07 April 2013

Calgary Food Bank Drive: President Spackman

With yesterday's announcment, it wasn't a surprise when I found that this was my most viewed photo on Flickr yesterday.

This is our Stake President Larry Spackman being interviewed about the city-wide food bank drive conducted annually each September by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This one day volunteer effort set a Guinness World Record in 2008 that held until 2011 when another city following our pattern, set a new record.

I remember when we used to drop off our loaded trunks and vans at the Stake Centre, the church building next to the old Children's Hospital on 17th Avenue. The move to the Westbrook Mall parking lot made the traffic flow much better and it is a quick drive through while volunteers and missionaries unload your vehicle.

We just fell short of recovering the world record in 2012 when this photo was taken, but more importantly, a great deal of food was collected for a time of the year when family budgets are stretched with the beginning of school costs.

Yesterday at the afternoon session of General Conference, G Lawrence Spackman was called as a new Area Seventy and with that, the google searches began.

His new calling begins May 1 so I expect he will still be participating in a special Holocaust Remembrance Service on April 21, at 7:00 pm.
It is described here:

This event, by the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews, will be an evening of music and word focusing on the lessons of the holocaust. There will be three choirs: one choir of Jewish seniors, and two choirs of young people. We will be pleased hear a violin solo by Cenek Vrba, who was concert master at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for 30 years. He will play a song from "Schindler's List". We will listen to stories of both Jewish and non-Jewish young people about what they experienced visiting the death camps and memorial sights. We will watch some video of the particular effects on the children who experienced and died in the holocaust.

 Here is an invitation to this event - open to all.

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