DAR Distinguished Citizen Ceremony

Hello Friends,
As the Utah State Regent, I was  joined by the Wasatch Range Chapter Regent Kelly Bullock and the DAR National Defense Committee State Chair Debbie Hoyt  to present the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal to Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and its symbolic color is purple. Utah Daughters, joined by members of  Children of the American Revolution, gathered to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims.  Attorney General Reyes has been one of those voices for victims with his years of courageous and honorable service in protecting and rescuing hundreds of women and children from human trafficking  both in Utah and worldwide.  The ceremony was held in the Utah State Capitol’s Gold Room.
Attorney General Reyes graciously accepted this recognition and shared about his own experiences with his “Legacy of Love.”
Sharing “Our Legacy of Love” through service and friendship,
Kathryn Asay
Utah State Regent

Celebrating a Century with the Berlin Candy Bomber

Hello Friends,

I’m so pleased to share that our State Society and the Wasatch Range Chapter hosted a fantastic 100th Birthday Party for Colonel Gail Halvorsen, the WWII Berlin Candy Bomber, on Saturday, October 10th, 2020.

A drive-by parade was held complete with decorated classic cars and a police escort. Bagpipers, military personnel, DAR members, CAR members, his family, and the community honored and celebrated this great man.

Colonel Halvorsen was presented Quilt of Valor by Wasatch Range Chapter Regent Kelly Schaeffer-Bullock. The quilt is a “tangible reminder that there are hundreds of millions of women and men throughout this land and throughout the world, who are forever in your debt,” Mrs. Schaeffer-Bullock said.

We are so honored to have been able to celebrate one of Utah’s very own heroes!

In DAR service and friendship,

Kathryn Asay

Constitution Week with the Governor

Hello Friends,

Several USSDAR Executive Board Members, Constitution Week Committee State Co-Chairs and Honorary State Regents were honored to ring the joyous “Constitution Bells” with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert at the Utah State Capitol.

In DAR Service and Friendship,

Kathryn  Asay,

Utah State Regent, 2020-2022

Our Legacy of Love

Dear Friends,

Our ancestors shared their “Legacy of Love” so we could live in this great country.  We share “Our Legacy of Love” in our actions when we show kindness and understanding to others. Let us find joy in each other’s dedicated DAR service; and in always sharing our legacy of love in our thoughts, words, and deeds.

The symbol of this Regent’s motto is a beautiful rhinestone pin with seven hearts. The center circular stone represents each of us individually. The seven hearts surrounding the center represent: the love for our Ancestors; our Families; our Friends and Communities; our God; our love of Historic Preservation; Education; and Patriotism.

I hope you all embrace “Our Legacy of Love” during this regent’s administration.

In DAR service and friendship,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent, 2020-2022

Honoring the Members of the Utah State Society

As 2018 draws to a close, Annalise and I would like to highlight the wonderful chapters and members of the Utah State Society. Our nine chapters have embraced our organization’s three-fold mission – Historical Preservation, Education and Patriotism by supporting multiple activities and events in their local communities.

For Constitution Week, our chapters collectively obtained over 20 Proclamations from local city councils as well as from Governor Herbert.  In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of WWI, the Golden Spike Chapter assisted the Weber County Heritage Foundation in securing a DAR Special Projects Grant for the refurbishing of the WWI Doughboy Monument located in the Ogden Cemetery. The re-dedication ceremony took place on a blustery November 10th. The State Society was also represented at the closing ceremony of the WWI Utah Commission at the Utah Capitol on November 8th.

Our members have donated hundreds of items for the Utah active military Christmas stockings which is sponsored each year by Operation Give.  Utah State  Vice Regent and Project Patriot State Chairman Kathryn Jenson collected carload after carload of boxes containing toiletries, granola bars, games and Christmas cards.

Color Country Chapter had Scarecrow George greeting people in St George as they brought donations not only for the Christmas stockings but also to raise awareness for the upcoming Wreaths Across America event.

Wasatch Range Chapter Regent Diana Nielson and Kathryn attended the send off party for the military Christmas stockings.


In addition, representation at several Yellow Ribbon Ceremonies took place at Camp Williams during October and November.    It is always an honor to speak to our service men and women.

Chapters continue to work with local schools via the Community Classroom Committee to provide school supplies for both teachers and students.  Golden Spike Chapter has assisted both the Northridge Learning Center and the James Madison Title 1 third grade classroom with crayons, pencils, notebooks, etc.


The Utah State Society received in November a Proclamation signed by Governor Herbert for Native American Heritage Month.  The  Color Country Chapter gave $250 to Washington County School District Indian Fund and donated a basket of history books to the Red Mountain Elementary School.  

