Inaugural Galveston County Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Chartered
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - The Galveston County Salvation Army recently received its charter documents and inducted officers and committee chairs for the inaugural Galveston County Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary. An educational, fundraising and volunteer arm of the Salvation Army, the Women’s Auxiliary serves as an authorized advisory organization of the Salvation Army, devoted to the purpose of assisting the Salvation Army in accomplishing its spiritual and humanitarian objectives. The Auxiliary will focus on spreading the mission of the Salvation Army, sharing the ongoing programs and projects, and help raise needed funds to amplify the outreach of The Salvation Army into the community. All women of Galveston County are invited to join the Auxiliary. Annual dues are set at twenty-five dollars.
Immediate fundraising efforts planned by the Auxiliary are a “Boots n’ BBQ” event to be held at Stringfellow Orchard on August 17, 2017; and the “Runway to Hope,” a luncheon and style show scheduled for October 3, 2017 at the San Luis Resort and Conference Center. Sponsorships and tickets for these events will be available soon.
Charter document and induction ceremony for the Auxiliary took place Monday, April 17th. With a moving speech about the purpose and strength of each office and committee, Captain Jennifer Jones inducted the following women to the Galveston Women’s Auxiliary for 2017: President Gina Spagnola (President, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce), Vice-President Meg Winchester (Director of the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau), Treasurer Terri Cole (Facilities Manager, Odyssey Academy), Chaplain Cathie Bach (Owner/operator, My Galveston Getaway), Secretary Joyce Bell (Curves of Galveston) and Historian Virginia Weber (Development Director, The Grand 1894 Opera House).
Committee Chairs for 2017: PR/Marketing-Kathy VanDewalli, Nominating-Bets Anderson, Membership-JessieAnn Bradshaw, Finance-Kay Sandor, Style Show-JessieAnn Bradshaw, and Boots n’ BBQ co-chairs Vivian Hernandez and Doreen Hughes.
Auxiliary President Gina Spagnola stated “It is an honor to serve the Galveston community through the Women’s Auxiliary, and to serve alongside women who relish in the opportunity to share a sense of hope and blessings to our Galveston County neighbors in need.”
In planning since November 2016 through an Auxiliary steering committee comprised of women on the Galveston County Salvation Army Board of Directors and women in the community, the official charter application was filed in January of this year. Nationally, the Salvation Army has many Women’s Auxiliary chapters, but the Galveston County chapter is the first for this area. Spagnola agreed to serve as the inaugural Auxiliary president and began recruiting women in the community to serve on the Auxiliary. With a total of 18 steering committee members, the group applied for their official charter from the Salvation Army headquarters. The Galveston County Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary was officially chartered on March 8, 2017.
Membership in the Women’s Auxiliary is $25 annually. For more information on the Women’s Auxiliary or to request a membership application, contact Salvation Army Galveston County Director of Development Holly McDonald at Holly.McDonald@uss.salvationarmy.org or by phone at 409.763.1691, ext. 75313, and at www.salvationarmytexas.org/galvestoncounty
Pictured: The first official meeting of the Galveston County Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary took place on April 17, 2017.
Front row left to right: Jennifer Jones, Vivian Hernandez, Margo Snider, Kathy VanDewalli, Kay Sandor, Gina Spagnola, Cynthia Wander, Doreen Hughes, JessieAnn Bradshaw, Kay Davis
Back row left to right: Holly McDonald, Mary O’Keefe, Terri Cole, Joyce Bell, Virginia Weber, Meg Winchester, Cathie Bach
Photo taken by Lauren Pope. Also present but not pictured: City Council representative Amy Bly.