July 2012

Business model
Bob Hillis offers experience-based advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

Formerly The Senior 2012 JANUARY Times

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Roseburg Oregon, Monday, June 25, 2012

Business model
Bob Hillis offers experience-based advice for aspiring entrepreneurs
TRICIA JONES The News-Review


otential mistakes abound for any business owner hoping to inspire people to keep handing over their

money. Bob Hillis can name several errors he made while running a Baskin-Robbins franchise in Wenatchee, Wash. Paying too much for filing legal documents. Being too slow to shift advertising dollars to digital media. Delaying big-picture business plans while coping with day-to-day demands. Ultimately, though, Hillis succeeded at anticipating trends and adjusting his energies to capitalize on them. Now Douglas County residents can benefit from his experiences, both good and less so, as they explore ways to start or expand their own businesses. Hillis, 56, shares advice on resources, requirements and research with people enrolled in the Small Business Development Center at Umpqua Community College. Many of them are preparing for a midcareer change. He provides similar information for participants in the Dream$avers program of NeighborWorks Umpqua in Roseburg. Hillis recently led a workshop at the Umpqua Business Center to assist aspiring business owners. One of them was Tammie Poe of Winston, who was regrouping after her retail management job was eliminated when the chain downsized. She hopes to launch a cake design business. As she and Hillis talked about cost management, Poe, 50, said she realized she needed to factor in more than the cost of cake mix. “I have to consider insurance

and other costs, or I’m never going to make it,” she said. “If you’re going to deliver cakes, then you’ll need a van,” Hillis said. “I can tell you from my experience with ice cream cakes (at Baskin-Robbins), you have to deliver what customers want in perfect condition, when they want it.” As he covered other topics, Hillis went from general to specific information, tailoring points to meet the needs of those attending the workshop. Franchising, he said, offers various benefits — assistance with training, accounting and handling employees. “But (franchisors) get a piece of the action, forever. That’s why they’re doing it,” Hillis said. Partnerships have advantages, but serious pitfalls as well. “Because they’re like marriages,” Hillis said. “Sometimes those work, and sometimes they don’t, and (dissolving them) can be expensive and difficult.” Hillis also advised making price comparisons before hiring a lawyer for filing legal documents. He said that “in spite of what you see on late-night TV, there are no grants for starting a small business.” But he said there are loans available, as well as other free industry resources for various types of ventures. In addition, Hillis said, 23 percent of government contracts are set aside for small businesses, something to consider when building a client base. Hillis had attended a meeting in Salem the day before to find out more about such contracts. His knowledge on the subject is one
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Tammie Poe of Winston listens as Bob Hillis talks about what to know before starting a business. Poe, who is interested in making a living by designing and delivering cakes, signed up for a Small Business Development Center Network workshop offered through Umpqua Community College.

I’m applying all the lessons I learned from running my businesses and trying to help others get that same experience.
Bob Hillis

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Roseburg Oregon, Page 3 www.umpqua.edu/small-business-developmentcenter. • NeighborWorks Umpqua’s Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs, known to its participants as PRIME, is linked to the Dream$avers program and offers low- and moderate-income clients advice on business planning, assistance with training needs and information on saving and earning start-up or expansion capital.There is no cost, but participants must have completed the Dream$avers program and gone through an application process. Information: 541-673-4909 or nwumpqua.org.


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of his many assets, according to Charlotte Herber, business adviser with the Small Business Development Center. “Bob has all this experience, a unique blend of upfront retail hard work, as well as managing a manufacturing business,” Herbert said. “Plus, for a person to be an effective adviser, people have to want to listen to him. And he has all these great experiences and stories he can tell ... and a nice, self-effacing sense of humor.” Herbert said Hillis also exemplifies a different profile of worker than in generations past, when people took one or two jobs and stuck with them until they retired. “In this economy, people are doing (career) changes they didn’t think they would,” Herbert said. Certainly Hillis’ résumé proves he hasn’t been afraid to take calculated risks throughout his career. The Washington native has pursued opportunities in his home state as well as Texas, Indiana and now Oregon, where he landed with his wife in October. Cathy Hillis took an information technology position with the Roseburg office of the Bureau of Land Management. Her husband accompanied her and started looking for work. “For the first 30 years, she followed me. Now it’s my turn to follow her. Equal time,” said Hillis.

