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Monday, October 25, 2021

Illinois Wesleyan University Sigma Chi Class of 62-63 Reunion

The Illinois Wesleyan University Sigma Chi Class of 62-63 held their college reunion this month with an intimidate dinner. The reunion offered an opportunity for the classmates to reconnect with old friends, learn about the people they have become, and remembering the good times they had together.

The founding founders of Sigma Chi recognized that a principle-driven lifestyle should be paramount in an individual’s lifelong quest to achieve progressive development.

The world in which they lived had a great need for ethical leaders whose core principles were based on the possession of remarkable character.

Sigma Chi’s story has been building on itself since 1855 and the Fraternity has changed dramatically since that time.

The foundation for a lifelong course of development that has since provided more than 300,000 students with the structure to understand how to make a positive influence on the world.

Principle-driven leaders are needed now more than ever before, and the fact that Sigma Chi makes a concerted effort to contribute to the development of such people is what makes the Fraternity so important today.

Joining a fraternity can be a rewarding experience. It can make your college life richer than you imagine with a built-in social network and an organization that prides itself on developing relationships. Strong bonds and relationships will tend to form, and periodic communications will enable you to stay in touch with your friends.

The sense of pride you have from belonging to a fraternity is a definite confidence boost. It helps your self-esteem, and it helps your self-worth. Experiences have the potential to be much richer when you join a fraternity, enriching the mind and the soul that leads to fantastic memories.

From left to right: Joyce & Dick Hood, Bill & Jackie Rapp, John Copenhaver, Ron Zehr, Pam & Emil Ludy, Don Roth, Dave & Jackie Adams, Curt Tobin, Justin Kronewetter

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Digital Mammography Imaging Benefits Women of All Ages

Mammograms are still the best tool to determine if a woman has breast cancer. A mammogram can show growths in the breast when they are too small for you or your doctor to feel them.

When breast cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure. Some of the most relevant advances have been the advent of 3D mammography or breast tomosynthesis which was approved by the FDA in 2011.

Just like a three-dimensional photo is more detailed and lifelike than a 2D image, digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)—or 3D mammography—gives radiologists a clearer view of breast tissue.

And that's why this new technology has rapidly become an essential imaging tool that enhances a doctor's ability to detect early breast cancer.

Thanks to 3D mammography, radiologists can view breast images in "slices," which essentially allows them to see straight through tissue layers and makes it less likely they’ll miss an early sign of cancer.

Unlike with 2D mammograms, the 3D technology also makes it easier for radiologists to detect breast cancer that is masked by overlapping fibroglandular tissue.

Studies show that combining 3D mammograms with standard mammograms reduces the need for additional imaging and slightly increases the number of cancers detected during screening. But more study is needed to understand whether 3D mammograms may reduce the risk of dying of breast cancer more than a standard mammogram alone.

Combining a 3D mammogram with a standard mammogram can:

Reduce the need for
follow-up imaging

Detect slightly more cancers than a standard mammogram alone

Improve breast cancer detection in dense breast tissue

Additional tests for breast cancer may include an ultrasound, an MRI or, sometimes, a biopsy to remove suspicious cells for testing in a lab by doctors who specialize in analyzing body tissue (pathology testing).

Monday, October 18, 2021

AmpliVox Donation Supports Austin HS '50s Weekend Gala Reunion

AmpliVox recently provided sound reinforcement to the Austin High School Chicago '50s REUNION Week-End that was held on OCT. 1-3 at the Drury Lane Theatre Complex & the CHICAGO HILTON Oak Brook Suites hotel.

Operated by the Chicago Public Schools, Austin opened in 1876[5] as a public 4–year high school located in the Austin neighborhood in Chicago and was named in honor of Henry W. Austin, a Chicago real estate developer.

During the mid-twentieth century, Austin High was considered one of the best high schools in the Chicago area. The Austin 50's Reunion offered a week-end of fun, food, music, memories and renewing friendships.

