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A New Partnership with Old Friends

A New Partnership with Old Friends
New partnerships are formed every day - corporate, professional, social and personal. Most partnerships begin and end over a specific period like a month, a year or even a lifetime. However, it is rare to find a partnership that has lasted for generations and will continue in future generations.

Robert L. Hawkins, Jr., knows that his partnership with Westminster College began when his father attended in 1918. Today four different generations have been a part of the Westminster College experience.

Robert and his wife, Elizabeth, have spent a lifetime partnering with The Winston Churchill Memorial. The Hawkins were supporters in bringing the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury to Westminster College. In the 1960's and 1970's Elizabeth served as a member of the Churchill Memorial Board of Trustees for over ten years. During that time, she was instrumental in building the Churchill Memorial Mid-Missouri Friends Association.

Like many friends of the Memorial, they looked for ways to do more. The Hawkins' said, "We want to make the gift, but we want income as long as we live." Robert and Elizabeth decided to partner with Westminster College by establishing Charitable Gift Annuities. Each gift annuity will provide a lifetime of payments. Because each gift annuity payment rate is based upon the age of the gift annuitant, their combined payment rate is over 18%.

Robert and Elizabeth realize that the Memorial is a springboard for education about Churchill and his era to future generations. Their gift annuities provide an enhanced level of partnership knowing that "we are in this together." They heard Churchill himself say, "those who fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."

So that future generations will never forget, their gifts will benefit The Winston Churchill Memorial Educational Program.

Then, as Robert and Elizabeth began reviewing there estate plan they realized they have been richly blessed. Their family continues to grow now including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. So naturally, the first priority in legacy planning is for their family.

Their next legacy is to remember the charitable organizations that have been so much a part of their lives. Robert and Elizabeth have chosen to continue their partnership with Westminster College by naming The Winston Churchill Memorial as a partial beneficiary on an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). They made a living through his law practice, but they made a life through their giving!


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