Article From 2009.


Did you ever wonder why some people are more inclined to act unselfishly, in the best interest of their group, and even philanthropically, showing kindness, charitable concern, and generosity toward other people within “their group”??  The one single best word to describe this behaviour is altruism.

World Science believes that some species have a Generosity gene and link such a gene to altruism.  Scientist Write: “groups with cooperative members outcompete groups with selfish ones, and thus spread their niceness genes, in a scaled-up version of the process by which genetically favored individuals trump other individuals. Variants of this notion have gained currency in the past decade, although it fell from favor earlier, as it has some trouble explaining how altruism got a foothold in the first place.”

Did we not see examples of the Generosity gene at work during the Hall of Fame Classic?  How else does one explain the fact that the Pollocks donated their 50/50 winnings back to the Hall of Fame Classic Support Fund?  How else does one explain the Tates donating a part of their winnings from the CD Fun Day, to support the HOF Classic?  How else does one explain the Browns giving unselfishly of their time in support of this entire event? How else does one explain the significant donation of the Cowells in support of the Classic? 

However; these are but examples of the generosity gene at work!!  The generosity gene is alive and well in each of the families I will now list.  Each made a contribution in support of the Central District Hall of Fame Classic.  Bill and Lorraine Pollock; Max and Ruth Tate; Stan and Lois McCormack;  Alf Primeau; Bob & Mary Christensen; Ross & Grace Pipher; Gary & Barb Pipher; David & Glenna Earle; Henry & Geraldine Strong; Phillip & Betty Martin; Harold & Joanne Cunningham and finally the Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club.  Please bring your generosity gene with you the next time you shuffle!! 

Albert Einstein put it this way: Strange is our situation here on Earth.  Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose.  From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men – above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends

Stan McCormack of The Shuffler.   2009-03-16. 

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