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Judy Armstrong in the news …

Club member and fundraiser extraordinaire Judy Armstrong was pictured in the San Jose Mercury News recently,the result of her successful presentation of the Andre Rieu concert benefiting KTEH 54 (Silicon Valley Public Television).

Actual pictrues of Judy and several smiling dignitaries appeared in the printed version of the paper, but the onlin version lacks those pictures. She tried to hide from her Rotary fine by arranging for the picture to be published on Christmas Day, hoping we might miss it. We hope you saw the story — and the pictures!

EMQ’s “Chef Roger” in the news …

This week’s edition of the Campbell Reporter features an incredible story about Chef Roger Amaral, who prepares our excellent luncheon food each week, and runs EMQ’s outstanding food services.

But, the story is only part of the story. The editor of the Campbell Reporter spoke to our club back in November; Moryt Milo asked us to help her find important stories about our community. That meeting resulted in Moryt’s discovery of Roger! She assigned a reporter to the story, and the result was printed this week. Our close relationship with EMQ has again resulted in benefits for both groups! Thanks, Moryt!

And yes, the story quotes Gary Arita … so we can expect him to fine himself when we return for our first meeting in 2006!

Welcome, Neil Jacobson!

We welcomed our newest Rotarian this week, presenting Neil Jacobson with his red badge. Neil is employed by Xilinx and is involved in software development, management and design. His sponsor is Rick Davis. who — like clockwork — has brought in a new member every few months.

We welcome Neil to the Club!

Solar Cookers International

Bill Highley introduced his good friend and Rotarian Ed Krumwiede (RC of Rocklin/Loomis BasinDistrict 5180), who discussed the potential value of providing solar cooking units to people in developing nations, particularly in Africa.

His club has partnered with Solar Cookers International (based in Sacramento), and is working to supply these units to rural communities in countries across Africa, where the average number of sunny days make solar cooking an effective weapon against endemic low poverty.

Solar Cookers provide positive environmental and health benefits, and when used in a culturally-relevant way, they can expand meal alternatives and protect people from the dangers of wood stove fires.

Gift Basket Auction — “Just for You by Us”

During our last meeting of the calendar year, new member Mary Arenas has planned a fun activity …At the end of this week’s meeting, we will auction off a fabulous Gift Basket, personally designed by “Just for You by Us” …. We mean by Mary! The proceeds from this raffle will go toward The Rotary Foundation (TRF) giving for this year, and will move us ever closer to our revised club goal of raising $10,000 (we’re at $9200+ right now)!

Here are the details from Mary … “Let It Snow Gift Basket contains set of snowman cappuccino mugs w/chrome holder, snowman door knob hanger, Napa Valley pancake and boysenberry syrup, condiment jar, crackers, Aspen almonds, pistachios, raspberry tea cookies… the basket will be gift wrapped, and the retail value is $125.00.”

If you were sad not to win the District 5170 RI Raffle, bring your checkbook, join the bidding … and win this one!

If you are looking for that last-minute gift for someone special, bring your checkbook, join the bidding … and buy this one!

If you have been waiting until the last minute to make your TRF pledge this year, bring your checkbook, join the bidding … and join the Club!

Update: Mary’s donation fetched $400 from a combined bid (Jerry Cummings & Bill Ellington split it)! Proceeds support The Rotary Foundation, and the two “re-gifted” the basket to EMQ to see if our luncheon hosts could secure an additional donation! What a great way to serve Rotary and our community!