 1981. He and his associates are largely responsible for the beautiful chapels we now enjoy in the two stakes. Their actions set in motion this building program. Others have followed, but it was President Little’s vision which began this effort. He is also a temple sealer and stake patriarch. The afternoon was topped off with a lovely dinner and a Christmas program headed up by Janette Bischoff. She and her family have sung together throughout the United States and Europe. She is a Morgan native, with a deep love for the valley and all her past teachers. Their songs included traditional carols such as Still, Still, Still, Star Bright, and Silent Night. These carols, when sung in the beautiful chapel of the Old Rock Church, brought great Christmas joy to the congregation. The Sons of the Utah Pioneers is an organization dedicated to remembering our heritage. The bold men and women who first settled this valley are the reason we have the pleasant conditions we today enjoy. They harnessed the Weber River and local streams. They built brick kilns and bridges; established our local laws; and, kept our faith bright. We owe them our love and remembrance. Anyone wishing to join this organization should contact Robert Poll (876 3402). We especially invite younger members of the valley to join. The membership dues for a short time are being offered for $25. They make great Christmas gifts.
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