Groups generous with their time, money

(Published Dec. 5, 2006, 10:38 a.m.)

Dear Readers,

I would like to share with everyone that over the last few weeks, I was invited to talk to several groups in our communities. I was told it would be nice if I could talk for about 10-20 minutes. I actually got to talk from 10 minutes to a few hours. The groups I met with were:

The LBA (Lakeland Builders Association), where there were approximately 300 members, LAWS (Lakes Area Women's Society) and Trinity Church Men's Ministry in Pell Lake.

(Note: The crowd was so large, it deserves a photo larger than this page can accomodate. See the Anything Page, on the back of the Home & Food section.)

I have to say that at all three meetings I received a very warm welcome from my fellow caring and sharing community members.

At the LBA meeting, Ray and Sara Hubbard were there.

Ray volunteered to go into the Army. He went to Iraq, almost died and ended up losing his leg. He stood there before us and said if he had to do it all over again for our country, he would do it again. No matter how people feel about any war, when an American gets injured, we Americans bond together.

Some people say there are wars because some politicians are failing us. They need to handle negotiations, and keep the people from killing each other. Just like in Iraq, for whatever reasons we were drawn into it, we went there to save the people from a tyrant. At the same time, some groups estimate that over 500,000 civilians have been killed in that country. There is obviously some failure, somewhere. Not to point any blame, but when an American, like Ray, gives a vow, it gets all of us involved. When American blood is shed, we rally around our people. This is when the war affects the heart of America. Our political leaders around the world need to end a tradition-wars.

LBA contributed to a wonderful fundraiser for Ray. The builders have helped to rehab the house for Ray and his family. These are Americans sticking together.

LAWS was a great joy of caring and sharing women.

I felt a real devotion from these wonderful women, wanting to make a difference. I was very moved by their strength and deep concern.

The Trinity Church Men's Group-from the beginning prayer to the last word, I was moved by the presence of the Holy Spirit, which had touched all those present. This group's devotion and sincerity to God and our fellow Americans moved me to the center of my soul. Health and happiness,

God bless all of you and your families, WC

There are so many groups coming together, as well as the already established groups, which have been around for decades, which have been networking to help people.

This is how I feel about The Time Is Now to Help, Americans sticking together. When there are times that our government lets us down, we do not let each other down.

I can honestly tell you that at all the meetings, whether from 10 minutes to two hours, we had a wonderful time. We took time to talk about the American people, our neighbors, our communities and our well-being. When you talk about nurturing lives, then there is a true communication of the heart. I give many compliments to those who shared that time together. God bless all of you for all the good these God-loving organizations do. Thank you LBA, LAWS and the Trinity Church Men's Ministry.

Health and happiness,

God bless everyone,

WC

PS. If there are any other groups that would like to share some time together, I would be happy to speak at your next gathering. Please call (262) 249-7000.

A special thank you to: Pearl Benoy, Claudia Siesennop, Harriet Cardoni, Mary Kathleen Fraier, Mary Jo Peters, the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Walworth, Ron Sweeney, Bruce and Loretta Adsit, Karen and James Goodrick, James and Janice Batten, Steve and Susan Woodcock, Phyllis and Ken Weeden, Orlin and Mary Stoughton, Donald and Esther Riemer, Charlotte Carlson, owner of RA Carlson Plumbing, Dr. Donna Stackpool, owner of Stackpool Chiropractic and her staff, Frank Lueptow's Frank's County Market, Daniels Sentry Food Store of Walworth and Elkhorn, the Ministry of Mechanics, Frank Guske, Paul Ziegler and the Ziegler Charitable Foundation.

A big thank you to: LBA, LAWS, Trinity Church Men's Ministry and all those who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, including the businesses that allow our donation boxes in their places of business. For a Time Is Now to Help donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.

Fundraisers

Local artist, Jackie Klish, is selling one-of-a-kind sterling silver pendants, with choice of gem stones, pearls or cameos. Twenty percent of profits will be donated to The Time Is Now to Help. Stop in at Germaine's Bridal Shop, 234 Broad St., Lake Geneva, to get the perfect gift for your perfect someone, on Saturday Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., or Sunday Dec. 10, noon-4 p.m.

The East Branch of First Banking Center, 550 Commercial Court, Lake Geneva, (behind Wal Mart) is encouraging customers to become a shining star in our community. Stars are available for $1, and all proceeds will go to The Time Is Now to Help. For every donation, customers will receive a glittered star in which they can write their name on, and stars will be hung inside the bank. Stop in to get your shining star, and help support the local poverty-stricken.

Bake sale at St. Francis De Sales Church in Lake Geneva, 148 W. Main St., Saturday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 10 after the final Mass. Please stop in to buy some baked goods. Proceeds to benefit Side by Side, a new non-profit organization for helping those in need.

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