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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gone to the Dogs!

Patti Leonard was the first of nine RSM US LLP (RSM) employees given an opportunity to “pursue their passions” as a result of the firm’s Pursue Your Passion (90-90-9) program. Through Pursue Your Passion, RSM is supporting personal and professional aspirations by providing nine employees with $90,000 ($10,000 each) and nine paid days off to fulfill their dreams. Patti’s dream? Establish the Sparky Foundation to help provide medical care for animals in need, and to rescue and re-home animals in high-risk shelters.

I can’t believe that I actually have my very own 501©3 animal rescue! When I sent in my submission for Pursue Your Passion, it was so different from others before me that I never thought it would go anywhere. The fact that my dream is now a reality blows my mind!

I received my IRS letter with my 501©3 approval March 16, 2017. I sat in my driveway and cried! So many years spent devoting my time to animals and various rescue organizations, and now I would finally be working for ME! Sparky Foundation would be MY rescue organization!

In May, we started the building to house the animals – a place specifically for their care. It’s still a work-in-progress, but we have the walls up, flooring installed, door hung and a ramp installed for special needs dogs. My awesome husband recently had the duct work done so we can run heating and air to the building and built a HUGE new dog house for my birthday! Now that it’s cooled off we’re able to continue work on the building, which we hope to have finished before the end of the year. We have two 10’x10’x6’ outdoor dog lots with houses and a half-acre fenced in yard.

Sparky Foundation works with a variety of shelters, rescues and vet hospitals in different areas in our region. We will drive up to two hours each way to save a dog. That’s what distinguishes us from most other rescues. We don’t take owner surrenders or animals from Craigslist or other social media sites. We take the “underdog cases” – the dogs that need us most.

Our first intake was Libby, a four-pound hairless Chinese crested/Yorkie mix from a backyard breeder. She was infested with fleas, and had toenails so long they curled up. She also had skin issues, was not spayed and had a hernia. Harley, a female pit bull mix, is a one-year-old pup who’d been chained to a bush with a cord and a shoe string as a collar. She was surrounded by trash. Cash, a full-blooded, boxer who went unclaimed at a nearby shelter, can sit, shake, and is house-trained. We saved him 12 hours before he was to be put to sleep. Bailey, a 10-week-old pup, was suffering from road rash and a broken femur after being hit by a car. Bella, a white shepherd seized by animal control due to neglect and possible cruelty, had been chained to a tree with no food or water and was missing a back foot. She was malnourished and full of infection. Darcy, a dachshund, was removed from a neglect situation. George and Lola were unclaimed strays. They’re all now being cared for through Sparky Foundation.

Working in rescue, you always have some cases that stand out – ones you’ll never forget. For me, one of those is Molly, a senior female boxer with the cutest little under-bite. Molly was found in a rundown part of town, malnourished and with her stomach hanging nearly to the ground, full of puppies. She’s about eight-years-old, which is about 50 in human years – too old to be having babies. She was picked up by animal control and taken to the shelter on a Wednesday evening. The shelter coordinator contacted me Thursday morning. Because of her age and size, she was a high-risk pregnancy, and the shelter isn’t a good place for a mama give birth! I arranged to leave work Friday at noon to pick her up. I was working on a proposal that day, though, and was running late, so I let the shelter know I would be there at 3 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., I got a call saying Molly was in labor and had already given birth to one puppy. By the time I finished work at 1:30 p.m. and made the hour-and-a-half drive to the shelter in the pouring rain, she had five babies. We waited another three hours for her to deliver the rest of the puppies but with the storm and construction on the shelter going on, she was too stressed. We decided she needed to be in a quiet place, so we loaded her and her babies into my car, and made the trip home in a downpour. It took two hours. Within minutes of getting her settled, she had the last two puppies. We had a total of seven – six girls and one boy. Unfortunately, three didn’t survive, but today we have four fat and sassy little eight-week-old girls. All four will be going to their new homes soon. Mama Molly will be with us a few more weeks, until she’s spayed – then she, too, will have a new home! She’s a chunky girl, wiggles from happiness all the time, is crate-trained, house-trained, and sits on command. She’s a sweet, loving dog.