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Over those first three decades, Hillis held a variety of positions for numerous companies, such as Flexsteel Industries, Western Recreational Vehicles, REI and Blimpie. He’s been a plant manager, production manager, business manager, salesman, accountant and owner. He continues to operate a property management company based in Wenatchee. “I’m applying all the lessons I learned from running my businesses and trying to help others get that same experience,” he said. For clients from the Small Business Development Center as well as NeighborWorks Umpqua, Hillis said one of his main objectives is to help them set up step-bystep increments to business planning. People about to embark on new ventures, whether by choice or pushed by necessity, will feel more comfortable if they have a

plan in place. “Another goal is for them to still be in business three years or so down the pike. That’s a huge thing, because the likelihood of them in the business for three to five years is not good,” Hillis said. Poe hopes to be one of those success stories through her cake business. Her main drawback, she said, is a lack of capital. She is working part time as a cashier and will have to “start small and build up,” she said. She expects to follow Hillis’ advice on writing a business plan and to meet with him again for help refining it. “I think Bob knows a lot about what he’s doing, and I do trust what he’s saying,” Poe said. “A cake business is definitely marketable. Now I’ve got to dig in.” • You can reach Encore Editor Tricia Jones at 541-957-4216.

A summer version of the “Powerful Tools for Caregiving” class has been scheduled from July 13 through Aug. 17 at the Mercy Community Education building in Roseburg. The class is designed to help friends and family members who are caring for others with long-term chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, stroke or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Instructors seek to help caregivers deal with various emotions and suggest ways to communicate effectively in difficult situations. The class also teaches relaxation techniques, points people to community resources and offers hope, demonstrating that family caregiving can be a positive experience. Participants will receive copies of “The Caregiver Helpbook. There is no charge for the class, but donations for the text are appreciated. Classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon each Friday at the education center at 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. Information and registration: Nancy Hudson, 541-440-3677.

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Discoveries about forebears a life-affirming mission


ccording to Roman philosopher Marcus Cicero, “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” “ Roots” author Alex Haley said, “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage — to know who Patricia Gausnell we are and Family Tree where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.” Today this marrow-deep hunger can lead us to find such enriching knowledge much more easily than in the past. The Internet, genealogical societies and libraries can help us satisfy this yearning. Sutherlin resident Steve John didn’t know much about his ancestry until a few months ago, when he was invited to visit the Roseburg Family History Center. Since then he has visited often and learned many surprising things about his family. Volunteers at the center have helped him in his quest. His first goal was to learn about his father’s family, the John side. Steve was very surprised to find that his father’s family had been Mormon pioneers. This was a huge family about whom much genealogy had already been done. His mother knew very little about her Ballard family, so to satisfy her curiosity as well as his, Steve began to contact and question relatives to learn more before following up with research at the Family History Center. He was amazed at what he learned. His grandfather and his brothers were gamblers and slot machine hustlers, even robbers. But at least they settled down in later

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The following free classes will be held this month at the Family History Center in Roseburg: “Military Research,” 7 p.m. July 12 and 10 a.m. July 13 “Personal Histories,” 7 p.m. July 19 and 10 a.m. July 20. All classes are at 2001 W. Bertha Ave. Reservations are requested as the space is limited. The center’s hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Information and reservations: 541-6721237.

Photo courtesy of Patricia Gausnell

Steve Johns of Sutherlin researches his ancestry with the help of volunteer Shannon Agee at the Family History Center in Roseburg. John, a cancer survivor, is surprised to find a photograph of his great-grandfather. years and developed better careers as electricians and plumbers. Steve has been able to get in contact with many relatives who have been unknown to him or out of contact for many years. He says they are thrilled with the information he is sharing with them. Cousin Betty, age 85, has lost her husband, son and daughter. When he phones her with new information, she giggles and asks what else he has found. He loves being able to reach out, establish contact and discover previously unknown facts for them. His goal is to put the information all together, “get it all straightened out,” as he says, and then send it to all his relatives. Two years ago Steve was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. There was only one possibly remedy, a drug with a very high risk. If he didn’t take the drug, he only had six months to live. He did take the drug, and his cancer is now in remission. His doctor told him that this is like a miracle, and that God was not ready for him yet. There is something left for him to do. Now he believes perhaps his destiny is

to uncover facts that have been secret. He says that it is kind of addictive and fun, like solving a gigantic puzzle. He counts the days until he can go back and do some more research. Steve says he likes learning about genealogy and computers. He might even take some classes and start a new career. Patricia Gausnell is a volunteer in the Roseburg Family History Center. For more information about the center, call 541 6721237.

