When my husband, Tony, and I retired, we were looking forward to spending time traveling, visiting grandchildren and continuing to enjoy our Fredonia home. Before spending our first winter months in Florida, we decided to update our legal papers.
Somehow the thought of moving to a new phase of our lives had to be marked by a rite of passage more intense than a retirement party. Neither one of us enjoys attending to such details, but the thought of leaving our children to wrestle with such matters seemed immature. How could our grown children with children of their own deal with the complexities of our lives while living states away? The whole idea was overwhelming.
With that in mind, we visited an attorney—making arrangements for a living will, health care proxies, power of attorney and an updated will. At this time I included a gift to Fredonia. I did not expect my family to remember that I wanted to donate money to my alma mater, nor to know the amount.
Over the years I have donated money and served on various college boards, most notably the Alumni Association. Thus, for many years my life has been enriched by a variety of experiences Fredonia offers. My friend Paul Schonhart, former head of financial aid on campus, has spoken to me often about "giving back." His phrase is a gentle reminder that we are called to serve in many areas of our lives.
A gift to the Fredonia College Foundation is a way to serve twofold. The first way is that you will begin to take steps toward becoming responsible for certain aspects of your own future. The second way is that you will bring a gift to Fredonia's future. Please join alumni and other contributors who have begun this process. This is our time to serve.
—Kathy McCray Kolo '67
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