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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


Trivia Night Fund-raiser PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:13

In support of Churches United’s Emergency Fund

Friday, June 1st

Doors open 6:00 pm - Trivia begins at 7:00 pm

at St. John Vianney Church, 4907 18th Street, Bettendorf

Baby Boomers! Wear your best 60’s & 70’s clothes but there will be questions for all generations!

Food available to purchase thanks to the generous support of “The Blue Iguana”
(Tacos, Salsa & Chips, beverages etc.)

$10/person, $80/table


Before the vacations begin, COME and support those less fortunate!

NO Alcoholic Beverages please.

For more information or to sign up, please call Churches United 563-332-5002.

Thanks for your support!

Family Fun Days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann McGlynn   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:24
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois invite families to come and explore our
council’s camps at Family Fun Days.

During this open-house style event, experience camp facilities, take part in games, and try your
hand at a Girl Scouts Forever Green activity to learn more about helping the environment.

The trading post will be open for business. Lunch will be served, with S’mores.

Family Fun Days will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following days:

Camp L-Kee-Ta at Danville in Des Moines County: Sunday, May 6
Camp Little Cloud at Epworth in Dubuque County: Sunday, May 6
Camp Conestoga at New Liberty in Scott County: Sunday, May 20
Camp Tahigwa at Dorchester in Allamakee County: Sunday, May 20

Cost is $5 per family. All ages are welcome.

Registration is required. Please visit or call 800-798-0833.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization
for girls with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and
Western Illinois has 19,000 girl members and 4,500 adult members in 38 counties. For more
information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-798-0833 or

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