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J U L Y 2 9 , 2 0 0 8 CAMPBELL Rotary W W W. R O T A R Y C S J W. O R G z For those of you who may have missed the debunking celebration or would simply like to have a copy of Jerry Cummings’ speech at his debunking, it is on pages 2 and 3 this week. Nobody could have said it any better. Presidential “Farewell” GOVERNOR VISITS CAMPBELL z Repeat Paul Harris Donors: Paul Harris Awardees Recognized “ Warren Gilbert, Bill Highley, Neil Reid, David Keller, Bob Yager, Marv Bamburg, Marc Wagner, Jim Morelan, Alan Tanenbaum, Jerry Cummings, First time Paul Harris Donor: John Shannon Governor Gary Citti, of District 5170 visited our club on Tuesday, August 22 and addressed our members on the direction of Rotary and of our District for the coming year. Governor Citti encouraged us to continue to support The Rotary Foundation and distributed “Double Sustainer” pins to just about every member. He also challenged us to reach out to new members and to increase our clubs membership by 10% over the coming Aug. 7: Community Service Seminar @ SJ DoubleTree Aug. 11: Serving @ EHC, 4:30 PM Aug. 14: International Service Seminar @ SJ DoubleTree Aug. 16: Rotary Day at the A’s year. He inspired us to become active Rotarians, sharing a story from his own personal history about the value and power of personal involvement. And, he invited us to learn more about Rotary through many local workshops and also by visiting the RI and District Websites, www.Rotary5170.org. Finally, Governor Citti accepted a gift from our club to take to his next meeting and presented us with a beautiful gift in a Tiffany’s box which will be raf?ed off in the near future. July 29: Club Service Seminar @ Double Tree Aug. 5: Board Meeting, 5:30 @ TBA Aug. 5: Youth Service Seminar @ Double Tree Coming Events DEBUNKING Traditionally, the outgoing president recognizes various members for outstanding service to the club by giving a certificate or some type of gift. When I reflected on this year, I thought that this was a real team effort by the whole club—how can I pick whom to recognize? So I went back to one of my old philosophers, Georgie Jessel, for those of you who are too young to recognize that name, he was one of the great old comedians—like—–, oh well, you wouldn’t recognize those names either, but anyway I once heard him say, “My father was a practical man; he always gave a practical gift—-like a haircut”—so, I thought this is good advice so I got a practical gift for the whole club—–24 of these beautiful aprons that we can wear when we work in our food booth or serve at the EHC or any other projects we might get involved with. Let’s remember some of our accomplishments: -Well, we stared out as the Rotary Club of Campbell/San Jose West and ended the year as the Rotary Club of Campbell—-I know not everyone looks at this as progress, but I think it will help us in identifying with the Campbell community and growing the club to be the premier service club in the City of Campbell——time will tell. -We had our visioning meeting— 25 members (the maximum allowed) spent 4 hours one evening to help define where our club was and where we want to be. —I doubt that any other club of our size that went through this process had that high a percentage of their membership participate. If we gained nothing else from the meeting, we came out with people committed to the ongoing success of our club—not only John, who has already started and we can see what a great leader he is going to be, but Rick Davis, Ravi Chari and Dr Sue have said they are willing to make the commitment of being president in following years. We can’t have a great club without consistent, committed, good leaders. I could have done a better job of keeping everyone apprised of our progress on our goals, but we’ll do a better job this year. We wanted to grow our membership and it is growing, —special thanks to our membership chair, Carl Middione & Bob Yager, our orientation specialist. -We had great representation at the District Conference, Avenues of Service and other special district training seminars plus consistent way better than average attendance at our meetings (which always makes the District Governor happy). -I’d put our weekly programs up against any club our size (and probably some bigger ones) and, again, this is a team effort where each member has a chance to bring a speaker of their choice and thanks to the good job of keeping everyone on schedule by our Programs Chair, Dr. Sue. Just to mention 3 outstanding programs: Dr. Cadwallader, a past Rotary International Director, brought by Bettina and the Ex Chairman of Novellus, brought by Delbar, these are two relatively new members who got great speakers, just by asking—and of course Ravi’s brother, Krishnan—Ravi’s just lucky to have such a great