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The Time Is Now

The Time Is Now

Miriam C. Shultz, DC
1969 Davenport Campus

I've been an active participant in Palmer alumni groups and activities since graduation in 1969. Some years I've been more active than others but made the turn, so to speak, when I made a commitment to the Palmer Alumni Association AND the President's Club. Supporting Palmer has always seemed to be the right thing to do. Chiropractic has been my life since starting college at age seventeen when I made a deal with my Dad. I'd go to Palmer for one quarter for him since he thought it was such a good idea for me. Then I'd go to the nursing school that had been my target since I was eight years old. What was my Dad thinking?!

Then I sat in my first philosophy class with Dr. Galen Price. His explanation was simplistic and all I needed to hear to realize that this thing called ChiropracTIC had been my "target"-I just didn't know what it was called! So, again, I told my Dad how right he was and I stuck with Chiropractic then and I stick with Chiropractic now. It is the way to bring health, happiness, and productivity to all those patients seeking that particular trio of life experiences.

Now let me tell you about the decision I made last year. Losing one parent in 2003 focused my attention on the parent left to my care. After her death I began the inevitable sorting and settling of my parent's estate, which few of my age can escape. I know many of you reading this have already or are now living this same experience. The resulting craziness has made me more determined to clean up my estate act.

Palmer is my alma mater. Palmer is at the center of my life experiences. How could I depart this mortal coil and NOT provide a means for someone else to take my place in this most valuable healthcare profession? Impossible! And, in an effort to KISS it, I've made my will with designations in percentages and caps. Of course, Palmer has been named in my will as has my Sorority, Sigma Phi Chi.

After my death there is no way to ask me how I want to distribute whatever I will leave behind unless I do leave a will. Is it silly to state the obvious? I don't think so. Most of us think we'll live forever and we can do all that stuff "later." Or, we mistakenly believe those left behind will surely know by now we want Palmer to have "something." That doesn't, it won't and it never has worked that way. Say it now and say it clearly. Put Palmer into your will with "something." It doesn't have to be millions. Many people donating dollars has always accumulated more funds than a few donating millions. Give in percentages of your estate and don't worry about an amount. Replace yourself with a ChiropracTOR with the convictions and traditions of our alma mater, Palmer College of Chiropractic.

It is easy to include a bequest in your will or have one added as a codicil. For your convenience, sample language is listed below. Please feel free to print this page to give to your attorney. If there are any questions, he or she can contact Barbara Melbourne, CT, CFRE at phone number 563-884-5611 or email her at barbara.melbourne@palmer.edu.


Example bequest language - Please feel free to change the numbers or percentages as you desire.

1. Bequest of cash

"I bequeath the sum of $10,000 to Palmer College of Davenport, IA."

2. Bequest of a percent of the estate

"I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."

3. Contingent Bequest

"If my brother John Doe survives me, I devise and bequeath 20% of the remainder and residue of property owned at my death, whether real or personal, and wherever located to John Doe. If John Doe does not survive me, then I devise and bequeath 20% of my residuary estate, whether real or personal property and wherever located to Palmer College, Davenport, IA."


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