Front lines ‘News briefs of the West’

By Karen Gleason, Editor

I wait for the Lord to help me, and I trust his word (Ps. 130:5 NCV).

PETALUMA, CALIF.—Despite unseasonably cool temperatures, over 100 bicyclists from across California rode in the 100-mile century ride fundraiser in May to benefit the Petaluma Corps. The event—planned mostly by the corps’ advisory board—raised $4,600. Plans are underway for next year’s ride.

“We are hoping for better weather,” Captain Barbara Schneider, Petaluma corps officer, said. “We think we will be able to have a lot more participants at the event next spring.”


PORTLAND, ORE.—On June 11 The Salvation Army continued its tradition of participating in the Portland Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade. This year’s float theme was “Honoring Those Who Serve.”

Twelve veterans from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard rode the float, which displayed a Salvation Army shield, made of organic materials surrounded by flowers, and American flags.

Lt. Emmanuel Masango, Tualatin Valley corps officer, represented The Salvation Army.


SHOW LOW, ARIZ.—White Mountain Outpost held its 2nd annual “Gimmee Shelter Rally and White Mountain Deuce of Clubs Motorcycle Fun Run” on Memorial Day weekend, featuring a 180-mile bike ride through the mountains, bike games and vendors.

Although heavy winds along the route brought down participation, the event generated $1,000 for the outpost’s homeless and youth programs.

Planning for next year is underway and will include camping areas and motel deals.

David Sherman is in charge of the outpost.


YAKIMA, WASH.—Eighty-one nursing home residents attended the 56th annual luncheon in their honor, held by the Yakima Home League at the corps on May 5.

Themed “A Day at the Circus,” the event featured local professional clowns Oochee and Snickers.

Major Chris Morrow coordinated the event and Dorothy Woodward and Joellen Decker decorated the room. Each guest received a gift and an animal pin courtesy of Decker, Sandy Lutschg, Barb Couch and Kitty Quinn.


SAN FRANCISCO—More than 300 people attended the Pinehurst Women’s Auxiliary’s annual spring festival/fundraiser on June 4, raising almost $7,000 for Pinehurst Lodge, a women’s adult rehabilitation center. Guests especially enjoyed the cheesecake and tea café where beneficiaries spoke.

“It’s important to share these stories,” said Yvonne Daubin, president of the auxiliary, “to show how far they’ve come and the role The Salvation Army played in their journey.”

Pinehurst accommodates 24 beneficiaries and two resident managers.


HOONAH, ALASKA—Forty-one kids attended vacation Bible school at the Hoonah Corps the week of June 6.

Hoonah is a town of 850, with a strong attitude of community networking and cooperation. The early VBS worked well this year, considering summer school, other churches’ VBS programs, the annual fishing competition, and the fact that Corps Officer Major Lonnie Upshaw is moving to a new appointment in Ketchikan.

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