Saimoni Tamani of the Longview 1st Ward, Longview Washington Stake, was inducted into Fiji's Hall of Fame by the Fiji Amateur Sports and National Olympic Committee. Tamani was a BYU track star and won Fiji's first medal in track and field at the 1970 Commonwealth Games. He was the only Fijian track and field athlete to compete in the 1970 games where he won a bronze medal in the 400-meter race.
He also represented Fiji in 1966 at the Noumea South Pacific Games where he won the gold medal in the 4X400-meter relay, and in the 1969 Port Moresby South Pacific Games where he won gold medals in the 400, 800 meter and 4X400-meter relay. In 1971, The Athletics Congress rated Tamani as the world's best 400 meters indoor runner. He still holds the Oceania 400 indoor record of 47.0 seconds which he set in 1971.
PLAIN CITY, UTAH
Estelle B. Hubbard, a member of the Plain City 2nd Ward, Plain City Utah Stake, celebrated her 104th birthday on Jan. 11. She is a lifelong member of the Church and has served in Primary and Sunday School. She is still active in her ward and recently appeared in a road show as grandma. Sister Hubbard was born in 1888 in Elba, Idaho, to Osmer Fred and Lucina Zundel Beecher. She married Jesse L. Hubbard in the Salt Lake Temple on Nov. 10, 1909. He died Dec. 21, 1955. Four of Sister Hubbard's six children are living. She has 21 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
Sylvia Stout Carey celebrated her 100th birthday on Jan. 11. A member of the Placerville Ward, El Dorado California Stake, she was born in Rockville, Utah, of pioneer heritage. Her grandparents were two of the first settlers called by Brigham Young to settle the Rockville area, just outside of what became known as Zion National Park. Sister Carey was the 10th of 15 children born to Alfred Fisk and Mary Emma Langston Stout.
She married Richard Read Carey in 1912 and they had six children. She has played the harmonica in a musical group and continues playing for friends. She served in many capacities in the Church. Five of her children are living and she has 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.
DIAMOND BAR, CALIF.
The Diamond Bar 1st Ward, Chino California Stake, may be a small ward with only about 340 members, but the ward is making a big contribution to the missionary force. During the months of December, January and February, the ward will have six missionaries in the Missionary Training Center at the same time. They are Patrick Oborn, Spain Madrid Mission; Adam Edwards, Korea Seoul Mission; Brian Winegar, New Hampshire Manchester Mission; Jason Stevenson, Scotland Edinburgh Mission; Ronald Fry, Switzerland Geneva Mission; and Robert Pinkelman, Norway Oslo Mission. Eight other missionaries are also serving from the ward.
Two members of the Ontario Oregon Stake were recently selected to represent Oregon in separate contests. Maureen Thomas was selected as Mrs. Oregon 1991. Jennifer Anderson, 16, was crowned Oregon Miss TEEN. She was also named most talented and the contestant with the most volunteer service.
Annie Draper, a member of the Delta 4th Ward, Delta Utah Stake, was recently selected as one of 50 youth in the nation to be honored in Washington, D.C., for outstanding service given to the community. She received the Jefferson Award for service and was chosen to speak at the awards ceremony. Annie, 10, planned and carried out a week-long program at her elementary school to help fellow students say no to drugs.
Top math teacher
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Mary Elizabeth Reeves recently won the Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics Karl Jones Math Award for excellence in elementary math education.
The honor is given to one person in the state each year who has gone the extra mile in terms of energy and service to other teachers, as well as students, in the public school system on the elementary level. Sister Reeves, Primary chorister in the Brighton 1st Ward, Salt Lake Brighton Stake, is the math/science specialist for grades K-12 in the Jordan School District.
Lorenzo G. Tabin, former president of the Marikana Philippines Stake, recently won two literary contests held in the Philippines. He won in the short story and novel categories of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Economy Tours and Travel Agency. A journalist by profession, Brother Tabin has been writing since high school.
Dr. Lorin L. Richards was named Podiatrist of the Year by the Utah Podiatric Medical Association. The award is given yearly to a podiatrist who has rendered outstanding service to patients and the podiatric medical profession. Dr. Richards has been involved in volunteer service with the American Cancer Society, Chamber of Commerce and for the Church. For many years he served on the board of directors of the Sertoma Club. He is a member of the Bountiful Hills Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake.
Officer of year
Don Butler, a member of the Butte 2nd Ward and a high councilor in the Butte Montana Stake, was named Montana's DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer of the Year for 1991 at a recent state convention. He was one of four DARE officers in Montana when the program began two years ago, and was selected from the 60 current DARE officers in the state for the honor.
POPONDETTA, PAPUA, NEW GUINEA
Tossip Salaiau, 18, vice captain of a district soccer team, helped lead his team to become the grand final winner in a regional tournament. A member of the Popondetta Branch in the Port Moresby Papua New Guinea District, Tossip is the only Church member on his team of 15.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
Al Jensen, bishop of the Cottonwood Heights 4th Ward, Salt Lake Cottonwood Heights Stake, was recently elected president of the National Association of Broadcasters Exhibitors Committee. This committee represents more than 800 national and international radio and television equipment manufacturers who exhibit equipment at the National Association of Broadcasters convention.
Bishop Jensen was also appointed as a member of the National Association of Broadcasters High Definition Television Development Committee, a committee formed to oversee the development of programs to introduce high definition television technology to the world.
Jeff Meyers, 18, a member of the Hartford 1st Ward, Hartford Connecticut Stake, won second place in a national scholarship essay contest, "Moral standards and society: How does ethical behavior affect your future?" The contest was sponsored by Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. He won $1,500 for his entry.
Norman L. Nielsen, high councilor in the Orem Utah Lakeridge Stake, was recently appointed national president of all Miss America state pageants. Brother Nielsen and his wife, Roseanne, are directors of the Miss Utah Scholarship program and introduced community service to the national Miss America Pageant. Now some 70,000 young women across America do community service in order to be part of the national competition. Brother Nielsen is currently president of the SCERA Corp. and a member of the Utah State House of Representatives.
Ruby Parker Puckett, gospel doctrine teacher in the Gainesville 3rd Ward, Gainesville Florida Stake, was honored as the Human Sciences Alumna of the Year from Auburn University in Alabama. She was one of 75 honorees selected from 6,000 graduates.