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Can’t travel far this summer? Rejoice in nearby delights


hen you live in Southern Oregon, a summer close to home isn’t a hardship. Having traveled many places in the world, I am always thankful to return home to Roseburg. While hours of operation have diminished at the Douglas County Library, it still offers a mystery book club, teen Around the World and children’s reading programs and numerous events and activities. Check out www.co.douglas.or.us. Click on “library calendar” and you will find events and activities to keep everyone in the whole family busy for the entire summer. You can take a trip anywhere you want when you have a book in hand. Whether I am driving or cleaning out the garage my favorite way to “read” is listening to a recorded book. Our library gives us the chance to travel around the world vicariously. Take a Saturday evening drive in the countryside to Umpqua for Brick Oven Pizza Night at the Lighthouse Center Bakery Café and Country Store. I almost hesitate to tell you about the Pizza Nights, because they have become so popular it is

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almost impossible to get in the door. The Lighthouse folks tell me there is no set schedule as to when they fire up the brick oven — though when they do, it’s between 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday — but the fare is well worth the drive and the wait in line. Twelve-inch pizzas run from $10 to $15. Check their website, lighthousecenterbakery.com, for the next pizza night and keep your fingers crossed that they will start offering them on a consistent basis. Entertainment continues to abound through the summer months. Umpqua Community College is hosting its Oregon Musical Theatre Festival. “Jesus Christ, Superstar” is playing July 26 through Aug. 6 in Jacoby Auditorium, “john & jen” appears in Centerstage Theatre and “Choir Girls” gets the Swanson Amphitheatre. These musicals have all been cast, but if you want to get into the act, the directors welcome volunteers who like to build sets, make costumes or usher during the performances. Call UCC’s Fine Arts Department for information. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is in full swing with the following performances Tuesdays through Sundays throughout the summer: “Henry V,” “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa” and “As You Like It.” “Romeo and Juliet” (exceptionally well done), “Animal Crackers” (a silly spoof), Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida,” “Medea Macbeth Cinderella,” “All the Way” and “Party People” run

until the end of their season in early November. The Umpqua Velo Club has been cycling Douglas County since 1978. They travel fast-paced long distances, mediumpaced rides and easy-paced short distances. There is something for everyone. Participating in group rides is a fun way to meet new people, find new routes, and become a strong cyclist. You can join a group ride anytime as a guest for your first ride at no charge. If you enjoyed yourself, then consider joining the club at a very nominal fee for annual membership. If you want to get a little farther out of town and do a day trip to the Oregon Coast, plan a stop at the Sportsman’s Seafood Barbecue in Winchester Bay. My husband and I make sure we get there at least once a summer. They set up for outdoor dining on Memorial Day and stay open every weekend until Labor Day. This dining experience is a well-kept secret. I am always surprised when I tell a friend about it and they haven’t ever been there. For around $22 a person, you will leave with a very full stomach and probably half of your dinner wrapped in foil to take home for another meal. Very casual dining outside allows you to watch the trucks roll in with fresh snapper, salmon, halibut, cod and tuna (all menu items based on what is being caught that day). It doesn’t get any fresher than that. I

like the triple plate so I can choose three types of fish, baked potato, salad, roll, corn on the cob and a drink. For those who prefer, the menu also offers barbecued chicken and pork. My mouth is watering just writing about it; I hope to see you there. Fresh food is plentiful right here at home, too. Community supported agriculture allows members direct access to seasonal farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. You can get a share of the produce from a local farm during growing season. It is for those committed to eating seasonally, supporting local farmers and enjoying health benefits of high-quality, locally grown, and handharvested food. CSA baskets of produce are available weekly to subscribers. But if you are more of the mind to get your hands a little dirty, U-Pick farms are open for business. I checked in with our local food guru, Jennifer Coalwell, and she reports cherries are ripe and ready. Keep an eye on Jennifer’s blog for local fresh food updates at www.flavorsoftheumpqua.blogspot.com. Summer is just getting started, and so am I, with more ideas coming up on where to go and what to do close to home for summer fun. Gloria Johnson is a tour conductor and world traveler. Her next group trip is Cheap Thrills: New York City in spring 2013. For details, contact Gloria at gloriousideas@hotmail.com.

