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Got Golf?

You’re invited to the Campbell Rotary Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament!

Join us to support our local charitable activities including backpacks for kids, student leadership programs, veterans programs, and more!

Friday, September 19, 2014

1 p.m. @ The Villages Country Club, 2925 The Villages Parkway, San José

Entrance Fees

$175 per player, $700 per foursome

Awards Dinner & Raffle ONLY: $40 per person

Your entrance fee includes green fees, cart, BBQ lunch, beverages throughout the day, and an awards dinner after the tournament.


Starting at $125, among many other charitable opportunities! Click here to learn more or contact Tournament Chair Jim Neal at (408) 313-7973.

Download an application today!

Tee off this Friday!

Rotary GT bugIt’s that time of year for our club — all of our clubs, actually: drivers, nine irons, putters! This Friday, September 19th, our annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held at The Villages Golf and Country Club in East San Jose. Registration will begin at 11am with tee-off at 1pm.

Registered golfers will be treated to a beautiful 18-hole round of golf, carts, practice bucket of balls, a BBQ lunch, gift bags, and beverages on the course, all capped with a delicious buffet dinner and prize presentations.

Tournament Co-Chairs, Jim Neal, Mike Anderson, and Sue Klear and many more Rotarians have done all of the planning and hard work “beating the bushes” to gather prizes, gifts, golfers, and to put all the extra touches on the tournament to make it a premier event.

Members have solicited sponsors, golfers, and prizes for this major fundraising effort, but there is still work to be done. Sign up at today’s lunch to help out at Friday’s tournament. Many hands are still needed to help register golfers, organize the gift bags, give directions, help out at the beverage holes, putting contest, live and silent auction, raf?e, and much, much more.

Speaking of prizes: We have a vacation in Cabo (post-Hurricane), Sharks & 49ers tickets, sports memorabilia, hotel stays, wine tasting parties, golf packages, restaurant gift certi?cates, gift cards… and on and on. Don’t miss a minute!

- President John Shannon

Some Rotary Firsts

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The official flag of the Rotary Club of Campbell

Here’s a little “Did you know?” for anyone who considers themselves a Rotary history buff…

The first:

  • Rotary club meeting was in Chicago in Feb., 1905 • Regular lunch meetings were in Oakland, CA • Rotary convention was in Chicago in August 1910
  • Rotary club outside the U.S. was in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in November, 1910
  • Rotary club outside of North America was organized in Dublin, Ireland in March, 1911
  • Rotary club in a non-English speaking country was in Havana, Cuba, June, 1916
  • Rotary club in South America was organized in Montevideo, Uruguay, July 1918
  • Rotary club in Asia was chartered in Manila, Philippines, June 1919
  • Rotary club in Africa was in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 1921
  • Rotary club in Australia was chartered in Melbourne in April, 1921.

Another first was the formal adoption of the official Rotary flag consisting of a white field with the official wheel emblem emblazoned in gold at the center. This was adopted at the Rotary International Convention in Dallas, Texas, in 1929.

Rotary flags have been to many interesting places around the world. Admiral Richard Byrd carried a small Rotary flag with him on expeditions to the North and South Poles during his career.

For the centennial of Rotary in 2005, the Rotary flag made it to the summit of both Mount McKinley in Alaska and Mount Everest in Nepal and China. Where will you take it?

Meeting Notes: Sept. 2, 2014

Franklin BondonnoGuest Speaker

Superior Court Judge Franklin Bondonno explained his compassionate approach to drug sentencing at today’s lunch. Bondonno received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Union College in 1965, then completed his Juris Doctorate at Santa Clara University in 1970.

After practicing law privately for two years, he was employed by Popelka Allard, A.P.C. in San Jose, concurrent with his one-year term (1972–73) as deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County. In 1997, after 25 years of service to the firm, Bondonno assumed the role of Managing Partner.

Bondonno has also served as judge pro tempore in the Santa Clara County court system. He has over 32 years of trial experience, primarily in environmental law. He is currently serving as a California Superior Court Judge for the State of California in Santa Clara County, having been appointed to this position by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2005.

Frank is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and resides in Los Gatos, California.


