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New Member Breakfast

Bob Yeager is hosting one of his traditional Membership Breakfasts next week … scheduled for 8:00 am Tuesday Morning, February 6, at Mimi’s Cafe, across from Westgate Mall.

Not only would this be a great chance to help indoctrinate Janine Payton, our newest member, but also you get to enjoy a free breakfast.

Even potential new members are welcome! If you’ve been bringing a guest — or considering bringing a guest — this breakfast would be a great way to start their ascension into Rotary.

Methamphetamine Awareness

Today’s meeting featured a sobering but tremendously important presentation on methamphetamine abuse, and the tragedies brought about by this harmful and addicting drug.

David Robles, president of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz, introduced us to the dangers of Meth abuse, including its addictive power, its impact on brain function, and its financial toll on the nation. He also shared the personal devestation experienced by his family.

His entire presentation is available online from his club’s outreach website:

David also recommended a recent production of Frontline on PBS: “The Meth Epidemic

Rotary Families Love the Bowling

Hey, we had a really great time at the RotaryCSJw Bowling Party last weekend. If you didn’t go, you missed a great family activity at a fun location. We’ve posted a few of the pictures we took at the party, so you can see what you missed! Continue reading Rotary Families Love the Bowling

TRF Giving Exceeds 2005-06

$10, 270 …. and still counting!

So far in the 2006-07 year, RotaryCJSw members have already contributed more to The Rotary Foundation than we did all of last year. The growth is tremendous. Congratulations to everyone involved! … now we work toward 100% involvement!

Neil Mammen & “Agent X”

Kit Whitney continued her streak of interesting speakers with provoking intellectual perspectives by introducing Neil Mammen to our club today.

Neil presented a rationale for believing in a “freewill non mechanistic extra-dimensional first cause” for the known Universe, and presented ideas related to the Singularity, Hyperspace, multiple universes and Big Bang Cosmology. In addition to speaking to us, Neil’s full presentation is also available online:

Who is Agent X? — Where did God come from?

Abstract: This paper attempts to show that it has always been an accepted scientific and philosophical fact that “everything that has begun to exist needs a first cause.� It then goes on to show that the Universe began to exist and thus needs a first cause. It shows that not accepting the need for a first cause is illogical, unscientific and actually requires a certain amount of blind faith. In other words it takes faith to be an atheist.

Once it has established the need for a first cause, it then goes on to show how that the first cause cannot be a non-mechanistic agent. It then quantifies the first cause using the characteristics that can be derived from the causation of the universe. The reader may find the conclusion interesting. And finally it concludes by answering the age old question: “Where did God come from?â€? … complete presentation in PDF.

Dina Jacobson as Wicked Witch?

While promoting the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center‘s upcoming production of the Wizard of Oz (PDF Brochure), Neil Jacobson assured us that his wife’s casting as the “wicked witch of the west” was totally against type.

Family entertainment at its best! If you’d like to check it out, the show will be at the Campbell Heritage Theater February 3-4 and 10-11. Call 408.866.2700 to purchase your tickets today!

Jason Baker Improving Campbell?

Just in case anyone was wondering how members of the Rotary Club of Campbell & San Jose West are making a difference right here in our community, we’ve got word that our own Jason Baker is the newly-elected Chair of the Campbell Civic Improvement Commission.

SV Reads “The Tortilla Curtain”

While enjoying another fine Rotary Lunch as a guest of Sue Klear, Campbell Union High School District superintendent Rhonda Farber donated a copy of T.C. Boyle’s
The Tortilla Curtain to our weekly raffle.

Rhonda also shared a brochure about the Silicon Valley Reads program, which invites all residents of our community to read The Tortilla Curtain and participate in a series of presentations and further discussion.

Our own Ruth Kohan also pointed out that several of the SV Reads events will be hosted at her West Valley Branch of the San Jose Public Library:

Tue, Feb 13 (7:00 PM – 8:00 PM) — Silicon Valley Reads Book Discussion

Join us for a viewing of a recorded video interview with T.C. Boyle, author of The Tortilla Curtain as we listen to the author discuss his book chosen for the 2007 Silicon Valley Reads title of the year. Following the video will be a discussion of the excellent title which, hopefully, all participants will have made an effort to read as part of the goal of Silicon Valley Reads.

2007 Speech Contest

Mark your calendars! Flyers have been distributed to local high schools, and the date has been set:

February 27, 2007 @ Rotary Luncheon
Eastfield-Ming Quong Facility
251 Llewellyn Ave., Campbell, CA 95008

Theme Topic for the Speech: “Lead the Way

Each student may choose any topic he or she feels is timely and of interest, as long as the content of the speech relates to the Rotary International Theme, “Lead the Way” and incorporates at least one (1) of the principles of the Rotary 4-Wa

Club Level Prizes: $100, $50 and $25
Area 8 Level Prizes: $200 and $100
Regional Level Prizes: Top Two: $250
District 5170 Level Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250 $250

Music Festival — Revisited

To The Members of the Rotary Club of Campbell San Jose West
From Bill Highley

Total Club Support for The Musical Festival as our Club’s signature event

A social gathering occurred Friday January 5, 2007 at the home of Bill and Emilie Highley. The purpose was fellowship and to review Rick Davis’ Planning Outline (attached) for a Club signature Event Music Festival.

Attendees: Bill Ellington, Rick and Doris Davis, Cecelia Babkirk, Marv and Bonnie Bamburg, John and Pam Shannon, Neil Reid, George and Ginny Miskulin, Janine and Don Payton, Bill and Emilie Highley.

Rick Davis presented the key points of his planning outline for the Musical Festival.. Concern was expressed that this will be a major effort for the club and will require a personal commitment of each and every member of the club to be assigned a specific job. Also the chair leadership could not rest solely on Rick’s shoulders. Bill Ellington volunteered to help Rick and take on the responsibility to co-chair the event.

The Club members in attendance agreed to support the concept but the event will require a business plan that will be reviewed by the Board and submitted to the membership for approval. Bill Highley agreed to develop a business plan with Marv Bamburg, Bill Ellington and Rick Davis.

Near term action: Bill Highley will develop a Business Plan with an executive summary to identify concept, teams, timeframe, and financial commitment. Teams include location, refreshments, budget, program, set up/clean up.