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Women to Women Giving Circle to Host Grant Writing Sessions

The Women to Women Giving Circle of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will host two grant writing information sessions in September for nonprofits interested in applying for the giving circle’s fall grants.
Women to Women will again focus its grants on impacting children, especially girls, ages newborn-5 who live in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Research shows that early intervention to build family stability for the very young impacts those children positively throughout life – at significantly lower costs than later “rescue” efforts.
The grant writing sessions will be 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, both at Calvary United Methodist Church, Normal. The sessions will cover the application process and timeline; collaborative process; objectives, goals and measurements for grants; grant budgets; and other requirements for the Women to Women grant. Interested nonprofit applicants are asked to attend with their partner(s). If nonprofits do not have a partner yet, they can look for one at the sessions.
Both sessions will cover the same material, so participants need only attend one session. Applicants are not required to attend one of these sessions, they are simply offered to help potential applicants better understand the process.
If you would like to attend a session, please RSVP with Michele Evans at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation at 309-662-4477 or email her at mevans@ilprairiecf.org.

Richland welcomes new Dean

Richland Community College would like to welcome Jessica Pickel as its new Dean of Liberal Arts.
Jessica earned her Master of Education in Educational Organizational and Leadership and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois.  
She is a familiar face at Richland, having served two years ago as the Assistant to the Dean in Health Professions and as the Director of Adult Education. Jessica most recently served as the Assistant to the Dean, College of Education and Human Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Her experience working with the Illinois Community College Board and her interest in community college education will make her an asset to Richland and its students.
Jessica started today in her new position. She currently lives in Decatur.

Farmer City chief of police to take new position in Danville

The City of Farmer City will soon be searching for a new Police Chief.  Chief Terry Scott submitted his resignation Tuesday, August 14, 2018, to accept a new opportunity as the Executive Director of the Danville Public Building Commission.  His last day with the City will be August 31, 2018.
Chief Scott came on board in February 2017 when he replaced Chief Andrew Denno.  Scott worked as a Farmer City police officer in the 1980’s, then went on to pursue other interests.  He then returned to lead the department.   Scott oversaw many changes during his tenure, including an aggressive and successful code enforcement program, increased training opportunities for the officers and improved relationships with other regional organizations.
The City intends to bring in an interim Chief while it undergoes a formal recruitment process.  Please contact City Manager Sue McLaughlin at (309) 928-3412 with questions. 

DeWitt Co. Farm Bureau celebrates 100 years

 DeWitt County Farm Bureau will host its 100th Anniversary Celebration on Aug. 25, 2018, at the Little Galilee Christian Assembly Activity Center in rural Clinton.
The celebration will include a full display of DeWitt County and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) history, a porkchop dinner, appearance and remarks by IFB President Richard Guebert, and a keynote address by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Dean Kim Kidwell.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They will be available until Aug. 21.  To sign up, members may visit www.DeWittCountyFarmBureau..com to download and mail an order form, ILFB.org > Member Center to pay online, or stop by the office at 1060 State Highway 54, Clinton.
As part of the celebration, DCFB also is making available commemorative “Established 1918” gate signs for $25.
For more information, please call the DeWitt County Farm Bureau office at 217-935-2126 or email dcfb3@frontier.com. 

Millikin University to celebrate University Commons 1st Birthday Aug. 20

Millikin University will commemorate the first year of its University Commons with a 1st Birthday Celebration on Monday, Aug. 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the first floor lobby of the University Commons. The University Commons 1st Birthday Celebration is free and open to the public.
As part of the celebration, Millikin's Center of Academic and Professional Performance will host a part-time job fair from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
From 3 – 5 p.m., cake, ice cream and free coffee from Common Grounds will be provided to all those in attendance. Millikin University's mixed A cappella group Dissonance, comprised of 17 members, will perform at 3 p.m. The celebration will also include remarks from Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White at 3:10 p.m.
Additionally, the celebration will have a Pepsi tasting, giveaways, face-painting and a scavenger hunt.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Names New VP of Clinical Excellence

OSF HealthCare is pleased to announce Toni Bishop-McWain, RN, DNP(c), MSN has accepted the role of Vice President of Clinical Excellence for OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
In this role, Bishop-McWain will be accountable for providing leadership in planning, directing, coordinating and improving health care services consistent with the policies, objectives and standards for quality nursing and patient care services for OSF St. Joseph.
Bishop-McWain has served OSF HealthCare since 2012, most recently as the Director of Critical Care and Cardiopulmonary Services for OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute. Throughout her career, Bishop-McWain has held leadership, educational and clinical roles.

Reduce Diabetes Risks with Wake Up Call Prediabetes Nutrition

More than 1 in 3 adults in Illinois have prediabetes, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Higher than normal blood glucose levels raise your risk of heart disease and stroke as well as type 2 diabetes. This fall, learn how you can lower your diabetes risk in the free University of Illinois Extension class Wake Up Call – Eating to Avoid Diabetes.
Several opportunities to attend the class will be offered in DeWitt County with the first being held at the Vespasian Warner Public Library District on September 8 from 10:00-11:00 am.  To sign up, contact Marie at 217.935.5174 or maltby@vwarner.org by September 6. This class is free and open to the public.
In Wake Up Call, learn about small steps you can take, from losing a small amount of weight to choosing healthier foods, that can help prevent prediabetes from developing into diabetes. 

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