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Year in Review 2014-15

We started the year off with a huge dispute over Hooter’s and ended the year with a mild debate over scooters! And in between, we lost more members than during any year in recent memory. But through it all, we provided tremendous service to our community.

This year, Campbell Rotarians:

  • Served over 2,000 meals to our homeless neighbors at Home First
  • Supported the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and served breakfast to dozens of cancer survivors and their caretakers
  • Helped collect several dozen units of blood at our annual “9-11 Memorial Blood Drive” helping to save untold numbers of lives
  • Packed and distributed hundreds of backpacks for needy children to help them get their school year off on the right foot
  • Donated $1,500 worth of supplies to the teachers of nearby Rosemary School
  • Got together each month to enjoy each other’s company at Thirsty Thursday events
  • Supported veterans who attend West Valley College
  • Supported local business associations in both Campbell and Willow Glen by volunteering to help at their wine walks and other events
  • Contributed over $13,000 to The Rotary Foundation, helping Rotarians reach out to people all over the world
  • Helped clean up Los Gatos Creek Trail
  • Helped celebrate Campbell Library’s 100th Anniversary
  • Put on a very successful and fun-filled golf tournament
  • Took part in Rosemary School’s Fall Health Fair
  • Supported two new Rotary Clubs getting off the ground here in District 5170
  • Hosted and supported a Polio Plus Piano Concert featuring Debbie Davis
  • Volunteered at Octoberfest, Boogie on the Avenue, and Dancin’ on the Avenue
  • Supported the WGBA at their Beer Walk
  • Provided books for “Books 4 Treats” (even though the event got rained out)
  • Donated, collected, sorted and handed out toys to needy local children
  • Volunteered at a local “Shop with a Cop” event in San Jose
  • Bagged and distributed holiday meal packages
  • Supported three area Interact Clubs
  • Volunteered at Campbell’s Carol of Lights
  • Had a great time at our Holiday Party
  • Welcomed RI President Gary Huang when he visited the area
  • Cleaned up Campbell Park
  • Took part in the Martin Luther King National Day of Service
  • Conducted another fabulous Enterprise Leadership Conference for dozens of area high school juniors
  • Read Dr. Seuss stories to children at Rosemary for Read Across America Day
  • Attended Celebrate Campbell in support of Cindy Method, our Rotarian of the Year
  • Marched in the “Bunnies & Bonnets” Parade in Downtown Campbell
  • Attended District 5170’s Annual Celebration
  • Took part in Great American Litter Pick-Up
  • Attended a local Business Expo
  • Helped build a new playground near Sherman Oaks School
  • Feted PE Mason and Zibby at a “Wedding Shower”
  • Attended Rotary U
  • Lent support to another Rotary Club in fulfilling it’s international project
  • Helped evaluate 8th grade projects at Campbell Middle School
  • Sponsored 2 middle school students to Science Camp
  • Planned, prepped and carried out our best “Valley Flavors” event to date
  • Supported our own club Foundation
  • Heard many, many wonderful speakers at our regular meetings
  • Supported an applicant for a Rotary District Scholarship
  • Awarded 2 scholarships to local high school seniors
  • Sent high school leaders to RYLA
  • Purchased a Shelter Box for use in international calamities
  • Helped plan our club’s future at Club Assemblies, and…
  • Hopefully had some fun along the way!

Wow, we’ve had a busy year. I thank you for all that you’ve done in support of Rotary and it’s ideal of “Service Above Self.” Tomorrow begins a whole new Rotary Year. Our club has much to be proud of and much to look forward to. Under the leadership of incoming President Mason McKown, I know you will be just as supportive and helpful as you have always been.

That’s what makes the Rotary Club of Campbell such a special club.

– John Shannon

Highlights & Updates

The Board of Directors held their last meeting of the 2014-2015 Rotary Year. While most of the meeting was a traditional “thank you” for their service, they did approve the following:

  • Adding Fred Meyer and Bill Ellington to the Board of the Rotary Club of Campbell-San Jose West Foundation.
  • Approved a donation to the Starbird Community Center for use in their summer program benefitting students from the Rosemary School neighborhood.

Best of Valley Flavors

Framed certificates have been delivered to the winners of this year’s Valley Flavors “Best Flavor” contest. Thanks to Yvonne Kendall and Sonya Paz for creating these beautiful mementos.

Dancin’ on the Avenue

On Saturday afternoon, several Rotarians worked a shift at one of the beverage “pods” in Downtown Willow Glen, supporting Willow Glen Business Association’s 20th Annual Dancin’ on the Avenue.

Wishing Them All The Best

Rod Hibner will be joining the Rotary Club of San Jose. Bettina Kohlbrenner is focussing on her own business venture in the San Francisco area. Both will be missed!

Board Highlights

At last week’s Board of Directors meeting, the current board met with the incoming board for the coming Rotary Year. In their last major meeting of the year, the Board did the following:

  • Approved without objection our club’s sponsorship of graduate student, Crystal Catalan, who is working on her Master’s Degree in International Development at Eastern University of Pennsylvania. Crystal is currently employed as a Community Involvement Moderator at Presentation High School.
  • Approved a contribution to Home Church in recognition for their fine hospitality for our regular and Board of Directors meetings.
  • Authorized the printing of updated, tri-fold flyers for the club.
  • Tabled discussion of our club’s involvement with 21st Century Skills for Campbell middle school students.
  • Found that we are not needed after all at Rosemary’s 4th grade promotion BBQ.
  • Approved our “sponsorship” of the July 1st Campbell Senior Citizens Independence Day BBQ. (Thanks to Bill Ellington, Mike Anderson, and Bob Carlson)
  • Heard of the possibility of our club taking over the set up, tear down, and volunteers for Campbell’s two downtown wine walks.
  • Approved the purchase of a Shelter Box for Nepal.
  • Learned that we will distribute two scholarships for local high school graduates – one at Del Mar and one at Willow Glen.
  • Learned that the mural produced by Delphi Academy and Rosemary Elementary students, partially supported by our club, will hang in the State Capitol in Sacramento. The banner’s theme is Human Rights.



The final, mostly ceremonial meeting of the current Board of Directors will be Wednesday, June 17th, 6pm at Kyoto Palace.

EREY Update

Thanks to all members who have fulfilled their 2014-2015 Pledge to The Rotary Foundation! If your name is not on this list, please see Dick Garland at your earliest convenience to take care of your pledge or, if it has already been made, help Dick with his records.

92% of our members have fulfilled their pledge so far. Only 4 more members to get to 100% and reach our goal of Every Rotarian Every Year. Even $10 is enough to make a difference.

Peter Allen, Mike Anderson, