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Did you know your family has billions of dollars invested in Wall Street? There are ways to “invest” in a company besides owning stock. Every day, Black consumers invest hundreds of millions of dollars with Corporate America. Your investment comes from buying products like food, clothing, cars and cellular phones. Yes, you get a product for the money you spend, but what do you get for your loyalty as a consumer? Does that company provide jobs in your community? Do they give contracts to business owners that look like you? Does that firm support the publications and radio stations you rely on for information?

Now you can find out what the companies you buy from are doing with your money. How are they investing in us and our community? Which companies give back the most to your community to create opportunities? Learn how you can come together with thousands of Black consumers to bring about change. Become better informed about how to spend your money, and what you should expect in return for your loyalty. See how you can get more respect and more results for you and your community. It’s time to let your investment as a consumer make a difference. Visit our Website to learn more.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS COVER STORY: BLACK HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH . . . . . . . . . 6 PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 LOCAL GOVERNMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 HIGHER LEARNING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 TESTIMONIALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 EDUCATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRMAN . . . . . . . 16-17 COMMUNITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 MOMENT IN HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 MICHIGAN: COOL FACTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 CLASSIFIEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 LOCAL NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 STUDENTS AND STAFF OF G.G.R. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

OUR HISTORY Founded by Walter L. Mathis Sr. and his wife Patricia E. Mathis, Operation Resources, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization founded in 1993. Our founders had a vision of contributing to the community; this vision gave birth to a scholarship fund that has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to students across Michigan. Our focus on providing information in the fields of education, health, finance, real estate, and religion keeps the vision alive today—and for the future—of providing more scholarships to underprivileged and needy students.

Founders Walter L. Mathis Sr. & Patricia E. Mathis

President Walter L. Mathis Jr.

Vice President of Operations Pat Mathis Publisher Operation Resources, Inc.

Graphic Designer Terri Skoviak

Staff Photographer Sierra Emery

Contributing Writers Pastor William J. Trim Jeannette D. Abney

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OUR MISSION We envision Operation Resources, Inc. to be a driving force for the community to achieve thier goals through a well-rounded education. We believe that all the people of the United States, including Black Americans, must come together to build strength as a nation and to work towards logical and fair solutions to our nation’s problems. This can only happen when the children of this nation are properly educated. But our society does not allow every child that chance. Operation Resources, Inc. wants to correct this problem. OUR GOAL We hope to encourage businesses and agencies to donate and invest their paid advertising dollars with Operation Resources, Inc. We see a world where Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, and Arabs all have the same opportunities regardless of their nationality. In order to create equality we must offer educational and economic empowerment to those without the proper opportunities. And so our goal is that every reader will have the opportunity to gain the education they need, so that no one, regardless of nationality, sex, age, or class, will be left without a chance to live up to their potential. REMEMBER Not all people of your nationality or culture are your friends, and not all people of other nationalities or cultures are your enemies; but we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters in Christ, or perish together as fools.

Winning Spirit of Leadership Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.

Operation Resources, Inc. publishes Unity Magazine 6 times a year. The registered publisher is Patricia E. Mathis. This publication is guided by the constitutional principle of free press and is open to contributions from anyone regardless of nationality, gender, or religion.­­ We encourage submission of contributions, but such material must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope if you wish the material returned. All rights reserved. The editors reserve the right to reject submissions at their sole discretion. Reproduction of this publication in whole or in part without the written permission of Operation Resources, Inc. is prohibited. Advertisements are accepted and published on the representation that the agency and/or advertisers are properly authorized to publish the contents and subject matter thereof, and that the advertisers are not acting in violation of any laws or regulations pertaining to the contents of their advertisements. The publisher is rendered blameless from any misleading advertisements and reserves the right to reject any advertisement for any reason. This publication does not offer lottery tickets for sale. This publication is not affiliated with any state lottery or political organization. Opinions and views expressed in the articles contributed are not necessarily the views of the editorial staff nor the advertisers of Operation Resources, Inc. Operation Resources, Inc. reaches thousands of readers including Black Americans and other ethnic groups in Michigan. Our mission is to provide the community with opportunities to obtain a proper education that does not normally extend to members of the community without the means. Operation Resources, Inc. has donors throughout the United States and Canada. Operation Resources, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and will not print any unsolicited or otherwise “free” articles or events for companies or organizations who are not regular donors or advertising partners.






Although black soldiers proved themselves as reputable soldiers, discrimination in pay and other areas remained widespread. According to the Militia Act of 1862, soldiers of African descent were to receive $10.00 a month, plus a clothing allowance of $3.50. Many regiments struggled for equal pay, some refusing any money until June 15, 1864, when Congress granted equal pay for all black soldiers.

nce let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pockets, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship in the United States.” – Frederick Douglass These words, spoken by Frederick Douglass, moved many African Americans to enlist in the Union Army and fight for their freedom. With President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the Civil War became a war to save the union and to abolish slavery. Approximately 180,000 African Americans comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and many more African Americans served in the Union Navy. Both free African-Americans and runaway slaves joined the fight. On July 17, 1862, Congress passed two acts allowing the enlistment of African Americans, but official enrollment occurred only after the September, 1862 issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In general, white soldiers and officers believed that black men lacked the courage to fight and fight well. In October, 1862, African American soldiers of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteers silenced their critics by repulsing attacking Confederates at the battle of Island Mound, Missouri. By August, 1863, 14 Negro Regiments were in the field and ready for service. At the battle of Port Hudson, Louisiana, May 27, 1863, the African American soldiers bravely advanced over open ground in the face of deadly artillery fire. Although the attack failed, the black soldiers proved their capability to withstand the heat of battle. On July 17, 1863, at Honey Springs, Indian 4

