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    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.

    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.

    American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Bettendorf is planning their annual Cruise wear debut Thursday, January 14th PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Jamie Sons   
    Monday, 11 January 2010 11:44

    The Bettendorf Discovery Shop in Cumberland Square invites you to join them Thursday, January 14th as they debut their cruise wear clothing and accessories. From swimsuits and beach shoes, to colorful and fun accessories for your home, we have something that will brighten your day. If you are planning a vacation, a cruise, or are just plain tired of your winter clothing, join us for a chance to purchase a wonderful fresh spring wardrobe.

    The shop welcomes donations of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, collectibles, and items for the home. Donations are accepted any time the shop is open and a tax receipt is always available.

    The Discovery Shop is owned and operated by the American Cancer Society with the proceeds going for cancer research, education, patient services, and advocacy. The shop is an upscale resale shop selling gently used items all donated by the community. They are staffed with over 100 volunteers. All clothing is cleaned and ironed before it is sold. All dry cleaning is donated by Burke Dry Cleaners.

    Regular shop hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.


    ARC Taste of Galena celebrates 20 years PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Janelle Keeffer   
    Monday, 11 January 2010 11:01
    GALENA, Ill. - It’s hard to believe that eating this well is actually all for a good cause. On Feb. 5, Galena’s finest – ranging from restaurateurs to winemakers to cheesecake bakers to caterers – will gather together at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa from 7-10 p.m. to “Treat your Taste Buds” for the Galena Art & Recreation Center.

    Now in its 20th year, the ARC Taste of Galena has become a sought-after event that promises an evening of pleasure for your taste buds. Past years have presented delectable dishes such as: braised veal roast with apple ginger sauce, sliced duck with sour cherry chutney over molasses sweet potatoes, boeuf bourguignon, Crab Louis salad, Grecian pork tenderloin kabobs, Greek salad, spanakopita, candy bar cheesecake and locally produced wines. And there’s sure to be chocolate…and lots of it.

    Your taste buds won’t be the only thing thanking you. Your feet will thank you, too, as they will be keeping rhythm to the catchy beat of the Rob Martin Quartet, a live jazz ensemble, who will perform throughout the evening.

    For a complete and up-to-date listing of ARC Taste exhibitors and menus, click on the event’s useful website: www.tasteofgalena.com. The site also provides attendees with a quick and convenient way to purchase Taste tickets online. Tickets will be held and distributed at the door the evening of the event. In addition to online sales, tickets may also be purchased at the Galena Art & Recreation Center, 413 S. Bench St., and the Galena Territory Owners’ Club. Cost is $30 per person. Tickets are limited; advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

    “We are excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Taste of Galena with Galena’s finest establishments and appreciate their continued support. Every year I look forward to the diverse menu, and this year’s event is guaranteed to please!’” said Sarah Petersen, the ARC’s executive director. “There are many exciting things planned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event, including a special digital presentation of photos through the years, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. I recommend purchasing your tickets early as this event has sold out in the past.”

    The ARC Taste of Galena is a core fundraiser for the Galena Art & Recreation Center, a not-for-profit organization that provides programs for all ages. The funds raised at the ARC Taste are included in the ARC annual operating budget and will assist with the ongoing process of balancing the budget and achieving financial security.

    For information about room availability, shopping, dining, attractions, events and more, please go to galena.org, the Web site of the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, or call 877-464-2536 toll-free.

    In 2009, the Galena Art & Recreation Center celebrated its 40th anniversary. Forty years strong…and still growing: visit www.galenaarc.org.

    Rock Island Moose Celebrate 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Rock Island Moose   
    Tuesday, 05 January 2010 16:34

    The Rock Island Moose Family Center will hold a 100 year Birthday Celebration on Saturday, January 16, 2010.  Festivities will be ongoing throughout the day.  Local city officials, along with Moose officials, will be recognized at 3 p.m.

    The public is cordially invited to stop by the Family Center during the Birthday Celebration for a tour and to learn more about the Moose fraternity and the Women of the Moose.

    The Loyal Order of Moose, also know as the Family Fraternity, is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888.  The Rock Island Lodge was instituted January 18, 1910.  There are nearly 800,000 men in roughly 1,500 lodges in all 50 states plus Great Britian, Canada and Bermuda.

    Along with other units of Moose International, the Loyal Order of Moose supports the operation of Mooseheart Child City and school, a one thousand acre community for children and teens located outside of Chicago; and Moosehaven, a 70 acre retirement village for its members near Jacksonville, Florida.  Additionally, Moose Lodges conduct approximately $50 million worth of community service (counting monetary donations and volunteer hours worked) annually.

    Additionally, the Loyal Order of Moose conducts numerous sports and recreational programs in local lodges and Family Centers.

    "We would really welcome seeing non-members come and join us at our celebration. We would enjoy the chance to show them our wonderful lodge and exactly what we have to offer them and their families," said Governor Ernie Weed.

    Also, the Lodge is assembling a historical picture collection.  If any current or former Moose or Chapter members has any pictures they would llike to contribute, they may drop them off at the Lodge located at 4410 - 9th Street, Rock Island.  Birthday cards, either hand-made or purchased, will be greatly appreciated to help commemorate such a significant event.

    For more information, please contact the Lodge at 309-793-1541.

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