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Announcing The Salvation Army Davenport Corps Community Center’s A Taste of the Caribbean Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Holly Nomura   
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:21
Davenport, IA – The Salvation Army Davenport Corps Community Center located at 3400 W. Central Park Avenue will be hosting the 2nd Annual ”A Taste of the Caribbean” Night on Thursday, April 19th 2012, 5:00pm through 7:00pm.

As the dinner’s theme suggests, there will be authentic Jamaican food including Jerk Chicken and Rice & Peas; also Barbeque Chicken and Salad. Delicious homemade desserts will be on sale.

Come enjoy the great food, fun, festivities and music!

There is a $6.00 charge per ticket at the door ($5.00 in advance); and a $2.00 charge for children 2-4 years old. The proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army’s World Missions efforts around the world.

Please call The Salvation Army at 563-391-5325 with any questions.


Quad Cities Interfaith Newsletter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Kilgannon   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 13:44

Rev. Ron Stewart Saying Good Bye

QCI leaders and staff attended Rev. Ron Stewart's last church service on March 11th. Photographed is Leslie Kilgannon, Rev. Ron Stewart, & Rev. David Geenen. His message to us and his congregation is saying “YES to Change“. Yes for him in retirement, including a new chapter of life (moving out of state and getting married) and yes for his congregation accepting a new pastor. QCI and Board members attended his last sermon and gave him a gift to a weekend getaway at Starved Rock Lodge. Rev. Ron worked with QCI for 9 plus years serving at QCI president for 6 of those years. Rev. Ron feels that his work with QCI allowed him to grow and pass that growth on to his own congregation. Good Luck. We will miss you!

Leadership Assembly

QCI meets every month on the second Tuesday of the month. Next meeting is Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 6:30 pm at St. Mary's Parish Center (525 Fillmore, Dav.). Come and grow with us.

What's New

Help support QCI through the Birdies For Chartity (John Deere Classic). The Birdies for Chartity organization has been around for years and has given out millions of dollars to non-profit organizations in the Quad Cities Area. On the average, if you donate just $.01 you will give $15 - $20. You may also give a one time gift of your choice for a dollar amount that you chose. This program also gives QCI a bonus of 5 to 10 % of the dollar amount donated in our name. Our Birdies for Chartity # 1065 is what you want to use so QCI will get your donation. We will pledge cards at the QCI office or you should be able to download a pledge card from the birdies for chartiy website All donations are tax deductible.

QCI Monthly Committees

Fundraising meets April 20th, 2012
The Fundraising Committee is currently working on QCI's 25th Anniversary Fundraising Celebration to be held in the fall of 2012. We are very excited about this event and will give you more details as our event details unfold. Please save this date. We hope to have all of you there. Our Trivia Night Fundraiser was a success. We raised $2200. We had a great time and enjoyed having all of you there. Thanks for all your support. As we grow with each event we hope our profits grow too. We have decided to have hold at least two more fundraising event for this year. We are very excited about all the FUN we are having this year!

Transportation Equity and Jobs Coalition
The Transportation Equity and Jobs Coalition has been working hard to ensure minority hiring on the jobs created by the Chicago to Moline Passenger Rail is a priority. The Coalition continues to grow and has participation from the US Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, Youth Build Quad Cities, NAACP Davenport and NAACP Rock Island County, as well as many people of faith. We are continuing to meet with local stakeholders for the passenger rail and are holding true to our strategic campaign. One of our leaders participated in the Transportation Equity Network (TEN) annual conference in Washington D.C. to connect with others who are working on similar projects across the US and also met with our legislators to tell them about what the Quad Cities is doing and seeking their support. Our next meeting is April 25th at 10 AM at Church of Peace in Rock Island. 

SAVE THE DATE! QCI's Fire of Faith Prayer Vigil for Economic and Racial Justice on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 . As part of the Transportation Equity Network, (TEN) QCI will be hosting a prayer vigil to join in a nationwide movement April 29 through May 6, as we take our faith into action around our values of Love Thy Neighbor and The Common Good. More information to come! 

