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Fishing in the City

Future club secretary John Shannon introduced Brian Allen, a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of San Jose, who manages the “Fishing in the City” program for his club.

The program introduces third graders from urban schools to the joy of fishing. Teachers implement lesson plans preceding the fishing trip. Rotarians and other adults are on hand to assist the children in fishing and in preparing a lunch.

Brian hopes that our club will want to sponsor kids from one of our local schools. He assured us that once we put on a fishing day for kids, we won’t want to stop.

Rotary Foundation Training

From Brad Howard … Dear Rotary Foundation Club Chairs, Area Representatives and District Leadership:

In just a few short days, Rotary International will go through our annual change of leadership, and an entire new year of Rotary service will begin. In addition, we will begin a new effort to raise money for the Annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation. Continue reading Rotary Foundation Training

Mel Grant: Career CHP Officer

Rick Davis introduced Mel Grant, a retired officer from the California Highway Patrol. Although he joined the Patrol in 1957, Officer Grant gave us a thorough history and timeline of the CHP, dating back to its founding in 1929.

He traced the evolution of the Patrol, including the increasing demands made of professional peace officers. To become a member of the CHP today, cadets must complete 1100 hours of academy training on 42 different topics, including EMT training, vehicle operations, weapons deployment, language interpretation, and technology.

EMQ Kids at Great America

Forty children, from EMQ Children & Family Services enjoyed a wonderful trip to Great America thanks to Rotary Club of Campbell San Jose West and Rotary International. The kids ages 6-15 had a great time on the rides and especially loved the picnic with unlimited access to hot dogs, chips, soda, and ice cream.

Thirty of the kids were from EMQ’s residential program. Continue reading EMQ Kids at Great America

RotaCare Free Clinic of San Jose

The RotaCare Free Clinic of San Jose originally opened its doors in 1991 and is one of nine such clinics in the Bay Area. This local clinic will be holding an open house on Wednesday, June 28, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. If you would like more information, please visit the RotaCare Free Clinic’s website.

Gilroy South County Sunrise Club

Please welcome the Gilroy South County Sunrise Rotary Club, the newst club in District 5170.

The early risers will celebrate their new club with a traditional “Charter Night Dinner” on Saturday, July 8 in Gilroy. If you would like to attend and represent Rotary CSJw, please contact David Keller.

The new club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 at Mimi’s Cafe in Gilroy.

Newest Blue Badge: Mary Arenas

Congratulations to Mary Arenas, the latest CSJw Rotarian to receive her blue badge after completing the rigorous “red badge” orientation process. Her sponsor Sue Klear presented Mary with her blue badge at today’s meeting.

Genocide in Darfur

Rotarian Neil Jacobson introduced John Morlino, founder and director of ETHIC (The Essence of True Humanity Is Compassion) and an internationally known writer and speaker on nonviolence and compassion. He presented information about the genocide and other human tragedies occuring in the western reaches of The Sudan, known as the Darfur region.

He encouraged Rotarians to sign the “Darfur Pledge,” which includes a daily call to action to stop the violence in Darfur.

Saratoga Retirement Community

As a special field trip on June 6, we met offsite at the Saratoga Retirement Community near West Valley College in Saratoga.

Saratoga Retirement Community is a 37-acre Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Residents enjoy comfortable, carefree lifestyles in private pet-friendly apartments or cottages, and they have the security of knowing a comprehensive continuum of care is available right on campus, including Skilled Nursing and Memory Care.

In addition to learning more about the retirement community, we also got reacquianted with Leeane Wolfe, the wife of our late member Bert Wolfe. After a nice lunch salad, our small group took a tour of the community center.

Membership, Membership, Membership!

With just a few weeks left in the 2005-06 Rotary year, our illustrious President (and fabulous webmaster) would like to inspire each member to recruit a new member! Our luncheons have been fabulous all year, and we plan to finish strong. Bring a friend to Rotary!