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Friends of Rockhurst University Library invite you to

FRUL: 'Read This...' Guided Journals

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 11:00 AM

Rockhurst Greenlease Library 
5211 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 64110

These guided Journals help with getting your stuff together for your loved ones, capturing the story of a child’s life, celebrating a long, happy life together and tracking history, repairs, renovations and maintenance of your house.  These books will be available for purchase, as they make great gifts for the holiday season.

 Cost of this event is $20.00 for seating and a buffet lunch. Students may come for the presentation at no cost.


Christy sharing the Read This... Series at RockHurst University - and having fun!

Meet and greet with Local Authors of Read This Guru

Meet local authors of Read This Guru and hear their stories and science behing these best-selling, self-guided journals that help you capture life's treasures.

Friday, July 27, 2018  |  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hallmark Gold Crown Store
1732 NW Chipman Rd, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081

Friday, July 27, 2018  |  12:30 - 2:30 PM

Hallmark Gold Crown Store
1344 NE Coronado Dr. #N-113, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014


Meet and greet with Local Authors of Read This Guru

Hallmark Gold Crown Store
3814 W 95th Street, Leawood, KS

Friday, April 20, 2018  |  1:00-2:00 PM

Meet and greet the local authors from Read This Guru and hear their stories and science behind these best selling guided journals that help you capture life's treasures!

Holiday Readers Festival

Nov. 28, 2017 | 6-8PM

Missouri Bar; Estate, Trust and Elder Law Institute

Sept. 28, 2017 | 12:35-1:20 PM

Luncheon Presentation

For more information click here.

Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel
800 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63101


Write Your Own Obituary

Tuesday, October 10, 2017  |  6:30 PM

Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch

For more information and the RSVP, click here.

Downtown Rotary #13   KCMO

Thursday, July 20 at Noon           

The Gallery
61 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO  64105

For more info:


Plaza Rotary

Friday, July 14 at 7:15 AM

Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO  64112 

For more info:

Cup 0f Joe

Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30 AM

HMK on the Country Club Plaza
A Pop-Up Event

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Join Annie in Tallahassee at Hearth & Soul

Saturday, April 22, 2017 11am

1410 Market Street D1
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(850) 894-SOUL

Contact Hearth & Soul directly for more information

Join the Read This…™ Gurus at the Overland Park South Rotary

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 7:30 aM

Deer Creek Golf Course
7000 West 133rd St.
Overland Park, KS 66209

For more information contact Ryan Wilkerson at

Bishop Spencer Place

The Meadows


Breakfast at Tiffany's

Boyer and Corporon 2016 Symposium

November 2016

Torrey Pines La Jolla, CA


Waldo Rotary

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Waldo Pizza, 7433 Broadway, KCMO 64114

5:30-6:30 pm

guests welcome!

BMO Harris

Martin City Third Thursday


KSquared Conversations with Kansas City Trendsetters & Tastemakers

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

5-5:30pm Wine & Apps    5:30-6:30 Presentations  


The Martin City Event Space 135 & Holmes


Late Night at the Library

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7PM



Fresh Start Monday

Monday, August 29, 2016, 11:30AM

John Knox Village


Read This...™ When I'm Dead Presentation

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 2PM

Heritage Activity Center, Lakeview Village, Lenexa, KS

“Read this... When I’m Dead”

As we presented the 3 part series on “Medicine, Me and My World”, the question of how to start conversations, or how do I pass along my wishes and other information to my family and friends continued to be asked.  And as luck would have it and timing is everything , I received a call one day from a Christy Howard who was giving a presentation about a book that she and her friend wrote that dealt with such issues.  She invited me to attend.  I quickly agreed and took Quentin with me to a truly delightful evening listening to Christy and her co-author Annie Presley.  Immediately I knew they needed to come to Lakeview and speak to our residents. 

Christy and Annie bring a lighthearted, funny and sweet approach to addressing our end of life wishes, not only in the book, but when you hear them talk about their experiences and life stories that inspired the writing of this book.  Through a special arrangement, they will have books available to purchase at the time of the event.  I already know that I will be giving this book as gifts to many of my family members. 

In addition to the presentation from the ladies, we will also be addressing another question that kept coming up during our series and that was funeral options– what are they?.  So you might be thinking all of this is so morbid, but truly it is merely equipping you with information so that you can make informed decisions.  No pressure and without fear, you can learn about the choices that are available and what is necessary and/or required.  It will not be a sales pitch but just good old fashioned facts.  I mean we’re all in this boat together, so let’s paddle it right!  

I look forward to seeing you at the double header presentation on Wednesday, August 17th at 2:00 p.m. in the Heritage Activity Center.  


Estate Planning Done With Fun

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Philbrook Museum, Tulsa OK


March Meeting of Loch Loyd Garden Club at Saddle & Sirloin

"Great program! Special thanks to Annie & Christy!! Love your books!"

[Photos by Marie Haggard]


February 29, 2016

On Monday, February 29, Annie Presley & Christy Howard Presented their very helpful and insightful Books Read This...™ When I'm Dead: A Guide to Getting Your Stuff Together for Your Loved Ones, and Read This...™ On Our Anniversary while the Film Company that is producing a Documentary Film about Robert B. Reich and his National Author & Book Tour for his Bestselling Book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few filmed Annie & Christy doing their Presentation at Rainy Day Books.

