Supporters of the Salvation Army of Steubenville attending its annual civic dinner Sept. 11 on what was the 11th anniversary of 9-11 got something besides a seat assignment when they entered the banquet room at St. Florian Hall.
They got a red, yellow and blue bracelet bearing the Salvation Army's theme - "One Army, One Mission, One Message," a motto overviewed by guest speaker Col. Steven Howard, divisional commander for Northeast Ohio, there with his wife, Col. Janice Howard, divisional director of women's ministries for Northeast Ohio, an awards presenter.
The evening was a reminder of what the Salvation Army does. In the words shared with me by outgoing board chairman Nancy Medcalf, its mission is "to be a lighthouse to those who so desperately need help with life's changing challenges," and "to meet needs at the point of need."
Ann Koon, left, of Eastern Gateway Community College with Patricia Fletcher,
recipient of Others Award
The Salvation Army does that in many ways. Its program booklet statistically listed services to the community from Oct. 1, 2011, through August 2012:
The Salvation Army is moving in to a busy time of year with the Coats for Kids program; the free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the Christmas Kettle Campaign on the calendar for Nov. 1 through Dec. 24; its Angel Tree program Nov. 15 through Dec. 15; its gift wrapping service at the mall on Dec. 8-23; and its New Year's Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 1.
All of these offer an opportunity for people to help those who need help, with the wheels put in motion by a simple phone call to the Salvation Army at (740) 282-5121.
It also offers a free prescription program and home heating assistance. Religious services are held at 11 a.m. Sunday with Sunday school for all ages at 9:45 a.m.
The dinner was hosted by the Salvation Army's advisory board; Maj. Earline May, corps commanding officer; and Lt. Karen Zehler. It included the presentation of numerous awards. Patricia Fletcher received its highest national civic award - the Others Award. Community service awards went to Barry and Gerilynn Parker of Steubenville and their son, Owen - Zehler's daughter, son-in-law and grandson - and Betti Hamilton and Marianne Jackson, May's sisters.
Volunteer of the Year honors went to Gary Barnes of Steubenville.
Medcalf passed the gavel to Carol Weber, and Anita Petrella and Vicki Littlejohn were installed as new board members.
Advisory board members were introduced, including Harriette Coker, Shawn Crosier, Richard Cunningham, Charles Govey, Susan Haseltine, William Hendricks, Edward Littlejohn Sr., Melony McBride, Brenan Pergi, John Phillips, Mary Jane Ritson, Mim Santilli, Justin Scarpone, Daniel Spahn, Nancy Trombetta and Carol Weber, and the program booklet acknowledged the service of the late William Alexander, who passed away Aug. 4 and was a faithful supporter and board member.
The Salvation Army works to support the spiritual and physical needs of people, and its local representatives expressed appreciation to the public for its continued support.
I think I can say the busy season has officially begun as many groups and organizations are back on track to having their events, meetings and such now that summer is truly behind us.
See you out there.