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Camp Courageous Train Engineer Passes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Charlie Becker   
Friday, 05 September 2014 16:54
In 2007, Tom & Nan Riley of Marion, IA donated a train to Camp Courageous.  It included the engine car, a flatbed car, and caboose.  Gerry Rohr, of Monticello, Iowa was quick to volunteer his services to make this dream come true for the nearly 7,000 campers with special needs that come to Camp Courageous each year.   Gerry took full responsibility for the laying of the track, switches, and the train itself.
Gerry Rohr quickly determined the existing train engine was not large enough to pull the many campers that would travel through the woods at one time.  So he ordered a large diesel engine, pulled the old engine out, and put the new one in.  “Gerry was a genius…he could fix or repair anything,” according to Charlie Becker, the camp’s director and long time friend of Gerry Rohr.  The new engine was just what was needed, as two new passenger cars were designed and added in the next few years.
Along with everything affiliated with the train, Gerry oversaw the camp’s three large generators that power the camp during a power outage and he assisted the maintenance staff with hundreds of projects over the years.  “Gerry was always there to help Camp Courageous, at any hour of any day,” said Charlie. “Gerry was at that stage of life that he was imparting lots of knowledge to James Kurth, the camp’s Maintenance Director,” said Charlie, “they had a wonderful relationship.”

Gerry’s final gift to camp was the expansion of the train to Lake Todd, a newly constructed Lake at Camp Courageous. Gerry, along with several hard-working volunteers, spent the past spring and summer laying the track. All that remained to be done was a little balancing of the track before campers would have the opportunity for a new and longer train ride. Unfortunately, due to Gerry’s death of an apparent heart attack, he was not able to take that inaugural ride.

“Gerry brought an incredible amount of joy and happiness into the lives of thousands of campers with special needs.  The train ride was a highlight of their stay at camp.  Gerry leaves a huge void at Camp Courageous, but his legacy lives on with every train ride,” said Charlie.

Celebrating the Beginning of the 25th Year of Helping Single Parent Families Move from Homelessness to Self-Sufficiency PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sister Mary Ann Vogel, CHM   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:29

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is starting its 25th year of service to the Quad Cities with a New Orleans style Jazz Brunch at Crow Valley Golf Club on Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 11am to 2pm. Sarah Marie Young, a Chicago vocalist, will once again be the featured entertainer with her smooth, easy listening, jazz stylings. To learn more about this fabulous singer with a unique voice, check out her website at www.sarahmarieyoung.

In addition to the fabulous food and wonderful music this event will also include the following silent auction items:

  • Enjoy a uniquely private lunch for 6 – 7 with Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, President of St. Ambrose University, served at the Rogalski Center.

  • Private, after hours tour for 10 at the Mississippi River Distilling Co. and your choice of appetizers provided by Steventon’s. Celebrate by sampling spirits made with locally grown ingredients while touring the facilities.

  • A cooking class and dinner for 8 – 10 guests with James Steffen, Executive Chef, Crow Valley Golf Club.

  • Two Packers’ tickets with private plane transportation.

Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) has provided supportive housing for 780 single parents and their 1543 children during these past 24 years. These families were homeless at the time they entered the program. HMHI provides single parents with the tools and support to complete degrees, find jobs and move into their own homes. Children learn there is a different way to live; some have become the first in their family to complete high school and go on to college. The need is great, with nearly 400 applications a year; however, HMHI has space and staff to provide services to only 47 of these families at any one time.

Please join us in our celebration and support this valuable community asset.

For more information, please contact our office at 563-326-1330.

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Written by Linda Martin   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:43

A grants submission deadline has been announced by the Moline Foundation. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply if they serve the citizens of Moline and the surrounding region, including the Quad Cities.

All materials necessary to receive funds are due in The Moline Foundation offices by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 or must be postmarked by or on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Any non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, including those who have never received Moline Foundation funding in the past, is welcome to apply.

An application should consist of eleven copies of a written request stating the name and address of the organization, its mission, names and addresses of Board members, income and expense statement, balance sheet, and the specific purpose for which any money received would be used including a project budget. The name, telephone number, and email of a contact person must also be included. The requested materials should be mailed according to the above deadline. If you need further information, please call Linda Martin at the Moline Foundation at (309) 764-4193 or visit the website at

The Moline Foundation offices are located at the Deere-Wiman House, 817 11th Avenue, Moline.

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation which provides grants to health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area, including the Quad Cities region in both Iowa and Illinois. Counties served by the Moline Foundation include Scott County in Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, Henderson, and McDonough Counties in Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and works with citizens to achieve their goals to improve the community.


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Written by Holly Larson   
Monday, 25 August 2014 13:48

PORT BYRON, IL - PORT BYRON, IL - The Nick Teddy Foundation is pleased to announce Exelon Generation, of Cordova, IL, as a sponsor of the 2014 “Nick Teddy 5K.” The event will take place on Sept. 13, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM.! !

The “Nick Teddy 5k” is held in memory of 29-year old Port Byron native Nick Strub, who fought a courageous battle against Ewing’s sarcoma for more than 5-years. The NT5k is a family-focus event, and offers a fun day for hundreds of participants and their families. Last year’s event raised $25,000 to fund research through the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, and to help defray travel and lodging expenses during treatment for a local Ewing’s patient and her family.!

Exelon has been a sponsor of the Nick Teddy 5k since the Nick Teddy Foundation’s first event in 2012.

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Written by Rhonda Johnson   
Friday, 22 August 2014 09:07

Churches United of the Quad City Area has received a $2,500.00 grant from The Walmart Foundation, in support of the new Sam’s Club location in Moline.

This award supports Winnie’s Place, a shelter serving women (and their children) who are homeless and/or victims of domestic violence.

Churches United has a 53-year history of reaching out to our community. Its 134 member churches represent 50,000 people from the Quad City Area. As well as Winnie’s Place, Churches United operates 25 food pantries and 3 hot meal sites in the Quad City Area. For information about services offered, or ways to support Churches United, call 563-332-5002, or visit our website at


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