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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.