Thursday, October 13, 2011
You came to our club a couple years back and I paid and signed up to be part of your cancer cause.
I got your book and also corresponded with you a couple times.
I did not know I would end up with multiple cancer issues within the family but I did.
I spoke to you in the past about my mother and her diagnosed multiple myaloma cancer.
You sent me several things on this disease that were very helpful.
We have just recently been dealing with my father in law who was diagnosed with Stomach cancer.
He just had a major surgery to remove his entire stomach, spleen and part of his pancreas.
Not sure where we go from here with him, but I thought I would reach out to you once again since I think I am suppose to be a lifetime member of your program I signed up for and donated to.
I know you said any time we need any info on cancer related stuff we could reach out to you.
Well here I am again.
Do you have any info on stomach cancer that could help me and my family with my father in law?
James Frawley, ChFC,CFS
Partner and Co Founder
Independent Financial Advisor
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Let’s take a look at the educational system in the US. We spends considerably more per student than any country on earth, from about $18,000 per year in New York to $9000 in many states with an average across the board of $12,000. Detroit spends $13,000 per year on its students and is typical of what we see. Half of the population of Detroit is functionally illiterate. Of the 47% of Detroit residents who can‘t read, half of them hold Detroit City School System diplomas. All of them made it past the elementary school years, where basic reading is taught. Can anyone justify these results? So let’s agree the education is an “entitlement”, but where does the money go? Why do we have tenure (built-in job security regardless of the competency of the teacher)? Of the salaries paid to teachers, about $1100/year ends up in the union bank accounts which help perpetuate this obvious problem. Where ever you sit politically, how can we condone this inefficiency?
Of all the groups trying to maintain the status quo, only a few come to mind that are truly worthy a seat at the table. We need to expand our horizons to look at other views, not just views that make ourselves feel warm and fuzzy.
“We have made great strides in meeting the needs of veterans of today, while keeping our promise to yesterday’s veterans. We must not be lured into turf battles, but instead rise above the political fray to fight for America’s well-being. Out of control spending is crippling our country, and we need to slow the growth of government and take responsibility for our bills. As we do this, our veterans deserve better than to be used as shields in political warfare. Instead, we have an obligation to work in a bipartisan manner to better serve veterans and their families. No one should disagree this is the least we owe these men and women”.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Wayne State University is a campus up in Michigan, and home to a Rotary Rotaract Club youth group. For those who do not know Rotary and Rotaract, in a short sentence, they are service organizations like Kiwanis, Lions, etc, that do a lot of great humanitarian service projects for their communities and internationally. Victor Helb is a young man from Liberia who was attending school at Wayne State when we met. He told me about a vision to help the people of his country learn to read and write, because more than 90% of the citizens were either illiterate, or well below elementary school reading ability. He wanted to change all that. One man wanting to change an entire country...what a concept!
Well, after we kicked some ideas around I left Michigan but reconnected with Victor on a few occasions over the next couple of years when he would call for advice. This year things are moving into action. Victor's aunt is the President of Liberia, and now, following years of civil unrest, Liberia has come under the wing of US help; doors are now open for programs like Victor's Liberian Book Project (see: http://www.liberianliteracyfoundation.org/news.html). Just having doors open would not be enough as such projects to provide millions of books, schools supplies, computers, teachers, and even electricity (most of the country is without a large enough electrical grid that the majority of the people do without). Also such grandiose projects require volunteers (lots of them), and much money.
Victor is now back with a request to put everything into motion, but has made the road smoother with years of working US college campus Rotaract Clubs to gain support. Most of what is needed now is to raising money and find a way to ship goods to Liberia on the cheap. As the volunteer Development Director working with the National Guard State Partnership Program, it is ironic that Michigan is the state partner of Liberia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Partnership_Program), home of this project, and perhaps we can use that mechanism to provide transportation when the time comes. As to fundraising, we just opened our new consultancy to assist non-profit service organizations develop fundraising programs. Victor's timing couldn't have been better to seek help. With their sights set on 2000 US college campuses the project is sure to gain momentum.
If others would like to help give us a call at (630) 440-7912 or simply click on to the Liberian Book Project website above. All are welcome
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The battle for Outpost Harry is but a paragraph in the annals of military history. Those who were there have never forgotten the heroic efforts that many displayed throughout the eight-day battle, and Donald Dingee would not let the military forget the efforts of Pfc. Johnson. It took 57 years before Brigadier General Jeffrey Phillips, 3rd Infantry Division deputy commanding general-rear, presented Pfc. Charlie Johnson, posthumously, with the Silver Star, the nation's third-highest medal for valor in combat. The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. See the full story: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2011/05/18/105199/
Friday, April 15, 2011
A combined effort of the Partnership for the Americas and the National Guard Bureau of International Affairs State Partnership was finally completed with the issuing of a donation check from Best Buy. Best Buy was one of many corporate and community sponsors of The Big Leagues Camp held last July in Stevens Point, WI (see: www.thebigleaguescamp.org), to raise money to transport two donated fire trucks to the Mayport Navel Facility to be shipped to Nicaraugua aboard the HSV 2 Swift.
In coordinating the effort, Ed Mattson stated, "Despite the month-long rain, the program went off with the city's help. They provided the local indoor hockey rink where kids learned the basics of "the Game" from some of baseballs greatest stars. Programs like this can be arranged for other projects. All folks have to do is ask".