Territory, now Oklahoma, the 1st Kansas Colored fought with courage again. Union troops under General James Blunt ran into a strong Confederate force under General Douglas Cooper. After a two-hour bloody engagement, Cooper’s soldiers retreated. The 1st Kansas, which had held the center of the Union line, advanced to within fifty paces of the Confederate line and exchanged fire for some twenty minutes until the Confederates broke and ran. General Blunt wrote after the battle, “I never saw such fighting as was done by the Negro regiment....The question that negroes will fight is settled; besides they make better solders in every respect than any troops I have ever had under my command.” The most widely known battle fought by African Americans was the assault on Fort Wagner, South Carolina, by the 54th Massachusetts on July 18, 1863. The 54th volunteered to lead the assault on the strongly-fortified Confederate positions. The soldiers of the 54th scaled the fort’s parapet, and were only driven back after brutal handto-hand combat. UNITY MAGAZINE

African American soldiers participated in every major campaign of 1864-1865 except Sherman’s invasion of Georgia. The year 1864 was especially eventful for African American troops. On April 12, 1864, at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led his 2,500 men against the Union-held fortification, occupied by 292 black and 285 white soldiers. After driving in the Union pickets and giving the garrison an opportunity to surrender, Forrest’s men swarmed into the fort with little difficulty and drove the Federals down the river’s bluff into a deadly crossfire. Casualties were high and only sixty-two of the U.S. Colored Troops survived the fight. Many accused the Confederates of perpetuating a massacre of black troops, and the controversy continues today. The battle cry for the Negro soldier east of the Mississippi River became “Remember Fort Pillow!” The Battle of New Market Heights, Virginia (Chaffin’s Farm) became one of the most heroic engagements involving African Americans. On September 29, 1864, the African American division of the Eighteenth Corps, after being pinned down by Confederate artillery fire for about 30 minutes, charged the earthworks and rushed up the slopes of the heights. During the hour-long engagement the division suffered tremendous casualties. Of the sixteen African Americans who were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Civil War, fourteen received the honor

as a result of their actions at New Market Heights. In January, 1864, General Patrick Cleburne and several other Confederate officers in the Army of the Tennessee proposed using slaves as soldiers since the Union was using black troops. Cleburne recommended offering slaves their freedom if they fought and survived. Confederate President Jefferson Davis refused

to consider Cleburne’s proposal and forbade further discussion of the idea. The concept, however, did not die. By the fall of 1864, the South was losing more and more ground, and some believed that only by arming the slaves could defeat be averted. On March 13, the Confederate Congress passed General Order 14, and President Davis signed the order into law. The order was issued March 23, 1865, but only a few African American companies

were raised, and the war ended before they could be used in battle. In actual numbers, African American soldiers comprised 10% of the entire Union Army. Losses among African Americans were high, and from all reported casualties, approximately one-third of all African Americans enrolled in the military lost their lives during the Civil War. 



ith the rich history of contributions to science and technology by African Americans-including such notables as mathematician Benjamin Banneker, agricultural chemist George Washington Carver, who revolutionized Southern agriculture, and, more recently, Dr. Patricia Bath, the first African-American female doctor to patent a medical invention-it seems only fitting that opportunities to celebrate Black History Month in February are taking a decidedly 21st century turn. For example, to see more about AfricanAmerican history, you can check out an online version of the Underground Railroad; explore interactive time lines of important milestones; or click a remote control to gain access to on-demand cable programming on a wealth of important topics. Top picks include:

Milestones in Black History: Gain new

perspective with historical documentaries that explore Lincoln’s journey from the early years to his fight to abolish slavery during the Civil War; current perspectives on how ambitious plans to reinvent New Orleans are unfolding; and topical concerns such as finance and debt in Black America. Kids can get in on the learning with docubriefs examining the legacy of slavery and the reasons for Black History Month.

Profiles in Courage: The biographies of

influential African Americans come to life with dramatic profiles, including that of living legend Dr. Ben Carson, who overcame a troubled early life to become a renowned neurosurgeon. Laurence Fishburne inspires

Inspiring and entertaining aspects of the African-American experience may be easier to see than many people realize.

in a one-man show portraying Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American on the Supreme Court, and Jamie Foxx amazes as the legendary Ray Charles.

Powerful Portrayals: Storytelling has

always been an important part of AfricanAmerican culture. Drama fans can enjoy Black cinema offerings, including movies based on beloved literature such as Alice Walker’s Pulitzer PrizeÐwinning book “The Color Purple” and Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited,” which chronicle the challenges of African-American protagonists. Movie fans can catch up on favorites such as “Action Jackson,” “Blood


Diamond” and “Clara’s Heart.”

That’s Entertainment: Want to lighten

up winter’s dreary days? You can get your laughs with comedy specials such as “Mike Epps Presents: Live from Club Nokia.” Urban romantic comedies such as “Let’s Stay Together” can warm the heart. And if music is your thing, tune in to the biography series “Unsung” as it examines the lives of some of the most influential, talented and yet somehow forgotten artists of the last 30 years.  For more Black History Month programming, check out (NAPSI) 5

CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH BLACK HISTORY MONTH is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.


frican Americans have played important roles in the development of America; the recognition of our roles in growth and development from a historical perspective is an important step in celebrating the contributions of individuals and the collective changes the African American community has brought about. February is a time to remind ourselves of the many and varied contributions African Americans have made to every aspect of the American culture and to celebrate them in conjunction with others. Be it music, science, religion, health … examples and influence from the black experience are present. Each of us ought to enhance our knowledge of our impact and share with others the richness of these many contributions. In earlier years, one week was reserved for this celebration of African American contributions however in more recent years one week has become one month. One month of celebration must expand into year-round recognition of the significant contributions and gifts provided by African American citizens. Written history needs to be recorded wherein it is inclusive of all citizens in order to integrate our historical contributions for the well-being of all us. African Americans are not fully represented in written history at this point therefore the importance of recognizing this uniqueness becomes very important in the 6

development of community, understanding and appreciation of everyone. Understanding one another is urgent today as our world becomes smaller. If we know and understand the history of one another, we are better positioned to be appreciative of our own and others’ differences. Celebration leads to providing experiences that create lasting impressions and knowledge. This month is especially significant to enhance our sense of the differences, sameness, and uniqueness of every individual allowing us to embrace the contributions of all of us in this shrinking society. UNITY MAGAZINE

Will each of us leave this month with a greater understanding of contributions by African American brothers and sisters? Are we better off having such information? Indeed, we are always richer by the enlargement of our understanding of one another and by expanding our knowledge. Let us take advantage of a month to grow beyond where we are and work to more fully integrate history into one.  Foreword by Maggie Jackson, a professor and director in the School of Social Work, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.




o a people who were taken from their homeland and denied the heritage of their birth. They were snatched from their birth-land Africa and told America was their new home whether they liked it or not. Instead of forced segregation from one another it united the African American race into a common bond.

