The Sons of Utah Pioneers marks its 109th birthday in July 2016. Area Director Paul Bambrough reminded members of the Tooele Settlement Canyon Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers that this particular service organization was started in 1907 for the purpose of knowing, honoring and preserving the memory and heritage of the early pioneers of the Utah Territory and the Western United States.
Additionally, we are to encourage today’s youth who will be tomorrow’s pioneers to develop the characteristics of faith, devotion, loyalty, hard work, personal integrity and unyielding determination.
The National Chapter of Sons of Utah Pioneers is responsible for erecting and maintaining monuments of this mission from “This is the Place Monument” in Emigration Canyon to additional monuments in Nebraska, Illinois and San Diego. These monuments, as well as a “Pioneer Magazine” and a new Boy Scouts of America patch are coordinated out of the national headquarters in Salt Lake City. Of local interest are the 24 monuments erected and maintained by our local Sons of Utah Pioneers chapter and others from Lake Point, Utah in the east to Ibapah in the west.
In his remarks, Bambrough included a list of 2016 SUP activities for all chapters, culminating in the national three-day conference, this year hosted in Hurricane, Utah. Tooele’s local Settlement Canyon Chapter hosts a monthly potluck dinner the first Thursday of each month in the TATC building in Tooele’s Education Corridor.
Our next such activity will be on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. The keynote educator, following dinner, will be Jaromy Jessop, guest columnist for “Outdoor Adventure” printed continually in the Tooele Transcript Bulletin newspaper. Jessop will teach the history and wonder of the Stansbury Mountain Range through slides and experience. This is one you won’t want to miss.