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stories. Social Security’s numbers tell stories, too. The first lump sum Social Security payment of 17 cents was made to Ernest Ack-

erman in 1937. The first monthly Social Security check of $22.54 went to Ida May Fuller in January of 1940. This year, about 55 million Americans will receive $760 billion in Social Security benefits. The average monthly benefit for a retired worker in 2012 is $1,229. An estimated 159 million workers are covered under Social Security. That’s 94 percent of the work force. Fifty percent of workers have no private pension coverage and 31 percent have no savings set aside

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You can like what you eat and still be healthy
3 cups grated vegetables, packed and Here’s a quick recipe that can use any vegetables. Usually root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beets, or sweet potatoes) are used to create the little pancakes. But you can use any combination of zucchini, yellow squash, corn, green onions or even spinach or chard (just be sure too cook it, squeeze it dry, and chop bles of your choice, onion, egg, 1/4 cup flour, salt it first). Fresh herbs give a variety of flavors. Try cilantro or dill, tarragon or basil. I recently made tasty vegetable pancakes of grated raw yams, chopped cooked Swiss chard, chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, chopped garlic, salt and pepper.

or decades, Americans believed that our way of eating was the healthiest and safest diet in the world. The first U.S. Department of Agriculture guide appeared in 1916 with a focus on adequate intake of primary nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate and fat. The Nancy food guide Goodale Graham divided our food choices Nutrition into five groups — milk and meat, cereals, vegetables and fruits, fats and fatty foods and sugars and sugary foods. By the 1940s, the public health focus was on getting adequate vitamins and minerals, as well as the macronutrients (calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fat). The five food groups expanded to the Basic Seven food guide. The complexity of these recommendations without details on serving sizes led to the 1956 release of a modified food guide called the Basic Four. The guide recommended a minimum number of foods from

Vegetable Pancakes Adapted from Mark Bittman’s “Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating” squeezed dry 1/2 small onion, grated or 4 green onions, thinly sliced 1 to 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs of choice 1 egg 1/4 cup white or whole wheat flour, more or less Salt and black pepper Olive or vegetable oil for cooking Heat the oven to 275 degrees for keeping the cooked pancakes warm. Mix together the vegetaand pepper. Add a little more flour if the mixture isn’t holding together. Put a bit of oil in a large skillet or griddle over medium-high heat.When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter in the skillet, and use a fork to spread the vegetables into an even layer.Work in batches to prevent overcrowding, which can make the vegetables sweat and steam instead of fry. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, about two to three minutes per side.Transfer finished pancakes to the oven until they are all finished. Serve hot or at room temperature.

each of the four food groups — milk, meat, grain products and fruits and vegetables. Notice that the sugar and sugary food group disappeared without comment. By the 1970s the rise of chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, shifted the focus from adequate nutrition to overconsumption of food. Americans were gaining weight. Heart disease, diabetes,

and cancer were rising at an alarming rate. Today there are a plethora of recommendations to promote health, and some of the suggestions seem to contradict each other. For example, the proponents of the Paleo Diet advocate high consumption of foods purportedly found in prehistoric times — free range/wild/grass-fed animals and some fruits and vegetables. Grains, beans

and dairy products are to be shunned. On the other hand, a low-fat, vegan diet is professed to be associated with lower rates of cancer and heart disease. This is aptly shown in the research done by nutritional biochemistry professor T. Colin Campbell, author of “The China Study.” It’s also demonstrated in the movie “Forks Over Knives.” American physician Caldwell Esselstyn, also featured in “Forks Over Knives,” has published research showing that people with heart disease can live symptom-free by following a vegan diet. These two eating styles are at opposite ends of the spectrum. One is high animal protein, low carbohydrate, moderate fat. The other is low protein, high carbohydrate, low fat. What’s a person to believe? First, there probably isn’t only one way to eat to be healthy. Different people have different dietary needs. Plus, the human body is amazingly adaptable to what is available. I personally like Mark Bittman’s realistic, down-to-earth recommendations in “Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating.” He calls this sane eating, and here are some of its tenets: • Eat what you like, but think about proportion. “Americans eat more doughnuts,
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The best exercise sneaks up on us in play clothes

