Tyson Schulte, a senior at Sherrard High School, will be among a select group taking part inthe White House Rural Economic Forum today hosted by President Barack Obama at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa.
The event is part of the president's three-day economic bus tour of the Midwest, which began Monday in Minnesota and will end Wednesday with stops in Atkinson and Alpha.
Mr. Schulte, the son of J.D. and Sheryl Schulte, is president of Illinois FFASection 3, which represents about 1,000 FFAmembers at 13 high schools. He wasone of 15 FFA members invited to Peosta for the forum, which will include 150 people -- primarily small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations and government officials.
According to the White House, the intent of the forum is "to discuss ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring and spur innovation in rural communities and small towns across the nation." The president will hear from rural leaders of the importance of growing small businesses and strengthening the middle class in rural America.
Today is Saturday, May 18, the 138th day of 2013. There are 227 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A large variety of children's wagons and gigs have arrived in thecity and are being sold at war prices. 1888 -- 125 years ago: All Rock Island retail houses, with the exception of a clothingstore and a jewelry store, have agreed to early closing hours during the summer months.The store will be closed at 8 p.m. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Baseball enthusiasts in Rock Island are attempting to raise$20,000 to keep the Island City Park open, despite the fact that the city has no franchise inorganized baseball this year. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The organization of a third rural young people's unit will beundertaken tomorrow night at the Milan Presbyterian Church, with Mrs. Mildred K.Wellman, home advisor, and Robert Smith, county farm adviser in charge. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Deere & Co. will begin a "big switch" on its telephone systemMonday morning. The extension numbers of all 1,600 telephones on the firm's EastMoline and Moline exchanges will be changed Monday morning. 1988 -- 25 years ago: East Moline's June Jamboree VI -- Nostalgia Days, will seemlike a '60s revival with the appearance of stars like Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, PeterNoone, Turtles, The Grass Roots and Lou Christie. This year's festival has beenexpanded to five days, June 22-26, at the Northeast Park complex.