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Angie DeHamer wins Hometown Hero Award for service to Viager family PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:01

Modern Woodmen will present the award at the Race to Knock Out Hunger

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Angie DeHamer, Sherrard, Ill., received Modern Woodmen of America’s Hometown Hero Award. DeHamer was recognized for countless hours of service to the community. The recognition took place in a pre-race ceremony for Modern Woodmen’s Race to Knock Out Hunger.

President Kenny Massey presented DeHamer with the Hometown Hero award and a $100 grant, to be presented to the charitable organization of her choice. DeHamer was recognized for her devotion and involvement with the Viager Family of Sherrard.

In 2013, the Sherrard community member lost his wife, daughter, two nieces, a friend and his home in an early morning fire. DeHamer made it her mission to help. She worked with countless others to have a new home built at minimal costs.

“The Hometown Hero program allows us to thank those who give back to the community and encourage others to volunteer,” says Kenny Massey, President and CEO of Modern Woodmen.

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to take part in social activities and community service projects to meet local needs.

As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment* products not to benefit stockholders but to improve quality of life for our members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2013, Modern Woodmen and its members provide more than $20 million and more than 507,600 volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.


Governor Branstad announces more appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:03

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad today announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions.

The following individuals’ appointments are unpaid, effective September 15, 2014, and are not subject to Iowa Senate confirmation:

STEM Advisory Council:  Kwizera Imani, Des Moines

Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board:  Michael Ehret, Lake Park

Iowa Council for Early ACCESS:  Marcus Johnson-Miller, Altoona

Vocational Rehabilitation Council:  Edward Wallace, Urbandale


Education Committee Dems Praise House Passage of Child Care and Development Block Grant Rewrite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 19 September 2014 13:44

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Reps. George Miller (D-CA), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), senior members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, released the following statements today upon the House’s passage of a bill to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.

“The Child Care and Development Block Grant is an indispensable resource for millions of children and families nationwide,” said Rep. Miller, senior Democrat on the committee. “CCDBG enables parents to send their kids to safe, high quality and affordable child care so that they can work or attend a training program and provide for their families. Meanwhile, the program helps to place children in the sorts of environments they need for healthy growth and development. The bipartisan, bicameral agreement passed today by the House improves child care access, makes critical new investments, and helps to ensure children are safe and are receiving quality care. These updates to CCDBG are vital for our children, our families, and our nation’s future.”

“I am pleased the House acted swiftly to pass the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant. This bipartisan effort shows that when Congress comes together with a spirit of compromise and a common goal that we are able to actually get things done and accomplish what the American people sent us here to do,” said Rep. Loebsack, ranking member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. “This revamp of the CCDBG will bring important safety and quality improvements to child care delivery in our country and support working families as they strive to enter the middle class.”

“Quality child care offers children vital early learning experiences that will set them on a path toward success in school, in the workforce and in the rest of their lives," said Rep. Scott, a senior committee Democrat. "This long overdue update of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program will significantly improve services, quality and access for our nation's children.”

The legislation includes commonsense reforms to:

·         Promote high-quality child care by increasing state-level investments in activities to improve the quality of care, enhancing states’ ability to train providers and develop safer and more effective child care services.

·         Strengthen health and safety requirements in child care programs and providers.

·         Improve access to child care by expanding eligibility for participating families and helping families connect with quality programs that meet their needs.

The full text of the bill is available here.


Serve Illinois to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps in State’s Capital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Friday, 12 September 2014 13:44

President Obama to Give Remarks from Washington, D.C.

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced the 2014 Illinois National Service Recognition Day will be held in Springfield on September 12.  The Illinois National Service Recognition Day is an official way to honor programs and energize members for the upcoming service year. This year’s events mark the 20th anniversary of when the first AmeriCorps members were sworn into service. The event will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

“The heart of Illinois is the heart of a volunteer,” Governor Quinn said. “As AmeriCorps members get ready to begin their year of service throughout Illinois I would like to thank corps members and community organizations for their commitment to public service and all they do for the people of this state. New volunteers will become part of a strong tradition of public service, and join a long line of organizations that provide vital services for those most in-need.”

The celebration will begin with service projects benefiting several Springfield organizations including Midwest Mission Distribution Center, Central Illinois Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, Central Illinois Blood Center and Northside Children’s Library. At 10 a.m. (CST), President Obama will lead national service members in the oath of service on a live feed from Washington, D.C.

The state expects nearly 800 AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members from across Illinois will take part in the event.

After lunch and a short program honoring all national service members in attendance and outstanding Illinois AmeriCorps alumni, members will parade from the Prairie Capital Convention Center to the Old State Capitol Complex. Participants will be in AmeriCorps and Senior Corps gear, and the programs will carry banners displaying their program name.

At the Old State Capitol, Executive Director of Serve Illinois Brandon Bodor and Fritz Klein, parade marshal and Abraham Lincoln impersonator, will lead the members in the oath, proclaiming their commitment to a year of service to Illinois. The Serve Illinois Commission hopes members leave the event with a renewed commitment and excitement for their upcoming year of service.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member, bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois' AmeriCorps program.

For more information on National Service and Serve Illinois, visit


Gov. Branstad names Michelle McGovern acting Workers’ Compensation Commissioner PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:10

McGoven steps into positon of acting commissioner with 32 years of service in Iowa Division of Labor and Iowa Workforce Development

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today named Michelle “Miki” McGovern the acting Workers’ Compensation Commissioner effective immediately. McGovern has served as an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Deputy Commissioner for the past 26 years. A photo of McGovern can be found here.

The Workers' Compensation Commissioner is the head of the Division of Workers' Compensation which is part of the Iowa Workforce Development. Workers' compensation has the responsibility of administering, regulating, and enforcing the workers’ compensation laws. Though the workers' compensation commissioner’s office cannot represent the interests of any party, the agency provides information regarding the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Law, the rights of the parties, and the procedures the parties can follow to resolve their disputes.

McGovern began working for the Iowa Division of Labor, the precursor to Iowa Workforce Development, in January 1982. In 1988, she became a Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioner. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Iowa State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a law degree from Drake University. Miki and her husband, Jack Janda, reside in Woodward, Iowa.

McGovern will serve as acting Commissioner while an exhaustive and extensive search for a permanent Commissioner continues.


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