Glass Half Full: The gift of a Christmas tree and supporting a cause |

Glass Half Full: The gift of a Christmas tree and supporting a cause

Ruth Glass
Special to the Bonanza

Little gifts. What an extraordinary difference they can make. Last weekend, I stopped by an AT&T store to upgrade my phone, never a process I particularly enjoy, though the end result is always kind of fun.

Midway through negotiations, I remembered that, while most data transfers, I always lose saved voicemails and texts. Not a genuine “problem,” normally, just a matter of sentimentality.

This transfer was different: My father died last January, and I had saved his last couple of voicemails. At 93, his voice was gravely and a tiny bit hard to hear, though his message was clear and very special. As always, he ended with an “I love you.”

The thought of losing that message, that voice, forever brought me up short. I was in for a surprise, however.

In the midst of a rush of people, with a line of customers waiting for help — patiently and otherwise — I received a most thoughtful, huge, little gift.

The young man assisting me, Chris, volunteered to take me back into a quiet room and record Dad’s message on my new phone.

He did not hurry. He made sure it was copied to my satisfaction. We labeled the recording “Pop,” and it is now safely tucked into my archives.

This is the season for gifts, large and small, and a reminder to all of us that our community provides many opportunities to be generous.

Witness the giving trees and clothing and toy collection spots in schools and churches throughout Incline. We are, indeed, a community that cares.

One way to give back to our community is to purchase your Christmas tree through the Rotary tree lot located at the south end of the Raley’s parking lot, across from Rookies.

As you may know, Rotary is one of the national organizations whose mission is to serve and support others. All the proceeds from the sales of trees and wreaths return directly to help fund a considerable range of programs, some global and most in our community.

Rotary demonstrates support in the form of scholarships for college students, gifts to the Boys and Girls Club, various programs within our local schools, and singular projects like refurbishing the overlook on Mt. Rose Highway.

In addition, through massive international efforts, Rotary has made a significant difference in the reduction of polio on a global basis. In fact, polio now exists as a problem in only three countries. Quite some gifts!

The tree lot is open on weekends from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Trees are fresh and lovely. Please gift yourselves and others in our very special community by stopping at the lot and purchasing a beautiful tree for your home.

Ruth Glass is headmaster at Lake Tahoe School. She can be reached for comment through her blog at

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