supporting Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Muskingum County

John McIntire Elementary School Principal

Kacey Cottrill has been in education for 14 years. He enjoys going to the cinema, attending Bruce Springsteen concerts, and golfing. Here is a list of things he doesn’t like: Seaweed on you while you swim, the sound of velcro, Justin Bieber and Toby Keith, the Baltimore Ravens. Kacey believes that Michael Keaton is an underrated actor. William Henry Harrison is his favorite president (“30 days or so is all anyone should be in office”). Disney World is what he thinks heaven may be like. He likes peas but doesn’t like pea soup.

When not spending time with his wonderful family and golfing, Kacey managed to graduate college with a degree in elementary education, earn two Master’s degrees, become an adjunct professor at Ohio University Zanesville, work as a used car salesman for over 25 years, earn a Notary Public stamp, publish a few educational articles in magazines, and found out that he is terribly allergic to horses.

Fun Facts about Kacey:
He has appeared on the Golf Digest reality show (U.S. Open edition), been hit by a baseball twice (once at Indians spring training from a wild pitch (in the neck) and once at Cleveland Municipal Stadium (in the back of the head from shortstop Felix Fermin)), and has appeared onstage with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He also cannot ride a bike.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Muskingum County

In Muskingum County, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary was organized in 1952 to promot and support the work of the Salvation Army. The Auxiliary meets on the first Monday of most months. The members enjoy lunch, a special program, plan future fundraising events and dicuss ways they may serve the Salvation Army and the Zanesville community. While following the Salvation Army’s nation theme, “Doing the Most Good,” the local Auxiliary’s special focus is helping the children of Muskimgum County.

Projects selected for this year include: providing new coats for kids, helping local children attend summer amp, supporting the Bible School program, and assisting with the distribution of food and gifts at Christmas time. Of course, these projects need financial support and fundraising events are scheduled throughout the year. In November, the Auxiliary hosts its annual Tea and Style Show. Three times a year, the members work together to bake cookies which are sold throughout the community. A Craft Bazaar and a Spring Brunch were added this year to help raise additional funds. A second yard sale is planned in August.

The members of the Auxiliary believe by working together they will make a difference. Volunteer opportunities vary each month. The members enjoy the “hands on” projects most and there is always lots of conversation and laughter. This year our members: helped prepare the lunch, decorated, and arranged the silent auction at the Tea and Style Show, worked at the Angel Tree at the Mall stood at the Kettles during the Christmas campaign, visited local nursing homes, baked over 600 dozen cookies, shopped for toys, gave away 610 coats during the Coats for Kids Days in October, shopped for clothing, help pack 1350 food boxes and processed over 1000 Angel Tree bags for Distribution Day in December. In 2012-2013, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary showed their support for these programs and projects with 8,000 volunteer hours.