We owe gratitude:

To a people who worked, toiled and slaved in conditions that were unfit for animals. Animal activist today would have had to join the cause of the African American slave just as they have the whale, spotted owl and other endangered species.

These people helped build a land that was not theirs and enjoyed none of the benefits as they worked hard to keep their respect and dignity.

We owe thanks:

To a people who fought to establish freedom for a country in which they were not free themselves. They fought in every war, many times isolated and segregated for a country that seemed ashamed of them. They stood in battle lines for a democratic cause that they knew they would not revive any benefit or recognition for. Many lives were lost and only recently some have gained recognition for their bravery.

We owe an apology:

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To a people who have been torn apart from their families, stripped of their dignity, given new names and a new homeland… all because of the color of their skin. We need to understand the frustrations and hurts of a people who have never enjoyed the benefits and privileges that the rest of society seem to have. These frustrations are perpetuated and cultivated by some Whites who still think that skin color constitutes intelligence, worthiness and superiority. I can only apology for myself and others who know this philosophy to be ludicrous and asinine.

We owe reconciliation:

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To a people who have been mistreated and misused. The only thing that will heal the relationship between the races is the love of Jesus! I have often preached to our congregation that no one can ever get to heaven having prejudice or being racist - but if one could, I pray that person you are prejudiced against would share your mansion for all eternity. 1 John 3:14-15 states, “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you now that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” in the following


chapter the Bible says, “If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him; that he who loves God must love his brother also,” in 1 John 4:2021. “For there is no partiality with God,” we are told in Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9 and Acts 10:34. Prejudice means to prejudge. If we are Christians or Christlike then we judge no one according to race, creed or socio-economic background. People are people, whether they are black, white, brown or yellow. We all have two things in common; our blood is red and we need each other!

We owe a future:

To a people whose children are able to realize the fulfillment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream! I am proud to be the Pastor of an inner-city, multi-ethnic church! I may never understand the hurts and humiliations of the African American, because I have not been a slave. But I can say that I will listen and I do care! I pray that Uptown Church will continue to be a lighthouse to our community to show all African Americans that, “We will love, we will care, we will trust and we will live in unity through Jesus Christ our Lord.” believe that Jesus Christ died for sinners, shed His blood to take away my sins, was buried and rose from the dead. I now receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior and will by His help, confess Him before men. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!” 

Uptown for Jesus!

Uptown Assembly of God Reverend Bill J. Trim, Senior Pastor 1470 Lake Dr. SE Grand Rapids MI 49506

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ne of the things I’ve learned during my first year as governor is that the most important government reforms often fly under the radar, virtually unnoticed. Take for example action the administration recently took to deal with Michigan’s unfunded liabilities problem. This reform will save taxpayers $5.6 BILLION by asking state employees to contribute to the cost of their retirement health care benefits. Saving $5.6 billion may not sound like much at a time when the federal government is racking up debt in the trillions, but to put that number and what it means to our state in perspective, that’s comparable to a family with a $145,000 mortgage refinancing its loan agreement and reducing the amount it owes to only $89,000.

That’s a huge savings! Michigan basically cut this long-term debt by a third. So, does this mean taxpayers can expect a hefty refund from the state? Unfortunately not yet; after decades of mismanagement and chronic overspending, we still have a lot of work to do to get our fiscal house in order. But it does mean that in the future instead of spending money to pay off longterm liabilities, we can direct that money to other priorities such as education. 2011 was not easy. But by making the tough decisions now we’ve laid the foundation for Michigan’s economic recovery, leading The Detroit News to write that 2011, “Might go down as Michigan’s most consequential year in terms of unshackling the state from its obsolete economic past and positioning



it for new prosperity in the 21st century.” And we are already seeing results. Michigan is experiencing the 2nd fastest economic recovery in the nation and our unemployment rate is below 10 percent for the first time in more than three years. With the new, simplified Corporate Income Tax now in effect, we should see continued improvement and job creation. 2012 belongs to Michigan.  Find the governor on Facebook: Follow the governor on Twitter: @onetoughnerd Email the governor at:


10 years produced a balanced budget before the June 30 deadline, and one that was based on honest revenue projections and didn’t require a trick bag of fiscal gimmicks.


his might go down as Michigan’s most consequential year in terms of unshackling the state from its obsolete economic past and positioning it for new prosperity in the 21st century. Michigan entered 2011 as a rusted-out industrial state with a tax and regulatory structure and work force designed for a manufacturing era that began withering 40 years ago, and is now almost gone. It ends the year with remarkable new policies in place aimed at improving its competitiveness and drawing back the jobs and investment that abandoned Michigan in such large numbers over the past decade. Last January, Michigan ranked at or near the bottom of most measures of economic activity and attractiveness. Today, its recovery is leading the nation, and the people who make decisions about where to invest are viewing the state in a far more favorable light. So far, most of the tangible comeback can be credited to the sharp rebound of the domestic automobile industry; it’s too early for the policies Gov. Rick Snyder and the Legislature have put in place to have had measurable impact. But the more optimistic view of Michigan by job creators speaks directly to the tough decisions the political leaders made this year. The highlights: Adopting a sensible, predictable business tax to replace the hated Michigan Business Tax, which had replaced the hated Single Business Tax, and lowering the overall tax burden on businesses. Michigan’s tax load was much higher

Snyder now has the state on a two-year budgeting plan, evening out cyclical swings and ending mid-year budget slashing.

than in the states it competes with, but even worse, the tax was unevenly applied and difficult to comprehend. Businesses need tax certainty, and now they have it in Michigan. Snyder and lawmakers also greatly scaled back tax incentives that had created a crazy quilt of taxation favoring new businesses over existing ones. In cutting business taxes, Michigan also raised taxes on some individuals, including many pensioners, to bring more fairness to the tax code. That will be undeniably painful, but it was necessary to create an environment in which jobs can flourish. What’s still needed, and will be addressed in 2012, is to relieve businesses from the personal property tax. Michigan is one of only a few states that still taxes business equipment, and it hurts its competitiveness. But this is an important revenue stream for local governments, and filling that hole will have to be considered. Changing the way the state manages its finances. It was a true milestone last spring when Michigan for the first time in nearly


