The Liftoff program is funded by the Woods Foundation and
administered by the Academic Development Institute.
the meeting will be given by Marilyn Maffett. Judy Lumpp and Mary
Boatman will be greeters, and Judy Fairfield and Carol Farmer are in
charge of social arrangements.
In other Woman's Club news, members will meet at 3 p.m. Monday on
the steps of the building to ring bells for 200 seconds in
observance of the completion of the U.S. Constitution.
An activity day is planned for Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Members will accept donations from the community for the club's
Operation Santa project for military personnel serving far from home.
Donations of food items, toiletries, personal items and money for
postage are being accepted.
athletics to host golf scramble
The Lincoln Christian University Athletic Department will host its second
annual Athletic Department Golf Scramble on Oct. 5 at the Lincoln Elks Golf
Club. The shotgun start will be at 10 a.m.
Each participant's donation to the
LCU Athletic Department will include
18 holes of golf with cart, meal, prizes and an update on the status
of the athletic programs at LCU.
The cost is $75 per person and
$300 per team.
The deadline for registration is Sept. 28. Participants can
register and pay online or mail the registration form and check to:
Lincoln Christian University
Attn: Mac Ingmire
100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656
For more information, contact Mac Ingmire at 217-732- 3168, ext.
2224, or at
Lincoln Christian Church presents 20th Musical Offering for World
This year's Musical Offering for
World Hunger will be on Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Lincoln
Christian Church sanctuary.2012 marks the 20th year for the Musical Offering for World Hunger.
Linda Storm and Tim Searby developed the idea for a "musical
offering" in the early years of Harvest of Talents at Lincoln
Christian Church for musicians to have a way to share their talents
in helping to feed hungry people around the world.
years the musical offering has included music from the masters to
Broadway, and this year is no exception. The concert will include
organ, piano, vocal solos and duets, choir, handbells and the H.O.T.
A freewill offering will be taken, and all proceeds will be given
to Harvest of Talents to feed hungry and hurting people all over the
Participants this year are Linda Storm, Tim Searby, Gail King,
Kay Dobson, Laurin Hill, Dinelle Frankland, Darrin Akin, Paula
Landess, Deb Parker, LaVerne Tesh, Paula Knopp, Donnie Parker, Bev
Kurka, Jennifer Ramsey, Barry King, Bob Kurka, Cheryl Baker, Rich
Knopp, Mike Vernon, Lorna Searby, Randy Storm, Brenda Maddox, Julie
King, Brandon Davis, Lincoln Christian Church Sanctuary Choir, John
Stein, Zach Ramsey, Lincoln Christian Church Bell Choir and Jeremy
Immediately following the concert, the ministry team for Harvest
of Talents for World Hunger will host a punch and homemade cookie
reception in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Everyone attending
the concert is invited to attend the reception, offering them an
opportunity to express their appreciation to the musicians.
Harvest of Talents is celebrating 29 years of ministry, and the
musicians involved in the musical offering are delighted to share
their talents in support of this vital ministry.
blood drives in Logan County
To help ensure an adequate
blood supply for the region, the Central Illinois Community Blood Center is
offering opportunities to donate blood in Logan County this month:
- In Mount Pulaski -- Farmers
Bank, 130 S. Washington; 9 a.m.-noon
Thursday, Sept. 20
- In Elkhart -- Christian
Church, 113 S. Gillett; 3-6 p.m.
For your convenience, call
toll-free 1-866-GIVE-BLD (1-866-448-3253), ext. 158, to sign up, or
schedule an appointment online at
www.cicbc.org. Walk-ins are also welcome and truly appreciated.
Central Illinois Community Blood
Center, a not-for-profit organization, is the provider of lifesaving
blood for 12 hospitals throughout central Illinois, including
Memorial Medical Center and St. Johnís Hospital in Springfield.
CICBC is a division of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center,
which collects over 180,000 units of blood annually and serves 80
hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin.
'Lunch and Learn' Sept. 25 at Oasis Senior Center
The Area Agency on Aging
for Lincolnland, in cooperation with Senior Citizens of Logan County, has
scheduled a "Lunch and Learn" program for informal caregivers of older
adults and for grandparents and other relatives raising children. It will be at
noon Sept. 25 at the Oasis Senior Center, 501 Pulaski St. in Lincoln.
Barbara Greenwood, of VRI -- with the
motto "Be safe. Live well." -- will present "Minimizing the Risk of
Falls in the Home by Implementing Simple Changes."
Lunch will be provided, and
preregistration is required. There is no charge to attend.
This presentation is part of a
series of Lunch and Learn programs. The goal of the series is to
provide practical information that will help caregivers continue to
provide quality care to others while maintaining balance in their
Informal caregivers are those
unpaid individuals such as family members, friends and neighbors who
provide assistance to someone who is to some degree incapacitated
and in need of help with tasks such as grocery shopping, bill
paying, cooking or personal care. Grandparents or other relatives
raising grandchildren are those who have accepted primary
responsibility for raising one or more children through age 18.