The Reunion weekend began on Friday with a welcoming reception and an elegant sit-down dinner. Saturday was spent on afternoon activities and evening attendees enjoyed a Chicago style '50s party, celebrating the great years that they spent at Austin.

There were many surprises and gifts for everyone, including a beautiful four-color commemorative program book. Attendees visited an Austin memorabilia area containing yearbooks from every year of the 'fifties, allowing alumi to see themselves as a freshman and a senior. Sunday concluded with a "Farewell Breakfast" at The HILTON Oak Brook Suites hotel.

AmpliVox’s powerful and versatile B9254 sound system was donated to support the event, playing music, making announcements and presentations clearly to all in attendance.

The B9254 package includes the AmpliVox SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner PA, an all-in-one system that amplifies sound from microphones, streaming devices, and other audio inputs.

The B9254 PA System is a great tool to play the greatest hits of your graduation year, plus some great nostalgic sound bites from that era -- from the news and sports, clips from the top movies and TV shows of the year, even highlights from some of the year's great old commercials.

Ken Rosco, Chair
Austin Reunion '50's Committee
Hi Don!

A HUGE THANK YOU to you and Mr. Charlie for your wonderfully fantastic donation of your time, equipment and talent to make our weekend BASH a great success!
, said Ken Rosko, Austin Reunion '50's Committee.

We have heard nothing BUT "atta-boys" for a well done gathering! You helped us tremendously in getting those GREAT comments! Plus the add'l. $$ donations that were received! WOW !!! Just an unbelievable HAPPENING!!

AGAIN, Thank you so much!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Sound Cruising with Oregon State On Top of the Beaver Mobile

The Beaver Mobile is a reincarnated bread delivery truck that now is the life of the OSU tailgating scene. The love for Oregon State not only connects the generations of alumni, but it also has created a place for everyone to meet up on game day.

Tailgating is the pre-game festivities held in the parking lots of stadiums. It's a chance for fans to socialize before the games. The name comes from when the partying was held on the tailgates of pickup trucks and station wagons.

Souped up with the AmpliVox S314 Quad Sound Cruiser
, the Beaver Mobile is now equipped to take its message on the road serving up their popular "Beaver Hot Chocolate" to all fans pre-game.

Reach audiences up to 3,000 and cover the length of a football field with strong, clear, crisp sound.

The Sound Cruiser is ideal not just for cars but for all vehicle communication needs.

The horn speakers mount easily and firmly on a vehicle roof with non-marring suction cups and butter hooks.

The powerful 50 watt amplifier lets you really crank up the sound. The amplifier can be:
  • Plugged into your car’s cigarette lighter socket
  • Or direct wire the unit to your car battery
  • Or get the optional battery pack with 10 D Cell batteries good for 200 hours of operation
  • Or optional rechargeable NiCad battery with AC Adapter Recharger

The amplifier features:

  • Dual wireless microphone jacks for multiple presenters
  • Auxiliary input for iPhone or CD player
  • Line out for recording
  • Additional speaker jacks
  • Volume and tone controls
  • There is even a siren button

For more information on the Sound Cruisers, please visit: http://www.ampli.com/car-pa-system/

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Think Pink! October Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Every October, people all over the world show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer.

Founded in 2010 and offered year round, AmpliVox’s Pink Podium Promise donates special pink versions our Pinnacle Podiums to licensed or certified breast cancer awareness organizations to help their voices be heard.

The Pink Podiums were distributed to hundreds of cancer society chapters, foundations, hospitals and local governments.

"AmpliVox products are designed to make people look good and sound good," said AmpliVox CEO Don Roth.

The Pink Podium presents a dramatic visual reinforcement of the color that has come to be associated with breast cancer awareness and prevention.

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But there are things you can do that might lower your risk. Many risk factors are beyond your control, such as being born female and getting older. But other risk factors can be changed and may lower your risk.

The food you eat, the substances you’re exposed to, and your level of physical activity impact your body’s production and function of hormones, inflammatory substances and immune factors that have the power to promote… or prevent cancer.