With the state in a modest recovery, revenues are exceeding budget projections and Michigan is enjoying a small surplus. The challenge in 2012 will be to use that extra money in the smartest way. A law was passed this year to reduce long-term pension and health care liability by $5.6 billion, but the state still has nearly $9 billion in unfunded liabilities to address. Using today’s surpluses to further reduce Michigan’s future obligations is a good investment. Ending rules and regulations that unduly punish commerce. Michigan has put in place laws that require a cost/benefit analysis of all new regulations. The governor has adopted metrics to track the performance of agencies that deal directly with business, and is making strides in speeding up the permit process. It was a very good year for business in Michigan. In today’s us-versus-them environment, some will translate that as meaning it was a bad year for individual citizens. It wasn’t. What the people of Michigan need more than anything are well-paying jobs. The measures Snyder and lawmakers passed in 2011 should accelerate Michigan’s job recovery and help return this state to prosperity.  9




f worries about paying for college disrupt your sleep, here’s news that will keep you up until dawn: More students than ever are competing for a shrinking pool of financial aid.

Several states have reduced scholarships or toughened eligibility criteria for financial aid. Eligibility for the maximum Pell grant, the largest source of federal financial aid, has also been tightened. Meanwhile, the number of families applying for financial aid has soared. More than 21 million families filled out the Free Application


for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2010-11 academic year, last fall, up 49% from two years earlier. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother to apply. The FAFSA is the foundation for most federal, state and institutional aid. You’ll also need it to qualify for federal student loans, which are available for all full-time students, regardless of income. Some tips for families of students who will attend college this fall:


Pay attention to deadlines.

Students who plan to apply to state schools in Oregon need to file their FAFSAs by Feb. 1 to qualify for state aid. The deadline for applications to Connecticut state schools is Feb. 15. In addition, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont are awarding aid on a first-come, first-served basis. That means they’ll probably exhaust all of their available aid by March or April, says Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of, a financial aid website.

While it’s easier to complete the FAFSA after you’ve done your taxes, that’s probably not possible if you’re facing an early deadline. Instead, fill out the application using estimated numbers from your W-2, your year-end pay stub and last year’s tax return. Check the “will file” box and the Department of Education will e-mail you a reminder in April to update your application. For more information, go to If you plan to apply for institutional aid from colleges and universities, check with the school’s financial aid office for application deadlines, says Kalman Chany, author of Paying for College Without Going Broke. You may also be required to fill out a CSS/ Financial Aid Profile, which many private schools require to determine institutional aid eligibility. The CSS/Profile requires more detailed financial information than the FAFSA and uses a different methodology to determine aid. Since the Obama administration simplified the FAFSA form, more schools have started requiring financial aid applicants to complete the CSS Profile, Chany says. For more information, go to

Be on the lookout for private scholarships. The number of these scholarships is increasing after several years of stagnant growth, Kantrowitz says. For example, the new Buick Achievers Scholarship ( is offering 1,100 scholarships of up to $25,000 each. Deadline to apply is Feb. 29. You don’t need to pay a search firm to find scholarships for you; there are plenty of free databases on the Internet., which Kantrowitz publishes, provides a database of 1.5 million scholarships. MTV and the College Board recently launched a Facebook app, “My College Dollars,” that allows users to conduct personalized searches for scholarships. For more information, go to

offer, making valid comparisons difficult, financial aid experts say. For example, some net price calculators include merit-based scholarships, while others don’t. Students who have applied for early admissions have reported a wide gap between the results they got from a school’s net price calculator and their actual financial award packages, Chany says.

Use net price calculators as a screening tool, but exercise caution. The Department of Education is now requiring all colleges and universities to provide a net price calculator on their websites. This tool, available since October, is intended to help families estimate the cost of college, based on their personal information. While these tools are supposed to help families to compare college costs, there’s a lot of variation in the calculators schools

Kantrowitz recommends using the net price calculators as a way to get a ballpark estimate of the cost of attending a particular school. You may discover that a college you deemed unaffordable may be within your financial means, he says. On the other hand, don’t rule out a school you’re seriously considering until you’ve received the actual financial aid package, he says. With the net price calculators, Kantrowitz says, “There’s a trade-off between accuracy and simplicity.”

Sandra Block covers personal finance for USA TODAY. Her Your Money column appears Tuesdays. E-mail her at: Follow on Twitter: See an index of Block’s columns.

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TESTIMONIALS OPERATION RESOURCES, INC. Testimonials: Helping students earn their future! Dear Mr. Mathis and directors of Operation Resources,

Dear Mr. Mathis, Becoming involved with the Operation Resources Scholarship Fund has made a tremendous difference in my academic journey. I am very appreciative.

I would like to thank you for the scholarship offered to me through Operation Resources, Inc. This is such a unique scholarship since it requires me to use skills and knowledge that I have acquired through my studies at Davenport University, such as the marketing skills I used to sell the products. This scholarship is also so unique in that it’s a partnership between Operation Resources, Davenport University, and me. I honestly had a fun time completing the requirements to earn this scholarship. I have been employed at Blue Heron Academy for two years, and since then BHA has grown to seven campuses throughout Michigan and Indiana. The school helps students to change not only their careers but also their lifestyle and that of others, through a variety of holistic health programs. Since BHA is dedicated to promoting healthy life styles, I felt that it was the perfect atmosphere to sell Operation Resources water. I implemented a water station at all seven campuses and am happy to say that sales were a fast success. Both Davenport and Blue Heron Academy students and kind faculty contributed to the successful sale of Operation Resource products. By receiving this scholarship, I will be able to remain on the dean’s list, continue as a full time student, and have the capabilities to excel in my future career. When the community offers a warm helping hand to me, I am encouraged to give back even more in the future. I want to thank you very much for this generous gift, and I appreciate your continuing support for my education. I will put the scholarship money to good use as I complete my bachelor’s degree in 2006. I plan to continue at Davenport to receive my master’s degree. I hope you will call on me if there is anything I can do for Operation Resources, Inc. in the future. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart; it is my goal to be able to help future students with higher education and help their goals become reachable just as Operation Resources has done for me.

