LEETONIA - The 2014 edition of the Men's Rally in the Valley features Phil Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" smash hit television series on A&E.
Walter "Bing" Newton and his wife Peg vacationed in West Monroe, LA., home and filming location of the Robertson family that stars in the series, now in its fifth year.
Their vacation was in September 2013," Bing Newton said. "Everyday, twice a day we went to "Duck Commander" (the store). We were there about five days and didn't meet them."
The Newtons spoke to a boy who provided a vital bit of information He told them to go to their church and sit where the Robertson sat.
The Newtons attended the service and a young woman "asked if she could sit next to me," Newton explained.
It was Alan Robertson's wife, Lisa, "who does the bookings," he said. "That was the groundwork."
Newton spoke to Phil Robertson later. He asked where they were from and if there were ducks and deer in in the area.
"He said he had never been to Ohio," Newton explained adding he gave him the date for the Men's Rally in the Valley and Peg wrote it down for him. The details were worked out later through a New York agency. Newton received confirmation around the first of this year that Robertson would attend the Men's Rally.
Robertson is the featured speaker at the fifth Men's Rally in the Valley that will be held at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown throughout the day on May 3. Its theme is:?"Dare to be Daniel ... No Compromise, No Retreat ... Standing on the Truth."
Robertson and his eldest son, Alan, will attend and be at the rally all day, Newton said. Alan Robertson will introduce his father.
A lineup of inspirational speakers and religious-themed entertainment is planned for the all-day event.
The opening remarks will be made by Ken Johnson who has been called an "Inspirational Speaker, a "Gifted Minister and Singer" or even "Chaplain of the Indianapolis Colts." He will also will also lead the signing of "God Bless America."
Former Chicago Bears linebacker and Hall of Fame inductee, Mike Singletary, a linebackers coach/assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings will speak on "Dare to be Daniel" which uses Daniel as model for believing.
Speaker Dr. Dave Migliore is the founder and developer of the Global Entrepreneurs Institute, a character building program in over 30 nations and 13 states.
The GEI has over 100 international graduates of the program. Several have gone on to lead training with governments and militaries. Migliore has also practiced dentistry in Dover, OH, for 33 years.
Also appearing will be Pastor Freddie Rodriguez. He is native of the South Bronx, NY, where he grew up in an atmosphere of city violence and prejudice but still found a way to survive through music, art and the education system which he valued.
Moving to Youngstown in 1971, he graduated from East High School and attended Massillon Baptist College and Youngstown State. He became licensed as an evangelist through The Evangelical Church Alliance. He is still the lead pastor at Crossroad Ministries in Salem - entering his 15th year as its pastor.
Speaker Rod Hairston is a life coach, leader and speaks about developing strong male leadership to serve the family, the ministry, the marketplace and the community.
He is committed to building dynamic marriages and families. For 12 seasons he has served as a life coach and chaplain to the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, helping build a winning culture among front office executives, coaches, and players.
Pastor Tarone Claybrook will also speak. He was born in Pittsburgh, raised in West Los Angeles, and resides in Boardman, and San Diego CA. He has been married to his wife Danetta for over 20 years. The couple has a blended family of five, with a range of 13 years. His vocational experience in ministry includes serving as a senior pastor, associate minister, outreach and youth pastor; prison minister, and bible study teacher from California to Ohio, starting at the age of 19.
He and his wife own a pediatric rehab company, specializing in speech language and occupational therapy school-based, and clinical-based treatment for children with developmental delays, autism, cognitive disabilities, emotional disturbances, and sensory integration disorders.
"Alan Robertson will introduce his dad," Newton said, noting they will sit down and "see how else the Lord wants to use him."
Phil Robertson will speak to the theme of "No compromise, No retreat."
Last year's Men's Rally in the Valley drew about 6,000 people.
Newton said camo-colored wristbands (for general admission) are on sale for $30 now at the Lion and Lamb in Salem, Runzo's Outdoor Sports in Beloit, Shopper's Choice Marathon in Washingtonville, the East Ohio Shooter's Supply in Lisbon and The Coffee Stop in East Palestine. The $30 general admission price includes lunch, Newton said.
The Men's Rally was organized in 2010 by Men of Faith, an informal group of Christian men based in Columbiana County, and the rally encourages each in their faith. Men of Faith was established in 2001 and is led by Newton, a retired Salem High School teacher and coach.
Men's Rally attendees have traveled from Cleveland, Norwalk and surrounding areas.
"When God gets into it ... it just explodes," he said.