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from the publisher’s desk
MAY IS ONE of my favorite months. May is when we start
to see more opportunities to spend time outdoors, whether
it’s hiking on a local trail, participating in a sporting event
or preparing for a far-flung international adventure.
At Costco, we do everything we can to make sure that
we are prepared for our members’ increased interest in outdoor activity. And in the magazine, we aim to provide
information that can help members make the best choices
regarding those activities.
In this month’s special section, which focuses on summer recreation, we offer information on getting ready to hit
the hiking trail (page 35), avoiding ticks on that trail (page 59), upping (or starting) your
tennis game (page 37) and looking up at the heavens to marvel at the stars (page 39). Wine
aficionados will find the story on Costco-member-owned wine lodges (page 44) of special
interest. And if you or someone you know yearns to travel but has some challenges getting
around, the article on accessible travel (page 47) provides a number of helpful tips on how
to avoid mobility impediments.
Of course, the best way to avoid travel impediments overall is to book your trip
through Costco Travel. Costco Travel offers members incredible value on vacation packages, cruises, rental cars and more around the world. On page 87, read an account of Maui,
a popular destination for Costco members, where an exciting property, the Andaz Maui at
Wailea Resort, has been recently added to its offerings.
May is the month we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor the military on Memorial
Day. Selecting and sending a beautiful floral arrangement to Mom is very easy with
Costco.com, and there is always a great selection of flowers at Costco warehouses. And, in
honor of the military, we are bringing in an assortment of historical, classic and entertaining books and DVDs on the subject. We also highlight the story of Ryan Job (page 81),
with an inspiring profile of this Navy SEAL and his rare courage.
Moms and veterans everywhere, we at Costco salute you! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
IN OUR COVER story this issue we’re honored to introduce a courageous young man, Mateo Guerrero. All of 6
years old, Mateo has faced more health issues than most
of us will encounter in a lifetime. His family graciously
invited our reporter, Christina Guerrero (no relation),
into their Oregon home to share their story of everything Mateo has endured in the first years of what we
hope is a long, happy life.
Mateo received lifesaving care at a local children’s
hospital, whose operations rely on funds from the
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) campaign. These funds come
from donations made by corporations and by individual donors, including Costco
members. All of the money raised in a community goes to the local children’s hospital.
Costco focuses its charitable giving on programs helping children, and that’s why
CMN Hospitals is a perfect match. Each May, we invite members to make a donation
when checking out at their local warehouse. A colorful yellow-and-red balloon goes up for
each donation made; by the end of the month, we hope the walls are covered with these
symbols of generous and thoughtful gestures.
Employees join the effort with various fundraising activities in our corporate and
regional offices, ranging from golf tournaments to bake sales, with some friendly competition among groups. The company kicks in a sizable contribution as well, and it all adds up:
Last year, member, employee and corporate donations amounted to $22.3 million.
This money buys cutting-edge, lifesaving equipment, finances research and goes to an
uncompensated-care fund, so that any child, regardless of financial situation, can get care.
We think it’s a great cause and hope you do, too. Mateo is certainly thankful. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco