For more than a decade, Campbell Rotary has been a partner with EMQ FamiliesFirst, the premier provider of youth advocacy, foster care services, and mental health services to youth in California.
EMQFF’s Laura Champion updated us today on a wide range of topics important to our community, including some unique success stories from some of their client families.
EMQ FamiliesFirst (EMQ FF) is California’s largest and most comprehensive social services agency for children and their families. The private nonprofit, headquartered in Campbell California, has helped children in crisis for more than 140 years. The agency’s mission is to do whatever it takes to help children, strengthen families, build communities and advocate for change. EMQ FF serves more than 20,000 children and their family members annually.
Campbell Rotary hosts luncheon meetings at EMQ, where our catering fees are paid directly to EMQ. In addition, we support annual activities with donations, volunteer assistance, and other events.
Campbell Rotary invites you to support EMQ FF too!
No, not really.
But today’s speaker did tell us all about the America’s Cup competition and its long road to San Francisco. Larry Tartaglino has spoken to numerous other Rotary Clubs about the history of the America’s Cup, and shared the story with us today.
The race will be hosted in San Francisco the Summer of 2013. The original America’s Cup trophy was first awarded in 1851, and was named for the cup’s first winning yacht. Since then, it has been pursued and defended by many well-known industrialists and billionaires, including current defender Larry Ellison, who owned the 2010 yacht pictured at left.
Tartaglino shared many colorful examples of the “friendly” competitions over the years, both in the early years of the race and in the modern sailings, including the 1983 victory by Australia (the first non-American winner since 1851), which triumphed with design innovations to the keel of the racing boats.
The USA’s Dennis Connor would win the Cup back, but not before completely changing the attitude of the races from leisurely pursuit to professional achievement.