Since our Rotary Club normally meets every Tuesday, we’ll be “dark” through the first week of January. Our next regular meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8. Our luncheon program will be about RYLA. See you Tuesday!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from RotaryCSJw!
RotaryCJSw will host the Area 8 Speech (stage two of the District 5170 competition) on Tuesday, March 4, at our usual meeting time.
Our club’s local competition is scheduled for January 29. Rotarians, guests of Rotarians, and supporters of each speaker are asked to arrive early for an on-time beginning to the meeting.
RotaryCSJw was recently featured in the local Campbell Reporter, with a feature on newly-installed (coerced?) President Jerry Cummings. The article also provided a nice summary of our Rotary Club and its merged history …
While Rotarians generally belong to the club within the community where they live or work, the 2000 merger of the Campbell and San Jose West Rotary clubs has resulted in a hybrid that ignores residency. Members such as Cummings, who now resides in Los Gatos, stay with the organization because of the friendliness, camaraderie and sincerity with which every member tackles service projects.
Many of the members have done international service, including Kathy Williamson, a tax preparation specialist who traveled through villages in Ghana immunizing residents as part of Rotary International’s polio eradication initiative. Rose Garden resident and psychologist Sue Klear joined the club in 2005 and has traveled to Turkey and China with Rotary.
Rotary clubs also strive to ensure a mix of professions. President-elect for 2008-09 John Shannon oversees teacher support for an international faculty program out of his home in Willow Glen. Bamburg joined the Campbell Rotary in 1967 when his business was located in the community. Now, his name tag lanyard is filled with pins from Rotary functions and decades of community service, even though he now works in Willow Glen.
The article includes vignettes from a variety of our members, and does a great job summarizing the history of Rotary International and of the original Campbell and San Jose West clubs.
Today’s program featured two of our newest “red badge” members sharing their background, personal experiences, and motivations for the official “ice breaker” speech before the club. They are both well on their way to securing their blue badge …
Delbar Jahanian: Her American mother and Iranian father met as students, and eventually emigrated to Iran, where Delbar spent most of her childhood, returning to the U.S. at the age of thirteen. She was fluent in Farsi upon her arrival, but did not feel so fluent in American culture. Her has an 18 year-old son at school at UCSB, and another son in high school. Her motivation for being a successful Financial Manager comes form her personal commitment to giving back, and she takes pride in helping people meet their long-term investment goals.
Stephen Salmon: After spending several years at sea as a Merchant Marine, Steve has extensive experience with a variety of ocean vessels and transcontinental shipping. He proudly describes his “primary activity” as being the custodial parent to his four-year-old daughter, who coincidentally attends St. Elizabeth’s Day Home; professionally, he is a landlord and real estate investment consultant. Steve’s involvement with Rotary is truly a family affair … his father was a past president of the old San Jose West club, and his brother Kevin was an original mentor of Marj Bonsall when she started her own retail shoe business.
In honor of his family firm’s 10th Anniversary, Derek Fujikawa hosted a client event over the weekend, which included food and an opportunity to raise money for our local RotaryCSJw Foundation. Fujikawa & Associate, CPA is proud to contribute $200 to the foundation. Thanks, Derek!
Marj Bonsall introduced us to author — and son-in-law of a friend — Kevin Nelson, who told us the basic story behind his most recent book. “Operation Bullpen: The Inside Story of the Biggest Forgery Scam in American History” was released in 2006.
Featured on ESPN and the cover of Sports Collectors Digest, it’s the amazing true story of the high-flying national forgery ring that forged the autographs of sports stars and celebrities and ripped off American consumers for more than $100 million, before being busted by a dramatic three-year FBI undercover investigation. …
On October 13, 1999, four hundred federal agents staged coordinated morning raids across five states on sixty homes and businesses — one of the largest one-day takedowns in FBI history, breaking up the biggest, most profitable forgery ring in the annals of American crime. They raided Greg’s house, Rino’s, Stan the Man’s and a whole bunch of others, seizing $10 million in forged goods and a half-million in cash on that day alone. It was one for the record books.
Kevin also mentioned that his book had been optioned for a movie, and was currently under development by an Oscar-winning screenwriter.