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RotaryCSJw Speech Contest

RotaryCJSw hosted its annual High School Speech Contest for local students on Tuesday, January 29, 2008. Special thanks to Janine Payton for organizing a great event!

Our club speech contest had 3 speakers:

Brian Teng (1st place) from Leigh High School. Brian will compete in the Area 8 Speech Contest on March 4.

Whitney Dean (2nd place) from Del Mar High School. Whitney is the daughter of Matthew Dean, former Mayor of Campbell and current CUHSD board member. Both Matthew and Jayna attended to support their daughter.

Ilana Vaynshteyn (3rd place) from Prospect High School. Ilana may have known more about Rotary than some Rotarians. She is a member of the Interact Club at Prospect that is sponsored by Rotary Saratoga.

Rhonda Farber, CUHSD superintendent and former Rotary club member, was in attendence as well.

What Have We Done Lately?

News - Jan 22 2008Last week Dr. Bill Cadwallader, former Rotary International Director and currently the Area Coordinator for the Rotary Action Group on Population and Development, shared his experiences and knowledge of the challenges of a booming world population. Dr. Cadwallader highlighted unique challenges in several parts of the world, including China, Nigeria, Mexico and India. Noting that many world challenges, especially in developing nations have their roots in overpopulation.

The Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development works to educate people around the world on issues of birth rate, maternal and infant mortality and ways to help developing countries.

So, what have we done lately?

•Messages of Thanks to you, the members of Campbell-San Jose West Rotary, have come in from the 180+ families from Eastfield-Ming Quong who were helped, in part, by your generous contributions to EMQ’s Holiday Giving Campaign. Darren DeMonsi, of EMQ was on hand last week to share some of the letters and artwork expressing thanks to CSJW Rotary.

•Sacred Heart Community Services also expressed appreciation to our club for the generous donations of warm coats, and donations for Christmas turkeys which helped families in our areaenjoy the holidays in ways they might not have been able to without our assistance.

•The women of Elmwood Correctional Facility also thank us for contributing some of the more than 7,000 books collected for their lending library.

“Think globally. Act locally.â€? … That’s RotaryCSJw!

You can also print out the complete January 22 Newsletter in PDF. If you are looking for a more recent Newsletter, every RotaryCSJw Newsletter is now online. Mostly.

Jason Baker’s Pregnant

The secret is out! Another “Rotary Baby” is on the way … Jason Baker and Mairead O’Keefe are expecting their first child in July. Ask Jason to see the ultrasound picture! Congratulations, Jason & Mairead!

RotaryCSJw Helps 60 EMQ Families

For the third year in a row, RotaryCSJw helped gather special holiday gifts for clients and families in EMQ’s programs. Each EMQ family that had a clinician express need on their behalf, got a Target card and a Safeway card in EMQ’s Annual Holiday Giving Program. Club Members donated 60 Target gift cards to the parogram, helping at least 60 families.

January 14, 2008

Mr. Jerry Cummings
Campbell / San Jose West Rotary

Dear Jerry and Kit, and everyone at the Campbell / San Jose West Rotary:

The holiday season is more than a time of toys, wrapping paper, and ribbons. It is a time for reflection, celebration, and family. It is a time of generosity, for after all the dolls and toys have lost their appeal, memories of the giving and the giver remain with us.

For the 182 families and 1638 children in our community that we were able to serve this year with donations of over 2652 toys, clothing, and gift cards; we say “Thank You�. This represented an increase from last year of 18% in the number of people served, and 2% increase in the number of gifts solicited from community donors. You helped us rise to the challenge and make a difference.

Some of these gifts made it possible for our families to have a holiday meal, receive a new warm jacket or boots, have a Christmas tree, and of course reward their children with a toy of their choice.

Most of us take these things for granted. However, donors like you not only contributed thousands of dollars worth of goods, but more importantly, spent the time and effort to shop and wrap these items with care and labels for each child and family member. Such thoughtfulness did not go unheeded.

Many of our families and children responded with tears as well as gratitude for gifts from neighbors they had never met, thoughts and wishes from people they will never get to thank in person. You brought joy to so many.

All the clinicians and family therapists in the eleven different departments who delivered the gifts, and all of the children and families we serve, offer you a thank you and best wishes for the new year.


Darren DeMonsi
Community Development Manager

Population Development & Education

Today’s outstanding RotaryCSJw program included a visit from past RI Director Dr. William Cadwallader, who is the USA Chairperson for the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development.

Starting with the premise that population pressures exacerbate almost all of the socio-economic troubles facing different regions of the world, Dr. Cadwallader showed pictures and told stories about expending population development and increasing education for women across multiple countries and continents.