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YMCA Calls Police to Arrest Anti-Obesity Advocate MeMe Roth — NAAO President MeMe Roth Attempts to Dump Junk Food at Local Philadelphia Spring Valley YMCA

New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 23, 2007

With 30% of America’s children at risk for obesity and diet-related diabetes; with two-thirds of their parents already overweight; and with the YMCA of the USA asserting its “unique position in the fight against child obesity”; MeMe Roth (http://www.actionagainstobesity.com) endeavored to rid the YMCA of junk food. Ms. Roth attempted to discard the sprinkles, artificially-flavored caramel and chocolate syrups, and other high-fructose corn syrup-laden and artificially-colored substances, along with the artery-clogging full-fat ice cream set up near the entranceway as a free celebratory offering to YMCA members. In response, Roth alleges the YMCA blocked its junk food table and held back the 5-foot-6-inch, 120-pound, Ms. Roth with a 6-foot-3-inch football player volunteer named “Eric” and called the police.

“I’ve been working with the YMCA for months, both locally and nationally, from the local Director and President up to the YMCA of the USA CEO, including emails, phone calls, and in-person presentations imploring the organization to fulfill its mission statement to provide an environment of health and wellness for its 20 million members, 10 million of whom are children,” said Roth. “Given the current child health crisis, the last thing we need is the YMCA encouraging our children or their parents to consume even greater amounts of obesity- and diabetes- accelerating foods. This is especially damning given the YMCA’s own mission statement and all the wonderful counsel provided by the YMCA’s own nutritionists. Members trust the YMCA to help protect their health, not encourage consumption of some of the most harmful substances in the food supply.”

Roth cites an overrepresentation of obesity among employees and volunteers, including the Philadelphia Area Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, PA where she had come to exercise Tuesday. She assumes the membership falls closely in line to the U.S.’s national obesity figures: two-thirds of adults overweight — one-third of children overweight. The YMCA recently completed its own version of “The Biggest Loser.”

“There’s a great deal of lip service given to the fight to end child obesity, and the YMCA not only profits from some of the most indulgent junk food vending machines including Reese’s cheesecake pies, full-fat Otis Spunkmeyer muffins, S’Mores Pop-Tarts, among a plethora of other chemical-laden obesity and diabetes accelerators, but also, the YMCA uses $ 11 million dollars from Pepsi to fund its national ‘Healthy Kids Day’ and ‘Activate America’ programs. (Soda is widely reported as a top contributor to child and teen obesity.) It’s like having Philip Morris fund your cardio-vascular health day.”

National Action Against Obesity implores America’s schools, houses of worship and civic organization’s such as the YMCA to provide children and families a haven from the constant bombardment of junk food.

“Those of us fighting to keep our children and ourselves healthy deserve to have somewhere safe to go without being pressured to eat junk food,” continued Roth. “NAAO urges parents across the country to ‘Dump the Junk!’ If your child’s school pushes junk food onto your children, dump it. If your minister or rabbi uses junk food as a children’s sermon device, dump it. If your YMCA uses junk food as a means to pander to unhealthy members, dump it.”

The YMCA has threatened to press charges and terminate Ms. Roth’s family membership to the YMCA.

MeMe Roth and family are temporarily residing in the Philadelphia area, awaiting relocation to New York City.

About NAAO

**Look for upcoming “NAAO Obesity Action Plan” to Cut Obesity by 50%–An Absolutely Achievable, Uncomplicated, Step-By-Step, How-To Guide for ALL of Us** Through education, legislation, and most importantly–parental action–National Action Against Obesity works independently and as a consultancy to reverse the obesity epidemic by eliminating ‘fake foods’ from the food supply, barring junk food from schools and eradicating Secondhand Obesity, while encouraging exercise across all ages. MeMe Roth, president and founder of NAAO, is host and organizer of the Wedding Gown Challenge, where women enter into marriage at a healthy weight and maintain it for a lifetime. Ms. Roth has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews’ The O’Reilly Factor, Your World with Neil Cavuto, CBS’s The Early Show, The New York Times, The LA Times, BusinessWeek, The New York Post, Playboy Magazine, 106.7 LiteFM, School Administrator, American School Board Journal, BigFatBlog, Nippon TV, The Associated Press and Health Magazine among others. Ms. Roth’s agenda: “Let’s finally recognize obesity as abuse–abuse of our children, abuse of ourselves–and together take action against it.” http://www.actionagainstobesity.com


Local Background Check Agents Help Protect Small Businesses

Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 17, 2008

Info Cubic, a world-wide employment screening company headquartered in Denver, has developed a network of agents delivering protection packages to businesses and organizations across the United States.

