Auxiliary

The UPOA Auxiliary consists of the spouses of Law Enforcement Officers within the State of Utah. Our goal is to establish bonds of friendship, confidence and respect. We participate in activities that support the UPOA. And we function as a charitable organization to support law enforcement.

Board Members

Position Name
President Gayle Roberts
President Elect Mindy Crowley
Vice President Rio Honaker
Historian Eden Griffiths
Pistol Chair Janet Lee
Assistant Pistol Chair Rae Jacobson

Each member serves for two years

History of Your U.P.O.A. Auxiliary
By 1952-1953 President Marie Stephens – written in 1953

On June 25-26, 1933, at Richfield, Utah, the first meeting of the UPOA auxiliary was held. Just ten years prior to this, the UPOA held its first convention. It was held in Ogden, Utah, on June 29-30, 1923 and was presided over by the first president, Richard H. Wootton, whose wife Irene later became the first president for the auxiliary.

During the first ten years of peace officers’ conventions, some of the wives accompanied their husbands. They were invited to the banquet, but other than that, furnished much of their own entertainment. In 1932 at a convention in Price, through the encouragement of the association officers, it was decided to organize an auxiliary. There were about fifteen women present at that time, and they elected Irene Wootton, president and Gertrude L. Bauer, secretary. A committee was appointed to formulate a constitution and by-laws for the organization. They also planned the activities for the next year’s convention.

The following year at Richfield, the constitution was read and adopted by those present. It stated, “The object of the auxiliary shall be to provide social activities and education features for the benefit and enlightment of its members.”

Membership in the auxiliary is restricted to wives [spouses] of law enforcement officers who are in good standing in the UPOA. Officers are elected each year and a yearly membership due paid. Luncheons and activities are provided for the ladies [spouses] during each convention by the officers, and the membership has grown from the original few to a little over one hundred.

During the past few years, the ladies [spouses] have become interested in trying their skill and ability at pistol shooting. At first the ladies [spouses] were merely spectators to the pistol contest, but then they were invited by the men [officers] to join in this fascinating sport. Now teams have been organized in several of the cities and the ladies [spouses] also compete in the class and individual shooting. Some of the women [spouses] have become outstanding marksmen. In the 1953 convention, a perfect score of 100 was shot by Iris Lazenby of Salt Lake. Each contestant has to furnish her own gun and ammunition. Besides what it costs, it takes hours and hours of practice. But once a person becomes interested in shooting, it has a fascination that keeps one trying to improve. In many cases where a peace officer is an outstanding marksman, his wife runs him a close second.

This year (1953) marks the 20th anniversary, of the UPOA auxiliary and in looking back, it has helped greatly to increase the enjoyment, the socialibity, and good fellowship at the UPOA conventions. They are now something looked forward to and enjoyed by both the Peace Officer and his (her) spouse.

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