Celebrating Past and Future
by Staff Reports
The Salvation Army’s local advisory board celebrated the group’s past and looked to the future at their annual luncheon.
Officers were installed at the luncheon at Partners II Pizza recently. Accomplishments – particularly those from the past year – were discussed. Plans for future projects, including the first run/walk fundraiser for the Salvation Army in Newnan and a series of events for Salvation Army Week, were also discussed.
Bette Hickman was installed as chairman of the advisory board, succeeding Winston Skinner who had served in that post for several years. Other officers installed were Larry Repass, vice chairman; Dr. Robert Calhoun, treasurer; and Evelyn Repass, secretary.
Hickman thanked Skinner for his leadership and presented him with a plaque on behalf of the advisory board.
“The future is exciting. I’m thrilled to see the young faces in this room,” Hickman said. She said the new volunteers and board members will bring new ideas that will serve the Salvation Army well in the future.
Hickman encouraged everyone at the luncheon to make plans to be part of at least one activity during Salvation Army Week in May. “We have seven events. I want you to plug in. Find an event,” she said.
Jim Morrow, service extension director with the Salvation Army, spoke briefly during the meeting. He outlined statistics showing the Army’s ministry in the local area and around the world.
“It’s not just the numbers,” he said. “It’s the individuals and families we’ve helped.”
Hickman said the Salvation Army has “a wonderful reputation in our community and our world.”
She also talked about Stephanie May, the service center director, and the energy, enthusiasm and creativity she has brought to the Salvation Army’s mission in Coweta County. May’s efforts “have meant the world to us,” Hickman said.
“There’s no reason we can’t grow and flourish and help the community,” Hickman said.