Info Cubic’s “Local Agent” personalized service network helps business owners comply with laws and establish policies protecting their organizations from career criminals and people who target the elderly and children. Background screening is an essential hiring tool in verifying if a person is who they claim to be. Verification helps business owners identify if a potential employee is someone who could harm the organization through criminal behavior, fraud, embezzlement or physical harm to employees and customers.

Background check agents working locally in their community is a new and innovative service created by Info Cubic to address the growing needs of small business owners. Through personalized service, the company helps employers and organizational management keep up with hiring laws. A small business can be shut down for violations to immigration laws, suffer great financial hardship in negligent hiring lawsuits. A business owner can make one mistake and hire someone who has a fraudulent resume and it can cost the organization greatly.

Small Business Group Rate discount background-screening packages are delivered through contact with an Info Cubic agent. To find your local or regional agent, call Info Cubic at 1-877-360-4636

Info Cubic’s local agents will contact you and forward a link which will give you the registration process and access to the discounted programs. You will have access to the Info Cubic world class customer service center. Your local agent will assist you in creating your business screening policy and you will immediately have the protection that Fortune 100 companies enjoy.

Info Cubic is looking for additional independent agents located near business centers around the United States. If you would like to consider joining the Info Cubic business development team by becoming an independent agent, contact the business development office at 1-877-360-4636.

In today’s society we must protect our assets, data, and people. Employers must hire wisely through timely background-screening. Agents can also help landlords, child, and elderly care giver organizations and any other group which hires people or manages volunteers. Call Info Cubic today and have your own employment background-screening agent.

About Info Cubic

Info Cubic, headquartered in Denver Technological Center, Colorado and is a leading provider of employment screening and drug testing for organizations of any size and structure. Info Cubic’s easy-to-use, web-based service allows employers to conveniently request services, track work in progress, and securely retrieve and archive completed reports. Thousands of companies nationwide depend on Info Cubic’s world-class customer service, industry-leading turnaround times, accuracy/ legal compliance expertise. Visit http://www.infocubic.net or call (877) 360-INFO (4636) for additional information.


SAFE & Sound: DC Musicians Raise Awareness and Support for Local Domestic Violence Agency

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 1, 2008

On Thursday, October 9, 2008, Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc., invites you to join our staff, volunteers, and friends at The Rock and Roll Hotel for SAFE & Sound, a benefit concert featuring the music of Laura Burhenn (formerly of Georgie James), Olivia & The Housemates, Lode Runner, and The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO). These incredibly talented local musicians are generously donating their time to perform at this event, so that all proceeds go to support SAFE’s critical work of supporting domestic violence victims in the Washington, DC community. Tickets for SAFE & Sound are $ 10, and can be purchased at the door or in advance through The Rock and Roll Hotel website.

SAFE is a nonprofit organization that provides services to domestic violence survivors in the DC metro area who are dealing with the courts or the police to obtain protection from abuse. SAFE provided court-based services through 5,737 client contacts in 2007 through their work out of DC Superior Court’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers, and also provided after-hours crisis support to 647 survivors who contacted the Metropolitan Police Department for assistance.

Domestic violence rates in Washington, DC are shockingly high for such a small jurisdiction. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) received 31,304 domestic-related crime calls in 2007–one every 17 minutes–an increase of 7.3% from 29,179 calls in 2007. In the same year, 4,811 clients visited DC’s two Domestic Violence Intake Centers (DVICs)–an average of 19 clients each day. This number shows an increase of 2.4% from 4,696 clients in 2006. And perhaps most shocking of all, domestic/family violence homicides, not including child abuse, accounted for 6% of all murders in the District of Columbia (14% of all female murders and 3% of all male murders) from 2002 to 2004, in cases where homicide motives can be established.

These figures make it clear that there is so much more work to be done to ensure that everyone in our community has the support and resources they need to live a life free of fear and violence. Your support can help make this happen.

And it all starts with one concert.

About Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.

Founded in 1997 as a program of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, SAFE separated from the Coalition and incorporated as an independent organization in October 2006. SAFE serves over 6,000 survivors of domestic violence each year and provides a 24-hour continuum of court- and police-based services through its two direct service programs. More information about SAFE is available at http://www.dcsafe.org.

About the bands

Laura Burhenn is formerly one half of the band Georgie James, begun in 2005 with John Davis, drummer from the defunct DC trio Q And Not U. In January of 2007, Laura released their first single (“Need Your Needs”) on her pet label, Laboratory Records. The duo released their debut LP, “Places,” on Saddle Creek Records in September of 2007. The pair recently separated to focus on their solo careers. Laura has achieved great renown within the local and national musical scene for her lyrical, lilting, yet commanding singing voice and her enchanting piano accompaniment. For more information, visit http://lauraburhenn.com.

