Tuesday, August 27, 2013

News from the Governor

Gov. Robert J. Bentley, lineal descendant of Revolutionary War patriot John Horton, holds his SAR membership certificate that he received at the 10th anniversary of the ASSAR Cahaba-Coosa Chapter. Attending the celebration were other Horton's descendants: 5th great-grandsons Roger Massey, Danny Massey, David Nolen; 4th great-grandsons Gov. Bentley and Bobby Joe Seales; and 5th great-grandsons Mike Seales and Terry Massey (left to right). (contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnistpreceding

Robert Julian Bentley, 53rd governor of the State of Alabama, was the honored guest and keynote speaker at the 10th anniversary celebration dinner of the Cahaba-Coosa Chapter of the Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution (ASSAR). The dinner honoring Shelby County’s only ASSAR chapter was held at Liberty Hall, American Village in Montevallo. SAR is an educational, historic and patriotic organization for men over the age of 18 who are lineal descendants of an ancestor who supported the War for American Independence.

Gov. Bentley is a descendent of patriot John Horton who served in the South Carolina militia during the American Revolution. He was awarded his ASSAR membership certificate and SAR rosette by ASSAR President Marvin Vickers. Horton was Gov. Bentley’s 4th great-grandfather. Also attending the dinner were other Horton’s descendants: 4th great-grandson Bobby Joe Seales; and 5th great-grandsons Roger Massey, Terry Massey, Danny Massey, Mike Seales and David Nolen. Nolen is Gov. Bentley’s nephew, son of his sister, the late Marjorie Bentley Nolen.

Gov. Bentley was also awarded the prestigious SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate by Bobby Joe Seales, charter member and founding president of Cahaba-Coosa Chapter and current ASSAR senior vice president. This medal is presented to a person of prominence in the area of government, military service, religion, education, business, the professions and other appropriate fields of endeavor and may only be presented once in a lifetime.

“I love Shelby County,” said Gov. Bentley. “I was raised in Columbiana and consider Shelby County my home. Shelby County is the geographical center of Alabama; Alabama is called the Heart of Dixie; and Shelby County is the heart of the heart. I love the people of Alabama and am honored to be your governor. Every day as I lead this state, I pray for God to give me His wisdom as I deal with complex issues and make decisions. My daily goal is to be a servant leader to represent Alabama with honesty and integrity. This honor is very special to me for we are a country who should never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alabama Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions Grant Program Sponsored by Verizon Wireless

Verizon Foundation

2013 Alabama Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions

Grant Program


The Verizon Foundation is pleased to invite nonprofit agencies in Alabama to apply for grants of up to $10,000 that support Domestic Violence Prevention solutions. 


Applicants can apply for the grant online through the Verizon Foundation web site: www.verizon.com/foundation.


We are interested in making awards to programs that are able to do one or more of the following: 

Ø      Support health and wellness programs that promote the well being of families affected by domestic violence or provide training to first responders/health care professionals to safely screen for domestic violence

Ø      Engage men to take action to prevent domestic violence in the office, at home, or in other social situations

Ø      Educate teens on using new choices to create safe digital dating and healthy relationships

Ø      Provide workforce development and entrepreneurship training for individuals participating in domestic violence prevention programs



Ø      Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations

Ø      Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000 and will cover a one-year period: 11/01/13 – 10/31/14.

Ø      Applicants must be organizations whose programs benefit communities in Alabama.

Ø      All grant applications must be submitted through the Verizon Foundation web site: www.verizon.com/foundation using the Competitive Grant – Programmatic Domestic Violence Prevention application.

Ø      All decisions on grant applications are within the sole discretion of the Verizon Foundation and are final.


Funding Restrictions:

Ø      These funds may not be used for any products, goods or services offered by Verizon or any of its affiliates.

Ø      These funds may not be used for capital renovations or furniture.

Ø      No administrative expenses or grant preparation fees may be included in the overall grant request.

Ø      No more than 20 percent of the grant may be used to purchase hardware or software.



Timeline/Review Process:

Ø      Proposals must be posted via the online application process no later than Friday, August 30, at 5 p.m. CST.