In December, our members came together to celebrate the Christmas season at the annual State Officers Club luncheon at The Lion House.  Chapters are also hosting their own Christmas luncheons and teas this month. On December 15th, members will be participating in Wreaths Across America ceremonies across the State.  Color Country and Salt Lake Valley Chapters received a grant ($2500 each) from Wells Fargo for 250 wreaths each.

2018 has been an outstanding year for the Utah State Society.  The above simply highlights the accomplishments, enthusiasm, the gift of time and talent and compassion our members not only give to the State Society and National organization but to each other.   We have amazing members!

Annalise and I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  2019 is going to be a mind blowing!


Susan Holt

Utah State Regent, NSDAR






May 2014

Dear Daughters,

Your State Regent was invited to the Arizona State Conference April-30-May 3 in Phoenix, Arizona.   Danna Koelling (Az State Regent) hosted guest State Regents from Massachusetts, Nevada, and Utah. Ann Dillon, First Vice President General was the honored guest at this event. This officer finds that Daughters from around the country are united in DAR work and live the DAR motto:  “God, Home, and Country.”

Utah’s State Winner of the Good Citizen Essay Contest has been chosen as the National Winner.  Bonnie Bennett, East High School, will be awarded a $5,000.00 scholarship to the college of her choice (Harvard) by NSDAR President Lynne Forney Young in Washington D.C. The event will be held at the Education Award’s Night, June 26, 2014.  We are proud of our National Winner, sponsored by Princess Timpanogos Chapter.  The picture shows chapter and state support to fund Bonnie’s airfare to Washington DC: Harriet Rasmussen, PT Chapter Regent, Bonnie Bennett, Shirley Nelson Utah State Regent, and Judy Barking Vice Regent, State Regent Elect. (photo by Belinda Barking)

May was busy with Installations of new Chapter officers in Uintah, Princess Timpanogos, and Wasatch Range. One of the joys of this officer has been to visit Utah Daughters and to discover their good works.

Jacque’s Jacobs, director of Jacque’s Preschool in Taylorsville, Utah, received an “Americanism Award” from the Princess Timpanogos Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on May 22, 2014. DAR supports endeavors in the following three areas: education, patriotism, and historical preservation. This award recognized the preschool’s outstanding teaching of patriotism to the students and the staff’s continual recognition of veterans in the community.

Pictured l-r:  Shirley Nelson, Utah State Regent, Jacque Jacobs, Heather Armstrong, Sr. Leader C.A.R., Judy Mayfield, Princess Timpanogos Chapter Regent. 

Jacque’s Preschool Staff

This officer spoke at the Naturalization Court, Friday June 6, 2014 in the new Federal Court House, 500 South and West Temple. The event was held for the first time in its new facilities. Judge David Sam presided with the help of State Americanism Chairman, Carol Howard.  Following the proceedings, Carol and your State Regent were personally invited to view Judge Sam’s new office and the main court room for the building. All daughters should make it a priority to attend Naturalization Court and to better still, participate by leading a Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States or giving a short Patriotic Speech of Welcome to the new citizens.  Contact Carol Howard if you are interested.

Carol Howard, Judge Sam, Shirley Nelson
“Here comes the judge!”

Before attending Continental Congress, Golden Spike has invited this officer to speak at their Flag Day festivities in Ogden, Utah. Then, it is off to Washington D.C. to attend a NBOM and to report on the wonderful work of Utah daughters this past year.

June 29, 2014, State Regent Elect, Judy Barking and Vice Regent Elect, Brenda Reeder, will be installed officially at ceremonies in Washington D.C.  The State Regent’s Sash will pass onto a new administration. Congratulations Judy and Brenda.

“Thanks for the Memories.”

Your State Regent,
Shirley Nelson

2014 Spring Conference

Dear Daughters,

This officer wishes to thank you for your support and friendship extended her during these past two years as your State Regent. It has been a pleasure to serve with you.

The Spring Conference, “Points of Light” celebrated our great society of Utah Daughters and their many accomplishments.  First Vice President General, Ann Dillon was our honored guest.  She was joined by guest State Regents:  Danna Koelling AZ; Rebecca Eisenman NV, and Janelle Braithwait, WA. Here are some pictures taken by Historian Lisa Hoyt highlighting this annual event:

Thank you for a wonderful conference!

Your State Regent, Shirley Nelson

April 2014

Spring time has been fun filled with the activities and travels of your State Regent. This officer attended the National Board of Management February 6-8, 2014, in Washington D.C.  All state regents join with the National Executive Officers in meetings and activities that help further the National Society DAR.

It was then back to Utah where Children of the American Revolution held their winter meeting in February. These wonderful children are participating in the annual Spring State Conference of USSDAR, April 25-26, 2014, Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah.

