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Christmas Party Details

December 4 @ Rinconada Hills Club House

6:00 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner

Bring your Pot Luck dish (sign-up with Kathy Williamson).
Bring an unwrapped kids toy for donating to EMQ.
Bring an Exchange Gift, valued at no more than $15.

DIRECTIONS to Rinconada Hills Club House (NOT Rinconada Country Club)
Rinconada Hills Clubhouse telephone 374 3895

From Highway 17 heading toward Santa Cruz: 1) Exit at Camden Ave/San Tomas stay in right lane. 2) Exit “Winchester Ave South” to 2nd signal at Hacienda Ave. 3) Turn right at 76 service station on Hacienda to 2nd stop sign. 4) Turn left til street dead ends at Pollard/Knowles Road. 5) Turn right and follow Pollard through underpass, past Safeway on your left, past signal at More Ave. 6) Make first left turn into Rinconada Hills. Entrance road “Avineda del Sol” dead ends at clubhouse.

From Lawrence ExpressWay heading south: 1) Name changes to Quito Road at Saratoga Ave. 2) You’ll pass YMCA on your left, pass a stop signal, cross over Highway 85, pass signal at Allendale, next signal is Pollard Road. 3) Left on Pollard. Turn right at third driveway into Rinconada Hills. 4) Entrance road “Avineda del Sol” dead ends at clubhouse.

DIY Ammunition

“Triple-A” Shooter and fellow Rotarian Fred Meyer introduced us to the world of ammunition and target shooting. Fred enjoys the “warm fuzzy” he gets from making a great bullet, even though he intends to shoot it in the direction of an otherwise cuddly-seeming pig (a paper pig, but still).

These pictures depict the delicate work of cleaning and loading cartridges with gunpowder. A variety of specialized tools are required, not to mention a fair amount of precision and know-how.

Fred also gave us an outdoor demonstration of gunpowder!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our extended Rotary Family celebrates Thanksgiving!

Campbell Reporter: Kit Whitney

Yes, it’s real news, in a real newspaper …

Campbell San Jose Rotary Club installs Kit Whitney as president

By Lynn Crocker (Campbell Reporter)

“Service Above Self” is the motto of Rotary International and a way of life for its more than 1.2 million members, including Campbell resident Kit Whitney. Whitney, who is soon to be installed as president of the Campbell-San Jose West Rotary Club, has been a member since 1987. … More

St. Elizabeth’s Day Home Update

The ramp is almost complete!

PDF: Project Description

Photos from Bill Highley

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Albert Einstein’s Riddle

A Riddle from Bill Highley … The answer will be posted soon!

Are you in the top 2% of intelligent people in the world? Solve the riddle and find out. Can you figure it out??? No Tricks… Bill

There are no tricks, just pure logic, so good luck and don’t give up.

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colors.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality
3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

The question: Who owns the fish?

1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The Green house is on the left of the White house.
5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.

Albert Einstein wrote this riddle early during the 19th century. He said that 98% of the world population would not be able to solve it.

Rotary Fundraising … in the news

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Want to see a middle-aged guy with a receding hairline and a paunch take off his clothes?

The Rotary Club in Batavia, New York, is hoping thousands of people want a good look. The charity is publishing a calendar for 2005 featuring 13 of its members in the buff.

As old as 65, the models bare nearly all.

More … Dropping Drawers for Charity

Guatemala Rotaplast Trip

Cecelia Babkirk addressed the meeting, along with invited guest Don Fox, to discuss the Cupertino Rotary Club‘s trip to Antigua, Guatemala in June 2004, in collaboration with Rotoplast. Along with a stirring slide presentation, Cecelia and Don told us about the vital services this trip provided to hundreds of Guatemalans. They also discussed plans for future trips that serve even more people, by providing services that transcend the existing Rotaplast model and provide additional volunteer opportunites for Rotarians and family members.

Guatemala is a small country in Central America. The volunteers performed 116 medical surgeries, benefiting 91 patients, who had been suffering from lip deformities and cleft palates. Performing surgeries seven days during th 13-day trip, the program provided more than $515,000 in services (estimated full-market cost), while spending only $55,000 to mobilize the team.

Stronger Relationship with EMQ

As part of his plan for the next year, President-Elect David Keller hopes to increase the ways that our club works with our luncheon hosts EMQ Children & Family Services. EMQ is a vital community service agency, and our meeting location certainly gives us an opportunity to work closely.

On November 18, David will be sitting down with Jerry Doyle, CEO of EMQ. If you have any suggestions for David to take to the meeting, please forward them in person or via email.

Unwritten History of Rotary

Kit Whitney presented a DVD video of Cliff Dochterman (past president of Rotary International, 1992-93) sharing his own personal unwritten history of Rotary. As we celebrate our Centennial in 2005, we also recognize the titans of world and Rotary history:

According to Dochterman, famous historical Rotarians included Julius Ceasar, Napoleon, Joan (Jack) of Arc, Christopher Columbus, and most of the Pilgrims who founded the 13 original colonies. Paul Revere’s midnight ride was actually an effort to do 12 make-ups (originally invented by Rotarian Estee Lauder) in one day. George Washington also fought for the cause, as did generals Lee and Grant, and both sides of the U.S. Civil War.

In conclusion, Dochterman reaffirmed the serious nature of Rotary business and community service, but called for fun and fellowship above everything else. These things bring people together, and together Rotarians change the world.