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We hope you're staying safe and warm this February. Here's what The Heinlein Society has been up to!

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COMING SOON: A Combined Heinlein Society/Heinlein Journal website
We hope you've been enjoying the newest issues of the Heinlein Journal as a benefit of your Regular or Lifetime Membership! We are working behind the scenes to merge the Heinlein Journal website into the main Heinlein Society site so that you will only need one account going forward. Please look for an email announcing the change in late February or early March 2021.
The Heinlein Journal Needs YOU!

The Heinlein Journal is seeking authors!
 
Do you have a neat Heinlein-related idea you thought you might write up in an academic manner some day? As a wise person once advised, put the seat of your pants in the chair in front of your keyboard and start!  (If you have some doubts about it, you can query first and we'll talk about it!  If you are unsure about the format, do not worry; we can clear that up too.) 
Reach out to:
Herb GIlliland, Editor, The Heinlein Journal

Finding yourself shopping online more this year? Help us Pay It Forward by shopping at smile.amazon.com. Designate The Heinlein Society as your recipient organization and we will get a donation for each purchase, cost-free to you. Last year, THS received $196.00 in donations through Amazon Smile!

Blood Drive Update

by Carlin Black, Blood Drive Chair
 
With Convention contributions to the blood supply on hold, Paying It Forward with individual local donations as often as you can is more important than ever. Please donate if you are eligible or encourage others to donate if you are not.  
 
Many members are sponsoring blood drives at churches and other venues to Pay it Forward in these difficult times. You and a couple of friends or family would be welcomed as coordinators by the Red Cross or your local blood center.  
 
We are encouraging frequent THS donors to inspire others to Pay It Forward with a blood donation by publishing a profile on the Heinlein Society Blood Drives Facebook Page
 High count donors, please send a profile and a donation selfie to BloodDriveChair@heinleinsociety.org!
 
THS Donors will will be recognized with an SF pinned Thank You card and ribbon on the Donor Wall. Send a donor selfie and USPS address to BloodDriveChair@heinleinsociety.org for recognition swag. You can credit a Con (or not) and any THS member is eligible!  Help us beef up the wall!  First time donors will be featured.

HELP WANTED! A Facebook user to engage with new likes on the Blood Drive Page to get them more involved with the Society and Paying It Forward through donating and recruiting donors. Email BloodDriveChair@heinleinsociety.org to learn more!

 

Watch The Heinlein Society Blood Drive Page on Facebook for more details!
It's not an easy topic, but if you are an SF fan and you don't know who in your family would appreciate or understand the value of a signed book or significant collection when you are gone--the Heinlein Society will be here. As a U.S. 501(c)3 charitable organization your estate could realize tax savings...plus your items or money will go to a cause you cared about in your lifetime as a member. If you are interested to know more about this topic, check out https://www.heinleinsociety.org/planned-giving/.

This fiscal year, we’ve made 137 shipments already, totaling 2,022 books distributed. Since the program’s inception, we’ve sent 30,852 total books to our heroes.

The Heinlein For Heroes program (H4H) sends free books to troops, veterans, and military families. We send only to individuals or units that have requested SF material.  Clearly many of our military men and women WANT to read good science fiction, including Heinlein. To meet that demand, our shipments go around the globe, as well as to veterans’ hospitals here at home.
 
Contributions keep coming in, but your help is still needed. We need gently used paperbacks—and especially Heinleins, as we include Heinlein books in every shipment.
 
Money contributions are used to buy books wherever we find them (book dealers, eBay) at the right price.  But free is even better than cheap. Is an SF friend or neighbor downsizing? You can help them and help us!
 
You can send us books at:
Heinlein for Heroes
c/o John Seltzer
2906 Alvarado Dr.
Bellingham, WA 98229

Go to heinleinsociety.org/h4h/ for information!
 
H4H Thank Yous
Heinlein Society,

Thank you for sending the books!  I'm a Heinlein fan, and found several books that I had not read.  It makes down time very enjoyable and I appreciate it.  I hope everyone has a great Holiday season and I wish you well.

Warm regards,

V/R

Frank "Shredder" Dillard, Maj, USAF
Good morning,
 We have received two shipments for books for Naval Hospital Okinawa Mental
Health Unit (under my name, Brittany Yang) and I wanted to let you know that
the shipments were received, and thank you for the support!  The patients
are really enjoying having additional reading material for their hospital
stay. 

Very Respectfully,

Brittany Yang
LCDR NC USN
1-52 Delta Company received their first box at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  Thank you kindly I can’t wait to get our shelf back from the carpenter and launch our free library within the month.
 
Most Respectfully,
Sara Boswell
Thank you for the box of books. Everyone here is extremely grateful for your support. There are many here that look through them and read them. Thank you.
 
SFC Shawn Shannon
1-5 IN BN Golf Company 
Hi!!

Just wanted to say thank you for all of the great reads your organization
has sent my team since I've been here. Everyone is sincerely grateful. Thank
you!!

WO1 Joshua Stickle
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
Hello Operation Paperback,
I once again have received your books which are shared with anyone who's interested.
The Sailors in my Department wanted to thank everyone in your organization for their time and resources. We really appreciate it.
I've been getting books since about May and it has been a real game changer this deployment. We enjoy the vast variety of books and I pass the word on your organization all of the time.
Have a fine Navy day!

V/R,

CTR2(IW/SW) Williams, Eli
USS Nimitz (CVN68)
ALCON,

Thank you for the wonderful books! They are so much appreciated! I’m currently about half way through the first book.
Thank you so much again for the support. It is truly eye watering. I have indeed told other Airmen about this great program.
Very Respectfully,

Capt Bo Murphy, USAF
Questions about your membership or automatic renewal? Please contact Ken Walters at membershiprenewal@heinleinsociety.org.
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