Unity and Diversity Recognised at ICL 2017

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 16:57
Unity and Diversity Recognised at ICL 2017 2017-11-15T22:57:44Z
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Iran (Islamic Republic of): Iran/Iraq: Earthquake - Nov 2017 - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 18:00
GLIDE number: EQ-2017-000165-IRN
Disaster type: Earthquake
Affected countries: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border on 12 November, at least six people have been killed and many injured in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin. At least four dead were also reported in Iraq's Kurdistan region. (RF/RL, 12 Nov 2017)

According to the Deputy Health Minister, the earthquake has claimed the lives of 164 people and injured 1,568 so far. (IRNA, 13 Nov 2017)

Although no fatalities in Iraq are reported as of 23:30 local time, a significant humanitarian impact may be likely given the high population density, the severity of the earthquake, and the vulnerability of people in this area. According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), approximately 1,840,000 people live with within 100km of the epicenter of this earthquake in both countries. According to local media one hour after the quake, 16 injuries are reported in Khanaqin and in Darbandikhan district in Sulaymaniyah Governorate over 50 injuries are reported. As assessment teams arrive to assess the damage, more injuries and possibly fatalities are expected. (OCHA, 13 Nov 2017)

Date: 12 Nov 2017
Status: Alert

Salvation Army Volunteers Awarded Florida Governor's Champion of Service

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:01
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services team is honored to recognize volunteers, Gene Kelley and Steve Rocca,  who have both been awarded the Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida’s Champion of Service Award.   The Champion of Service Award was established in 2013 by Volunteer Florida to honor individuals and groups for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service.  Gene [READ MORE]

ICL Delegates Mobilise Around Southern California Before Official Welcome in Los Angeles

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:52
Delegates were received by 21 corps (churches) across the Southern California Division before a formal Welcome Meeting on Sunday 5 November 2017-11-07T18:52:37Z
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The Salvation Army Deploys Emergency Response Team following Church Shooting in Texas

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:34
Following the shooting at a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 were killed, The Salvation Army despatched a team from San Antonio 2017-11-07T16:34:27Z
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The Salvation Army Serving Following Shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 12:07
San Antonio, Texas (November 6, 2017) – Officers and staff from The Salvation Army in San Antonio were deployed to provide emotional and physical support within hours of the tragic shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday.   The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen arrived on the scene at around 5:30 PM and Officers spent time ministering to relatives as they waited on word about [READ MORE]

The General Stresses Importance of being United in Mission during Visit to The Netherlands and Czech Republic

Salvation Army - International - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 05:07
'We are one Army with one mission: preach the gospel and meet human needs.' - The General 2017-11-06T11:07:58Z
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Malaysia: Malaysia: Flash Floods - Nov 2017 - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2017-000166-MYS
Disaster type: Flash Flood
Affected countries: Malaysia

At least seven people were killed and more than 3,500 people were evacuated in Penang following severe flash floods caused by an 18-hour storm which began on 4 November. The police and military are supporting state authorities with the ongoing relief efforts. International assistance has not been requested. The flooding in Penang is reportedly one of the worst since prolonged storms hit Malaysia from December 2014 to January 2015, which caused 21 deaths and displaced 200,000 people. (OCHA, 06 Nov 2017)

Heavy flooding due to continuous downpour and strong winds has forced 7,910 evacuees to remain in several relief centres in Penang and Kedah. In Kedah, 17 relief centres are still operational in 5 districts while Penang being the worst hit has 45 relief centres operational in 3 districts namely Seberang Perai Tengah, Seberah Perai Utara and Timur Laut. (Malaysian Red Crescent, 7 Nov 2017)

Date: 04 Nov 2017
Status: Alert

Viet Nam: Typhoon Damrey - Nov 2017 - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: TC-2017-000159-VNM
Disaster type: Flood, Tropical Cyclone
Affected countries: Viet Nam

At least 20 people have died and 17 are missing as Typhoon Damrey made landfall on 4 November 2017 in the south-central province of Khánh Hoà, Viet Nam. Located directly in the storm’s path, Khánh Hoà alone has reported 12 fatalities, while the coastal province of Bình Định and the Central Highlands province of Lâm Đồng have reported five and three deaths respectively. In the swathe of destruction carved by Damrey, 531 houses collapsed completely and nearly 24,000 houses were damaged, with Khánh Hoà once again bearing the brunt with 15,838 houses affected by the heavy rain, strong gusts, and flooding. (Viet Nam News, 04 Nov 2017)