The financial support I earned from the scholarship through bottle water sales has been very helpful in allowing me to pursue my academic goals. The scholarship program presented by your organization is unique in the fact that is just as Willie and Ludell Mathis desired, “A hand up not a hand out.” Through selling water, students such as me are able to apply knowledge and skills previously learned in the classroom. For example, as students we must first come up with an appropriate target market in which to sell the water. Then we must develop a sales strategy to use in order to sell the water. In addition, we must understand how to properly present the product and the mission behind the scholarship. By following the above steps, students such as me are able to close the sale for the water, bottle by bottle. However, without the appropriate support from organizations such as yourself and the participating vendors, students such as me may not be able to continue on with their academic journeys. The financial support earned from programs such as the one you offer is truly priceless. Through the water sales and the financial reward I earned from both your organization and my university, I was able to focus more on my studies and continue my placement on the Dean’s List. Once again, thank you to your organization and its participants, that aid in making it a success. And thank you to Davenport University for their generous matching scholarship of $1,000.00. Respectfully, Amanda Dykhuis

Sincerely, Stephanie C. Feyen I know that with God as the Head of my life anything and everything is possible. There are many personal endeavors that I will accomplish in my future. First of all, I will always keep God in my life and I want to really grow and mature in my spiritual walk with the Lord. Wherever I am living after I graduate, I will find me a church to work and serve the Lord in. I want to establish my own health/athletic club. I have always been really involved with sports all my life, and I want to give the opportunity to others also. Crystal Vauters

The Operation Resources Scholarship helped me achieve my long-term goal to obtain a four-year degree that led to a position as a registered nurse. I like the field of nursing and the assistance this position provides to the community. I chose a career because I would like to be able to serve Hispanics within the local area. My major vision is to help people who don’t speak English. I know that it is very difficult to find a hospital or clinic that has bilingual nurses to help communicate with people in their native language. I am also aware of cultural differences that may lead to confusion or misunderstandings between Americans and natives of other countries. Maria Rico



TESTIMONIALS young men and women who want to attend college. The Mathis family and their organization were founded to help give something back to the Grand Rapids community, especially the Black American community.

Chris Sain II Masters of Social Work May 3, 2008

My name is Christopher Darnell Sain II, and on May 3, 2008, I received my Masters of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. From kindergarten through twelfth grade I attended Grand Rapids Public Schools, where upon graduating high school in 2001 I was accepted to Michigan State University. Although I received grants and scholarships from various organizations, there is one that stands out most: the $500 scholarship from Operation Resources, Inc. Walter and Pat Mathis, who founded the organization in honor of Willie and Ludell Mathis, work diligently to provide scholarships for

With the support of my parents and other financial aid, I was able to pay for tuition, housing, meals, transportation, clothing, and furnishings for my dorm. The $500 scholarship from Operation Resources, Inc. was used to purchase textbooks for the beginning of college. Because of the financial support from Operations Resources, Inc. I was able to borrow less money in student loans and it allowed my parents to spend less money out of their own pocket. As I reflect back over the years and my successes, I give great honor to God first, my parents second, and friends and financial supporters like Operation Resources, Inc. for making it possible to live out my dreams. Like the Mathis family, I too will give back to the community. Through my job as a social worker I will strengthen and empower my people to improve the quality of their lives, thus improving our communities. It is my prayer that financial donors like those who support Operation Resources, Inc. will continue to support this worthwhile effort for many years to come. Your funding is definitely needed to continue this endeavor.





chools are closed. It’s a snow day. It’s the winter break or the summer vacation. You’ve watched TV, played video games, baked cookies. Now what? Schools are closed for several more days. But a break from school doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a learning-free time for kids. For children who have been struggling in school, a school recess can be their opportunity to catch up on key skills and feel more confident when they head back to class. For students who do well, it’s an opportunity to keep their enthusiasm high for learning. Parents can play a key role in reinforcing learning on an ongoing basis. Here are some tips, suggested to make sure that every holiday is a good balance of free discovery, play, leisure and learning for kids.


Everyone has his or her favorite book, so read them to each other. It’s fun for the older kids to read their favorite childhood books to their younger siblings. Act out your favorite scenes for the enjoyment of everyone.

Play games as a family and, for some quiet time, as individuals. Some mind-engaging activities include board games, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles, coloring, finger painting, watercolors, scrapbooking.

Keep up the lessons.

Check those spelling words—If there aren’t any from

Workbooks can help improve learning skills when children are not in school.


school, assign your own. Practice math facts. Read the next chapter in the social studies book.




Workbooks and learning kits can help fill in the gaps and provide the practice needed to excel in school. For example, supplemental education companies like Sylvan Learning provide a wide variety of exercise books that include fun, teacher-reviewed, ageappropriate games and activities. These resources offer chapter books with gradeappropriate vocabulary, flash cards, CDs and games that can equip families with fun, effective and grade-appropriate learning tools during the holidays.

Keep writing.

As a family, keep a holiday journal. Have everyone write a few lines each day about important and not-soimportant events. The weather, the rainfall, UNITY MAGAZINE

the consecutive sunny days, the growth rate of the tomato plants. Favorite movies, TV shows, sporting events. People you’ve visited or who have visited you. Neighborhood news and events. New friends. School plans for next year.

Try to keep up normal routines.

Yes, the snow throws everything off, and that’s okay. It’s good to take a break (or have one thrust upon you) from time to time. But try to keep bedtimes, mealtimes, study times and other important personal routines (medications, for example) as close to normal as possible. When you know schools will reopen again, start to get back into the swing of things right away.


Take this found time to organize notebooks, planners, backpacks

and study areas at home. Make sure everyone’s up-to-date on assignments that will be due when school starts again.

Keep it informal.

