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Campbell Rotarian of the Year

Cindy MethodEach year the Campbell Chamber of Commerce anoints a “Citizen of the Year” and a “Business of the Year” as part of a gala evening called “Celebrate Campbell.” In addition, the Chamber recognizes outstanding individuals who provide community service via the local civic organizations.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce this year’s Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method! Cindy is a Manager at Cisco Systems. Although only in Rotary since October of 2013, Cindy has wasted no time in making a profound impact on the club and the greater community. Cindy co-chairs our Social Committee that put on a wonderful Holiday Party, several creative Thirsty Thursdays and has added a note of festivity to our regular meetings by bringing table decorations to EMQ.

Cindy is also among the first to sign up or volunteer to help at events —Dinner Service at Home First, Willow Glen and Campbell Wine Walks, Park Restorations, and just about anything else that needs to be done. A major contribution to the club is Cindy’s taking on the role of advisor to the Willow Glen High Interact Club. Cindy said, “Community service truly is where my heart is and I’m so thankful to be a part of the Campbell Rotary with so many opportunities!” She is both humbled and excited about the recognition.

A team of former Rotarians of the Year had the task of proposing a couple of nominees to the executive committee. Cindy’s name came up more than any other, making the executive’s decision very easy. Cindy is the type of intelligent, energetic and vivacious person who really adds to all the Rotary delivers in the local community and beyond. Congratulations, Cindy!

Join us at the 47th Annual event on March 21st. (Details to come!)

Who’s Coming to Lunch?

In our ongoing attempt to be transparent with all things fiscal that began with the presentation about our “Three Buckets” of money — Club Budget, Club Foundation and RI Foundation — today, we would like to address the subtle and not-so-subtle aspects about paying for lunch.

“Meal Income” and “Catering Expense” are the two largest items in our Club Budget. First, the basics: We have arranged with Chef Antonio at EMQ/FF to prepare our lunches almost every Tuesday throughout the year. In order to insure that we have enough food and that EMQ/FF gets a fair price, we guarantee to pay for 55 meals each week, at a cost of $8.50, and Chef Antonio prepares enough delicious food for at least 55 people.

Some meetings we have more people, some meetings we have fewer. There is no way to determine accurately, how many people will walk in for a Tuesday meeting. Will all members attend? Who will bring a guest? How many Visiting Rotarians will there be? Who knows? So, we agreed on the number 55, which is pretty close, most weeks.

We charge members $10 per meal — whether you eat or not; whether you attend or not. Two exceptions here: If you miss one of our meetings and attend a “make-up” meeting at another club, and pay for your lunch there, you are given a “credit” of $10 for the meal you paid for at the other club. So, if you do make up at another club, be sure to inform Secretary Dave Crowley that you did so.

The second exception is if you are an “Exempt” member (aka “Senior Active” or “Rule of 85”) you are billed only for the meals at meetings you attend.

Visiting Rotarians pay $15 for lunch with us. If you have ever made up at another Bay Area club, you know that this a real bargain for our Visiting Rotarians!

But, what if you bring a guest? Guests pay, or you pay for them, the same rate as Visiting Rotarians. For example, for our Valentine’s meeting, I invited Pam to join us for lunch. I paid the $15 for her lunch. If your brother-in-law from Toledo is in town for a visit or your business colleague is in from Denver and you want to bring them to lunch, please do, and pay the $15 for them at the door with Treasurer Kathy Williamson.

Now, if your guest is a potential club member, they are allowed up to three free lunchesso they can find out more about us and get a feel if we are a good fit for them. After their third “visit,” the expectation is that they will either submit an application to join or that you or they will pay the $15 for a visitor’s lunch.

So, if all goes well, the club plans to make a little money on lunches throughout the year to help pay for the day-to-day expenses and some of the surprise expenses of the club. But, nobody is getting rich off our lunches. Our guest speakers are, of course, treated to lunch as our guests.

Every Rotary Club handles meals differently. Our arrangement has been in effect for many years and seems, for the most part to work well for us. If you are passionate about doing things differently in the future, this would be a good time for you to volunteer for a leadership position on the Board of Directors, so you can help shape the future of lunches. Also, if you would like any other information about the workings of our club, send John an email and maybe your question will be answered in a future edition of “President’s Corner.”

County Recognizes Rotary Awareness Month

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors encouraged all citizens to join them in recognizing Rotary International for its 110 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world, announced Dave Cortese, President.