During this time, Congress will be home to hear from you before they decide on the Federal Budget priorities for 2013. As the budget is moral document laying out the direction of our nation, we will remind our leaders that our faith instructs us to TAKE ACTION in the name of our values of LOVE THY NEIGHBOR and THE COMMON GOOD!  For more information about TEN's Fire Of Faith Movement, visit

On April 5th, 2012, QCI Transportation leaders joined leaders from Chicago, E. St. Louis, & Springfield for a meeting with IL Dept of Transportation Chief Counsel, Ellen Haskins to discuss implementation of the state wide Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Pictured from the QC is Vera Kelly, President of Davenport NAACP, Kent Ferris, Director of Social Action, Diocese of Davenport, Rev. David Geenen, QCI Vice President and Pastor at 15th Ave. Christian Church, Rock Island, and Leslie Kilgannon, Executive Director of QCI.

Immigration Task Force  
The Immigration Task Force is focusing on voter registration, making sure eligible voters are registered. Friday April 20th, QCI leaders will join a national webinar training on GOTV, voter registration. Task force is also focusing on know your rights sessions for the immigrant communities in the Quad Cities. A broader concern is that each immigrant understands the rights and challenges pertinent to his or her immigration status. The task force is looking at ways to work with other entities in the community to make this information available. Training will  be provided to task force members so they will have a fuller understanding of immigration legal issues. Lastly, the task force has been discussing the problem of human trafficking along Interstate 80 in Iowa.  The task force will continue to explore this issue. Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 24th, 2012at 5:30pm at Village Inn (Harrison Street).

Health Equity Task Force
The Health Equity Task Force is looking at health care issues that arise when patients are not fluent in written and spoken English.  We know that clear communication is often a challenge in health care encounters, especially those that are stressful, but a whole level of complexity is added when a third party translator is involved.  Finding ways to help these situations locally will help reduce certain disparities in health care, improve equity in health care services, and ultimately, we hope, improve the health of a significant number of members of our community.  Please join us at our next meeting:  5:30 PM, Monday, April 30th, 2012, QCI Conference Room, 111 E. 3rd St (4th floor), Davenport.
Hear Us Now Youth Leaders
Yvonne Villagomez has organized and is leading a group of 10 or so Latino youths from St. Mary’s Davenport parish.  The youth have made it clear that they’re interested in tackling the issues of immigration/discrimination and bullying.  The leader are planning their meeting with our elected congress persons to discuss the need for humane immigration reform that keeps families together. If your youth groups wants to get involved, please call QCI office.
Upcoming Events:

QCI monthly Leadership Assembly -- Tuesday, May 8th at St Mary's Church - 912 Fillmore, Davenport 

Gamaliel of Illinois Advocacy Day in Springifeld Illinois - 10 am - 3pm, Springfield, Illinois

Community Events

Open House for The Muslim Community of the Quad Cities, Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 2-5 pm, at 2115 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf, IA 52722. For more information please call Talia Alvi (563) 505-0708 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Welcome to Quad Cities Interfaith Newsletter

Hi, we are hoping you are enjoying our newsletter. Please take some time and check out our new website. It's the same web address, but a whole new look. Bare with us as we get all our information moved. We'd  love to hear any feedback from all of you about our newsletter and our website. Also, we would welcome information about faith-based activities to post on our newsletter. We reserve the right to edit for space and content.  Be patient with us as we grow in using the newsletter.  If you like this, please forward to your friends. Have a Blessed Day!

Girl Scouts celebrates 100th with council-wide alumnae celebration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann McGlynn   
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:48
Celebration of the Century

Event will include Juliette Gordon Low biographer, archives and memories

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois invites all alumnae and anyone interested in Girl Scout history to its Celebration of the Century, an event in honor of the 100 th anniversary, on Saturday, April 28.

The council-wide alumnae gathering and archives display will be from 2-5:30 p.m. at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 300 E. 9th St., Coralville.

Remember your old uniform? What was your favorite badge, skit or song? What was your most memorable camp experience? Did you travel overseas with your troop? How did Girl Scouts affect your life?

“Come and talk with your fellow Girl Scout alumnae – tell stories, laugh and remember the experiences that taught the leadership skills that last a lifetime,” said Kim Hull, a Girl Scout alum and council staff member. “We also will have pictures, books, uniforms and countless other things from the past on display.”

