States prepare for coming Continental Congress

Locals invited to become delegates, National Election Day October 10th

EVERY STATE, U.S.A., September 14, 2009 - Citizens fed up with constitutional violations causing devastation to the economy and the Nation, are stepping up to join constitutional activist Robert L. Schulz, Chairman of We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, to prepare for a modern-day Continental Congress to take place November 8-22, 2009 at the Pheasant Run Conference Center in St. Charles, Illinois.  Continental Congress 2009 is not political or partisan and seeks to defend, not amend, the current Constitution.

Billed as the "next appropriate step for the free people of America," planners hope the historic national assembly will inspire the critical mass necessary to restore constitutional governance. 153 citizen-nominated-and-elected Delegates - three from each state and Washington, D.C. -- will convene for two weeks to methodically and factually document constitutional abuses which have taken place over many years, across many administrations, every branch of government and both parties.   Delegates will consider specific non-violent, legal civic actions to stop the wrongs.

Citizens are invited to nominate delegates who have a "proven passion for the Constitution," by visiting .  "Perhaps you know a great patriot who is a neighbor, a family member, or associate," says Schulz.  Delegates will make their own way to Illinois, but room and board will be covered by donations.

Volunteers are busy securing polling places for Delegate Election Day, October 10, 2009. The election will be constitutionally valid using visible and transparent vote counting, an effort planners hope will eliminate the constitutionally invalid general electoral procedures currently in use.  Where polling places are not available, a mail-in ballot process will be offered.

To help finance the historic event, volunteers are planning a "Walk Down Main Street" campaign to visit local merchants in hometowns.  A .999 pure silver CC2009 commemorative round will be given for each donation of $100.00 or more. Planners are also seeking bigger donors they are calling the "patriotic, brave and wealthy" who "understand what Continental Congress can do for America."

The decision to convene CC2009 comes after fourteen years of filing Petitions for Redress with the federal government for repeated violations of the Constitution by We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education, a national 501 c3 non-profit with headquarters in New York.  Schulz says The Right to petition was put in the First Amendment by the Founding Fathers, "who did not want Americans to ever again experience a situation where their individual rights or civil liberties were threatened."  To date, this Right has never been recognized by the government nor defined in any court of law.  Schulz says it must now be used to hold elected officials accountable to the rest of the Constitution "which will shift the power from the government back to The People where it belongs."

"Americans are waking up to the urgent need to stand strong for the Founding Principles and our Constitution, as every violation further devastates our economy and our way of life," says Schulz.  "We all desire the same outcome: restoration of our Nation.  Continental Congress 2009 is the only strategy we see that is not political or partisan, does not rely on the electoral process, and can bring peaceful and legal solutions to our current situation.  We hope this effort can be the catalyst that brings the freedom-loving people of America together at this critical time," he concludes.

Readers can learn more about We The People by going to For specific information on CC2009, to nominate delegates or volunteer for polling places, go to


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We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education * We The People Congress

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National non-political, non-partisan, not-for-profit organizations for The People

We The People Foundation for Constitutional Education is a 501c3 organization that educates The People about the Declaration of Independence, every provision of federal and state constitutions, the sovereignty of The People whose Will the constitutions are designed to express; and the government They are meant to control through their constitutions.

We The People Congress is a 501c4 sister organization of constitutional activists committed to "institutionalizing" citizen vigilance through civic education, monitoring of governments, and organizing grassroots programs of civic resistance to confront and repel tyranny.

Their collective Mission is to resurrect the long-forgotten the First Amendment "Capstone Right" found in the Bill of Rights, as an exercise of the People's natural Right to Sovereignty over their servant governments, believing it is the profound, peaceful and constitutional solution that will save the Republic and restore Constitutional Order in America.

Beginning October 1, 2009, the drop-off recycling program in Rock Island County will no longer take glass.  The six-year old program recycles roughly 200 tons per month of paper products and mixed materials, such as plastics, metal and glass.  However, current economic conditions have resulted in poorer glass recycling markets, higher transportation costs and too great a cost to process glass, nearly tripling the cost of processing from the current price.

