It is that time of year again for the annual United Way pledge drive. We had our kickoff PCM on Thursday. They brought in 3 speakers--the first two were brief but the 3rd seemed to forget that we had to go to work that day. The PCM lasted 15 minutes which really put us behind the 8-ball with the air. They used to start us early but haven't done so in the past few years. I urge everyone here to remember that we all have good paying jobs with excellent benefits and that unfortunately there are more than ever who do not. The need for assistance is greater than ever. I also realize that there are some of you who have mgt teams who do not use the right approach when "asking" for donations, preferring to strong-arm their employees or guilt them in to either donating for the first time or increasing their donation from last year. Please set aside any personal feelings that you have for the company when considering whether or not to donate to United Way. You can pledge online at upsers.com if you prefer to keep your decision or donation amount to yourself. The list of participating agencies is there, listed by state. UPS has continued it's 15% match of all donations. We still have the option of designating a specific agency that we want our donations to go to. Depending on your personal situation, your donation (less the match) may be tax deductible. I prefer to donate through United Way as I would be hard-pressed to write a check for the full amount of what I pledged but can comfortably afford the weekly payroll deduction, which will begin in January 2012. I personally challenge those of you who donated last year to increase your donation this year and for those of you who have declined in the past to reconsider and donate this year. I personally increased my donation by 2/3. As I said above, saying "no" because you think you are sticking it to UPS is in actuality sticking it to someone who could truly use the help that your donation could bring to them. Dave.