(Rock Island, IL)?Royal Neighbors of America, headquartered in Rock Island, will expand its distribution in October 2006 with a new office in Austin, Texas. The Austin office will be responsible for offering life insurance and annuities through independent general agents and will be led by Mike Pinkham, a veteran insurance executive. This new sales operation represents an addition to the current captive sales force and will sell Royal Neighbors' products and services to new members, thus allowing the organization to continue to successfully carry out its social mission. Cynthia Tidwell, President and CEO of Royal Neighbors, said, "We are excited about the opening of this new office and having an executive with an impressive track record such as Mr. Pinkham join the Royal Neighbors family. It is a natural fit for us as we are looking to expand and grow our life insurance and annuity operations." Royal Neighbors of America offers its members value-added benefits such as scholarships, disaster aid, and a variety of volunteer opportunities within their communities. Distinguished by its 100-plus-year commitment to helping women help themselves, Royal Neighbors, through its insurance products and services, addresses a wide range of today's women's issues and concerns.
Headquartered in Rock Island, Royal Neighbors serves more than 232,000 insurance certificate holders and members, and is licensed to do business in 41 states and the District of Columbia. With $2.2 billion of insurance in force, it has members in 400 active chapters across the nation.

Davenport, IA - On Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:45 PM, the Davenport Area SoundReach Choir, a community choir for adults with developmental disabilities, will hold its Spring Concert at All Saints Lutheran Church (5002 Jersey Ridge Road; Davenport, IA).

SoundReach highlights the talents and successes of area teens and adults with special needs through song and dance. Sponsored by West Music Company, SoundReach meets weekly to rehearse a variety of songs popular throughout the ages. From oldies to Green Day, this choir sings it all. The choir performs in front of a packed house of family and friends in the sanctuary of All Saints Lutheran Church at the end of several months of rehearsal. A unique experience is always promised to those who attend, and hardly a dry eye will remain at the end of the concert, as these individuals do what many people have told them they can't do.

The choir is co-directed by Emilia Martin, MT-BC and Lorna Johnson, MT-BC, both music therapists for West Music Company. The directors work with the choir to create a successful experience for each member. Whether members can sing perfectly on pitch, dance to the music, or simply play an adaptive instrument, there's room for everyone in SoundReach.

Admission is free!

West Music Company Contact: Emilia Martin or Lorna Johnson (563) 388-1519 All Saints Lutheran Church Contact: Al Reagan (563) 332-9870