The Salvation Army “Adopts” Berrian Elementary School

We just wanted to share from the blessings we have been experiencing here in the Quincy/Hannibal region. What a joy it is to now begin to develop partnerships and watch our vision grow as to the impact we can make over the course of a child’s life with the Kroc Center at the center of it all. In creating places and spaces for youth development, we are seeing the dream unfold before us. My dream is to watch us create the framework for lifelong impact as we walk with children and their families through the transitions of their development. This framework has just begun to solidify as we have identified one of our new partners in our neighborhood.

As part of our plan to build relationships in our community we have officially adopted our first school. Berrian Elementary School is located about a mile from the Kroc Center, and 91% of the children attending qualify for free lunch. Understanding what that translates to for income guidelines you can understand our desire to reach out to these neighborhood families with inspiration and hope for a future beyond their circumstances.

As an introduction to our Kroc Community, we held a Christmas Party for the school at our center. With the model proposed by Major Dan Jennings we took the adopt-a-school concept and ran with it. Lt. Linnea Forney took four Dollar Store gifts to the school and allowed each of the 235 children to select a gift for their mother and father, or guardians as they may be. With the selections made we moved quickly to take deliver of the gifts returning with a hand full of staff and alongside the teachers helped each child wrap the gifts for their parents. Last night the school staff arrived at our Worship Theater with the gifts set, and then the families began to come.

And come they did. While we sent a bus to assist with transportation needs, we only needed to pick up 18 individuals. As we filled our Worship Theater, the overflow began to quickly fill the balcony as well. When all was said and done we had 583 in our worship theater. We had a few introductions of our officer staff and their School staff, then turned to the children to sing Christmas songs and to share a bit of poetry. I then shared a short message about the Joy of Giving.

Using the Kroc Gift as our example of joyful giving, we transitioned to the joy of giving by the children to each of the parents present. I expressed our gratitude for such a gift to our community and invited them to join us in enjoying all that this Community Center has to offer them and their children. We shared our desire to partner with them to provide an environment for youth development and an incredible future for our children. Major Dan Jennings then shared the Quincy Kroc vision of Inspiration, Instruction and Involvement and the invitation to visit us on Sundays for church.

From there we moved to the Meadows, where Christmas melodies filled the air as brilliant visuals danced on the overhead screens. The simplicity of cookies and juice allowed for conversations to linger into the next hour as this strange new building began to become a warm inviting space for the families and school staff present. This was the first of our open door activities with Berrian School. We look forward to many more updates as we continue to build on the foundation now begun.

- Lt. Rich Forney

“The Institute” Estate Planning Seminar

The 19th Annual Estate & Charitable Gift Planning Institute
For Professional Estate Planners

TOPIC: “More Uncertainty Than Ever: Estate Planning With A Foggy Crystal Ball”

September 14, 2011 at The Crossing
Guest Speakers: Ann B. Burns and Charles A. “Clary” Redd

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Registration Begins at 8:00 AM

In these times of unprecedented uncertainty, everyone involved in estate planning is seeking more  guidance than ever. Ethical considerations, fiduciary liability issues and staying abreast of current developments can be challenging, but Ann and Clary are here to help!

Agenda:

9:30 – How Ethical Rules Govern the Conduct of Estate Planners
10:30 – Looking Through the Crystal Ball – What’s New and Noteworthy
Noon – Lunch
1:00 – Identifying and Avoiding Breaches of Fiduciary Duty
3:00 – Q & A

REGISTER

The Salvation Army Recognizes Lifetime Volunteer

Charlie Doan

On Monday May 16th, 2011, at the Quincy Salvation Army, Charlie Doan was presented with The Salvation Army’s Central Territory Lifetime Volunteer Award.

This award is only given to an outstanding volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in providing service to others through The Salvation Army over many years.

The Quincy Salvation Army Kroc Center was privileged to recognize Advisory Board Member, Charlie Doan, as the recipient of the Territorial Lifetime Service Award.  A reception was held in his honor on May 16th.  Divisional Headquarters guests, Major Barbara MacClean, Divisional Secretary for Program, and Sheila R. Davis, Divisional Volunteer Coordinator were on hand to present Charlie with the Award.

Charlie has given 40+ years of volunteer service to The Salvation Army in Quincy.  As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” Charlie has always been an ambitious man, who for many years, has supported and given generously to The Salvation Army.  He is also involved with many community organizations and groups that have affected many lives for the better.  In addition to his 40+ years as a Salvation Army advisory board member, he also has life member status.

Charlie has served The Salvation Army in many ways over the years.   He served for many years on the Emergency Disaster Team, helping with disasters both locally and nationally. Throughout the holiday season he has manned kettles and served as the coordinator and head cook for The Salvation Army’s Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners. His many years of faithful service to The Salvation Army are respected and will continue to be appreciated.   Even at the age of 86, Charlie continues to be active, and is the current chair of the Advisory Board Property Committee.

Charlie’s spirit of volunteerism is being carried on by his family, with three generations of Doans currently volunteering for The Salvation Army.

Mission Statement

The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

There’s So Much Here For You!

Much has been written about the construction of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center since Quincy was first chosen as the recipient of $40 million toward the effort. The buzz surrounding the facility has steadily increased as the community has speculated exactly what venues would be included in the center.

