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Joe McTaggart’s Medical Field Trip

As promised by President Jerry, the letter describing Joe McTaggart’s brush with medical insanity has been scanned and uploaded to the website: In Joe McTaggart’s Own Words

TRF Fondue Set

Speaking of Rotary fundraising Auctions;-)

At today’s meeting, John Shannon outbid Bill Ellington for the rights to open the District Governor’s mystery gift presented to the club back in September.

It turned out to be top-of-the-line All-Clad Fondue Set, which John certainly appreciated. Special thanks to visiting Rotarian Rob Slawinski from the Rotary Club of Scotts Valley! Rob parlayed his professional expertise as an auctioneer into a hefty donation to The Rotary Foundation! Thanks, Rob … Thanks, John!

Holiday Party 2007

The RotaryCSJw annual Holiday Party is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the Rinconada Hills Club House, off of Pollard Road in Los Gatos.

Join us at 6:00 for cocktails; Pot Luck dinner at 7:00 pm.

Please sign-up to bring a dish (coordinate with Kit Whitney), and plan to bring a gift for our traditional Gift Exchange (the highlight of the evening). Maximum $15 value. If you bring one gift, you will go home with one gift; bring two … go home with two, etc.

Directions: Continue reading Holiday Party 2007

Collecting Books for Women Inmates

Donations accepted through January 2, 2008.

Bettina Kohlbrenner is leading a “Book Collection” effort on behalf of the Commission on the Status of Women, as a collaborative between Cisco, Foothill Collage, EMQ and a few other community members.

The Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) and EMQ’s First 5 Program is supporting a holiday book drive for women in our jails, many of them mothers of young children. They are in need of books for education and entertainment.

The coalition is collecting need easy-to-read books on the following topics:

  • recovery and self-help
  • women’s health
  • prenatal care, parenting
  • romance novels, fiction and non-fiction

In the spirit of the holiday season, please drop off new or almost new paperback books (in good condition) at 251 Llewellyn Ave (at the reception) in Campbell or at my office or home.

Generosity Abounds!

News - Nov 27 2007At last week’s meeting, Jerry “passed the hat� for contributions to Sacred Heart Community Services to help hem with their Thanksgiving programs. CSJW donated $434 in the effort!! Thank you, Rotarians!!

Newsletter Updates

Check the club roster on page 2 of today’s newsletter and let John know of any changes or corrections you’d like to see to your name, business, phone or email contact info.

Thanks to Marv Bamburg for suggesting that we include the roster in the newsletter. Keep it handy for easy contact info on your fellow Rotarians.

Thank you, Jim Morelan for suggesting we add the web address to the top of this newsletter. Keep those suggestions coming!!

You can also print out the complete November 27 Newsletter in PDF. If you are looking for a more recent Newsletter, every RotaryCSJw Newsletter is now online.

$100 Worth of Thanksgiving Pie

Of course, we’re thankful for every Rotarian, but today we bestow a little extra thanks on Janine Payton, who baked two home-made pies for auction to benefit Sacred Heart Community Service and other organizations serving the less fortunate across our community.

Janine’s apple pie and pumpkin pie were auctioned separately, and together coerced more than $100 out of the wallets of two Rotarians. Club members donated additional funds as a hat was passed, and together we donated $434 to Sacred Heart!

Happy Thanksgiving!

News - Nov 20 2007Some Reminders from “Rotary Shares� (District 5170’s newsletter)

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotarians of District 5170 are among the most generous donors in the Rotary World.

Rotary Vocabulary:

Sustaining Member: Anyone who contributes $100 per year to the Annual Program Fund.

Double Sustainer: One who contributes $200. (Most of our club members are in this category.)

Paul Harris Fellow: One who contributes $1000 to the Annual Programs Fund.

Paul Harris Society: Those who contribute $1000 annually to TRF programs.�

You can also print out the complete November 20 Newsletter in PDF. If you are looking for a more recent Newsletter, every RotaryCSJw Newsletter is now online.

Carol of Lights 2007

Again in 2007, RotaryCSJw plans to participate in the annual “Campbell Carol of Lights,” supported by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce and hosted in Downtown Campbell:

Sunday, December 2, 2007 … 5:00 – 9:00 pm

We will be selling hot dogs and other food items, with all proceeds benefiting our community. We need volunteer support for two shifts. Please contact Bill Ellington to sign-up!

Newsletter — Nov 13 2007

The fabulous new RotaryCSJw Newsletter (produced by John Shannon) is now available online! You can read most of the news below, or print out the complete newsletter in PDF at the end of the article.

November 13 Newsletter

Hands-on Project Ideas Sought

There’s nothing like a great hands-on project to help build camaraderie and boost club spirit (see the story at left), so we are looking for some great ideas for opportunities to serve here in our local community. If you know of any person, group or organization that may need the help of a highly talented group like ours, please let your Board Members know.

In the recent past our club has helped build and install a wheelchair ramp at St. Elizabeth’s.

EMQ Garden Party a Big Success

Fred Meyer, Bill Highley, Steve Salmon and Carl Middione joined Bettina Kohlbrenner (who directed the entire effort) at the EMQ Los Gatos Campus to lend a hand with the Garden Planting Project.

They assisted the resident children in planting a variety of vegetables and shrubs. There were other volunteers beside Rotarians, but you could sense the children’s excitement at having so many adults helping them. The afternoon project ended with a delightful barbecue dinner provided by the EMQ staff.

Rotary Club of Campbell San Jose West generously paid for a mosaic artist to facilitate making stepping stones with the children. All the kids were very excited and thankful – they especially liked that their personal artwork would be displayed in the garden.

You can also print out the complete November 13 Newsletter in PDF.
But be careful … it’s a really, really big file.

Turkey, Part II

Today’s meeting brought Round Two of pictures and stories from Turkey. The first presentation in August featured David Keller, Sue Klear, and Cecelia Babkirk sharing their experiences in Istanbul and beyond, touring several Rotary International projects funded in part by RotaryCSJw.

Today, David and Cecelia shared pictures from the group’s sight-seeing venture to the Cappadocia region of central Turkey. The geologic and cultural history of the region is astounding, and together provided an amazing backdrop for the trip.