You don’t have to re-create a classroom experience at home. You shouldn’t, as a matter of fact. Kids will soon “get it” that they can be learning new things, remembering old ones and using their knowledge as a simple matter of course. Keep up the holiday fun. Just keep up the learning, too. A recess or day off from school is no excuse to put kids’ brains on hiatus. It’s for a different kind of learning.  For additional resources and information, visit (NAPSI)

What is

? m a e r D R YOU Education is the great equalizer. Learn more about your GRPS school choices at or call (616) 819-2150.






FROM THE DESK OF THE CHAIRMAN seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

ORI Chairman, Minister Walter L. Mathis Sr.


he staff and volunteers at Operation Resources, Inc. want you to remember: not all Black Americans are your friends, and not all Caucasian, Native, Hispanic, Asian, and Arab American people are your enemies. We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters in Christ or perish together as fools, but when we lose the right to be different we lose the privilege to be free. As a faithful Christian, I read the Bible. In this time of turmoil and uncertainty, I want to refer you to 1 John 4:14-21: “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love him, because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath 16

When I watch the news or read in the local newspaper of recent gang-related activities or various crimes committed by Black Americans in our community, I can’t help but wonder what we are afraid of. I believe that we fear each other because we don’t know each other. Everyday, the television, radio, and newspaper media give us the perception that many people of other nationalities and cultures are bad or dangerous, but this is not always the case. I am not saying that you shouldn’t be cautious, but you don’t have to fear or hate someone before you get to know that person, because fear and hate will only get you killed. What I’m trying to show here in Unity Magazine, is that many people have been persecuting others because of their nationality or cultural background. But I’ve learned a little history lesson since I have lived in the United States, the country of my birth (not Africa where some people think because of the color of my skin). But one must remember that Africa is the richest continent in the world. Africa is home to gold, silver, diamonds, oil, animals, rich fields for the growth of any food, and many other resources. The lesson is that we are all immigrants to the United States, even the Native Americans who greeted Columbus in 1492. Caucasian and Hispanic Americans emigrated here from Europe during the Middle Ages, Black Americans were brought here on slave ships in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, Asian Americans are here because of the wars in their countries and now the Arab Americans are here for the same reason. Therefore, “United, We Make America.” Everybody who came to the United States came here for the same reason: freedom and new opportunities for UNITY MAGAZINE

their families. There is no more legal slavery in the United States; but unless you have a good education and work together with other cultures, you will be a slave to “lack of knowledge” stated in Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” “For God so loved the world (not just the United States), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved (for the second time),” (John 3:16-17). Believe me, he’s coming again! We must have something to exchange with people of other nationalities—such as money, skills, art, and education—because knowledge is power and this knowledge will make us successful human beings. The main reason my father brought me and my siblings from the South to the North was so that we could get a good education. Now, I want to make sure everyone has that opportunity. Fifteen years ago, I established what I hope would be an everlasting scholarship fund to make sure all children have help to get a good education. Proverbs 22 says: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all. A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished. By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life. Thorns and snares are in the way of the forward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The rich ruleth over

STAY FOCUSED, STAY WITH GOD the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor. Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease. He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend. The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor. The slothful man saith, There is a lion

At the very least, if you don’t listen to this rant or read my magazine, I can guarantee you one thing: “It doesn’t matter whether you are a billionaire or a pauper, when



Operation Resources, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization founded in 1993. In the last 15 years Operation Resources, Inc. has awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to 90 disadvantaged students and successfully informed the community with health and education awareness programs.

The symbol of our organization is an icon that resembles the continent of Africa superimposed over a map of the United States. Within the borders of the lower 48 states are the stars and stripes of the United States national flag. Around all this are the words, “United, We Make America.”

We believe that every student deserves to have a proper education regardless of his perceived nationality or financial means. But our society does not allow every student that chance. As long as we are divided into Black and White, Rich and Poor, Right and Left, we will not be able to overcome the economic and educational shortfalls that plague our modern world. Operation Resources, Inc. and its Scholarship Fund were founded to help correct these ills. But Operation Resources, Inc. cannot do this by itself. We rely on charitable donations from our community to help fund our scholarships. However, donations are not enough. To continually fund Operation Resources, Inc. Scholarships and fund our health and educational awareness programs, we also offer really cool, high quality products, each emblazoned with our unique unity logo.

without, I shall be slain in the streets. The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the Lord shall fall therein. Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.”

This unity logo represents our mission to unite all the cultures and nationalities within the United States so that we can work together to spread peace and prosperity around the world. But first, we must help educate the young minds of our nation to be free and just thinkers who do not waste their potential on the rampant vices that can, and often do, overtake American youth.

you get to the cemetery you will get the same size hole.” It all depends how much stress you put upon yourself before you get there. I believe that much is given, much is required, and we are all stewards of God’s Money. Now I ask you to support my scholarship fund and our health and educational awareness programs with your donation, purchase our products, or drink plenty of our premium spring water, “The Drink with !”

caps, lapel pins, and t-shirts, each with our registered trademark unity logo. And companies just like yours can have the chance to become distributors of our products to help promote diversity. For more details about our diversity products and how you can get involved, call (616) 243-1919.

HOW YOU CAN HELP 1) You may make a charitable donation

directly to our Scholarship Fund and take a deduction from your income taxes.


Our goal is to raise $2 million for Operation Resources, Inc. The interest from this money will allow our organization to award $10,000 scholarships every year to 10 needy students.

3) You may donate money towards some puzzles to donate to our children.



All of our products represent our mission to unite all the cultures and nationalities in America as one people fighting for equality and justice. We believe that all cultures and nationalities of people came out of Africa and that concepts of “color” and “race” are arbitrary ideas passed down from our ignorant but well-meaning forefathers.


We spread our message of diversity and unity with our products, such as bookmarks, puzzles, cups, mugs, sports


Or you may order our quality merchandise from our product spread, each product embodying our logo of diversity and unity, and sell them to the public.

