President’s Memo for November 2012
by Harris Rogers
Be a Member!
Most of this issue of The PILOT is dedicated to preparingyou and your family for a large natural disaster. But lastmonth we also began our membership drive for 2013.(Many of you had asked us to move our schedule up a bit totry to avoid the November & December Holiday season.) Now you can help us by returning your membership check promptly so that our volunteers can also enjoy the Holidays.In case you have not received our Membership letter yet andwish to help us now, there is a form at the bottom of this page you can tear off and mail to us along with your $35check for 2013.
RSCA: Where the Money Goes
RSCA is a non-profit classified by the Internal RevenueService as a “501(c)(4) Civic League or Social WelfareOrganization”. The California Franchise Tax Board desig-nation is “23701(f) Civic League/Public BenefitCorporation.”As with all non-profits, we are required to file both federaland state tax returns each year, in addition to informationalfilings with the CA Secretary of State and the CA AttorneyGeneral’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.You can find copies of our federal tax returns and other information on the CA Secretary of State’s web site atrct.doj.ca.gov/MyLicenseVerification/Search.aspx?facility=Y.The only field you will need to find our information is the“Organization Name”. Just enter “Redwood ShoresCommunity Association” and hit the “search” button.RSCA operates each year close to break-even. We generallyclassify our expenses into these four categories:
which includes the monthly publication of The PILOT magazine, maintenance of our roadway median signboards, and our postal mailand email systems. This is by far our largest expense.
which includes our specialcommunity events, our Annual Meeting, and other com-munity meetings to address specific issues as needed.
GRANTS & Special Expenses
such as our contribu-tions to the Redwood Shores Library, to the initial librarycollection at our new RWS Elementary School, and toorganizations like SchoolForce.org (“Save the Music”).We’ve also sponsored educational programs for kids atour local Redwood Shores Library. These gifts are limit-ed by the funds available each year.
4.GENERAL Organizational Expenses
WHY Be a Member?
*If you or your children, grand-children, nieces, nephews,cousins, or friends of the family participate in any of our events, you should join RSCA.*If you believe that events like our Halloween Parade, our summer concerts, and other holiday events contribute tothe quality of life and value of our community, youshould join RSCA.*If you read The PILOT (provided at no cost to you) eachmonth, you should join RSCA.*If you believe that a geographically distinct communitylike the Shores needs a dedicated voice and advocate for our unique issues, you should join RSCA.Simply tear off and return the information below and mailit to us with your check for $35.(Yes, that’s all… just $35.)
And, please… give us an email address if you have one