We are seeking your support in helping get the word out to all veterans in the Quad Cities area.  Benefits they or their family members may need or be eligible for receiving are not being accessed by those who have earned them.  Post 9128 Officers and some speakers are available for in person and phone interviews about the Vet Fair and it's mission to assist veterans by empowering them with information. Please contact Post 9128 Post Chaplain and media coordinator Wen Torrey at her home at 563-441-0648, or email her at wentorrey@hotmail.com for interview and appearance requests.

Vet's Fair - Hosted by VFW Post 9128 Bettendorf, IA
Date: 05/30/09
Time: 10:00 am till 2:00pm
Where: United Steel Workers of America Local Hall
880 Devils Glen Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722

1st 75 Veterans will receive a FREE Iowa Lottery Veterans Scratch off ticket.

Guest Speakers:

Charles Lynch
OEF/OIF Outreach Specialist
Iowa City VA medical Center

Debbie Kimbell
Cardiac Health
Trinity Medical Center

David Woods
Veteran's Service Officer
Scott County, IA

Rick Boots, 2nd District Commander
VFW Benefits
State of Iowa Rep

Dinner at Post to follow Vet's Fair
Serving Time: 4:00 pm till 6:30pm
Dinner: Meatloaf, Scalloped potatoes, Baked beans
Cost: $7.00 (Benefit VFW Post 9128 and it's community projects)
Entertainment provided by Terry Huff, begins at 5:00pm 

"I remain assured in hard experience that neither by National guns nor by National gods will mankind be saved, but only by the genuine regard for all members of the human family."

West Family YMCA Invites Community to Military Appreciation Day

Davenport, Iowa - May 18, 2009 - Area veterans, military personal and their families are invited to attend a special flagpole dedication and Military Appreciation Day cookout on Wednesday, May 27, at the West Family YMCA.

The YMCA recently installed a 40 foot flagpole and will dedicate it to area service men and when and their families. A special American flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capital will be presented to the YMCA and will be raised during the dedication. Following this ceremony, community members are invited to attend a celebration cookout and are encouraged to take part in special military appreciation activities at the West Y.

The flagpole, flag, lighting and landscape have been made possible through generous contributions from the following community partners; Humana MarketPoint, Runge Mortuary & Crematory, Weerts Funeral Home, Wal-mart, Hy-Vee Food Stores, Rick Hollingsworth and Darrel Doss, Davenport West High School and YMCA members Doug Scovil and Larry Axtell.

YMCA Military Appreciation Day begins with an 11am cookout followed by the flagpole dedication at 12:15pm. Special military memberships are available for those who have loved-ones currently serving our country. The West Family YMCA is located at 3503 West Locust Street, Davenport. For more information about YMCA Military Appreciation Day call (563) 386-4414.

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.

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.


EVANSVILLE, IN & NASHVILLE, TN -April 29, 2009- Shoe Carnival and Soles4Souls are partnering for the second straight year on a promotion aimed at putting shoes on the feet of people who need them most.  From May 6th until May 26th, all Shoe Carnival customers will have the opportunity to donate $1 during checkout, which will go directly to helping people in need.

Funds raised during the Shoe Carnival promotion will be applied toward sending a new pair of shoes to victims of natural disasters or those living in extreme poverty, both here in the United States and around the world.

"Shoe Carnival is proud to continue our support of Soles4Souls through this exclusive fundraising program," said Todd Beurman, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Shoe Carnival.  "Their mission to provide shoes for those in need is a message that resonates with our customers.  The funds raised in our stores will make a meaningful impact in the lives of people in need around the world."

"Shoe Carnival has consistently demonstrated a commitment to helping people in need," said Wayne Elsey, Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls, Inc.  "They are a valuable partner of our charity and their generosity through this unique program will directly benefit people in difficult circumstances.  We appreciate their support and invite everyone to take advantage of this event at all Shoe Carnival locations," he said.

In addition to the fundraising program in all 300 Shoe Carnival stores, Soles4Souls and Shoe Carnival are partnering in seven major Shoe Carnival markets for shoe giveaways to local charities.  Together, Soles4Souls and Shoe Carnival are donating thousands of new shoes to shelters and agencies in Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Nashville, Cincinnati and Louisville.

For more details on the partnership, visit www.giveshoes.org.

