"OMSI to me is a place that inspires learning. I see OMSI as a catalyst, a
convener, and as a place for all ages to come together to share learning
about science and technology." This is something often expressed by Penny
Serrurier, OMSI's Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees.
As a frequent visitor to OMSI, Penny remembers playing with her two boys in
Science Playground. She heard only good things about OMSI, our President
Emeritus, Nancy Stueber, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the museum, and
felt compelled to volunteer her time on the Board of Trustees for eight
years, participating in both the executive and development committees.
Coming from a family of active community members, it has been ingrained in
her that service for a greater good is one of the most important things
that you can do. As she became more deeply connected to OMSI's mission and
vision, she looked for additional ways to support OMSI. It was a natural
step for Penny to volunteer as a Trustee.
In addition to her annual donations and volunteering schedule, Penny
decided that making a planned gift could be another way to support an
organization she cares so much about. With so many ways to make a planned
gift, Penny chose one of the simplest methods. She specified a bequest in
her will to OMSI. When asked why she chose to make a planned gift, Penny
"It's really satisfying that after my lifetime the good work will continue
on. If I can make a contribution that will help sustain the efforts and
impact that OMSI is making to better our community, I am happy to do that."
Penny believes that by making a provision for OMSI in her estate plan will
not only help keep OMSI financially stable to ensure that hands-on science
learning is possible. It will also inspire others to join her in the J.C.
Stevens Legacy Society.
When not volunteering at OMSI, Penny is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP
practicing law in the areas of tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving,
estate planning and administration, business succession planning, and
personal tax planning. She loves spending time with her family, running,
and reading for her book club.
OMSI thanks Penny for making plans to support OMSI well into the future as
a member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy Society.
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.
To learn more about how you can become a member of the J.C. Stevens Legacy
Society, please contact Love Centerwall at (503) 797-4616 or