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Meet Phyllis and Ron West

Meet Phyllis and Ron West
"For my wife and me, the knowledge that we could have such a lasting impact on our community was enough to encourage us to join and lead [the Builders of the Future Society.]"
– Ron West

Phyllis and Ron Wests' association with the Charles E. Smith Life Communities' family began many years ago, when in 1965, Ron joined the Hebrew Home's Men's Club. His leadership ability led to his serving as its president. In 1972, he joined the Board of Directors. Furthering his commitment to the Home, Ron served on the Finance Committee, Guardian Committee, Nominating Committee, Planned Giving Committee, and the Board of Governors, and chairing several of these committees. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Hyman Goldman Humanitarian Award.

Ron is a tax attorney with West and Feinberg in Montgomery County. He and Phyllis established a charitable remainder trust, which gave them a stream of payments and sizeable tax deduction at the time they made the gift and will result in substantial funds for the Hebrew Home in the future. They also co-chaired the Builders of the Future Society, inspiring others to make planned gifts to benefit the Home. Ron said, "for my wife and me, the knowledge that we could have such a lasting impact on our community was enough to encourage us to join and lead this group."

Phyllis, a realtor for many years, served on the Home's Board of Directors, Guardian Committee, and currently on the Quality Improvement Committee. Outside of the Home, she has been a board member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and currently serves on their membership committee. During the height of the Women's Movement, Phyllis served on numerous county and state-level committees dedicated to improving the lives of women, even working with the National Organization for Women on the national level.

Ron and Phyllis are most proud of the continued involvement of their daughter Ilene and son Eric, and daughter-in-law Natalie's leadership role at the Home.

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