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Scott Co. Historic Preservation Society meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Anderson   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 07:52
The Scott County Historic Preservation Society's next meeting wil be held on Sept. 10, 2009 at 7pm.
SCHPS will tour the Renwick Mansion, 901 Tremont Ave. The Renwick is Davenport's finest example of Italian Revival Villa architecture.  Built by lumber baron James Renwick in 1877, the mansion freatures 8 marble fireploaces, a three story walnut staircase and an iron crested tower juting far above the tree tops.
Today, the mansion is owned by local preservationist, Senator, Dr. Joe Seng, who rents it for weddings and public events.. Parking is on 10th Street.
The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.For more information call Karen Anderson at 563-324-0257

 
TEENS FROM THE 4-H COMPANION ANIMAL CLUB TO HOLD DOG WASH/CAR WASH PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Patti Lahn   
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:05

MILAN, IL - The University of Illinois Extension Office Teens from the 4-H Companion Animals Club will hold a Dog Wash/Car Wash on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. to benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center. The Dog Wash/Car Wash wil be held in the University of Illinois Extension Office parking lot at 321 West 2nd Avenue in Milan. For a suggested donation of $5.00, the 4-H Companion Animal Club teen will wash your car and pamper your pooch. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Quad City Animal Welfare Center.

The Quad City Animal Welfare Center is the only full service no-kill animal shelter located in the Quad Cities. Our mission is a shelter for homeless animals, to support a spay and neuter program and to provide humane education. QCAWC Adoption Center is open Monday-Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 5:00 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday until 6:00 p.m. Our Low Cost High Quality Wellness Clinic is open every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Low Cost High Quality spaying and neutering is offered by calling 309-787-6830 for an appointment. QCAWC is located at 724 West 2nd Avenue in Milan.

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Scott County Family Y Is One of the Best Charities in the Country PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathy Horrell   
Friday, 07 August 2009 15:37

Charity Navigator Awards the Y Its Highest Honor, Three Years in A Row

DAVENPORT, Iowa – August 7, 2009 – The Scott County Family Y is one of the best charitable organizations in the country, that according to Charity Navigator.  The nation’s largest independent evaluator of charities has awarded the Y its coveted 4-Star rating for the third straight year.

The Scott County Family Y is the only Iowa Quad City charity to receive this rating; is one of 10charitable organizations in Iowa and one of only 16 YMCAs in the United States to receive this recognition in 2008.  In addition, only 12-percent of not-for-profit agencies receive this rating in consecutive years, according to Michael Smith, Interim President and CEO of Charity Navigator.  “The Scott County Family Y outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible,” said Smith.  This four-star rating was awarded to the Scott County Family Y for efficiently managing and growing its finances.

“One way in which the Scott County Family Y expresses its gratitude to our donors is by being a good steward of the gifts that have been entrusted to us – making the most of every donated dollar, said Kellie Esters, Vice President of Fund Development for the Scott County Family Y.  Frank Klipsch, President and CEO of the Scott County Family Y, stated that he was proud that our commitment to donors and our community, fostered by our partnership between our board of directors and staff has been recognized by this prestigious national organization.

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator uses an unbiased and objective rating system that evaluates the financial health of more than 5,000 charities, with the goal of helping charitable givers make informed, intelligent donation decisions.  All of Charity Navigator’s information is available to the public at no cost and can be found on line at www.charitynavigator.org.

 
Local Modern Woodmen volunteers demonstrate a nationwide focus on service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kim Woodward   
Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:36

 

Nearly 61.8 million Americans volunteered through an organization in 2008, up 1 million from the previous year. America's volunteers dedicated more than 8 billion hours of service in 2008, worth an estimated $162 billion, according to the Volunteering in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Locally, Modern Woodmen members have shown that volunteerism is alive and well. In 2009, hundreds of service projects have taken place in the community through the support of Modern Woodmen.


“In the Quad Cities, volunteers really make a difference,” says Modern Woodmen Fraternal Director Stephen Van Speybroeck. “Modern Woodmen is proud to be a part of a nationwide focus on service. In 2009, local volunteers have collected items for the needy, assembled boxes for sick children and landscaped schools and parks. These are small gestures of kindness that display the strength of the community.”


The following is a snapshot of the local impact Modern Woodmen and its members have made in 2009:


· 2,250 volunteers participated in 54 projects on Join Hands Day, a national day of service sponsored by Modern Woodmen and other fraternal benefit societies. These volunteers donated more than 6,400 volunteer hours on Saturday, May 2. Specific projects included assembling 350 Jared Boxes for children with chronic illnesses, planting flowers, collecting non-perishables and beautifying parks and schools.

· 2 trees were planted by Modern Woodmen members in the Quad Cities.

· Modern Woodmen members collected donations for King’s Harvest, needy children, veterans and other local food pantries.

· More than 750 thank-you cards were distributed to military men and women serving overseas.


As a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders, but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders – members, their families and their communities. This is done through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2008, more than $23.8 million and more than 1.7 million volunteer hours were contributed nationwide for local community projects.


A Rock Island-based business, Modern Woodmen of America touches lives and secures futures. The fraternal benefit society offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.


Web links:

Volunteering in America report

Volunteering in America press release

Corporation for National and Community Service

Serve.gov

Modern Woodmen of America

 

Kim Woodward
Public Relations Specialist
Modern Woodmen of America
Direct: 309-793-5660
Email: Kim.Woodward@modern-woodmen.org
www.modern-woodmen.org

 
New interactive website launched by German American Heritage Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Angela Hunt   
Monday, 15 June 2009 08:39

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 12, 2009) The German American Heritage Center (GAHC) launched their new website at www.gahc.org. The website has several interactive features including photo galleries, videos, and RSS feeds. Visitors can also become a fan on GAHC’s new Facebook page, subscribe to their new youtube page, or sign up to receive a free enewsletters.

GAHC continues to offer several programs and events, including the upcoming Brewery Ephemera Exhibit, opening July 6 and Volksmarch on July 18. Over the past year, major construction and renovations are occurring inside GAHC.

GAHC Behind the Scenes on the website
By October 1, the interior exhibit space will have increased about six times to accommodate a new large interactive and audiovisual permanent exhibit. Over the course of the summer, GAHC will post behind the scenes photos and videos on the website as they build the new exhibit spaces. The exhibit will includes an orientation theater, six education stations, and two restored hotel rooms.  Two additional new temporary exhibit spaces have also been created and will open the door for new collaborative exhibits in conjunction with the new permanent exhibit.

The exhibit progresses through experiences from immigrants’ journey by sea, train and foot, to their final destination at the GAHC, originally a hotel, which welcomed thousands of immigrants in the 1860s to the 1900s. The second half of the exhibit shows contributions to the region by immigrants, and highlights daily life, from recreation, family life, religion and organizations. The expansive exhibit will allow GAHC to develop new tours, increase family offerings and create new school group programs.

Finally, the top floor, which boasts panoramic views of the Mississippi River, has also been completely renovated. The floor includes state of the art audio-visual equipment so that it may be used for GAHC's programs as well as meeting space open for community groups.

To learn more, visit www.gahc.org.

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