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Winner Receives an all-expense paid trip to District 5170 District Conference in Tahoe (June 1-3, 2012)! … a $700.00 Value! All you have to do is invite someone to Lunch!

President’s Corner … and New Calendar!

Today’s meeting will feature our own President, Dr. Susan Klear and a 15 minute talk by new member, Bob Carlson.  Also, this month’s Newsletter has a new feature–a Campbell Rotary Calendar on page 3.  

Please let me know if you’d like to see more (or fewer) items listed on it.  I also just noticed that the calendars are a bit “fuzzy”, so no adjustment to your set is necessary.  I’ll work on improving that for next week.

Thanks a million … John

Campbell Rotary Volunteer Opportunites

Citizen Schools in Campbell

Once we dragged him from the microphone, Bob Carlson introduced Kristen Robertson, the local director of Citizen Schools at Campbell Middle School.

Citizen Schools is a leading national education initiative that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country through afterschool and expanded learning time programs. The organization mobilizes a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and “apprenticeships”—hands-on projects taught by volunteers from business and civic organizations. At 31 middle schools in seven states across the country, Citizen Schools students develop the skills they need to succeed in high school, college, the workforce, and civic life.

Citizen Schools extends the academic day for students, to add rigor and learning beyond the regular school day. Volunteers like Bob extend the day until 6:00 pm for students who want to learn new subjects like robotics, cooking, performance, and leadership.

She specifically discussed the Apprenticeship Program organizing at CMS, a recent version of which helped students learn about advertising and put this knowledge into action by creating, launching and measuring a “Say no to bullying, Say yes to tacos” advertising campaign.   

Electric Cars Today

For today’s program, Jerry Cummings set aside his love for the oil, and introduced Tom Sidle of the Electric Auto Association’s Silicon Valley Chapter.

Tom introduced the Electric Auto Association and its mission of providing information, encouraging experimentation, promoting public exhibits, and promoting the cause of electric cars. There are 50 regional chapters and about 2000 members across the country.

In addition to hosting an annual rally each September in Palo Alto, the SV chapter promotes projects and workshops, and joins other regional groups in a number of activities.

Although battery electric vehicles are not new (dating back to the early 1900’s), they are in the middle of a resurgence, largely as the result of the California’s Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) law. Since the law was passed in 1990, many mainstream car manufacturers began developing ZEVs, but have more recently skirted many of the provisions of the original law.

While there is “no hard requirement to have electric cars on the road today,” consumer demand is rising. By the end of 2011, Tesla had produced 2000 rosters, Nissan had shipped 10,000 Leaf electric cars, and Chevy has sold 6000 Volts.

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For those with long memories, this is not the first time we’ve discussed this topic at Rotary. Our nearly-award-winning speaker series included a presentation on Plug-In Hybrid Cars in August 2007.