As of 5 November, Typhoon Damrey caused 29 deaths, destroyed 600 houses and damaged nearly 40,000 houses after hitting 10 provinces and the city of Danang on 4 November. National authorities have instructed all central and provincial agencies to scale up search and rescue and relief operations and to quickly restore damaged infrastructures. (OCHA, 04 Nov 2017)

Date: 04 Nov 2017
Status: Alert

The Chief of the Staff Offers Challenge and Encouragement in India South Western

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:10
More than 100 Salvationists and friends gathered at Trivandrum International Airport in India to welcome the Chief of the Staff and Comr Rosalie Peddle 2017-11-03T17:10:54Z
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Power Tools for Nonprofits

One Star Foundation - Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:29


Come learn and network with more than 200 Houston-area nonprofit organizations on Nov. 15 at NRG Park. For 24 years, the Power Tools for Nonprofits Conference has equipped more than 10,000 nonprofit professionals with the tools to become more focused, innovative and diligent in providing better services to their clients. You’ll also hear from our luncheon keynote speaker, Michelle Poler, Fearlessly, LLC on "Fearless, Do More"

Complete your registration for $49 today. If you are a full-time student, the rate is $25.00 if you register as a full time student. Bring your student ID to the conference check in. 

Use our hashtag #PowerToolsHou to post and tag photos during the conference. 

For more information, visit

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Warmth and Accessibility of Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle Delight Salvationists and Friends in Australia

Salvation Army - International - Thu, 11/02/2017 - 06:33
The Salvation Army’s Chief of the Staff and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries brought encouragement to Salvationists in Australia 2017-11-02T11:33:16Z
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USA Western Territory Prepares to Host 2017 International Conference of Leaders

Salvation Army - International - Wed, 11/01/2017 - 10:37
News of the forthcoming International Conference of Leaders in the USA 2017-11-01T15:37:41Z
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The Salvation Army Responds to Destructive Hurricane Season (Update: 31 October)

Salvation Army - International - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 04:04
2017's hurricane season has been particularly destructive with Salvation Army responders stretched beyond what they thought they were capable of 2017-10-31T09:04:17Z
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Bright Ideas for Leadership & Success Conference: 11-3-17

One Star Foundation - Fri, 10/27/2017 - 11:48


The Bright Ideas Award Luncheon will bring together nonprofit and community leaders for a one panel discussion covering important topics such as Corporate Funding Priorities, Local Nonprofit Economic Challenges, Social Impact Areas, Success Stories, and Opportunities. 


Meet the ONE OF A KIND luncheon panel…

Dr. Michael Tidwell 

President, University of Texas at Tyler 

Dr. Michael Tidwell began serving as the fourth president of The University of Texas at Tyler on Jan. 1, 2017. His distinguished career includes 16 years as an administrator and professor at universities around the nation and abroad. Dr. Tidwell has been a management and research consultant for business leaders seeking to resolve critical human resource issues since 2003. During his career, he has been published in various scholarly journals and has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences. His recent research efforts have focused on managing business relationships across international boundaries. Dr. Tidwell and his wife, Karen, have two children, Cyrus and Bradley.

Rocky Gill  

Express Employment Professionals

Rocky and his wife, Carrie, have been invested in the Tyler community for many years.  Rocky graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. He started out working for Squyres, Johnson, Squyres & Co. and moved to East Texas Medical Center where he served as Corporate Controller. He left ETMC to open the Tyler franchise of Express in 1995. The Gills have served on the boards of various organizations in Tyler including Junior Achievement, Children's Village, Rose City Kiwanis, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler YMCA, Tyler Economic Development Council, Workforce Solutions East Texas, ETMC Foundation, ETMC Regional Healthcare System and United Way of Tyler/Smith County. Most recently, their charitable focus has focused on orphaned children through their service with Hope For 100, a program initiated by their church in which more than 225 children have been placed into Christian homes.

Shannon Dacus 

Trial Attorney, The Dacus Firm, P.C. 