Olivia & The Housemates came together in the spring of 2005 when a group of friends–Edward Donohue (guitar), Kristin Forbes (bass, vocals), Randy Scope (drums), and Dan Swenson (trumpet, organ, vocals)–agreed to help Olivia (vocals, guitar) put together some songs she had been working on. Naming the group was easy: most of the musicians already were housemates. Since then, this group has been making a splash with their infectious, upbeat, folk-pop-rock sound, incorporating trumpets, hand clapping, and Olivia’s own earnest, sweetly soulful voice. For more information, visit http://www.oliviamancini.com.

Lode Runner is not superhuman, and does not have abilities that are far beyond those of any normal group of individuals. Wielding analogue synthesizers, striking guitar chords and syncopated electronic rhythms, they inebriate a mode of consciousness waiting to wake up from that long rest of elevator sound ringing from the city. Four individuals burn down that city and then construct monuments architected in a basement. Their live show is one to enjoy! For more information, visit http://www.myspace.com/loderunnerband.

The Spiritual Machine (formerly KOKO) has been described as “2/3 straight, 100% awesome.” A guitar/synth/drums trio, the Machine whips up frenzied, sharp dance-rock peppered with elements of funk and post-punk. Their one and only goal: get the crowd moving. More information about the Spiritual Machine is available at http://www.myspace.com/thespiritualmachine.

About the venue

The Rock and Roll Hotel–not actually a hotel–is a concert hall and bar in Northeast DC’s hip H Street Corridor that hosts an impressive variety of local and not-so-local artists from all ends of the music spectrum. Housed in a renovated former morgue, the Hotel features fashionably distressed mismatched furniture in its upstairs lounge area, winged guitars dangling from the ceiling, and deliciously Victorian oversized gilt mirrors lining both floors. The Hotel opened in August 2006 and quickly established itself as a favored venue of local music lovers, whether enjoying a show in the first floor stage area or lingering over cocktails in the comfortable second floor bar. For more information, visit The Rock and Roll Hotel website at http://www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.


Local WA Parents Turn Out For Child Restraint Checks

Perth, WA (PRWEB) June 18, 2009

Kidsafe WA, in partnership with car insurance provider SGIO, checked more than 90 child car restraints as local parents turned out in numbers on Monday, 25th of May at Karrinyup Shopping Centre.

Kidsafe WA CEO Sue Wicks said nearly 70 per cent of child car restraints were found to be incorrectly fitted on the day.

“Car crashes are a leading cause of child deaths in Australia and 68 per cent of child restraints we checked were either incorrectly fitted or incorrectly in use, reducing their effectiveness,” she said.

“Parents can reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a car crash by as much as 70 per cent by using a correctly installed child car restraint.”

“When the restraint is not secured by the seatbelt, or the harnessing is not correctly adjusted, it puts the child at far greater risk of serious injury should an accident occur,” she said.

The trained Kidsafe WA staff who checked the installation of the child restraints on the day also showed parents how to use the seats so that their children were better protected, as well as providing parents with a written summary of the assessments.

Other faults encountered on the day included restraints over 10 years of age, loose harnesses over children and restraints not attached to anchorage points.

SGIO State Manager Colin Tierney urged parents to take steps to ensure the safety of children when travelling in cars.

“SGIO Car Insurance is committed to helping develop safer, stronger communities and we encourage parents to contact Kidsafe for information on how to ensure their child restraints are fitted correctly,” he said.

For more information on Kidsafe WA’s regular child restraint fitting, checking and hire service at their Subiaco centre, contact Kidsafe on (08) 9340 8509 or visit http://www.kidsafewa.com.au.

About SGIO:

SGIO is a leading insurance provider in WA, offering car insurance quotes, motor insurance and more online.

Insurance Australia Limited ABN 11 000 016 722 trading as SGIO

For many insurance products a Product Disclosure Statement is available from SGIO which you should consider before making decisions about those products.

Insurance issued by Insurance Australia Limited trading as SGIO 46 Colin St, West Perth, Western Australia 6005 .sgio.com.au


Child Shield U.S.A. Names New Local Independent Registered Agent Rick McCreary,of Huntsville,AL A National Organization For Protecting Children

Huntsville, AL (PRWEB) July 15, 2009

Rick McCreary of Huntsville, AL HAS RECENTLY BEEN NAMED AS A NEW INDEPENDENT Registered Agent for Child Shield, U.S.A. , a national organization dedicated to the safety of America’s children. Mr.McCreary shares with Child Shield, U.S.A. its goal of helping to prevent and recover lost, missing, abducted, and runaway children throughout America. According to the United States Department of Justice, these situations befall about one and one-half million children each year.

