Message from the President
As summer nears an end, there is no end to the uncertainty faced by the COVID Pandemic. Trying to do planning for year 2021 is hard to do when you don't even know what to expect from 2020. I still encourage people to listen to the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, your local health department and the Official orders from the governor's in your state for direction on what's best. Everything else you see in the media is not by the people who are conducting the research. No cure yet, but lots of very knowledgeable minds are working 24-7 to come up with something they can prove is working.
This is an especially troubling time for families. Family violence increases during holidays and other times that people are forced to be face to face for long times. We are obviously concerned with Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse. It's important for people to know what to do if they suspect this going on with friends, neighbors or other loved ones. Not getting involved is not always the wisest choice. Although, being certain before you act is also important. There are many very good reporting sources - law enforcement, adult protective services, child protective service, federal trade commission, consumer protection division of the attorney general's office, are all good places to go if you suspect family violence.
I have added a post to the blog which is Ask Dr Per Cap which is a newsletter on many financial topics that people have little information on. This month, questions about stocking items for the pandemic and about keeping up with the jones' are the topics. Good information. Shawn Spruce is a friend - a consultant who works with FINRA (Regulators of Wall Street) and the First Nation's Development Institute a national American Indian financial literacy organization. I encourage you to read these articles each month as they are shared with me I'll share them with you.
I was also approached a few weeks ago by Aging Horizons and have taped a show that will be aired on September 11 and 12. The topic is COVID-19 scams. I hope people can see how far the cons around the world will go to get your information or money. Aging Horizons is a show produced for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and can be viewed on the following stations:
Sundays at 10:30AM on the following channels:
KWYB – ABC Butte/Bozeman; KFBB – ABC Great Falls; KHBB – ABC Helena; KTMF – ABC Missoula/Kalispell; We will STILL be on SWX and NBC in Billings– Saturday at 9:00 on SWX and Sunday at 9:30AM on NBC (KULR8). AND You can ALSO watch AGING HORIZONS on YOUTUBE!
Alex E. Ward, CPP