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  • October 23, 2022 2:57 PM | Deirdre Marlowe (Administrator)

    Deirdre Marlowe

    Although some of us got to hike and leaf peep in the Wasatch and others to visit the Great Salt Lake, this year’s Member Conference schedule was jam-packed leaving little time to visit the Crossroads of the West. Teresa Crockett and her team -- Shyla Esko Bare, Phyllis Chinn, Teresa Crockett, Julie Emory, Joy Emory, Margret Boes-Ingraham, Vicky Wason, Lauren Cetlin, Natalie Petersen plus Dan Bare for tech support -- deserve kudos for their efforts – flower and chocolate decorated tables, a peace mosaic, early morning yoga, Servas bingo and a great group of speakers who shared many ways in which our travel, language, and volunteering enable us to all play a part in peace.

    Shyla Esko Bare provided a high-energy kick off for volunteers on Friday afternoon. This was followed by Dr. Dave S. Derezotes, Director of Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Utah’s College of Humanities, and a provocative discussion of the radical middle ground, a place he believes we all need to be if global polarization is to be reduced.

    Saturday featured Board Member, Shyla Esko Bare on sustainable travel, Lynn de Freitas on the Great Salt Lake, Meeche White and Andrea Stack on Recreation for People of All Abilities. Shyla and husband Dan are the people behind Wild Spirit Travel. Lynn de Freitas is the Executive Director of Friends of Great Salt Lake. The Great Salt Lake is a terminal lake – there is inflow, but no outflow. The heat and drought of the past few summers have reduced its depth by almost fifty percent. It is approximately four times as salty as the ocean. It is currently within twelve feet of its all-time low which presages negative impacts for all who depend on its 21,000 square miles of watershed. On a more positive note, almost 30 years ago Meeche White established the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah. The Center is internationally renowned for its adaptive sports programs that serves thousands and their families every year.

    This was followed by our hybrid Annual General Meeting at which President Arnie Rowland brought us up to date on some of the changes that have been made in the past year. Ernie Baragar discussed his work on the Elections Committee. Kent Macaulay and Alison Telsey joined us to bring us current with activity at the United Nations. 

    On Sunday Paige LaCombe updated the group on all things Servas. She also spoke about the U.N. Committee on the Status of Women and shared powerful videos of women from around the world. Whitney Holcomb shared the albeit complicated process which starts with and what one person can do to help refugees from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Venezuela here in the United States.

  • September 13, 2022 3:51 PM | Richard Weaver (Administrator)


      Peace: We All Play A Part

      The 2022 US Servas National Conference is October 14 - October 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Come for an experience that will enrich you in many ways:

      Enhance your engagement with peace-building
    • Learn about sustaining a healthy environment
    • Share travel stories and tips with fellow Servas members
    • Hear amazing speakers and engage with them directly

    Post-conference activities: Activities are being planned for directly following the conference beginning the afternoon of Sunday October 16.  

    Venue: The venue is the beautiful University of Utah campus. It's located about 25 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport and just minutes from downtown SLC.  It's accessible via public transportation with walking trails and many other attractions nearby.  There are two options for attendance:

      • Three-day attendees will have access to the grounds from Friday through Sunday. Registration for all three days includes all conference sessions and meals;* excludes lodging.  
      • One-day participants may check-in Saturday morning for the day and includes lunch, dinner and refreshments.

          Hosting: Hosting is available before, during and after the conference, for those wishing to extend their visit is being coordinated by the local Servas group as available.  See registration form.

          Meals: Lunch, dinner and refreshments will be provided beginning dinner Fri through lunch Sunday. Breakfast is included for those staying at the University of Utah Guest House.

          Registration Ends: September 29 Oct 3, midnight MDT,

          Refund Policy: Before September 29 midnight MDT, your reservation can be refunded LESS a $50 cancellation fee.  We are unable to refund AFTER Sept 29. 

          Questions? For all other questions, please send an email to

        • September 11, 2022 7:41 PM | Anonymous

          On August 25 Brian Saltsburg and friends hosted a bonfire on Dockweiler Beach south of Los Angeles. Attendees included Servas members as well as Brian's overseas visitors and some friends from the Couch Surfing community. Dennis Mogerman, a long-time Southern California resident confessed that this was his first (!) beach bonfire after more than a decade of residency. 

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