  • Donations of school supplies – mostly paper and dry-erase markers — are needed for Rosemary School. We plan to present the gift to their principal at lunch on Sept. 30th.
  • We have 81 golfers committed to the annual tournament, but we need 100. Meanwhile, prizes are coming in left and right!
  • The annual Campbell Rotary Blood Drive is coming up on Sept. 12th. Contact Jerry Cummings for more info!
  • You can also contact Jerry to sign up to feed the homeless at HomeFirst on Sept. 8th.
  • There was a reminder of the upcoming Campbell Wine Walk on Sept. 17th, which will feature 30-40 wineries pouring from 5-9pm.
  • The Board has agreed to sponsor Interact clubs at Archbishop Mitty and Harker Schools.

District Governor’s Visit

Ed Jellen

District 5170 Governor Ed Jellen

Mark your calendars! Save the date! Tuesday, September 30, will be a big day for The Rotary Club of Campbell. That is the day of our annual visit from the District 5170 Governor, Ed Jellen. The Governor will meet with members of the club’s Board of Directors prior to the start of our regular lunch meeting to learn about the many projects and programs of which we are so rightfully proud.

During the regular meeting, Ed will be our main speaker. The Governor’s visit is always a big event in the life of a local club and a big day for the club’s President. Like when favorite relatives visit for the Holidays, we want to put our best foot forward.

This annual visit is a good time for the Governor to thank and recognize those members who have pledged or who have already made a contribution to The Rotary Foundation, so help out Dick Garland when he distributes this year’s pledge cards and be one of the “Every Rotarian” who contributes “Every Year!”

The other big event this year is our club’s participation in the annual “President’s Project.” As you know, Governor Ed has challenged all of the clubs in District 5170 to gather school supplies to present to the teachers of a local school. We have selected Rosemary School and have already — thanks to your generosity — gathered many of the items that Rosemary’s Principal, Brian Schmaedick, has suggested would be most appreciated by his staff.

My plan is to have a large pyramid of school supplies on hand for the Governor to present to Mr. Schmaedick on September 30th. We have done well in gathering cases of copy paper for the 25 teachers at Rosemary. All we need is to collect a relatively few more pencils and dry erase markers to make the “pyramid” complete. We will have one last “pass the envelope” opportunity at this week’s meeting.

We will invite the local press, of course, for what should be a golden photo opportunity. The one snag in all of this is that we have been displaced from our regular meeting place on that day. No worries — we will find a suitable local change of venue.

– John Shannon, Club President

Meeting Notes: Aug. 26, 2014

Five Minute Talk: Rick Davis

Did you know that Rick has always loved learning about the great rivers of the world? Here is just a sample of where he has been:

The Amazon River – But that’s not all. 1,000 miles up river, the Rio Negro flows into the Amazon and because one is fresh water and the other salt, they have different colors, speeds and consistencies. They are such large rivers that when they come together, you cannot see both sides at the same time. There are no dams or levees on the Amazon, so in the rainy season it rises 30 feet and creates a new set of ecosystems!

The Yangtze flows down from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Pacific Ocean and, cuts the most amazing gorges along the way.

The Rhone and Saone converge in Lyon France where there is a footbridge crossing both rivers.

Rio de la Plata actually means “River of Silver”. It flows south from Brazil through Argentina and is so brown it appears silver in the sun.

Bosphorus – For Rick, this is the most interesting river in the world. 30,000 years ago, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake. The Mediterranean Sea broke through and made the Bosphorus River. Since then, salt water from the Mediterranean has mixed with the fresh water of the Black Sea.

Bill KenvilleGuest Speaker

Debbie Davis introduced her dear friend, William Kenville, pianist and impresario. Bill has been winning awards in the music world since the 1970’s. He helped create Bay Concert Arts in 1984. He frequently plays at Terminal B at San José Airport.

The piano we have in our meeting room marks the beginning of Bill’s career as it belonged to his grandmother. He estimates it probably dates back to the 1800’s. So, we are lucky to have it.

One of his other pianos is a 1988 custom-built American concert grand from Steinway. It is currently in storage. However, Bay Area Concert Arts is looking for a venue willing to give the piano a good home and use their facility as a concert venue for BCA to perform their works.

