Columbia Rotary raises over $35,000 for The Salvation Army of the Midlands

imagesThe 2014 Christmas Kettle Campaign was a great success for Columbia Rotary and The Salvation Army.  Major Roger Coulson is proud to report that Columbia Rotary raised $35,962 during the 2014 holiday season.  This total includes the kettles worked by Columbia Rotarians at Green’s, Piggly Wiggly and Bi-Lo in addition to fundraising efforts led by Past President JT within his automotive business and a personal donation from JT and his wife, Mary.  Special thanks to all the Team Captains and the Bell Ringers who made this holiday season a great success.  The Salvation Army raised a total of $351,887 throughout the Midlands!!

Bells are Ringin’

Thanks to everyone who sent in their pictures of family, friends and colleagues ringing the bell for Columbia Rotary and the 2014 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign.  Look for a recap of the program after the first of the year.  A million thanks to everyone who served our community “Doing The Most Good”!!

Feel free to send your bell ringing photos to kpowers@free-times.com so they can be posted to this gallery!

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Red Kettle Update from Major Coulson

imagesWith the number of days that have passed since we last met I am sure our data needs to be brought current.  Please email me (Roger_Coulson@uss.salvationarmy.org) before Monday and we will bring the boards current before the meeting on Monday.  Thanks so much for all you are doing to make this year successful and fun!

 

The Red Kettle Campaign has officially begun!

President-elect Mark Sullivan, Seth Taylor with Salvation Army of the Midlands and President John.
President-elect Mark Sullivan, Seth Taylor with Salvation Army of the Midlands and President John.

The Salvation Army provided a festive and uplifting program on Monday, November 10th to kick off the 2014 Red Kettle Campaign!  If you have not signed up for  a shift to ring the bell, please arrive a few minutes early on Monday and choose your shift.  

Slideshow from the November 10th Meeting:

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November 10th at 12:30-Salvation Army Bell Ringing Campaign

imagesYou won’t want to miss Monday’s meeting.  Roger Coulson and the folks from The Salvation Army will have the sign-up boards available in the lobby for the 2014 Christmas Kettle Campaign.  Get there early and grab your spot on the board to ring the bell for Columbia Rotary!  Giving some of your time this holiday season can make a huge difference for a family struggling to make ends meet during the holidays.  Please make plans to attend the meeting on Monday!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Here are some photos of 2013 Bell Ringers:

Connor Powers (age 10) is in his third season as a Rotary Bell Ringer with mom (Kerry Powers) at Green's on Assembly.
Connor Powers (age 10) is in his third season as a Rotary Bell Ringer.
Michael Kohn and Joe Jones ringing the bell at Green's on Assembly.
Michael Kohn and Joe Jones ringing the bell at Green’s on Assembly.
John Tingen (a/k/a Elvis) and his wife, Janice ringing the bell at Green's on Assembly.  Elvis wowed the crowds as they shopped, ringing his sleigh bells for the Salvation Army. Several little old ladies had to have their picture taken with "the king." Others said they don't usually put money in the bucket this early in the year (it was the first day of ringing), but since it was "Elvis."  Some asked him to sing.  As always, it was a blessing to us to be able to ring the bell.  As Elvis would say, "Thank you, thank you very much!"
John Tingen (a/k/a Elvis) and his wife, Janice ringing the bell at Green’s on Assembly.
Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green's on her 6th birthday!
Lila Powers rang the bell for a couple of hours at Green’s on her 6th birthday!