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged by the SCC Board,” said Ed Jellen. “Every year the collaborative effort of 4,000 Bay Area Rotarians donate on average $1.5 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours and expertise to help sustain vital community programs.” Jellen is Rotary District 5170 Governor.

The source of project funding begins with the club fundraisers. The events are designed to captivate the interest that best serves the cultural tapestry of our Bay Area neighborhoods.

Funds are allocated to strengthen the capacity of communities by providing scholarships, youth leadership training, art and STEM education in the classroom, computers, books, school supplies, hot breakfasts and luncheons, warm clothing, medical supplies, free health clinics for the uninsured and the global eradication of Polio to mention just a few. At the core of the projects is Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self”

SCC Proclaims Feb. Rotary Month

Receiving the SCC Proclamation from left to right are Stew Park, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose; Robbie Izat, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen; Yolette Merritt; Ed Jellen, District Governor; and Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Membership & Attendance

At last week’s meeting, we made mention of a special class of membership. It seemed to generate a number of questions, so we will use today’s blog to try to clear up some issues surrounding membership and attendance.

Rotary International recognizes two types of membership: Active and Honorary.

Honorary membership is like having an Honorary Degree from a university. It’s an honor. No dues, no expectations of attendance at meetings. Honorary membership is often reserved for heads of state, major corporate donors like Bill Gates, and other luminaries. I don’t believe our club has bestowed an Honorary Membership on anyone in recent history.

Active members are divided into two groups: Active and Exempt. Exempt members used to be referred to as “Senior Active” or “Rule of 85” members. In brief, a member whose age plus years of Rotary membership is equal to or greater than 85, can request from their club’s board to be designated as an “Exempt” member. The only thing the member is exempt from is regular attendance, although exempt members are welcome and encouraged to maintain regular weekly attendance. Indeed, some of our “exempt” members proudly boast of decades worth of 100% attendance!

The other “perk” to being an exempt member is that members pay (along with regular dues) only for the lunches when they are in attendance at regular weekly meeting. Active members are charged for lunch whether they attend or not. This helps the club meet our minimum guarantee to EMQ’s chef for our delicious Tuesday lunches.

This brings us to attendance requirements for Rotarians. In the past, 100% attendance was the expectation. In recent years, that expectation has been reduced and credit toward attendance at meetings is now granted if members take part in Rotary sponsored events, be they social or project oriented events. So, if you help serve dinner at Home First or attend a Thirsty Thursday event, that counts just as if you attended a regular meeting.

The main importance of regular attendance, however, has nothing to do with rules or expectations. The main point of regular attendance is the bonds it helps create between members. The more you get to know each other and others get to know you, the stronger the club becomes. The stronger the club becomes, the better we are able to serve our community. See you at our next meeting!

Board Update

The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Campbell met last Wednesday evening (Nov. 19th). Below are some of the highlights of that meeting…

Golf Tournament Update

It was reported that our golf tournament netted a profit of $11,661.92 on revenue of $26,902.68 and expenses of $15,240.76. The single largest expense was, naturally, the cost of the golf course for green fees and all the meals, at $12,431.69. It was also noted that there are still a few dollars to be collected.

Funding Requests

The Board approved measures to fund:

  • $3,000 to ELC from the Wells Fargo Grant, bringing the club’s total contribution to this outstanding student event to $6,000 for this year.
  • $500 to reimburse the Home Church for food and supplies supporting Rosemary School’s Fall Festival, in which several of our members also contributed volunteer time.
  • $108 to Sonia Paz for the design and printing of book marks to be used for Books for Treats. Although this year’s BFT was rained out, the bookmarks, touting Rotary’s sponsorship, are not dated, so they will be used for next year’s Halloween event.
  • $500 to the Campbell Community toy Program for this year’s holiday toy drive. Past-President Janine Payton will deliver this check to the toy drive organizers at a kick-off event next Thursday at the Orchard City Banquet Hall.

Based on a request from EMQ/FF, the Board decided to take part in the EMQ Holiday Giving Tree. In the past our members have provided gift cards to EMQ. This year we will select “ornaments from the tree in our meeting room, and shop for the gifts requested by the families served by EMQ/FF.

Future Projects:

  • Renovation of the Garden at the Campbell Museum
  • International Hunger Project for the Spring of 2015

Our next Board meeting will be on January 14, 6pm, at Rock Bottom Brewery in The Pruneyard.