As you are aware, we are in the midst of a campaign for National President-elect.  You have had an opportunity to see the bios of both John Clayton and Larry Gibson, to see a formal and a less formal picture of each, and to read some about their thoughts, goals and past activities with SUP.

We will include further pictures and candidate statements on the back side of the ballots that will be mailed on August 1st.

Due to the abbreviated period to get to know our candidates better, we have sought additional ways to get them before you, but have been thwarted at each attempt.

As we seek to remain in touch with the membership, we call your attention to the new email address for the National Office supnalt@gmail.com. A change of address was necessitated by the hacking of the former address following the June 17th Board and Chapter Presidents’ meeting via zoom.

The Executive Council voted on July 1 to open the National Headquarters, on a limited basis to small groups.   Social distancing and masks will be required.  The building will be serialized prior to any group use and following the use.  Any use will require prior approval to make sure that state and Salt Lake County COVID-19 guidelines are being followed.

We also began calendaring for October and November 2020 with two scenarios in mind:  one for the possibility that we can meet face to face, and one in case the pandemic requires us to continue to use zoom.  Traditionally, we do our annual training of chapter officers in October and November.  Board members, please be prepared at the Tuesday July 21st Board Meeting to discuss options regarding training.

This has been a difficult year for all of us.  I take comfort, and hope you do also, in the example of George Washington.   In 1783, as America was securing its Independence, General Washington said, “It is our duty to make the best of our misfortunes and not to suffer passions to interfere with our interest and the public good.” This was a time when army officers were threatening to mutiny and march on Congress because they had not been paid.  The new nation was born with a huge national debt which Congress had made no provisions to fund or manage.   General Washington reminded the nation that despite all evidence to the contrary, the future was theirs.  I am convinced the future for the SUP is ours and it is bright.  Rest assured that we are taking the steps necessary to keep our national organization financially solvent.  Continue to enjoy the monthly Trail Maker, the quarterly Pioneer, and we will strive to keep you informed regarding what is transpiring on a National level through the weekly newsletters, which we will continue to share, until we can meet again.

I remember leaving the mission field and having the other missionaries in the zone stand to sing, “God Be with You Til We Meet Again.”  It choked me up each time and especially as I was saying good-bye.  This seems an appropriate time for us to recall and implore a blessing agreeable to the inspired words to the hymn “God Be with You Til We Meet Again,” which is our prayer for all of us.

Stay well and be sure to do as well as you can to come to know better our candidates for president-elect and to be prepared to vote after you receive your ballot following the August 1, mailing.

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