About Shoe Carnival
Shoe Carnival is a chain of more than 300 footwear stores located in the Midwest, South and Southeast.  Combining value pricing with an entertaining store format, Shoe Carnival is a leading retailer of name brand and private label footwear for the entire family.  Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, Shoe Carnival trades on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC under the symbol SCVL.  Visit www.shoecarnival.com for more information.

About Soles4Souls
Nashville-based Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 17 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. The charity has been featured recently in Runner's World and the Green Guide by National Geographic. It has also appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

Galesburg - The Carl Sandburg College Automotive Club will host the 7th Annual Cruise-In on Sunday, May 3rd, in parking lot C on the main campus from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.  All years of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

The Cruise-In will feature demonstrations on engine dynamometers, cylinder head flow benches, chassis dynamometers, color sanding and buffing, and a spray gun demonstration with audience participation.

Vendors will be set up in the automotive shop and the first 100 cars will receive dash plaques.  A food stand sponsored by the CSC Automotive Club and music by Intermix Audio will be on site.

For more information, please contact Larry Wright at (309) 341-5267.


Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging (WIAAA) will be sponsoring an educational seminar on selling real estate in these unusual times. This seminar is designed for senior citizens, caregivers and any others who are interested.

Friday, May 1, 2009  -  Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging  -  729 34th Ave, Rock Island  -  9am until 11am  -  Materials will be available, refreshments will be served.

Mary Schricker, Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors, and Ruth Klouda, Mel Foster Real Estate, will provide advice on managing the financial and emotional aspects of selling the family home.

If possible, please call to reserve your space at this event.

The Freight House Farmers Market oudoor season is right around the corner!

Don't miss the return of the outdoor vendors in the Freight House Parking lot beginning SaturdayMay 2nd!

Support local vendors offering the very best in produce, specialty meats and cheeses, delicious baked foods, specialty crafted goods, organic products, and much more!
New Hours
: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Machine Shed in Davenport will host a kids cooking class at the restaurant on Wednesday, April 22nd at 6PM. Chef Bryan Tyler will lead a cooking class in which the parents/guardians and the children will be making kid friendly recipes. Kids get to experience real cooking: measure and mix ingredients, use kitchen gadgets, follow recipes, learn etiquette, safety, and nutrition! Each participant receives a certificate of excellence at the end of class. The certificates can be redeemed for a complimentary kids meal on the next visit. This is a great idea for play groups, scouts, and church activities.

The cooking class is free to the public and an adult must attend with their child.This class will be offered monthly, the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm. For more information or to sign up, please stop in The Machine Shed located off of I80 on Northwest Blvd or call at 563-391-2427.

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Milan, IL to Celebrate National Week of the Young Child

April 9, 2009 - Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers is asking Milan, IL to come together for children and families during the Week of the Young Child (April 19-25, 2009). As part of this special week celebrated across the country, Milan is honoring young children and collaborating to find new ways to make a difference in children's lives.

"All young children require and deserve high-quality early learning experiences that will prepare them for life. Milan has a great opportunity to contribute to this need," said Vera Hinrichsen, Executive Director of Just Kids. "Week of the Young Child is a great time to bring Milan together to discuss how we can give all young children a positive start."

Just Kids and the Village Trustees will discuss how Milan can take further steps to meet the needs of its youngest citizens. This presentation is open to the public and will be held before the Village Board Meeting on Monday, April 20 at 5pm at the Milan Village Hall, 405 East First Street, Milan.  Just Kids teachers (and students) will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, Mayor Duane Dawson will also proclaim April 19-25, 2009 as "The Week of the Young Child in Milan" to encourage all citizens to work to make a good investment in young lives. All those interested in providing more opportunities for young children are encouraged to attend.

Just Kids, which has been providing services in Milan for over 30 years, has over 45 early childhood professionals working together to educate young children, build public support for high-quality programs, improve professional practice and support area families.

Week of the Young Child is a nation-wide event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the largest organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of early education programs for children birth through age eight. Founded in 1926, NAEYC has more than 80,000 members and a national network of over 300 local, state, and regional affiliates. Just Kids is NAEYC accredited program.

For more information on Just Kids Early Care & Education Centers and NAEYC, please visit www.justkidsinc.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.