dependents account for 19 percent of the total benefits paid, while survivor’s benefits account for 12 percent. Almost one in four of today’s 20-year olds will become disabled before reaching age 67, and the majority of these workers have no long-term disability insurance besides their Social Security coverage. About one in eight of today’s 20-year olds will die before reaching age 67. Baseball and Social Security: America’s pastime and America’s retirement program. Both have long and storied histories and associations with statistics. Learn more about Social Security by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov. Alan Edwards is an information specialist with the Social Security Administration.


don’t expect anyone soon to come knocking on my door and say, “Can Bobby come out and play?” But apparently it’s not as farfetched a notion as it sounds. According to an article by Cynthia Ramnarace in the March 2012 issue of the AARP Bulletin, new multi-generational playBob Mayo grounds are being designed Now That I Think About It and built in many locales around the country to accommodate the young and old alike. One such effort is being spearheaded by the health insurer Humana and KaBOOM!, a nonprofit group whose research has concluded what most of us have known all along: If exercise isn’t fun, we probably won’t do it — not for long, anyway. I can attest to this. Somewhere on the road to stooped shoulders and saggy jowls, exercise, for me, became a loaded word. When I hear it now, I am reminded of Maynard G. Krebs from the old TV sitcom “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.” Whenever Maynard heard the word “work” mentioned, he would respond by yelping and jumping with fright. My reaction to

hearing the word “exercise” is not quite as dramatic: I suddenly get the urge to withdraw to the next room with a good book in hand. This was not always the case. As a younger man I got plenty of exercise without even thinking about it. That’s because it was packaged as recreation: golf, bowling, racquetball, swimming at the Y, roller skating in the park with my daughters, playing in a community softball league. Fun and games equaled exercise. Exercise, in short, was a byproduct of life. But that was when my body seemed to be made of flexible steel and sinew, and on-the-go was the only way to go. Lately my body feels more like a product of dry sticks and rusty hinges, and the invitation to stay put is as enticing as the smell of baking cookies. So, nowadays, recreation more often than not means engaging in a rigorous game of cards or dominoes, going to a movie or a community concert or dining out. All fun activities that I share with my wife and friends, but each of which expends fewer calories than I take in by eating just one fresh-baked cookie. I know better, however, than to allow myself to become a slug. There is a Biblical aspect to inactivity — that is, inactivity begets inactivity. I understand how quickly we can go from winning a trophy to atrophy when we disengage ourselves from regular exercise. So I work to put the fun back into physical activity. For my 60th birthday, my wife bought me a

stand-alone basketball hoop. One of those on a metal pole, with a Plexiglas backboard and a base you fill with sand for ballast. I never had one growing up but always coveted one. I played basketball in high school, although not with any great degree of skill. But I enjoy the game. That is, I enjoy the physical components of the game: dribbling the ball, shooting at the basket, rebounding. It’s fun. Even for a 65-year-old man. And without even thinking about it, I am getting a healthy dose of exercise. I don’t know if the effort to build multi-generational playgrounds will ever make it to Douglas County. I hope it does. It wouldn’t mean we grownups would be expected to go “whee!” down a slide, risk life and limb climbing on monkey bars, or ride a merry-go-round until we feel like throwing up. The idea is for grownups attending children at a playground to have their own age-appropriate equipment on which “to play” — stations that call for movement that strengthens muscles and improves mobility, balance, and flexibility. Exercise in the name of fun. I’m all for that. I and my inner child are ready to go out and play. Bob Mayo is a retired public schools employee who has lived in Douglas County since 1990. His passion is writing. You can reach him at bkmayo.author@gmail.com.


