Monday, September 9, 2013

Giving Back

My University District Rotary Club will be sponsoring a visit to Seattle of the international performing arts troupe Up With People September 23-30, 2013. I will be hosting one of the cast members at my house during that time.

Up with People was founded on the principle of using music as a means to communicate with and inspire people. In each city they visit, Up with People cast members perform a vibrant and inspiring musical stage show that brings the community together to enjoy a night of entertainment while sparking people to take action in meeting the needs of their communities, countries and the world.

Their message is consistent with that of their Rotary sponsors, to change the world by saving lives through literacy, disease-prevention, health, and economic opportunity. As real estate investors, this should be consistent with our own missions as well - changing lives by improving the neighborhoods in which we live, one project at a time.

I belong to Rotary, and I support efforts of youth organizations like Up With People, because they make our world smaller, more humane, more tolerant, and more beautiful. The Four-Way Test of Rotary is a great way to make a living, to make both personal and professional decisions, in real estate and elsewhere. That is, in everything we think, say or do:

1) Is it the TRUTH?
2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?
4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

While they are here, the cast of Up With People will donate their time to various community projects, including an anti-bullying effort in local middle schools. Their performance will be at 6pm, September 29 at the McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Tickets are $31, and are available through me.

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Happy Investing!

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