This statistic is as frightening as it is true. Unfortunately, far too many American parents have an “It can’t happen to my kid” attitude. This very attitude may be one of the major contributors to this national crisis. According to the Vanished Children’s Alliance, every 40 seconds another child is missing or abducted. “We are not helping our children by pretending that these things don’t happen,” says Robin Raskob owner of Child Shield, U.S.A. By not telling our children of these dangers, we are also keeping them vulnerable. To empower our children, you first must educate them,” she says.

The primary goal of Child Shield, U.S.A. is to reduce the alarming numbers of lost, missing, abducted, and runaway children in America. To this end, their child safety kit provides an easy to follow educational program designed to empower parents and children with important knowledge that can help to prevent tragedy. In addition, the educational part of Child Shield, U.S.A. service includes the unique Safety Seven poster and their Play it Safe coloring and activity book. These proactive materials provide ongoing reinforcement and help children to retain the important safety information they’ve learned. Child Shield, U.S.A. is the only organization in the country with a prevention program with over 10 years of statistics proving it works.

The second goal of Child Shield, U.S.A. is to furnish parents and law enforcement agencies with a “one stop force” for invaluable assistance in dissemination information about a missing child and aid in the recovery effort. Child Shield, U.S.A. is prepared to act immediately upon a child’s disappearance by investigation. Upon being notified of the disappearance of a registered child, Child Shield, U.S.A. will contact the investigating police department and offer assistance by duplicating identification videotapes and posters of the missing child and distributing them to the police department’s choice of any or all of the destinations included in the Child Shield, U.S.A. database. This unique database contains hundreds of law enforcement agencies, missing children’s organizations, and national news media contacts. Child Shield, U.S.A. will also send videotapes and posters to ANY additional destinations the investigating authorities may request. All at NO COST to the family or the police! In addition they have implemented an immediate $ 50,000 reward for recovery of the child and arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible. “Most rewards are too little to late” says co-owner John Raskob “by giving an immediate $ 50,000 reward we hope citizens that normally wouldn’t get involved will.” “One good tip could lead to the recovery of the child.” In addition to the $ 50,000 reward Child Shield, U.S.A. will put up $ 2500 to hire a Private Investigator to help in the recovery. Child Shield, U.S.A. facilities enables them to duplicate more than one hundred videotapes and more than 600 missing child posters per hour. Within hours of Child Shield, U.S.A. being notified of a disappearance, hundreds of videotapes and posters bearing the image of the missing child can be on their way to all of the State Missing Children’s Clearinghouses across America, and the F.B.I. with the same speed, videotapes and posters can also be provided to a variety of missing children’s organizations and the production departments of a growing number of nationally-syndicated and network television talk shows and news programs. Also in addition to shipping one thousand free posters to the child’s family overnight, Child Shield, U.S.A. is also capable of transmitting high-resolution missing children’s posters to arrive at their destinations within minutes.

Child Shield’s Founders spent more than three years researching and developing their child safety program before they began marketing it nationally through independent Registered Representative in March of 1993. With the growth of Child Shield, U.S.A. it’s hoped there will come a reduction in the number of abducted and missing children in America. For FREE information that could save your child’s life.

Call 1-256-326-0902 or log on to http://www.childshieldusa.com/huntsville


New Jersey Soccer Coach Hopes for Thanksgiving Miracle for Local Mom – Tournament to Raise Funds for Her Critically Ill Baby

Jersey City, NJ (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

When New Jersey soccer coach Alex Lalaoui from The Soccer Learning Center met Lillian Whitted, a 27-year-old Corrections Officer from Jersey City, he knew he had to help. A father of two, Lalaoui listened as Whitted, a single mother of two boys, told him about her struggles to keep her youngest son alive. Now Lalaoui is hoping for a Thanksgiving miracle for the family, hoping the community that Whitted protects as a Corrections Officer, now comes to her aid at a soccer tournament he is organizing on Sunday, November 22nd at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City.

Life wasnt like this a little more than a year ago for the young mother. Whitted was in a committed relationship. She was about to give birth to a second child. Her career as a respected Hudson County Corrections Officer was nearing its sixth year.

Newmans Own, Inc.

