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Free Seminar Planned At The Grotto Of The Redemption

By Staff | May 13, 2008

WEST BEND — A free seminar entitled “Planning Today for Those Who Follow” will be held Sunday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at the Grotto of the Redemption Museum, West Bend.

The seminar will be hosted by The Grotto of the Redemption and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Sioux City. The featured presenter is Susan Ahlers Lehman JD, Vice President, First American Wealth Management Group.

“Susan is well known in our region for her expertise in the areas of estate and wealth planning,” said Steve Elbert, Development Director with Catholic Charities.

Elbert noted that Lehman’s talk will benefit families and individuals at all stages of the wills and estate planning process.

“We offer these seminars as a service to get the word out on the importance of planning on the part of younger and older people alike. Proper planning is a gift to children, relatives and organizations close to one’s heart during the time of entering the next life,” he said.

Rhonda Miller, Director of the Grotto said Lehman will cover the importance of having a will, the probate process, planning for agricultural land and heirs, planned giving techniques, and she will also answer questions. A reception will follow the event.

Miller noted that the Grotto of the Redemption at West Bend is the largest Grotto in the world and is often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” This “miracle in stone” represents a vast collection of minerals, stone, petrified wood, stalactite and stalagmite, malachite, jasper, quartz crystals and other natural items. Italian Mosaic and Carrara marble statues adorn the geological wonder.

The Grotto is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Catholic Charities provides counseling to children, families and individuals of all faiths.

Fees are determined from insurance status and a sliding scale based on a family’s annual gross income, said Elbert. Of the people served: 40 percent are children, 30 percent are between 25 and 44 years of age, 36 percent of the families have incomes of $15,000 or less and 53 percent have incomes of $25,000 or less, he said.

For more information phone (712) 252-4547 or e-mail at cathcharsteve@cableone.net.