Press Release – Examiner – Barbers and Civil Discourse

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Barbers and civil discourseSaturday, April 14, 2012Independence, MO – I become more convinced each year how important my barber shop is.It serves the obvious purpose of keeping me neatly trimmed. In recent years, that’s included more than the hair on my head; it’s also covered my increasingly unwieldy eyebrows,…

Press Release – Examiner – Your service matters greatly

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Your service matters greatlySaturday, March 24, 2012Independence, MO – I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power people have to improve their communities.It started several weeks ago. I was doing pre-campaign study interviews for a metropolitan Kansas City organization and had the opportunity to visit with Sister Berta…

Press Release – Examiner – A good friend will be missed

Article menu>> Matt Beem President and COO Hartsook Companies, Inc. A good friend will be missed Saturday, March 10, 2012 Independence, MO – We said goodbye last week to a beloved member of our family. Sally Gracie Wishbone, our 12-year-old Labrador retriever-border collie mix, battled cancer for several months. Thursday was her last day with…

On Donor Intent . . . Again

I thought you would be interested the story, “Testing Donor’s Intent, 350 Years Later” from The Wall Street Journal.I have taken a couple of months off from writing my blog.  Some of you have asked about my health, attitude, etc.  I assure you all is fine.  It took a violation of donor intent, now over…

Press Release – Examiner – Give, Serve, Plant Seeds

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Give, serve, plant seedsSaturday, February 11, 2012Independence, MO – The Beem family spent a morning last month boxing food at Harvesters Community Food Network. Kate, who has volunteered nearly a decade for the organization, was determined to get us there.It was an experience we’ll not soon forget.After checking in,…

Press Release – Examiner – Gifts from all my grandparents

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Gifts from all my grandparentsSaturday, January 14, 2012Independence, MO – Kate and I attended the funeral Friday of an extended family member. My cousins’ grandmother touched many lives during her 93 years, and her sons’ eulogies got me thinking about how my grandparents shaped me.Author Nelson Henderson once said…

Press Release – Examiner – Joy is a pet made healthy

Article menu>>Matt BeemPresident and COOHartsook Companies, Inc.Joy is a pet made healthySaturday, December 24, 2011Independence, MO – Although I’m yet to unwrap my first gift, I’ve already received more this holiday season than ever before. Sally, our adopted retriever-collie mix whose 12th birthday we’ll celebrate on Jan. 1, is home for the holidays. Let me…