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Mud Volleyball!!! - September 28, 2006

If you are interested in being involved in an EMERGE Lakeland team please email If there is enough interest EMERGE will coordinate a team, players will be responsible for the $25/pp cost for a 10 person team.

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5th Annual Noah’s Ark
Mud Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, October 7, 2006

This is a “must do” event…it’s a full day of “mud-slinging” fun. There are 8-10 players on a team (you must have at least 2 women on the court during play) all wallowing in a foot or so of mud.

The teams are typically comprised of a mixture of company employees, friends, neighbors, teachers, college students, policemen and firefighters, party animals, CEOs, politicians (they can legally get away with slinging mud and lie about the scores) basically, our players are people who want to get together... get a little crazy... and have a lot of fun.

When Saturday-October 7th
8:45 am Team Check-In (Captains Only)
9:15 am Express Check-In (Teams W/Completed Registrations)
9:30 am Captain’s Meeting (Scorekeeper’s Table)
10:00 am Competition Begins (PLAYERS MUST WEAR SHOES)

USA International Speedway in North Lakeland, Florida
(From I-4, take Exit 38 (SR 33) north, ½ mile)

The Mud Volleyball Tournament raises money to help provide meaningful employment, recreational and social activities and affordable housing choices to individuals who are developmentally challenged.

Visit our website at: http://NoahsArkFlorida.Org

“We’re All In This Together”

Registration is only $250 per team (after September 25th it’s $300).

This entitles your team to compete in a bundle of fun activities including the “Main Tournament”, the coveted “Potty Bowl Tournament” (unique awards) and the “Iron Man Tug-Of-War Competition” (macho stuff here), limbo and hula-hoop contests and (new this year) modified horseshoe throwing competition. There will also be a dunk tank available for your closest friends.

What About Club Mud?

“Club Mud” is the ultimate party experience and is ONLY FOR
Mud Volleyball Professionals (WARNING: Don’t try this at home).

Team players earn Club Mud privileges by collectively raising donations of $1,000 or more (over and above their registration fee).

The benefits of being a member of Club Mud are:
● FREE Drinks (all kinds) ● FREE Food
● FREE Event Tee Shirt ● Private Restrooms
● Your Own Mud Servants* ● FREE Live Entertainment

“You will want to do Club Mud!”

Questions or Ideas
If you have suggestions or ideas on how we can improve our event,
please give us a call at (863)687-0804, or email us at:

Noah’s Ark is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.


* Mud Servants pictured may have been genetically, surgically and/or digitally altered; actually Mud Servants may be quite ugly.

Noah’s Ark of Central Florida ● PO Box 92221, Lakeland, FL 33804-2221 ● Phone: (863) 687-0804

Revised: 082706

To register your own team print the below section:

Sign Us Up…We’re Ready to Play Dirty!
See you on Saturday, October 7, 2006
USA International Speedway

Step 1 – Fill Out This Form.

Contact Name _________________________________________________________________
Company ___________________________________________________________________
Address ___________________________________________________________________
City ____________________ St ____ Zip ____________ Phone ______________ FAX ____________________ E-Mail ______________________________________
How did you hear about the Mud Volleyball Tournament? ___________________________
□ My teammates are real party animals…upgrade us to Club Mud status;we want the FREE food, the FREE beverages (all kinds) and access to the Party Tent. ~ $1,000 donation (does not include the team registration fee)
□ My company’s ready to blow the house down!
We are sponsoring a team and a court for $375 ~ before September 25th
□ We are sponsoring a team, but it’s after September 25th, for $300
□ My company doesn’t like to get dirty…but we’ll sponsor a court for $150.

Step 2 – FAX This Form to: (863) 688-2399

Step 3 – Mail a Check (Payable to “NOAH’S ARK”) to:

Noah’s Ark
PO Box 92221
Lakeland, FL 33804-2221
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Questions? Call our office at (863) 687-0804, or email us at


Noah’s Ark is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.

C Revised 8/1/06

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Top Ten Reasons to Vote on November 7th - September 25, 2006

Top Ten Reasons to Vote on November 7th

Jack Levine, Founder
4Generations Institute

With the Tuesday, November 7th General Election approaching, I'm eager to share my thoughts about the importance of voting. I believe that voting in a democracy is not just a right, it’s a responsibility. My advocate spirit impels me to inform, inspire, and empower others to participate in this, the most basic of all democracy’s actions.

There are few more influential actions than voting. It’s an activity that takes a few minutes but has meaning for years to come. When I think of the many who struggled, suffered, fought and died for our right to vote, I’m motivated all the more to have my voice be heard.

My Grandma Minnie picketed for suffrage as an immigrant teenage girl in New York. Her daughter, my mother, took me by the hand to watch her and my father vote. My Dad was blind so had to have a poll-watcher vote with him, but he always voted. They listened to the election results at the edge of their seats. Everyone in my family took their civic responsibilities so seriously that it was impossible for me to grow up without that same set of values.

Election Day is a national day of empowerment. It’s a time when all of us, as adult citizens, are truly equal. Irrespective of educational attainment, income, ethnic or racial heritage, gender or political persuasion, we are all able to exercise the single most basic act in a democracy: voting.

