Pay It Forward

The banker reached into the folds of his gown,
pulled out a single credit note.
“But eat first — a full belly steadies the judgment.
Do me the honor of accepting this
as our welcome to the newcomer.”
His pride said no; his stomach said YES!
Don took it and said, “Uh, thanks! That’s awfully kind of you.
I’ll pay it back, first chance.”
“Instead, pay it forward to some other brother who needs it.”

Between Planets
by Robert A. Heinlein

The most important aspect of Robert Heinlein’s legacy that we at The Heinlein Society support and adhere to is his concept of paying it forward.

The long-running, and very successful blood drive program is one of the primary ways we “pay it forward”.

The Heinlein Society also sponsors an educational CD sent for free to teachers and educators around the country.

A new program we’re working to start is called “Heinlein For Heroes”, in which we hope to send Heinlein novels for free to members of the military from the U.S. and countries around the world.

We have also approved two $500 scholarships for the  2012-2013 school year. Read more and apply here: Heinlein Society Scholarship Program.

In all our programs we could use your support, your enthusiasm, and your volunteer help. Email to volunteer!

How You Can Pay It Forward

Donate blood, whether at a Heinlein Society blood drive or elsewhere.

Organize a blood drive in your area, or at a convention you attend. Contact The Heinlein Society for assistance.

Donate Heinlein books to your hometown library. You never know when you’ll affect the life of someone by introducing them to Heinlein.

Support the Butler Public Library in Robert Heinlein’s hometown of Butler, Missouri.

Practice “pay it forward” in your everyday life.