Oct 2013


Oct 2013

The Arc Montana Conference brings together advocates and experts

“Let’s start labeling jars, not human beings, because we all are equal.” That statement, delivered by Kurt Rutzen in a speech at the first annual conference of The Arc Montana, sums up the theme of the two-day event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Billings.  Rutzen, a disability rights advocate and member of the national Arc board of directors, told the gathering about his own life’s challenges and how — and why — he speaks up for people with disabilities.

Though he has cerebral palsy and has had to overcome obstacles, Rutzen said he is a rich man, thanks to the support of family and friends. That message reprised a speech he made before the Minnesota Legislature in 2011, which was replayed via You Tube for the Billings audience.

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Oct 2013

Apostrophe magazine named a MARCOM gold winner

DALLAS, TX — Apostrophe Magazine and its publisher, AWARE Inc. of Anaconda, have been named Gold Winners in two categories by MarCom Awards.

On Monday, MarCom announced winners for the 2013 international awards competition that recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,500 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2013 competition.

Apostrophe won gold in both the non-profit magazine and print magazine design categories for its Fall 2013 issue featuring Friendship Theatre of Federal Way, Wash., on the cover.

MarCom entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world. A look at the winners shows a range in size from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. The competition is so well respected in the industry that national public relations organizations, local ad clubs, and local business communicator chapters are entrants.

MarCom Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand creative professionals. The Association oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and sets standards for excellence.

As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations.


Over the past several years, AMCP has donated almost $100,000 in grants to support the efforts of its members. That money was used for marketing materials for homeless shelters, orphanages, day camps, community theaters, art centers, programs for the elderly and for child care and educational endeavors for the underprivileged.

Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Winners were selected from over 200 categories in seven forms of media and communication efforts- marketing, publications, marketing/promotion, public service/pro bono, creativity and electronic/interactive. About 19 percent of the entries won the Platinum Award, the organization’s top honor. A complete list of Platinum Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at www.marcomawards.com.



Oct 2013

State rule changes line up with AWARE care principles

AWARE embraced recent changes by the state Children’s Mental Health Bureau in the way providers deliver services to families and how they measure outcomes. The overhaul of family services, which has touched employees from Successful Starts to payroll, has allowed AWARE to stay true to its principles of unconditional care and faithful to family driven, strength-based, individualized solutions for families. The changes AWARE made brought together services and the people who administer them in ways that didn’t always occur before. And the beneficiaries, she said, are the children and families who receive services.

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