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Rotary to help veterans

Education: Club to teach veterans about services, job-search skills

Posted: April 18, 2010 11:50 p.m.
Updated: April 19, 2010 4:55 a.m.
The Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club is hoping to initiate a new partnership with local veterans starting Wednesday with a workshop at College of the Canyons.

“We’re trying to inform them about the services that are available to them in banking and insurance, setting up retirement plans, how to apply for a job and how to prepare for applying for a job,” said Jim Lentini.

Lentini started a committee within the Rotary Club to focus on reaching veterans who have returned from Afghanistan or Iraq since 2001.

“We want to help them adjust from a military lifestyle into a civilian lifestyle and provide the necessary services that are available to them,” Lentini said.

Topics at the workshop will include banking, insurance and retirement planning and education. The keynote speaker will be Vietnam veteran John Hoskinson, chief executive officer of Gruber Systems.

The workshop will also include a question and answer session. Veterans who attend will be asked to fill out a questionnaire inquiring about their specific needs or requests.  

The Rotary Club is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service.

“Rotary is made up of different people in different careers and walks of life,” Lentini said.

They can pool their respective areas of expertise to help the veterans in several ways, Lentini said.

Renard Thomas, COC’s veteran affairs program manager, said there are about 300 veterans served through the community college’s program. The Rotary Club can help meet veteran needs that aren’t necessarily met by programs already available, he said.

“They (Rotary Club members) are the subject-matter experts when it comes to subjects these veterans need workshops on,” Thomas said. “There are a lot of programs available out there but a lot of times there are gaps.”


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