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It’s not too soon to weigh options for early retirement


hen the fiscal year ends, I have an annual meeting with our financial adviser. The first thing he does is update paperwork. From surfing the waves on the California beaches in the 1970s to riding the growth index of investments in 2012, our goals have taken new Wise Grandma shape, with retirement looming on the distant horizon. Frankly, I was more interested in the future picture than the mundane paperwork my adviser insisted we go through point by point. As we began to calculate the “experience” status, it occurred to me that our investments had been with the same company for about 15 years. The experience status lets the company know how long you have been a customer so they can track the growth of your portfolio. We had been slowly (very slowly) accumulating for retirement and like most of us, our retirement account took a big hit in 2008. The question quickly came to mind, “Are

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we there yet?” Many of my single women friends are also determining what direction they should take with their financial lives. Most are turning 62 this year, one is currently retired and another working part time, some full time. The question of drawing early Social Security was definitely on the table. Each of them in different stages of their lives, asking different questions about health insurance, reverse mortgages, IRAs, and downsizing. Trying to determine which options held the most promise of living a better and less worrisome lifestyle. My friend, Carol, has been fighting the aftereffects of a stem cell transplant as a result of lymphoma for the past eight years. Although she is in remission, she fights graft/host disease on a regular basis. She works long, hard hours as a respiratory therapist and her doctors have long cautioned her about the toll it is taking on her health. We will joyously celebrate her 60th birthday in June. She is also looking into her financial options for making her health a priority instead of working herself into an early grave. The truth is none of these women, along with a large majority of our booming generation, can afford to retire. As age creeps up on the retirement age for drawing Social Security (holding at 66, up from

65), boomers want to enjoy the golden years, rather than work through the best of them. Our generation has always had a strong work ethic. It has never been about taking the easy road. We just want to enjoy the work we do at this stage of the game. My dad once said that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life. I think boomers have reached a place in life where that truly reverberates, especially as most of us begin taking care of our aging parents. Here are a few points to consider when determining if drawing Social Security early is the right move for you. • Your benefits depend on when you were born. If born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify. • Your benefit payment depends on how much you earned during that time and the age at which you retire. • Retiring at age 62 will mean your benefit will be 25% lower than at full retirement. • Delaying retirement will mean your annual benefit will increase automatically until age 70. If you were born after 1943, that increase is 8 percent. • Experts believe you will need 70 percent to 80 percent of your pre-retirement

income when you retire. Social Security benefits are about 40% of that income. • Contact Social Security before retirement to know exactly what to expect. This is another crucial piece in the financial planning puzzle and should be a part of other investment resources. There are arguments to be made about taking the money early and enjoying it longer and in good health. If, in the case of my friend in remission, there is a health issue to be considered, be sure to do your research in Social Security Disability. This may be a better option for your health care and financial needs. As with most big decisions in our lives, being prepared is the best advice any financial adviser will offer. Social Security has informational publications that are very helpful. Filing early is important. Knowing what your bucket list holds is a good way to measure what plans you need to make for the financial freedom to accomplish them. The question then becomes “What’s in your wallet?” That’s what a wise grandma needs to know. Eularee Smith is the grandmother of six, a teacher and executive director of UpStart Crow children’s theater in Eugene. Visit her blog site at www.eularee.com.

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Roseburg Oregon, Page 9

Engage with elements for life-affirming energy



ersonally, I thrive only amid yearround greenery in temperatures from 40 to 75 degrees. Roseburg doesn’t provide this exactly, but close enough. When I last moved house I refused to do so ever again. Roseburg it is. So in summer heat and winter freezes, I burrow in, Everyday Inspiration hibernate, and survive through 80 to 110 degrees. The remainder of the year I smile. And smile! And laugh, and bay at the moon. (That’s why it’s there, as my dogs and I know, and we happily honor it each month. Become a member of the Society of Moon Howlers!) I’m a nature-lover. Living on a forested mountain ridge, I feel no need to impress neighbors with manicured lawns. Don’t even want to. The grass, brush, trees flourish at their natural location, height and breadth. Yes, I pat trees, stroke leaves and flowers, and talk to plants, inside the house