How wonderful. How important. How could anyone purposefully miss the opportunity to do the right thing in determining our future?

The pollsters are busy making their case for where voters are leaning. The advertisers are unleashing the flood of commercials, mail fliers and phone calls. The pundits are sharpening their sound bites.

When all the words are said and all the money spent, it's the individual voter who holds the power to decide who will lead our nation, our states, and communities into the future.

I urge you take these words to heart and pledge to make your voice heard. I hope you will take the step to ask another one, ten, or one hundred others to join you as voters.

And you would please honor me by sharing this message with others. Feel free to reply to me with your thoughts about the importance of voting from your vantage point.


- In honor of those in our military who courageously fight wars and our law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency workers who respond to our needs and defend the peace at home. Those who sacrifice their personal well-being in the name of our safety and security deserve our respect. Voting is a way of giving them and their families our vote of confidence in their heroism.

- In honor of those who struggled for civil rights, women’s suffrage, immigrant rights and the ideals of justice for all whose diverse voices are essential for our nation’s moral health and community vitality. Freedom needs affirmation. Voting is a way to assure that our rights are protected by strengthening the voices of those for whom rights are sacred and need to be defended.

- To be a good example to our children and grandchildren by exercising the right to vote as a symbol of our faith in democracy. By voting we send a signal of the importance of the choices we as adults make to secure a better future for ourselves, for our children, and generations who will follow.

- Voting is our society’s great equalizer. No matter our station in life, income, or social status, every citizen over age 18 has the same power of one vote.

- Pollsters do not determine who wins elections; voters do. Predicting the outcome of elections, especially close ones, is at best an inexact science. Pollsters and political pundits have their roles, but like each of us, they only have one vote.

- Elections should not be about negative ads, it should be about the options we all have to promote positive policy actions. Voting for candidates in whom we believe, and for or against ballot initiatives we know will affect our future, is a perfect counterbalance to the flood of negativity polluting the airwaves and mailboxes.

- Voting is now more convenient than ever. Early voting and mail-in balloting are options which can avoid the frustration of lines on November 7th. Florida voters may visit and click to learn more about the options for voting available this year. Voters in other states have similar access to elections information to facilitate efficient and effective voting practices.

- It's important to be an informed voter. Pay attention to news reports and editorials about the campaigns. Voting gives all us the chance to make our opinions known in the public policy arena. While how we vote is confidential, the fact that we have voted, or failed to vote, is public record. Elected officials know which individuals and demographic groups are voting, and we who vote are therefore more likely to be influential in policy debates. Non-voters are voiceless and by not participating can become victims of their neglect.

- Regret is preventable. November 8th is one day too late, and "could have, should have" are sorry alternatives to acting. Have a “no excuses” attitude by committing to vote, ask others to join us in voting, and promote a positive approach to making a difference among family, friends and colleagues.

- Be part of making history. Because every indicator points to the prospect that the 2006 election will suffer from an extremely low turnout, every vote is even more important. As a Floridian, I know how close elections can be. Being a participant in affecting history gives each of us a sense of pride in democracy and the power to touch the future.

Democracy is a team sport….and spectators don’t count.

Please join me in sharing this message by forwarding it to your contacts. I implore you to assist the effort to make 2006 a year when powerful voices make a significant difference in the life of our nation and our communities.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.
In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
--- Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
Jack Levine, Founder of 4Generations Institute, has been a professional family policy advocate for 28 years. He may be reached at

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Success By 6 and Family Fundamentals - September 25, 2006

At our November 8th luncheon event we will be holding a book drive to benefit Success By 6 and Family Fundamentals. We will be accepting new and gently used books for children ages 2-5 years.

United Way of Central Florida's Success By 6 is an effort to give all children the physical, emotional, social, and mental foundations by age 6 they need to succeed in school and life.

Just one-half of children entering kindergarten in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties have the early literacy skills needed to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Success By 6 is Helping Children and Families
In collaboration with a variety of agencies and organizations some of Success By 6 current initiatives are:

Parent Lending Libraries are in childcare centers and businesses to encourage parents to read to their children.

The Family Fundamentals parent resource center in Lakeland, at the corner of Memorial and Lakeland Hills Boulevard.

Family Fundamentals
Family Fundamentals is a warm and welcoming place where caretakers can come to access information, support services, and the tools they need to be the best parents they can be. More than 50 partner agencies offer services on site, and recurring activities include pre-school story and activity time, playgroups, and literacy parties. Classes currently offered include school readiness activities, GED, and parent education. There is a library, computer lab, learning kitchen, craft room, playroom, and meeting rooms. Stop by at 1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland or call 863.686.1221 ext. 222.

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Hope Line Project at Politics in the Park - September 20, 2006

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a huge social issue that affects one in four women. The HopeLine Project, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, is a wireless phone collection. They are taking used, broken, and old cellphones from any manufacturer and turning them into literal lifelines for victims of domestic violence. We will have a collection box at the EMERGE table at Politics in the Park, so please bring your used, old, and broken cell phones and drop them in the box. Feel free to also collect phones from your workplace, friends, and family! The phones will all be donated in Polk County to the Peace River Center, Polk's domestic violence agency.

For more information contact:
Deb Dioguardi
Verizon Wireless

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