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from the publisher’s desk
THESE DAYS, many homeowners are choosing to
remodel or spruce up their current homes and stay in
them rather than sell and move to a new home. This issue
is packed with many ideas for updating your home and
décor including decorating tips and furniture picks from
our buyers in the special “For Your Home” section.
On page 39, Tonya M. Williams, a real estate expert
on the HGTV program Designed to Sell Atlanta edition, Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
gives her simple tips for quick improvements that will President, E-Commerce and
help you enjoy your home even more. On page 43, Costco Publishing, and Publisher of
members Jeff and Beth Olson share some of the decorat- The Costco Connection.
ing “rules” they have thrown out the window. And furniture buyers Valerie Van Valkenburg and Brett Jackson offer their top picks.
This month, you’ll find an expanded selection of furniture in our warehouses. Twice
a year, in January and July, we roll out our furniture collection. Of course, we also carry
furniture 365 days a year on Costco.com for delivery directly to your home or office.
You’ll find examples in the Costco.com catalog following page 53.
Have you noticed the Special Order kiosks in our warehouses? While the exact offerings vary by warehouse, you’ll find home improvement programs such as window coverings and blinds, carpeting, kitchen countertops and cabinets, closet systems, wine cellars,
windows and doors, garage doors and more. For more information, see the brochures at
the Special Order kiosks or check Costco.com.
As always, Costco will save you lots of money this month. Included in this issue, following page 34, are special savings on Costco.com from our suppliers on back-to-school
items. Also, beginning on page 46, are instant savings in the warehouses from our suppliers on some domestic items, housewares, small appliances and furniture. Last but not
least, our next coupon book, with more than $1,000 in savings, hits mailboxes by July 13.
Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Costco! C
from the editor’s desk
David W. Fuller
THE OTHER DAY, I attended a fund-raising breakfast for
an organization called Neighborhood House, which pro-
vides social services for communities here in Seattle that
are in need of extra attention. Several speakers focused on
the forward motion in individual lives that this organiza-
tion has engendered and, of course, will be able to con-
tinue providing—as long as support from people like
David W. Fuller is Assistant those in the audience of 700 does not wane. Envelopes
Vice President, Publishing, and were passed around and checkbooks were opened.
Editor of The Costco Connection. This is a scene re-enacted hundreds, if not thousands,
of times on many mornings throughout the country. In a
tumultuous age, it is reassuring to witness this constant in American culture—the tithing
from the more fortunate for the benefit of the less fortunate. Whether it occurs in a religious framework, through political action, in community service or as a spontaneous
reaction to tragic events, the act of helping those in need is an affirmation of hope.
Although this has been a constant, I can’t help but sense that there is a new vigor in
this type of activity. A time of recession certainly calls for more attention to those in need.
But there seems to be a broader or deeper stimulus forging wider circles of giving. And as
in other arenas of life, there are those people who outpace the rest of us with their dedication and perseverance in making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.
These are the superstars we celebrate in this month’s cover story.
With one or two exceptions, they are superstars about whom you probably have
never heard. But in their own communities or in the communities across the globe
where they spend their time and energy, their work changes peoples’ lives … every day.
Their efforts sometimes arise from fields in which they were educated or trained; more
often they do not.
What these Costco members share with so many others it seems these days, is a belief
that what they do can make a difference, that individuals collaborating with one another
can change the world. C