To date, we’ve taken in nine cases – 13 dogs. We’ve had eight adoptions, placed two in foster care and have three attending an adoption event this weekend. Owning a rescue is more work than volunteering for one. There are days I ask myself what I was thinking. Then, something will happen: the first time a dog who never knew love licks me, when one that has no idea what a toy is finally starts playing with one or best of all – when a dog goes from being tied to a tree, neglected and abused –even had to have her leg amputated – finds her forever family. THIS is why I do what I do. Thank you, RSM, for making my dream come true! I am forever grateful that through your help I am able to save the lives of the hopeless, the neglected and the lost.

Sparky Foundation can be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesparkyfoundation

Please like our page and follow us! If you’re interested in contributing to our care fund, contributions can be made via paypal by using the send money friends and family option to sparkyfoundationnc@gmail.com

Friday, October 6, 2017

Talking Teamwork with Rachel Sticco

Rachel Sticco | Associate | Tampa, FL
Rachel is an associate in RSM’s Technology and Management Consulting (TMC) group in our Tampa office. She just celebrated her 1 year anniversary, joining our firm after graduating from Florida State University. We asked Rachel for her thoughts on teamwork, one of RSM’s five core values


What does ”teamwork” mean to you?

Teamwork means that I will always get the chance to learn from others. When you work on a team, you are learning to collaborate with others and learning about your own strengths and weakness, which helps you find your fit in the team. When you are able to identify each team member’s strengths, together you can provide the client the best service.

How does teamwork play a part in your consulting role?


Everything I do is with a team. Consulting is very team based. There are so many ways to do one single thing, that in order to give the best service to our clients, you need multiple people with different ideas. Also, by having more experienced people on a team with you, you can learn more and grow, which is necessary for the job.

Why do you believe “teamwork” is one of RSM's core values?
We live and breathe teamwork every day with our teams and the clients with whom we work. Even if you provide work on your own you are still working with the client as a team. RSM fosters a great environment in the office to help employees of different lines of business (audit, tax, consulting) to work together on firm initiatives, including culture, diversity and inclusion, and overall office growth. Teamwork really is exemplified at RSM.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Nathaniel Rubin

Nathaniel Rubin | Associate | Atlanta, GA

My greatest passion is volunteering with Camp Kudzu. Camp Kudzu is a Georgia-based nonprofit organization that provides week long overnight summer camps and weekend family camp programs to children with Type-1 Diabetes. Their mission is to educate, empower, and inspire children and families living with the disease. Type-1 Diabetes affects people from all walks of life, and throughout the year, children from different races, ethnicity, and socio-economic backgrounds come to Camp Kudzu with one common bond. 

When I describe Camp Kudzu to friends and family, I always tell them that it is not just a “summer camp”, but a loving family and community that promotes fun and spreads awareness about common misconceptions. Type-1 Diabetes is an incurable disease, and unlike people with Type-2 Diabetes, people with Type-1 Diabetes do not produce insulin. Therefore, it is crucial to check blood glucose and administer insulin appropriately. Additionally, Type-1 Diabetes is not associated with obesity. While we have made great strides in devaluing common misconceptions about Type-1 Diabetes, Camp Kudzu still has much more work to do. 

As an adult diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes, I have observed the power of Camp’s lasting impact with families in Georgia. I have volunteered at the overnight camp as a counselor for four years. Young children learn to effectively count carbohydrates, calculate insulin dosages, and maintain their pumps. They feel more confident and educated to handle their diabetes at school and home. In addition, they form better eating and exercise habits that prolong their lives. Camp activities such as water sports, zip lines, and arts and crafts foster friendships that last lifetimes. No one feels alone at Camp. To truly understand the passion instilled in the campers, you have to see it for yourself. After each meal, the camp band rocks the cafeteria, and everyone dances and sings to their favorite camp songs such as The Rainbow Connection and Sweet Caroline. It truly is impossible to describe the love, joy, and excitement campers and counselors feel at Camp! 

Counselors use time in the cabins to facilitate conversations about diabetes-related challenges. Some of the topics that our 13-year old boys discussed include: managing diabetes at school, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine, and finding ways to stand up to bullying. Without the Camp community, the campers might not have a safe, nonjudgmental outlet to communicate these hardships. Together, campers and counselors help each other overcome their worries and fears. 