Westport, CT (Vocus) April 20, 2010

Newmans Own, Inc. announced today the 10 winners of the Newmans Own Award for best volunteer initiatives as part of the 2009 USA WEEKEND Magazines Make a Difference Day. The 10 award-winning and inspiring projects took place last Oct. 24 on USA WEEKEND Make a Difference Day, the nations largest single day of volunteering. The project organizers, as well as their inspiration for the initiatives, are profiled in the April 18th issue of USA WEEKEND. The story release coincides with the beginning of National Volunteer Week.

Since 1994, Paul Newman, Newmans Own, Inc. and the Newmans Own Foundation have been leading supporters of Make A Difference Day and together have contributed $ 1.6 million to Make A Difference Day projects.

Hundreds of grassroots volunteers have been recognized since 1994 with the Newmans Own Make A Difference Day Award, each receiving $ 10,000 in seed money to sustain their efforts into the next year or to donate to a project-related charity.

“Make A Difference Day organizers and volunteers are an incredible resource at a time when volunteerism is most needed. Newmans Own is very proud to help nourish their work, says Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newmans Own, Inc.

Since 1992, USA WEEKEND has conducted the nationwide initiative, Make A Difference Day, held every fourth Saturday in October, to encourage citizens of communities nationwide to help their neighbors. More than three million volunteers participated in the event last October. During the past 17 years, the day has empowered tens of millions of volunteers to bring about change in their own neighborhoods via their altruistic efforts.

From USA Weekend, April 18, 2010


County outdoes itself

Talk about a Rocky Mountain high. The 10th annual Make A Difference Day in Larimer County, Colo., actually was Make A Difference Week, with 4,450 people aiding 75 organizations and about 40,000 residents. It was our biggest ever, says Jami McMannes, volunteer center specialist for the United Way of Larimer County. Volunteers of all ages completed 150 projects countywide. Good deeds included raking leaves for the elderly, harvesting crops for the hungry, and clearing graffiti, trash and weeds. And at the Animal House shelter, 12 Vaught Frye Ripley Design employees reconditioned the grounds around the dog kennels.

McMannes says she believes the iffy economy drove the record-breaking turnout: A lot of people cant give money right now, but they can see that their time helps.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to United Way of Larimer

County, Fort Collins, Colo.


Teen fishes to fight hunger

Before joining an after-school program at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Danny Tijerina, 10, had never heard of a fish warden. Now he wants to be one. Dannys aspirations were sparked in a fishing class taught by volunteer Lucas Metropulos, 17. The Boca Raton teen started the course to teach needy kids the skills to feed themselves and their families. He also covers sea life and conservation. I want them to understand the oceans resources and how they need to be protected, he says. For Make A Difference Day, Lucas raised money to take his 20 students fishing on the Atlantic a first for many. They were naturals, catching kingfish, red grouper and triggerfish. Lucas is great. He teaches others and he has taught me, Danny says.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Florence Fuller Child Development Center and Boca Helping Hands

Boca Raton, Fla.


Good deed nourishes souls

Olga El Sehamy first learned about Make A Difference Day in the Sept. 13, 2009, issue of USA WEEKEND, which featured a call to action from our nations mayors. It was like a kick in the pants, she says. Wanting to help the homeless, El Sehamy decided to cook hot meals for those living near Union Square in New York City, asking husband Mostafa and 19-year-old son Alex to pitch in.

On Oct. 23, 2009, Mostafa and Olga stayed up late making 50 chicken dinners. The next day, in the pouring rain, they loaded up the food and drove to the city to meet Alex and four friends from NYU to give it all to those in need. Olga described the day as soul-satisfying because, 22 years ago, she was assaulted by a vagrant: Once I handed out the food and people were saying thank you, I felt really proud of just not being afraid.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Holbrook, N.Y., and Road Recovery Foundation

New York, N.Y.


Needy homeowners get help

Anna Trisvane, 79, of Providence, spent 40 years fostering nearly 40 children, giving them food, clothing and the rarest commodity love. But it took a toll, and she was left with little time or cash for home repairs. On Make A Difference Day, Rebuilding Together Providence stepped in to paint, clean and replace faulty wiring in Trisvanes home. Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that helps low-income home owners, joined forces with Lowes to rejuvenate 35 homes across the country on Oct. 24. Lowes contributed $ 350,000 in grants and donated supplies and manpower; Rebuilding Together offered its vast community resources, including skilled volunteers.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Rebuilding Together.


