July 2023 – NEWSLETTER
Independence Day Celebration
WHAT YOU’LL FIND INSIDE:
- INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
- RSVP FOR “THE DANG Ps”
- CLIENT SPOTLIGHT
- WELCOME JOE McCOWEN
- LIVING YOUR LEGACY
- CONSTRUCTION ON BROWN ST
However you choose to celebrate – whether boisterously or otherwise – we wish you a wonderful, memorable holiday.
Please note that our office will be closed on Monday, July 3. Both our office and the financial markets will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Of course, you can access your account(s) using Raymond James Investor Access anytime.
July 3 – Paramount office closed for the Independence Day holiday
July 4 – Paramount office and the financial markets closed for Independence Day
August 25 – 2nd Annual Free Concert for our clients and guests featuring The Dangling Participles
September 4 – Paramount office and the financial markets closed for Labor Day
Join us for our second annual free concert exclusively for our clients and guests!
This year we welcome The Dangling Participles (The Dang Ps), a jazzy indie-folk band who won the 2022 Lansing City Pulse newspaper’s “Top of the Town” award for Best Folk Artist/Band.
Come hang out with us on the Granary Patio at Ella Sharp Museum on August 25th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to bring family or friends that you want to introduce to our practice!
Sweet and salty snacks will be served along with 2 complimentary drinks per person.
Client Spotlight- African Safari
Photo: Neva Ostrander and Dave Zontek
They covered over 1600 kilometers while on safari and traveling from park to park. Carla described their travels as being in 3 distinct regions: a lush tropical forest, the floor of a crater, and the plains of the Serengeti. “There were 3 very different, very diverse places, and even though you could say we saw an elephant here, we saw an elephant there, it was different depending on the area they were in…I learned a lot more about the animals and their habitats because the different areas created different environments for them to survive in”.
With a local driver and a guide, a group of 6 went out each day in a Land Rover. The Rover had a pop-up top so people could stand to watch the animals or remain seated. No one is allowed out of the vehicle in the parks unless in a designated eating or rest area.
So, what did they see? It’s best heard in their own words.
Dave & Neva – [The animals] ate, slept, went on the prowl and played. We saw a lion charge into a herd of wildebeest, an Impala being eaten by cheetahs, baboons playing, and hippos relieving themselves with no regard to how close their neighbor was. Disgusting. We came upon a tree that was tipped over by elephants so they could eat the top of the tree.
Shaun – It was very interesting to see this leopard (which are very hard to spot)…The leopard was hiding in a bush by the road. It came out to get a drink of water from a mud puddle in the road because it was exhausted from taking down its kill. As we were driving away from the sighting, our guide pointed out the kill, a wildebeest, in a near-by tree. Leopards are the only animal who eats its prey in the trees. This is because no other animal will climb up to take the meal from them. We drove onward and when we came back, the leopard was in the tree, eating. It was sort of gory, but that’s just the natural way of life.
Carla – …to see lions, cheetah, and leopards in close proximity. We could be parked for 30 minutes or more to just really, really watch them. The cubs got up, started stretching, drank water from mud puddles, and then crossed the road.
Dave – We got so close that we could count the flies on the nose of a lion. That’s how close we were.
Neva – There were some cute little baby elephants. When very young, they don’t have control of their trunk. It was really funny to watch them try to pick the grass and then get it into their mouth. They don’t succeed all the time.
As a whole, the group seemed most impressed by the zebra and wildebeest migration in the Serengeti.
Dave – We saw hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras. The horizon was probably 6 to 7 miles away. As far as our eye could see, both ways, left and right, there were zebras. It was just incredible…I mean, it’s hard to even comprehend.
Photo: Carla Kennedy and Shaun Hitt pictured in front of a “termite mound”.
Next month the adventure continues with more about the food, accommodations, and people.
Welcome, Joe McCowen
Joe grew up in Kalamazoo and has a Dachshund named “Bear”. He enjoys fishing, hanging out with his family, and hunting. As a matter of fact, last December Joe got his first deer, an 8 point buck!
Please help us in welcoming Joe to the Paramount family!
Living Your Legacy
Making a difference can start with how you live your everyday life.
When you think about your legacy, perhaps you hope to one day be described as a philanthropist. You don’t have to be Bill Gates to earn that title, though: All those passionate about making a difference can claim this identity. If the chance to give to communities here and around the globe is what’s driving you, here are some ways to incorporate that sense of purpose into your life now. Click the blue button below to read about six actions that can build an enduring philanthropic legacy.
Road Construction on South Brown Street
If you wish to avoid the construction on South Brown, you can enter our parkinglot from Franklin Street as an alternate route.
Don Hershberger, CFP®, AIF®, CRC®, Founder and President, PWM, was named on the 2023 Forbes Top Wealth Advisor Best-in-State list.
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