We are having another amazing

SDRCM Reunion

Friday October 3, 2014

5 PM meet greet and hugs

6 PM Dinner

3676 West 4700 South


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Purchase your tickets and buy a video. The video is completed and it's marvelous. The video is full of surprises; Sister Nickey ‘KEBORT’ Walker did an amazing job. The video is different from the one 3 years ago, but just as impressive. For 10 bucks you get an amazing video memory. Contributors to this video were Nickey Kebort Walker, Scott Berlin, Howard Goodman, Mark Spiller, Larry Cooper, Joe Collins, Arnie Orton, Mike Hone, Therisa Stone Harrington, Scott Chesley, Paul Barker, Tom Kurz, Terry Waker, Daryl Westbroek, Chris Briggs, and Rick & Doretta Shumway. You will not want to miss this one. It is being professionally copied and will have a DVD case with the Van Wagenen family photo that we all came to know and love. The photo sat in President Van Wagenen's office. We all enjoyed it upon entering and leaving the mission. Scott Chesley sent us his video clips. They add an entirely new dimension to our video productions. Come join us at the reunion for the first screening of this new SDRCM video.

We have live entertainment thanks to very own Sister LeNora Bowman who is in charge of overseeing the Native American portion of the program. Elder Isi Lao and his lovely wife are having their performers share music and dance from the Polynesian Islands.

Dinner is being catered by the “Ohana Grill”. It's an all you want buffet, so come hungry. "Ohana Grill" specializes in bringing the taste of Aloha to Utah.

But most of all the evening will about reconnecting and visiting and telling stories to each other about our South Dakota Days.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shirley De La Rosa

As for me...gosh, my story is very complicated (LOL) but it will suffice to say that I have been in the education arena since 1985. I took a few years off after my father passed away in 1997 to care for my mother (I was the primary caregiver for my parents and older brother) and I brought my mom and older brother to Samoa in 2003. They both passed away a few months after and within months of each other while we were here. I chose to move here permanently after that and I returned to teaching elementary in 2004. I moved up to teaching high school 2 years later. I taught keyboarding and computer for 3 years. Since then I have become a high school counselor.  I've been in a master program and will graduate (hopefully) this November which is another reason why I can't come to the reunion. I am currently writing my paper to present and defend the 1st week of November so I am stressing over that as I am writing this email.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Bio - Diane (Carter) Gagnier

Since the Mission I have received my Masters degree and EBD (everything but dissertation) in Education.  I taught for nearly 25 years before retiring.   My husband and I  had three children (two deceased) and adopted three more.  They are all adults now and I am enjoying my grandchildren.  My husband passed away in January and I am trying to get back to a single life (not really enjoying it).  I currently live in Taylorsville, Utah with my grand-daughter, 1 BIG Golden Retriever and 3 cats.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mark Spiller - Spillers Reunited

The above picture is of Mark Spiller and family at his daughter Angela's Wedding 2009, Rocklin California. Life certainly is a spiritual odyssey, not for the faint heart. 
In photo from left to right: Cameron , New Jersey, student; Derrick, Ohio, Investigations; Dr Marsha Ho, New Jersey; Matt Doyle & Angela, CPA, Rocklin, CA, Elder Spiller, Mai-ly, Graphic Designer, Dublin, CA. I thank God for my blessings and the JOY of reuniting with you!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bio - Dwight Epperson

It is great to read your bios!  I practiced law in Utah for nearly 20 years, and seven years ago we moved to Louisiana to run a business here.  We just sold that business, and hope to go on another mission one of these days.  We have eight children, and four grandbabies.  Three of them have come since this picture was taken last year. 

The habits I learned from those years with you have blessed my family so much.  For many years now, we have prayed together, read scriptures together, and attended church together, just as you and I did in the mission field.  You are many of the finest people I have ever known.  Thank you again for your influence on me, and for being willing to serve in the SDRC Mission!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bio - Joe Collins

Back row: Starr, Jake, Joe, A.J.,  Middle row: Madison, Macy, Jodi, Teal,
Front row: Tacy and Samantha….Not pictured is Daryle
I married the most amazing woman, Jodi and we have nine children.  I’m have been an elementary principal for 28 years and now I will beginning my first year as principal of Mountain High School, which is located in the Ely State Prison…..quite the paradigm shift. 
Between 1975 - 1977 I served in:
·         Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada 
·         Fort Yates, North Dakota 
·         Wagner, South Dakota
·         Cherry Creek, South Dakota
·         Rapid City, South Dakota. 
I remember leaving the mission field about the same time Elvis died. 
After Graduating from BYU in 1981, I returned to Red Scaffold/Cherry Creek and taught school.  The in 1982-1983 attended the Univ. of South Dakota in Vermillion for my Administration endorsement.  Returned to Fort Yates as a vice-principal.  After one winter in Ft. Yates (-45 below) my wife had me take a job in New Mexico.  I worked for the Gallup-McKinley County School District as principal for 10 years in Ramah, Thoreau and Twin Lakes.  Then another 10 years with Bureau of Indian Affairs schools.
In 2003 we moved to Ely, Nevada where I am now beginning my 9th year as a school administrator.  Like all of you our life revolves around family, church and work.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Bio - Paul T. Barker

I am a retired Montgomery County Maryland Police officer. I now own and Run Champion Karate West Provo, Utah at 3224 N University Ave. We teach Taekwondo and Hapkido.   

I served from September 1974-1976. I spent my mission in Macy Nebraska, Walt Hill Nebraska, Devils Lake North Dakota, Little Eagle South Dakota, Sioux Falls South Dakota, Dunseth North Dakota, Wagoner South Dakota

Bio - Gregg Johnson

I served in sdrcm in 1978-80. I am Married to Valerie Kay for 29 years. We have 5 children 4 boys and 1 girl and 2 going on 3 grandchildren. It is great to be a grandpa.
 I work as a radiologic technologist (x-ray tech) specializing in Computed Tomography (CT scan) at Pioneer Valley Hospital in West Valley Utah.
I did my training at St Marks Hospital in 1983. In 2003. I received my Bachelors Degree in Advanced Radiologic Sciences from Weber State University.
President Van Wagenen I found out years afterward that his parents sang with my grandmother in Provo. I look forward to seeing the family again.
See you at the reunion.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bio - Brad Jones

I served in the SDRCM from January 1976 to December 1977.  I graduated from BYU in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, from the Univ. of Arkansas in 1981 with a Master of Science in soil Microbiology and from the Univ. of Arkansas in 1983 with a Juris Doctorate.  I practiced law in Idaho for 1 year, Nebraska for 1 ½ years and Utah for 26 years.  I have been married to Lynette Collier Jones for 31 years.  She was raised in Illinois and North Carolina.  We have 7 children, 3 daughter-in-laws and 3 grandchildren, with more grandchildren on the way.  5 of our children have served or are serving missions. We still have one son at home in high school.  The rest of the children, and daughter-in-laws, have each earned or are finishing their college degrees.  Our biggest family tradition is long summer road trips, usually travelling by van, where we have been to 48 of the States to visit historical and other sites of interest.