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The Rotary Foundation (by Jim Mealy)

Jim Mealy presented an overwhelming amount of material about The Rotary Foundation, the international non-profit grant-maker that turns your charitable donations into incredible programs across the globe … and in our neighborhood.

His words were timed to wrap-up our monthlong fund drive for club member donations to The Rotary Foundation, primarily through the purchase of District 5170 raffle tickets.

For more information, please review the Rotary Foundation website.

Campbell Carol of Lights

Hosted by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, the Carol of Lights will be held on Sunday, December 4, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in downtown Campbell.

The Rotary Club of Campbell & San Jose West will be staffing our usual food boothfor festival-goers. All proceeds support our projects and charitable donations inside our community.

Please sign-up to help: We need lots of help between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm with set-up/take-down and general serving. To sign-up to help, please contact Jim Morelan.

EMQ Holiday Adopt-a-Family

In years past, we have passed the hat in November for food donations and then we’ve collected toys in December. To create a stronger bond between our club and EMQ (and to keep with our focus of targeting our gift-giving more directly), we are partnering with EMQ to do something more special ….. We will participate in their “adopt-a-family” program, wherein we will provide requested gifts (mostly $25 gift cards actually) for as many family members as we can.

Over the course of our next two meetings, club members will be invited to “adopt” a specific family member from among EMQ’s clients (children and their families), and provide an appropriate gift as requested by the families themselves. Each club member will then take responsibility for purchasing and returning the specific gift. If your holiday time is tight, you can also choose to donate to a “pass-the-hat” fund that our Club will convert into gift cards and gifts for as many EMQ clients as we can.

On November 22, we will hear more about the impact you can make from Darren DeMonsi, EMQ’s Development Manager, who will make a short presentation to us, and distribute “ornaments” that represent the families and children.

Moryt Milo, Campbell Reporter

Moryt Milo, editor of the Campbell Reporter and the Willow Glen Resident spoke to us today about her publications’ “fiercely — fiercely — local” news coverage.

Milo has won numerous awards for her reporting and opinion writing, and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. Both of her papers are part of the Silicon Valley Community Newspapers group, and she also edits the smaller, downtown-focused City Times.

This “fiercely local” news reporting — including coverage of schools, businesses, community groups, and other grass roots organizations — has proven to be a successful business model. Knight-Ridder recently purchased SVCN, and the SJ Mercury News will publish its final community-focused insert (called “The Guide”) later this week, all but acknowledging how well these weekly papers cover local communities.

Milo also asked for help from organizations like Rotary (and other community groups) to spread the word about her papers. The weekly features on residents and events are written to help define communities and show what issues are important at the local level. They are always looking for stories, and her staff attend meetings, visit merchants, and care about communities. They openly solicit feedback and letters to the editor, and want to hear about news items in time to provide appropriate exposure. If you’ve got a story for them, contact Moryt at (408) 200-1051 or mmilo@community-newspapers.com.

Audition for the Cabaret!

It’s new and exciting this year … Rotarian entertainment at the District Conference!

Join the rest of your District 5170 Rotarians in the Cabaret, 7:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2006 (as part of the District Conference). The entertainment at this event will be performed entirely by talented Rotarians….. perhaps you!

If you are interested in auditioning to perform in the Cabaret, auditions are scheduled for January 28 in Los Gatos and on February 11 in Alameda. For more information (and to read the detailed application), please see the Rotary Cabaret page on the District Website.

Walton Electronics

Charles Walton is the President of Walton Electronics, which performs independent research and development of electronic and magnetic storage devices. He was V.P. of Schlage Electronics and before that product development for IBM, and he holds 45 patents. He specializes in the development of “Proximity Devices” and founded the Walton Peace Essay Contest for high school students in Santa Clara County.

During his speech, he discussed the field of Radio Frequency Identification. Walton’s work accomplishes this non-contact transfer of data conveniently, accurately,and securely, and thus, benefits human beings and society. He also displayed an automatic door lock system and explained that this system is well on its way toward replacing bar codes.