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Banquet Honoring Paul Harris Fellows

The entire RotaryCSJw community is invited to a special night of fellowship and celebration, honoring our 2006-07 Paul Harris Fellows. Please join us!

Friday, May 4, 2007
6:00 pm @ Sonoma Chicken Coop (Private sit-down dinner upstairs)

Please RSVP using the online Evite from Gary Arita:

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

President Derek has requested that we have an event to honor all those who have contributed generously to The Rotary Foundation and are now or will become Paul Harris Fellows during this year.

We invite all members and spouses/significant others/family members to attend this special event at the Sonoma Chicken Coop. The cost is $50 for a full, sit down dinner. We are limited to the first 60 who respond.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Yours in Rotary,

Gary Arita (Club Service Chair)

Family Finding by EMQ

Although absent herself, Bettina Kohlbrenner set-up two of her EMQ colleagues to present their ground-breaking approach to re-uniting foster children with “lost” family members.

Brad Norman, LCSW, is the Director of the Family Partnership Institute of EMQ Children & Family Services. Gerry Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the Associate Director of the EMQ Family Partnership Institute. Together, they provide statewide and national training and consultation regarding family-centered, strength-based services for high-need youth and their families.

Believe it or not, the average foster child spends time in more than 40 foster homes before leaving the system as adults. As Brad presented it, “We have children living with strangers at great cost.” The conecpt of “Family Finding” helps increase connections with families, providing a stronger sense of self and community for displaced kids.

Brad is currently working with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington (the Family Finding pioneers) to develop a Practice Guide for Family Search and Engagement, and Gerry is an active member of the National Wraparound Initiative Advisory Group.

You Otter Be There …

District 5170 Conference 2007 … April 20-22

The District Conference is in Monterey this year … Come for lots of fun, social time, sharing opportunities! Celebrate ths 2006-07 Rotary year with others from across District 5170.

RotaryCSJw will be DARK (no meeting) on April 17, in anticipation of your attendance at the District Conference!

Saratoga Federated Church

To tell us more about Saratoga Federated Church‘s activities in support of AMOR Ministries, Bob Yager introduced Tim Galleher and Jason Roeder, youth pastors from Bob’s church.

They told us about annual trips the Church community makes to Tijuana, Mexico, to build houses for less fortunate families south of the border. Staying in group camps (mostly tent cities) and working tirelessly each day, church volunteers from Saratoga have constructed 55 homes over the past few years.

For more information, contact Tim or Jason at the Church.

Special Guest: Mark Campbell

Longtime members of the old “Campbell” club welcomed former Rotarian Mark Campbell to our luncheon today, sharing a few stores and celebrating past achievements. Mark is most famous for being the founder of RotaCare, which he started when he was a member of our club.

After his visit today, he agreed to be our Guest Speaker on May 15.

The TECH Museum

CSJw Rotarians Bill Highley and Rex Osborn are volunteer docents at The TECH Museum of Innovation for a few years, so it was time for our Club to learn more about San Jose’s biggest tourist attraction.

The TECH seeks to inspire the innovator in everyone, with a series of exhibits, informative programs, outreach efforts, and community activities. Founded in 1978, The TECH is now one of the largest museums in Silicon Valley, with more than 500,000 annual visitors. In conjunction with universities and international agencies, The TECH sponsors competitions and laureate awards annually, including the Mars Crater Tech Challenge, scheduled for April 2007.

Neil Parry @ Cupertino RC

All Rotarians in District 5170 have been invited to a special luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Cupertino. On Wednesday, March 14, Cupertino will host Neil Parry as their guest speaker.

Amputation Doesn’t Ruin Parry’s Dream Continue reading Neil Parry @ Cupertino RC

Marv Bamburg: Campbell Rotarian of the Year

Marv BamburgFront Page Campbell Express, Feb 21RotaryCSJw was pleased to honor Marv Bamburg as its Outstanding Community Service Club member for 2007. Featured front and center in the Campbell Express receiving his award from the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, Marv has done it all in his 40 years with the Campbell and now Campbell, San Jose West Rotary Club.

Marv was Club president in 1973-74 and has served as secretary and treasurer along with the chairmanship of many activities over the years. An architect by profession, Marv provided the drawings and chaired the Club’s effort in building a handicap ramp at St. Elizabeth’s Day Home in San Jose last year. He joined Rotary in l967. Homer Hyde, manager of the Campbell Water Co. was his sponsor. His offices then were in the Pruneyard and he worked for Bill Hedley, the architect of the City Hall and Library.

His firsts include helping induct Marge Bonsall into the Club as the first female Rotarian and spearheading many community improvement projects in Campbell. George Miskulin, former principal of Del Mar and Leigh High Schools, is the only member with longer Club service.

“It’s been a great ride with a bunch of great people,� Marv reports. His firm, MBA Architects, is headquartered on Lincoln Avenue in Willow Glen. He hails originally from Chicago, IL and is a graduate of the University of Illinois.