FrontLines – News briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner

Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. Galatians 6:1-5 (The Message)

Reyes recognized
The Human Services Association honored Santa Fe Springs Corps, Calif., Envoy Gilbert Reyes at its 68th annual dinner and awards ceremony, presenting him with the 2009 Spirit Award. He also received recognition from Senator Lucille Roybal Allard, California Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, and County Supervisor Don Knabe.

Home League collects mile of pennies
Joyce Johnston, Seattle Temple, Wash., Home League secretary, reports the HL exceeded its goal of collecting a mile of pennies ($844.80) by raising $1,000; they gave the funds to the Bremerton Corps for its homeless program. According to Johnston, Richard Le Mieux’s book, Breakfast at Sally’s, inspired the donation—when homeless, Le Mieux received assistance from the corps. Major Linda Harmon, Seattle Temple corps officer, presented the check to Bremerton Corps Officer Major Jim Baker.

SF Central Kitchen featured
A popular Bay-area based food blog, Food Wishes, featured The Salvation Army’s Central Kitchen in San Francisco, Calif.; Food Wishes is linked to the national food blogging site, Chef John of Food Wishes spent the day with the Army’s Chef Anthony Pardi to exchange secrets for preparing that perfect holiday meal, while showcasing The Salvation Army’s meal program in San Francisco. Chef John challenged his followers to participate in the Army’s Turkey Drop Turkey Drive and to donate though the website or by starting their own Online Red Kettle. You can view the blog at:

Citizen of the Year
Diana Gomes, director of The Salvation Army’s Monterey Peninsula, Calif., Good Samaritan Center, received the Naval Post Graduate School’s Omega Psi Phi Omicron Nu Chapter Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing her contribution to the betterment of the community. Congratulations!

Off to ICO
The following officers have been approved as delegates to the International College for Officers (ICO): Session 204—Major Ronda Gilger (January 13 – March 8, 2010); Session 205—Major Denise Hawk (April 14 – June 7, 2010); Session 206—Major Richard Larson (July 14 – September 6, 2010); Session 207—Major Michael Zielinski (October 13 – December 6, 2010); Session 208—Major Douglas Riley (January 12 – March 7, 2011); Session 209—Major Kelly Pontsler (April 13 – June 6, 2011); Session 210—Major Michael Dickinson (July 13 – September 5, 2011); Session 211—Major Man-Hee Chang (October 12 – December 5, 2011).

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