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BELLS KEEP RINGING DESPITE A LITTLE
(L-R Deborah Sullivan,
Advisory Board Chairperson; Ronald G. Boulanger Jr., Others Award recipient;
and Waterbury Corps Officers Majors Annette and John Lock.)
WATERBURY – Although the weather did not quite cooperate, other than a
little snow, the breakfast was wonderful. The Salvation Army’s Waterbury
Corps held its 4th Annual “Keep the Bells Ringing” Kettle Kick-Off
Breakfast on November 8th at the La Bella Vista Restaurant. The event itself,
always drawing a large crowd, in spite of some snow the night before, once more
had a big crowd on hand. The Salvation Army’s Brass Ensemble provided
background music as guests were arriving, conversing, and finding their
tables. Advisory Board President, Deborah Sullivan, welcomed the guests and
Major John Lock, Corps Commanding Officer, gave the invocation. The Pledge of
Allegiance was lead by 9 year old, and Junior Soldier, Blake Andrews, which was
then followed by a singing of the National Anthem by the multi-talented Deborah
Then, the awards began. First up were the “Friends of the Army,”
presented to: William Unwin and George Hamilton, Waterbury Firefighters; as
well as the Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation, which was accepted by Charles J.
Boulier, III. The Creative Partner Award then went to Scott and Liana St.
Germain for their Holiday Extravaganza. The audience was invited to drive by
their St. Germain house to see a "real" holiday display of lights and music.
All donations collected at the site are given to The Salvation Army.
Next, the Community Service Award was presented to WATR Radio and the
Veterans’ Appreciation Award was given to Mary-Ellyn Blake of the United
States Army. The “Others” Award was presented to Ronald G.
Boulanger Jr. by Major John Lock. Major Lock wanted to present the award to Ron
personally because he is so proud of him and his accomplishments, stating
“he epitomizes the spirit of the ‘Others’ Award. Ron is a
talented man with many skills and abilities, which he uses to his fullest to
serve his church, his family, his neighbors, and anyone else who comes to him
The key speaker for the event was longtime Waterbury Corps Advisory Board
member Commissioner John W. Betkoski. “Jack” is Vice-Chairman of
Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority and Chairman of the Connecticut
Water Planning Council. He explained his “love” for the Army and
spoke on community service and why everyone should give back to their
Former Governor John G. Rowland, “a son of Waterbury - the center of
the universe,” delivered the instructions for the Text2Give mobile
campaign. The Governor’s introduction to technology was most entertaining
and sent everyone to work (or home) with a smile. The event then began to come
to a close with Major Annette Lock, who thanked everyone who helped make the
breakfast a success (and there were many to be thanked). Major David Champlin,
Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army’s Southern New England
Division, closed the breakfast with a prayer.
(Divisional Commander for The Salvation
Army’s Southern New England Division, Major David Champlin, presenting a
special certificate to Commissioner John W. Betkoski, recognizing him for his
service to the Waterbury Corps.)