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Chapter Accomplishments 2018 and Goals 2019

Reports from the Chapter President on issues of interest to Chapter members.

NEWSGRAM-PRESIDENT November 2019

“Scholarship AND Veterans Support”

As many of you know, the Chapter Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 as a distinct non-profit organization and as an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity.  The primary reason for creating the Fund in this way is to allow contributions received be tax-deductible on the donors’ federal income tax.

When the Fund was created, three purposes were defined in the bylaws and in the Arizona Articles of Incorporation:

·         First, to provide college scholarships to high school seniors (which has been modified somewhat over the years to include a more types applicants). 

·         Second, to support ROTC & JROTC programs in our area.

·         Third, to provide assistance to military veterans and their families who are in distress and in need.

It is the third one where much of our attention and energy is now directed.

Colleges have changed dramatically since most of us attended and the public’s desire to support their extravagant tuition costs has decreased dramatically.  At the same time, as the nation enters the 19th year of the combat operations in the Middle East, appreciation for America’s veterans has never been greater.

The recent amazing response by members to our request for volunteers to assist with interviewing potential recipients of chapter grant funds was clear evidence of the importance you place on supporting veterans.

Consequently, the board of directors decided to more accurately reflect the multiple purposes of the Fund - not just scholarship.  Therefore, it has been renamed to the Luke Chapter Scholarship and Veterans Support Fund (SVS Fund)

While scholarship will still be the primary focus of our grants, with this change, fund raising will be able to appeal to a boarder range of potential donors.

Thank you for your generous support of the Luke Chapter.

Never Stop Serving,

Lt Col Bob Nelson, USMC (Ret)

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