News from the UUWF

By Katie Womack and Nancy Granovsky, Program Chair


Join us on Zoom for our next meeting February 21st at noon. Our guest speaker, Liz Nielsen, will present “Creating Our UU Legacy”. Liz will share the Caroline Veatch story, which is also a part of the UUCBV story.


In 1953, Caroline Veatch passed away and left a legacy to her UU congregation that has not only sustained Unitarian Universalism, but has funded organizations and causes that promote UU principals throughout the world, including the UUCBV. While most of us do not have the good fortune to have inherited millions of dollars in mineral interests like Ms. Veatch, we can all pass on a legacy that promotes our values.


Liz Nielsen, a Board Certified Estate Planning Attorney, will talk about how our values can be passed to future generations through charitable giving and estate planning. Liz is a long-time UU, a member of the First UU Church of Austin, and the founder of Nielsen Law PLLC ( www.estateplanatx.com ), where she helps Austin families with estate planning, special needs planning, charitable planning, and estate administration.

Remembering Jane Corrigan We are saddened by the passing of Jane Corrigan, a founding member and former officer of our local UUWF group. Jane and Dean were both very active leaders in our church and we send our caring thoughts of comfort to Dean and to their family. Her obituary appeared in The BCS Eagle on January 17th.

To memorialize Jane’s contributions, UUWF approved making a $500 financial donation to Camp Allen’s Grace Fund which will help Camp Allen employees who have been financially affected by the pandemic. Jane attended the first UUWF Retreat held at Camp Allen and every subsequent retreat held there until they moved to Vermont. Several UUWF members indicated their desire add to this effort by making individual donations to Camp Allen directly in memory of Jane.

If you are interested in joining this effort, here is how to do it. Camp Allen will track all gifts received for the Grace Fund and will send Dean Corrigan an acknowledgement letter that includes addresses of all those who donated to Camp Allen in Jane’s memory. Please make sure to include Jane’s name in the gift. There are two ways to make your donation:

1. Mail checks payable to Camp Allen with Jane Corrigan Memorial on the memo line to Camp Allen (18800 FM 362, Navasota, TX 77868).

2. Donate to the Grace Fund online at https://www.campallen.org/give-online , html and list Jane Corrigan in the Tribute section.

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