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Philanthropy & Fundraising

The Club’s Board of Directors has adopted a “plan” for Club Philanthropy in 2005-06, which includes a goal of raising and giving away $16,000 to our community. In addition, we hope to encourage another $7,000 in individual donations and other charitable giving from the combined membership of our club.

For complete details, read the Club Philanthropy section of our 2005-06 Strategic Plan.

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Music Festival: March 18

It’s a tentative date, but please mark your calendars! … Saturday, March 18!

The Rotary Club of Campbell – San Jose West has tentatively established this date for our first “Music Festival,” an idea originally conceived by Rick Davis a few years ago. The event has grown into a major activity that we hope will become something very exciting for our Club and our community.

Planning Timeline:

The program proposal for the Rotary Community Concert was presented by Ashish Bhargava during our meeting on September 27.

November 8 (10:30 to 12:00 noon): Meeting of “Section Chairs” and other club members who are volunteering to lead key areas of the event.

November 15: During social time of our regular meeting, we will brainstorm musical themes and other significant issues.

November 23: Further discussion during the first half of our luncheon meeting.

Rotary Foundation Drawing

Update: As of November 22, our club has already sold more than 100 tickets. Our current “TRF Giving” is more than $7,200 …well over our goal of $4,800 and nearly double our guiving from last year. We now have 20 Double-Sustainers in our Club, and at least four Paul Harris Fellows.

Tickets for the annual District 5170 “Rotary Foundation Drawing” are now available from Bill Highley. The tickets are packaged in a green book ($200 … 10 tickets at $20 each), and are due back by our December 6 meeting. The drawing is December 7.

Grand Prize: Trip for 2 (including airfare and 5 nights lodging) at the Rotary International Convention, June 2006 in Malmo (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Second Prize: Trip for 2 (including airfare and 3 nights lodging) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to attend the Rotary Uniendo America Project Fair in January 2006.

If every member of the club sells or purchases at least one book, our Club will reach its goal for giving to The Rotary Foundation. Please make a charitable donation to The Rotary Foundation!

Indoor Air Quality: David Bonasera

Marj Bonsall introduced another in a long line of her shoe customers with interesting stories to tell. Today we heard from David Bonasera, owner of Environmentally Safe Products & Procedures in San Jose. David specializes in cleaning and installing building materials that are safe for human environs.

David discussed the condition of indoor air, especially homes and workplaces affacted by checmicals used the in the manufacture of commong building materials (carpets, paints, etc.) He also shared stories about troubles his clients and family hgave experienced. David recommends inspecting your household cleaners for chemicals, and suggests avoiding the grocery store when searching for effective products (try janitorial supply companies instead).

Ultra-Violet black lights can be a helpful tool in discovering the presence of harmful molds or other germs in your home. He mentioned that bathrooms, roof leaks, and carpet cleaning can be sources of unpleasant contamination.

Adelia Villas: Rotary in Brazil

In an effort to learn more about the incredible international impact of the The Rotary Foundation, our club heard a presentation from Adelia Villas, a from the Rotary Club of Rio de Janeiro Guanabara, Brazil (District 4570).

Adelia is one of District 5170′s “Partners in Service,” working to improve the lives of thousands of people in her home town of Rio de Janiero. She presented information about programs teaching family planning to young mothers and promoting gender equality throughout Brazil.

Ken Yeager

San Jose City Councilmember Ken Yeager (District 6) was introduced by our own club president today, who noted that Ken’s running for Santa Clara County Supervisor (District 4), which represents the City of Santa Clara, much of west San Jose, and all of Campbell. The primary election is in June.

Ken addressed several issues facing the City of San Jose and its neighboring communities, including transportation, city-county relations, social health issues, greenbelt trails, and childhood obesity.

Tickets Donated to EMQ

Continuing our fine tradition of donating event tickets to the children and families of EMQ, the Rotary Club of Campbell & San Jose West presented a collection of general admission tickets to both Great America and Bonfante Gardens, good for weekends through the end of the month.

Milpitas Rotary Texas Hold ‘Em

The Milpitas Rotary Club is having a fundraiser to benefit the students, teachers and other programs in their community on November 5, 2005: Texas Holdem Poker Tournament and Casino Night, featuring live music, food and a great time to be had by all.

They are currently looking for tournament players. For more information: http://www.RotaryHoldEm.com.

New Rotary Hats

They don’t say “Campbell – San Jose West” on them, but that’s OK! You can still wear the Rotary emblem proudly on your head! If you are a newer member who joined after our last hats were soldout, please see Marv Bamburg to get your own hat (for only $10).