Malachi Dads To Be First Graduates of New Jail Program (press release copy)

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April 9, 2013
Contact: Chaplain Michael Sowell
(815) 978-0715

Malachi Dads To Be First Graduates of New Jail Program

FREEPORT– A seed planted by Stephenson County’s government is bearing its first fruits next week when students graduate from a course on fathering known as “Malachi Dads.” Last year, the County funded a Chaplain Education Program to provide training to prisoners at the County Jail.

“I began thinking about my Dad who was absent in my life when I was growing up…then I think about my son,” said Chaplain Michael Sowell, director of the program. “I can’t allow other men that I come into contact with to be impacted by that same cycle of crime. I have to do something. I have to be a man of God and teach other men how to be a man of God as well. I have to be a Malachi Dad.”

The program is named for a passage in the fourth chapter of the Old Testament book of Malachi: “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers.” The curriculum is based on a proven method first developed at Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison by the Awana organization. Local volunteers focus on five areas of training—fathering, spiritual, educational, moral and vocational—to help detainees prepare to build a stronger family after they are released.

Studies show the children of inmates are seven times more likely to be incarcerated than their peer group, but programs like Malachi Dads are designed to reduce that rate and the recidivism rate of fathers.

“We want to change our community one inmate and family at a time,” Sowell said.

Other certificate programs for inmates, including a GED program, wil be launched in the near future. The graduation will take place on April 16 at 1:30 pm at the Stephenson County Jail, 1680 E. Singer Drive in Freeport, and is open to the public.


Note: This press release resulted in this story in the regional newspaper of record. If you’d like to put the right information about your business or organization in front of the right audience, contact me here or call 815-232-2120.


333rd Military Police Unit Thanks the Community



Contact: Cal Wescott or phone 235-4911




The members of the fundraising committee of the 333rd Military Police Family Readiness Group have been impressed by the generous and thoughtful response of Freeport and the surrounding communities in support of a parade/escort for the unit in early to mid-May and a July 10th “Welcome Home” party. Numerous volunteers have devoted their time, private donations have flowed in steadily, and local businesses have agreed to host fundraising events. Northwest Illinois can be justifiably proud of they way they are using their time and donations to honor these brave soldiers.


Still, our fundraising efforts are not yet finished. The welcome home celebration funding is continuing because we have found that there are many other expenses, needs and additional opportunities to assist the soldiers. As the date of their return grows near, any and all donations or volunteer assistance are welcome.


There are several ways you can help:

  • Purchasing commemorative 333rd Military Police Unit retail sale items (including T-shirts, posters, pins, postcards, flags and coffee mugs) which are available at Rite-Way Furniture. They will also be offered at all our fundraising events and other local businesses to be announced.
  • Attend a fundraiser at Diamond Dave’s on April 6th. A percentage of proceeds will go toward the welcome home fund, and from 5-8:30pm, the Family Readiness Group will be working for tips.
  • Attend a fundraiser with a DJ and prizes at The Rafters from 5-8pm on April 15th, which is sponsored by WEKZ. Tips will go to the Welcome Home Fund.
  • Support the Adopt-A-Soldier program. Each $25 donation provides a $50 savings bond as a welcome home gift for a 333rd Military Police Unit soldier. Donations can be sent to:

Nickee Bender

542 N. Hunt

Freeport, IL 61032

  • Donate to the Welcome Home Fund. Donations are tax-deductible, and can be made at:

State Bank of Freeport

1718 Dirck Dr.

Freeport, IL 61032

c/o 333rd MP Unit Welcome Home Fund


Again, your generosity so far has made us proud, and we thank you for your support. For further information or to volunteer your time, please contact parade/escort chair Duane Wenzel at 235-1748 or; homecoming party chair Nickee Bender at 232-7971 or; or contact me at 235-4911/232-5415 (evenings) or



Cal Wescott

Fundraising Committee Chair


National Magazine Becomes a Pretzel City Production


May 22, 2006
Contact: Christopher Clukey or phone (815) 232-2120


With the hiring of a new managing editor, Grain & Feed Marketing is now managed, edited and designed by a coalition of three Freeport entrepreneurs. Floyd K. Roberts of Marketing Communications serves as Owner and Publisher, Ben Luedtke of Luedtke Creative Group is the Designer and Christopher Clukey of Accurate Impressions joins the team as the new Managing Editor.

The management team of Grain & Feed Marketing making plans for the Summer issue. Pictured are (left to right) Christopher Clukey, Floyd K. Roberts and Ben Luedtke.
The management team of Grain & Feed Marketing making plans for the Summer issue. Pictured
are (left to right) Christopher Clukey, Floyd K. Roberts and Ben Luedtke.

Grain & Feed Marketing is a national industry magazine serving over 12,000 managers at 11,882 business locations across the United States. The 30 year old magazine is published quarterly, and is one of a number of successful trade magazines Roberts has published. Roberts has done business in Freeport since 1979.

Luedtke came aboard in 2005 and reworked the look of the publication. “Much effort has gone into creating an informative and attractive, easy to read format that is reader-friendly,” Roberts said. “The readers are busy and need to be able to quickly determine what is of most interest or most helpful to them”

Clukey’s work has appeared in the Freeport Journal-Standard and his commentaries and news articles regularly appear in the Freeport Ink. He also owns a commercial writing business, Accurate Impressions, which provides copywriting services for businesses and nonprofit organizations. A native of Maine, Clukey has been a Freeport resident for 10 years and is a graduate of Highland Community College.

“I’m enthusiastic about Freeport and the chance to manage a fine publication,” Clukey said. “I have great material to work with because a core group of industry experts contribute to the magazine regularly. Our role is stated right on the cover: ‘Helping Managers Manage.’”

Clukey’s tenure begins with the Summer 2006 issue, which will be published in June.


Home Based Life Launch Announcement




September 1st, 2005

Contacts: Scott Mathieu at

Christopher Clukey at


Successful Businessman and Consultant Launches Home Based Life Journal

Today home-based business expert Scott Mathieu announced the launch of the Home Based Life blog at

The online journal will mainly discuss and report on home business and home working, but will occasionally include informative commentary on finance, personal growth, futurism, alternative energy and more. Content already available on the site includes:

·Discussion of Hurricane Katrina’s energy and home business impact

·An interview with Olympian Chantal Cermak about how home based work eased her suffering when she was thought to have a lethal neurological disease

·Reviews of home business and home working sites

·Information on combining work-at-home convenience with the advantages of working for a corporation.

Scott Mathieu is President of US Environmental Solutions Inc., a $1.5 million environmental products and marketing firm located in the Tampa, Florida area. Scott is also a mentor and life coach to entrepreneurs and the author of an upcoming book on home business. Scott and his wife Mandy are raising six unique and wonderful children together as well as home schooling them. 

Scott will be assisted at Home Based Life by a team of contributing editors who will bring their own unique perspectives to our readership. The first to come aboard is Christopher Clukey, a freelance commercial writer and commentator. Christopher is also a home entrepreneur and home schooler. The members of the Home Based Life team will be able to provide fresh content that is useful and stimulating to readers from every walk of life.

Questions? Please email Scott at or Christopher at