Three Generations Supporting Vocational Grants
Jim Patmos, shown on the right in this photograph is an Advisor to the Board of Directors of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  He is the middle of five generations of his family who have been members of Rotary Clubs in their communities.  He is currently a member of the Chandler-Horizon Rotary Club, and has been a Rotarian for 54 years.  His Father, who was a busy general practitioner who worked seven days a week still found time to give back to his community through Rotary and other civic organizations.  His mother's father was also a Rotarian.  Jim can remember Rotary always being a part of his family's life, and remembers visiting his dad's and grandfather's clubs with them as a young man.  Jim's son, Brent (middle in the photo) is a Rotarian who has recently accepted a business position in another state and will be transferring his membership from Chandler Horizon to a Rotary club in his new location.  Brent is the father of Bryce (on the left), who will become a Rotarian - it's only a matter of time.  Jim has one granddaughter who is a Rotarian, having joined Rotary at age 27.
Why is Rotary such an important part of their lives?  They want their family to leave a positive mark on the world.  They feel they can do it best through Rotary.  Rotary has five Avenues of Service:
  • Club Service
  • Community Service
  • International Service
  • Vocational Service
  • Youth Service
The Rotary Foundation (the charitable arm of Rotary International) has seven areas of focus:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children 
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Protecting the environment
These are all areas the family cares about and where they know their family can have more impact through Rotary's combined efforts.  TRVFA grants specifically help all the areas highlighted in aqua, and because the majority of our grants are for health-care vocations and many are to single mothers, we also have an impact on the areas highlighted in yellow. 
The Patmos family has a meeting once a year - this year it was virtual - to talk about how they want to make a difference.  They know, without a doubt, that they can have a bigger impact through Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, and - in Arizona - The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  It is a known expectation in the Patmos family that, around age 30, future generations will be looking for a Rotary club to become a part of .  
This Rotary year, which started July 1, TRVFA has already received donations from Jim, Brent, and Bryce.  With Jim's involvement with TRVFA which goes back to the mid 90's.  He has seen many grant recipients be enabled to have a better life because of TRVFA grants.  Jim says with the Arizona Tax  Credit, you have the opportunity to help someone make their life much better without it costing you anything in the long run (you either send the State a smaller amount or get a larger refund).  He wonders why anyone would not do that.  
Jim had a bit of advice to share with our alumni.  No matter how much or how little you make, make it a priority to save something so you can live well in your retirement years and so you can be generous and make a difference.  He also hopes you will accept the Patmos' family challenge to become Rotarians so you can be part of a worldwide network of individuals seeking to effect positive change in the world.  
Help Us Help Others Help Themselves
As a TRVFA grant beneficiary, we hope you will make it a priority to "pay it forward" by taking time before you file your income tax reports this year to make your tax-credit donation to our fund so we can help others the way we helped you.
To applaud the fact that we have a long history of helping individuals lift themselves out of poverty, we hope you will consider becoming an ongoing supporter of TRVFA by authorizing an automated monthly, quarterly, or annual donation.  Whether a one-time donation or repetitive commitment, it is quick and easy to donate online.
CLICK HERE or on the image  to go directly to the donation form.  The image below is of the bottom portion of the donation form with an arrow showing where you can indicate you want your donation to repeat, as well as the section where we need for you to indicate the name of your Rotary Club or - if you are not a Rotarian - we hope you will tell us how you learned about TRVFA.
Donations made to our organization up until April 15, 2021 may qualify for the Arizona Tax Credit to a Qualifying Charitable Organization for either the 2020 or 2021 tax year.  Our QCO code is 20698.   
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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.