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RI Foundation Raffle Tickets

Rotary-364The 2009 Foundation Drawing (sponsored by District 5170) will be held on December 2, at the monthly District Cabinet meeting.

This year’s prizes include a trip for two (including air and 5 nights) to the Rotary International Convention in Montreal, Quebec Canada in June 2010. Second prize is a trip to the Uniendo America Project Faire in Guatemala in January 2010.

Campbell Rotarians are invited to return their 2009 Rotary International Foundation donation and tickets to Bill Highley by our own meeting on December 1.

Montalvo Arts Center Update

In appreciation for the well-known art venue Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, we welcomed executive director Angela McConnell, who also introduced staff members Audrey Struve and Elizabeth Waldo.

MontalvoMontalvo was established after the death of Senator James Phelan in 1930:

At his death, Senator Phelan was explicit in his bequest of Villa Montalvo. “I would like the property at Saratoga, California, known as Villa Montalvo, to be maintained as a public park open under reasonable restrictions, the buildings and grounds immediately surrounding the same to be used as far as possible for the development of art, literature, music, and architecture by promising students.”

Montalvo is operated by a Board of Directors, 24 professional staff members, about 1,000 official members and a volunteer auxiliary. It is an official 501(c)3, and operates entirely on donations and earned revenue.

Green Buildings & White Marbles

Newsletter Nov 11 2009

Campbell Hospital Debate

On November 10, Bobby Sharnevesht was our guest speaker, discussing his company’s proposed new medical facility in Campbell.

Editor’s Note: Our intrepid meeting reporter missed this meeting, so in lieu of an actual recap, here are links to recent newspaper articles about the Campbell Hospital Project:

Green Building with TBI

At today’s meeting, we heard a presentation from TBI Construction (formerly Toeniskoetter & Breeding) entitled “Green Design & Building in Silicon Valley. President Tony Mirenda talked about the concept of “sustainable design” and enforcement and certifications in the green building industry.

One of the first substantially “green” projects in San Jose was the IBEW Building, designed and built by TBI nearly 15 years ago. They have moved on to follow the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Build It Green coalition.

LEEDAs an important first step in building codes, TBI is especially keen on developing standards across municipalities that require basic green construction that doesn’t add significant cost to a project. The speakers also introduced the LEED (The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, developed by the USGBC.

Among TBI’s current projects is new performing arts centers at the five campuses on the Campbell Union High School District, the first of which is under construction at Westmont High School (Live Webcam). Although these projects won’t be “certified,” they were designed with many sustainable concepts.