Drive yields a mountain of food

The food pantry is not just full, its overflowing. Despite all odds. In February and March, Kentuckys Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry usually struggles to make ends meet. Once the holidays pass and winter comes on, demand picks up as giving falls off, president Tom Utterack says. But this past winter, the pantry didnt have to suffer through a seasonal drought. A Make A Difference Day drive organized by the state helped stockpile 20,000 extra pounds of food for that organization. Kentucky has arranged an annual food collection since 2001. Although state unemployment rates had hit a 26-year high of 10.5%, the drive tallied a whopping 123 tons of food a 74% increase over 2008s Make a Difference Day drive. Organizer Eileen Cackowski says the massive outpouring reflects the humanity of the Bluegrass State. I see it in Kentucky all the time, she says.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.


Fraternity pledges to do good

Think fraternity. Think partying? Think again. Community service means a lot to the members of Delta Sigma Pi collegiate business fraternity, who have made participation in Make A Difference Day a tradition. As college students, we know were lucky, says University of Pittsburgh chapter member Dan Kyung. We feel like its our duty to help those who arent as fortunate. Across the country, roughly 2,000 members from half the fraternitys 195 chapters leapt to action Oct. 24. They took on more than 100 projects, ranging from helping special-needs children to raising money for the poor. Delta Sigma Pi began encouraging Make A Difference Day involvement more than a decade ago and lists it as one of the fraternitys top three community service initiatives.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Delta Sigma Pi Leader ship Foundation, Oxford, Ohio.


A town unites to honor a beloved teacher

High school teacher Dana Hungerford felt blessed just to be alive, to have a chance from God to make a difference. For 30 years, Hungerford shared his positive outlook with others while teaching math at Fairfield Comm

Austin Texas Mothers and Daughters Contribute More Than 9,000 Hours to Local Philanthropies Through the National Charity League

Austin, TX (PRWEB) April 28, 2010

The Austin Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) is proud to announce today that its members have contributed more than 9,000 hours to local philanthropies during the most recent NCL calendar year, which ended March 31. A national-nonprofit group, NCL brings together mothers, referred to as Patronesses, and daughters grades 7-12, referred to as Ticktockers, committed to leadership development and training, and building cultural awareness through community service on a local level.

This announcement follows the chapter Ticktocker Awards Ceremony, which was held this past Saturday, April 25, honoring the time and effort donated by all current ticktockers, and welcoming 32 new members into the chapter as the Class of 2016. The Ticktocker Class of 2010 consists of twenty-one young women who collectively served over 4,300 hours benefiting 26 different Austin-area philanthropies over the course of their six years with the Austin Chapter.

And the future looks even brighter for the Austin NCL with this past years 9th graders, Class of 2013, contributing the highest total charity hours in the year, at over 1,000. As these girls complete their next 3 years of high school, their community service contributions will benefit the entire Austin area.

We are so proud of our girls, and the overall mission of NCL, said Lisa Sikora, NCL Austin President. This has been a great year, very rewarding for local philanthropies, but equally so for our mothers and daughters.

Im proud to have been part of NCL these past years and look forward to the next two. I really believe in giving back to the community, taking time to help those in need. Its even better that I get to do this good work along side my Mom said Sarah Brown, Westlake High School sophomore, who received this years Merci Award, given to the Ticktocker with the highest philanthropy hour count for the year. Sarah contributed a total of 207 community service hours in the past year.

Throughout the year the chapter hosts programs, presentations and field trips for the members with the goal of providing opportunities for the girls to learn the beauty of giving of themselves to others; to develop and practice leadership and social skills within their peer groups; and to have an awareness and appreciation of the various forms of culture in the community. Two annual events are the time honored NCL tradition of Tea, to train the daughters in proper etiquette to serve as hostesses, and Ticktocker Day, which brings together all of the ticktockers in the Austin chapter to collaborate on a single philanthropic project.

About the National Charity League

National Charity League, Inc. (NCL) is a non-profit national organization of mothers and daughters grades 7-12 who join together in community service in chapters throughout the United States. The purpose is to foster a sense of community responsibility in the girls as well as to strengthen the mother-daughter relationship through participation in philanthropy, educational activities and cultural events. Founded in 1947, NCL members currently total more than 40,000, with 156 chapters in 16 states, including three chapters in the central Texas area.

The Austin chapter currently works with 19 local Non-Profit Organizations including the Austin Childrens Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Pets Alive, Austin Public Library, Capital Area Food Bank, Caritas of Austin, Child Protective Services, Childrens Hospital of Austin, El Buen Samaritano, Family Eldercare, Habitat for Humanity, Lifelong Friends, lifelong Friends, Lifeworks, Manos de Cristo, Marbridge, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Ronald McDonald House, Westbank Library and YMBL Sunshine Camps.

For more information on the National Charity League, please visit http://www.nationalcharityleague.org.