Ø      Verizon Foundation representatives will review all proposals.

Ø      Verizon Foundation reserves the right to determine funding levels based on the merits of the programs presented and available resources.

Ø      Verizon will notify recipients of grant decisions by early October, 2013.


Grantees' Reporting Requirements:

As part of our measurement and evaluation module, applicants will be required to complete quarterly progress reports. Applicants will be asked to report on financial accountability, anticipated and unanticipated results based upon objectives, participant evaluation and feedback.


How to Apply:

Applications are accepted online only.  For complete information about the Verizon Foundation, please visit our website at http://www.verizon.com/foundation


To reach our online application, please go http://foundation.verizon.com/login.

 The invitation code: ALDV50VZF will be required on the login page.  This indicates you are applying for a 2013 Domestic Violence Prevention Solutions Grant Award and will ensure that your request reaches our Advisory Committee for review.


In our online application, be sure to select Domestic Violence Prevention as the social cause and Programmatic as the proposal type; then select one of the following applications that best fits your program:


Ø      Health & Wellness – First Responders

Ø      Health & Wellness - Victim

Ø      Engaging Men

Ø      Economic Empowerment

Ø      Young Adults


Any questions regarding the application process may be directed to Debby Kampert  Deborah.kampert@verizon.com. 


Please note that if desired you may save drafts of the application before submittal.  This will enable you to start and stop the application process to accommodate your own internal reviews and corrections before final submission.  For technical support with the application, please go to this link does not appear to be working….recommend directing them to send an e-mail to cgsupport@cybergrants.com or call 855-807-1319 for assistance.

In addition to an e-mail indicating receipt of the submitted grant request, all applicants will receive a disposition notice when the grant decision is announced.The target date to announce final grant decisions is October 1, 2013.


About Verizon Foundation


The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.



About Verizon


Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Montgomery Zoo and Ethan the Rhino

Earlier, First Lady Dianne Bentley visited the Montgomery Zoo with two of her granddaughters. Each exhibit is impressive with sections of the zoo separated by continent. Today the Rhino Exhibit got most of their attention. They were on a mission to meet Ethan, the first rhino species to be produced by artificial insemination in the United States. Since it was a hot day, Ethan was found asleep on his mother Jeta in a water pool but he did get up for a snack at one point during the visit. To learn more about Ethan, please see the Article below. He was featured on TODAY and many other news sources across the nation. This seemingly small animal, at least compared to his mom, is just one other reason to be proud of Alabama.

Mrs. Bentley also took time feeding the birds, talking to the giraffes, and admiring the bald eagle. Each animal is so unique and the plaques by each exhibit are very informative. While there, you can ride in a paddle boat, take a ski lift over the zoo, and even eat in the café. There is a museum on the grounds as well as a building dedicated completely to reptiles.

A trip to the zoo takes less than a day but you walk away with a lot of new knowledge. The First Lady encourages everyone to take time visiting attractions in Alabama, like this zoo, because you never know what you will discover.


Montgomery Zoo announces birth of endangered rhino in captivity

By Julie Bennett  

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Meet Ethan, a 191-pound male Indian rhinoceros and the newest member of the Montgomery Zoo family. But this isn't just another cute zoo baby. This is the first calf of any rhino species in the United States, produced by artificial insemination, to be born and thrive in captivity, according to a press release from the Montgomery Zoo.
The Indian rhino is an endangered species. The Montgomery Zoo partnered with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation & Research of Endangered Wildlife to inseminate Jeta, the Montgomery Zoo’s 12- year-old female rhino, with frozen-thawed sperm from the Cincinnati's male rhino collected in 2004. Jeta gave birth on June 5, 2013, to a healthy calf.
According to the press release, only about 2,500 Indian rhinos remain in the wild and 60 live in captivity in North America. "This is a significant birth and scientific achievement for the Montgomery Zoo, CREW and the Zoological Association of America," the release states. "Jeta’s calf demonstrates using AI science as a repeatable and valuable tool to help manage the captive Indian rhino population."
Want to go see the new addition? Zoo hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The animal exhibits begin closing at 4:30pm.