It gives me pride to see how Camp Kudzu’s philosophy aligns with RSM’s core values of respect and teamwork. Respect means treating another person how you would want to be treated. Whether I am with a colleague, client, volunteer or camper, acting courteously leads to a great relationship. Listening to others voice their ideas is crucial in work and in volunteering. We are strongest when everyone can come together, embrace our different viewpoints, and use our diversity to tackle adversity. 

At camp and work, teamwork is necessary to achieve success. As an associate, I cannot learn and grow without my colleagues’ help. Work can be challenging, but thanks to my colleagues in the office, I know that I can consult them if I become confused. If we do not collaborate as a team, can we really serve our clients to the best of our abilities? The answer: no. At camp, collaborating is essential. Days in the Georgia summer heat are long and tiring. If a group of people cannot come together and work towards a common goal of learning and growing, there will be little progress. Working together as an inclusive team and openly communicating is the only way to succeed. 

More than 6,000 children live with Type-1 Diabetes in Georgia, and Camp Kudzu’s goal is to serve every child. Roughly 760 children benefited from Camp Kudzu’s programming in 2016; however, more outreach is needed, especially for children in rural communities. Every volunteer, including nurses and endocrinologists who medically supervise the camp, is valuable. Their donated time is worth at least $400,000 each year. With nine PTO days, I could volunteer for two weeks at Camp Kudzu and provide strong male leadership for kids who could use an effective role model. 

Since Camp Kudzu is a nonprofit organization, it cannot operate without generous donations from the public. Eighty percent of camp revenues derived from charitable giving, and twenty percent from camp fees. The cost of attending camp is $1,500 per week for one camper; $750 goes to purchasing medical supplies, and the other half goes to staffing and lodging volunteers. Camp must ensure it has all of the medical supplies (i.e. insulin, test strips, glucose meters, etc.) on hand, which elevates the price of attendance. Many families have trouble affording camp; 42% of the campers attending need a scholarship to defray the high cost. Every donation, no matter how small, matters. 

After communicating with Camp Kudzu’s directors, I learned that scholarships, medical supplies, and outreach program funds are the most pressing needs. So, if awarded with the $10,000, I would allocate $7,500 to ensure that five children can attend camp cost-free. I would allocate $2,000 to purchase diabetes supplies. In an average week, roughly 220 campers attend camp. One test strip costs $1, and each camper checks his or her blood sugar on average ten times per week, adding up to $13,000-$15,000 of test strips. The remaining $500 will cover the costs of establishing educational outreach programs to attract more children in rural parts of Georgia. 

Camp’s long-term impact for children and families is enormous. Research shows that people who attend camps like Kudzu experience significant improvement in diabetes management and blood glucose control. As such, children who attend camps like Camp Kudzu or otherwise educate themselves can avoid complications such as blindness and kidney failure. Furthermore, families with more knowledge will make fewer visits to emergency medical facilities, saving money and time. I know that together, we can help make a lasting difference with Georgian families and make the world a better place!

Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Hunter Pearson

Hunter Pearson | Associate | Gaithersburg, MD

On February 24th, 1925 a child was born in the small town of Warrenton, Virginia by the name of Harvey Lee Pearson. During his childhood and into late teens, the United States underwent the worst economic downturn in history. This period would last until he was approximately 16. During this time, Nazi Germany was building the most powerful army the world had ever seen. On December 7, 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and prompted the United States to enter World War II.

On May 20, 1943 Harvey was drafted into the army and reported to Fort Lee, Virginia. He reported to duty with 32 others from Warrenton, Virginia where he was then separated and placed on a train to Keesler Army Air Force base in Biloxi, Mississippi. It was at this time he found out he was placed in the Air Force. From there he went to Lowrey Air Field in Denver Colorado for Aircraft Armament School—then Las Vegas, Nevada for air-to-air gunnery school. Upon completion, he was assigned to his crew as the left waist gunner on a B-17 bomber.

Harvey was the youngest and smallest member of his crew. He was soon given the nickname “Whitey” and known to be very reliable. On May 10th 1944, Harvey and his crew were ordered to Grenier Field near Manchester, N.H., for further dispatch to an undisclosed overseas destination. Whitey discovered his flight path was near his home town of Warrenton. He asked the pilot if they could fly over his hometown and was told that it was a possibility. He was able to inform his family and friends that his plane may be flying over some time the next day.

Word traveled through the town that Harvey may be flying over. Morning came and the crew was set to embark on their journey. Whitey again asked the pilot and was told that restricted no fly zones may not allow them to fly over his hometown after all. Disappointed, he made his way to the back of the plane. On his way back, his navigator told him not to worry; he had set the flight path to take them in Warrenton’s direction. As the crew approached Washington DC, Whitey spotted what he was looking for. He saw the Warrenton courthouse and his house on a hill nearby. Whitey let out a “whoop and a holler” and the pilot let down gradually to 1500 ft. As they approached, the crew noticed quite a few people in the streets clapping and waving. The pilot then did a 360 degree turn, dropping to an elevation of just 500 ft., for one more pass. As they flew over, Whitey ran to the back of the plane for one last look at his home town. He was not sure he would ever see the place again.

The crew arrived in Foggia, Italy on May 20, 1944. While stationed there the crew completed 34 missions, 7 of which were to the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. The main purpose of these missions was to destroy the source of the German resources. More often than not, when the crew was in the air, enemy fire was taken. Whitey recalls one mission where his crew watched their left waist gunner brother’s plane get shot down. Frequently when they were in the air, planes were shot down around them and they couldn’t help but think “when will it be us?” On December 10, 1944 the crew found out they were set to return home.

During his duty, records were kept of all missions which included flight time, targets, and country. It was his dream to go back to Normandy and revisit those life changing experiences. Finally in 2001 he and his wife decided to do just that. They had flights on September 13th to go on their journey. On September 11th, 2001 planes were flown into the twin tours and the pentagon stopping all air travel. Acts of terror had now prevented him and his wife from pursuing this dream.

A few years passed and he and his wife decided to revisit his dream and plan again. The plans were set but this time his wife became ill. It was discovered she needed a valve replaced in her heart and his dream trip was put on the back burner again. Unfortunately, after a couple surgeries the doctors were unable to fix her heart valve. She eventually passed away in December of 2007 and the trip was never completed.

Harvey Lee Pearson is now 91 going on 92 years of age. He is the Soldiers Hill Angus Farm supervisor and able to get from point A to B on his own. With limited time remaining it would mean the world to help my grandfather live his dream for helping provide us the American Dream.

Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Shelley Moreno

Shelly Moreno | Senior Associate | Los Angeles, CA

I was given an incredible gift and I want to pay it forward. After surviving breast cancer two times as a single mother of a now eight year old boy, I, of course, feel blessed to be alive. And at the same time, I also felt something I didn’t expect. In the face of the aftermath of the harsh, but necessary treatments and five surgeries, I felt shattered. There was so much to process and grieve. My heart was broken at the special times I had lost with my son. I laid in bed for months while I watched everyone on Facebook take vacations, have babies and go on with life. I had constant fatigue and I quietly distressed over how the treatments had left my appearance. I looked drastically different and who I knew myself to be was gone. As a result of steroids and hormone suppression, I gained 20 pounds, have spots on my skin and a tired swollen face. Telling people how bad I really felt, seemed too embarrassing so I tried to hide it. Like many women, I have always been plagued with perfectionism- having it all: the perfect work/ family balance and looking great while doing it. After all, as a mother, isn’t it my job to take care of everyone else I thought. With cancer, this was impossible. Redefining who I am is the biggest gift cancer has offered me. Through others, I got the courage to talk about my inner struggles and learn just how magnificent I am. Just the way I am. 

My healing journey began when I stopped by a cancer store for women to thank the woman who worked there for her kindness throughout the years of my diagnosis. A simple thank you turned into so much more. I let her know the cancer was gone, but that I was struggling with how I looked. The woman’s face lit up, and she told me I had to call the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family television show. The show was looking for a breast cancer survivor to share their story on an upcoming episode for breast cancer awareness month, and I was a perfect candidate. 

Doubting oneself physically is such a personal and private concern, and a lot of times people feel isolated and even embarrassed, thinking that they were “better” before cancer and treatment forced these physical changes. 

