Today, we welcomed a relatively new Salemite to our club: Bruce Bailey. Below is the kind introduction as read by Bruce’s sponsor, Mark Wulf.
On July 1, 2015, Bruce arrived in Salem as the new Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission.
A ‘fun fact’ is that he and his wife Linda drove here along with Linda’s Mom, Josephine (Jo), a dog named Cutie, and two cats, Kingsley and Gracie. A fun filled (tongue-in-cheek) four days of travel from the Midwest in the hottest summer on record!
His career spans more than a couple decades with an international Christian organization, The Salvation Army, in which he has held positions as varied as corps officer (pastor and community center director) in three places, as well as Divisional Commander for Wisconsin, and most recently as the Director of Property for more than 200 facilities throughout the Midwest.
He plays guitar and sings, enjoys reading historical novels and exercise. He and Linda like taking long walks and being outdoors, as well as and participating in various sport activities like basketball and hiking.
Rotary members might be jealous when he says that he lives with two women who are both excellent cooks (his wife and mother-in-law). That’s especially good news, because Bruce isn’t a cook! He and his wife Linda are happy to be in Salem to serve the hurting and homeless in the Salem/Keizer community.