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Written by Rahel Marsie-Hazen   
Monday, 02 May 2011 11:48

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program today named an Iowa student as one of America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2011 at the 16th annual national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Honored as a National Honoree was:

Sarah Cronk, 18, of Bettendorf, co-founded a cheerleading squad at her high school that includes students with disabilities, and then formed a nonprofit corporation that encourages teens across the country to start similar squads at their schools.

Also recognized during the four-day celebration as an Iowa State Honoree was:

Jungah Kelly Lee, 14, of West Des Moines, organized a small group of youth and adult volunteers to clean up trash once a week in her neighborhood in order to make it safer and more attractive.

As a National Honoree, Sarah received a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for the nonprofit charitable organization of her choice. State Honorees received awards of $1,000 and engraved silver medallions. Both students received an all-expense-paid trip with their parents to Washington, D.C., for this week’s recognition events. At last night’s event the two students received personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

About the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community of Awards, the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer service, was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The program serves to honor young people who are committed to making a positive difference and to inspire others to consider how they can also contribute to their communities and the world.

The Friends of Vander Veer Plant Sale Gearing Up PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Natasha Sottos   
Friday, 29 April 2011 14:41

Purchase the Finest in Plants and Support Vander Veer

The Friends of Vander Veer annual Spring Plant Sale is coming up soon. This year’s sale takes place the weekend of April 30th and May 1st with the following schedule:

Friday, April 29th

3:30-7:30 p.m.

Friends Members-Only Preview Sale

Become a Member and get first pick of the outstanding plant selection

Saturday, April 30th

10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Sale is Open to the Public

Sunday, May 1st

1:00-3:30 p.m.

Sale is Open to the Public

Enjoy the 2011 Potting Party!

Take part in Davenport’s largest potting party! Drop in for a 15-minute class; the cost to attend is $5.00. Participants will learn planting secrets, while receiving help from experts in choosing their plants. Please furnish your own pot and soil-less potting mix. Soil will be for sale for a nominal fee.

Call 563-940-8809 for more information! The Friends of Vander Veer is a non-profit organization that supports beauty, education, and restoration at Vander Veer Botanical Park. Proceeds from this sale support the Park.



Tom Birkhofer Taco Dinner Benefit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Martha Bakeris   
Monday, 25 April 2011 08:12
Tom Birkhofer Benefit
Tuesday, May 17, 2010
5:00-9:00 pm
Mulligan’s Valley Pub 310 W 1st Ave., Coal Valley

The Tom Birkhofer Benefit on Tuesday, May 17, will help this Bettendorf father of three and son-in-law of former St Ambrose and North Scott coach, Larry Lake, who suffered a spinal cord injury in August, 2010 when he fell from a tree while trimming.  Tom spent one month at the University of Iowa hospitals and one month at Genesis West rehab.  He is now home and continues with therapy.  While he is making good progress, he will be unable to return to his profession as an electrician.

The benefit features great raffle prizes such as an I PAD, a 32” flat screen TV, a remote car starter,  2 Iowa Tickets to the Northwestern game, a $100 necklace from Diamonds on the Avenue, a GPS system, and 2 John Deere Classic tickets combined with a hotel stay at HomeRidge Inn and Suites and a $50 dinner at Bennigans.  In addition, there will be several gift baskets for raffle and great tacos for only $5.  Raffle tickets for major prizes are available in advance and you need not be present to win.

All proceeds will benefit the Birkhofer family who is struggling to return to “normal” life after this tragedy.  If you can’t attend but wish to donate, please send your donation to:  Tom Birkhofer Benefit fund, c/o First Midwest Bank, 1975 Kimberly Road, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722.

For information call: (563) 340-6755.

First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Moline receives Lilly grant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rev. Allen Mothershed   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 14:58


First Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Moline has received a grant of $40,953 to enable its Senior Pastor Allen Mothershed to participate in the 2010 National Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc.  It is one of 150 congregations across the country that will support their ministers in the program, which allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and renew their spirits for the benefit of their ongoing ministries.
Now in its 11th year, the program invites Christian congregations and ministers to consider and plan a period of intentional reflection and renewal. It provides a time for ministers to take a break from their daily obligations and gain the fresh perspective and renewed energy that a carefully considered “sabbath time” of travel, study, rest and prayer can provide.
Each congregation is eligible to apply for a grant of up to $50,000.  Up to $15,000 of that amount can be used to fulfill pastoral duties during the minister’s absence and for expenses related to the congregation’s own renewal.  The 150 grants this year total $6.4 million.
First Congregational Church considers this extended time of study by Pastor Mothershed and the congregation a part of its commitment to take seriously the need for faith formation in the lives of both staff and church members.  Pastor Mothershed will be spending a week of study in Rome, Italy and then travel with his family to one of the spiritually rich places in the world, Assisi, Italy, the birth place of St. Francis of Assisi.  He will spend mornings in prayer, study, and writing at Alle Porte del Paradiso ~ At the Gates of Paradise, a farm retreat center just outside of Assisi.  In the afternoons, he will have time with his family to hike, cook, work in a vineyard, visit with overseas friends, and explore the surrounding area.   First Congregational Church is also on a parallel time of extended study.  All members and guest are receiving a book, Practicing Our Faith, by Dorothy Bass, with a chapter a month being the focus of study and activities for a year.
This year’s group includes congregations in 40 states and the District of Columbia.  In the mix are congregations of many sizes - some as small as 50 members, others as large as 1,000 present at Sunday worship services.  The oldest church - First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown, Pa. - traces its heritage back to 1675 when the first meeting house was build.  The newest congregation - Living Water Christian Church in Parkville, Mo. - first “congregated” on Easter Sunday, 2004.
The 2010 class of grantees brings to 1440 the number of congregations that have received clergy renewal grants since 2000.  “We ask these congregations and ministers to consider the question, “What will make your heart sing?,” as they devise their plans.” said Craig Dykstra, senior vice president for religion at the Endowment.  “They never fail to come up with wonderful and imaginative yet doable ways to fulfill their dreams.  Their time away has freed them up to pursue personal interests and needs in a ways that has given them new energy for ministry - and the congregations have discovered that they too experience a refreshment of their own and a newfound sense of their own strengths.”

6th Annual Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 07:20

KINNICK STADIUM - SATURDAY - APRIL 23, 2011 - 12:00 PM TO  2:45 PM

This Saturday, April 23 - beginning at 11:45 AM is the Annual Hawkeye Day for Camp Courageous at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for campers to visit with the Iowa Hawkeye football players, coaches, and staff.  Camp Courageous campers will enjoy a great lunch, provided by Martin Brothers, and a tour of the Iowa football complex, including Kinnick and the practice facilities.  Campers will receive from the Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores of Iowa a special football that can be autographed by the players, coaches, and staff.

"This is one of those experiences that will never be forgotten by the campers who attend.  We can not thank enough Kirk Ferentz, along with the players and staff for this opportunity.  It is heartwarming that individuals so gifted and talented and busy will take the time to spend with these special campers.  Every year the players do an exceptional job, engaging the campers.  

We would also like to thank Martin Bros., the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa and Kum & Go for providing all the goodies for the campers. "We have campers that have had a hard time falling asleep the night before, in anticipation of this big day." said Charlie Becker, Camp Courageous.


11:45 a.m. Camp Courageous bus & campers arrive at Kinnick Stadium. Charlie Becker will check-in everyone at the Krause Plaza on the South end of the stadium.

12:00p.m. Check in; receive name tags and complimentary football. Immediately go through lunch buffet provided by Martin Bros.

12:00 p.mHawkeye football team arrives and also receive name tags, and go through buffet lunch line. Players eat at tables with campers and parents

12:30 p.m. Begin short program. Thanking sponsors (PMCI, MARTIN BROS., KUM & GO). Introduce Chig, and Coach Ferentz. Coach will speak openly about past/upcoming season…etc. Introduce players, coaching staff who may be there. As they are introduced, they will proceed to a long table and sit for autograph line. After the introductions, Campers will line up for the autographs from players and coaches. Direct campers to meet at designated location after autographs to head out on their tour.

1:00-1:15 p.m. Timing depends when the autographs are finished. Begin tours. Camp Courageous will have their campers split into groups. (Black and gold). **Photos with players will be available on the field after tours and group photo. This will help the autograph line move quickly. Tours will include: Hawkeye Locker Room, Pink Locker Room, Press Box, Black tour group will start in the Locker Rooms, Gold group will start in the Brechler Press Box.

1:45 p.m. Both groups will finish on the South end bleachers for a group photo as we have done in the past.

2:00 p.m. Free play on the field. This will end the official ‘tour’ portion of the day. The Bubble Practice field and weight room will be open for tours on your own, but will not be a part of the ‘group tours’. Logistically it doesn’t work well to do with the large group. Possibly we can have one of the players take a group of campers who are interested to the bubble practice facility.

Also, once campers are on the field with their new footballs and new best friends (Hawkeyes) they generally don’t want to leave!

2:45 p.m. Dismiss the campers and head back to the busses, and depart for Camp Courageous.

For more information, please call 319-465-5916 x2100.

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