Shannon is the President and Partner at the Dacus Firm where she practices law with her husband. Her law practice covers all areas of business litigation and is a certified woman-owned and minority-owned business. She is currently the Board of Directors Chair of Tyler Economic Development Council, past chair, Board of Directors/ Past Chair of Leadership Tyler, the Women's Fund of Smith County Advisory Director, and Catalyst 100 member. She have two children – Mason and Sydney.  Mason is a sophomore at Cornell University and Sydney is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School.     

Claude Henry

President – Tyler MArket, Texas Bank & Trust

Claude Henry is the president of the Tyler market for Texas Bank and Trust.  He currently serves on the board of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and is the immediate past chairman.  He is also on the boards of the Tyler Economic Development Council, Salvation Army of Tyler, and Greater Texas Capital Corp where he serves as vice-chair.  Additionally, Claude is the immediate past chair of the TJC Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament Advisory Committee. Claude and his wife, Julie, moved to Tyler in 2010 after Claude had a 26 year banking career in Waco, Texas. Claude was a participant in the 2011 Leadership Tyler Executive Orientation Series. He is a member of the South Tyler Rotary club and he and Julie attend Marvin United Methodist Church.  They have four adult children and their first grandchild is on the way.

Pat Stacey 

KLTV, General Manager- Panel Emcee

Originally from Dallas, Pat went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.  After graduation, he started at KLTV and has been there for 31 years. He has held positions technical, marketing, sales and is now the General Manager.  

He has been married to his wife Stephanie for 27 years and have 2 college age children Audrie, 21 and Benjamin, 18 and are members at Colonial Hills Baptist Church.

Ticket Information

Awards Luncheon Only | $40.00

Individual Full Conference w/ Awards Luncheon | $100.00

Bring Your Team- Full Conference for up to 8 attendees | $320.00

Corporate Table Sponsor w/ Logo | $500.00

Exhibitor | $100.00



Sponsorship Opportunities


The Bright Ideas Conference is an excellent opportunity to gain visibility for your company. They have a variety sponsorship opportunities for you. To secure your sponsorship, please contact Stephanie Lamb at (903)363-7447 or


CALLING ALL EXHIBITORS! Are you looking for a unique opportunity to share your products & services? Then make plans to join Nov. 3rd at the Green Acres Crosswalk Center. Nonprofit & business representatives from all over the East Texas region will be there! More info HERE
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Press Release: 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

One Star Foundation - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:56

For Immediate Distribution | October 24, 2017 | (512) 463-1826

  First Lady Cecilia Abbott And Governor Greg Abbott Honor Winners Of The 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards

AUSTIN – First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards, and Governor Greg Abbott hosted a reception at the Governor’s Mansion last night honoring the eleven winners of the 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Awards. In their 34th year, the awards – presented in conjunction with the OneStar Foundation – honor individuals and organizations in Texas that have gone above and beyond to enrich the lives of those in their communities and throughout Texas through volunteerism and service.

“Greg and I are delighted to have the opportunity to honor the extraordinary service of these eleven individuals and organizations,” the First Lady said. “I truly believe that we are each called to service, and during times like these, it is our duty to answer that call – whether it’s helping with Hurricane Harvey rebuilding efforts, or helping with the continuing needs of your communities, like this year’s Governor’s Volunteer Award winners. Because nothing is more powerful than Texans helping Texans.”

“The response from our fellow Texans during Hurricane Harvey has been amazing, but the truth is, Texans respond every single day,” the Governor said. “Cecilia and I are proud to continue the legacy of honoring those who set forward and volunteer. What makes Texas truly great is the spirit that lies within all of you.”

(PHOTO: OneStar Foundation 10/24/17)

(PHOTO: OneStar Foundation 10/24/17)

(PHOTO: OneStar Foundation 10/24/17)


The recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Volunteer Awards are:


Governor’s Lone Star Achievement Award – David Godwin

David Godwin has performed decades of volunteer service in the Houston area. His longest-running charitable endeavor is with Literacy Initiative for Today (LIFT) at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where more than 10,000 adult students from over 20 countries have learned to speak English. David has also served as coordinator for the Center for Cultural Interchange since 2002, he has served as a board member of “Families with Children from China” since 1999, coordinated a silent auction to raise funds for the organization, and he has taught ESL at Houston’s Chinese Consulate. Additionally, David and his wife Lucy have hosted more than 75 students from 28 different countries who are in the U.S. attending intensive language schools in Houston.