Help us educate the leaders of tomorrow by selling our products! Give us a call at (616) 243-1919 ext. 20, so we can get your company or organization involved. Visit our website at www. for more information. 17



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s the economy continues to sputter, many families find themselves with food budgets that fit somewhere between free pantry and full-service grocery store. Thousands in the struggling middle used to rely on Angel Food Ministries, a faith-based group whose discounted food boxes were sold through a network of churches and social-service agencies nationwide. But the Georgia-based nonprofit organization, which had won acclaim from the White House, closed last fall after 17 years. Federal investigators say its founders skimmed millions of dollars from the food mission and embarked on a spending spree that included jewelry, trips and a down payment on a jet. Kevin Griffin of Grove City Church of the Nazarene said the news sent him to his computer, where he began searching for a replacement. “I knew there was great need,” he said. Before he got much of a start, however, the church leader was recruited to be the point man at his church for a new effort. A faith-based, for-profit business called Gaballi is working to sign up customers — many of them former Angel Food hosts — throughout the state. The company is based in Tampa, Fla., and has a second center in Hardin County. It plans its first big food distribution in central Ohio next Saturday. “It’s for individuals, it’s for organizations, it’s for anyone who wants to save on groceries,” said Chris Castle, who works at the Hardin County site west of Kenton. “We’ve had such great response.” Gaballi says it offers high-quality produce, 18

meat and frozen meals and can sell items by the box for 30 percent to 70 percent off store prices because it buys directly from farmers and producers and has little overhead. Customers can choose from a variety of boxes, which are delivered to the church host sites once or twice a month. Host sites also can earn money through sales and referrals. Pam Mesaros of Living Hope Free Methodist Church on the Northeast Side said 30 to 40 families used to pick up Angel Food boxes there each month. Relatively few used food stamps to make their purchases. “A lot were just middle-class families trying to save money,” Mesaros said. “That’s who I think Angel Food really targeted, and I hope Gaballi will, too.” Gaballi officials say nondenominational faith is behind the effort, and the name is short for “ God’s amazing blessings UNITY MAGAZINE

abounding love loyalty integrity.” The company cannot yet accept food-stamp cards but expects approval soon. The growing demand for discounted food isn’t surprising, said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks. “Costs have gone up, but wages haven’t,” she said. “You’re seeing more people talking about food co-ops, people buying in bulk. They’re desperately trying to save money.” Hamler-Fugitt and other local food-bank officials aren’t familiar with Gaballi. They said consumers always should be mindful of food quality and prices. “If it can be done right, it’s good to help folks in the community,” said Colin Baumgartner of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “We don’t look at our business as having any competitors.” 

SAVE 30-70% off your groceries and earn FREE FOOD We are proud to announce that we have joined as a host site!

You now have the opportunity to SAVE 30-70% OFF your groceries and earn FREE FOOD with Every member who registers under our church will CONTRIBUTE to the earning of free food for those in need in our community. Go to to place your order of AAA QUALITY fruits and vegetables direct from the farms. New products are consistently being added. At least once a month, items ordered online are delivered to our church (or a partner church nearby) for your pick up at a designated date and time.

Gaballi is a faith based company that sells to everyone. Be sure to tell all of your FAMILY, FRIENDS, & NEIGHBORS that we are now an official host site for Gaballi and that they too can save 30-70% off their groceries. They can even begin earning FREE FOOD for their own family. Tell them to go to to register. There are no registration fees and membership is free. Once they place their order online, tell them to select our church as their host site where they will pick up their items. We are certain they will enjoy the savings. We would like to extend this opportunity to EVERYONE in our community. The more people that sign up to place online orders under our host site at, the more free food we will generate to fill up our church food pantry. We will all be contributing to feed those in need.

We look forward to making this a BIG SUCCESS TOGETHER!

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ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR TIME WISELY IN YOUR BUSINESS? Stop doing busy work and use your time to wisely build your legacy. BY FELICIA JOY


t’s a new year and already time is flying. January is almost gone and soon we will have only 11 months remaining to complete our business and life goals for the year. We have all read articles and books or heard smart people espouse the importance of using our timely wisely, but really—how seriously have we taken it? Dr. Benjamin E. Mays—a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and past president of Morehouse College—wrote this poetic passage, which reminds us of how quickly time passes, yet how important it is: “Life is just a minute, only sixty seconds in it; forced upon you, can‘t refuse it. Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it, but it‘s up to you to use it. You must suffer if you lose it, give an account if you abuse it, just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it.” Do you really value your time? Are you aware of where your days are going? How have you spent these first couple weeks of your year? Has it been business as usual or have you raised your awareness, raised the bar and been doing the things that matter most for your life and business now and for the close of the year when you’ll look back to see how much progress you’ve made? Most people spend too much time in business on insignificant busy work; they don’t invest it in the actions that really make a lasting difference. Spending time insignificantly is like spending money frivolously. It’s spent and gone forever with no hope for a return. But investing time in work that literally shifts your business is all 20

together different. It actually makes your time more valuable by creating momentum. The better you get at managing your time, the more quickly you get results, which is almost like creating more time. Time is not a replenishable resource; we can never get it back, but we can maximize our effectiveness and outcomes by refusing to run around in circles and call it progress. Those who are investing their time in the right places are seeing results and living with peace and without anxiety. They know that although the time will never return and the clock can never be turned back, they have spent their precious seconds, minutes, UNITY MAGAZINE

hours, days, weeks, months and years doing what matters and creating a legacy, building up and edifying other people. When you create a legacy, there is a return on your time; and when you build and develop other people, you multiply your legacy.  Felicia Joy is a nationally recognized entrepreneur who created $50 million in value for the various organizations and companies she served in corporate America before launching her business enterprise. She is the author of Hybrid Entrepreneurship: How the Middle Class Can Beat the Slow Economy, Earn Extra Income and Reclaim the American Dream and a regular contributor on CNN. Follow her @ feliciajoy.

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 KJV

A Story Of Faith [Prompted] by faith, Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person has faith).

One Race, One Blood “History shows us that the first humans, Adam and Eve, gave birth to the human race in the continent of Africa. Sin entered the world when Adam ate the forbidden fruit and his descendants grew to be very wicked. “And the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” GENESIS 6:3 NKJV

God saw the evil in the hearts of Adam’s descendants and was going to destroy the world with a great flood. But because Noah loved God, He told him to build an ark to save his family. The Earth was destroyed and only Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their wives were spared. Noah’s descendants eventually repopulated the entire Earth. Every person today came from those eight. We are all one race, the human race!

