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    Posted July 26, 2011

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VITA Volunteer Awarded Honorary Life Membership


Leonard Garbin and Sandra Karas

Veteran Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program volunteer Leonard Garbin has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership in Equity for 15 years of extraordinary service to Equity members. The presentation was made at the June 7, 2011 Eastern Regional Board meeting.

Reading from a statement prepared by Equity Treasurer and VITA Coordinator Sandra Karas, Eastern Regional Vice President Kate Shindle noted that Mr. Garbin was "a non-union VITA volunteer whose service to our membership rivals any of our own." For the last 15 years, he "has devoted between 35-40 hours a week during tax season and one full day a week during the other eight months of the year, providing free tax assistance to our members. As all of our volunteers must do, he must train, study and take examinations each year to qualify in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced tax preparation. He goes beyond that, however, by staying current with the ins and outs of our industry, what is and isn't deductible and how our members are faring in audit examinations. In addition, he is one of only a few who attends IRS update compliance reviews and he alone maintains the examination and volunteer certification records for our program each year." It was also noted that Mr. Garbin comes in early and stays late if necessary to make sure everyone receives help.

A standing ovation followed the presentation and Mr. Garbin, now an Equity member, took a bow.

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