Committed philanthropist, volunteer, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather Claris Poppert declared, "Giving should not be painful; it should
be one of the most enjoyable acts in life."
In the 80s, Claris helped raise the funds to move OMSI from Washington Park to its current location on the southeast waterfront. He was then asked to be
the corporate gifts chairman, which encouraged local businesses to support OMSI. Following, he joined OMSI's board and has been involved ever since. Most
recently he completed OMSI's Coastal Discovery Center's fundraising campaign to build
OMSI's residential camp in Newport, OR, an accomplishment that he easily recognizes as one of OMSI's finest achievements.
Such achievements led Claris to make a profound commitment to OMSI's mission and create his legacy. Claris sold his company then initiated a planned gift
to OMSI, giving back to the community that has given so much to so many, especially him. "When I made the gift I was cutting my taxes, too. There is a real
tax advantage," he explained. He and his wife, Corlee, set up a charitable remainder trust that ensures them a lifetime income and, when they pass away,
will distribute the remainder of the gift to OMSI and a few other charities. As a result of their generosity, both Claris and Corlee are members of OMSI's
J.C. Stevens Legacy Society. *
Claris believes supporting OMSI is creating opportunities for children to be inspired by and engage with science. He points out that our school systems are
not set up to do the things that OMSI can. "You can't put everything that OMSI does in a classroom," he praises. "We have the equipment that children can
use to solve problems and practice and develop 21st century skills."
Claris settled into retirement for the last twenty years, but is not slowing down. He plays golf at least once a week and card games galore: poker, bridge,
cribbage, you name it. He likes to point out that he learned to play cards long before smartphones. He is involved with his church as a property chairman;
he has served on at least 12 board of directors for various non-profits; he is an emeritus trustee for OMSI, a lifetime board member for Willamette
University, and has served as state and co-state chairman for several political campaigns. While serving his community, he always makes time to see his
children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Claris has had the pleasure of working with many leaders in our community and he feels the best-and one of his role models-is our very own Nancy Stueber,
OMSI's president for the last 16 years. He lauds her as a marvelous leader that has done so much for science education here in Oregon and beyond.
To learn more about how you can make a planned gift to OMSI and become a member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society, please contact Catherine Ingvaldsen at (503) 797-4571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*About the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society
The J.C. Stevens Legacy Society, named after OMSI's visionary founder, recognizes donors who have included OMSI in their estate plan. We are pleased to
extend special invitations to exclusive OMSI events and private tours to Legacy Society members. All you need to do is tell OMSI that your plan is in place
and that you are willing to be publicly listed on the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society honor roll, setting the example for others to follow. If you wish, your
gift can remain anonymous.