Soon I would meet their Emmy winning makeup artist Jan Ping who was also a single mother and a survivor of breast cancer. Jan has made it her mission to help breast cancer survivors feel their beauty not only on the outside, but on the inside. Jan explained that doubting oneself physically is such a personal and private concern, and a lot of times people feel isolated and even embarrassed, thinking that they were “better” before cancer and treatment forced these physical changes She says, treatment is vital. However, how we feel about our self image is also vitally important. It can affect our mood, our energy, and even our will to move forward onto a healthy, happy future. While talking with Jan, my heart began to melt. Jan understood me better than I even understood myself. And she had made it through the other side. I appeared on national television with Jan and my son and told my story. The hosts of the show looked me in my eyes and really took the time to hear the feelings of what I went through. My own father said he had no idea how I felt until he saw the show. On the show, I was given a make-over and gifted a trip on the 11th annual Thrivers Cruise to the Carribean sponsored by Breast cancer Wellness Magazine. The makeover helped me find a beauty I forgot I had. I was empowered for the first time in a long time. The spring in my step was back with new purpose. 

This cruise is the longest running cruise event in the world that celebrates breast cancer survivorship. It is sponsored by the Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine which is a national publication that focuses on whole person care after diagnosis. Beverly Vote, the publisher of the magazine describes the cruise as a place where breast cancer survivors from across the country can come together and be heard and understood and celebrate each other and the milestones in their lives. 

The power of being understood cannot be underestimated. The process of being understood through the Hallamrk show, the magazine and incredible people like Jan Ping is what brought me back to life. I would like to partner with RSM to bring the Power of Being Understood to breast cancer survivors. I would use the award money to work with Jan Ping and Beverly Vote of Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine to impact the lives of seven breast cancer survivors by providing a travel package for each of them to go on the 2017 Breast Cancer Thrivers Cruise with me, and have a makeover experience with Jan so they too can feel the new sense of inner beauty, self-compassion and purpose I felt. 

In the spirit of paying it forward, a video will be created of these seven makeover experiences with breast cancer survivors from the Los Angeles area so they too can share their transformation. They will be randomly selected from area breast cancer nonprofits and support groups. With this video, many more breast cancer survivors will be reminded that they are not alone. 

What Jan guided me to see is that breast cancer does not take away my real beauty but in fact helps me to define what the essence of beauty really is. Helping other women survivors own their strength and beauty has become my new passion. It invigorates me and guides me. I feel a part of something so much bigger than me. And my son has a Mom that is thriving.

Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Danielle Montes

Danielle Montes | Associate | San Antonio, TX

Some of my fondest memories as a child, were spending time with my grandmother going to the store to buy materials for her many craft projects and returning home to watch her create them. From sewing my Halloween costumes ranging from Cinderella to the pink power ranger, mending my clothes, sewing blankets and quilting it has been a joy watching her and learning how to create things myself. She has inspired me to learn how to sew and has instilled a desire to craft handmade goods that allow me to use my creativity and show how I love and care for others. Over the past several years this hobby of mine has truly developed into a passion upon which I would like to expand. 

I have used my skills as an accountant and sewing enthusiast to lead a total of four service projects that taught others how to design and sew over 300 beautiful handmade felt stockings for donation to a children’s home, Seton Home and my local church community over the past five years. In addition, I have made over 50 receiving blankets for premature babies through Threads of Love. With this experience, I would like to expand my current sewing skills into the realm of quilting. 

My grandmother has taught me some basics but is no longer making quilts due to her poor eyesight and neuropathy. I would like to participate in quilting classes offered through quilt shops in San Antonio and surrounding Texas cities. I would also like to attend one or two quilt retreats to learn the process thoroughly from start to finish and to learn additional techniques. With these quilting skills I would like to make receiving blankets and quilts to donate to my local community through Threads of Love for premature babies, Seton Home a not-for profit that teaches parenting and life-skills to young teenage mothers and Quilts for Kids for children with life-threatening illnesses, children of abuse, and children living at poverty level. 

I would also like to teach others basic sewing and quilting skills. Starting at home with my younger sister and expanding to the young women (girls ages 12-18) at my church and interested individuals (such as friends and co-workers) from the local community. The funds from “Pursue Your Passion” would enable me to purchase a midline quilting machine to complete quilts from start to finish. The additional sewing machines (2+ dependent on pricing at time of purchase) would be used to teach others and loan out to individuals who would like to make and donate a quilt, but do not have a machine of their own. The serger would be used to make receiving blankets. The embroidery machine would allow me to add special touches to the donated quilts such as a name or design. The quilting supplies budget would cover fabric, batting and additional accessories needed to complete the quilts such as pins, stabilizer, bias tape, thread, etc… It would also cover cutting pads, rotary cutters, scissors and machine parts that may need to be replaced as needed. 

