The end of the year tends to be the biggest season of giving – Christmas, other holidays, plus locking in tax deductions for the calendar year. So, even with the Salvation Army bell-ringing behind us, let’s not forget other key giving opportunities before the end of the year:
NVFS Toys: December 12, our annual holiday luncheon this week, is also the final day to bring your donation of new toys, other gifts, or gift cards (no gift wrap please) for kids of any age for Northern Virginia Family Services. Bring items to our meeting that day, or leave them at Linda’s house.
Salvation Army Two: Now that we’ve helped others donate to the Salvation Army, it’s time for us to do the same. Club members have traditionally been generous contributors. This year we expect to have a SA Rep on hand December 19, to receive members’ donations; if you won’t be at meeting that day, you can still be a part of club’s giving by bringing your check on December 12 made out to the Salvation Army and leaving it with Pres. Steve or another Rotarian. The SA will acknowledge your gift.
Rotary – AREF and TRF: Many of us give throughout the year to The Rotary Foundation, and the Arlington Rotary Educational Foundation – but if you want a tax deduction for calendar 2013, please be sure to make your contribution by December 26 to Treasurer Joe Lott (or online directly to TRF at www.rotary.org or to AREF at www.arlingtonrotaryclub.org/aref)
Perrin Falkner is currently in Bolivia as an exchange student. She has been updating her blog with photos and information about her trip - take a look! http://perrinfalknervaabolivia.blogspot.com/
SAVE THE DATE:
This year’s Chinese dinner to benefit AREF (our scholarship fund) has been scheduled for the evening of April 24, 2014, at the China Garden restaurant in Rosslyn. This event was a great success last year in raising more than $3000 for AREF; we think it can be even bigger and better this year. Details to follow, but save the date!
Thursday December 12 --
The Club's Annual Winter Holiday luncheon. Member spouses and guests welcome; brief inspirational talk by the Rev. Fr. Andrew Merrow of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar beginning at 11:30 AM, lunch service beginning at 12:15. Come take part in our festive year-end special event.
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