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I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. I believe in sharing my talents and experiences by giving back to the community by giving my time to coaching, church and especially to the disability community. I truly believe that all men and women are created equally.

Vetreans Day Parade Needs Our Help

I was asked to post this request

The Veterans Day Parade and Wisconsin We Care have always been grass roots organizations. 
 
This year we merged into one organization, Honor Our Military, Inc.
 
We decided we needed some professional help to keep our programs going - care packages to our troops, the Veterans Day Parade and Day of Honor, and the Veterans Day program at the VA.
 
We contacted one of the leading sponsorship companies in Wisconsin to help us get sponsors/dollars for our programs.  This company procures sponsors for many of the major events in the Milwaukee area.
 
When I spoke with the  company on the phone to set up an appointment,  the woman had decided she was not going to work with us before we could even meet. Their excuse - they were too busy, their calendar was full.
I asked her about next year, she said she would possibly consider it " if you even have a parade this year".
 
She obviously doesn't know any veterans!
 
Well guess what - this is our 10th year and we will have a parade and we will show this woman in a very big way what our veterans and military are made of.
 
 
 
So we are going back to our roots and asking you for help.
 
They say there is power in the internet and social networking - and that is exactly what we need you to do.
 
We need you to circulate this e-mail to everyone you know and even those you don't.
 
 
 
All we are asking is that everyone who receives this e-mail put one dollar bill in an envelope and mail it to Honor Our Military.
 
We are in need of raising $30,000.00 dollars to keep our troops and veterans programs going.
 
Can we reach 30,000 people using the internet? Can we raise the money without a "professional" company, to show our veterans and military how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice to this country?
 
Is your freedom worth $1.00?
 
This is definitely a better value than any fast food dollar menu or dollar store you can find!
 
 
If you value your freedom and the sacrifices our veterans and military have made for it, please send just $1.00 and pass this along to as many people as you can.
 
You can mail your dollar to:
Honor Our Military
P.O. Box 684
Milwaukee, WI  53201-0684
 
Our new website will be up and running in September where you can follow the progress of this grass roots campaign: www.honorourmilitary.us.
Feel free to include a message for our veterans and military with your dollar - all messages will be posted on our website.
 
Thank you in advance for reading this, for sending us a dollar, and for supporting our veterans and military.
SIncerely,
Mary Ann D'Acquisto and Jeff Bukowski
President - Veterans Division President - Troops Division
Honor Our Military, Inc.
Supporting Our Troops and Honoring Our Veterans ©
 
Mark your calendar for the 47th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Day of Honor - Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 1100 - Downtown Milwaukee

Is there still something called Customer Service?

I don't know about you, but I am wondering more and more each day if companies take the Customer Service responsability seriously.

I have been having TV and internet issues that I have asked my provider to correct.  The same problem has been going on for 3 weeks now.  I have had about 7 technicians to the house to try and fix the problem.  Each time I was told that they think the issue is corrected.  Each time the issue returns, I call and almost have to start over when explaining the problem.  These was even one instance where the assigned technician did not show.  After having the issue so many times, I would think that I would move up the priority chain.

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Special Race for Special Kids

What started out as an Eagle Scout Project, (http://www.wwswd.org/Photos-Sisson-Eagle-Project/Sisson-Eagle.htm) has continued for 25 years now. Tom Sisson had an idea to add Special Racers to the New Berlin Soap Box Derby (http://www.nbsoapboxderby.org/).  Tom created the S Class for the Derby.  Tom also created the special car that allows a Scout to ride along with the Special Racer.

For those of you who have always had an interest in Soap Box Derby, but never knew where to find it, this Sunday Sept 12, at 1230, Tyler and his friends will be racing in the Derby.  The Special Racers start at 12:30 and will be done in time to see the Packer game at 3:00.  The race is held at Valley View Park in New Berlin.  Besides the S Class, they do have more competitive racing throughout the day.

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Fan Ejection

I recently wrote a blog in regards to Free Speech (http://labs.jsonline.com/JIBloggerV2/BlogPostEditor.aspx?id=101470659&parent=86854332)

There was an incident at Miller Park recently where a fan was ejected by the umpire.  Much has been made about the umpire over stepping his authority.  But, from the Major League Baseball website, I did find this bit of information (http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/umpires/feature.jsp?feature=qa4

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Election Day Thoughts

Having spent the last few weeks at home, I am sure most of you are as tired as I am of the Primary propoganda.  I have to say that 75% of calls and mail have to do with the election. I have even gone as far as ask questions of the caller when it is a live person on issues that affect me.  In every case I am told we'll have to get back to you.

It was Abraham Lincoln who said at the Republican Covention on June 16, 1858 "A house divided against itself can not stand.  I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free" 

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Spirit of a Champion

I recently read a book about a woman who began her life living in foster homes and an institution.  As a girl, she did not know what it felt like to be loved.  Yet she was able to overcome the odds and become a special and successful woman.

I am speaking of Cindy Bentley.  I have had the honor and priviledge to work with Cindy on the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.

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Cinderella Ball

Clare Oasis (http://clare-oasis.org/) is hosting the Father/Daughter event The Cinderella Ball.  The event is being held on Saturday October 9, from 5:00-9:00 at the Marian Center for Nonprofits.  The Ball is designed for promoting family values, encouraging youth philanthropy and creating magical memories that last a lifetime. 

The philanthropy requested is 2 rolls of pennies that are to be donated to The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin (http://www.dsaw.org/).  The goal is to raise enough money to offer 1 scholarship for next years Lose the Training Wheels,(http://www.dsaw.org/lose-the-training-wheels.aspx) the goal is to teach an individual with a developmental disability to ride a two wheel bike in one week.

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Developmental Disability Conference

I recently was afforded the opportunity to attend the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)  (http://www.nacdd.org/about-nacdd/councils-on-developmental-disabilities.aspx).  This years conference was held in Orlando, FL.  While my kids thought it wasn't fair that I would be going to Orlando without them, I did point out that I was not going to Disney, nor would I have time.  When I told them this morning that I was in meetings from about 8:30 in the morning until the day ended at a silent auction at 8:00 at night, they kind of believed me.

The opening keynote speaker was Rosario Marin, the 41st Treasurer of the United States. Rosario served under President George W Bush.  Rosario told her story of working her way through college to obtain a degree.  She had lived the "Yuppie" life.  She then related her experiences of being a mother of a child with Down syndrome.  Many of her personal experiences hit home for me. Her message was "The World of Disability Through Our Eyes".

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