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Planned Giving Summer Thoughts


“In matters of fashion, sway with the times, but in matters of principles we must stand fast.”

If you are lucky enough to have Pioneer DNA, then you come from hearty stock. The weak ones never started the journey, and many of the strong ones didn’t make it either due to a variety of circumstances. Are you lucky enough to be able to trace your line back to the Pioneers? Do you feel like you have a better feeling for life in the 1850’s because of the work you’ve done studying history?

We saw transportation and communication change the world between 1850 and 1870 and it opened up opportunities as well as land. In the beginning, it was all about the land. The history of the Homestead Act and the opportunity it brought continues to be fascinating. My own great grandfather got 160 acres in 1896 near Lewiston, Idaho, and the homestead certificate is signed by Grover Cleveland.

America was founded on principles of freedom. We continue to build on those principles. We must protect our rights while we continue to stand for our principles. There is more to America than just making money. OCTA stands for many things, and it is a place where we come together for the common good. Together, we are stronger and our voice is louder.

The best planned giving thing you can do this summer is to encourage someone to take time to travel and see America. Leave the comfort of your home and get out there to see America. With the comfort of your vehicle, an abundance of food and water, maps and GPS to ease your burdens, you can still participate in this great experiment of democracy. 50 States, United for economic reasons with a common goal of peace and prosperity for all.


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A Sweet 2016!

Life centers around We The People

Life centers around We The People

16 years ago, we were worried that all the computer programs with a two digit date field might crash as we entered the year 2000. We called it Y2K, and it was a strategy across America to fix the glitches in any and all systems, so we would glide into the new Century with style. We were all a little anxious, but we sailed into the New Year with barely a bobble.

Americans love a challenge, to pull together for the common good of our community, our teams, and our States! We are 50 United States, and some territories too, with flavors and character that make us unique. We didn’t want one big Federal System driving us, except where we need help as a Country to take on the big issues and infrastructure. We all pull together for the cause of the whole. It was Abraham Lincoln who fought for the United States, that we would all pull together for economic good of the Country. The 1864 battles, and the 1964 battles only remind me how slowly mankind became kind.

In 1764 things were pretty tumultuous too. I can only imagine that 2064 will be facing tough issues if we don’t work together now to create the future we want our children to live in.

Happy New Year 2016! Let’s pull together with Integrity and Character as Americans to lead this world to a kinder future. We bring knowledge, science and compassion to the people with healthcare for everyone, even if we can’t afford it.

I lost faith when Congress couldn’t pass a budget for 4 straight years, and Nancy Pelosi said “Pass the law, and you can read it.” It was just un-American, and not the way we do things in this Country.

I’ve spent years learning the PPACA and I’ve seen it be helpful to many people. I just don’t like the tax credits, and the way the system leans toward MediCaid as a means for Universal Care. Every State must address their needy – with housing, health care and compassion. How can we let people live cheaper? There are so many ways. We need to stop writing regulations and laws, and let the six degrees of separation work as Capitalism and Entrepreneurial Spirit abounds in America. When you throw up a brick wall, it can disrupt the natural flow of the money. Things dry up.

Where do values come from? Your grandparents! Christmas is a perfect example of “who you are” and what your traditions mean to you and your DNA. You pass on your traditions to your children.

Let’s ring in the New Year of 2016 with a commitment to work together, with a “can do” attitude, and a willingness to stop yelling. Let’s make it a Sweet 16!

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Willing to Thrive in 2025!


AMERICA represented dreams and opportunity, where a man and a woman could succeed together, regardless of who their parents were. Prejudice existed, but it was set aside as capitalism and opportunity abounded. We connected the country with States, each with a Governor and a set of values and beliefs. We overcame slavery, and empowered every man and woman with the right to vote, and have representation.

Our brave fore fathers laid a foundation upon which we built. Not a Monarchy with a King, but a democracy, with a President, and three branches of power, to help balance the power. Federal powers and State powers were part of the design.

We expanded transportation, communication, sanitation and helped mankind thrive and grow. One of our core values of America is freedom of religion, to raise up our family with integrity and character fit for our DNA. We continue the birth line and carry the flag for those that came before us. We live with purpose and a relationship with God, and his son Jesus. A freedom to believe, have faith, and carry on. Each one of us mattered. This was the American Dream.

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