People in the Church


Calvin E. Smoot received the President's Award from the National Business Travel Association during a global convention attended by approximately 4,000 travel professionals in Los Angeles on Aug. 2, 2000. Brother Smoot is the Director of Purchasing and Travel Services for the Church. The award recognizes one individual annually who makes a substantial contribution to the travel industry. Brother Smoot has been employed by the Church for 25 years and has been involved with the Church travel program for the last seven years. Among his many accomplishments, he has been instrumental in developing the Church's global travel program. He is the president of the newly formed Utah Chapter of the National Business Travel Association.


Ellen Neilson Barnes of the Monument Park 17th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake, celebrated her 100th birthday on Sept. 1. She was born in Logan, Utah, but spent nearly half her life living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Marice, who was an attorney. They returned to Salt Lake City to live in 1978. Sister Barnes served on the Relief Society general board for 12 years and has been involved in many areas of Church music including conducting many choirs. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, Mass., in 1922, and was on the music faculty at the University of Utah before her marriage. Sister Barnes has won many awards for her music and was also named "Mother of the Year" for Washington, D.C., in 1976.


Bathma Chetty of the Penrith Ward, Sydney Australia Penrith Stake, won several awards for teaching excellence as a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) English and communications teacher at Nepean College in Sydney, Australia. During the TAFE 2000 Excellence Awards dinner, she was awarded Excellence in Teaching 2000 awards for Nepean College and state TAFE colleges in New South Wales, and was also presented the Minister's Award.

Sister Chetty was born in Singapore and served a full-time mission there before attending and graduating magna cum laude in English from BYU Hawaii in 1984. She and her husband, Hari, moved to Australia in 1987.

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