• Applicants are sought for the Maggie Webb Scholarship through The Moline Foundation.

    • Applicants must:

      1. Be a 2009 Moline High School graduate
      2. Have a GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
      3. Provide a transcript and proof of class rank
      4. Be involved in at least one community service activity
      5. Submit an essay answer to the question "If you were to leave this earth tomorrow, what would be your legacy?"

    • Last year two Maggie Webb Scholarship winners, Trent Carlson and Kayla Kauzlarich both of Moline were chosen by Maggie's friends and family through the Moline Foundation to receive $3,000 in scholarship funding.

    • Maggie Webb graduated from Moline High School in 2001. As a senior in high school, Maggie began working at the Von Maur department store in Moline. Upon graduating from college, Maggie became a department manager for the Iowa City Von Maur store. She then worked at several other midwestern Von Maur stores earning acclaim for her sparkling personality and commitment to customer service.

    • Maggie's life tragically ended in December, 2007 with the mass shooting at a Omaha Nebraska mall. Maggie had recently moved to Omaha.  She was employed as a Von Maur Store Manager when she was killed along with five other employees and two customers.

    • "Her friends and family wanted to honor Maggie's life with this scholarship. She always had a smile on her face and was such a bright light for so many people,"

    • Kelly Melliere Ryckegham,  Moline High School Class of 2001

    • Founded in 1953, The Moline Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts, and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of the Quad City region. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment fund of approximately $13 million.  For more information contact Executive Director Joy Boruff at (309) 736-3800 or visit The Moline Foundation Web site at www.molinefoundation.org.

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Modern Woodmen of America recently announced that residents and organizations in northwestern Illinois, southeastern and eastern Iowa received $333,697 in fraternal assistance from Modern Woodmen members in 2008. These dollars support the fraternal organization's social and volunteer activities for local members and their communities.

"Local members continue to make a difference in their communities," says Regional Director Thomas J. Hosmanek. "Modern Woodmen members do more than donate money - they also contribute their own time to local projects they believe in."

Modern Woodmen members in these areas are organized into 69 local chapters called camps and 27 youth service clubs. Through the organization's various volunteer programs, camp and youth club members conduct service projects to meet the needs of their own communities.

In 2008 alone, area Modern Woodmen members contributed 20,927 volunteer service hours to their communities.

Examples of ways Modern Woodmen members can help the community include collecting canned goods to donate to a local food bank, landscaping a local school or raising money for a resident in need.

Additionally, Modern Woodmen representatives donated 390 free Youth Educational Programs to area schools and youth organizations. These programs reached 27,914 local children and provided them with information about safety, citizenship, creativity and confidence. Youth Educational Programs are free community education resources.

The six current programs donated by Modern Woodmen are:

  • Ecology Awareness
  • Patriotic Civics
  • Fall Fest
  • School Speech Contest
  • Exercise and Nutrition
  • Safety and Life Skills

"There is more than one way to give back," says Hosmanek. "From activities to education to volunteering, Modern Woodmen and its members were able to touch many lives in 2008."

As a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders, but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders - members, their families and their communities. This is done through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2008, more than $23.8 million* and 1.3 million volunteer hours were contributed nationwide for local community projects.

For more information about how Modern Woodmen touches lives in northwestern Illinois, southeastern and eastern Iowa, contact Hosmanek at 563-386-8600, or visit www.modern-woodmen.org.

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* Including general expenses and taxes.

The Musser Public Library in Muscatine will host the Iowa Egg Council's 2009 White House Easter Egg display throughout the month of April.  The exhibition can be viewed until April 30th and then it will move on to another city.

The 19 beautifully decorated eggs in this display are the creations of various Iowa artists.  The eggs were entered in the 2009 White House Easter Egg Decorating Contest, held during the 2008 Iowa State Fair. This contest invites Iowa artists to decorate an egg to depict a special feature, theme, icon, or location in/of Iowa. The winning egg is then sent to Washington, D.C. to be on display at the White House during the Easter season. 

