Press Release – Examiner – Need for Giving

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  The need for giving endures<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, September 20, 2008The economy’s tightening. Signs are everywhere.After topping $4 earlier this summer, Eastern Jackson County gas prices continue to hover around $3.50. Homes are selling slowly. Loans are hard to come by. And earlier this week, the sale of Merrill Lynch…

Press Release – Examiner – Remember and Learn

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Take a moment to remember and learn<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, September 6, 2008You’d think I’d have learned by now that the purpose of Labor Day is to take a break from one’s labor. You’d be wrong if you did. Joe and I spent a good part of the three-day weekend…

Press Release – Examiner – Society Sacrifices

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Society’s sacrifices pay off<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, August 22, 2008It’s my turn to join the long line of writers who’ve penned their thoughts about the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The action-filled days since the Aug. 8 opening ceremony have delivered plenty of great performances. U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps, whose…

Press Release – Examiner – Teachers

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Teachers help mold our lives<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, August 9, 2008It’s hard to believe summer’s coming to an end. Wasn’t it just last week that the kids bounded home from school giddy over their sweet slice of freedom?So it is with many things long-awaited. They go as quickly as they…

Press Release – Examiner – Great Friendship

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Beginning of a great friendship<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, July 26, 2008Remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials? They’re etched in my memory from years of repetitive viewing be-tween Saturday morning episodes of “Scooby Doo” and “Speed Racer.” You remember the stitch: A man and woman collide while walking past…

Press Release – Examiner – In Time

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  In time, a little can do a lotSaturday, June 28, 2008Adding two dimes to the next dollar you drop in the church collection plate could lead to billions.It’s true. More than $306 billion was given to U.S. nonprofit organizations in 2007, according to “Giving USA 2008,” the annual report…

Press Release – Examiner – Good Deeds

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Good deeds are often contagiousSaturday, July 12, 2008It’s fun catching people doing good things.I fingered Joe, our 12-year-old, two weeks ago. He and Maggie, 10, had just returned from church camp and were abuzz with optimism about the difference they could make in the world.As I turned onto our…

Press Release – Examiner – Fathers

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Fathers set the pattern<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, June 14, 2008I met my dad when I was 4. He’d come to recruit my mom to improve our neighborhood, a focus of the community development organization for which he worked. I’d never heard of the Independence Plan for Neighborhood Councils, nor had…

Press Release – Examiner – Leaders Mold Lives

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Leaders mold lives of youths<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, May 31, 2008We shoved off early from Bryant Elementary School. It was the blustery Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and Kate’s doubts about whether many would participate faded as nearly every girl in the troop showed up for the trek to Nebraska…

Press Release – Examiner – Making Friends

Article menu>> Matt BeemPresident, Hartsook Companies, Inc.  Making friends all over<SATURDAY, B 2008Saturday, May 17, 2008It really is a small world. I boarded a Delta Airlines flight earlier this week in Honolulu for the long trip back to Kansas City. Hartsook Companies has just begun a five-year relationship with a Volcano, Hawaii-based organization seeking $50 million…