Envoy Dennis Stumpf will provide an update on Salvation Army activities. An Envoy is an employee whom subscribes to the doctrines and beliefs of the organization. The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for over 130 years in the United States, and 2013 marks the 125th anniversary of The Salvation Army Chico Corps. Members may bring a children’s gift or canned or other non-perishable food items to help those in need.
Dennis has been with The Salvation Army since 1996. He grew up in the Capay Valley 20 miles west of Woodland. Dennis has been happily married to Tawnya for 24 years; they have two sons Jeff & David, and 5 grandchildren.
An honorable discharge from the USAF as a sergeant in telecommunications led Dennis down a path of business management, beginning with Paul Bunyan Lumber and most recently as the Administrator of The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Program located in Chico. Over the years, Dennis and Tawnya have managed a hotel, two apartment complexes, and several rehabilitation programs, some of which include Colorado Springs and Portland, Oregon. Dennis was most recently awarded a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Argosy University. He plans to retire someday on the Oregon coast near Coos Bay. His favorite hobby is gardening and he has recently taken up playing the drums.
James Crow will discuss his experiences in the Army at the November luncheon. He was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California and, while in high school, he lettered in football, basketball and track. Upon graduation from high school, James attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and majored in Biology. Concurrent with his studies, he played football and ran track. Following three years at Cal Poly, he transferred to Humboldt State to major in Fishery Management. He ran track while at Humboldt, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1969.
James was then immediately drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training at Fort Ord in Monterey, California. Deployed to Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, he served as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. His battalion was stationed at Landing Zone Sally, headquarters for the second brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, located northwest of the city of Hue and south of the small city of Quang Tri. The battalion later moved to Camp Eagle, south of Hue, after it became the headquarters for the division. During his 13-month tour, James served as a rifleman, Point man, squad radio operator, and finally squad leader, earning the Bronze Star, Army Commendation medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He left Army service in December, 1970 as a Sergeant E-5.
After returning to the United States, James worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company as the Assistant Store Manager for the Eureka, California, Service Store. After two years he went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant; advancing to a Nuclear Power Plant Operator, Shift Foreman, and Supervisor of Operations and Training Manager. After thirty-five years, James retired and moved to Chico in June of 2008. He belongs to several Veterans Organizations in Chico and was most recently, the commander of VWF Post 1555 (2011-2013). He currently serves as the 2nd Vice Commander for District 18 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies include traveling with an RV, gardening, golf, SCUBA diving, and bicycle riding.
James and his wife, Sue, live in Chico. He has two children, a son and a daughter, and two grandchildren.