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Volunteers Needed for the Families On Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCCVB   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:10

New Families On! Challenge Happening on Saturday

There are over 2,000 registered to participate in the Families On! Challenge at Credit  Island this weekend and we still have the following volunteer needs.  Please CLICK HERE to volunteer on Saturday.  There are two volunteer shifts--from 8 am-12 pm and 12-4 pm.

We have 10 Quad Cities CVB staff members assisting over the weekend!  We would like to challenge you to raise us 10!  Thank you so much in advance for your assistance.

Help to add laughter, smiles, and a bit of a mess for families and friends, and leave with fun goodies and a t-shirt!

If you can't help on Saturday, there is help needed on Sunday.  If you can help on Sunday, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You can also still register to participate in the Families On! Challenge.

Thank You!

Hometown Teams Enters Final Rock Island Stretch with Three Programs to Go PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 09 October 2014 15:05
Rock Island, IL: With just three weeks left for the exhibit, and three programs to go, the Smithsonian Hometown Teams project at Rock Island Public Library is entering its final stretch.
"There are no extra innings for this project, said coordinator Lisa Lockheart, of Rock Island Library. "The Smithsonian exhibits are available for viewing only until 4:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 25. If you've been planning to see it, now's the time!"
The three final programs in the series provide ample opportunities to see the exhibit, and to explore the origins of the National Basketball Association in Moline, the impact of men's fast-pitch softball tournaments, and how female athletes benefited from Title IX and the growth of women's sports.
Upcoming programs include "Classic Arena, Big Time Basketball: The Tri-Cities Blackhawks of the NBA," at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Rock Island Main Library. Dr. Curtis C. Roseman , co-author of "A Century of Players, Performers, and Pageants - Wharton Field House and Browning Field," presents the history of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks team, a charter member of the National Basketball Association. His remarks will focus on the Moline team's role in the community and professional basketball, and on early African American players playing with the Blackhawks.  Dr. Roseman has conducted extensive research on migration and the settlement of ethnic populations, especially within the United States. He also has expertise in the historical geography of the Upper Mississippi region, the Quad Cities area, and Los Angeles.
Next up is a look at community softball, with "Rock Island: Center of the Softball Sixties" at 6:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 16, also at the Rock Island Main Library. Historian and lifelong softball fan Tom McKay presents on the teams, organizational efforts, and players that made Rock Island a center of fast-pitch softball for nearly a decade. From 1961 to 1969, thousands of fans crowded Douglas Park each night for the International Softball Congress World Tournament. Some of the best men's fast-pitch teams from the United States and Canada competed, including local favorites, like the Hamm's Beer and Bon Air teams. Mr. McKay is a professional historian and lifelong softball fan who attended each of the ISC tournaments held in Rock Island in the 1960s.A museum consultant from Hampton, IL, McKay worked for 24 years in the Office of Local History at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. He holds a bachelor's in history from Cornell College and a master's in historical museum work from the Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York
The final program in the Hometown Teams series considers how the world of sports has completely changed for women. A discussion on "Girls Got Game: Title IX and New Opportunities for Women" will be presented at 6:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Rock Island Library. Dr. Jane Simonson, of Augustana College, will provide background on the 1972 act, and then lead a panel discussion with Quad Citians who benefited, first hand. Passed in 1972 as part of the Education Act, Title IX outlawed gender-based discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Panelists include Virgil Mayberry, of Rock Island, and Sarah Eikleberry, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, St. Ambrose University.
Dr. Simonsen is an associate professor of history at Augustana College, specializing in U.S. women's history, gender studies and Native American studies. She received a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa in 2001 and has been a member of the history department at Augustana since 2006.
"Some of the most interesting elements of our Hometown Teams programs have been the Quad Citians who came forward with family or personal memories. We hope to see people with stories to share about their experiences with local basketball, softball tournaments and women's sports in our area," added Lockheart.
The Rock Island Main Library will house the Smithsonian "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" exhibit until Saturday, Oct. 25. Offered in collaboration with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Smithsonian exhibit covers how sports shapes lives, unites us, and celebrates who we are as Americans. Highly interactive exhibit sections encourage visitors to reflect on their own experience, and feelings about Hometown Teams. Local exhibits include displays on the Rock Island Independents football team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and QC Thunder basketball teams, Illinois high school and college teams and historic stadiums and fields, including Douglas Park. Local residents have also loaned memorabilia for display from their own sports pasts.
As the central host of Hometown Teams, Rock Island Library has also partnered with the Moline Public Library, the Rock Island County Historical Society, and the Karpeles Manuscript Museum to extend historical exhibits and programs to sites around the Illinois Quad Cities. Evenings at Butterworth, a free program series at the Butterworth Center in Moline, IL, will also offer two more Friday programs on the intersection of sports, heritage, and culture on Oct. 17 and Nov. 14.
More information is available at www.rockislandlibrary.org or at 309-732-READ (7323.)
The exhibit's final stop in Illinois after Rock Island is with the Friends of Hancock County, Carthage, IL, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 14.
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Exhibit Venue: Rock Island Public Library, Main Branch: 401 19th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201, 309-732-READ (7323), www.rockislandlibrary.org.
Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Support for the Illinois Humanities Council provided by National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly. Local sponsors include the Illinois Humanities Council, Rock Island Community Foundation, Modern Woodmen of America, Rock Island Public Library Foundation, and Sedona Staffing, along with media sponsorships from WHBF TV/CBS 4, Townsquare Media  (ESPN Quad Cities 93.5, The HAWK 104.9, 97X WXLP, and B100 ), Mickle Communications, The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus and the River Cities Reader. In kind support has been received from Bill's Moving and Storage, Victory Enterprises, and Midwest Graphics Management.

