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Half-Year Review

Stella and CindyDear Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”, and the ?rst rule of Rotary is said to be “Have fun.” Judging from our efforts so far in 2014-15, we are on the right track! The smiling faces and many different local projects shown in the photos on our Facebook page are evidence of our commitment to both service and fun.

Our Rotary Year began with a sponsorship of the Campbell Relay for Life and serving breakfast to the brave cancer survivors who lead the walk-a-thon. From collecting school supplies for teachers at Rosemary School in the summer to this week’s sorting and packing of toys for the Campbell Toy Drive Program, Campbell Rotarians can be counted on to lend a helping – and a leading – hand. Our collection and stuf?ng of over 400 backpacks for local school children is a hallmark of our commitment to youth and the community.

And we like to have fun, too – even when we work! We help out with both Willow Glen’s and Campbell’s Wine Walks as well as taking time for our own “Thirsty Thursdays”, never missing an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company.

As we look back at the ?rst six months of this Rotary Year, we can be proud of our contributions and continue to be excited about what we can do in the next six months. TRF, Club Foundation, Student Speech Contest, ELC, and our excellent array of weekly guest speakers give us wonderful things to look forward to.

Thank you for your past and continued efforts to make Rotary the “go to” service organization for Campbell and Willow Glen. Happy Holidays!

- President John Shannon

Bits & Pieces

  • Great Holiday Party last Friday night! Big thanks to Cindy Method, Cassandra Bowers, Jerry Cummings & many more for their organizational efforts!
  • Thanks also to Bob Carlson and his many volunteers who joined with Jimmy Zien and his crew from Home Church along with Cindy Method and her Willow Glen High School Interact’ers, who helped put together Campbell’s annual “Carol of Lights” this past weekend.
  • EMQ’s Giving Tree: Pick an ornament off the tree at our meeting and help make a child’s Christmas bright. Bring your gift(s) to our meeting next week.
  • Rotary International Foundation invoices have arrived. You may pay at your leisure, even in installments if that ?ts your needs better. We hope to have Every Rotarian contribute Every Year. Checks go to Dick Garland.
  • Past-President Janine Payton made a contribution of $500 to the Campbell Community Toy Drive at the kick-off event last Thursday.
  • Speaking of the Toy Drive, save some time on Dec. 18, 19 & 20to help sort and package toys for the needy children in our area.
  • Remember you can take part in a hands-on international project with other District 5170 Rotarians. Contact District Governor Ed Jellen right away if you are interested in going to Monterrey, Mexico to help deliver wheel chairs, build a school, and engage in other projects.
  • After today, we have just one more meeting in 2014. Plan to be here next week for our Holiday Fellowship, and then enjoy the Holidays with family and friends while we take a brief hiatus from weekly meetings. We’ll return to action on Tuesday, January 6, 2015!

Board Update

The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Campbell met last Wednesday evening (Nov. 19th). Below are some of the highlights of that meeting…

Golf Tournament Update

It was reported that our golf tournament netted a profit of $11,661.92 on revenue of $26,902.68 and expenses of $15,240.76. The single largest expense was, naturally, the cost of the golf course for green fees and all the meals, at $12,431.69. It was also noted that there are still a few dollars to be collected.

Funding Requests

The Board approved measures to fund:

  • $3,000 to ELC from the Wells Fargo Grant, bringing the club’s total contribution to this outstanding student event to $6,000 for this year.
  • $500 to reimburse the Home Church for food and supplies supporting Rosemary School’s Fall Festival, in which several of our members also contributed volunteer time.
  • $108 to Sonia Paz for the design and printing of book marks to be used for Books for Treats. Although this year’s BFT was rained out, the bookmarks, touting Rotary’s sponsorship, are not dated, so they will be used for next year’s Halloween event.
  • $500 to the Campbell Community toy Program for this year’s holiday toy drive. Past-President Janine Payton will deliver this check to the toy drive organizers at a kick-off event next Thursday at the Orchard City Banquet Hall.

Based on a request from EMQ/FF, the Board decided to take part in the EMQ Holiday Giving Tree. In the past our members have provided gift cards to EMQ. This year we will select “ornaments from the tree in our meeting room, and shop for the gifts requested by the families served by EMQ/FF.

Future Projects:

  • Renovation of the Garden at the Campbell Museum
  • International Hunger Project for the Spring of 2015

Our next Board meeting will be on January 14, 6pm, at Rock Bottom Brewery in The Pruneyard.

Regular Attendance

ABCs of RotaryFrom The ABC’s of Rotary

Regular attendance is essential to a strong and active Rotary Club. The emphasis on attendance is traced back to 1922, when RI announced a worldwide attendance contest that motivated thousands of Rotarians to achieve 100% attendance year after year. Many Rotarians take great pride in maintaining their 100% record in their own club or by making up at other Rotary club meetings.

Rotary e-clubs make it easy for members to make up meetings online. To earn an attendance credit, Rotarians log on to an e-club’s website, read online material on a range of subjects, post comments, and submit a form to the club secretary. Find a complete list of Rotary e-clubs and the languages “spoken” at www.rotary.org.

Although the RI Bylaws require members to attend only 50% of all meetings, many clubs encourage more frequent attendance because the absence of any member deprives the club of the value of its diversi?ed membership, the contributions of all members to ongoing club projects, and the personal fellowship of each member. The club’s board of directors may determine appropriate reasons for excusing absences.

The RI Board of Directors approved the Meeting Frequency pilot (2007-13), which allows participating clubs to meet on any schedule other than a weekly meeting. If the pilot clubs prove successful, the Council on Legislation could adopt policies making
these innovations permanent.

If you have any questions about Campbell Rotary attendance requirements, please email President John Shannon.

More Rotary Firsts…

  • The First Rotary Convention held outside the U.S. was in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921.
  • The First head of state to address an RI Convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis, Missouri.
  • The First Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Center Rotary club) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut club member Frank Borman on the Apollo 8 ?ight in 1968.
  • Rotary first established Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 1957 for contributors of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary World Roundup

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From the pages of The Rotarian Magazine

Brazil

A Rotary Foundation District Grant helped fund a literacy project in District 4420 (part of Sao Paulo), where the literacy rate dropped from 55% in 2007 to 50% in 2011. Twelve clubs in the district set up 13 reading rooms in hospitals, community centers, and other public spaces. Each one, staffed by a monitor and tutor, offers books and toys for children ages 5 to 12. The project has received support from the Colegio Rio Branco, part of a Rotary club-supported education complex, and the local Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents.

Australia

Violence Free Families, a nonpro?t created with help from the Rotary Club of Brighton in Victoria, has worked to prevent domestic violence since 2009, and dozens of clubs across the country have supported the organization’s efforts. The rotary Club of Balwyn has donated close to $30,000 to fund the latest project: an online behavior-change program for violence-prone men that provides an alternative to traditional group therapy.

USA

On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota, the per capita income is among the lowest in the United States. Since 2012, the Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro and Brattleboro Sunrise, Vt. have helped support the Lakota nonprofit radio station, a vital news source on the 2.8 million-acre reservation. The clubs’ annual International Film and Food Festival has raised $7,500 to buy equipment, as well as 85 refurbished laptops and six sewing machines for students and other residents.