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Bob and Mary Are Giving Smarter and Achieving Their Dreams...Find Out How You Can Too!

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Bob and Mary first met at Two-Bit Flicks, a 25-cent movie night held on Fridays in Brighton Lecture Hall. When the spring formal hosted by the women's dorm came around, Mary asked Bob to go with her. It was their first "official" date.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. Or in Bob and Mary's case, it is natural history. That's because Emporia State also introduced them to a lifelong passion for the natural sciences.

Bob and Mary feel Emporia State was the catalyst for the life they've built together. Mary became a science educator for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade students. Bob founded and served as director of the Great Plains Nature Center and became a renowned nature photographer.

Now they want others to have the same opportunity they did. They want to help students come to ESU and discover a passion they can follow for the rest of their lives.

Bob and Mary found a simple and easy way to achieve this dream. When they set up their trust, they named Emporia State as a beneficiary.

What's your dream?

Learn how easy it is to make your dream a reality by naming Emporia State University in your will or trust. Contact Angela Fullen, Director of Planned Giving at the Emporia State University Foundation. She can answer your questions or help you get started. If you have already named Emporia State in your will or trust, let us know. We will make sure your gift does everything you want it to do.

"I would encourage anyone, if they are thinking about doing something like this, to contact the Foundation. For us, it has been a great experience." - Mary Butel

Getting Started is Easy

Not sure how to take the first step? We've got just the thing you need. Download your free Will and Estate Planning Guide. This guide is an easy way to get started on, or update, your estate plan. It will help you explore your options at your own pace. It's free, easy and yours to keep.

Download your copy today or contact Angela Fullen to request a printed copy.

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Angela Fullen
Director of Planned Giving
Telephone: 620-341-6465
[email protected]

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Monday September 25, 2023

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Savvy Senior

Online Dating

Can you recommend online dating apps or websites? I am looking for someone to spend my time with and I am uncertain on the best way to find a companion.

Whether you are interested in dating or just looking for a friend to spend time with, online dating is an easy and convenient way to meet new people from the comfort of your own home. Today, most websites use matchmaking algorithms that factor in your interests and preferences to match you with individuals that are best suited for you. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Choose a website: With various matchmaking websites and smartphone apps available today, choosing the right one for you may be confusing. While many sites offer free versions, many websites offer premium services with paid versions. In general, paying for dating apps can get you increased visibility and the ability to learn who has liked your profile.

There are various types of matchmaking websites that cater to your specific preferences. If you are looking to connect with other older adults, educated professionals or are considering religious preferences, there are several specialized websites that can help your search.

Create a profile: If you choose to join a matchmaking website, you will need to create a profile that reflects who you are. Your profile may include recent photos, hobbies, interests, favorite activities and more. It is important to provide just enough information to highlight your personality and not reveal private information that could compromise your privacy or safety.

Practice caution: When you register with a website you no one gets access to your personal contact information until you decide to give it out. Be cautious to who you disclose personal contact information. You should talk on the phone or through video a few times prior to meeting in person. When you do meet in person, it is best to select a public place or bring a friend. If someone asks for money or your financial information, do not provide it. Online dating and sweetheart scams are rampant so be very cautious.

Be skeptical: Some people may exaggerate in their profiles. Some users may use misleading pictures or use another person's picture. As such, it is suggested to maintain a reasonable level of skepticism when you enter dating websites.

Make an effort: Users will often sit back and wait for others to reach out to them. Do not be afraid to make the first move. When you find someone you like, you might want to send them a short message that acknowledges your common interests and compliments their profile.

Do not get discouraged: If you do not get a response from someone, do not take it personally. There are many others that will be interested and it only takes one person to make online dating worthwhile.

Savvy Living is written by Jim Miller, a regular contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of "The Savvy Living" book. Any links in this article are offered as a service and there is no endorsement of any product. These articles are offered as a helpful and informative service to our friends and may not always reflect this organization's official position on some topics. Jim invites you to send your senior questions to: Savvy Living, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070.

Published May 12, 2023

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