Several years of planning have gone by with various changes taking place in design and leadership, however the core values and purpose of this venture remain the same, keeping with the mission of The Salvation Army. The RJKCCC is committed to producing tangible outcomes that will change lives and rebuild souls of the people of Quincy. In addition, we are committed to our “three I’s”: Inspire, Instruct, and Involve.

The Kroc Center is starting to see the finishing touches added to the building. Many of the floors are being finished, and the swimming pool and slide are well underway. The grand opening and dedication date is set for September 18th, and the building will be a spectacular draw to the downtown area.

Families, children, men & women, and seniors from all walks of life and every part of the area can look forward to enjoying the Kroc Center and being inspired, instructed, and involved through recreation, fellowship, and education.

Watch for continued updates and pray for God’s blessing!

 

Venues of the Kroc Center

Worship Theater
The premier venue of the Kroc Center is the 500 seat Worship Theater. There are 350 moveable seats on the floor with another 150 theater style seats in the balcony. The chapel will double as an auditorium to host concerts, guest speakers, seminars, and theatrical productions.

Huck’s Hideout
The child watch room, with an outdoor play area is available for children ages 6 months to 6 years, whose parents are using the Kroc Center facility.

The Meadows
The Meadows is a large conference room, with fireplace, which can be divided into three separate rooms. A door leads to an outdoor terrace with a fireplace that mirrors the one indoors. Each room is equipped with high tech audio/visual equipment to accommodate meetings and presentations.

 

 

 

Gymnasium
The gymnasium, with hardwood floors, has 2 basketball/volleyball courts.

Rock Climbing and Bouldering Wall
One of the unique features of the Kroc Center is the 26′ rock climbing and bouldering wall.

Aquatics Center
Our Aquatics Center has an indoor recreational pool with a 22-½’ tall twisting water slide that is 157′ long. An outdoor splash pad will be featured in the summer months. Included in the pool is a tot slide, lazy river, hydrotherapy pool area, vortex, a variety of spray features, water basketball and 2 lap lanes.

 

Party Rooms
2 rooms are available off the Aquatics area for various events and parties.

The Kroc Café
The Café will offer a variety of food and beverages with a seating area overlooking the Aquatics Center.

Locker/Shower Rooms
Wet and dry locker rooms for both men and women are available. Family cabanas (or changing rooms) are also available. Each cabana has a stool, sink and shower, as well as a baby changing table.

Walking/Running Track
The Kroc Center has a three lane walking/running track with great views of some of the indoor features as well as outdoor views of the bridge and river.

Fitness Center
Come and get fit in our large cardio and fitness area featuring over 65 pieces of cardio equipment. The Weight Room has more than 40 pieces of weight loaded equipment and free weights. There are 2 group fitness rooms providing a variety of cardio, strength and core classes to help develop your mind, body and spirit.

The Ledge
This area is a high tech game room featuring many of the latest gaming systems.

 

 

Fan Program

The Salvation Army’s Fan Program begins Thursday, June 2nd from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for individuals and families in need of a fan.

The Salvation Army has a very limited supply, and will distribute fans Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. while supplies are available.

Individuals only need to bring a photo ID to receive a fan.

Donations of new fans, or funds to purchase them may be sent or taken to The Salvation Army at 732 Hampshire Street in Quincy.  Office hours are Monday through Thursday from

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the Fan Program or to check availability, contact The Salvation Army at (217) 222-2087.

Meet the Majors

Major Dan Jennings

On February 2, 2011 Major Dan Jennings was appointed to The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Quincy. Major Jennings comes to Quincy from Territorial Headquarters in Des Plaines, where he served as the Assistant Secretary for Program and Secretary for Spiritual Life Development.

Major Jennings was commissioned as an officer in The Salvation Army in 1994 and has served as a corps officer in the Western Division , Divisional Youth and Candidate’s Secretary in the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division, and Divisional Secretary for Program in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division.

Major Jennings is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, The College for Officers Training, and post graduate work at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Major Jennings serves as an instructor at The Salvation Army Continuing Education Program at Olivet.

The Major has a love for short term Mission and has led several mission teams, including visits to Peru, Chile, and multiple visits to the Philippines.

The Major is married and has two adult daughters. His wife, Major Dorene Jennings who most recently served as the Territorial Community Care Ministries Secretary has been appointed as the Kroc Center Officer for Congregational Life. The Jennings also have a 12 year old grandson and a 2 year old granddaughter, who live with their parents in South Dakota.

Major Dorene Jennings

Major Dorene Jennings was born into a Christian home, daughter of a Lutheran pastor. She was introduced to The Salvation in the early 1970s through a coffee house ministry in the CIEI Division.

Dorene entered the Training College in 1973. She returned to the Training College in 1992 as a Cadet Spouse and worked at the North Side Adult Rehabilitation Center while her husband completed training. In 1994, she and her husband  (then) Lieutenant Dan Jennings were commissioned and appointed corps officers at the Watertown, South Dakota Corps. In 2000, Dorene was appointed as the Divisional Youth Secretary in the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Division. In addition to this responsibility she also served as Community Care and Older Adult Ministries Secretary. In 2004, she was appointed to the Kansas and Western Missouri Division…

Major Dorene has been a featured teacher and speaker at divisional and territorial events in several divisional events as well as