GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011 - (Page 12)

GRANDparent of the Year 2011 GRANDparents of Mike & Nancy Conley GRAND Magazine is pleased to present this year’s winners and 10 finalists. A Labor of Love Trust me on this: Choosing 10 finalists for the 2011 GRANDparent of the Year Award was no simple task. Making the decision felt like a long day’s visit to a wonderful botanical garden and being asked to name 10 favorite flowers of the hundreds observed. Each and every one is unique in its beauty and certainly a one-of-a-kind expression of nature’s bounty. So it is with the truly fabulous field of nominations for this year’s award. Every GRAND nominee is a special person in the lives of their family and community, meriting special attention and consideration. All of us judges were deeply moved by the true stories of strength and compassion, sacrifice and passion, and an almost universal sense of service over self. The nominators ranged from the sweet and creatively spelled words of a 6-year-old grandson to lifelong friends who have experienced the admirable character of their nominee for many decades. The tears trickled as I read of the struggles to cope with hardship—physical, emotional and physical. Some nominations provided inspiring insights into how the treasured wisdom of the ages is shared with the young in joyous ways. And we read a glowing glossary of nominee’s personal interests—home crafts, athletic endeavors, artistic pursuits and history, all shared as a bond from one generation to another. The common thread of every nomination was that love, freely shared without judgment, is the clearest expression of who we are in our finest days. This legacy of love is what makes grandparenting such a powerful force for good. We at GRAND express our sincere gratitude to all the nominators and extend our heartfelt congratulations to our nominees and honorees for who they are and what they do for others of every age and stage of life. 12 GRAND SEPT OCT 2011 Jack Levine, Founder 4Generations Institute GRAND Partnership Director

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011

GRAND - Sept/Oct 2011
Grand View
Grand Treasure Hunt
Table of Contents
Grand Central
GRANDparent of the Year
Cover Story: Love Is As Love Does
On Becoming GRAND
Is Retirement Getting Better or Worse?
Prepare for CARE
Facebook Faux Pas
Grandparents Month
Just Be There: Our G’kids Are Running Amuck!
Kinship Care Resources
Sex Talk
No-Sweat Tech
Education Is Child’s Play
Grand Finale
Elder Law 101

GRAND Magazine - September/October 2011