Kit Whitney happily provoked excellent discussion and an intellectual debate among Rotarians by introducing her pastor, Galen Call. Pastor Call is the senior pastor at Los Gatos Christian Church, and presented his philosophy on the relationship between faith and science. The topics of religious inclusion, scientific method, evolution, and intelligent design were only the beginning of an incredibly deep conversation with our club.
Marc Wagner introduced Stan Van Velsor from the local Loma Prieta chapter of the Sierra Club. Stan discussed his efforts on behalf of the Global Warming and Energy Committee.
Beginning with the assertion that today’s children and many future generations will bear the brunt of problems associated with global warming, Stan went on to present scientific data that explains the impact of increase CO2 emissions in our environment. The United States is far-and-away the largest contributor to environmental CO2 emissions, with no end in site.
One year after we heard Tom Bowen‘s 100-day plan for inspiring sucess within the Athletic Department at San Jose State University, we heard from associate AD Vince Otoupal.
Vince updated us on recent developments in SJSU athletics, including graduation rates for coaches and athletes by sport. As Spring Drills begin next week, the football team — under the leadership of second-year coach Dick Tomey — hopes to field a competitive team this Fall and beyond.
Vince also drew strong correlations between SJSU’s athletic teams and the important work of Rotary. MOre than once, he expressed confidence that athletic programs must produce strong athletes, sucessful people, and even future Rotarians.
Ravi Chari’s brother Krishnan attended today’s meeting, bringing good tidings and important information about international partnerships. Krishnan “Chari” Chari is a Past District Governor from RI District 3230 and is the 2005-08 Regional TRF Coordinator for Zone 6 (southeast Asia).
Chari described several critical programs funded by The Rotary Foundation that have increased economic self-sufficiency across southeast Asia. He thanked our club for our outstanding increases in TRF giving this year, and detailed a possible DDF-based International Grant that could result in funding a new library for Rosemary School, among other interesting synergies.
The Rotary Club of Campbell – San Jose West honored three people with their Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) medallion and sapphire pins at today’s meeting.
Krishnan Chari presented his brother Ravi Chari with a PHF medallion, an honor bestowed as a result of a charitable donation made by Krishnan to The Rotary Foundation.
Herb Richards, long-time member of the original Rotary Club of San Jose West, was introduced by Jerry Cummings, and honored for additional giving beyond his first PHF.
In turn, Jerry Cummings was presented with a sapphire pin acknowledging his own history of generously supporting The Rotary Foundation.