First Lady’s Rising Star Award — Micah Pinson

Micah Pinson is only twelve-years-old, but he has already performed several years of volunteer service. In 2011, at the age of seven, Micah decided that he wanted to give back to Dallas Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the hospital that has helped him with a hand deformity. Micah conceived a community service project – a toy drive – that today stands as the largest single toy donation for the hospital. In total, more than 25,000 toys have been collected over the last six years, and 2016 was the best year ever with over 10,000 toys donated. Each year, Micah seeks ways to involve more community and business leaders in this project, and sees this not only as a way of giving back to the hospital that helped him so much, but also as a blessing in his life.


Partners in Education Award — Fort Bend Education Foundation

In 1992, Fort Bend County business and community leaders came together to form the Fort Bend Education Foundation (FBEF). FBEF’s mission is to “inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.” Throughout its twenty-five year history, FBEF has provided support to the 75 campuses that house the more than 74,500 students and approximately 5,000 teachers in Fort Bend ISD. FBEF works collaboratively with the school district, and has given $32 million in grant funding to provide an exceptional learning experience, helping enhance educational outcomes by implementing programs that support teachers and equip students for a brighter future, while also utilizing the work of more than 800 volunteers.


Service to Veterans Award — Tony Smith

Retired Veteran Tony Smith has turned his service to country into a more-than-full-time, unpaid second career as a county-appointed Veterans Service Officer in Coryell County, which has one of Texas’ largest populations of disabled veterans. Two years ago, Tony found free office space and began reviewing a backlog of veteran’s cases where assistance had been requested but not acted upon, helping local veterans navigate the sometimes-challenging waters of the VA system. Tony serves as the commander of the local Disabled American Veterans Chapter 74, and is a trained small group facilitator through “Bring Everyone in the Zone”, where in less than two years he helped grow local peer-to-peer veteran groups from one poorly-attended group to four thriving groups. Tony has provided for the veterans in his area in other ways as well, including counseling and support for several successful suicide prevention engagements, securing a motorized scooter for a disabled elderly veteran so he can be mobile on his rural property, raising funds for the burial of a veteran who died with no family to pay for the expenses, and assisting veterans’ family members with finding cost-effective funeral services and volunteer pastors.


Higher Education Community Impact Award — University of Houston SURE™ Program

The SURE™ Program, based at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business, stands for Stimulating Urban Renewal through Entrepreneurship, and that is exactly what the program has been doing with remarkable results. SURE™ trains students to provide current and aspiring entrepreneurs with free financial and business education, ongoing business consulting, and access to startup capital. The students are led and aided by a small staff and a large army of executive volunteers that guest lecture for each class and provide one-on-one consulting when needed. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony and pitch day. Since 2012, SURE™ has trained over 500 entrepreneurs from underserved and disadvantaged backgrounds and helped launch over 80 businesses.


Corporate Community Impact Award — USAA

USAA’s signature corporate responsibility cause is promoting military family resiliency, and a key pillar of this cause is supporting the needs of the 5.5 million caregivers who care for wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans. In 2016, USAA supported the PsychArmor Institute in its efforts to develop a free online school and call center catering to the unique needs of military caregivers. Within the first year, over 13,000 learners completed 36,000 training courses. According to the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, USAA is the first business to dedicate a pillar of its corporate responsibility program to addressing the nation’s military caregiver crisis, highlighting its commitment to programs that recognize the sacrifices and address the needs of our military and veterans, as well as their caregivers and families.


Corporate Community Impact Award for Small Business — Granite Properties, Inc.

Granite Properties, Inc. is a commercial real estate development and investment firm with offices in Dallas and Houston, and has made growing servant leaders an integral part of its corporate fabric. Since it was founded in 1991, employees have been encouraged to “show up, stand up, speak up and contribute.” Each year Granite gives its employees 40 paid hours toward community service, and many employees strive to go above and beyond this commitment.  In 2016, Granite employees completed over 5,000 volunteer hours, servings organizations in Texas such as the Richmond State Supported Living Center, Children’s Medical Center in North Texas, Collin County Meals on Wheels, and Easter Seals. Through their volunteering, employees at Granite Properties are creating a lasting impact in the communities they serve.