To register or to learn about this program,
contact the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland at 217-787-9234 or
Preparedness Day Saturday at Scully Park
September is National Preparedness Month. The Logan County Emergency
Management Agency and Logan County Department of Public Health are committed
to participate in the National Preparedness Month to increase preparedness
throughout Logan County by partnering to coordinate Family Preparedness Day.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Scully Park, Lincoln
-- McLean Street
Who: Logan County Department of Public Health, Logan County
Emergency Management Agency, Lincoln Fire Department, Lincoln Rural
Fire Protection District, Logan County Paramedic Association,
Lincoln Police Department, American Red Cross, Illinois Emergency
Management Agency and Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System.
One of the key messages of National Preparedness Month is to be
prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for
three days without the following: utilities and electricity, water
service, access to a supermarket or local services, or maybe even
without response from police, fire or rescue.
Preparing can start with four
Be informed about
emergencies that could happen in your community, and identify
sources of information in your community that will be helpful
before, during and after and emergency.
Make a plan for
what to do in an emergency.
Build an emergency
Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere without notice. This is why we
encourage our community to be better prepared and invite community members to
join us in the effort.
partnership hosts night golf outing to support mission
The Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership is planning a fall
fundraiser to help raise funds to support their work in Logan County. The
partnership decided on something new that Logan County has not seen before.
On Sept. 21 they will host their first-ever night golf outing at North
Greens Golf Course in Atlanta. A rain date is set for Sept. 28.
This is a night golf scramble with shotgun start at 7 p.m. The
course will be lit with glow sticks by tee boxes, fairway markers,
flags and holes. Hazards, such as water, will also be marked.
Prizes will be awarded to first- and second-place teams for
longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin.
The registration fee is $50 per person or $200 for a four-person
team. The fee includes the nine-hole green fee, golf cart, one glow
ball, one glow stick, one glow necklace per participant, two
wristbands per cart and happy hour snacks.
Extra glow items will be available for purchase at check-in, as
well as mulligans and alcoholic beverages.
The partnership hopes to secure sponsorships to help support this
If you are interested in golfing or sponsoring at the event,
contact the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership at
217-732-8739 or visit the website at
more details and a registration form.
The Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership is a nonprofit
charitable organization with the goals to develop new business,
retain current business and enhance the quality of life in Lincoln
and Logan County.
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for Lincoln seeking volunteers
As Together for Lincoln nears its Sept. 29 community service project day, it
has plenty of projects to complete. In order to complete the projects,
organizers are in need of several hundred more volunteers. These volunteers
are needed for a variety of tasks, which range from visiting people in the
nursing home to constructing wheelchair ramps. Of the 107 projects already
submitted, about a third involve installation of windows for weatherization
"This is the first year we have taken on weatherization projects,
and we have been amazed by the response," said Norm Newhouse,
Together for Lincoln president. "We need volunteers for all
projects, but especially for carpentry projects such as window
Newhouse went on to say that TFL would help to
equip anyone with basic carpentry skills in order to prepare them to
"We are in dire need of expert carpenters, but we also really
need those with basic to intermediate carpentry skills as well," he
While Together for Lincoln is no longer accepting applications
for home improvement, volunteers are still being accepted. One of
the volunteer coordinators, Caroline Higgins, requests that
volunteers sign up as soon as possible, as the pairing of projects
and workers will begin within the next week.
"Volunteer numbers are behind normal so far," says Higgins. "It
will take several hundred more volunteers to complete all of the
Those wishing to volunteer for any project area may do so by
signing up at
GetInvolved.aspx, or they may pick up a paper application from
the State Bank of Lincoln Wal-Mart location, Oasis Senior Center or
through partner churches.
Together for Lincoln is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
In its four previous annual community service days, over 3,200
volunteers representing at least 15 area churches have worked
together to complete more than 400 service projects.
meeting at the Masonic Lodge Sept. 18
On Sept. 18 there will be a special meeting at Lincoln Masonic Lodge 210
beginning at 6:30 p.m.
At that time there will be a plaque presentation in honor of Darrel
Klink. All area Masons are invited to attend this special service.
The regular meeting of the lodge will commence immediately after the
Action utility assistance program begins
The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois announced that Tuesday
was the beginning of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP.
Community Action administers the program, providing a one-time benefit
toward utilities to eligible households in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and
To qualify during the priority period of Sept. 4-28,
individuals must have incomes of no more than 150 percent of the
federal poverty level. Seniors or disabled residents can apply.
Beginning Oct. 1-31, accepted applications will be expanded to
include households that have families with children under 5 and
All other households that meet the 150 percent federal poverty
guidelines will be eligible for the program beginning Nov. 1 and
will continue to May 31, 2013, or until all funds are depleted.
The amount of utility payment is determined by the household
income, size, fuel type and geographic location in the state. Source
of gas does not have to be natural gas or electricity in order to
receive assistance. Payments are made directly to vendors on behalf
of the households.