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and out. I’ve found it seems to please them and me, so why not? I also enjoy insects, birds, animals and other creatures as I come across them. Again, why not? We all live on this earth and desire to prosper. We all came from the same place and have the same goal while we’re here. Many people besides me do all this, in their own ways. They garden, write poetry, hike wildlands, explore seashores, digging for gemstones, photograph wildlife for hours, enthralled. All pay homage to the outdoors in their individual ways. What do you do? If you haven’t lain flat on a patch of grass and observed the layer of life burgeoning at our feet every day, I offer you the idea. (Okay, lie on a blanket the first time, but gradually get yourself off of it.) Being eyeball-to-eyeball with nature is what matters. Insect life goes busily about its business, but will pause to include you, if you allow it to happen. Most bugs will not harm. They merely explore or travel to where they are going. The most exquisite of flowers are down there — dainty miniatures of salmon pink with blue centers, orchid-shapes blue as the summer sky, medieval foils red as fire, dragon-flower yellow sunshine. The grass

seems greener when seen at its own level, as are the unimaginably delicate, unfolding leaves. Go on, lie on your belly, tenderize your soul. As an adult, have you yet danced in a rain shower or a wind storm, as trees do? Humans have taken themselves so far out of and away from nature, running and hiding from it. Inside, buildings don’t protect so much as shield us from the goodness of rain, wind and sun, from the very life-giving dust from which we came and to which we’ll return. Your skin yearns for mists, pouring raindrops. Nature is healing to the body, mind, and spirit. For millennia this has been acknowledged scientifically and employed for healing. It literally mends bodies, replenishes souls, regenerates energy, inspires souls, calms, appeases. Go into nature, try it yourself. I doubledog dare you! KatSue Grant taught writing, English literature and psychology courses at California State University at Stanislaus and several community colleges. She’s a professional manuscript editor and is a member of several writing groups in Douglas County and statewide.

Caregiver support groups to meet
Family caregiver support groups are meeting in three sites this month. There’s no charge to participate. Because of the Independence Day holiday, the Roseburg group will not meet July 4. Other schedules are as follows: Sutherlin — 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 12, Sutherlin Community Center, 10 S. Willamette St. Canyonville — 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 19, Chapel, Forest Glen Senior Residence, 200 S.W. Frontage Road. Winston — 2 to 3:30 p.m. July 25, Wooley Board Room, Winston Community Center, 440 Grape Street. Information: Nancy Hudson, 541-4403677.

Another Strike Against Amputation


ocal resident, Joan Kemp could barely walk. Her leg pain was so bad she was having to consider a trip to Eugene and an amputation. Now she is back doing the activities she loves most thanks to a procedure performed at Mercy’s Shaw Heart and Vascular Center to relieve the often debilitating and dangerous effects of peripheral artery disease (PAD). People with diabetes and other conditions, whose PAD has caused gangrene or devastating sores on their feet are being wheeled into Shaw Heart and Vascular Center, and walking out on their own two feet. We are proving daily that anyone who still thinks amputation is the only solution to the problem doesn’t have a leg to stand on. And if you don’t believe us, ask Joan Kemp. Look for her at the bowling alley. For more information about our limbsaving, and often life-saving, treatment of patients with PAD caused by diabetes or other conditions, ask your doctor, or visit:

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Roseburg Oregon, Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer offers sizzling opportunities for volunteer service


ne of our most feared medical terms is cancer, and when that diagnosis is given, the whole world seems to close in around us. All is dark and hopeless until someone steps up to give us a measure of hope and a helping hand. Be that someone in our community by answering the call for volunteers by the American Cancer Society or the Douglas County Cancer Services. The cancer society is looking for 10 volunteers to drive patients to and from chemotherapy treatments and 10 volunteers in the Resource Center to help patients find the services they may need. For more information, call Sam at 541492-3917 or email her at sam.likens@ucancap.org.

