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Written by Illinois National Guard PAO   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:07

News from Illinois National Guard

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National Native American Heritage Month 2012

SPRINGFIELD, IL (11/13/2012)(readMedia)-- --


• Illinois National Guard Equal Opportunity Office

• Dr. Joyce Surbeck-Harris


• Dr. Joyce Surbeck-Harris is half Eastern Cherokee & Northern Shoshone Indian. Over the past 30 years, she has studied with several traditional holy men and healers. Dr Joyce Surbeck-Harris has joined with two of her colleagues to develop a program for veterans with PTSD.


• Nov. 14, 10 a.m.


• IMA Auditorium, Camp Lincoln

1301 N MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, IL 62702-2399

Voting now open on videos submitted for the Governor’s Anti-Bullying Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:50

(DES MOINES) – 23 videos were submitted ahead of the Governor’s Anti-Bullying Summit, and votes are now being taken from Iowans to determine their favorite.

The videos are found on the EduVision Bully Prevention Entries Channel found here:

The winner will be determined based on the number of video views. All 23 videos approved to be in the contest went live on Monday, November 12th and will be taken down on Wednesday, November 21st.

While the deadline for submitting videos has passed, room is still available to attend the summit, which will be held on Nov. 27, at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines. Registration can be found on the summit’s web site at

The governor’s office encourages all Iowans to spread the word regarding the summit and video voting to their fellow students, teachers, family and friends. The winner and finalists for the video contest will be notified on Nov. 26.

The winner of the video will be announced at the summit on Nov. 27.

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Red Kettle is Already Golden! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 11:33
QUAD CITIES, USA: The first gold coin of the season was dropped in the red kettle at Bettendorf, IA’s Schnucks Market. That is the first time on record that a gold coin was found on the very first day of The Salvation Army’s most important fund raising activity of the year. The coin, a ¼ ounce American Gold Eagle, will be used for The Salvation Army’s work in the Quad Cities.

This single coin helps to make possible The Salvation Army’s life-transforming services, such as food and shelter, to people in the Quad Cities who have no where else to turn during their time of hardship.

The Red Kettle campaign runs from November 9th through December 24th and volunteer bell ringers are desperately needed. Please go to for easy sign up.

DID THE GOLD COIN TRADITION START in the Quad Cities or in Crystal Lake, IL?

Somebody beat us to Wikipedia, but here in the Quad Cities, we think it was a Quad Citian that started this tradition!

WIKIPEDIA STATES: A tradition has developed in the United States where, in some places, gold coins are anonymously inserted into the kettles in which the bell ringers collect donations. The tradition appears to have started in the Midwest when the first known drop
of a gold coin was put into a kettle in Crystal Lake, Illinois in 1982.[2] Since this drop, many others have taken to dropping not only gold coins,[3] but also other bullion and rare coins, gold medals,[4] and jewelry.

The Salvation Army of the Quad Cities would like to know – does anyone remember the first time they heard about the gold coin being dropped in the kettle? If you do, please call Holly at 563-324-4808.

Chat about Everything ‘Iowa’ – Holiday Gift Idea PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bozena Luczak   
Monday, 12 November 2012 15:25

As you look for creative and new holiday gift ideas, you might consider the recently released Iowa Chat Pack– a box of easy-to-pull cards.  A perfect stocking stuffer, Iowa Chat Pack offers 150+ questions to get the conversations going at family parties, on road trips, and even in the classroom.  The questions range from factual to hypothetical and are always open-ended so the responses spark additional thoughts and ideas about Iowa’s distinctive cultural events, delicious food, remarkable history and many more.

Sample questions include:

If native Iowan and painter Grant Wood had made YOU the main character in his famous painting American Gothic, what would you be holding in your hand in this well-known work of art?

Which Iowa town do you think has the coolest-sounding name? (What Cheer has to be in the running, doesn’t it?)

What is the most fascinating piece of Iowa trivia that you know (besides the fact that there are roughly six hogs for every person in Iowa, and that Iowa is the only state whose name begins with two vowels)?

These are just a few examples of fun and thought-provoking questions designed to engage in entertaining and even enlightening conversations about the Hawkeye State.

Bret Nicholaus and Paul Lowrie, the creators and publishers of Iowa Chat Pack, have been writing creative, stimulating questions for 20 years. Affectionately known as The Question Guys™, the two business partners have written nearly 4,500 questions, but this year marks the first time they have generated state-themed questions.

For more information, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 708-434-5006.

Clinton Franciscans plan solidarity with SOA vigil PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sallyann McCarthy   
Monday, 12 November 2012 13:40

The Sisters of St. Francis, their Associates and Sojourners, and students from Ashford University are inviting the public to join in a prayer vigil in solidarity with the thousands of persons who will gather at the gates of the U.S. Army base at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, this month.  Fort Benning is home to the Army’s infamous “School of the Americas” (SOA).

The vigil will be held in the chapel at The Canticle, home of the Franciscan Sisters, 841-13th Ave. No., Clinton, and begins at 6 pm, Thursday evening, Nov. 15.

November 16 marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1989 massacre of 6 Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter at the University of San Salvador, El Salvador.  A U.S. Congressional Task Force reported that those responsible were trained at the SOA.  Since 1990, the organization SOA WATCH has been holding prayer vigils outside the gates of the base to draw attention to the evils perpetrated by SOA graduates and to lobby for an end to US funding for the program.

Clinton Franciscans have been participating in the vigil since 1996.  Over 20 Sisters plus Associates, friends and students have travelled to Georgia in the ensuing years to join the 10,000 + people from around the world who gather annually to pray and work for change through creative nonviolence.

The Pentagon has responded to the growing movement and Congress' near closure of the SOA with a PR campaign to give the SOA a new image. In an attempt to disassociate the school with its horrific past, the SOA was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in January of 2001

News reached the public earlier this month that one of the perpetrators of the 1989 massacre has been located in the U.S. and is being deported to Spain for trial on murder charges.

Thousands of other Latin Americans and North Americans including four American church women and two bishops have been killed by forces linked to the SOA.  Several bills have been introduced in Congress to halt funding for the SOA, only to be narrowly defeated,

“We hope many people will join us for this brief prayer vigil of solidarity,” said Anne Martin Phelan OSF, president of the Clinton Franciscans who has participated in the vigil at Fort Benning many times.  On one trip, she joined hundreds who “crossed the line” onto Army property in nonviolent civil disobedience.

“It is vital that we not participate in the training of those who are terrorizing their fellow citizens in Central American, Mexico, Peru and Columbia.  By holding a vigil in Clinton, we hope to involve more citizens in this form of prayerful, peaceful protest,” she said.

For more information, call Sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611 or visit

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