Mqt. Salvation Army officers leaving

The commanding officers of one of the area’s charitable organizations are on their way out of the Upper Peninsula.

Captains Joel and Ramona Arthur have been with the Marquette Salvation Army for the last three years.

They’ve been re-assigned to Racine, Wisconsin to take charge of the salvation army there, and they’re leaving the U.P. this coming Monday.

“We have been very privileged to be here in Marquette and for the community support that we’ve received over here,” said Capt. Ramona Arthur. “This has been our third post with the Salvation Army, and Marquette has been the most generous community.”

Captains Marion and Rhonda Moore will arrive next Wednesday, the 26th, to serve as the new corps officers for Marquette.

They’ll find a meal program on pace to serve thousands more people this year than it did in 2012.

“We’re on track to service over 30,000 meals this year. Last year, we served 24,000,” said Capt. Joel Arthur. “The need is always great. It never stops. It’s year-round.”

Silver Creek Church in Harvey is hosting a pot-luck dinner Thursday night at 6 p.m. as a going-away party for the Arthurs.

The Salvation Army itself will hold a send-off celebration for them on Sunday.