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Newsletter: Mayor Honors Rotary

newlstter Oct 27 2009

Bonus Coverage: We’ve also published a copy of the official resolution, for everyone to celebrate!

Today: Starting Arts for Kids

We welcomed Ann Watts and Mike Boston, the Executive Director and Artistic Directors (respectively) of the Starting Arts. Ann and Mike both have extensive backgrounds in community activities and dramatic performance.

Over the past ten years, Starting Arts has grown to serve more than 40 schools with in-school and after-school programs in San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Altos, Sunnyvale, and others (including the Moreland School District).

Starting Arts programs include “Creating CharACTer” (kids grades K-3), “Independence!” (grades 3-5), Film Camps, and the “InterACT” performance assembly for schools.

Saturday: Fun – Fitness – Fellowship

Run, walk or stroll the second of our urban park trails with the fellowship of your fellow Rotarians. Get fit…have fun!


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RotaCare Anniversary Dinner

This celebratory dinner, held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown San Jose, will be a unique and memorable experience that will celebrate and highlight the successes, as well as explore the continuing goals and challenges of the RotaCare Free Clinics. The evening will lend itself to good will and informal networking.

RotaCare 20th Anniversary Event
Thursday, October 29, 2009 – 6:30 pm
DoubleTree Hotel

Your attendance and sponsorship is an ideal way to show your support for RotaCare’s mission through increased awareness and visibility for your organization.

October is a Busy Month!

RCC Newsletter 102009

Scotts Valley Comes to San Jose

Today’s meeting was unofficially “Scotts Valley Day” at Rotary!

After an update from Bill Ellington about the Campbell Octoberfest – $3000 fundraising profit from the weekend! – we heard from two recent residents of the Santa Cruz mountains:

Rotary Water projects in Sri Lanka

Ron Sekkel, former District Governor of District 5170 from the Scotts Valley Rotary Club, represented the District’s “Partners in Service” program, in lieu of international speakers that often visit.

Ron presented information and background on Rotary projects in Sri Lanka, beginning with the story of young girl trying to warn her friends of the pending Boxing Day Tsunami after she saw the receding water ahead of the wave. Ron told several other stories of individual bravery of others in Sri Lanka that day.

He then presented a video about water purification installations funded by Rotary. These projects were vital to the health of the region, especially following the violent civil war and the tsunami. In conjunction with Assist International, Rotary funded four large-scale water purification systems, each using reverse osmosis to purify up to 6000 gallons of brackish river water daily. These units were positioned to supply two villages and two different orphanages.

Miss California Teen

After Ron, we met KylieKucinskyKylie Kucinski, reigning Miss California Teen, and a senior at AB Mitty High School, having recently located form Scotts Valley. The national pageant will be in November, and will include evening gown poise competition, a one-on-one interview, a personal presentation, and a community service project. For her service project, she visited the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Sacramento and managed an arts-and-crafts project.


Fun – Fellowship – Fitness is next Saturday, October 31, along a new trail adjacent to Lawrence Expressway. Contact Judy Armstrong for details!

Rainy Day Rotary Tidbits

Today’s meeting featured updates from several Rotarians on a variety of topics, including a “Four-Way Test” speech from Bettina Kohlbrenner, an announcement about Rotary’s support of the famous Booksin Walkathon, and a program update from Jim Burgard:

Jim Burgard was born in San Francisco, and graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City. Jim is a registered professional engineer with at least five professional certificates. He readily admits he has a tough time letting go of things he’s designs.

After 10 years working as a civilian in the Navy, Jim received valuable experience running “clean rooms” (as the new guy who got to do all of the new things in the service). Eventually, this experience led him to Fairchild Semiconductor, where he was in charge of all of their manufacturing clean room facilities worldwide.

Now he runs his own private consulting firm, and shared many stories about permitting and building the complex facilities.


EMQ’s Bettina Kohlbrenner

Before Jim spoke, Bettina introduced the “new” EMQ Families First organization, now one of the largest youth mental health agencies in the state. Bettina also shared that she is now in charge of fund development for the entire operation.

Booksin Walkathon Thanks Rotary!

David Keller celebrated the completion of the primary fundraiser for Booksin Elementary School. The event as last Saturday, October 10, and included Rotarians as walkers, parents, and sponsors! Early reports indicate the event may be a record-setting fundraiser for the school!

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Our speaker today was Marc Landgraf, Director of Land Acquisition of the Peninsula Open Space Trust. Founded in 1977, POST works in the mountains in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, and considers itself to be a “sister agency” of the governmental Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District.

As a long-time resident of Campbell and neighboring San Jose, Marc began by listing a lot of the ways that our community has changed over the years.

POST is a private non-profit agency that acquires private land or public access easements for preservation. POST acquires land at fair-market value (or through donation), and typically transfers that land to the Mid-Penn District or the Santa Clara County open Space District.

In particular, Marc introduced the recent Rancho San Vicente acquisition:

Rancho San Vicente is not yet open to the public, but it will soon be part of Calero County Park.

Proclamation for World Polio Day

Newsletter Oct 6 2009