Bay Concert Arts is a small grass roots group designed to introduce people to classical music, particularly children and seniors. The group markets by word of mouth and personal connections with people who wait anxiously to hear about the next concert.   They are currently in a rebuilding phase and hope to bring their magic alive once they find a concert home for the Steinway.

Their outreach has reached over 30,000 kids by going directly to them and playing at their schools. The kids bring the parents in. Wow the kids, and they will be fans.


  • We still need a few raffle items for the Golf Tournament, especially gifts for kids. We also need tee sponsors and gift certificates from different restaurants. We may ask members to bring in a nice bottle of wine.
  • Jane Low asked that club members sign up to be greeters at luncheons.
  • Community service: The Campbell Wine Walk is fast approaching with a sign-up sheet to come. Members were asked to take brochure cards to their offices for folks to sign up.
  • International service: Bettina announced that there will be a committee meeting in two weeks after lunch on Sept. 9th.
  • Rotary International has a focus on attendance. President Shannon reminded members that they can get credit for a “make up” by visiting another Rotary Club or participating in a Campbell Rotary service or social event.
  • Our marble draw has less than 15 blue marbles in the cup!

Bits & Tidbits

Some news and notes from our President:

  • In the first two months of this Rotary year, club members have put in over 100 hours of service to our community!
  • If you do a “make-up” activity or club visit, let Leonard Cino know within two weeks of your make-up event.
  • Do you know who was President of the Campbell Rotary Club in ’99-2000, 2001-’02, ’02-’03, ’03-’04? Those names are missing from our list of Past Presidents. Tell John if you know.
  • 17 of our current members have served as Club President at least once.
  • The Rotary Club of Campbell will sponsor 3 Interact Clubs this year: Willow Glen High, Archbishop Mitty High, and Harker Academy.
  • District 5170 will charter a new Rotary Club this year located in the Fremont-Newark Area! Their “Charter Night” event will be October 4th. Save the date!
  • The Rotary Foundation is one of the highest-rated charitable organizations in the world, earning a “4-Star” rating from The Charity Navigator, including a 100% rating for Accountability & Transparency?
  • Last year, 37 clubs in District 5170 reached 100% of their Rotary Foundation (TRF) goals. Our club had over 95% of members contribute to TRF. This year, let’s reach 100%!

Meeting Notes: Aug. 19, 2014

Stella Ralph red badge

Our newest member, Stella Ralph, gets her red badge from President John Shannon.

New Member

We were honored to welcome the 59th member of Campbell Rotary, Stella Ralph. Stella is a Realtor with Intero Real Estate. She works in Campbell and lives in San José with her husband Phil and their 12-year-old child. Stella has served her community in a number of ways, including assisting seniors with transportation, shopping and companionship.

Stella has also volunteered with Kids Club — an after school program for elementary school students. She likes to bike, hike, do Bikram yoga, reading and politics. Most notably, Stella is a living organ donor who gave a kidney to her best friend six years ago.

Stella joins the club at a great time for growth and service opportunities, and she’s ready to pitch in. Please join us in welcoming her to the club!

Guest Speaker

If you love adventure, even from an armchair, we had a special treat from our guest speaker Craig Edgerton, adventurer extraordinaire. Craig has backpacked and hiked in the likes of Nepal, and the Inca trail to Machu Pichu. Craig shared a 30-minute video diary of his trek on the John Muir Trail in 2012.

So, what is it like to hike 220 miles over a period of 22 days? Exhausting! Craig and his partner hiked over 10 miles a day over rocky terrain and over 9 named mountain passes, and heaven knows how many unnamed passes.

His trek on the Muir Trail took him from Yosemite Valley, to the backcountry behind Yosemite, past Cathedral Peaks, Lyle Canyon, Donahue Pass (a mere 11,000 feet elevation) and the glacier at the headwaters of the Tuolumne River where San Francisco gets its drinking water. Up and onward to Reds Meadow and Thousand Island Lakes… and that was just the first 5 days!

By Day 18, Craig and his partners had hiked past Devils’ Post Pile near Mammoth on to King’s Canyon to Glen Pass (12,000 foot elevation) and ever onward to conquer Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S. at 14,496 feet. All without oxygen!