"It was a tough Board decision because glass has been an integral part of the drop-off program," said Gena McCullough, Rock Island County Waste Management Agency (RICWMA) Staff Coordinator.  By weight, glass represents 14-15% of the recycling volume.  The drop-off program began in 2003 to reduce landfilling of recyclable products, promote recycling, encourage reuse and purchasing recycled content materials, and improve the quality of the environment in Rock Island County.  Since 2003, over 17,000 tons have been diverted from the landfill.

City Carton Recycling was awarded a new five year contract by RICWMA to process and recycle plastics, metal and paper products including cardboard and box board.  Processing costs will rise from the current $36.75 per ton to $42 per ton in the first year, increasing annually to account for inflation over the five year term.  RICWMA administers the program and pays the cost of recycling through its solid waste fee assessed at the landfills in Rock Island County.

The regional collections sites include :

  • East Moline:  307 - 42nd Avenue at the fire station and 1200 - 13th Avenue at the city's Engineering and Maintenance Service Facility.
  • Milan:  451 West 4th Street
  • Moline:  3635 - 4th Avenue at the Public Works Department
  • Rock Island:  16th Avenue and 24th Street at the Water Treatment Plant

The communities of East Moline, Milan, Moline and Rock Island continue to host regional drop-off recycling collection sites as part of the program sponsored by RICWMA, a consortium of local governments in Rock Island County.  The program has been an excellent example of intergovernmental cooperation and cost effectiveness.

All residents living in Rock Island County can use any one of the five regional drop-off recycling sites within the county.  Recyclable materials are collected from each site through a two stream process.  To retain a viable recycling program, clean recyclable material is needed and highly valued.  With the downturn in the economy, marketing the best and cleanest recyclables helps retain jobs and allows the recycling industry to thrive.

Separate containers are provided for a mixture of plastics and metal containers, washed and clean, including:

  • Plastics #1-#5 and #7 (milk jugs, detergent, shampoo & liter bottles, food containers, etc.)
  • Steel cans and aluminum cans

Separate containers willl be provided for a mixture of fiber, including:

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Chipboard or box board
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Mixed office paper
  • Phonebooks
  • Textbooks
  • Brown paper bags

Unacceptable items or garbage include glass, aerosol cans, any liquids, appliances, ashes, building materials or scraps, ceramic plates and cups, clothing, electronics, fiurniture, garbage, paint cans, plastic bags, Styrofoam, tires, toys, windows and mirrors, and yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, sticks and brush.  A full description of what not to toss in the recycling bins is outlined on the agency website at

As part of the "no glass" restriction, City Carton Recycling is offering a recycling option for glass to be dropped off at their facility in Davenport.  Beginning October 1st, residents of Rock Island County can take their glass to City Carton Recycling, 4002 Kimmel Drive in the Davenport Industrial Park off of Rockingham Road and West River Drive.  Glass must be separated clear from colored.  The alternative is to throw glass away with the rest of their residential garbage.

For more information, Rock Island County residents can contact RICWMA at 309-788-8925 or visit their website at


Iowa was recognized for its strong commitment to children's health coverage despite a tough economic climate, according to a report released today by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF).

Weathering the Storm: States Moving Forward Despite Tough Economic Climate identified Iowa as one of twenty-three states that expanded health coverage for children in 2009.  Iowa was the first state to take advantage of opportunities presented in the Child Health Insurance Reform Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 to develop a dental option for children and to extend coverage to all income-qualifying legal resident children.

"Iowa leaders stood up for the most vulnerable members of our community - our children - during this fiscal crisis by expanding access to affordable children's health coverage," said Carrie Fitzgerald, Senior Health Policy Associate of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines.  "Iowa expanded eligibility for hawk-i coverage to families up to 300% of poverty and adopted streamlined provisions for enrollment and re-enrollment that will help ensure children receive continuous health care coverage."

Nationwide, strong state and federal support for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has reduced the number of uninsured children to its lowest levels since 1987. The report found that  states have taken advantage of the passage of CHIPRA and other federal support to secure additional funds and strengthen their efforts to cover more children.

