A groundbreaking project to strengthen local philanthropies has received national recognition for its impact on Illinois communities.

Communityworks, a collaboration between Grand Victoria Foundation and seventeen Illinois community foundations, including the Moline Community Foundation,was honored with the Critical Impact Award from the Council on Foundations at its annual meeting this week in Atlanta.

From 2003-08 Grand Victoria Foundation invested $12 million in Communityworks, which sought to strengthen Illinois community foundations by building endowments, supporting high-performing operations, and encouraging collaboration with local leaders around important local priorities.  Over the past five years, the community foundations more than quadrupled their assets and created promising ventures in early childhood care and education, workforce development, and land use and protection.  The effort is continuing, with up to $42 million in new grants along with new collaborative initiatives announced last September.  The Moline Community Foundation is a partner is this second phase of initiatives as a leader in Rock Island County.

The initiative is one of four winners of this year's Critical Impact Award from the Council on Foundations based in the Washington, D.C. area.

"We believe community foundations can be the civic hubs of their communities, and through Communityworks, we supported them in taking that kind of leadership," said Grand Victoria Foundation Executive Director Nancy Fishman.  "We're delighted that the work has received this recognition from the Council, but even more we're encouraged about the partnerships and collaborative ventures created as a result of Communityworks."

Joy Boruff, Executive Director, The Moline Community Foundation said "Communityworks helped strengthen our role as community leadership as well as organizing statewide collaboration among the foundations."  Boruff noted that building relationships among other community foundations throughout Illinois has assisted in the development of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations.

Boruff is the current President of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations (http://site.allianceilcf.org)

Other participating Illinois community foundations in the Communityworks project include Community Foundation of Central Illinois (Peoria), the Community Foundation of Decatur/Macon County (Decatur), DeKalb County Community Foundation (Sycamore), Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (Champaign), Community Foundation of Grundy County (Morris), Community Foundation of the Quincy Area, the DuPage Community Foundation (Wheaton), Evanston Community Foundation, McHenry County Community Foundation (Woodstock), The Moline Foundation, Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation (Effingham, formerly Effingham County Community Foundation and Mattoon Area Community Foundation), and Southern Illinois Community Foundation (Marion).

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.

Grand Victoria Foundation provides strategic funding to Illinois organizations working for long-lasting economic, educational and environmental change. Since it was established in 1996 by the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, Illinois, the Foundation has provided more than $100 million in grants to help communities in Illinois. More information about the Foundation and Communityworks is on Grand Victoria Foundation's website, www.grandvictoriafdn.org.


Officers have recently been elected by the Moline Foundation Board to lead the local community foundation in their grantmaking and community activities. 

Jon Tunberg, Moline, Co-Owner Whitey's Ice Cream, has been elected Chairman of The Moline Foundation.  

Dr. Paula Arnell, Rock Island, Pathologist, Laboratory Director of Metropolitan Medical Laboratory, has been elected Vice Chairman. 

Jim McLaughlin, Moline, Vice President, Southeast National Bank, has been elected Secretary. 

The other members of the Moline Foundation Board include Peter Benson, Moline, Attorney, Lane & Waterman; Gene Blanc, Moline, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Midland Information Resources; Dennis Fox, Attorney, Califf & Harper; Sandra Kramer, Moline, Community Volunteer; Mary Lagerblade, Rock Island, Community Volunteer; and Dennis Schwartz, , Vice-President, Pension Investments, Deere & Company. 

The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a community foundation and non-profit organization which provides grants to health, human services, education, community development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts and has a current endowment of over $13 million. For more information, please refer to The Moline Foundation's web site at www. molinefoundation.org

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

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CHARACTER COUNTS! In Iowa is encouraging Iowans to nominate their role models for an Iowa Character Award. The awards annually honor individuals and organizations that consistently demonstrate the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Nominations must be postmarked by June 15, 2009.

"We don't always get a chance to recognize and thank our role models," said Scott Raecker, executive director of CHARACTER COUNTS! In Iowa. "Nominating an individual or organization for an award that highlights good character is a great way to pay tribute to the people who make a difference in our lives."

Award Categories include : Business/Organization of Character, Citizen of Character, Community of Character, School of Character, and the Pursuing Victory With Honor Award.