Douglas County Cancer Services needs you to greet patients and help them with financial and personal needs. Dodie Blessing can give you details. Call her at 541680-5396 or Sam at 541-492-3917. Other volunteer sites that are looking for helping hands include the following. Contact Sam at the number and email address above unless otherwise indicated. The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center needs VA van drivers to transport veterans to and from medical appointments in the Roseburg area. Training and a tuberculosis test are provided. Be there for the warriors who have defended us. Dial-A-Ride is looking for drivers in each of the communities they serve. Volunteers will drive seniors and the disabled to doctor appointments, grocery shopping and to the senior dining sites. Each community has a fleet of vehicles. Winston and

Reedsport are the most in need, so if you live in either one of these places call Sam. Mercy Medical Center needs golf cart drivers for hospital visitors, blood pressure takers at clinics in three locations and imaging department assistants. Weekend volunteers are especially needed. Contact Mercy Volunteer Services at 541-677-4465 or Sam. Manor House Memory Care is requesting volunteers to help the residents with simple woodworking projects, easy exercise programs, gardening, music, arts and crafts or card games. Or you can just reminisce with them. Assistants for bus trips on Monday and Wednesday afternoon are also needed. Call Sandy at 541-464-5600 for details. Umpqua Valley Rehab and Care Center wants to recruit men who can relate to the interests of the male residents and would

like to visit with them. For more information, call Gina at 541-464-7108 or Sam. Family Caregiver Support Program wants you to become a certified class leader for Powerful Tools of Caregiving. Leaders teach family caregivers the coping skills they need to guide them to the services available to assist them with this difficult responsibility. Training requires a four-hour daily class for six weeks. Assistance with the Family Caregiver Newsletter is also needed four hours every month. Call Nancy at 541-440-3677 or Sam. Wildlife Safari has issued an open invitation to its 9 a.m. Monday morning meetings, where those interested can pick up information and get applications to become a volunteer. If you want more details, call Barbara at 541-530-1582.


• Eat what you like, but think about proportion. “Americans eat more doughnuts, soda, and chips than real food.” Face it, most of us will continue to eat the foods that we like. We just need to eat smaller amounts. Sometimes much smaller. • Eat all the plants you can manage. You’ll be doing yourself a favor every time you eat a vegetable in place of anything else. Foods from plants — fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and beans — are powerhouses of nutrition. Make sure that at least 50 percent of your plate is filled with plants/ If you can make it 75 percent full of plants, even better! • Whole grains beat refined carbs. True, grains are plants, but unlimited grains can spell trouble. Eating whole grains several times day is fine. Have oatmeal

for breakfast, whole-grain bread for lunch and a grain dish with dinner. Keep the whole grains to about one-quarter of your plate. • Start with olive oil for most of your food preparation. Peanut oil and grapeseed oil are great for stir-fry; dark sesame or nut oils add extra flavor. Again, be aware that all oils are high in calories, so use them sparingly. A little goes a long way. • Ultimately, animal products are treats. Meat is full of flavor. Begin to use smaller portions of meat as flavoring, not as a food group. Use bacon to flavor a pot of beans instead of eating a quarter pound (that’s four slices) at breakfast. Nancy Goodale Graham, coordinates the Oregon Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular Wellness and Prevention programs at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. You can contact her at nancyg323@comcast.net.

Early swimming lessons allowed a plunge into summertime fun


from slipping into deep water. n 1929, I eagerly joined sevThere I watched laughing girls eral grade-school friends for busy kicking their legs and flailswimming ing their arms. lessons in the The Red Cross enclosed pool at teacher explained the YMCA. The the first lesson was Iowa coldto put my face in the weather months water and to blow were a good bubbles. The deadtime to prepare man’s float was to for jumping into be practiced the secthe outdoor pool ond week. Years of the city was Memory Moments weekly wintertime planning to conafterschool lessons struct. After changing into a red wool would follow. Afterward I would I need to remain by the electric bathing suit, I strapped on a hair dryer on the wall in order for white rubber bathing cap and my hair not to freeze while walkhurried out to perch on the edge ing home. of the pool. Someone shouted, Those lessons equipped a “Don’t go in there.” I quickly stood up and was led to the friend and me for a liberating opposite shallow end to keep me experience the summer of 1935.

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With our secondhand onespeed bicycles for transportation, we placed a wrapped towel, bathing suit and lunch in each bicycle basket. We then traveled six miles to the site of a recent Works Progress Administration project — dressing rooms and a sandy beach adjacent to a newly formed lake. No lifeguard was present. We plunged in, feeling the exhilaration of using our advanced swimming ability in addition to experiencing the freedom that teenagers desire. The outdoor municipal pool became available the summer of 1936. I was there, eager to observe the male lifeguards and to help beginners enjoy aquatic fun.

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Study by Cambridge University In England Reveals Key Answer
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