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Local Franklin, TN, Business Owners Team Up: Putting Cloth Diapers In The Record Books

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) April 03, 2011

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, USA Baby and Big Kids Too! in partnership with Green Pixie Baby and Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel announce their participation in The Great Cloth Diaper Change on April 23, 2011 at 10:30 am. The event will be hosted at Saint Phillips Community Center 113 Second Avenue South in Franklin.

USA Baby and Big Kids Too!, Green Pixie Baby and Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity will unite with the cloth diaper community around the globe in hopes of breaking the world record for most cloth diapers changed simultaneously. The event will also include goodie bags for the first 36 people to register for world record event and all participants will be entered to win two Grand Prize drawings for a Best Chair Upholstered Glider and a $ 100 gift certificate to Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel. For more information or to register, visit http://www.usababyfranklin.com or http://greatclothdiaperchangegpb.eventbrite.com/.

Chris White, General Manager of USA Baby and Big Kids Too! states, “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the rest of the world in attempting to break a world record and to bring awareness to the advances in cloth diapers. We encourage everyone to come and see just how easy cloth diapers are to use. Not only are they more convenient than ever, they protect our environment as well. A typical disposable diaper takes over 500 years to decompose in a landfill. By switching to a cloth diaper, a typical family of one baby can reduce their household garbage by fifty percent in the course of the two to three years the average child wears a diaper.

Marie Sawyer, Owner of Green Pixie Baby states Green Pixie Baby is thrilled to be a part of this world wide effort to get cloth diapers in the Guinness Book of records. This event is a wonderful opportunity to promote cloth diapers and spread awareness of the health, environmental, and financial benefits of cloth diapering. We are proud to be cloth diaper and green parenting advocates.

Rebecca Lee, Owner of Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel Nashville states “It is exciting to be a part of the Great Diaper Change. One of my favorite parts of Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity is coming along side of mom’s during pregnancy and helping educate them on these new worlds of pregnancy and parenthood, reusable diapers is one of those areas. Today they are not your mom’s cloth diapers! They are simple, money saving & gentler one your baby’s bottom. Families today are really embracing this diapering option.”

USA Baby and Big Kids Too! is Nashvilles premier baby and big kids furniture store. With over 50 complete and fully decorated baby and big kid room vignettes from the most trusted brands, USA Baby & Kids Too! is the place for baby and big kids furniture.

Pickles & Ice Cream Maternity Apparel is the oldest and largest maternity clothing franchise in the United States. Pickles & Ice Cream strives to provide expecting women a place to get exceptional customer service and high quality, fashionable maternity clothes at reasonable prices.

Green Pixie Baby strives to offer the best earth-friendly American made baby products on the market. Green Pixie Baby offers a full range of products including cloth diapers, cloth diapering supplies, natural baby care products, infant and toddler shoes and locally made items.

If you would like more information on this event, or to schedule an interview, please call Cindy Hamilton at 615.478.7496 or e-mail Cindy at cindyhamiltonmarketing(at)hotmail(dot)com.

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NAPW Sacramento Local Chapter Hosted a Successful Networking Meeting this April with Guest Speaker, Elisa Taylor

Garden City, NY (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

The Sacramento Chapter has two meetings, a lunch and a dinner meeting, each month in order to accommodate the busy schedules of the members. While both meetings have the same agenda and speaker, often several people came both times. Obviously they enjoy the speakers and the atmosphere of the group enough to attend twice! For the sake of simplicity, both meetings have been folded into one in these minutes.

Sharon Darrow, Sacramento Chapter President, opened the meetings by welcoming everyone, then briefly speaking about the NAPW. She spoke about the upcoming convention, which will take place on April 29th in New York City. Sharon also reminded everyone that their introduction is filmed to assist in accurate minutes and, with their permission only, are also posted on the new NAPW Sacramento Chapter Facebook page.

Marissa Eldreth is the CEO of BizWiz Consulting & Marketing Solutions and owner of the new magazine, “City Connect International”. The magazine tries to promote the unity of different nationalities and cultures. The magazine’s first event will be on June 18th, and everyone is invited to participate. Marissa’s company markets multiple products and helps businesses structure their company and market their products. Her latest project is a company from the Philippines that makes custom furniture. In keeping with her non-profit work, she has asked them to contribute a portion of their profits to a group that helps protect the watersheds in the Philippines.

Diana Borroel is a financial adviser with the Principal Financial Group. Financial advisers are prohibited from promoting their businesses through social media, so we are unable to show her in the video presentations. Dianna has 23 years experience in the financial services business, helping people set their goals and reach their dreams. She uses a four-step process: set goals, prioritize goals, implement the plan, and then monitor the plan.

