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Bunnies & Bonnets

Campbell Easter ParadeLast Saturday, The Rotary Club of Campbell had the honor of leading the Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Easter Parade down Campbell Ave. Jimmy Zien, Carol Hoffman, Kit Whitney, Bob Siudzinsky, Stella Ralph, Sonya Paz, and John Shannon were joined by Brooke Ramirez and Sally Howe’s’ granddaughter as they lead the parade carrying photos of the late Sally Howe.

Sally was the founder of this annual event, and she was traditionally honored by heading the parade each year. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Campbell Business Association and includes participants from local school bands, students and parents from schools and youth groups as well as local civic dignitaries.

This year’s parade was preceded by a children’s chalk drawing contest. Children were provided colorful chalk and encouraged to draw all over the street pavement prior to the parade. Children were also provided with bubbles to blow as the parade participants marched by.

World Roundup

Kenya

The Rotary Club of Nairobi hosted an eye care camp in November, marking 30 years of the club’s commitment to ending rural blindness. A local bus company provided free transportation to and from Hema Hospital in Kisii, near Lake Victoria, so people from across western Kenya could receive cataract screening and surgery at a cost of $52 per patient. The club also works with Baltimore-based Tissue Banks International to treat keratoconus, a structural disorder of the cornea and a leading cause of blindness among the young in East Africa, and has hosted eye camps in rural areas throughout Kenya. Medical professionals have performed more than 14,000 surgeries and 200 corneal transplants through the blindness eradication project.

New Zealand

Rotarians from across Ne Zealand assisted with the Stroke Foundation’s sixth annual blood pressure awareness campaign in October. Volunteers gathered at 182 supermarkets and health centers, as far as Kaikohe to the north and Invercargill to the south, where they encouraged shoppers to have their blood pressure taken by representatives from the health charity St. John and Wellington Free Ambulance. They also handed out information about hypertension and its connection to stroke and other medical issues, and collected health data. In a follow-up survey, 37% of participants reported taking action as a result of their blood pressure reading that day.

Sri Lanka

District 3220 (Maldives and Sri Lanka) kicked off its One Million Tree Stories campaign in December to combat deforestation in Sri Lanka. Working with 2,500 local farmers and the departments of forestry and irrigation, the Rotary Club of Ibbagamuwa is leading the initiative to plant one million trees along the banks of protected reservoirs in Kurunegala District this year, and four million more over ?ve years. The public can sponsor a tree for $1 and share a personal tree story on the project’s Facebook page.

Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method

Celebrate Campbell Rotary group

Cindy Method (front row, third from left) had a huge cheering section from the Campbell Rotary

At Saturday evening’s Celebrate Campbell event, sponsored by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, our very own Cindy Method was honored as Campbell’s “Rotarian of the Year.” In her comments to the crowd, Cindy expressed her appreciation for being honored simply “for doing what I love to do — serve the community.” Although a Rotarian for less than 2 years, Cindy has jumped right into the volunteer spirit exemplified by Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”

Congratulations, Cindy!

Celebrating Club Presidents

The following current members of our club have “stepped up to the plate,” or taken on the challenge, or had the golden opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on the good that Rotary does at home and around the world by serving as our Club President. Some have even served more than once!

Let us acknowledge and thank all of our Past Presidents:

  • Mike Anderson
  • Marv Bamburg
  • Bill Beck
  • Ravi Chari
  • Dave Crowley
  • Jerry Cummings
  • Sharon D’Amico
  • Rick Davis
  • Bill Ellington
  • Dick Garland
  • Warren Gilbert
  • Jim Morelan
  • Jim Neal
  • Phil Nielsen
  • Rex Osborn
  • Janine Payton
  • Jerry Scott
  • John Shannon
  • Marc Wagner
  • Kit Whitney
  • Kathy Williamson
  • Andy Zenzel

If your name is not on this list, and you’ve been in the club for a while, we encourage you to take the leap. You’ll have a year to remember!

The Good News

During this Rotary Year, we have added some wonderful new Rotarians. If you haven’t met them yet, please make a point to introduce yourself and welcome these nice folks to our club: Renee Hazel, Yvonne Kendall, Stella Ralph, and Jimmy Zien.

The Not-So-Good News

During the current Rotary year, we have also lost some wonderful members. Most have cited increased demands at work as the reason for their departure. We are sad to see so many quality members on this list. Nonetheless, we thank them for their prior service to Rotary and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

The people who have left our club during this Rotary year: Leonard Cino, Megan Hill, Dr. Sue Klear, Dr. Jane Lo, Jesse Meddaugh, Gurpreet Sachdev, Noelani Sallings, Armen Shamamian, and Mike Stonehouse.

Art Outside the Box

Art Box CampbellThe City of Campbell and its Civic Improvement Commission are inviting local artists to participate in Campbell’s “Art Outside the Box” Utility Box Art Program.

They are seeking artists to showcase their work on utility boxes located throughout Campbell. The goals of the program are to enhance the beauty and vibrancy of Campbell, deter graffiti on utility boxes, and bring art to unexpected places.

This program is funded through box sponsorships and individual donations. Anyone can sponsor the painting of a box. Individuals, families, neighborhood groups, businesses, and local civic and other non-profit organizations are welcome to contribute to the beautification of Campbell.

You can learn more and download an application on the City’s website.