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Rotary Newsletter Feb 22 2011

Annual Club Speech Contest

Home-Schooled Student Moves On to the Next Leg of Annual Speech Contest

Covered by Campbell Patch:

The Campbell Rotary held the second annual Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest Feb. 15 and Cooper Dauer moves on to the next leg.

The theme of this year’s Rotary Club of Campbell’s Speech Contest was “Building Communities, Bridging Continents” and contestants incorporated this into their speeches.

A swimmer from Westmont High School, an AP student from Leigh High School and a home-schooled piano player all participated in this year’s contest, with speeches on cancer, the benefits of war and the importance of the little things in the greater picture.

Cooper Dauer’s speech on smaller things, such as individuals and their importance in the greater scheme of things was the winning speech. …

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Starting a Veggielution

Who was hungry for lunch today?

Our luncheon speaker was Amie Frisch, director of San Jose’s Veggielution, which describes itself as “growing food and justice from the ground up.” She and some colleagues got into vegetable farming while students at San Jose State. They learned about a city lot that was willed to the city with the stipulation that it would be used for farming.

The group currently has a one acre site in the Alum Park neighborhood. It is part of a larger site which they hope to have access to and ultimately farm as well.

Veggielution has upwards of 1,500 volunteers work at the site in shifts for planning, fertilizing and harvesting. They sell their products at Farmers Markets in the area — including Downtown San Jose and in Alum Rock. The volunteer workers reap the benefits of their work with produce grown on site.

FIRST5 – Santa Clara County

After giving a shortened version of their presentation to the Campbell City Council a few weeks ago, FIRST5 of Santa Clara County inspired Campbell Mayor Jason Baker to invite them to Rotary to present a more thorough introduction to FIRST5.

FIRST5’s Policy Director Tyson Jue and Theresa Alvarado shared more about the impact the organization has locally, including a video that highlights the Bay Area FIRST5s.

Tyson presented statistics for preschool participation, children’s health care insurance, and kindergarten readiness in our local area.

The team also distributed the Summer 2010 edition of “Take5,” the organization’s quarterly newsletter. FIRST5 also produces w more-frequent email newsletter, Our Children’s Voice, to which anyone can subscribe.

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