UW Combined Fund Drive

Community Connections

November 2022

Happy November everyone!

As a committed book worm, football fan and TV watcher, this is one of my favorite months of the year. It’s a month where I can be as sedentary as I want, with no guilt about the outdoor projects I “should” be doing.

Given the upcoming holidays, it has me thinking about some of the things I’m thankful for. Here’s a short list:

Family. I love that during the holidays I get to spend more time with my extended family. Getting ready for family dinners with my sisters involves a lot of loud off key singing and goofy middle aged lady dancing. When you add the weird looks we get from assorted kids and husbands, it’s a totally priceless experience.

Traditions. Family related, but for a new generation. My sisters and I make lefse every year before Thanksgiving. As the cousins have gotten older, they are part of the making process too. I don’t think it would have ever occurred to my Grandma to show boys how to make lefse, but all our boys know how. The kids have fun, get to eat the “mistakes” and carry this family tradition forward into the next year.

Service. I have two cousins that are active duty in the Air Force. One is stationed in Japan and the other is on his way to Alaska for his new posting. I’m excited to see my cousin and his family as they make the trip north. If moving to Alaska in November doesn’t exemplify a spirit of service, I don’t know what does.

As I think about all these things, I am even more grateful for the work Doctors Without Borders is doing. Working in crisis situation is a call to service I can’t image. They are working to keep people alive, healthy and with their families to continue the traditions and connections that enrich their lives.

They say those who can’t do, teach. I can’t do, I can’t really teach, but I can fundraise. As you think about presents for the coming year, think about giving the gift of a brighter future in honor of the people on your gift list. I know that with inflation, money is tight, but making a gift in someone’s honor is a gift that makes the world a better place well after the holidays are over.

Think outside the gift box this year and make a donation that makes difference now and into the coming year.


Jolyn Mason
Campaign Manager
UW Combined Fund Drive