Gathering & Pot Luck

Monthly Theme: Making Dollars and Sense of Investing

Tim Crookham, MBA

Knowing how to invest for the future can be a challenging task. The stock market can seem risky with its constant price swings and crashes, and we’re often bombarded with investment advice from friends and the media. Sometimes we’re so confused and so worried about the risks that we don’t invest. But not investing for the future comes with risks of its own. We hope to clear up some of the confusion and provide you with information you can use to make good investment decisions. Tim Crookham, FoF Finance Director, is giving a presentation that will provide a basic understanding of the stock market as well as discuss concepts people should know in order to make better investment decisions.

Tim Crookham is the Finance Director for FoF and has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the SMU Cox School of Business. Tim has 11 years of Finance and Accounting experience. He works in corporate finance performing Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) which involves forecasting, budgeting, reporting, and analysis.

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The Fellowship of Freethought, as part of its mission to promote a family-friendly organization that emphasizes education, socialization, and charity, will be encouraging its members to gather together once a month to learn from each other, share in each others' lives, and coordinate outreach to the community. These "Gatherings" will combine music, short presentations, and special announcements all running alongside a fun yet educational youth program. Following presentations and youth activities is a potluck meal to encourage close fellowship among all members.

Potluck Tips

Let's make this potluck great for everyone by following some time–tested tips…

Bring a main dish, or hearty side. FoFDallas will supply the desserts, drinks, ice, napkins, plates, cups, and eating utensils.  Tip: home–cooked is better and cheaper than pre–made foods at the store, but those are an alternative if you are in a rush.

Bring a sufficient amount. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough to feed yourself, your family, and your guests — as if that were all you had to eat — preferably with some left over.

Food should be "ready to serve". It should be cooked, cut, and ready for someone to quickly put it on their plate as they walk through the line.

Label your item. Use a notecard to indicate what the item is, and perhaps what is in it (if it's not obvious).  If it's vegetarian and/or vegan–friendly, you can note that as well.   This is especially important if your dish contains one of the most common food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts (groundnuts), nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts), fish, shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps), soy products, and wheat.

If you are able to plan your pot luck dish in advance, or at least know the type of dish you can commit to bringing, please indicate main, side, vegetarian, diabetic, etc in your RSVP comments.

If you have your own suggestions on how to make the potluck better, please let Jeffrey know.



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  • Tim

    Thanks to those braving the weather! I know not all could make it so to catch you all up, takeaways from my presentation are: 1. In general, stocks have higher returns and higher risks than bonds, 2. Follow the savings hierarchy (attached in photos), and 3. Invest in low cost index funds that match your needs.

    Also check out for retirement calculators.

    2 · August 17

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