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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

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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

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


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.


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.


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.

Spending Plan & Budget Updates

Campbell Rotary Club BannerThe Board of Directors has approved a revised club budget and a revised Spending Plan for our Club’s Foundation. These are two of the “buckets” of money over which we have local control.

The Club budget, all $50,120, concerns itself with items involved with the day-to-day or week-to-week running of the club. The income portion recognizes such items as our Club Dues, Happy/Sad Dollars, Marble Draw, payments for meals and Miscellaneous Donations Received.

The Expenses of our club include a long list of items, many related to the income, such as Cost of Meals, our District and International Dues, and Marble Draw prize money. Other expenses cover our contributions to the Downtown Campbell Business Association, Chamber of Commerce, Contributions to the RI Rose Bowl Float, the Speech Contest, District and International Conferences, along with such mundane costs as printing, postage, web hosting, and, of course, taxes.

You can click here to view the full Club Budget.

The 2014-2015 Spending Plan covers our charitable projects and expenses. We intentionally did not allocate all available funds because we know that new and important projects or charitable giving opportunities can come up during the year and we did not want to have our hands tied by a depleted giving fund for the year.

If you have any questions, please contact a board member or President John Shannon.

Concert Benefits EPN

D-Squared Concert 2014On Sunday afternoon, member Debbie Davis presented her third annual musical concert to benefit the End Polio Now campaign of Rotary International. Funds received from the happy concert goers and others will be eligible for the double-match grant of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, thus tripling our club’s contribution!

Debbie paired herself with Mezza Soprano Deborah Rosengaus, creating the twosome dubbed “D Squared.” The duo wowed the assembled crowd with hits from Broadway shows featuring hits by Oscar Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, the Gershwin Brothers, Steven Sondheim and others. Debbie, a masterful pianist, played perfect accompaniment to the very talented singer who also shared delightful stories from her musical and personal past.

From “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” through a beautiful bi-lingual version of “Man of La Mancha”, Debbie and Deborah performed magically and left the audience completely enthralled. The show included a couple of crowd friendly “sing-a-longs” ending with “The Sound of Musics” “Edelweiss.”

Adding to the wonderful music was the unmatched hospitality of Rick and Doris Davis at their beautiful Silver Creek home.

Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss next year’s concert!