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October 2012

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Book Recommendation

October GSA book cover

"Susan B. Anthony,
Fighter for Freedom and Equality"

By Suzanne Slade

"Susan B. Anthony,
Fighter for Freedom and Equality"

By Suzanne Slade 

Susan B. Anthony supported equality for men and women, including granting women the right to vote. As a result of Susan's efforts, mainstream Americans began to focus more attention on the issue of inequality in America.

Susan B. Anthony died in 1906. Women didn't gain the right to vote until 1920, when the 19th Amendment, known as the "Susan B. Anthony Amendment," was added to the Constitution. This biography reminds us of the importance of protecting the rights of all to vote in the upcoming election and encourages everyone to exercise that right.

Volunteer Opportunities

Winter wear drive for children

Barbara Scott, will be collecting CLEAN and gently used OR new coats, hats, mittens, and boots for children in grades Kindergarten -- 8 at various Chicago Public Schools on the west side. Please take some time to look through your winter items and see what you can donate to those in need.
A box will be located in the lobby at the Takiff Center (999 Green Bay Road, Glencoe) from now through Friday, December 23, 2012. For more information, please contact Barbara Scott at or 847-707-5795. 

Help keep our kids warm this winter.

Volunteer shoppers are needed to purchase winter wear for needy clients using funds provided by JUF’s Chanukah Coat Club. Volunteers will be shopping for specific items based on requests from our children.

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, from 10 a.m. – noon.

Where: Target, 17605 Halsted, Homewood, IL.

For more information, contact Alene Rutzky at 708-798-1884.

Moments of Service Webinar
Moments of Service are opportunities to engage today’s youths in real-world experiences. Join generationOn for a one-hour webinar to discover tips, tools and resources for finding or creating youth service and service-learning projects in observance of Veteran's Day, National Philanthropy Day, Family Volunteer Day and Thanksgiving.
When: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. CDT
Click here to register online.

Quote of the Month

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."

--Harriet Tubman

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A Note from Bubbe Sharon

Changing the world one action at a time
I recently returned from a beautiful cruise and have been working on a program called "Change the World One Action at a time." I’d like to share a few stories from my cruise that make me think deeply about this new program.

One gentleman on the cruise, Bill, had cerebral palsy. He walked with two canes or was in a wheelchair. Every time someone saw him, he was smiling. He was so happy to be on the cruise, so happy to see the sights, so happy to meet new people. Bill taught others, through example, how to face the world with challenges. He and his wife had wonderful senses of humor and delightful stories of their adventures. By watching Bill and his wife and seeing the positive outlook they both had on life, I challenged myself to appreciate each and every day.

A woman on the cruise had recently lost her husband of 50 years. Although her daughter accompanied her on the cruise, there were times it was important for her to speak about the wonderful life she had. She said it was an honor and joy to care for her husband the last few years of his life, saying she was able to "pay back" just a bit of all he had done for her throughout their marriage. She also spoke about the future -- where she wanted to travel, what she wanted to do now that she had the time and still had the energy to do things. She, too, inspired me.

One staff member greeted every passenger with a "Good Morning" and made each of us smile, even in rainy, cold weather. Although it was his job, you could see his soul shining through everything he said and did.

Finally, there was a passenger who walked up to another passenger the last day of the cruise and said, "You will never know how you helped me, but I will always be in your debt." The passenger truly did not know what she had done to help, except to enjoy conversations with fellow passengers on the ship.

What do we learn as we think about repairing the world just a little bit at a time?

a. Face each day with enthusiasm and joy.

b. Face each new person you see with a willingness to listen, learn and teach.

c. Face each opportunity to help others with joy and pleasure.

d. Share these thoughts through word and deed with the next generation.

If we all did this, what a wonderful world it could be.

- Sharon “Bubbe” Morton 

The Race

Putting others before yourself

A Jewish day school student from Tennessee, Seth Goldstein, finished last in a recent cross-country race, but received a hero's welcome, and rightfully so, when he crossed the finish line. The 17-year-old senior from Cooper Yeshiva High in Memphis stopped mid-race to help an opponent from another school that suddenly collapsed during the race. Goldstein, a lifeguard, called for someone to dial 911 and also to get ice as the stricken athlete began to have seizures.

 "He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad," Goldstein recounted to the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. "I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn't asphyxiate."

EMTs arrived and took over. Only then did Goldstein, the only runner who had stopped to help a fellow runner, finish the race.

Read the entire story by clicking here.

Write a Letter

At this time of year, what better gift can you give to others than part of yourself? 

The Letter
by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Write a letter. Address it to those you love – your spouse, your children and grandchildren, your friends. Put into this letter everything life has taught you. Share what you learned from childhood, from growing up and from your education. Share what you learned from marriage and rearing children. Share what you learned from work, from your triumphs and successes in the world, and from your failures and disappointments. Share what you learned from the deaths of your loved ones and the path of mourning. Share the meaning, the lesson and the wisdom of your life.

What is your message and why should you write this letter? Write it for three reasons:

Do it for yourself. You deserve to know what life has taught you. According to Jewish tradition, each human soul carries into the world one letter, one byte, of God’s message. You are a vessel of God’s truth. Have you discovered and delivered your message?

Write the letter for your loved ones. No one lives forever. When your time comes, what a wonderful thing it would be for your loved ones to hear your voice, to know your wisdom.

Do it for your soul. Modern life has brought us many gifts, but one of the causalities of modern life is contemplation. Our ancestors lived in a much slower world. They had time to think, to dream. We live exhausted every day, running from appointment to project to vacation and back, without stopping to wonder why, without the chance to grow in wisdom. This is why we age. Without connection to the truth within, the spirit grows old, the soul grows tired.

No one is old who knows the truth of his or her existence and the purpose of life.

Go ahead. Write the letter.  

Ed Feinstein is the rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue in Encino, California, and a lecturer at the American Jewish University.


Quick Ideas

Recently, 1,000 soldiers and their families assembled from all over the U.S at a base near the Do One Nice Thing office in Los Angeles, CA. A unit of reserve soldiers was deploying to Afghanistan, and their families came to spend a few precious hours with them before hugging them goodbye.

Many of the soldiers are young and have young children. They are experiencing a long separation for the first time. Moms and Dads will be especially missed by these children on Halloween, but there’s something you can do to help:

When you're shopping for Halloween candy and decorations, buy an extra glow light, or glow bracelet, necklace or stickers for these children. A thank you card for the stay-at-home parent would be great, too. These tokens of support will let the families know they're remembered.

Mail these tokens of appreciation to: Do One Nice Thing: 149 S. Barrington Ave., #279, Los Angeles, CA 90049-3310. Items must be received by Friday, October 19.

Send your leftover candy and treats to Operation Gratitude. Your candy will go in care packages to deployed service members. You can also donate online by clicking here.

Doing one nice thing for someone else can make a world of difference. Click here for some examples and suggestions. 

Thank you to Debbie Tenser at Do One Nice Thing



We appreciate all donations made to GSA. All monies raised through GSA donations are used to further the work of the organization. The past couple of months, a portion of the money raised has been used to extend mini-grants to intergenerational social action projects in such cities as St. Louis, MO. Look for reports from the grant recipients in early 2013.

If you would like to make a donation please send your name, address and information for whom the donation is made. Include that person's name and address and the reason for the donation.  Make out a check to Grandparents for Social Action and mail it to Sharon Morton, 56 Ellendale Rd.  Deerfield, Illinois, 60015. We will send a donation card to the recipient and an acknowledgment for tax purposes to you.







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