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Salvation Army ready for 100th birthday

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The Estevan Salvation Army is going to be celebrating 100 years of service in Estevan with a series of activities from Friday, May 2 to Sunday, May 4.

Festivities will kick off May 2 with a family fun night, starting at 7 p.m. Games and fellowship will be offered, and coffee will be served.

A celebratory service will be at 3 p.m. on May 3. Regina's Salvation Army band will be performing. Captains Kirk and Linda Green, who were the local Salvation Army officers from 2000 to 2005, will be delivering a message.

The Greens now reside in Cranbrook, B.C.

A supper will be at 5 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church. There will be letters and speeches that will pay tribute to the Salvation Army's accomplishments and its commitment to the people of Estevan.

“It'll be a time to commemorate some of the high points of our experience here, and to celebrate,” said Lieutenant Brian Bobolo. “Celebrate the relationships that we've managed to establish with the community over these 100 years. There have been lots of good things that have gone on in the 100 years.”

Activities will wrap up with a Sunday morning church service at 11 a.m. on May 4. The Greens will once again be the guest speakers.

“Lots of people have fond memories of the Greens, and so they were the ideal choice and the obvious choice for so many of us to come back and be our lead speakers for the weekend,” said Bobolo.

Majors Len and Ros Millar, who were in Estevan from 2009 to 2012, will be returning to Estevan for the centennial bash, too. They now work in North Battleford and Kindersley.  Michael and Leanne Hoeft, who head up the Salvation Army's operations in Saskatchewan, will be in Estevan for the centennial.

The centennial has been a good opportunity for Bobolo and his wife, June, to learn more about the ministry's history in Estevan, he said, as the Bobolos have been in the Energy City for less than a couple of years.

“It's nice to talk to people,” said Bobolo. “There have been lots of conversations that we've had in which people have said 'We remember this officer who came here, and they did this, and they helped us out in this way,' or 'I remember volunteering for the kettles so many years ago, and helping out.'”

Stories about the different officers who have come to Estevan have been entertaining, he said.

“We come into a rich history, so it's important to pause and to recognize the efforts of so many people,” said Bobolo.

The weekend will be a celebration of the Salvation Army's history, he said, and a chance to pause and reflect on the organization's impact, and the many relationships that have been formed through the Salvation Army.


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