UW Retirement Association

December 20, 2017

UW Encore December 19

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Retirees Building Stronger Communities


Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – It’s Been a Wonderful Year.


A Quick Holiday Message:  In the holiday movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” a stark line is drawn between those who are motivated exclusively by the desire for power and wealth and those for whom real value lies in connection to family and community.  The former is represented by a rapacious banker, Mr. Potter. George Bailey, the scion of the founder of a “measly” building and loan, epitomizes the latter. George dreams of traveling the world but circumstances beyond his control and choices he makes keep him in his small town of Bedford Falls to take on management of his father’s business and to build a family. When he’s about to be broken by a series of significant misfortunes he gets the chance to see the positive impact he’s had on his world – impact that can’t always be seen through the minutiae of maintaining a business, a family and just everyday existence. By the end of the movie, George becomes aware that the world is a better place because he is in it.


The University of Washington is a better place because you were and continue to be in it. An activities survey done earlier this year revealed that UW retirees have had a very positive impact on both the UW and the greater Seattle community. Thank you very much for all you’ve done to make this a wonderful year for the UW, your family and your community.


Engagement Opportunities

King County Holiday Volunteering Opportunities – Take a look at THIS holiday volunteering guide from the United Way of King County. Volunteering links for other United Way chapters can be found HERE.


Articles, Resources, Stories

Ongoing Opportunities List: For a list of other UW programs and community organizations eager for your assistance and now partnered with UW Encore please visit – http://www.washington.edu/uwra/retiree-resources/encore-uw/volunteer/


Share YOUR Story

UW Encore would love to hear about community endeavors you’ve undertaken in your retirement. What’s the most fulfilling thing you’ve done? What advice would you give others about engaging in community opportunities in their retirement? Thanks in advance for sharing!


Questions? Feedback? Suggestions?

Please contact uwencore@uw.edu with any questions, comments or ideas you have.


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“All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.”

– A plaque on the wall of the Bailey Building and Loan