Call for Board Nominations: An Invitation to Strive to Thrive at UTRID

UTRID is now seeking nominations for 2023-2025 board positions. Do you know an interpreter who…

  • …cares about our colleagues and consumers and is ready to give back to the Deaf and interpreter communities here in Utah?
  • …wants to make a difference in the profession and their career?
  • …loves to work with and learn from colleagues across specialties?

If any of the above descriptions seem like you or someone you know, please consider sending a nomination for a position listed below. (See nomination directions at the bottom of this bulletin.) Board positions will be voted into office during the annual UTRID Business Meeting on August 5th 2023.

UTRID's 2023 Theme: STRIVE TO THRIVENominations are now open for the following positions:

  • President
    • The President shall have general supervision and direction of the business and affairs of the organization. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and/or Directors and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors or the members.
    • The President shall appoint Committee Chairpersons with approval of the Board of Directors.
    • The President shall share, with the Treasurer, the right to sign checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds.
    • The President shall provide yearly reports to the membership regarding the actions of the Board of Directors, the financial status of the organization, activities of the committees and other activities of the organization.
    • The President shall represent the organization at national and regional RID conferences, attending applicable business and organizational meetings. To aid in this responsibility, UTRID will either reimburse or schedule and pay directly for the President’s transportation, registration and accommodations, totaling up to 10% of the organization’s current account balance, but not to exceed $1500. 
    • The President shall provide an annual report and all other documentation to the RID National Representative in accordance with the RID Affiliate Chapter Requirements.
  • Secretary 
    • The Secretary shall keep a full and accurate record of allproceedings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership meetings.
    • The Secretary shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of business and shall make service of such notices as may be necessary or proper.
    • The Secretary shall supervise the keeping of the records of the organization.
    • The Secretary shall perform other duties of the office as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • MAL (Student Involvement Chair)
    • The Student Involvement MAL is responsible for forming a committee to plan workshops and Student focused activities for the membership of UTRID.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board ofDirectors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Immersion Camp Chair)
    • The Immersion Camp Chair is responsible for forming a committee to plan and execute the bi-annual ASL Immersion Camp for certified interpreters only
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Public Relations)
    • The Public Relations  MAL is responsible for community outreach and communications to membership via Webpage and Social Media platforms.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.

Nominations are due Aug 5, 2023

Interpreter Appreciation 2023

On Wednesday May 3, UTRID will be participating in the National Interpreter Appreciation Day. This special day of honoring and thanking interpreters for their commitment to the field and to the communities they serve happens annually on the first Wednesday in May.

This year we are excited to announce that from May 3th through Friday May 7th we will be offering 25% off all UTRID membership types with the code: Appreciate2023 

To renew your membership, please visit your Membership Summary and click Renew. Don’t forget to enter the code Appreciate2023 for your 25% discount!

New Members Join Here!

As another thank you, we will select 5 individual members from each of the following membership categories to win prizes: Certified, Associate, and Student. That’s a total of 15 winners!

Winners may receive a 1 year extension of membership, a coupon for a free workshop (up to $45), or a $50 gift card. 

Fine Print:

  • No entry is necessary for the drawings; active members will be automatically included.
  • Must be a current UTRID member in good standing at the time of drawing.
  • Winners will be announced after Monday, May 15th via social media and here on this page.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on file regarding their prizes won.
  • All prizes must be claimed within one year of issuance.
  • All prizes will expire on 6/1/24.
  • Prizes are non-negotiable.
  • 1-year membership prizes will automatically be applied to the following membership year.
  • Gift cards will be e-mailed to the address UTRID has on file. UTRID is not responsible for lost or misdirected gift cards.

UTRID Board News – Change is coming

Hello UTRID Membership!

I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming change with the UTRID leadership.  I will be moving to Arizona on March 1st and as a result can no longer fulfill my term as President.  According to our bylaws, the Vice President, would be responsible for taking on that role.  Tanner Vance is the current UTRID Vice President and he and I have met and determined both his willingness and aptitude for stepping into this role.  Because the next elections would happen in August and the president position will be open, it makes sense for Tanner to act in the interim with support from other UTRID board and committee members. Tanner has been serving UTRID in various capacities for the past several years and will continue to lead our membership into innovative and creative spaces.  You are in good hands!

The next few months will be crucial for getting more volunteers to serve on our committees for Professional Development, Silent Weekend, and Conference.  Please consider if you might be able to provide support for those events and reach out! Your ideas for how to grow and shape UTRID are valued!

