Frontlines — News Briefs of the West
by Captain Robert L. Rudd –
It was a thrilling, patriotic celebration as the Tustin Ranch, Calif., corps held its annual Country Fair. Necks craned as a puff of smoke turn into sky diver Jim Wallace, trailing the Stars & Stripes, who made a perfect landing in the parking lot. Commissioners David and Doreen Edwards were on hand as official grand marshals, accompanied by Captains Lee and Michele Lescano. There were pony rides, fire trucks, a petting zoo and inflated jumper attractions along with the traditional barbershop quartet and gospel entertainers. A great day for more than 500 people!
Envoy Rob Zimmerman, director of the Lighthouse Recovery Center on Guam, participated in Sanctuary, Inc.’s third annual Too Cool to Do Drugs youth conference. Zimmerman led a workshop entitled “Go Against the Flow,” which focused on peer pressure and becoming a purpose-driven person.
Mary Stewart, a longtime Tucson, Ariz., resident, was honored recently for a lifetime of remarkable volunteer service to the Army’s Tucson Metropolitan Hospitality House shelter. Captain William Dickinson, city coordinator, presented her with a plaque commemorating 35 years of continuous service. “She always comes through for us when we need her,” said Jerry Brillo, Hospitality House director. Mary says what keeps her going is, “I like people…the Lord has been good to me and I want to give back.”
BARGAINS IN CATHEDRAL CITY
The Riverside County ARC opened a new store in Cathedral City, Calif., recently. Over 200 people were there for the ribbon-cutting. Anne Stewart, representing Congresswoman Mary Bono’s office, awarded a U.S. flag that had flown over the nation’s Capitol for the new store. Lt. Grady Brown remarked it is important for the Army to be represented in that area, so people will know we have come to help.
MIRACLES DO HAPPEN
The Los Angeles Harbor Light recently inducted 33 men and women into their Miracle Club. This club was started 11 years ago by Major Bill Mulch, and celebrates continuing sobriety. Congrat-ulations to all!
Major George Baker (R) has for many years kept War Cry and New Frontier clippings on each corps and ARC in the territory. He has now donated his entire collection to the Western Territory Museum, where it will be of immeasurable help to research projects. If you have memorabilia you would like to share with the museum, get in touch with Frances Dingman at (310) 534-6097 or write to her at THQ.
At the recent National Social Service Conference in White Plains, NY, Elma Phillipson Cole, ACSW, LSW, was presented the “Others” award for her accomplishments and contributions to The Salvation Army. Cole was promoted to Glory shortly after the conference. She was the author of many “standards” approved by Commissioners Conferen-ces to guide and regulate various social ministries.
FIVE BANDS JOIN TO PRAISE
The Seattle Temple Band (B/M Stefan Wennstig) recently joined four Canadian groups at Burnaby, B.C., to herald band ministry into the next millennium. Leading worship, praise and outreach during the three-day event were the new Canadian leaders, Commissioners Norman and Marian Howe. Northwest Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Chris Buchanan joined the Seattle band, and former Pasadena Tab Bandmaster Bill Gordon was in evidence, newly promoted to first trombone section of the Cariboo Hill Band.