They will be the Color Guard for Saturday’s morning business meeting. The Spring Conference is OPEN to ALL Daughters in the State Society.  Conference registration for this event “Points of Light” is occurring right now.  Details may be found in the Call to Conference March Newsletter.  If you have not received it, please contact your Chapter Regent or Judy Barking j.d.barking@juno.com for a copy.  They will be happy to email you the information. 

After the Color Guard presentation of the C.A.R. Saturday morning, a breakfast and C.A.R. State Conference meeting for the children will be held downstairs at the Copper Canyon Restaurant  9:15am-10:15am.  The young children will then join the Daughters upstairs to hand out gifts and winning silent auction baskets. These are our Junior Pages “in training” , and are very popular with the assembly.

Judy Mayfield and Kari Ann Christensen have been serving this past year as Sr. Presidents in Salt Lake City, Utah and St. George, Utah.  These fine women have done a great job with our young children and teenagers.

March 20-22, 2014, found your State Regent in Reno, Nevada, as a guest of Mrs. Rebecca Eisenman, Nevada State Regent.  It was fun filled days of visiting Virginia City, Nevada, before the State Conference, and an enjoyable weekend of getting to know the Nevada Daughters. Attending other state conferences is a privilege and great opportunity to learn how neighboring states accomplish the many goals of NSDAR and how they emphasize areas of excellence in their own states. This officer enjoyed the meetings and special events sponsored by Mrs. Eisenman. After the Utah State Conference, your State Regent has been invited to attend the Arizona State Conference April 30-May 3, 2014, to be held in Phoenix, Arizona.  Mrs. Danna Koelling, Arizona State Regent will be the hostess.  Both Nevada and Arizona State Regents are the guests of your State Regent at the Utah Spring Conference this month. Come and meet these wonderful Daughters who officiate in their respective states so well.

Most recently, April 3, 2014, this officer spoke at a Girl Scout Troop in Murray, Utah.  Pictured below are these young girls, who want to know about NSDAR, (part of the merit badge requirement). They are being trained by a professional flag expert on how to present the flag as a Color Guard.  Some of these young girls qualify for C.A.R. and are interested in joining the Dominquez y Escalante Society here in Salt Lake City.  Their leaders are excited about the opportunities the C.A.R. has to enhance their Girl Scout goals.

Daughters, you are most welcome to join with the Utah State Society in the Spring Conference to be held in a few weeks.  Please take time to attend a meeting, a luncheon, or a dinner, if you are unable to attend the entire event.  You will learn much about our great Daughters and their examples of “Points of Light” in their communities.  We will also have Mrs. Ann Dillon, First Vice President General, as our honored guest.

In DAR Friendship,
Shirley W. Nelson, State Regent

January 2014

Dear Daughters,

Welcome all to 2014, and another year of DAR achievements. Your State Regent has been busy getting ready for our Utah State Conference, April 24-26, 2104. The spring newsletter with A Call to Conference will be published in early March by Judy Barking, Vice Regent. In the meantime, please circle the dates and join us at the Radisson Hotel in Salt Lake City this spring for a fun and informative time. More details will be coming soon. Brenda Reeder, Conference Chairman, has a great committee working with her.  Our Utah Board of Management was held January 11, 2014.  We meet twice a year to conduct the business of the USSDAR.

December 7, 2104, found this officer enjoying the Christmas Party held at the Lion House. Christine Schultz, President of the Utah Officers Club, planned a festive and entertaining event for all daughters who attended. We had a delicious luncheon, enjoyed singing of the South Davis Junior High choir, and sang Christmas Carols accompanied by Judy Barking.

The Children of the American Revolution, Dominguez y Escalante Chapter, made Christmas cards for our Veterans. Seen in this picture is Sr. President Judy Mayfield, with Matthew delivering cards to the George A. Wahlen Veterans Hospital in December.

Many Utah daughters attended Wreaths Across America December 14, 2014, at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Bluffdale, Utah.  Nancy Longhurst, Commemorative Events State Chairman records that:  “We were privileged to hear from Sterling Poulson, of KUTV, as he led the day’s ceremonies and spoke enumerating the freedoms we enjoy and the rights we have.  In addition to Mr. Poulsen, KUTV also had a cameraman on hand, and a report was given about Wreaths Across America on the evening news. DAR State Project Patriot Chair Pat Moseman’s interview was broadcast and there was a quick camera pan of DAR members lined up in the cemetery, placing wreaths at the headstones of Vietnam and World War II Veterans.

Your State Regent looks forward to another National Board of Management in Washington D.C. February 6-8, 2014. It is always enjoyable to rekindle friendships with other DAR State Regents from across America.

In DAR Friendship,
Shirley Nelson