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Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 – Building Better Men and Communities

Mark Twain. John Wayne. George Washington. Neil Armstrong. These men are all in some way iconic figures in history, but what do they all have in common? Each of these men were a part of a fraternity, a brotherhood. These icons were all members of the freemasons. This brotherhood of men have existed for the purpose of charity, building good ...

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Polk County CALL – Working to End Foster Care Crisis

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – 5,000. It may not seem like a big number, but numbers are all about perspective. 5,000 fans at a college football game would be awfully low, or 5,000 people in a town is a small community. However, when 5,000 describes the number of children in foster care in Arkansas, that is not just a number, but ...

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Polk County Extension Office – Educating and Empowering for a Better Tomorrow

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This clever expression is more than fishing. It’s more than eating. At its core, this saying is about education. When someone is educated, there is more than a transfer of knowledge, someone ...

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Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association – Providing Family Entertainment

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Tablets. Cell phones. Netflix. These are often the sources of entertainment for millions across America. What has happened to family entertainment? More and more ‘family time’ is spent around a TV, but this is not how it has always been. The Polk County Fair and Rodeo Association seeks to provide quality family entertainment at a price ...

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JOLT – Educating and Inspiring Theatre Talent

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Everyone wishes that they could escape every once in a while, to be somebody else, somewhere else. Acting allows for someone to do this, to take on the role and character of someone else, somewhere else. Lee Hall once said, “The point of theatre is transformation: to make an extraordinary event out of ordinary material right ...

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Lions Club – Giving Back to the Community

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – One of the tenants of the Lions Club International is to always have in mind their obligations and responsibility to their nation, state, and community, and to give them loyalty through their words and actions. Members are to give of their time, efforts, and means for the better of those around them. These ideals plus many ...

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Clarice’s Room of Hope – Giving Smiles and Restoring Hope

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – There are seasons in life that take our breath away, not because they are priceless moments, but because they knock us down. Suffering seems to be inevitable, it not only pushes limits, but like heat from the fire, it refines everything. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he ...

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Toys for Tots – Marines and Elks Join Forces to Bring Christmas Cheer

BY MELANIE BUCK – Toys for Tots is a nationwide organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of children since its inception in the 1940’s. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official activity of the United States Marine Corps and an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. The local Toys for Tots program ...

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Santas 4 Seniors – A Hands for Larger Service Project

BY MELANIE BUCK – As the holidays approach, many organizations across the county are gearing up to serve others, by way of food, gifts, and fellowship. One such project is organized by county 4H clubs and is just as rewarding for the givers, as it is for those that receive the blessings. Santas 4 Seniors is in its fourth year ...

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Bearcats for a Cure – Students Leading the Fight for a Cure for Cancer

At an early age, Keeley Jones learned what cancer is, what it does, and that much more research is needed for a cure. Turning her life experience and research into a passion, Jones has been part of a team that has raised over $25,000 for the cause in the last three years; a fete that not many high schoolers have ...

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