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Honor Dinner for Naturalized Citizens

Bob Babcock

Immigrants who've become American citizens will be honored this weekend. The Quad Cities Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees will host a US Citizenship Honor Dinner on Saturday at the Mosque in Bettendorf. 

Alliance board member, Bob Babcock, says he was inspired to organize the event after attending naturalization ceremonies last year. 
And at a time when many Americans don't bother to turn out on election day, he says one of the first things these new citizens do is register to vote.

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Ying Sa

The keynote speaker for the Honor Dinner will be a native of China named Ying Sa. She's an accountant with offices in Iowa City and Des Moines. 

She co-founded the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit that's helped hundreds of people start new businesses.

Babcock's goal is to "warmly welcome and embrace people who truly appreciate this country."

Dinner reservations for the Saturday night dinner are due by Monday  - at honordinner.eventbrite.com. It begins at 6:30.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.