I first joined the UTRID Board as Secretary in 2006, the summer we moved here.  That was followed by 2 years as Vice President and my most recent terms as Professional Development Chair and President. The Utah interpreting and Deaf communities are like no other! I have always felt welcomed and needed as part of your communities.  I will miss seeing you all regularly and hope that if you ever need a sunny break, you will come down for a visit! You can keep in touch with me through email at [email protected].

Thanks again for your years of friendship and support!

Hugs and ILY Hands Waving!


RESCHEDULED EVENT: Sub for Santa (Now December 10th)

Hello all! With the storm and more time needed to collect donations – the Sub for Santa party has been RESCHEDULED for December 10th. Same time (1-3pm), Same Place (Deaf Center), same event and needs. Please sign up to donate a gift or gift card, if you haven’t already. Bring to the event on the 10th. See you there! – Teddi

to give to those in need!

The time has come! UTRID is looking for donations of items or gift cards for our Sub For Santa project. We will host a short and sweet party at the Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on December 10, 2022 for an opportunity to drop off the donations. For additional support we will be selling cookies, milk and photos with the elf!

Want to help give back to 2 families in need for this Christmas? Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. After you get these, please bring these to our party on Dec. 10th  from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Sanderson Center. Any questions, please email Pamela at   Thank you!
in case that doesn’t work – click here >

We are also accepting monetary donations through our Venmo and PayPal



Volunteers needed for DSDHH Thanksgiving Event

Hello all! Pamela, our Deaf Community Liaison, has asked me to reach out to you again for more volunteers.  Please consider giving your time on Thanksgiving to support our Deaf community members.

Hi everyone!

I am reaching out to you to see if you’d be interested in being part of our annual Thanksgiving Gathering on November 24, 2022?  I know you helped with our last Thanksgiving gathering and wanted to check in with you- we can’t do this without you. This is a great opportunity for us to give back to our Deaf, HOH and DeafBlind community members by being part of this and serving others

If you have not signed up for time slots to help out for the day before OR the day of Thanksgiving, please click on this to sign up: LINK Go to the 2nd link named “Volunteers Sign Up Schedule and Duties”

We also wanted to let you know that there’s a GREAT opportunity for you to come and do a BCI FAST at NO COST here at DSDHH and it’s tomorrow (Tuesday) between 5 pm to 8 pm!

We are offering this easy and quick opportunity since all volunteers are required to have a criminal background check as required by law before volunteering.

All you need to do is..

  1. Fill out this application- Volunteer application
  2. Email us at [email protected] to sign up for a time slot
  3. Show up for about 15 min to 30 mins then you can volunteer!

There are various duties such as setting up, washing dishes, keeping people company as needed along with food prepping.

Since food prepping and food serving is a big part, we really need more volunteers to have their food handler permits.

If you can’t make the in person event, you can take the course online, pay $25, Scan the receipt of your payment to me and I’ll have your reimbursement processed.

Food Handler Permit Online course link

Any questions- feel free to ask!

Pamela Mower (she/her)
Why do Pronouns matter?
Continuing Education and Outreach Programs Manager
Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Sanderson Community Center)
5709 S 1500 W, Taylorsville, UT 84123
[email protected]
801-518-6447 (text)

Holiday Service opportunity

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Hello UTRID Membership! I hope you are staying warm…I can’t believe it’s so cold, so fast! We have been asked to share a service opportunity for the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please read below and sign up to donate and/or volunteer if you can. It’s a great way to support our Deaf community members during the holidays.

Teddi, UTRID President

“We (DSDHH) would like to host a Thanksgiving dinner for our community members who may have nowhere to go for this holiday on Nov. 24th from 11 am to 1 pm. Holidays is a very challenging and lonely time for many of our community members who may not have family or friends to spend Thanksgiving with OR be able to socialize in an inclusive environment utilizing their preferred modes of communication which may include signing.

We are seeking donors who may be willing to donate various food for this dinner (we prefer food items instead of money due to State of Utah’s policies if possible- could be already cooked or we can prep the donated food)?  It’s estimated that up to 70 people will attend so we will need enough food to cover up to 70 people.

If you are interested in buying items and donating to us, please go to this link and sign up for which items you’d like to purchase, etc.

 Let me know if you need more info about this.

Pamela Mower (she/her) 

Sego Lily Roaring 20’s Purple Tie Gala – You are invited!