Community Leadership Award — Haven for Hope

Haven for Hope of Bexar County is the largest homeless service center in the State of Texas and is a national model in moving the homeless to self-sufficiency. Founded in 2010 with a focus on seeking innovative solutions to San Antonio’s homeless problem, Haven for Hope guides a person from homelessness to housing through a recovery framework and comprehensive on-site social services. With 137 nonprofit partners housed either on campus or in the community, Haven for Hope provides services to address the systemic causes of homelessness, including job training, basic reading to college preparation, professional certifications, financial literacy, behavioral health services, spiritual care and more. Its Ambassador Program is led by men and women residing at Haven and addresses community needs while providing those experiencing homelessness with the opportunity to give back.  More than 3,600 Haven resident volunteers have participated in the Ambassador program through neighborhood cleanup and beautification projects, demonstrating Haven’s strong commitment to the San Antonio community. Through its unique model, Haven for Hope is making a difference in the lives of San Antonio homeless, local businesses and the community at large. 


AmeriCorps “Make a Difference” Award — Erin Moody

Erin Moody is currently completing her second term of service as an AmeriCorps member with Communities In Schools of Central Texas, a dropout prevention program. During her service term, Erin has carried a caseload of more than forty 6th through 8th grade students at Lockhart Junior High School with whom she meets individually for at least one hour per week. Last year, one hundred percent of Erin’s students improved in academics and behavior, ninety percent passed all four of their core classes, and one hundred percent were promoted to the next grade level – making Erin the only AmeriCorps member to have these results with such a large caseload of students. Erin has also facilitated numerous student-led projects on campus during her service. Erin has gone above and beyond to build relationships and initiate strategies that encourage and empower the youth at Lockhart Junior High so that they have the best opportunity to reach their full potential as well-educated, engaged young citizens.


AmeriCorps VISTA “Make a Difference” Award — Shelby Thomas

Shelby Thomas is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving in the Disaster Relief and Recovery Division of the Alliance of Community Assistance Ministries, a member of the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network and the Texas Gulf Coast VOAD. Houston was impacted by four major storms from 2015 to 2016, and Shelby’s work as a VISTA was invaluable to recovery efforts.  One of the greatest challenges in times of disaster is communication across the many volunteer organizations involved in response and recovery.  Seeing this, Shelby implemented systems and processes to address this challenge. Not only were Shelby’s efforts a success, but they are already being replicated by associated ministries, and will remain in place even after her service is completed. This will ensure that Shelby’s significant contributions during her time as a VISTA will have a lasting impact.


Senior Corps “Make a Difference” Award — Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse

For over 30 years, Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse have been volunteering as drivers with Meals for the Elderly in San Angelo. In 2004, upon their retirement, the Lohses started volunteering fulltime through West Texas RSVP, a Senior Corps Program. They deliver meals on at least seven routes within a 5-day work week, though they often go beyond that by serving as substitute or emergency drivers. But they Lohses don’t just deliver meals – Mary ’Beth is known as the “napkin lady” for always providing a seasonally inspired napkin with the meals, and they also provide clients with special packages of cookies on milk delivery days, bologna on bread days, and lollipops – including sugar-free lollipops for diabetic clients. Many in the San Angelo community say there is no one who does more for the Meals for the Elderly program or the clients served than Arlen and Mary ’Beth Lohse.



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Colombia: Colombia: Floods and Landslides - Oct 2017 - Tue, 10/24/2017 - 19:00
GLIDE number: FL-2017-000164-COL
Disaster type: Flood, Land Slide
Affected countries: Colombia

Approximately 5,820 people (1,164 families) from the municipal capital and the rural area of the municipality of Timbiquí (Cauca), were affected due to the overflow of three rivers (Timbiquí, Bubuey and Saija) and two streams (Chete and Coteje), as a consequence of the strong heavy rains that occurred between October 25 and 26. (OCHA, 3 Nov 2017)

Date: 25 Oct 2017
Status: Alert
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