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LETTER FROM THE TRVFA PRESIDENT

It has been an eventful month for TRVFA.  The positive attention received via the TRVFA dinner the night before the 5495 District Conference and throughout the conference raised awareness.  I've had a call from one club president since the conference indicating his club foundation will be sending a $4,000 donation.  TRVFA was the topic of a post-conference club meeting at Mesa Rotary.  Donations from those present were to be matched by their club foundation and will result in a combined total of around $1,000 from their club.
The Silent Auction held during the conference netted $2,625.74.  An additional $1,198 in donations came to us during the conference.  We've not yet received the net from the dinner, but it appears we will receive between $3,000 to $4,000 after all dinner expenses are paid.
The really good news?  It appears the pre-conference dinner benefitting TRVFA will become an annual event.
On Saturday afternoon, illness and scheduling conflicts prevented the two grant recipients from traveling to Prescott to make presentations during our scheduled presentation.  This is what did happen:
  • Acacia Wastchak, granddaughter of TRVFA founder David Wastchak, urged higher levels of support to enable TRVFA to meet the growing demand for grants.  Acacia is a member of ASU Rotaract, and vowed that Rotary would always be a huge part of her life. 
  • Bryan Goetzenberger, TRVFA Chair for Mesa West Rotary, spoke about his experience interviewing TRVFA grant applicants.
  • I announced that at the end of the fiscal year, TRVFA would be awarding nine club awards - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each of three areas of giving competition.  A lot could change in the final month of the fiscal year, and we hope it does!  The second two areas are computed based on number of active members billed by Rotary International as of July 1, 2021.  Current standings are:
    • Total Donated during the fiscal year from club members, family, friends, and club itself:  District 5495
      • 1st Place - Mesa West Rotary - $18,472
        2nd Place - Anthem - $10,250
        3rd Place - Four Peaks - $9,000
    • Percent of participating members, family and friends
      • 1st Place - Tucson Sunset - 56% District 5500
        2nd Place - Scottsdale Sunrise 43% District 5495
        3rd Place - Chandler Horizon 42% District 5495
    • Average given per donor
      • 1st Place - Tucson Sunset - $357.81 District 5500
        2nd Place - Anthem - $292.86 District 5495
        3rd Place - Mesa West - $263.89 District 5495
Giving to TRVFA matters.  Donations are the source of our ability to fund grants.  So far this year, we have funded $253,082.00 benefitting 136 applicants.  The fall semester of the year is typically the busiest time of the year for processing grant requests.  We do not have a huge endowment to draw from.  Between what we currently have in the bank and the current value of our investments, we have less than $110,000 on hand to process grants in the coming months  Grants currently in process could use $13,500 of that.  Please use your influence  to drive donations from club members, family and friends as well as clubs and club foundations during the final month of this fiscal year.  Encourage members to make their tax credit donation for 2022 early - or sign up for monthly recurring donations.  In addition to making an impassioned plea for support, share our donation link in your digital communications to make it easy for recipients to give!  This isn't a someday need, it is an URGENT NEED!
Jeanie Morgan, President
(928) 486-4328

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ROTARY MEMBERS IN UKRAINE ARE HELPING NEIGHBORS RETURN HOME 
and distributing supplies from other countries, and organizing long-term aid — all despite being affected by the war themselves.
Rotary responds to the war
in Ukraine.

Since Russian military forces entered the country in late February, Rotary members have been holding regular video calls to coordinate relief work. Mykola Stebljanko, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine and the editor of Rotary's Ukrainian magazine, Rotariets, says they are focused on three main activities: supplying medicines and electricity to hospitals where wounded civilians are seeking care, finding shelter for displaced families, and managing the flow of incoming humanitarian aid.
Recent efforts by members in District 2232, where Stebljanko is the public image coordinator and a past governor, have focused on cities that residents are now returning to after fleeing Russian attacks earlier this spring.
"Ukrainians are coming back home to their towns and cities in ruins," says Stebljanko, who in a March interview had told Rotary magazine about being awakened by air raid sirens at night and taking shelter with his family in the bathroom of their home in Odesa. In early May, news reports said that city had been struck by missiles.
"It's hard to describe how much destruction there is in some cities and the work that needs to be done to bring them back," he says.
The district has acquired and distributed dozens of high-powered generators to help restore power to hospitals, businesses, and some homes. Clubs have also organized the transportation of several donated firetrucks from other countries in Europe. In addition to being used to respond to fires and other emergencies, Stebljanko says, the trucks have ladders that allow utility workers reach power lines that need repair.
District 2232 has received four disaster response grants of $50,000 each from The Rotary Foundation, which together will fund nearly 50 relief projects across Ukraine. The district has also received more than $400,000 in donations from clubs around the world, which it has used to address urgent needs such as providing people with medical supplies, food, clothing, and shelter.
Borys Bodnar, who lives in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, has been coordinating humanitarian supplies coming into the country and directing aid where it's needed. Lviv has seen an influx of refugees as Ukrainians have fled from the east. More than 12 million people have been displaced by the war, according to the UN.
Bodnar, a member of the Rotary Club of Ukraine Unity Passport, says many of the financial contributions are being routed to countries that border Ukraine, primarily Poland, where clubs have set up hubs to obtain and dispatch supplies.
"It's complicated to provide supplies from countries outside of Europe, so providing financial aid into a hub in Europe where supplies can be purchased and distributed to Ukraine very quickly is a simple and effective model," Bodnar says. He
credits clubs in Munich, Germany, with leading the effort to rally financial support.
Support has also come thanks to bonds forged by shared interests. Sergii Zavadskyi, a member of the Rotary Club of Kyiv-City, says that relationships among members, especially those cultivated through Rotary Fellowships, have facilitated the flow of aid.
..."Humanitarian problems are going to continue long after the war itself is finished," Bodnar says. "The more we're able to establish concrete structures and routes for receiving and distributing humanitarian aid now, the better position we'll be in for the future."
...Since Russian military forces entered the country in late February, Rotary members have been holding regular video calls to coordinate relief work. Mykola Stebljanko, a member of the Rotary E-Club of Ukraine and the editor of Rotary's Ukrainian magazine, Rotariets, says they are focused on three main activities: supplying medicines and electricity to hospitals where wounded civilians are seeking care, finding shelter for displaced families, and managing the flow of incoming humanitarian aid.
...."Ukrainians are coming back home to their towns and cities in ruins,"
"Humanitarian problems are going to continue long after the war itself is finished," Bodnar says. "The more we're able to establish concrete structures and routes for receiving and distributing humanitarian aid now, the better position we'll be in for the future."

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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.