Don’t forget to register by this Saturday, September 17th for the early pricing! Registration will close after September 23rd.
After a two year pause due to COVID, Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf is thrilled to bring back our Purple Tie Gala event on October 1, 2022!
Sego Lily’s 7th gala will be a community-focused, Roaring 20’s themed night to celebrate over 20 years of serving Deaf victims of abuse in Utah. All funds raised will support the important work Sego Lily does as the only domestic violence/sexual assault organization in Utah focused on serving Deaf people.
This community celebration and fundraiser will feature catered dinner, games, entertainment, and silent and live auctions. Lisa McBee, talented Deaf entertainer and storyteller, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 6:00pm

Robert G. Sanderson Deaf Center
5709 S 1500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84123

Tickets: $45 each ($60 after Sept. 17)
See for more details.
Register now at Email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Update and Invitation

Hello all! Thank you to everyone that attended our Level Up Conference last weekend – it was great to see so many of you in person and another round of thanks for Makayla and her committee! Check out our FB page for updates on new board members, members at large, and 2022 award winners.

We have received the following invitation from Pamela Mower:

Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

30th Anniversary Celebration

VIP Guest Invitation

Hello! We are excited to share a very special event with you and extend an invitation to join us!  We would love to have you come since you’ve been a great ally to Sanderson Community Center in many ways. On Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the Utah State Division of Services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), housed at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will be celebrating its 30th anniversary!

The Sanderson Community Center is unique as it is the only one of its kind in the U.S.A. Thirty years ago, a group of Deaf advocates, led primarily by Robert G. Sanderson successfully achieved funding to establish a “one-stop” center in which an array of services and programs could be provided to enhance the lives of people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing and their families. The center has two locations (one in Taylorsville and one in St. George) which provides support services, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter certification, educational workshops, cultural events and more in a barrier-free environment with full communication access. We are very proud of this achievement. DSDHH/Sanderson Community Center is a true Utah gem!

The celebration schedule will be as following:

4 pm to 6 pm– an open house where guests can explore the center and all it has to offer. There will be tours, multimedia presentations along with a play area for the kids.

6 pm – 7 pm – Appetizers and a social hour with opportunities to meet and mingle with community and local government leaders.

7 pm – 8 pm– A program will feature entertainment, local Deaf and Hard of Hearing leaders and guest speakers with commemorations and comments tying the past to the present and the future of the Sanderson Community Center.

We would like to cordially invite you to attend this special event marking 30 years of service to the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing communities in Utah. Without the support of the state and people of compassion it would not be possible to offer such a wide range of valuable services. You and the organization/agency you represent are an important cornerstone of everything we do. Please join us in celebrating the legacy of our predecessors and our heritage as we launch into the next 30 years!

If you plan on joining us, please register before Aug. 22 at this link: Register!

If you have any questions, please contact Pamela Mower at [email protected].

In addition, Jeff Pollock has shared an employment opportunity for UTRID certified members if anyone is interested:

UIP 30th Celebration: May 6th from 7-9pm

Let’s Celebrate with UIP – it’s their 30th Anniversary!  Join us on Friday May 6th from 7-9pm at the Sanderson Community Center! (See the flyer below)

A personal invitation from Trenton, the UIP Program Manager

“UTRID and its predecessor, URID have been a tremendous part of the history of interpreting here in Utah.  Established in 1968, URID was one of the early chapters of RID and was instrumental along with UAD in recognizing the needs of our community: the need for qualified interpreters, the need for training of interpreters, supporting the goals of passing certification laws, etc.  Needless to say- our state would not be where it is in regards to interpreting without UTRID and UAD along with UIP!

We would love for you all to come to our celebration of interpreting in Utah next Friday, May 6th from 7-9 pm.  I’m attaching a flyer for distribution to the UTRID board and membership.

We would love it if you could bring any pictures or documents you may have and share your stories!:) If you have pictures, please scan and send to [email protected].

If you have any questions, please let us know!:)”

– Trenton Marsh, UIP Program Manager

– Teddi Von Pingel, UTRID President

2022 Silent Weekend Update

Hello Interpreting Friends!

I wanted to keep you posted on what is happening with Silent Weekend.

We sent out a survey asking for your interest and response related to Silent Weekend and we really appreciate your input. Thank you!

I’ve said several times lately, “COVID ruins everything!” It kind of got the better of Silent Weekend for this year. Long story, but it looks like we are starting to pull out of the COVID nightmare. *fingers crossed*

We as the UTRID board, and I as the Silent Weekend chair have evaluated the UTRID offerings. We LOVE our conferences and we LOVE being with you at Silent Weekend. We want to be intentional about supporting and offering both events. We have a big conference coming in the Fall so we are going to focus our efforts there for now. AND we are going to focus on planning an amazing Silent Weekend for next Spring (2023).

We look forward to seeing you face to face and sharing hugs soon!

Thank you for all of your support!
Teresa Edwards
Silent Weekend Chair, UTRID