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Plug-In Hybrids

Today’s speaker was Kate Horner, representing “Plug-In Bay Area,” a regional volunteer movement promoting the use of plug-in hybrid cars, which can operate on batteries following an after-market conversion.

Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) are outfitted with a battery pack sufficient to power the vehicle from 20 to 60 miles on battery charge alone. Considering that half the cars on America’s roads are driven 25 miles a day or less, a plug-in with a 25-mile range battery could eliminate gasoline use in the daily commute of millions of Americans. The cost of an equivalent electric gallon of gas is estimated to be less than $1.00.

Although plug-in hybrids are not yet commercially available, the plug-in movement is promoting interest and securing future purchasing commitments from governments and corporations.

Blood Drive … September 14

Save the Date! … RotaryCSJw’s annual “Remember September 11″ Blood Drive, in cooperation with EMQ and the local chapter of the American Red Cross, is scheduled for Friday, September 14, 2007. Mark your calendars! Continue reading Blood Drive … September 14

Ted’s Excellent Adventures

Longtime “Visiting Rotarian” Ted Keetch availed us with war stories from his years on the police force in Santa Clara, including international travel he took in the name of homicide investigations. His travels to The Philippines and to Mexico were both harrowing and enlightening, and potentially life-threatening, all in the name of justice.

Ted joined the SCPD homicide unit in 1983 after a few years in the narcotics unit and as a military police officer in Vietnam. As an aside, Ted’s father was a Rotarian with 100% attendance in his life, and was one of the original sponsors of the Campbell Rotary Club, first charted in the 1940′s.

Rotary in Turkey Recap

RotarySharesTurkishToday’s luncheon program featured photoslides and stories from our club’s Turkish travelers, Sue Klear, Cecelia Babkirk, and David Keller.

They showed pictures from the first few days of their trip, which included Rotary activities at a Chıldren’s Playground İn Ihtebaglari, the dedication ceremony for the Çıftlıkkoy Pumpıng Station, and an impromptu fund raiser for a NICU project in Istanbul.

Youth Protection Training

Our meeting on Tuesday, August 7, will begin promptly at 12:15.
… please be early!

Roger Hassler, District 5170 Trainer for the Youth Protection policy, will be conducting a one-hour training during our meeting on August 7.

Roger will also stay for the additional 2.5 hours after the meeting for members to receive full certification, if desired. The 1 hour training will be conducted in our regular meeting room and the additional 2.5 hours will be conducted in one of the conference rooms at EMQ.

As the Youth Services chair, Derek Fujikawa is our Club’s certification with the district Youth Protection policy. Here are the requirements:

  • Any member that has ANY contact with youth in a Rotary context must take the 1 hour Youth Protection training.
  • Any member that has one-on-one contact with youth must take the 1 hour Youth Protection training AND complete the Volunteer Affidavit and be LiveScanned.
  • Any member that has “extensive contact/involvement working with youth,â€? must take the full 3.5 hours of training and complete the Volunteer Affidavit and be LiveScanned.

For more detailed information on the requirements, please refer to the Youth Protection Training Requirements Matrix (PDF) on the District 5170 website.