At this year's contest, Marjorie Nedjl of Ely won first place, winning a cash prize plus traveling expenses to see her decorated egg displayed at the White House. Second place went to Carolyn Klein of Norwalk, and Marion Smith of Eagle Grove won third place. 

Each year the Iowa Egg Council sponsors the White House Easter Egg Decorating Contest during the Iowa State Fair. Entry forms can be requested each year by calling 1-877-IOWAEGG, Ext. 11 or be accessing the website at www.iowaegg.org.

Contact Info: Irene Warschauer, Office Manager, Musser Public Library, Ph: 563-263-3065, iwarschauer@muscatinelibrary.us

The Iowa Community Education Association (ICEA) will mobilize more than 1000 young people to participate in the 21st Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26, 2009, across the state of Iowa.

Millions of youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries will plan simultaneous service events and service learning projects celebrating GYSD.  Spanning three days, GYSD is the largest service event in the world.

At ICEA, we are excited about facilitating opportunities for youth to plan, carry out and celebrate volunteerism. It’s a wonderful way to strengthen communities and learn valuable life lessons.

For more information, please contact: ICEA, Michael O. Johnston, MPA 09' Webmaster, ICEA, 1800 Grand Ave. Apt. 38, West Des Moines, Iowa 50026, Phone: (641) 799-1076, moj@iastate.edu

 CHICAGO (March 23, 2009) - The Illinois Reform Commission (IRC) will hold its fifth Town Hall meeting on Thursday, March 26 at Augustana College in the Franklin W. Olin Center for Educational Technology Auditorium, Rock Island, IL (733 35th Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

The meeting will include a moderated public discussion followed by an open question and comment period. Political Science faculty members Dr. David Dehnel and Dr. Paul Weissburg will serve as moderators along with Augustana student Joshua Morgan.

The IRC Commissioners scheduled to attend include :

· Patrick Collins, IRC Chairman; Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

· Brad McMillan, Executive Director, Institute for Principled Leadership, Bradley University

· Shelia Simon, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law

Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.

For more information about the Commission and to see the schedule of upcoming meetings, please visit http://www.ReformIllinoisNow.org/meetings.php


Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) announced today that Ben Wolf of Clinton received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.  Wolf will enter the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, this fall. 

"I'm proud to announce Ben Wolf's acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy," Braley said.  "With his exceptional character and history of community service, Ben will be a valuable addition to the Naval Academy.  I'm happy that Ben will have the opportunity to further his education while continuing to serve his country at Navy." 

Ben Wolf will graduate from Camanche High School this May. Ben is the son of Michael and Margaret Wolf.

Each year Congressman Braley nominates students to the military service academies, including the U.S. Naval Academy.  Nominees must demonstrate upstanding character, academic achievement, physical fitness, and leadership skills.  A nominating committee comprised of community leaders reviews all applicants, with Congressman Braley recommending top candidates to the respective academies.  Final acceptance decisions are made by the service academy.

Students interested in applying to military service academies for enrollment in fall of 2010 should contact Congressman Braley's Waterloo office at (319) 287-3233.

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(March 23, 2009) -- Each year, The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, recognizes state legislators across the country who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation and demonstrably advanced reform in the policy-making arena. The organization is pleased to announce that Iowa state Rep. Jim Lykam is a Humane State Legislator Award winner for 2008.

Rep. Lykam is being honored for introducing and passing anti-dogfighting legislation. That bill, HF 2381, increased the penalties for being a spectator at a dogfight.

Continuing his leadership on animal protection policies into this legislative session, Rep. Lykam is also currently the sponsor of HF 486, which would allow the state to conduct inspections of USDA-licensed puppy mills in Iowa.

"Ending animal fighting in Iowa will only happen with penalties that serve as a deterrent," said Rep. Lykam. "It is my hope that we have taken a step towards this goal by enacting tougher penalties."

"Iowa Representative Jim Lykam has been a champion of animal protection since he came into office," said Carol Griglione, Iowa state director for The HSUS. "He has advanced the protection of animals in Iowa in a very meaningful way, and we are pleased to honor him with this award and acknowledge his dedicated public service."

