Bush the first's speechwriter to speak at Rockford breakfast

Edith C. Webster

She has written speeches for a president, twice served as a United Nations delegate and appeared as a cultural expert on every major TV network.

Janice Shaw Crouse, senior fellow at the Concerned Women for America’s think tank, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual January Life Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, Rockford.

A speech writer for the first President George Bush and a former university academic dean, Crouse is an author, columnist and commentator on domestic issues, family, culture and women’s concerns.

The January Life Breakfast drew 250 people in 2006, including community leaders. An anti-abortion address is delivered, and Rockford residents are recognized for their pro-life efforts.

This year’s event is hosted by The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society; the World Congress of Families; the Respect Life Office of the Diocese of Rockford; and Rockford Area Lutherans for Life, all based in Rockford.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students. Deadline for reservations is Friday.

Call The Howard Center at 815-964-5819, or e-mail

Rockford Register Star