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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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