Helen Robinson Grant, first vice president of the National Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, was recently appointed president by the organization's executive committee.

She fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Eileen Dunyon Christensen, who left her position for personal reasons after three years service.Christensen has served in many capacities during her 10 years on the board. As president she brought the DUP to international status with the organization of camps and companies in Canada. As her time permits, she will continue to serve on the board.

Grant, who will serve as president until national elections in October 1991, has been a member of the lesson committee and chairman of district conventions.

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers is a volunteer organization of more than 22,000 women whose heritage ties them to an ancestor who immigrated to the Utah Territory between July 24, 1847, and May 10, 1869, or who was born in the territory between those dates.

A non-political and non-sectarian organization, the DUP maintains a museum of pioneer artifacts at 300 N. Main St., where members give guided tours to help educate the public in early pioneer history. They also maintain a library of pioneer histories. DUP members work to instill faith, courage, fortitude and patriotism among their descendants and citizens of America, Grant said.