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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.