Johnson presents estate planning basics to Golden K members

By JOAN JOUPPI

For The Daily News

KINGSFORD – As the Golden K members were gathering together Monday, Feb. 24, Pauline Werner treated the group to a medley of piano selections, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,” “School Days,” and “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.” With new sheet music available Margaret Trudell directed the group, singing some new “old” songs, “On Top Of Old Smokey,” “My Darling Clementine,” and “Oh What a Beautiful Morning.”

Ken Schultz, program chairman for February, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” “Auld Lane Syne” was sung in remembrance of Bud Prenevost.

John Jamar won the Pot-O-Gold drawing. Don Pedo read the Happy Dollars. Orice Walters and Ron Jouppi said congratulations to Maddie Bowman, granddaughter of Bob Bowman of Long Lake in Florence. She won the gold medal for women’s free style skiing at the Olympics. John Jamar and Margaret Trudell were happy to have Chris Johnson as guest speaker. Al Galeazzi was happy for successful surgery for Phyllis and she’s on the road to recover. Don Pedo was happy to see Harlan and Walter Jensen was glad that Norwegian summer is finally here.

Don Pedo shared a diary of an individuals experience of the wonders of winter. “How beautiful the snow was at first. As the days progressed and the snow kept coming, the daily job of shoveling the driveway became a dreaded chore. Just as one puts the shovel in the garage, here comes the snow plow. After a month or so of this, the winter doesn’t look so wonderful anymore. It has become a challenge. Though we moan and groan our way through the battle staying ahead of the snowplow we take time to be thankful for those plows and the drivers who do all they can to keep the roads clear. And be glad one has only the end of the driveway to do.”

Ken Schultz, introduced the guest speaker for the day, Chris Johnson, vice president, trust and investments from the First National Bank of Iron Mountain. Chris and his family moved here about six years ago.

His presentation on estate planning basics was very informative and he is ready to assist anyone in the planning of their personal and financial affairs. Who needs an estate plan, we all do.

Johnson emphasized the importance of understanding estate planning and having confidence in the person you choose to help draw up the right plan for you and your loved ones. There are many professional people ready to help you with a plan best suited to your needs, he encourages people to be confident they understand all the information before they leave the office. An estate plan reflects the way you want your personal and financial affairs to be handled.

Some of the basics Johnson touched on were, Do you have a plan for incapacity (health and property)? Do you have a will? Are transfer taxes a concern for you? Does your overall plan reflect your current wishes and circumstances? Many changes in the laws and various ways to protect your assets and your family can be confusing.

Johnson will schedule a free consultation to address your specific concerns or questions. Putting your affairs in order (putting your ducks in a row, so to speak), will be great comfort to your family in the future.

The Golden Throats will sing at Hyland on March 5. Walter Jensen will have the Kingsford Jazz Band on Monday, March 3 Golden K meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The group always enjoy the musical talents of the young people.

Everyone is welcome to join the group, they will jump start your week.