Salvation Army branch welcomes new officer
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Salvation Army Maj. Susan McClure, left, works with Kristi Stafford at Christmas in July outside the Bonita Lakes Mall. McClure recently assumed command of the Meridian branch of the Salvation Army. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star.
By Ida Brown / religion editor
July 5, 2003
Just a little more than a week after assuming duties at the Meridian branch of the Salvation Army, Maj. Susan McClure has already been involved in an important local project.
While in unfamiliar surroundings, for McClure the activity is all too familiar.
In fact, several of her family members are also Salvation Army officers.
Though she has a solid family background in the organization, McClure said becoming a Salvation Army officer was a natural progression for her.
Prior to her Meridian assignment, she served 17 months in Houma, La. Other places of service include Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida (several locations), and Opelika, Gaston and Alabaster, Ala.
During her current assignment, McClure said she hopes to continue the success of the local branch.
In addition to the recent fund-raiser, McClure has been meeting with The Army's advisory board, conducting church services and adjusting to her new surroundings. Unlike many newcomers to the area, she's had no problems adjusting to Meridian's hot, humid weather.
The mother of two is a new grandmother.
In addition to her love for the church, McClure also enjoys working with youth. For the next five days, she will attend The Salvation Army Camp in Lexington to work with Girl Guards, a group similar to The Girl Scouts.