brother! -The new 65 inch LCD TV we presented to EMQ, thanks to the donations by many of our members and the leadership efforts of Marv Bamburg & Rick Davis. -We made the final payment of $6,000 of our $18,000 commitment to the Friends of the Heritage Theater. -We completed the project started in Derek’s year of buying $19,000 worth of computers for the Rosemary School and received special recognition of our club from the Campbell Union School District. This was a unique project (maybe the only one of it’s kind) where we had a matching grant from Rotary International and, what made it so unique, we had money donated by clubs in Turkey & India, probably the first time money has ever come from those countries to help school kids in this country. -We furnished video equipment for Rosemary School thanks to a joint effort by our club & the local Porsche club, thanks to Bill Highley. -We participated in the EMQ Garden Project -Donated gift cards for some of the families served by EMQ -Sent some EMQ kids to the Day at the A’s -Donated books for female prisoners at Elmwood. -Donated a book to Rosemary School every week, in honor of our guest speaker. -Donated turkeys to Sacred Heart Community Center at Thanksgiving -Helped sponsor Scouts and Cub Scouts -Furnished transportation to a middle school to go to science camp -Helped sponsor Neil Jacobson’s charity bike ride, in which he participated. -Provided the lunch for the Child Advocates picnic for the umteenth year—thanks to Marc Wagner for his leadership on this project through out the many years. -We served some of the homeless at the EHC Center one Monday of every month and bought them some much needed serving trays. -We had our 6th Annual “Remember 9-11” Blood Drive—remember, this year’s is coming up soon. -Thanks to Janine’s leadership, we sent two students to Camp RYLA, are getting close to having an Interact Club at Westmont High, plus not only having our own club high school speech contest, we hosted the Area 8 contest at our Club. —And the winner at our club level went on to win the whole thing at the District contest! I -We couldn’t have done any of these projects with out the income from our food booths in downtown Campbell and we wouldn’t be nearly as successful at it without the business knowledge, equipment, leadership and hard work of Bill Ellington. Also, when it comes to fund raising we have to give thanks to Bill Highley for all his efforts in getting everyone to support The Rotary Foundation. -Thanks to John Shannon for volunteering to do our weekly Newsletter—and then actually doing it week after week! We were without a newsletter for several years and it’s sure nice to have one again. -Thanks to Dave Keller for representing us at the District level, with his “Yellow Pages for Rotary” project and for developing and maintaining our club web page. -Thanks to Dave Crowley for also, representing us at the District level on the Public Relations committee and for the fine publicity he has gotten for our club this year. -And then there’s our Treasurer, Phil Nielsen, who has been doing that job for so long and so well that I just don’t know what we would do without him. -I bet some of you thought I was going to forget the We Care committee, headed by Kit Whitney—well, no chance. What a job she does— and like Phil has done it for so long. She and Bill and Emilie Highley did so much for George and Ginny Miskulin, during George’s illness and then his death that we can’t thank them enough. And she kept in touch with Mary Arenas during her operation and recovery—hopefully we’ll see her back at our meetings, soon. And now, we’ve had to do “we care” for Kit, who we all know has just been through a serious operation herself and I’m so happy to see her here today. —Welcome back Kit! -One last thing, speaking of George Miskulin, who was a member of this club for 53 years, this club is committed to starting a George Miskulin Memorial Scholarship at Del Mar High School, where George was the first principal of the school. -Oh, by the way, I think we had a little fun along the way, too—-I know I sure did. -And, of course, thanks to Derek and his committee for organizing this party today. -So, I thank you all for the honor and privilege of being you president this past year. I’ve certainly enjoyed it and will, hopefully, be around a long time to enjoy the good memories. -George Miskulin was famous for his “George-Isms”, so I think it would be appropriate to close with a couple of them: -“If you are going to be in the rowboat, you need to row”. -And, “we do not have to love each other, but we do need to respect one another”. —-Isn’t that what Rotary is all about, — “we are not out to change everyone, just to understand each other and understanding leads to respecting one another which leads to peace. Thank You. –Jerry Cummings .