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Former First Lady Carter Visits

Gathered Feb. 1 at NIH for "An Evening with Rosalynn Carter" (second from r) are (from l) Maryland First Lady Frances Glendening, NIH deputy director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein and Janyce Hedetniemi, director of NIH's Office of Community Liaison. Former U.S. first lady Carter spoke about her efforts on behalf of mental health. The event was cosponsored by OCL and NIMH.

1999 Women's Health Series Begins, Mar. 4

The NIH Office of Research on Women's Health kicks off its 1999 Women's Health Seminar Series, "Women's Health Research for the 21st Century," on Thursday, Mar. 4 at 1 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The 2-hour seminar will focus on "Breast Cancer and Breast Disease." For more information, call ORWH at 402-1770.

Garden Club Meets, Mar. 4

The NIH Garden Club's next meeting will feature Dr. Robert Howell of the Potomac Chrysanthemum Society. He will discuss how to grow ordinary, as well as extraordinary, chrysanthemums. Information will be available about the society's popular spring plant sale, a good place to get chrysanthemums for your garden. Check the society's Web site for more information on chrysanthemums.

The Garden Club meeting is Thursday, Mar. 4 at noon in the Natcher Bldg., Conf. Rm. A. All are welcome. Visit the club's Web site for more information:

FAES Concert Set, Mar. 7

The FAES Chamber Music Series will present the Auryn Quartet at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 7 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students and fellows. For more information call 496-7975.

Kids' Night at The Circus, Mar. 24

R&W and the NIH charities are sponsoring Children's Premiere Night at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Wednesday, Mar. 24 at 7 p.m. at MCI Center. Get your discounted tickets at R&W for this event&emdash;call 496-4600 for ticket availability.

Celebrity Golf Tourney Planned, Apr. 19

The sixth annual Jeff Bostic Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Apr. 19 at Lansdowne Resort. This event raises money for two NIH charities&emdash;Camp Fantastic and Friends of the Clinical Center. Cost is $500 per person and includes all golf expenses, lunch and dinner. Every foursome plays with a celebrity. For more information call Karen, 496-6061.

Theater Group Seeks Volunteers

The Bethesda Little Theatre (BLT) is looking for volunteers for its spring production, The Best of Times: with Jerry Herman. Needed are musicians and backstage crew. The show will open Friday, Apr. 30 and run for three weekends. All performances are in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The BLT is an R&W organization whose members share a love for theatre as well as a desire to support the charities of NIH. If you would like to volunteer, contact Lynne Pusanik at 435-7601 or email

Election of Living Benefits and Assignment of Life Insurance

Did you know that if you are diagnosed as having a terminal illness you may be eligible to elect living benefits? This would allow you to receive up to the full amount of your basic life insurance coverage while you are still alive instead of payment going to your survivors after your death. You may, instead, assign all of your life insurance coverage to a viatical settlement firm in return for a payment equal to a portion of your coverage (usually 50-80 percent, depending on life expectancy). That firm would then be paid your life insurance after your death.

You may also assign your life insurance to another person or persons, including an individual, a corporation or an irrevocable trust in order to satisfy the requirements of a court order upon divorce, for inheritance tax purposes, or to satisfy a debt. See your personnel office for details.

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