All nominees will receive a congratulatory letter and certificate. Award recipients will be honored at the Iowa Character Awards Banquet on October 17, 2009.

Nomination forms are available at CharacterCountsInIowa.org.


On May 21st, many leaders of national organizations dedicated to the defense of Liberty and the Constitution are retracing the 1910 travels of the global financiers who quietly gathered at a private resort at Jekyll Island, Georgia to covertly plot the creation of what we know today as the privately-owned (and unconstitutional), "Federal Reserve System."

Next week, Freedom leaders travel by train from New Jersey to that notable location to join their organizations in support of the upcoming historic "Continental Congress 2009" initiative.  CC2009 will be a multi-week, assembly of Delegates from the fifty states to formally document for the nation a century of Constitutional violations and the federal Government's patent refusal to be held accountable to the Law of the nation.  Among the violations are the Treasury and Fed bailouts which use public monies for unlawful expenditures for private benefit. 

The CC2009 Assembly will recommend specific actions the People can take to peacefully restore Constitutional Order.  These actions may well include a nationwide call for the People to (lawfully) withdraw all financial support from the government until the Constitution is fully obeyed.

To learn about the little-known, 900-year history and profound power of the Petition clause, visit www.WeThePeopleCongress.org.

Nancy Brandt, Andover, Illinois

Scott County Family Y Helps Quad City Military Families Enjoy Their Summer

Davenport, Iowa - May 13, 2009 - Military families make a tremendous sacrifice on a daily basis and the Scott County Family Y wants to make sure military children have the opportunity to enjoy their summer vacation. This year, YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln along with the Sierra Club and Armed Services YMCA will offer a FREE 4-day/3-night resident camp for children of families who were, are or will be deployed.

Military Kids Camp will be held June 28 through July 1, and is designed for children ages 8 to 14. Space for this camp is limited to 50 children. Campers can expect to participate in action-packed activities such as canoeing, archery, horseback riding, camp fires, swimming and team building. In addition campers will take part in daily interest sessions specifically designed for military families that cover age appropriate topics while helping them build relationships among each other.

The cost of this week of camp is $315.00 per child however generous contributions from the Sierra Club through the Armed Services YMCA allow the Scott County Family Y to provide this unique camping opportunity free of charge. The University of Iowa and Illinois Extension Offices are also involved in this unique partnership.

For more information about Camp Abe Lincoln's Military Kids Camp call (563) 381-3053 or visit the Camp Abe Lincoln website, www.YMCACampAbeLincoln.org.

YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln was recently voted Best Camp by River City Readers and offers year-round character development programming at its 250-acre site located just outside Buffalo, Iowa. Camp Abe Lincoln has been serving Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois for more than 85 years.

The YMCA: A Long-Standing Commitment to Health of Spirit, Mind and Body

The Scott County Family Y is one of the area's largest community service organizations. Serving more than 2-million people in 2008, the Scott County Family Y offers a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening and health and well-being for all. The YMCA unites men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels - proudly serving the Quad Cities for nearly 150 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information visit the Scott County Family Y website, www.scottcountyfamilyy.org.

On Sunday, May 17, 2009 Camp Courageous of Iowa will hold the 22ndh annual "Cruisin' for Camp Courageous" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Presented by the Cedar Valley Street Rods, it is one of Iowa's largest charity Car Shows and features hundreds of show cars, racecars, and trucks.  This is a family event with a large silent and live auction, kid's games, food, music, and huge craft show.  Guests will enjoy the opportunity to watch Jim Hetzler and friends as they take part in the annual pinstriper panel jam. The indoor pool will be open and swimming will be included with admission fee along with rides on the new camp train!  Car enthusiasts from everywhere will want to attend this event with all proceeds going to Camp Courageous.

Admission is $5.00 for adults.  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  This fee will admit you to all events including the car show, entertainment, and much more.

Camp Courageous of Iowa is a year-round camp for individuals with special needs and is run on donations, without government assistance, formal sponsorship, or paid fundraisers. In 2008 over 5,000 campers were served.

For more information contact Camp Courageous of Iowa at (319) 465-5916.

