Through a grant from Campbell Rotary five beautiful historic plaques have been
Each of the property owners have agreed to have an all-weather 17×11″ plaque on display depicting the history of their property.
The project was spearheaded by a group of downtown community leaders that included Neil Collins, Susan Blake (Historic Preservation Board member) and Sally Howe. Specifically, Susan Blake prepared the grant application and worked closely with Karen Lange to secure some great photographs from the museum’s archives.
So take a stroll downtown to check out the plaques and be sure to stop in and visit all the fantastic merchants and eateries while you are there!
Dr. Puragra (Raja) Guha Thakurta, but you can call him Dr. Raja. Dr. Raja spoke to the Willow Glen Rotary Club a few years ago, making him the first repeat guest from our merged club!
He is professor of Cosmology in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department with the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dr. Raja works with multiple telescopes and observatories that support the academic research for UC.
Among other interesting details, Dr. Raja likened Earth’s location in The Milky Way to being somewhere in between the dense middle (equated to Downtown San Jose) and the far edge (perhaps near Gilroy) … “Earth is kind of like living in Campbell.”
In December 2012, Dr. Raja delivered a longer version on the topic of “Our Place in the Cosmos” as part of a Google Talk. That longer speech is embedded here:
Dr. Raja did take pains to make sure we understood the Cosmology is not the same as cosmetology, although he did provide computer simulations and actual pictures of colliding galaxies to show that both cosmetologists and cosmologists are both interested in studying the effects of time and gravity.
Today we welcomed Kathy “KC” Costa, from the REACH Program in Santa Clara County (“Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope”). She discussed her programs’ intervention efforts to prevent the development of mental health issues among youth and young adults.
REACH is a collaborative effort between Momentum for Mental Health and Starlight Community Services. Together we provide education for the community in early detection and prevention of psychosis in youth. We work with young people ages 10-25 and their families to build support and promote success in relationships, education, and employment. REACH is one of the Early Detection Models from the PIER Training Institute in Portland, Maine, and is funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
REACH’s Mission is to “raise early awareness, reduce stigma through understanding of mental illness within the community and create hope while offering culturally competent and evidence informed treatment to underserved youth and their families.”
Half of those are who will go on to develop a mental illness are already showing the early warning signs before the age of 14.
KC’s presentation included a review of some early warning signs for mental health diseases, including trouble reading and speaking, changes in hygiene or appearance, extreme social withdrawal, and other behavioral concerns. There are also several genetic and social risks for mental instability.
She talked about catching problems before teens and young adults begin to lose insight into their problems, the loss of which can itself reinforce negative outcomes.
Additional video resources are available on the REACH YouTube feed.
Campbell Rotary and past-president Sue Klear are in the News these days, part of the City of Campbell’s 2013 celebration of “Women of Distinction” in April:
The annual recognition ceremony highlights women in Campbell making an impact on their communities.
We know you are all out there: Rotarians who happen to be Grandparents!
Laurie Mobilio, Cindy Summers, Jen Eby and Lynne Noel (with a combined 22 grandchildren) joined us today to tell about their collaboratively-written book, The Grammie Guide.
With The Grammie Guide in hand to update your parenting experience and inspire new ways to play with your grandchild, you are fully equipped to share precious time and build wonderful memories together.
The book strives to enhance connections between grandparents and grandkids, especially those age 0-5. The Grammies have compiled developmental charts and developed lists of music, arts, literature activities that adults can manage. They believe that active play with simple toys is better than technology-driven screen time.
Among the ideas discussed in the book include easy multi-generational games, musical performances, indoor and outdoor activities, reading recommendations, arts and crafts, childproofing and safety, and activities for grandfathers. Jan even demonstrated a few “simple toys,” like a plastic ribbon, an egg carton, and a clean paint brush. Cindy shared the importance of reading to children, and the book includes its own list of recommended children’s books for grandparents to read.
Lynne finished the presentation discussing the challenge of grandparenting from a distance, which is addressed by its own chapter in the book. Her handy tips include remembering time zones and shipping times. The book includes phone etiquette tips for talking with small children, but they also recommend Skype and other face-to-face technologies. Sometimes, simple interaction and attention paid to children — by grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends — can make a huge difference.
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