Ways to Prevent Breast Cancer
The following is a list that may help keep you from developing breast cancer. It is not a guarantee that you won't get breast cancer. However, by following these strategies you may lower your odds of getting breast cancer and you may also improve your overall health.

Remember to get annual mammograms and clinical breast exams beginning at 40.
Engage in moderately intense physical activity for at least 30 minutes on 5 days or more.
Eat five or more servings of fruit and vegetables, limiting processed and red meats. Choose whole grains.

Women who gained 20 pounds or more as an adult are 40 percent more likely to develop breast cancer.
Drinking even small amounts of alcohol is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer in women.
Smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in younger, premenopausal women.

About 5% to 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, caused by abnormal genes.
Breast-feeding might play a role, the longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
Menopausal Hormone Therapy
(MHT) studies have concluded that the risks often outweigh the benefits.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Women in Business Networking Luncheon: Feeding America

AmpliVox Sound Systems, a long supporter of local and national charities, recently participated in a Northbrook Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Networking Luncheon.

Developing new and lasting relationships is critical to the success of every business. The Northbrook Chamber of Commerce offers a wide array of networking events, both structured and informal, to help make connections for success.

This month's Women in Business Networking Luncheon featured guest speaker Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America.

A new resident of Northbrook, she will shared stories from her professional background in non-profit management.

Attendees also had the opportunity for informal networking and individual introductions while enjoying a delicious lunch at Trattoria Oliverii's outdoor dining tent.

"AmpliVox is very pleased to support these multiple organizations and causes," said CEO Don Roth.

"As an active member of the Northbrook Chamber, we’re also proud to recognize many very talented women in business such as Katie Fitzgerald.

Feeding America is a magnificent organization that has done so much to help feed those in need, during the COVID pandemic and on a continuing basis."

AmpliVox donated the use of an AmpliVox SW925 portable sound system for the outdoor luncheon, as it has done for other Chamber of Commerce events.

The SW925 Digital Audio Travel Partner Plus is our most complete, all-in-one PA system.

The 250 watt portable address system will clearly and powerfully project your voice or music over an audience of up to 5000 people in a room size of up to 25,000 square feet.

A proven road warrior, specially tooled and molded plastic enclosure for exceptionally durability. It weighs only 35 lbs., travels and sets up easily with tripod mount plus retractable luggage handle and wheels makes it effortless to take with you.

The system is powered either with AC power or with its build-in rechargeable battery that lasts about 6-10 hours (depends on volume) on a single charge.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Football Frenzy: PA Systems to Get Your Team Back on the Field

Portable sound systems make it easy for you to crank up the sound to be heard above crowd noise, and far down the field.
From the opening kick-off to the final whistle, spectators want to be informed and entertained with the action clearly being announced.

Make certain that spectators, players, and coaches keep up with all that is going on by communicating clearly. AmpliVox PA systems let you call the game, play music, and make general announcements without ever failing to be heard.

"Cover the field" with clear sound for play by play game calls, special announcements, music, or even practice sessions.

AmpliVox PA’s are also a great tool for coaches to introduce and use at their practice sessions.

Enabling instructions easily to be heard in large open spaces or play background music during training and workouts.

Tailored for indoor or outdoor use, our portable systems are easy to set up and take down for each event. AmpliVox portable PA’s are easy to set up and use, just power up and start talking.

Display Your College Pride with Customizable Colors and Logo Options

Custom insert colored panel, customize with optional logo.

Show your school spirit with a custom multimedia lectern to match your school colors. Generate excitement by prominently adding your school's logo for a truly unique and memorable presence at your next presentation.

Great for media events, alumni events, fundraisers, booster clubs and reunions. Use anywhere, indoors or outdoors.

This elegant yet sturdy lectern is made from a durable hard shell plastic, with a sculpted profile and radius corners that holds up under tough use, indoors and out - its weatherproof and waterproof.