Frontlines – News Briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner – 

Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)

Commissioner’s Sunbeams announced
The San Bernardino, Calif., corps proudly announces their new Commissioner’s Sunbeams, Emmili Penn and Sharlena Mefford. “This is the climax to four years of hard work for them both,” stated Corps Officer Major Jacqueline Fritz, who serves with her husband, Major Russell Fritz. It’s the first time in 16 years that the corps had had a Commissioner’s Sunbeam.

Martin at ICO
Major Eloisa Martin, Hawaiian and Pacific Islands divisional secretary for Business, is presently attending International College for Officers (ICO) – Session 188 (January 11 – March 6, 2006).

Colorado kettles full
“The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles overflowed this holiday season thanks to the generosity of our local community,” said Kevin Brocksieck, Kettle Campaign manager. The 2005 annual campaign raised $480,310 breaking 2004’s record of $379,000. The goal set for 2005 was $400,000. With this second record-breaking year, El Paso County raised more money than any other red kettle campaign in the 13 western United States. “Once again the goodness and generosity of the people of El Paso County has come through,” said Major Don Gilger, El Paso County Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

Alaska appreciates media
Alaska DHQ hosted its first Media Appreciation Luncheon following the busy holiday season to thank local media representatives for the generous support in helping share the Army’s story. Three local media outlets were presented with special awards for their “above and beyond” support of The Salvation Army, including the Anchorage Daily News “Neighbor to Neighbor” campaign, KTUU (NBC) for the “Power of 2” Volunteer Bell Ringing campaign and KGOT for its “Miracle for Teens” Toy Drive. Certificates were presented to all of the other stations as well. Of course, with a captive audience, Divisional Commander Major Bob Rudd took advantage of the opportunity to share “newsworthy” information about upcoming events and significant news about The Salvation Army’s work in Alaska.

Singles retreat for officers
Major Steven Bradley, Education secretary, reports Sr. Gemma Simmonds, from the UK, will be the guest speaker at the Canada and Bermuda Territory’s “Single and Single Again Life Enrichment Retreat” to be held April 2-5, 2006 at Jackson’s Point Conference Centre. Delegate recommendations should be sent to the Territorial Education Department (TED) at Crestmont for processing and approval before registering for the conference.

SA supports Alabama church fire victims
After a series of fires erupted in five churches along rural roads of Bibb County, Alabama, The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa has been on the scene with a mobile feeding unit, providing meals, snacks, coffee, and spiritual support to the community of faith that has been shocked by the tragic early morning fires. “We want to be a source of hope and strength for our brothers and sisters in faith,” said Tuscaloosa Corps Officer Major Mark Smith.

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