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Memorial Day Tribute

Mission West Valley College

Just a year after hearing from the West Valley – Mission Community College District at our luncheon last April, they are back — in the name of Chad Walsh, who also happens to be a member of the Rotary Club of Saratoga and a candidate for the California State Assembly, facing off against incumbent Paul Fong in two weeks.

Chad talked extensively about the local and statewide California Community College system, and touched briefly on the local bond Measure C, also on the ballot June 5, in support of WVMCCD

Great Weekend at ‘Boogie on the Bayou’

Laughter: The Best Medicine

RotaCare Bay Area

Demonstrating again that so many great ideas come from Rotarians, we heard from Tammy Janosik, the Executive Director of RotaCare Bay Area, which was founded in 1989 by Dr. Mark Campbell, who was a member of the Rotary Club of Campbell at the time.

Today, RotaCare Bay Area operates free clinics throughout the Bay Area providing quality healthcare for the uninsured. RotaCare clinics are located in Concord, Daly City, Gilroy, Half Moon Bay, Monterey, Mountain View , Pittsburg , San Jose, San Leandro, San Rafael, and Santa Cruz. … BREAKING NEWS: Tammy announced that a 12th Clinic will open in Richmond this Fall!

The San Jose branch operates at Washington Elementary School, and offers care for minor illnesses/injuries, chronic conditions, gynecological services, and Ophthalmology.

Most RotaCare services are provided to uninsured patients who would otherwise get care from a local emergency room. Without RotaCare, the burden to taxpayer-supported medical emergency facilities would be much higher than it already is.

Tammy also introduced San Jose Rotarian David Markham, member of the San Jose Rotary’s RotaCare Committee, who invited our club to become more involved in supporting the San Jose clinic.

Welcome Noelani Sallings, inaugurated into the club as a full blue-badge member at today’s meeting!

Thanks to Jim Neal for the Golf Tournament update! … Now accepting credit cards!

If you are interested in the signature collection process for a ballot measure in support San Jose libraries, guest Peter Allen presented the argument in favor of the “Save San Jose Libraries” effort.

The folks behind the Campbell Veteran’s Memorial is hosting a Car Show on June 16.

Rotary International on Twitter

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Rotary Helps at John D. Morgan Park

Schmahl Science Workshops

Today’s speaker was Belinda Lowe Schmahl, who started Schmahl Science 18 years ago when she felt the science curriculum in her children’s school was not inspiring enthusiasm for science.

Based in a self-described “kluge lab” at History San Jose, SSW serves 800,000 local students each year, with an annual budget of approximately $1,000,000. The program supports 400 teachers, pre-K through 12th grades, in over 150 schools in the south bay, including Willow Glen Elementary and the Campbell Community Center.

Starting with four 4th grade students in her garage she built up SSW organically, growing 15 to 30 percent each year. She has dedicated her work to developing best practices in science education and how learning styles impact cognition and education.

Among the fun stories Belinda shared were about the California STAR Test questions about NaCl (salt), the Barbie Smash project, and a local version of junkyard wars.

This Week’s Rotary Business

Campbell’s “Boogie on the Bayour” is May 19-20, 2012 … and Rotary will participate. To help with our food booth, please contact Bill Ellington.

The Willow Glen 5K run/walk will be held in Downtown Willow Glen on Saturday, May 12. If you’d like to be part of Rotary’s volunteer team, please contact John Shannon.

EMQ FamiliesFirst hosts its annual fundraiser on May 20, in downtown Los Gatos: The Great Silicon Valley Caper

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