|Getting up every day and doing something to make the world a better place…|
|…what a wonderful and aspirational life focus. Bill Gessner did this in such a down-to-earth, personal way that most of us may not have even noticed. It was just Bill being Bill. |
As with so many things, in hindsight we can see the sum of all his parts more easily than when they were mixed in with all our other day-to-day goings on. Bill made the world a better place one day at time, one phone call at a time, one song, one game of tennis, one person at a time—running through each and every interaction was his devotion to a positive vision of what people can create by working together.
After Bill’s passing in January of this year, a small group convened to imagine a way to keep Bill’s story and influence alive. They decided to lead a one-year fundraising campaign to raise enough money to sponsor initiatives that would last at least 10 years, in four areas that were important to Bill. The four areas are:Startup food co-opsCooperative growth and developmentCoaching and mentoringInternational cooperative principles The effort paid off, with many individuals and co-ops donating $84,000 to date with contributions ranging from $25 to $5,000. The goal is to surpass $100,000 by the end of 2019.
Will you please contribute? Click on the “Donate Now” bottom below to contribute to the Bill Gessner Memorial. It’s a simple way to participate in Bill’s approach to life: getting up every day with the intention of making the world a better place. Click here to visit BillGessner.com for more information about how funds will be distributed.
Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place!
For direct contact with the campaign organizers:
Marilyn Scholl, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Goehring, email@example.com
Dave Blackburn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Mehnert, email@example.com
Dave Gutknecht, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a “2019-only” campaign — contribute now to be a part of continuing Bill’s legacy.
Here’s some inspiration…
“I had known that Bill was a force – gentle and dogged and able to move even the most ragtag co-ops forward. I saw how great this force could be when amplified with his deep well of generosity. Together we can help ensure that his good work continues.”
–Tim Bartlett, General Manager, Lexington Co-op, Buffalo NY
“Bill always magically found a spark he could gently fan into a flame to pull us forward and together. Bill Gessner’s wisdom and work to build a better world has been central to nurturing independent cooperatives into a growing cooperative movement.”
–Rochelle Prunty, General Manager, River Valley Co-op, Northampton, MA
Bill Gessner’s Memorial Slideshow Tribute – with his music.
Bill Gessner Cooperative Hall of Fame Induction Video
Bill Gessner Memorial Program: May 18, 2019
Bill Gessner pre memorial proceedings: May 18, 2019
Bill Gessner “Love is Large” at Esalen 2002
Bill Gessner “Rhode Island” Esalen 2002
Bill Gessner video singing Decorative Pillows