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2006 Western White House Easter Egg Roll for Military Families

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Linda and John Hatchel from Waco welcomed the military families to the Easter Egg Roll held Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Tonkawa Falls Park in Crawford, Texas.

This letter from an Army wife who's husband is serving our country in Iraq summed up the reason that all our volunteers are so passionate about holding the Western White House Easter Egg Roll for military families...
 
My children and I attended the Easter Egg Roll yesterday and had such a wonderful time.  From the moment we entered the gate we were treated with such warmth and kindness.  We were made to feel so important and special, it truly touched my heart.  You all put so much effort into making this a success,  I just wanted to tell you how much it meant to me, my children and my husband who is currently serving in Iraq.  We get so caught up in keeping things running while our soldier is away, that often times we forget to slow down and enjoy ourselves.  May God bless each and every one of you for your kindness.
 
Sincerely,
Nicole Brandon
Proud Wife of SSG Jesse Brandon
A 3-67, Baghdad, Iraq
 
We, the volunteers, are the ones that were truly blessed to be able to be a part of this event so that we could each personally show our support and gratitude to our soldiers and their families for their sacrifices that they give every single day for the security of our country. May God Bless each of you and continue to Bless the United States of America.

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Barbara Leutwyler and Jean Tooker helped children paint and color sun visors

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Military families enjoy the food, entertainment and games

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Over 2000 hot dogs were ready for consumption... families kept saying what great hot dogs they were!

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Hot Dogs and Lemonade were catered by The Coffee Shop in McGregor

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Constible Scott Geiger kept watch on horseback and even entertained by playing bagpipes on stage

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View from the entrance to the Western White House Easter Egg Roll

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Grayson County Republican Women in their Paddle Wheel booth

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Easter bunnies were on hand to greet children and share candy

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Happy, smiling faces were everywhere!

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This 24 X 30 American flag was sewn together with 900 panels of art work designed by children who's parents are serving our country in Afghanistan and Iraq. The flag was on loan from God Bless Ft. Benning in Georgia.

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Sweets included Blue Bell popsickles, cupcakes, homemade cookies and cotton candy

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Ector County Republican Women painted faces and applied temporary tattoos

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Dawn Landua McCormack, an Egyptian Archeologist with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, drew childrens (and adults) names in Ancient Egyptian Glyphs. Dawn was accompanied by her husband and parents who live in Central Texas. 

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Rebecca Gregory, president of Hill County Republican Women helps in their Baby Duck booth

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make cotton candy? With the help of retired 3 Star Lieutenant General Dave Palmer these and many, many more children had the opportunity to make their own! Something that they will always remember! The General's wife Lou manned the popcorn machine.

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Retired Lieutenant Colonel 1st Calvary, US Army, and TFRW President 'Borah Van Dormolen enjoys her cotton candy

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The hoola hoop contest was a big hit with the kids!

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Barbara  Adamson with the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas brought her Care Van to the park along with Blue Bear, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas' mascot. They also provided Blue Bear coloring books that stress safety, health and nutrition, colors and Blue Bear key chains for the children in attendance. The Care Van and Blue Cross Blue Shield went into the Killeen schools and immunized their children that were not up to date on their immunization shots for free in 2005 when non compliance threatened to close their schools.Blue Cross Blue Shield employees from Waco volunteered to help with Blue Bear at the Western White House Easter Egg Roll in Crawford.

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The Ellis County RW booth had a Color Wheel and volunteers made buttons for the kids

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The popular Go Fish booth was provided by the Bush Legacy Republican Women from Weatherford, Texas

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Making a shot at the Basketball booth.

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The 4 years and younger kids hunting for eggs. Big kids found eggs in a seperate part of the park.

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Lucky children found golden eggs filled with "Barney Bucks" that were redemable for $5-20 real cash!

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Water with THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE labels were once again graciously donated by David Lane

The President's Volunteer Service Award...

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Jeanie Cosper, Eve Tidwell, Doc Anderson, Valerie Duty & Oneta Leutwyler

The President's Volunteer Service Award
 
Four Crawford-Texas.org volunteers were honored with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their service with Support Our Troops events in 2005. Awards were presented by Texas State Representative Charles 'Doc" Anderson on behalf of President Bush's council on Saturday April 15, 2006 at 3:15 pm during the Western White House Easter Egg Roll held at Tonkawa Falls Park in Crawford, Texas.
 
About the Award

Honoring Americans Who Make a Difference by Volunteering

Every day, millions of Americans volunteer, using their time, talents, and compassion to make a difference in the lives of others. By mentoring a child, caring for an elderly neighbor, teaching someone to read, or bringing food and clothes to those who need them, Americans are helping to foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility for generations to come. It is through these acts of kindness and decency that we are able to demonstrate the true character and compassion of our country.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service to others. It encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make volunteering a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a Presidential recognition program for Americans of all ages, who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. The program recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of Americans who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer service. The Award is given to individuals, families and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12-month period.

 
Background on The President's Volunteer Service Award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a Nation.

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and Nation through service. He called on each person to dedicate at least 4,000 hours – or two years – to service over the course of their lives. He created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility.

In 2003, President Bush created the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to find ways to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our Nation. The Council brings together leaders from the worlds of business, entertainment, sports, education, government, nonprofits, and the media.

The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This type of recognition is also designed to set a standard for every American – to encourage a sustained commitment to helping others and a lifelong habit of service.

About Crawford-Texas.org
 
Crawford-Texas.org was created in 2001 after Crawford resident George W. Bush became President and after founder Valerie Duty had been asked what Crawford was really like by numerous people across the country.
 
Crawford-Texas.org became a Certified Organization of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation upon the recommendation of a White House official due to it's many activities in support of our United States troops and their families.
 
In 2005, Crawford-Texas.org helped organize a prayer breakfast and rally's in support of our troops overseas, sent Christmas cards to troops and organized donations to an 'adopted' school in northern Afghanistan and to the National Guard serving in Afghanistan.
 
Crawford-Texas.org volunteers continue to send packages containing snacks and various items to troops overseas, collecting and delivering get well cards for wounded soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington DC and Bethesda Naval Hospital in MD and organizes The Western White House Easter Egg Roll held in Crawford, Texas a free event for military families.
 
President's Volunteer Service Award Recipients for 2005
 
Bronze Award for a minimum of 100 hours of service in a calendar year
                        Oneta Leutwyler, Waco Texas
                        Jeanie Cosper, Valley Mills, Texas
                        Eve Tidwell, Columbus, Georgia
Gold Award for 400 or more hours of service in a calendar year
                        Valerie Duty, Waco Texas

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