Rita Stegner-Lawson is the new president of the German American Society of Utah. She succeeds Hans Huettlinger.

The society is going into its seventh year, having been formed in 1984 after the successful Tri Centennial German American Festival held at the Old Mill in 1983.Other newly elected officers include Huettlinger, Waltraud Linner, Mary Ursula Sawada, Wendell Illi, vice presidents; Douglas Juras, treasurer; Elizabeth Terry, secretary.