With the combination of classes and supplies I have a goal to personally complete 24 quilts and 50 receiving blankets. The budget will also cover sewing and quilting supplies for the individuals I teach during the year. With my efforts and the efforts of those I teach, I plan on completing a total of 40 quilts and 100 receiving blankets to be donated. The funds will not only cover the cost of the donated quilts, they will also provide a long term investment in knowledge and machinery that will enable me to continue to teach and serve others for many years to come.

Meet RSM Pursue Your Passion Winner: Kyle McNamara

Kyle McNamara | Senior Associate | Las Vegas, NV

For a few days each year, my wife Charo and I wait anxiously for word from relatives on whether or not her family is safe. My wife’s family lives in a small fishing village on the coastline called Quinyangan Tonga, in the Masbate Province of the Philippines. It is a very poor village and only has electricity for five hours each night. The island lies on a popular path for Pacific typhoons.

Typhoon season can be deadly, as witnessed several years ago when Typhoon Haiyan rampaged through several regions of the Philippines, causing death and destruction. This village was right in the middle of the storm’s path and unfortunately, was not spared. Typhoons are a regular part of life in the Philippines and small villages on the coast typically do not have any protection from these brutal storms.

After the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine government distributed funds to these small villages; however, the majority of the funds were taken by corrupt public officials and never reached their intended destinations. The funds that were received by the village were used to construct an evacuation shelter in the hills, not far from the village, which would serve as protection against the flood waters and 100 mph winds.

My wife and I have recently learned that the shelter is unfinished. It has no floor, no wooden shutters for the windows, no bathroom, no running water, and most importantly, is too small to fit the entire village. Further governmental funds will not be allotted for the completion of this project. We asked ourselves, “What good is a shelter, if it does not provide the protection it is designed to give?” When I heard of the 90-90-9 program and all that it offers, I knew I had to apply.

My wife and I share a similar passion: to help those who are less fortunate. We regularly help feed and clothe the homeless in Henderson, Nevada as part of a church program and we are currently putting one of my wife’s siblings through college in the Philippines to help her obtain a better life. We are living with one income as my wife now watches our eight-month old daughter Scarlett on a full-time basis, which makes it even more challenging to help others.

My wife and I have discussed several projects with my father-in-law which would greatly assist the people of the village. We will use the funds received from the 90-90-9 program to fly to the Philippines, secure the required materials, and complete the construction of the shelter, while building an extension that will have a bathroom and will fit the remaining residents of the village. While there, we will use a portion of the funds to purchase sacks of rice, canned goods, and bottled water to be stored at the shelter to provide emergency provisions for the villagers during these terrible storms.

Fortunately, the dollar goes a long way in the Philippines, which will allow us to complete additional projects in the village. Fresh water is a scarce resource in the village. My father-in-law has to travel about a half-mile into the hills with a cart driven by oxen to get water a few times a week. It’s a difficult journey, made more complicated by the uneven ground and unpredictable weather. We will use some funds to dig a deep well on my wife’s land, which is within the village and will provide water to the villagers for drinking, cooking, and bathing. This well is located near the shelter, which will greatly aid the villagers in collecting water before the storms hit.

Any additional resources will be used to fix the village’s church, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. It currently has three walls, a rickety roof and not enough chairs for the villagers. The community is deeply religious, but they just do not have the income to fix their center of worship.

Another aspect of this trip is the fact that my daughter will meet her grandmother and grandfather, aunts, uncles, and cousins for the first time. Due to the costliness of a tourist visa and travel, my in-laws have not been able to come to America. This will not add any cost to the trip as she is under two years old and will fly for free.

It is not every day that people have the opportunity to potentially save lives. If selected to complete these projects, we can provide safety to people whose lives are put in danger with each passing storm. Furthermore, it allows the impact that RSM provides to enter the far-reaching areas of the world and provide the truest of community services, without the heavy budget, which will provide an everlasting impact on the people of the village and, more importantly, our family.