The featured speaker will be Stacy Cordery, critically acclaimed biographer of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low. Cordery will speak at 3:30 p.m. A historical skit will be performed at 4:30 p.m.

The event is free. No RSVP is required. Refreshments, including Girl Scout cookies, will be served.

The day also includes the council’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition, beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m.

The council will recognize dozens of volunteers who devote countless hours to building girls of courage, confidence and character. Eight girls will be honored for achieving excellence, as well.

The keynote speaker for the evening is Pegine Echevarria, a former Bronx girl gang member turned Girl Scout. Cost for the evening event is $15. Tickets are available by calling 800-798-0833 by April 18.

To learn more about the Celebration of the Century, visit or call 800-798-0833.

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Written by Rebecca Wheeler   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:18
Rock Island, IL— Christian Care has flourished for 96 years because of dedicated and generous support from the community. Volunteers, donors, staff, and board members have worked tirelessly to help the organization thrive. Current board members are
committed not only to sustaining Christian Care, but also to nurturing its growth so that it can continue to serve the needs of the Quad City community.

The 2012 Christian Care board members include:

PRESIDENT: Sharon De Frieze, Founder, QCALM
VICE PRESIDENT: William “Shawn” Wilkinson, Manager, J.L. Brady Co.
SECRETARY: Michael Shovlain, Owner, New Life Outpatient Services
TREASURER: Chris Ballard, Huckfeldt & Smith
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Dr. Elaine Winter, Christian Care
George “Hank” Brush, Team Lead for Plant and Policies IT, Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal
Ron Edwards, Attorney, Deere & Company
Melvin Grimes, Pastor, Tabernacle Baptist Church
Philip Koenig, Attorney, Koenig Law Firm
Mary Maland, Plans Analyst, Rock Island Arsenal
Kathie Nelson, Plant Accountant and HR Support, Kone, Inc.
Tom Pasmore, Owner, Office Machine Consultants
Nancy Spratt, Retired, Rock Island Arsenal

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose vision is to transform lives.  Through its mission of providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive
changes in every aspect of their lives. Christian Care’s two facilities—a domestic violence shelter for women and children and a rescue mission for men—serve homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses. Christian Care’s Community Meal site is open to anyone who is hungry in the Quad Cities. If you know someone in need, call the Christian Care Crisis Hotline at any hour of the day or night at 309/788-2273.

For more information about Christian Care, please go to or to

Brucemore’s Annual Plant Sale PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tara Richards   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:28

Take home a treasure from Brucemore's greenhouse at the annual Brucemore Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Several plants seen in Brucemore’s formal garden will be available for sale, including annuals, perennials, and hanging baskets. A variety of herbs will also be available, including basil, thyme, and rosemary. Plant Sale prices range from $3.50 to $30.00, with all the proceeds benefiting garden and landscape rehabilitation projects at Brucemore. The Plant Sale will be located around the 1915 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse to celebrate the grand opening of this structure, which has been closed since 2008 and underwent rehabilitation in 2012.

The “Heritage Section” will return for a second year to feature a limited supply of a Cedar Rapids’ celebrity-inspired plant with a history on the Brucemore estate. The Bill Quarton Plant (Iresine lindenii or commonly called Bloodleaf) began its story at Brucemore around 1985. Mr. Quarton brought it to former head gardener Don Novy to winter in Brucemore’s Lord & Burnham Greenhouse. While Mr. Quarton passed away in August of 2007, clippings of the plant can be seen around the estate.

The garden staff will be on hand to provide expert advice on the selection, placement, and care of plants; and a variety of garden books and merchandise are available for purchase in the Brucemore Store. For further information on the Brucemore Plant Sale, call (319) 362-7375 or visit

Brucemore, Iowa’s only National Trust Historic Site, is located at 2160 Linden Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 26-acre park-like estate in the heart of Cedar Rapids boasts a Queen Anne style mansion built between 1884 and 1886. Brucemore has been home to three prominent families who used the estate as a center for culture and the arts. The estate continues to be a hub for cultural, philanthropic, and educational activities. Each year thousands of visitors attend specialty tours, concerts, fine arts performances, children’s programs, holiday celebrations, preservation events, and garden workshops on the estate. For more information, call (319) 362-7375 or visit


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