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‘President Jerry’ Has A Nice Ring …

Please extend a special congratulations and welcome to our newly-appointed President-elect (with one month to go until his term starts) … Jerry Cummings!

Jerry has graciously agreed to serve RotaryCSJw in its hour of need. A nominating committee of past presidents surveyed Jerry’s willingness, and the official coronation should take place shortly. Out of respect for the suddenness of Jerry’s ascension, all past presidents will be asking all club members to take on additional responsibilities during the year.

Thank you, Jerry!

Combined Meeting with WG

The Willow Glen Rotary Club has graciously invited our Club and the Almaden Valley Rotary Club to join together for a special meeting on Thursday, May 31. Our special guest will be Congressman Mike Honda.

We will be dark on Tuesday, May 29 … Our regular meeting for the week (with the expectation of everyone attendance) will be the May 31 meeting at the Three Flames Banquet Center (near Meridian & Hamilton).

No Meeting on May 29

We’re DARK on Tuesday, May 29 …

But we’d love to see you on Thursday, May 31, when we join forces with the Willow Glen and Almaden Valley clubs to hear from Mike Honda …

Travel & Hospitality Foundation

CSJw Rotarian Ravi Chari was our speaker today, presenting stories and perspective from rural portions of India. In addition to sharing pictures and some history, Ravi also introduced his concept for a travel-based fellowship that would support charitable work outside of the traditional funding models.

By channeling world travelers into home-stay experiences, Ravi sees the money saved by such accommodations being redirected to a foundation to benefit the host community. A “chain link” effect would also follow, encouraging local cooperation and concern within developing countries and across the world.

Moreland Renaissance Faire

Moreland Middle School is having a Renaissance Faire for the 7th grade class (all 400 of them) to cap off a year of studying this part of history. It is a living history day with many activities, some of them sponsored by RotaryCSJw (in the form of our D5170 Community Opportunity Grant — COG).

The school is in need of help setting up this Thursday, May 24. If you are interested in coming in costume on Friday, we would love to have you help out with the activities and workshops throughout the day.

The Faire will be held at Moreland Woods: 4835 Doyle Road in West San Jose. We will be setting up on Thursday from 8:00 am to at least 4:00 pm.

The Faire itself runs on Friday from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm. The last hour will be the live jousters (on horseback)! For more information – or to sign-up to help – contact Janine Payton.

Panabaj, Guatemala

We heard from Dr. Mark Campbell, a former member of the old Campbell club, who was also one of the founders of the Bay Are RotaCare clinics.

Mark’s latest focus is providing needed health services and hospital equipment for residents of Panabaj, Guatemala. Children and families from the region struggle with smoke inhalation health troubles, water contamination, and an astonishingly high 15% infant mortality. The region also suffered catastrophic loss of life from the devastation of Hurricane Stan.

Dr. Campbell has worked to bring medical equipment and to provide education to residents about ways they can improve their own health. Specifically, he shared his experiences gathering and delivering smoke-free O’Neil Stoves, which are manufactured in Eugene, Oregon, and help reduce the health threat from smoke inhalation caused by traditional indoor cooking methods.

Auction Tuesday: SF Giants Tix

You’ll want to bring your checkbook to this week’s meeting!

In addition to hosting a fabulous speaker this week, RotaryCSJw will be putting a pair of tickets to a San Francisco Giants game up for auction, with proceeds to benefit the local RotaryCSJw Foundation.

You can be the proud owner of Four Tickets to see the Giants play the Houston Astros on Tuesday, May 22, gametime 7:15 pm at AT&T Park. Seats are located in Club Section 208, and include preferred parking passes for the night.

Thanks to last week’s speaker, Jim Weyermann of the San Jose Giants, for the gracious donation!

Giants Baseball in San Jose

Today’s speaker was Jim Weyermann, CEO of the minor league San Jose Giants, who shared his philosophy on the impact of sports on our neighborhoods and families.

Jim’s work experience includes sports management, facility operations, and other community activities. He shared his goal of helping “families celebrate life” with organizations like the San Jose Giants. Jim also encouraged us to consider the teachings of the Positive Coaching Alliance, which teaches sportsmanship and citizenship: Continue reading Giants Baseball in San Jose

Congressman Mike Honda

RotaryCSJw participated in a special luncheon meeting today, joining the Willow Glen Rotary Club and the Almaden Valley Rotary Club to hear local Congressman Mike Honda.

Welcomed by Rotary dignitaries as well as local politicians, Congressman Honda discussed a wide range of topics, including immigration and border issues, economic growth factors, and the Iraq war. He currently represents the 15th District of California, which loops through Milpitas, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, and Gilroy, and encompassing several parts of San Jose.

Paul Harris Fellows Recognized

RotaryCSJw hosted a banquet and dinner to celebrate our club’s Paul Harris Fellows last week, and everyone had a great time. Superb food and excellent friendship highlighted the event, along with special presentations for new and renewed Paul Harris Fellows in our club.

2007 Paul Harris Fellows:

Derek & Mari Fujikawa
David & Karen Martin-Keller
Emilie & Bill Highley
Carl Middione
Millie & Jim Morelan

Bob Yager & his daughter Jennifer Yager — unable to attend
Ruth Kohan — unable to attend

Read more for a full report, including pictures! Continue reading Paul Harris Fellows Recognized