Craig reports the trip was fairly monotonous. Every day was the same routine, but it was grueling and satisfying at the same time. The John Muir trail is actually pretty heavily travelled so Craig and his partner ran into about 30 people a day on the trail. They saw no bears and resupplied a couple of times along the way. Fully loaded, his pack weighed in at 42 pounds.

It was a wonderful journey, and we were glad to see the video and not have to walk it ourselves!


  • Golfers are needed for the Annual Campbell Rotary Golf Tournament on September 19th! Get out there and lend a hand. The new Marketing and PR committee is helping with the Golf Tourney as well to get the word out.
  • We are down to 15 blue marbles for the next draw… Come try your luck.

Annual EREY Drive Approaching

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A message from our President…

Last Saturday, Past-President Janine Payton and I attended a District 5170 workshop on The Rotary Foundation and District Grants. We’ll save info on the Grants program for a later day. Today’s column will deal with The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

“Rotary happens at the club level” is a popular refrain in the Rotary world. And, here in Campbell, we do spend most of our money and all of our time working with other groups helping to make our local area a better place. What is unique about us is that we are also a part of a larger, international organization that spends its time and money making the world a better place.

At this year’s Rotary International Conference in Sydney, I learned about clubs doing some amazing things around the world: There is a U.S. club that helps bring Nigerian sex workers off the streets, giving them sewing machines and the skills to go with them to allow the women to regain their dignity, and provide for their families in a safer way; clubs embark on water projects to allow women and children in third world countries to obtain clean, safe water in their own villages, thereby eliminating the need for hours of walking each day to collect water at some distant watering hole; we learned last week of the work of the Los Altos Club’s Childrens’ AIDS Prevention Project, and on and on. At first I thought how great it would be if our club could support projects like these. But WAIT. We DO! We do support these and other projects around the world every time we donate to TRF.

Here’s how that works: When we contribute to TRF, those funds are recorded along with contributions of other clubs in District 5170. Three years later, half of those funds come back to our District as “District Designated Funds” (DDF), the other half are retained by Rotary International for use by clubs around the world for matching global grants. When the District receives the funds each year, they use a mathematical formula to distribute funds back to each club in a proportion that the club donated to TRF. The more we give, each year, the more we get back, three years hence. It is worth noting that District 5170 is one of the few districts that provides DDF back to local clubs.

So this year our club is receiving over $3,400 in DDF based on our giving during the 2011-2012 Rotary Year. We are using these funds to help pay for back packs and to help fund scholarships for our local high school senior(s).

My goal for our club this year is to have 100% of us contribute SOME amount to TRF. So, when Dick Garland hands out the pledge cards in the coming weeks, lets all step up to the challenge and put our club into a better position three years from now!

- John Shannon

Meeting Notes: Aug. 12, 2014

Rotaract visitRotaract Visit

We were happy to hear from the new leadership of the Silicon Valley Rotaract Club at today’s lunch. President Andrew Lin and VP Janel Alimboyoguen gave a brief update on their club activities and expressed an interest in collaborating with Campbell Rotary.

Rotaract is a club for young adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.

You can learn more about Rotaract on the Rotary International website. To get involved with the SV Rotaract, check out their their Meetup page.

Alan Varni Los AltosGuest Speaker

Alan Varni of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project joined us to give an impassioned update on their current Child AIDS Prevention initiative in Liberia.

The Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was formed in 1989 by members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, with a goal of alerting and educating Rotarians worldwide about the AIDS pandemic. A 30-minute video, The Los Altos Story, was produced, translated into six languages and distributed worldwide to encourage other Rotarians to initiate AIDS awareness projects of their own. The award-winning film with its message of compassion and understanding has now been seen by millions of people throughout the world.

Now more than a decade after the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was founded, members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos are still working to promote AIDS education and awareness. In addition to continuing to distribute “The Los Altos Story” to call attention to the AIDS pandemic, one of the most important goals of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project is to motivate Rotarians to become involved in the global fight against AIDS.

Each year, over 2 million HIV-infected pregnant women give birth to 700,000 HIV-infected infants. The life expectancy of infected babies is three years. A single dose of a new drug given to the mother and infant could prevent 350,000 infant infections each year. You can click here to make a donation in support of the Los Altos Rotary’s efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

If you’d like to learn more about the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, please visit their website.