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Salvation Army holds dinner for volunteers

April 28, 2010

On April 20, The Salvation Army held its annual recognition dinner for those who volunteered and assisted the needy in Washington County in 2009.

Approximately 180 people gathered at the Elks Lodge to enjoy a meal and program hosted by Maj. Robert and Maj. Karen Lyle, commanding officers of the Hagerstown corps.

The evening was directed by Master of Ceremonies Ward Childerston.

Don Talbert, retiring chairman of the advisory board, thanked the many volunteers.

Amy Whittington, incoming chairman of the board, gave her vision of the future, including the capital campaign later this year.

Childerston then presented clubs, churches, schools and other organizations and individuals with recognition for the bell-ringing season, collection of canned goods and other service efforts.

The Kiwanis Club of Hagerstown brought in the largest number of dollars at $4,034, followed by the Rotary Club of Hagerstown with $1,851 and Benevola United Methodist Church at $832.

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County schools provided canned foods and dry goods for the feeding program and the Women and Children's Shelter.

Among the schools recognized were Maugansville Elementary, Winter Street Elementary, Boonsboro High, Smithsburg High and Old Forge Elementary.

Maj. Karen Lyle provided vocal music for the evening.

Instrumental music before and during the dinner hour was provided by the Maryland-West Virginia Divisional Salvation Army Band.

This year's keynote speaker was Don McLauglin, pastor of North Atlanta Church of Christ, who presented a message on "The Journey," a testimony of God's impact on his life and others through his work as a pastor, public speaker and trainer.

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