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If you are
getting ready for tax preparation, you know that despite your best efforts, you
are probably still looking for boxes and envelopes of receipts and forms. Just
think of this time next year – and if you get organized the Hershey Rosen way,
you will not have that problem!
Harris “Hershey” Rosen
– My Family Record Book
“During my first week of college at
Harvard, the president of the university addressed our freshman class and
explained that it was not the university’s purpose in the next four years to
have us memorize information – but rather, to learn where to get it,” says
Harris “Hershey” Rosen, whose iconic Rhode Island company gave him that yummy
School House Candy was indeed an
iconic RI company – and Hershey ran the company for over 40 years, where, in
the days before computers, he had to develop systems that would help him – and
others – in locating any item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square
That Harvard way of thinking would
eventually lead Hershey, after retirement, into publishing “My Family Record
Book”, which is actually a second publication of his guide to being able to
locate and document important items of information in one’s personal life – “this
is not just a collection of where your life insurance policy is or the deed to
the house. It’s much more than that – it’s the details of your life that
only you know – like the home safe in the way-back of the closet (and how to
get into it and what’s there), or the keys to the storage facility (and where
the facility is) that has some old antiques you’ve wanted to keep for the
Harris “Hershey” Rosen has focused
on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S.
Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its
worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth
at the candy company for 40 years. Hershey went on to become a mediator –
settling over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community
Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management
courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged
the textbook with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the
Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or
trustee of numerous boards and organizations, and his professional resume of
accomplishments goes on for pages.
He has most recently written My
Family Record Book to help others protect their spouses, and family members,
from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial
information and knowledge critical to a functioning home – or business.
While Hershey talks mostly about the
book’s importance after one’s death, it is also valuable for any time someone
may be away for an extended vacation, hospital stay, or even snow birding with
others in charge of the home.
While there are efficiency experts
and organizing specialists sprouting up like weeds, most of us know that the
really important information rests in what sits on our shoulders…and having a
resource guide that lets us begin to commit that memory to paper is a very
personal – and very needed task. We’ve
all been part of what happens in a family when that information is missing –
and can never again be retrieved.
Hershey, lives in Providence, with his “beloved wife, Myrna”, and they enjoy
visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren. The book is
available at all local bookstores – and, of course, on Amazon.
Hershey enjoys speaking to groups interesting in learning more. For more information go to: www.myfamilyrecordbook.com.
He will also be at the Cumberland Library author event on Saturday, February 15th, from 1-4pm.