Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Partners with TRVFA to Award $2,000 Scholarship to EVIT Student - Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair
The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) has partnered with The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) to sponsor a $2,000 vocational scholarship to Omar Federico. Through partnering with TRVFA, RCSL is creating a lasting change by allowing individuals, like Omar, to get a step up and contribute to his/her community.
RCSL Rotarians Gary Kay and Jon Lyons interviewed Omar and their findings were: Omar was born in Yuma, AZ, and moved to Mesa AZ at an early age.  Omar lives with his mother, unfortunately, his father passed away two years ago.  Omar is employed at a small company where he is helping the owner on small jobs that involve welding and applicable job setups.  Omar will be starting a one-year welding program at East Valley Institute of Technology - EVIT. 
Photo: 8/2/21 TRVFA scholarship winner Omar Federico attending day “1” of the EVIT welding program. 
Per a statement from RCSL Club President, Jon Lyons: Omar’s current passion is welding and learning the business from his boss.  He is a very dedicated young man who has a great work ethic and wants to ‘earn his way to success.’   The RCSL is honored to sponsor Omar.  He will be invited to join future RCSL meetings - so members can hear how Omar is doing in the EVIT welding program.
Chandler Horizon Rotary $3,000 Donation
Roger Bonngard has a long history with The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  He was one of the early Directors and continues to serve as an active Advisor.
He is smiling in this photo taken at the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club's May 5 meeting.  Roger was very happy because his own club elected to support the good work of TRVFA with a $3,000 donation from their club's foundation.  TRVFA was one of three organizations receiving checks at that meeting.
Earlier in the meeting, three TRVFA grant recipients who were sponsored by the club shared some brief information about themselves while attending the meeting virtually via Zoom.
  • Tina is in Dental Assisting.  She is a 30-year-old with a family of four.  Her vocational growth will be four-fold.
  • Evelyn is in Phlebotomy.  She is a sixty-four-year-old who needs to work longer and not collect social security for a while.  Her position at her hospital was terminated due to her age and COVID.  Because of her training, she will now have a more secure job with better pay.
  • Madison is in Medical Assisting.  A 21-year-old whose parents recently became US citizens, she currently works as a part-time receptionist while pursuing her studies.  Her training will project her into a bright future.
Congratulations and Thank You to Deb Eldridge!
Deb Eldridge, who is a member of the White Mountain Rotary Club, was recently named by her employer, National Bank of Arizona, as Volunteer of the Quarter.  With that honor came the right to designate a charity to receive $250.00  We thank Deb for naming The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  In expressing our appreciation, we asked Deb to share a little bit about how she made that decision.  This was her response:
If I had to pick a specific reason why I chose The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to receive my donated funds,  I would not hesitate to say it is because of  tenacity.
Growing up in a family of seven kids, raised by a very strong single mother, it was not really an option discussed to go to college, but when my single friends started talking about college, I decided that even myself as a single mother, I was going to go. It may sound strange, but I am very proud that it may have taken me 13 years to get my Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University, but I never gave up.
Working full time, raising two kids, and going to school at night to take a course or two each semester was hard, but I had amazing support and encouragement from my family.  It is not really surprising then that I would  also return to college 17 years later to receive my MBA from the W P Carey Executive Management program at Arizona State University.  That continued educational pursuit, opened doors I could never have imagined as I climbed the corporate ladder in my professional life.
So I guess It is really no wonder why I chose the donation from National Bank of Arizona to go to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona specifically because I want to enable that student that has the desire, the passion, and of course the tenacity, to not give up and keep going to make their dreams come true.   
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Arizona Tax Credit - TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona's Credit for Contribution to a Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.  Our QCO Code is 20698.  Donations may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to $800 for couples and $400 for a single filer. They may also be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. A federal tax deduction for a contribution must be reduced by the amount of a state or local tax credit received, or expected to be received, in return. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax benefits of your donation
Tax Status TRVFA is a 501 (c)(3) recognized non-profit organization as determined by the IRS - Federal Tax ID #86-0632646. Donations to TRVFA are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.