"Weathering the Storm' is important in showing Iowa's leadership in child health coverage, but there still are uninsured children in the state," Charles Bruner, Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, stated.  "Iowa must continue its implementation efforts and activities to ensure all children receive the health care they need for healthy development.  Children's healthy development is key to Iowa's future and to containing health care expenditures over the long term."

For more information on the report, Weathering the Storm: States Moving Forward Despite Tough Economic Climate, visit CCF's website

The Symphony Guild in Muscatine is gearing up to open the new orchestra season of really good music with really good food and excellent company.  The Symphony of the Arts, this year's version of the Symphony of Chocolate, will take place at the Muscatine Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Avenue, on September 26, starting at 6:00. It will be a casual evening, with the highlight being both a silent auction and a live auction conducted by Schroeder Auctions. People in Muscatine have been incredibly generous and wonderfully imaginative - items available include a glider ride, a visit to a chiropractor, a private Pilates session, pearls, an oversized stuffed turtle (it's a toy!), lots of gift certificates. There will be appetizers and desserts provided by Ellie's and Sweet Temptations, lots of entertainment, lots of good times. Tickets are $20.00 and are available from HyVee, Fareway, the Muscatine Art Center, and at the door. All proceeds will go to help fund Muscatine's own exceptional Symphony Orchestra, directed by Brian Dollinger.

Bettendorf, IA - Sonja Sorrel is senior media relations consultant for the Life and Health Division of the Principal Financial Group® will be speaking to local public relations, marketing and media professionals on September 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm at the Butterworth Education Center located at the corner of 7th Street and 12th Avenue, Moline, IL on behalf of the Public Relations Society of America - Quad Cities Chapter.

Sonja will be speaking about the impact the economy has had on the financial services industry and how it has changed the way they communicate. Also she will discuss what Principal did for employee communication, advertising and media relations and how it was measured. PRSA members, Local Public Relations, Marketing and Media professionals, students, and the general public are invited to hear Sonja discuss Principal's new communication techniques.

Sorrel has more than 10 years experience in strategic public relations and national media relations. She joined the company in 2004 and was promoted to her current position in 2007. She is responsible for managing media relations for all risk products including, life, health, disability and dental product lines. In her role, she conducts media outreach, executes issues management and advances thought leadership.

Prior to joining the company Sorrel was an account supervisor with Public Communications Inc, a public relations firm based in Chicago. Most of her work was concentrated on media relations for not-for-profit health care organizations, but she also represented well-known Chicago icons like Water Tower Place and the Museum of Science and Industry. Sorrel earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Iowa State University. She serves on the communications counsel for America's Health Insurance Plans. She is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

The Principal Financial Group? (The Principal ®) 1 is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $257.7 billion in assets under management 2 and serves some 18.8 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit

Formed in 1978, the Quad Cities Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America serves public relations and communications professionals throughout the greater Quad Cities region. The chapter offers programs, resources and networking opportunities for area PRSA members.

To RSVP for this event please email Cissy Wendt, Chapter Administrator at by Sept 22, 2009.


Pork Dinner Fund-raiser

Thursday, September 17th

4:30  to 7 PM

Fellowship Hall

First Presbyterian Church - Milan

1620 W. First Street

Menu Includes:

Pulled Pork, hot baked beans, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, dessert and drinks

Donation:  Adults $8   Children under 10 - $5

Proceeds to go to the pew re-upholstery project fund

Tickets Available at the door

On Friday September 11, Jordan Catholic School students will be dressed in RED, WHITE AND BLUE to show their love of country and their appreciation of those who work to keep us free and make us PROUD! Some children may dress in the fatigues of their parents who have served our country.

Additionally, JCS students are collecting soap for "Operation Homecoming". This project is being spearheaded by JCS business office manager, Wendy Todd. Mrs. Todd's son, Lance Corporal Michael Todd, is a marine serving in Afghanistan. LCpl. Todd's battalion has not received supplies or mail for two months. The conditions are rough without showers, soap, etc. This gave Mrs. Todd and other mothers of marines within this battalion the idea to prepare "homecoming baskets" for the 600 single marines in this battalion. The students' donation will be added to the baskets which will be a surprise to the marines when they come home!

