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Written by Jane Fraser   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 12:25

Stuttering Foundation's 19th Annual Media Awards Competition; New Category Recognizes Internet Media

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Stuttering Foundation announces it will recognize journalists for the 19th consecutive year for excellence in reporting that furthers the understanding of this complex disorder.

“We are happy to announce these awards to further public awareness of stuttering,” said Jane Fraser. “Media coverage has grown substantially in volume and sensitivity in recent years. We want to continue recognizing outstanding reporters.”

The 19th annual Stuttering Foundation Awards will be given to journalists in three categories: print, electronic media (radio and TV), and Internet (Web sites, blogs, and electronic publications). They will recognize news stories that:

• Advanced the public’s understanding of stuttering;

• Introduced information on stuttering to a significant new audience.

Journalists are invited to submit copies, DVDs, and printed Web/blog pages of their news items to the Stuttering Foundation, P.O. Box 11749, Memphis, TN 38111-0749. All entries must have been published or aired between Jan. 1, 2009, and April 20, 2010. All entries must be received by April 30, 2010. There is no charge to enter this competition.

In addition to a public announcement of the Award recipients, each honoree will receive a cash award of $250.00 from the Foundation.

The nonprofit Stuttering Foundation that has worked toward the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering since 1947.  For more information, call 800-992-9392 or visit www.stutteringhelp.org.

 
STARS IN FLIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Hatfield   
Monday, 25 January 2010 16:28

Stars in Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping our youth feel more connected to our community through the art of music.

This new community project wil make a positive impact in kids' lives and will help them take pride in the Quad Cities and themselves. We will be capturing history and showcasing the Quad Cities in a live musical performance that includes ballet, dance groups, show choirs, jugglers, clowns, gymnasts and many vocalists and muscians.

If you live in the Quad Cities or surrounding towns you can get involved from the ground up on this project. A new board of directors is being formed and adults are needed to oversee this project. If you are passionate about music, photography and videotaping, have skills in directing shows or choreography, or are passionate about retaining youth, please consider getting involved. If you are in charge of a performing arts group, please consider having your group select a song and be in the show.

The public is invited to stop in for more information at our next meeting scheduled for February 10th at the Davenport library from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

We believe that all kids should have the opportunity to be a part of this project. If you are passionate about helping at-risk kids, please contact us.

For more information, please call Kim Hatfield at 563-940-1679 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
The veterans of the Sterling, IL area American Legion announce Caravan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Sides   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:19

BLOOMINGTON, Ill./EWORLDWIRE/Jan. 12, 2010 --- From a history of decades of dedication and service to country to an annual community outreach
effort during a week-long state tour, military veterans have long been served - and continue to be supported - by activities of the American Legion and community members.

The annual membership caravan offers a forum to share and update military service personnel about the issues that directly impact them, and to attract new members to the ranks to strengthen the backbone of the Legion's active base. This year's 2010 Annual American Legion Department of Illinois Membership Caravan takes to the state's highways and byways on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, and is scheduled for stops at 24 Legion Posts. Leading the way will be Army veteran, National Vice Commander James C. Morris, Illinois State Commander William Flanagan, Illinois Auxiliary President Julia Moore, along with State and local leaders.

The route on their week-long statewide tour will begin at Heyworth Legion Post on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6:00 p.m. Along the way, other Legion Posts on the program are:  - Morton - Fairview - Monmouth - Galva - Sterling - Lena - Sycamore - Huntley - Deerfield - Evanston - Elvin J. Carey-Chicago - Calumet City - Buckley  - Gibson City - Sullivan - Mt. Vernon - Carmi - Orient - Chester - Granit City - Pittsfield - Chatham - Lincoln  A complete and comprehensive schedule is available at ILLegion.org ('http://www.illegion.org').

Since its founding in 1919 and subsequent Congressional Charter, The American Legion organization has operated unlike any other, exerting a compelling
influence on national leaders on issues of global significance. Legion operations enhance the lives of military families struggling through wartime and economic sacrifices. Members serve the community by building homes for disabled veterans, raising money for scholarships, coaching baseball teams, adopting military units, fighting to protect and enhance veterans benefits, promoting wholesome youth activities and much more.

National Commander Clarence Hill affirmed his belief in the strength of the American Legion by saying, "It is indeed an honor to represent an organization of this caliber as National Commander for 2009-2010."  Hill stated, "The slogan we're moving with is simple to remember: T.H.E. (The Hardest Easy) Job Challenge. "The 'easy' part is explaining who we are and what we do, under the Legions' four pillars of service - Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children and Youth, and veterans will join our ranks." "The 'hardest' part is getting that message delivered, welcoming new members aboard and mentoring them to become leaders.

I invite everyone to join us in our annual family membership caravan at a post near you," added Hill. To learn more about how to get involved and support the activities of the American Legion, visit JoinTheLegion.org ('http://www.jointhelegion.org') or ILLegion.org('http://www.illegion.org').

 
Linda DeLessio named to National MS Society North Central States Chapter Board of Trustees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mandy Petersen   
Monday, 18 January 2010 09:54

Linda DeLessio, Bettendorf, IA, has joined the National MS Society North Central States Chapter Board of Trustees.  In order for the chapter to reach its lofty goals in fundraising and client services, it is crucial to have a group of talented, engaged board members to provide leadership and governance.  Linda’s skills were identified as fitting these objectives.

Linda grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and moved to Madison, WI for medical school in 1986.  She completed her pediatric residency and began working as a pediatrician in a group practice in Madison until 1998 when she moved to Bettendorf, IA.  She is currently employed as a pediatrician on a part time basis for Genesis Health Group –Pediatrics in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Linda first became involved with the chapter by attending the Taste of Generosity.  She then joined the committee in 2007.  Linda has witnessed MS firsthand.  Her mother was diagnosed in 1982 and her sister-in-law was diagnosed 5 years ago.  She enjoys traveling, golfing and gardening as well as spending time with her husband, Steve, and their three children, Nick, Julianne, and Marie.

About the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

  • The National MS Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters.
  • The North Central States Chapter serves North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.
  • Through our home office and 50-state network of chapters, we fund more MS research, provide more services to people with MS, offer more professional education and further more advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world.
  • The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.  We are people who want to do something about MS now.  Join the movement at www.nationalmssociety.org.

About Multiple Sclerosis

  • Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
  • Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.  The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
  • Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
  • MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.5 million worldwide.
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Arc’s Speak Out Announces 10th Anniversary Party PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maureen Dickinson   
Thursday, 14 January 2010 13:13

Speak Out, the self-advocacy organization affiliated with The Arc of Rock Island County, announces plans to celebrate the founding of the group ten years ago.  The event will be held Friday, January 22, 2010, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Speak Out Room at Arc Industries located at 610 37th Avenue in Rock Island.  The 10th Anniversary Party is free of charge and open to the public.

The celebration takes place the same week we honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., for his advancements in Civil Rights.  Members of Speak Out actively engage in educating the public on the personal needs and rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities; collaborating with state-wide organizations to create an even louder voice for choices; and advocating for expanded rights to our elected officials.  True to its motto, “Changing the words, changing minds,” Speak Out hosted a rally during Freedom Quest 2009 and joined forces with other local agencies, traveling to Springfield to advocate for a change in human services programming.

Founded in 1952, The Arc of Rock Island County serves more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities daily.  The mission of The Arc is living and working in partnership with the community to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

 
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