Rock Island County Democrats Statement on Cancellation of The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Doug House   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 15:16

The Rock Island County Democrats received notice from the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC) that their candidates forum was canceled a few days before it was scheduled for this past Sunday, October 5th. This would have been the second time both Parties would have participated in this forum in Rock Island County. The notice said that the event was canceled "due to circumstances beyond our control." Chairman House said, "Public forums are key in letting voters know who their candidates are and where they stand on issues. It is unfair to the voters of Rock Island County in both our majority communities & our communities of color to not have access to their candidates and elected officials during this time of elections."

After the no show of the Republican Candidates at the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce forum last Wednesday at Augustana College, Rock Island County Republican Party Chairman Bill Bloom was questioned by our local media about Republican Candidates not showing up, he replied that the moderator from previous forums by the GQCHCC "gave more leeway to Democrats." He also said that the Republican Candidates might have thought the forum was not the best use of their time.

Chairman Doug House said, "It is very disrespectful to ignore our voters and while they try to run and hide, Republicans like Bobby Schilling will never be able to escape their Tea Party Agenda which is not inclusive of our nations diverse populations and the majority of our voters."
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 13:28

Catch Driver Marketing, Illinois Small Business International Trade Center at Black Hawk College Partner On Local Business Opportunity

MOLINE, IL – Catch Driver Marketing (www.catchdriver.com) is partnering with the Illinois SBDC/International Trade Center (IL SBDC/ITC) at Black Hawk College (www.bhc.edu/itc) to host “Growing With Israel – Agricultural Potential for the Quad Cities Region” Tuesday, October 28th – 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM – at I Wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL.

The event is free, but space is limited and RSVP’s are required. Interested businesses can contact (309) 797-2771 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for reservations. A box lunch will be provided. This interactive event is designed to promote education and networking regarding agricultural developments from Israel and new opportunities for businesses from that sector in the Quad Cities Region.

The panel-style program will feature trade representatives from Illinois and Iowa as well as Israel’s Trade Mission to the Midwest in Chicago. The event also serves to inform businesses about the services provided by the IL SBDC/ITC and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) regionally through Black Hawk College.

“We work every day to inform small businesses about the ways they can expand their efforts through exports,” said Michelle Lewis, Director of the IL SBDC/ITC. “Events like these allow businesses to see what opportunities there are and if interested, we can train them on all aspects of the process and even locate funds to assist them. We are happy to partner with Glenn Kass and Catch Driver Marketing to bring international subject matter on Agriculture to the area.”

“Israel is among the world’s leaders in research and development, especially in agriculture,” said Glenn Kass, Owner, Catch Driver Marketing. “This is the country that changed a desert into a fertile land and it continues to innovate in this sector. If we can help companies from the Quad Cities Region combine their knowledge base with these opportunities it will be beneficial to everyone. I am appreciative of the help Michelle and her office is providing to host this event.”

Promotional partners for this event include the Quad Cities Chamber, America-Israel Economic Forum, Iowa Economic Development, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Iowa State University/Scott County Extension, University of Illinois Extension for Rock Island, Henry, Mercer and Stark Counties, Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and America-Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago.



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Written by Jackie Stepaniak   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:12

Saturday, October 18th

Trivia Night in LeClaire

LeClaire Civic Center Doors open at 6:30 P.M.;
Trivia at 7:00 P.M.

8-person teams; $10 per person. Everyone will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.
 Mulligans 10 for $10.

Each team may bring its own snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Dinner available for purchase.

All proceeds help establish the “Christmas in LeClaire” Benevolent Fund, for Emergency Needs in our community, year-round.

Reserve your table today! at 563-639-4621 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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