The Memorial Fund
The Active Retirement Association Memorial Fund was established in 2004 by a generous grant in memory of Robert E. Smith, an active and dedicated ARA member, by his family. Since then, donations in memory of members Carolyn McLean, Nick Popov, Gerald Tobey, Elizabeth Towle, Phyllis Wilcox, Barbara Byrne, Ben Getchell, David Funk and Virginia Fitzpatrick have been added to the fund. Biographies of the honorees are included in the Memorial Book that can be viewed at any ARA General Meeting, special event or Memorial Fund event.
The ARA utilizes the Memorial Fund to support special events and for the purchase of equipment that might not be affordable within our normal operating budget. It is intended that events, such as The Seacoast Memorial Lecture Series, reflect the interests of the persons who have been honored.
Seacoast Memorial Lecture Series to Host Events
March 20, 2014 -- "Hillary Clinton's Formative Years at Wellesley College" -- Alan H. Schecter, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Wellesley College served as Hillary (then Rodham) Clinton's senior thesis advisor, and directed the Wellesley in Washington internship program in which she participated as a student. Dr. Schecter is the author of two books, including Contemporary Constitutional Issues, as well as many articles and rsearch reports, and is the former Chair of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He obtained a B.A. from Amherst ColleGe, after which he studied at Yale Law School and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Wellesley for 47 years.
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m..
Where: Community Church of Durham, 17 Main Street
May 10 - 2014 -- “Mortal Dilemmas" -- Physician-Ethicist Sheryl Buckley MD will discuss issues highlighted in her book “ Mortal Dilemmas: What You Need To Know about Dying before You Are Dying” including factors that make dying more difficult than in previous times, and what resources you can use to reflect your deepest values. Sheryl Buckley has chaired hospital ethics committees during her 30+ years as a doctor, and has taught bioethics and end-of-life issues at Hiram College.
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Kittery Community Center 120 Rogers Road, Kittery, Maine
All Seacoast Memorial Lecture Events are Free and Open to the Public – Students Welcome – Bring a Friend.
A Note from the President
As proud President of this wonderful organization, the time has come for me to use my office to brag about the ARA Memorial Fund. In our ARA community, we have had the privilege of meeting and hearing international heroes like the late Rev. Peter Gomes of the Harvard Divinity School; Executive Director, Robert Bixby of The Concord Coalition; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Pulitzer Prize winner for "A Midwives Tale"; and globally recognized American Diplomat Nicholas Burns from Harvard’s Kennedy School. We got this gift because in 2004 the grateful family of the late ARA member, Robert E. Smith, gave us a generous grant to establish the Memorial Fund. The incredible parade of celebrated game-changers we have since enjoyed because of this kindness has become our pride, our fame and our vehicle for supplementing a sizeable budget that serves all of our members through the year.
Now I ask you to consider how many gifts ARA has given you over your years with us. Have you enjoyed an ARA program or series? Have you made an ARA friend? Have you grown? Have you learned something new? Benefited in any way from your Membership? Why not Pay it Forward and Gift us back. Write us a check in honor of your gratitude for ARA, your grandkids, kids, memories, events or just because you know we can’t really provide you with everything we do based on $50 a year membership. As it has for years, it will continue to come back to you in rich and memorable programming. We like to think we’re keeping you young. It’s a good time for you to keep us going! Please think about writing a check for our Memorial Fund. It’ll feel good and it’ll keep us healthy!
Additional donations to the Memorial Fund are welcome. Those who wish to honor a loved one or a friend are asked to contact Michael O'Sullivan, the Chair of the ARA Memorial Fund Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.