Dear Editor:

When we think about the things we love and appreciate about Mount Carroll, many (or perhaps even all!) were made possible because people before us made gifts to make them possible.

Our parks, library, schools, houses of worship, community center, senior center, city events — all these things came about because people decided to invest in the future of Mount Carroll.

We all have the opportunity to do the same — to adopt Mount Carroll as one of our heirs and to leave a portion of our life's work to ensure it is a great place for the generations who come after us — our children and grandchildren, our neighbors and friends and the friends we've yet to meet. Our parents often said, "Leave things better than you found them."

The Mount Carroll Community Foundation is having a forum to share ideas on how you can do just that — leave things better. Please join us this Thursday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the new Carroll County Senior Center on East Benton Street to hear some ideas you might be able to use in your plan for leaving things better than you found them — for your loved ones, for your community and, the causes you care about.

A young boy saw an old man planting a small tree and asked why he was doing it since he would never see it grow big and beautiful. His reply was that some people before him cared enough about the future to give others a chance to enjoy a beautiful tree. I'm not doing this for myself, I'm doing it for you and your children.

Hope to see you at the Senior Center on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Mount Carroll

Community Foundation