Media Contact: Martin Montorfano, 301-258-3152, mmontorfano@humanesociety.org


The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization - backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. On the web at humanesociety.org .

The German American Heritage Center will open an historical exhibit with a regional focus. By focusing on a forgotten institution of the mid-19th century,the German Free School, this exhibit will explore a forgotten idea.  The migrating Germans of the 1850s took their ideas with them, and opened Free German Schools in Austin, Texas, Madison, Wisconsin, and Davenport, Iowa.  But only in eastern Iowa did the school continue in its original form until the 1880s, and enjoyed an attempted revival and an influence until 1910.                       

"This exhibit tells us many things about the original German settlers of eastern Iowa, and their unique ideas about education which impacted public education of today," said Schar Blevins of the Center.

The exhibit traces the powerful ideas of the 1848er generation who moved to America, and Midwestern leaders such as Theodore Guelich who supported the founding of a German Free School in Davenport, in 1853.  Attention is placed on the early teachers who helped make the school a success by the early 1870s, and the interesting interaction of ideas on Iowa's public schools.  The final attempts by Emil Geisler to revive this concept in the 1890s are traced for the first time.

"This is the first time that the whole story has been described, with an analysis of historical forces invovled and the results," said Prof. William Roba, Scott Community College and Executive Director, Roba consulting.  He will be presenting an interpretive talk about the exhibit on April 5, 2009, at 2 P.M. at the German American Heritage Center.

Roba added, "this has been a fascinating project to research and develop, and our staff has done outstanding work with Glen Trute providing imaginative graphics, and student interns making this a truly interactive exhibit."  The GAHC has staged permanent exhibits on historical subjects, but this is the first one to travel to other museums in the Midwest.

The German American Heritage Center, announced the appointment of Angela Hunt as the Center's new director. Ms. Hunt began her position March 16, 2009. She succeeds John Blong, who retired as acting director after five years of service to the Center.

Ms. Hunt is a resident of Bettendorf, Iowa and has lived in the Quad Cities area since 2000. She has worked at Niabi Zoo, Girl Scouts, Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House in the areas of program management, volunteer coordination, fundraising, marketing and public relations. Ms. Hunt also has also worked as a nonprofit consultant. Ms. Hunt has worked on projects as a volunteer for area organizations including the Bistate Literacy Council, The Garden Growers, Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Directors of Volunteers in Agencies, and the United Way. She serves as Communications Director for Public Relations Network of the Quad Cities board.

"I am absolutely thrilled to join the German American Heritage Center (GAHC) team especially at this time when the museum is undergoing new and exciting expansions of the exhibits and outreach, " said Ms. Hunt.

As director of the German American Heritage Center, Ms. Hunt will be responsible for directing staff, volunteers, programs, fund raising and the yearly operations.

About the German American Heritage Center

Founded in 1994 as a non-profit corporation, the German American Heritage Center (GAHC) seeks to preserve and enrich for present and future generations knowledge of the German immigrant experience and its impact on the American culture. Today, the Center stands at a crossroads for the generations. The Center is a place where brick and mortar and a living culture are merged to provide experiences to perpetuate the immigrant values and work ethic for our current generations.

Location: 712 West 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52802

Hours: 1:00-4:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours by appointment only

Admission: Adults $3; Seniors (+60) $2; Children (6-18) $1; Under 5 free

Access: The German American Heritage Center is wheelchair accessible.

For more information please call (563) 322-8844.

Poet Laureate of the Quad Cities Dale Haake will read from his new poetry in the Lion In Winter program of  the Independent Scholars' Evening on Thursday March 26, 2009 at the  Independent Scholars' Evenings.  Readings begin at 7.00 pm,  doors open at 6.30 pm.  The event is free and open to the public. Held at The Moline Commercial Club, 513 16th St, 2nd floor, Moline.  Light refreshments will be served. Independent Scholars' Evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural and Healing Traditions, Ltd. A 501(c) 3.