Are you dying?

by: Brian Sayers, PhD
Retired, The Tree Doctor
TREE Fund Trustee

Of course you are!  So am I.  We all are!

Is there anything you can do about it?  Not really.

Is there anything you can do because of it?  You bet.

There is a lot you can (and should) do.

For instance:

  • Stay home when you are sick. It’s a good way to learn that money is not the most important thing in life.
  • Get a dog. Then strive to be the person that your dog thinks you are.
  • Read some books. You don’t have time to think every grand thought. Rely on others for some of that.
  • Teach your children/grandchildren some of your skills. Ensure that the practical knowledge you’ve spent a lifetime acquiring won’t disappear when you do.
  • Avoid clichés. Avoid them like the plague. You will start to see things more clearly and may find that you have some wisdom to pass along.
  • Establish your legacy. One way to do that is by joining the Heritage Oak Society.

What is that?

Heritage Oak Society members bequeath a portion of their estate to the TREE Fund to provide financial support for tree research and education long after they’re gone.

How do you join?

It’s simple: the next time you update your will, allot 5% of your estate to the TREE Fund. There are other bequest options, of course, but this one is so easy. Your children won’t miss that 5% and neither will you! You will have made a noble gift to a worthy cause and given back to the industry in which you made your living.

You are dying! But before that happens, do something worthwhile to establish your legacy. Consult with your estate counsel, then call Janet Bornancin at 630-369-8300 to get your name on the rolls of the Heritage Oak Society. You’ll be in excellent company! Learn more about planned giving options and see a list of Heritage Oak Society members on the TREE Fund website.

Thank you!