"If you don't give part of what you make back, you don't deserve to make it in the first place."
That simple philosophy is a significant driver of BSR's charitable interests. Our company donates significant time and a portion of our income to the following charitable causes. If the market has been particularly kind to you -- or particularly terrible and you feel perhaps some positive karma could be useful -- we'd be flattered if you considered donating your time or money to these causes.
Jack & Rachel were David Miller's parents. When they passed, a scholarship fund was set up in their name to award scholarships to students from their hometown high school. Each year, two scholarships are awarded.
Rachel Miller (1935-1991) was an amazing woman and mother. A lifelong teacher to children, she worked for nearly two decades as a teacher's aide at Washington Grade School
. Mrs. Miller was a long-time volunteer in the Cub Scout organization, an avid kids sports fan, and widely acclaimed as one of the "neatest" people you ever did meet.
The family joke is that when David went to Kindergarten, she went along to keep an eye on him and became a volunteer. After a while, the principal of the grade school felt guilty and started paying her. From working the playground to teaching ESL and disadvantaged kids how to read, she functionally adopted a whole generation of children that came through the doors at Washington Grade School.
Befitting her involvement at Washington Grade School, "The Rachel" awards a scholarship each year to a graduating senior of Hoquiam High School who also attended Washington Grade School. A local committee chooses the student from qualified applicants. Awardees must attend an accredited university, community college, technical school, or other program (if approved by the Scholarship Fund Board).
(1926-2003) was a living, breathing incarnation of the American Dream. Born to shopkeeper parents in the Iron Range region of northern Minnesota, he left school in tenth grade to work in the iron mines. He worked an amazing variety of jobs before finally landing at Grays Harbor Paper Company (GHP) in 1948. He was a shift worker who eventually became involved in the union at GHP. He was one of the founding members of the AWPPW, which became the country's largest union of pulp and paper workers. In 1967, he agreed to take the position of Industrial Relations and Personnel Manager -- a desk job that allowed him to spend time with his family and new son. When he retired in 1990, Mr. Miller left GHP after 42 years
Mr. Miller joined his wife as rabid fans of any Hoquiam-based kids sports. Baseball, football, women's fastpitch -- it didn't really matter. He and Mrs. Miller bled Crimson & Gray
. The pair always had a special fondness for kids with "hustle" or great attitudes -- even if they weren't the most valuable players on the team. If the team's star had a good game, they were pleased, but if one of the team's rank and file made a great play or even failed when trying really hard, that was the topic of conversation for that week.
To commemorate this passion for Hoquiam sports, "The Jack" is awarded to a graduating senior from Hoquiam High School who was voted by their coaches or their teammates as, for example, Most Improved, Most Inspirational, Most Hustle, etc. HHS coaches and the Athletic Director choose the recipient from qualified applicants. Awardees must attend an accredited university, community college, technical school, or other program (if approved by the Scholarship Fund Board).
For more information
If you would like more information on the Jack & Rachel Miller Scholarship Fund or to make a donation, you can contact us at BSR using the information on the contact page