Terry Burke Maxwell now owns a publishing company, after a career in education, publishing and computers. She sells several of her own workbooks, primarily on math and computers, for children and adults. Adults need to be involved in their children’s education, and these workbooks are designed to facilitate that. They are also useful for adult education. Terry is now publishing and editing other authors under a new imprint called Earth Patch Press.

Daphne Hewitt, a guest for the first time, is an independent consultant and area manager for Arbonne International, which is a health and wellness company offering natural, botanical based products for the skin, aromatherapy, nutrition, and weight loss.

Carol Siegner, with Ships and Trips Travel, is a travel agent specializing in Europe, especially riverboat cruises. She has been in the business for six years, booking families, corporate, and groups of all kinds.

Sharon Darrow, owner of Travel ID Cards, creates plastic ID cards, with or without photos, for your organization, company, sports team or family group. She says they now also do luggage tags to make your baggage identification and retrieval a snap on your next trip. Their newest items are the “Fun Cards”, which are unique creations that make great gifts — “Worlds Greatest [Fill-In-The-Blank]” for example, with pictures and personalized text front and back. She then reminded everyone of her core products for travelers, the KidsTravelCard, TeenTravelCard, AdultInfoCard, and PetTravelCard.

Sara Lopezis is the owner of SGL Enterprises. It is her holding company for marketing Amway Global. The Amway business is about providing consumers with the flexibility of online shopping for everything including personal care, home care, health and wellness, and practically anything else. She was very pleased to say that the vitamin and supplement line, Nutrilite, had just celebrated their 75th anniversary and was the very first company to come out with an organic vitamin/mineral supplement. In addition to the exclusive products, there are over 600 online partner affiliates, which enables the consumer to save money. Sara reminded everyone that her business is a great way to develop residual income for the future.

Elizabeth Rosen, a guest attendee, has a business called Pet Your Dog, which offers both services and products for your pets. Her services are designed for those with busy schedules. She is the one to call for dog walking, pet sitting in her home, and training.

Andrea Newhouse is the Director of Aquatic Services at Easter Seals in Sacramento. They have a warm water therapy pool available to anybody with a doctor’s prescription. The pool temperature is 92 degrees, and it is open all year round.

Linda Melodyis is with Pre-Paid Legal Services. She said that many people don’t think they need an attorney, don’t know an attorney, and can’t imagine why they would want one. But in this day and age there are many scenarios where having access to one would be helpful, even if just to have one to call and ask questions. Linda brought a brochure with “101 reasons not to be without your life-events legal plan”, including things like child support enforcement, advice on a divorce, buying or selling a car or home, and liability questions regarding a business startup. Knowing you can call an expert in your field is a great source of peace of mind!

Alicia O’Hara, attending for her first time as a guest, is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Behavioral Therapist. She has been in practice for three years, and describes what she does as “giving people their power back”! She helps people work directly with their subconscious minds to get past the obstacles and blocks that are in their way so they can reach their goals. She also gives people tools to empower themselves, so they can make the changes and improvements that they need. She works out of the Healing Alternative Meditation Center, offering programs, workshops, and individual sessions. Some of the things she helps people with are stress, pain management, age regression therapies, fears and phobias.

Autumn DeCosta is an empowerment coach, which can mean different things to different people. She uses different methods focusing on self-awareness and reconnecting with oneself. One of the programs she offers is called “Imagine a Woman”. She and Alicia will be offering a program together on April 23rd at the Healing Alternative Meditation Center, called “The Journey Home”, to help women reconnect with themselves and honor the woman within.

June Azevedo, of Azevedo Print & Design, started out with an enthusiastic endorsement of the benefits of hypnotherapy in her life. She says that her job is to make the printed items you work with reflect the beauty of yourself. She is pleased to have done that with several of our members, and is ready to help anyone else that might need assistance.

Susan Harkeis is both a mobile notary and a CPA. She is glad to help anyone with tax questions, tax issues, letters from the IRS that you don’t understand and the person who prepared your taxes has skipped town or is no longer in business! Susan invited anyone to contact her if they need help.

Ester Gordillo, attending as a guest, is an international trade consultant at the Center for International Trade Development. She assists both importers and exporters navigate the process, including such things as finding suppliers, finding buyers, dealing with customs, working with customs brokers, and understanding the import/export process. Ester’s consulting services at the Center are free, but there are also paid workshops available as well.

The Chapter’s April speaker was Elisa Taylor, a Travel Agent specializing in family travel. She truly demonstrated her specialization through her assistant, 5 month old Samuel, who stole everyone’s heart! Her company is World Less Traveled, and she prov