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High School Speech Contest

RC-CSJw hosted its annual local edition of the Richard D. King Rotary Speech Contest this week, featuring four students formlocal high schools:

Michael Carter – Prospect HS – 1st place
Paiman Vahdatinia – Westmont HS
Brittany Sims – De Mar High School
Justine Rivera – Leigh HS – 2nd Place

Michael Carter successfully defended his title from last year’s club contest, finishing in first plae, with Justine Rivera from Leigh placing second. Michael receives a $100 prize from our club and will be invited to compete at the Area 8 speech contest, to be hosted by the Los Gatos Morning Club on March 22.

RI Future Vision Survey

—–Original Message—–

From: Arlene Greenberg
Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 2:24 PM
Subject: Future Vision Survey

The Rotary Foundation is looking for your opinion and the opinion of those in your Club. The Future Vision Survey is now posted on the R.I website. The survey will remain open for participation through 11 April. I encourage you to complete the survey (on line) and encourage others to do so also.

The survey can be found on It is listed on the front page in one of the paragraphs. It is a very short survey. Thanks for your input.


Arlene Greenberg
District Governor 2005-06
District 5170

Organizing for “Love”

Our club hosted its traditional St. Valentine’s Day party this week, welcoming numerous spouses and at least one toddler to the party. Jim Morelan lead things off with a biblical passage and then related the story of St. Valentine.

We then heard from Denise Bridgeman & Nancy Shearer, who provided a glimpse into the world of professional organizers, elaborating on their services and the impact they have on people’s lives. They pride themselves in their proven ability to organize for results that make life easier and simpler.

BAWSI VIP Receptions in March

Marlene Bjornsrud, who spoke to us earlier in January, has invited members of our club to join the Bay Area Womens Sport Initiative for a series of VIP receptions in conjunction with the Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Championship, to be hosted in San Jose March 3-6. For more information, contact Rotarian Sue Klear.

In other news, our club plans to nominate Bjornsrud for the Rotary District 5170 Service Award for Professional Exellence, which is presented annually to non-Rotarians in our community.

Dan Furtado, Campbell City Council

Jason Baker introducedDan Furtado, who has served on the Campbell City Council for more than 10 years. He addressed the future of Campbell, providing a helpful primer on long-range growth planning and the layers of governmental oversight that influence it.

In general terms, the City relies on taxes to fund its general operating expenses, including sales tax, gas taxes, and hotel taxes.

Furtado believes that a healthy downtown is vital to the future of Campbell, and he sees redevelopment extending beyond the current core in the long term, especially for older businesses along Campbell Avenue.

Mixed-Use development is also the wave of the future. CUrrently, the city has 16,000 dweling units, and will achiveve “build-out” with 1600 more in the next 25 years. These combo retail and housing projects are already on their way to Campbell, with a new Aqui Restaurant planned under condos along Campbell Avenue, and another project going up at the old Fung Lum site.

Perhaps the greatest challenges in Campbell’s future include managing traffic congestion, building a new library, and maintaining Campbel”s “small-town” feel.