By: Cyrondys Jackson
(Vestavia, Alabama)- June marked the 60th anniversary of The Birmingham Area Command’s Women’s Auxiliary. The “Shinning Diamonds” celebrated a “Sensational at Sixty” luncheon at The Vestavia Country Club in Vestavia, Alabama on June 1, 2022. More than 75 members and guests attended the luncheon hosted by Major Karen Lyle, Area Commander and Corps Officer, and Major Susan McElroy, 614 Corps Community Church Officer.
Held in the club’s exclusive main ballroom, the ladies dined on a menu specially curated for the occasion, that featured a main course of Almond Crusted Chicken, topped with Tangerine Butter Sauce, White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes, and Sauteed Vegetables. Guests had their choice of Vanilla and Chocolate Cupcakes, that included a special celebratory topper.
Each table featured a hand-made gift to commemorate the celebration in sweet style-cookie dough, a rolling pin, cookie cutter, and a note thanking each of the ladies for their continued commitment and service to the Women’s Auxiliary of Greater Birmingham.
Corps Officer, Major David Repass, of the Atlanta International Corps, provided musical selections “by ear” on the piano, while Majors Lyle and McElroy dance and sang their way through the decades, donning costumes from hitmakers like Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Sharon Carpenter, and more.
Founded in 1962 under the leadership of Mrs. Major Houston Ellis, wife of the city commander at the time and director of women’s services, The Women’s Auxiliary of Greater Birmingham, grew to have the largest membership of any Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, with more than 1,300 members.
Birmingham’s founding group consisted of about 40 women, dedicated to developing and leading the organization in fundraising events, as well as fellowship. Birmingham’s first president, Mrs. David Roberts, worked tirelessly to organize a popular annual doll show, that put specially decorated dolls into the hands of girls in local hospitals. The Women’s Auxiliary also raised money during the doll shows, and purchased toys for boys as well.
Throughout the years, The Women’s Auxiliary has played an integral role in organizing fundraising events, including The Annual Dinner, Veteran’s Appreciation, Membership Drive, and Angel Tree. The Women’s Auxiliary members also host baked goods sales, drives for hygiene supplies, fashion shows benefiting addition recovery programs, and have even published a cookbook of popular recipes.
The Salvation Army Greater Birmingham’s Women’s Auxiliary currently has more than 200 members, and June Pryor serves as President.
If you have a heart for service, and would like to join The Women’s Auxiliary, please contact Darlene Ray at 205-328-4015 or email Darlene.Ray@@uss.salvationarmy.org .