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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thess. 5:11 NIV).

 COUER D’ALENE, IDAHO—The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center received the 2011 Reader’s Survey Gold Award for Best Fitness Club in Idaho from the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. Hundreds of people participated in the survey, considering aspects of the facility including programming, staff expertise and inclusiveness.

“We want to thank our community for being so supportive of us,” said Major John Chamness, Kroc Center administrator. “Without their dedication, none of this would have been possible.”

The center opened in May 2009 and currently has over 15,000 members.

 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA—The Western Territorial Band, led by Bandmaster Neil Smith, made its first visit to Anchorage the weekend of Oct. 7. It appeared at local public schools and offered free music workshops on the University of Alaska campus. On Oct. 8, the band gave a free concert in the Bartlett High School auditorium, joined by members of the University of Alaska Wind Ensemble. On Sunday, the band participated in the Anchorage Corps’ worship service.

 BIG BEAR, CALIF.—Sierra del Mar’s Pine Summit Camp hosted a divisional men’s retreat Sept. 29–Oct. 1. Eighteen corps participated.

Divisional Commander Major Lee Lescano spoke on “Discipleship—doing what God tells you to do, not what the need seems to be,” based on I Cor. 6:11-14.

John Atchison, graduate and now resident manager of Riverside Adult Rehabilitation Center, shared his story of salvation at Camp Mt. Crags. Separated from his hiking group, he asked God for directions back to camp, which God gave him—over some challenging terrain. Knowing he never could have made it back on his own, Atchison realized he needed God’s power in his life.

 AIEA, HAWAII—O’ahu’s Wai’anae Ministry—known as the “The Rock”—led by Rob Noland, will celebrate its 11th anniversary Oct. 9. Special guests are Captain Kyle and Major Lisa Smith.

The ministry holds services every Sunday at Pokai Bay Beach Park under a tent, along with weekly Bible studies, family and youth nights.

 SACRAMENTO, CALIF.—The Millerizm Group hosted the 6th annual Blue Jeans Ball Sept. 17 at the Red Lion Inn. Attendees donated 212 pairs of blue jeans for The Salvation Army’s Family Services and Emergency Shelter.

For more information about the Millerizm Group, created by Sacramento residents Darius, Derrick, Darnell and Jahmal Miller, visit

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Leslies appointed to Caribbean Territory


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