September 10, 2009 - APAC Customer Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: APAC) a leader in global outsourced services and solutions, celebrated the expansion of its Davenport customer interaction center with a Ribbon Cutting co-hosted by Davenport's Chamber of Commerce, DavenportOne. Local dignitaries in attendance included Chamber of Commerce Red Coats, as well as past and current APAC employees.

"It's great that APAC, a world leader in outsourced services, has chosen Davenport as a place to expand its services," stated Mayor Gluba. "We welcome the job opportunities this expansion brings, especially given the full benefit package the company offers to its full time employees. Job growth in our area is terrific news given what's happening in some other part of the country."

"We've invested nearly $4 million in support of the expansion at our Davenport center," shared Mike Marrow. "There's new training rooms, lockers, landscaping, lobby updates and many other improvements that make this center a great place to work."

APAC will be hiring an additional 300 customer care agents and support professionals within the next several weeks associated with the facility build-out. Agents hired will be answering calls from consumers and assisting with product features, billing and general support. To apply for one of these full-time positions, go to

Overall, APAC employs over 10,000 contact center professionals throughout nine domestic and four Philippine locations. The APAC Davenport center originally opened February 1996.

About APAC

APAC Customer Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: APAC) is a leading provider of customer care services and solutions for market leaders in healthcare, business services, communications, media and publishing, travel and entertainment, and financial services industries. APAC partners with its clients to deliver custom solutions that enhance bottom line performance. For more info, call 1-800-OUTSOURCE.

APAC's comprehensive web site is

APAC Davenport Contact: Tracy Beck, General Manager, Davenport, (563) 285-2812,

APAC Marketing Contact: Bobbi Chester, Marketing Director, (847) 374-1958,


Monster Sewing, at 1465 - 41st Street in Moline, has recently opened their doors for business.  This locally owned sewing shop can take care of all of your sewing and alteration needs including handbags and purses, heavy coats, leathers and zippers. They are open Mondays thru Fridays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment.

Give them a call at 309-716-8411 or stop in, they are located across from the Moline Viking Club.

Event Date:  September 26, 2009, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Schone's Friendship Farm, 15711 13th Street, Milan, IL.

We're rustlin' up all volunteers, riders, parents, and friends for the New Kingdom Trailriders' Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!  Help us raise some much-needed dollars while having fun with the whole family.  Admission is $2.00 and every paid admission is an entry into a great door prize drawing from Ascentra, this year's Platinum Sponsor.

This fundraiser will be chock-full o'fun and games for everyone in your posse.  There will be games for the little greenhorns, vittles for the hungry and of course, our cowboys and cowgirls will put on a fine show for ya'all.

Our Chuck wagon will be servin' up Texas chili and dogs, along with other tasty grub.  We'll have horse rides available for purchase to all who want to be a cowboy for the day.  Hold on to your hats folks, that ain't all!  We have a surprise for you- "It's a Pleasure" Precision Drill Team will be performing too (  Dust off your boots, we've also roped in "The Posse" for your country western dancin' and listenin' pleasure.  Bring your decorated pumpkin to enter the Pumpkin Design contest!

If that ain't enough for ya'all to flip your lids, we have invited some of our compadres to join us and have information available about their fine programs and products also.  All this fun is brought to you with the help of our good friends at Ascentra.  So grab the young'uns, the old'uns and everybody in-between for a hootin', hollerin' good time at the NKT Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!

New Kingdom Trailriders is the Quad Cities' only equine-assisted therapeutic riding program.  NKT is celebrating its 25th year of offering a quality recreational therapy program to specially challenged individuals.  Donors, local grants and fundraisers fund NKT.  You can donate to this program online at their website -  Click on the "Just Give" logo.


Committees are being set up NOW.  Please sign up as a worker or leader today or call the NKT office at 309.764.4220 or email Christina Chom, Director of Development at  We cannot do fun events like this without the help of our super volunteers!  Thank you for lending a hand and supporting New Kingdom Trailriders.

If you would like more information about this event or New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT), or if you need directions, please visit our website at or contact Barbara Clauson at (309) 764-4220, email NKT at  You can also stop by our office located in SouthPark Mall next to Dairy Queen/Orange Julius.