GENESIS CHAPTER 9-11 After many generations, Noah’s descendants wanted to make a name for themselves and began to build a tower to reach the heavens. God grew furious and scattered the human race over the Earth to Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. As a result of this diaspora, a multitude of nationalities, cultures, and languages developed. Today, many nationalities and cultures make up our nation, the United States of America. If we of this great nation can put aside our differences and work together, we will be able to overcome any obstacle and meet any challenge. Only then can we finally unite and spread peace and prosperity throughout the world as one race, the HUMAN RACE. Let us start with displaying our logo of “United, We Make America” to show people our strength and unity.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 KJV

“We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters in Christ or perish together as fools; but when we lose the right to be different we lose the privilege to be free.” 1






any years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street ... But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob

The poem read: Al Capone

and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done.

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He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and UNITY MAGAZINE

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”


W O’Hare.

orld War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the

Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action, Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare

carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction

So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.


The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering




COOL FACTS ABOUT MICHIGAN! W ith all the negativity due to poor economics and housing market these days, let us all try to remember and say something positive about our beautiful and interesting state of Michigan! Detroit is known as the car capital of the world. Alpena is the home of the world’s largest cement plant. Rogers City boasts the world’s largest limestone quarry. Elsie is the home of the world’s largest registered Holstein dairy herd. Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore. Colon is home to the world’s largest manufacturer of magic supplies. The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in1879. Although Michigan is often called the (Wolverine State). There are no longer any wolverines in Michigan. (However, one was spotted in 2007, so there are some.) Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations. The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first Airconditioned car in 1939.


The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815. Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States. In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. It was founded by priests. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit, the name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841. The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop #6 or No.VI. Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant

university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture. The largest village in Michigan is Caro.

Michigan’s state stone, The Petoskey is the official state stone. It is found along the shores of Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. The Mighty Mac took 3 years to complete and was opened to traffic in 1957. Gerald R Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States. He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World


War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry. The painted turtle is Michigan’s state reptile. The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower. Vernor’s ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature

cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J. W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years. Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods. Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska. The Ambassador Bridge was named by Joseph Bower, the person credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the name (Detroit-Windsor International Bridge) as too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. Michigan has 116 lighthouses and

navigational lights. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse in Gulliver has been guiding ships since 1895. The working light also functions as a museum, which houses early 1900’s furnishings and maritime artifacts. Forty of the state’s 83 counties adjoin at least one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. Michigan includes 56,954 square miles of land area; 1,194 square miles of Inland waters; and 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes water area. Sault Ste. Marie was established in 1668 making it the oldest town between the Alleghenies and the Rockies. Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries. Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to Tax-paid high school education.

Four flags have flown over Michigan – French, English, Spanish and United States. Isle Royal Park shelters one of the largest moose herds remaining in the United States. Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan ‘s inland seas. The Upper Michigan Copper Country is the largest commercial deposit of native copper in the world. The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany’s of New York. Weighing between 800-900 pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron and pewter.

The nation’s first regularly scheduled air passage service began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926. In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls. In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world. Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo Da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo. It is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere. The State Motto (written in Latin) translates to: “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you..” We will strive to thrive once again! Thank you and may God Bless our Michigan and her people! 

The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River. The world’s first international submarine railway tunnel was opened between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada in 1891.




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ollowing a groundswell of support and positive feedback from students, parents, staff and the community for Interim Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, the Grand Rapids Board of Education voted tonight to suspend their superintendent search and extend the interim superintendent contact with Ms. Weatherall Neal for 18 months pending the Board’s superintendent evaluation process. The decision comes nearly three weeks to the day that Ms. Weatherall Neal was appointed interim superintendent, shortly after the Board accepted a study leave request from then-Superintendent Bernard Taylor, Jr. Since then, Ms. Weatherall Neal has engaged in an all-out “listening tour” to gather feedback from internal and external stakeholders about what is working, what is not working, what are barriers, and what are solutions. The “listening tour” included more than sixty different small and large group meetings with students, parents, GRPS employees, community partners, elected officials, and many more. She also conducted an anonymous survey of all GRPS staff members with more than 500 responses received to date. The “listening tour” will continue in the coming months, but the initial feedback received was used by Ms. Weatherall Neal to provide the Board of Education with suggestions on how to re-organize the district for the next six months. The Board unanimously and enthusiastically


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offered their support for Superintendent Weatherall Neal serving as interim for the next 18 months. “We certainly knew that Ms. Weatherall Neal was the right person, at the right time when we appointed her interim superintendent. Now, based on the overwhelming response and feedback the Board has received, as well as Ms. Weatherall Neal’s leadership and approach to problem solving, it was clear that she is the right person for the long run and deserves the time necessary to achieve her strategic goals,” said Senita Lenear, President of the Grand Rapids Board of Education. The Board’s appointee, Teresa Weatherall Neal, is a 35 year GRPS veteran and Creston High graduate who has extensive experience within the district and community. Mrs. Weatherall Neal served as Assistant Superintendent of Community and Student Affairs for the last nine years. Prior to that, she served in numerous capacities including Co-Director of Community and Student Services, Coordinator of Compliance, Administrative Assistant and UNITY MAGAZINE

Student Worker. She received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Grand Rapids Community College, earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at Grand Valley State University, and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from Western Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Michigan Leadership Institute Superintendent’s Leadership Academy. She has been married for 35 years and has two children and two grandchildren. “As I said then and I will say again today, I plan to spend even more time meeting with and learning from our stakeholders. I want students, parents, teachers, principals, support staff, volunteers, alumni, and community leaders to know they have a voice that will be heard, respected and acted upon. I particularly want input on how we can collectively work to strengthen and improve academic achievement; leadership and instructional development; customer service and school culture; internal and external relationships; student attendance and behavior; retention and recruitment of talented staff; and overall accountability. We have great students, great staff, great partners, great supporters and a well developed strategic plan to keep GRPS moving in the right direction,” said Weatherall Neal. Ms. Weatherall Neal will be releasing details on a new organizational structure first to staff and then to the broader community in the coming days. 


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