Interested participants can contact
their local Community Action Agency Partnership of Central Illinois
office to schedule an appointment:
217-732-2159, ext. 226
Piatt County: 217-762-2421
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois Agency serves
low-income, disabled and elderly households in six central Illinois
counties. For more information, visit
student could win $5,000 in college money
Commanders of Veterans of
Foreign Wars posts across Illinois have announced the kickoff of this year's
VFW and Ladies Auxiliary "Patriot's Pen" essay competition.
Middle school students in grades six
to eight in this area have the opportunity to compete in the annual competition and win thousands of dollars.
Students are invited to write a 300-
to 400-word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2012-2013,
which is the 18th year of the contest, is: "What I Would Tell
America's Founding Fathers."
Students begin by competing at the
local post level. Post winners advance to district, and district
winners participate in the state competition. The state winners
compete for $46,000 in awards, and first place wins $5,000.
Each year, around 126,000 students
Deadline for student entries is
Nov. 1. Interested students and teachers should contact their local
VFW post for more information.
For details, visit
high school student could win trip to Washington, DC, and $30,000
Commanders of Veterans of Foreign Wars posts across Illinois have
announced the kickoff of the 66th year of the VFW and Ladies
Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high
school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of
dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.
The Voice of Democracy Scholarship contest is an annual
nationwide audio essay competition designed to give ninth- to
12th-grade high school students, ages 15-19, an opportunity to voice
their opinion on their responsibility to our country. Home-schooled
students are also invited to participate.
Students must write and record a three- to five-minute essay on
this theme for 2012-2013: "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" The
recording is to be on an audio cassette tape or audio CD. Students
competing enter their recording, typed essay and entry form at their
local VFW post. The deadline is Nov. 1.
Post winners advance to district judging, and then the
first-place district winners advance to the state competition in
Springfield. All state winners receive a four-day trip to
A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place
is a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipientís American
university, college or vocational-technical school.
Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
Around 50,000 students participate in the competition each year.
The Voice of Democracy contest was started by the National
Association of Broadcasters in the late 1940s, and the VFW became
involved in the late 1950s. The VFW took over primary sponsorship in
1961, when the broadcasters could no longer sponsor the program
nationally. Then in 1964, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary joined in
sponsorship of the program.
Because of the active program promotion and participation, the
national scholarship funds have steadily increased from four
national winners in 1962, with total scholarships of $3,750, to the
current level of 63 national scholarships totaling $152,000.
For more information about the Voice of Democracy competition,
contact the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in your area. If you are
unsure of the post in your area, contact Illinois VFW headquarters
in Springfield at 217-529-6688.
For more information, visit
Pregnancy Resource Center's Rock 4 Life event
A five-hour charity "rock-a-thon" is planned for Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. at the Lincoln Christian University Restoration Hall, The Dowling
Auditorium. The Rock 4 Life
event will benefit the Lincoln Pregnancy Resource Center.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided throughout the day,
and there will be a prize for the top rocker.
Planners are looking
for captains to organize teams, with each team made up of five
rockers -- family, friends, co-workers, neighbors -- one for each
hour in the Rock 4 Life. Every rocker in the team collects donations
for the hour they rock.
Are you ready to rock? Call Linda Nelson or Amanda Stidham at
217-735-4838 or email them at
Register now for 2nd annual Moving Forward 5K
Registration is open for
the second annual Moving Forward 5K Run/Walk, scheduled for Oct. 13 at
Edward R. Madigan State Park. At 9 a.m., rain or shine, walkers and runners
of all fitness levels will take off on a route that meanders through
grassland and woodland. All are encouraged to join friends and family and
enjoy the fall scenery while being active.The event is brought to the community
by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation and Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital's Sportscare.
Runners and walkers can register
For those who register before Sept.
15, there is a discounted registration of $20, which includes a
men's or women's dry-fit race shirt. After Sept. 15, the
registration fee will increase to $25. Shirts are not guaranteed for
"Our mission is to improve the
health of the people and communities we serve, and what better way
than through exercise," said Todd Mourning, physical therapist and
manager of rehab services at ALMH. "I hope that this event
encourages people of all fitness levels to get moving forward
towards good health."
The event's lead sponsor is
Gehlbach Law, PC. Other sponsors are Blue Dog Inn, Clinical
Radiologists, Eaton Corp., Nikles Chevrolet, Nobbe Eye Care, Linda
Barrick at Brady Realtors and Tracy Olson Insurance Agency.
The Abraham Lincoln Healthcare
Foundation will use proceeds from the Moving Forward 5K Run/Walk to
support community wellness programs.
Sportscare at ALMH is a full-service
athletic training program for young athletes and active adults.
Services include performance enhancement, injury prevention,
concussion management, training zone programs, high-tech knee and
shoulder treatment, and more.
For more information about the
Moving Forward 5K event, call the rehabilitation department at ALMH