Photos by Rainy Day Books

Happy Heirs: Making Your Wishes Known

Friday, February 12, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (CST)

MidAmerica Planned Giving Council

Meet Annie Presley and Christy Howard, who came together to write their award winning book "Read This…™ When I'm Dead". A fun, thoughtful fill-in-the-blank guide for you to fill out…talk all about yourself, your stuff and your funeral wishes. What happens when you are gone? Does anyone know where your dog goes to the vet? What about the passcodes to your bank accounts? Where is your will located? Who gets your favorite family heirloom? And where did you hide the cash? Do you want to be buried, cremated or donated to science? Do you want a formal funeral or maybe a big party where your cremains, mixed into fireworks, are shot off to celebrate your life well lived? Yep, they wrote this crazy book and people are buying it, filling it out and hiding it in their underwear drawer! Come learn more and why people who plan are the most likely planned givers!

RSVP here:

Doing Good By Planning Well

February 3, 2016

Inverness Village, a Retirement & Assisted Living Facility · Tulsa, Oklahoma


Speakers: Annie Presley & Christy Howard

Wednesday, September 2, 2015  8:30 aM

Founders Ace Publishing LLC
"Read this When I am Dead"
 Futuristic Planning

Annie Presley founded McKellar Group in 1993 after selling her first business, Legal Assistance Inc. in 1989. Throughout her career, AP dabbled in high-octane politics including a successful career as National Deputy Finance Director at Bush for President in Austin, Texas during the 2000 campaign. Following the campaign, she served as Vice President and Director of Government Affairs and Charitable Giving at UBS in New York City. Homesick as a result of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, she returned to Kansas City in 2004 and revitalized McKellar as a consulting entity highlighting new lobbying skills and utilizing Wall Street financial tools.  

By 2014, she and a friend launched ACE Publishing LLC and published their first book, “Read This…When I’m Dead.” She now devotes herself to ACE full time with a second book “Read This…On Our Anniversary” now available and a third in draft. A series of children’s books about their family dog Sam, is currently being illustrated.

Christy Howard’s career has ranged from practicing law at a large firm in Kansas City (Gage and Tucker, which later became Lathrop and Gage) to working at Hallmark in finance, risk management, marketing and human resources. She coauthored her first book in the late 1990’s – The Environmental Due Diligence Handbook published by Government Institutes. Although she left Hallmark fulltime to raise her daughter, she remained on-call for special projects for nearly 10 years. 

Christy found her true calling doing humanitarian work around the world beginning in 2012 with Children International. In her position as Director of Corporate Communications for Children International, she spoke to groups at the United Nations on behalf of impoverished children and met with government officials in countries as far away as Zambia. She traveled the globe and saw first-hand how hard children and their families strive to escape the relentless traps of poverty. Christy continues her commitment to help children and youth raise their voices and participate in the new post-millennium development goals in association with the groups she worked with at the UN.


Financial and Philanthropic Planning For Women

May 7, 2015  |  Lunch 11:30 or Dinner 6:30

Brookside Golf and Country Club

2270 W. Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

Planned Gifts: More Than Just a Pleasant Surprise

May 1, 2015  |  8:30 am to Noon

Bishop Spencer Place
Westport Room
4301 Madison Ave.
Kansas City, MO

The climate for Planned Giving is as great today as it has been in quite some time.  
It was projected that nearly $20 Trillion transferred from one generation to the next in 2014. 
Yet it is also estimated that only 10% of current donors have provided for charity through their estate plans. 
Why? Primarily because of a lack of institutional focus on Planned Giving and understanding just how beneficial Planned Giving can be to both the donor and the organization. 

Register Now
for Jeffrey Byrne + Associates' newest workshop:

 Planned Gifts:  More than Just a Pleasant Surprise

Friday, May 1

Essentials to starting a Planned Giving Program
Importance of Leadership's buy-in and participation
Training/mentoring staff to establish comfort and confidence in conversing about Planned Giving
Promoting Planned Giving
Essential skills of Planned Giving Officers

Special Q+A Panel includes Annie Presley
(Annie is an accomplished fundraising consultant and has enjoyed the privilege of spearheading many successful and fascinating campaigns)

Register here ($99) and receive a complimentary copy of
Read This™...When I'm Dead
by Kansas City's own Annie Presley and Christy Howard
(A valuable and fun self-help book designed for people to leave behind important information for their heirs)

Registration 8:00 am
Program 8:30 am - Noon 

Bishop Spencer Place
Westport Room, 4301 Madison Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri
Continental breakfast and refreshments will be served  

This workshop is intended for Executive Directors, Development Directors, Chief Development Officers, Board Members and Fundraising Volunteers.

Stun Your Heirs: Book Talk with Annie Presley

May 1, 2015  |  8:40 aM to 10:00 aM

UMKC University Libraries
800 e. 51st St.
Kansas City, MO

Join us for coffee and donuts with Annie Presley talking about her new book "Read This...When I'm Dead". This book, really a workbook, will guide you through all the things you need to do to make it easier on your heirs after you are gone. Purchase the book when you register and pick it up at the book talk. To register for this event, click here.


Members-Only Book-Signing
The Writer's Place

Sunday, April 26 2-4pm

3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
For more information, visit:

Register for both workshops by clicking here. ($149)

Register for Mastering Major Gifts on April 17 by clicking here. ($99)

Register for Planed Gifts: More than Just a Pleasant Surprise on May 1 by clicking here. ($99)

Mizzou Writer's Workshop

April 11, 2015

"Focus on the Future"  at University of Missouri St Louis on March 26, 2015

"Focus on the Future" at University of Missouri St Louis on March 26, 2015

Hallbrook Country Club

March 5, 2015

Country Club of Little Rock

March 4, 2015

The American Restaurant

Feb. 24, 2015

The Atrium at the Central Exchange

Sept. 10, 2014

ACE Publishing event hosted by UBS Wealth Management Group at American Century Investments

June 27, 2014