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.
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!
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 â€œThank Youâ€?. 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.
Community Development Manager
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.
Salute to “Rotary” Day!
Golden Gate Fields (Berkeley) — Friday February 1, 2008
GGF is offering a special discounted Turf Club rate of $30.00 per person, for groups of 10 or more, and they will donate 10% of net ticket sales to a charity of choice.
Turf package will include: Valet parking, admission and reserved seating, daily racing program, prime rib buffet, tax/tip for the food servers and a race named in honor of group – up to 6 members will be invited to the winners circle to meet the winning jockey of the race and a souvenir photo taken with him/her.
The 1st race starts at 12:45 – 4:15.
Gates open at 11:00.
A good time to arrive is 11:30 – 12:00.
Prime rib is 11:30 – 2:30 all you can eat! Dinning room has view of the race track.
Mike Roberts (from the Berkeley Rotary Club) will be offering up close and personal tours of the Fields. To sign -up, contact Mary Arenas!
Congratulations to Bill & Pat Ellington! They became proud grandparents again in December, welcoming Noah Dale Williams, born 12/19/07 (8lbs, 1oz — 20 inches). Bills’ daughter Megan, son-in-law Keith, and grandkids Zach, Mikenna, and Shay are all doing well!
Special message to Grandpa: Bring your wallet on Tuesday … make sure it’s full of cash and pictures!