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Davenport, IA - Mike Vondran, President and CEO of The Ad Group, announced today that the TAG team was the recipient of a second national healthcare advertising award. Winners have been announced in the 2009 Aster Awards for Medical Marketing and TAG HCM is the recipient of a gold award for the Consolidated Services Truck Wrap designed for Iowa Health System.

The Aster Awards is an annual contest hosted by Creative Images, Inc., an internationally recognized firm specializing in strategic health care marketing.

Based in the Quad Cities, The Ad Group is a complete advertising, marketing and public relations agency serving businesses in nearly every industry. TAG Healthcare Marketing is a division of The Ad Group. Since its founding in 1990, The Ad Group has specialized in strategic analysis and creative solutions that achieve results via the staff's creative, responsive and cost-effective service to their clients throughout the nation. For more information, visit www.adgroup.biz.



Rock Island, Illinois - The University of Iowa School of Social Work, in cooperation with the GradCenter, is providing an information session for those interested in applying to the next cohort or students interested in taking elective courses prior to admission. The information session will be held on Wednesday, May 20 at the GradCenter, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The information session will be conducted by Bob Jackson, Distance Education Coordinator, and Mary Newcomb, Quad City Practicum Administrator. For more information contact Bob Jackson at 319-335-1331 (robert-jackson@uiowa.edu), Mary Newcomb at 309-794-7619 (mary-newcomb@uiowa.edu), visit the web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~socialwk, contact the GradCenter at (309) 794-7376, or visit the website at www.gradcenter.org.
The University of Iowa School of Social Work had been offering the MSW in the Quad-Cities for over 35 years. Since 1988, the Quad Cities program has been a part-time program for a cohort that is admitted once every three years. Students can complete all the requirements for the degree through the University of Iowa Quad City program.
The Quad-Cities Graduate Study Center, through its member institutions, facilitates access to local graduate degree and certificate programs. Students are able to choose from a diverse selection of over 80 graduate degree programs and certificate programs offered in convenient locations during evening and weekend hours and via the Internet. For more information, visit the website at www.gradcenter.org.

MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT will air WorldFocus: Outbreak - A Special Report, a timely special on the Influenza A (H1N1) virus on Wednesday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m.   It has been the lead news story around the world for the past two weeks. Misinformation and rumors abound, Global experts will tell you what you need to know today to protect yourself from this virulent flu.  Panelists on the program include :

Dr. Stephen Morse, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health; Founding Director & Senior Res. Scientist, Center for Public Health Preparedness: Author Emerging Viruses.

Laurie Garret, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Simon Tay Fellow, Asia Society Chairman; Singapore Institute of International Relations

Christopher Sabatin, Senior Director of Policy, Council of the Americas

While the infection rate seems to be subsiding in Mexico for now, many other countries are preparing for potential outbreaks, either now or later in the year when the typical flu season begins again in the northern hemisphere.

The special will be hosted by Martin Savidge and Daljit Dhaliwal.

WQPT airs WorldFocus Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m.

The Quad City Cloggers are starting new beginner lessons on Wednesday, May 20th at 6pm. Classes meet at the Square and Round Hall, 323-1/2 - 17th Street in Bettendorf and will continue through the Summer. No partners are needed and taps are not required to start: smooth soled shoes that slide on wood are recommended. First lesson is free, then $4 per class for adult beginners.


The Quad City Cloggers is a club which has been active in the Quad Cities for over 25 years.  Our goal is to promote, practice, perform and teach traditional-style clogging.  We are members of the Quad Cities Square and Round Federation, and we meet weekly throughout the year.

Clogging is the style of percussive dance (tap) that came out of the Appalachian Mountains from Irish, English and Scottish settlers; sometimes referred to as "American Step Dancing."  There are many forms of clogging, such as flatfoot and buck.  The Quad City Cloggers teach a traditional style.  The focus of clogging is on the footwork with little arm choreography.

Clogging is good exercise and lots of fun for all ages.  Come for the exercise and join us as we have fun and perform at the Senior Olympics, Bix Family Fest, Arrowhead Ranch Auction, Pioneer Village, Festival of Trees and at local nursing homes.

Whether you are interested in learning to clog for just the fun, just for exercise or to perform with a group, all are welcome.

Please contact Mary Ann Robinson, Instructor, at 563-289-5742 or Teresa Young, youth instructor, at 563-323-7412.