President Ken Hart welcomed 49 SUP members, spouses of SUP members and guests. After the opening prayer by Dwayne Seeley, the pledge of allegiance was led by Ron Gibb.
Natalie Bell, a sophomore at Madison High School, played a lovely Tenor Sax solo entitled Concerto in G Minor and accompanied on the piano by Barb Simon Following the musical number there was a nice meal consisting of Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Brownies prepared by F. Martell and Carlene Grover and their committee.
Ken Hart recognized Ten Birthdays and one Anniversary.
Bill Eckersell described three of the monuments for which our Chapter has responsibility. Those were two at the Rexburg Tabernacle and another at Porter Park.
Louis Clements reviewed the history of the John Cahoon Park in Rexburg. It was established in 1916 and located north of the Fair Grounds and featured programs and special activities . Somewhat earlier the Rexburg Tabernacle had been built and a lot of the programs and special activities were then moved to Cahoon Park. In 1938 a fire destroyed the Dance Pavilion and because of several other events which took place the park was closed.
F. Martell Grover, the SUP Area Vice President, explained that the National SUP annual fee schedule would be starting 1 Jan 2019 to an annual fee of $60 and life membership to $600.
President Hart announced that there would be a trek on Monday, 18 June to the Fort Henry Monument in Salem and the monument in St Anthony with a stop for lunch. Those going should meet at the Senior Center at 1:00 P.M.
Nathan Williams, the speaker for the evening, spoke on the “Council of 50.” Joseph Smith organized the Council on 22 Jun 1844 and after his martyrdom the minutes of their meetings were taken with the Saints to Utah and were in the custody of Brigham Young. In 1880, they were reinstated and in 1912 were transferred to the Church History Department. The council consisted of mostly prominent Mormon members and three well-respected non-members. They spent much of their time discussing the differences between the Church of God and the Kingdom of God and in forming a constitution for the organization which in structure was similar to that of the United States of America. Part of their discussion was to prepare for the Second Coming of the Savior. They also discussed where they should go from Nauvoo, as conditions were such that it was apparent that they would have to go somewhere else. Probability was California, Texas and “the Pacific Coast” but revelation proved to be the Valley of Salt Lake.
Ken Hart won the door prize which was a copy of the History of Rexburg as correlated by Louis Clements.
The closing prayer was offered by Marie Seeley.