'Suits From Suits' program helps kids learn to swim


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Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2012, 5:39 pm
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For the second year, Moline Rotary is sponsoring its "Suits From Suits" program, which provides swimsuits and swim lessons for underprivileged children in the Quad-Cities.

According to a news release, Moline Rotary and the Moline Foundation are working together to provide swim lessons for more than 130 immigrant children and their families through World Relief. With a combined grant of $3,500, children from throughout the Illinois Quad-Cities will receive free instruction in water safety and swimming at Two Rivers YMCA, Moline.

Members of Moline Rotary also have donated more than 80 swimsuits to distribute to the children participating in the program.

"It is heartwarming to know that so many children will learn a lifelong skill at our local Y. We also know it is important for immigrant families to learn about water safety, as we live as neighbors along the Mississippi and Rock rivers," said Joy Boruff, executive director of the Moline Foundation, in the release.

Moline Rotary supports numerous service projects in the Quad-Cities, and the Moline Foundation provides grants to support health, human services, education, workforce development, the arts and other activities that benefit the citizens of Moline and the surrounding area.




 












 



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1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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