Robert Garff

'Distinquished Utahn Award' will be given to Robert Garff

The Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Management Society will recognize Robert Garff with the "Distinguished Utahn Award" tonight at the Grand America Hotel. Garff is chairman and chief executive officer of Garff Enterprises. He is also the former chairman of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is currently an area authority for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Also, the BYU Management Society luncheon will be at noon May 15 in the Empire Room of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City. The speaker will be Fraser Bullock, a managing director of Sorenson Capital and former COO and CFO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games.

Museum accepting submissions

The Museum of Church History and Art is seeking submissions from around the world for the eighth International Art Competition. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are 18 and older as of Dec. 31, 2008, are invited to submit their original artwork on the theme of "Remembering the Great Things of God." The deadline is Oct. 10.

International art competitions are held every three years to highlight new work by both professional and amateur LDS artists. The winners of this year's competition — approximately 225 pieces total — will be displayed in the Museum of Church History and Art in 2009. For complete information, go to lds.org/artcompetition.

Want to walk Battalion trail?

On July 5, 2008, a small group of history enthusiasts will walk the Mormon Battalion's trail from Iowa to California. This year's "Battalion trek" will be the first to cover the entire 2,000-mile route and takes eight months to complete.

"Our goal is to document the trail and honor the original battalion and their families by conducting this 'living history' re-enactment," said Kevin Henson, trek coordinator. "We want to give a modern perspective to their military service and contributions they made to the settlement of the West."

The original battalion was formed when President James Polk requested 500 men from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to join the Army. The men, called away from their families who were crossing the plains at the time, marched to the West Coast and joined other U.S. troops as part of the Army of the West.

Trek organizers have planned several levels of participation. Descendants of the battalion, history buffs, families, and church youth, school and Scout groups are all welcome. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Forms, trek schedule and more information are available at battaliontrek.com. Send inquiries to [email protected].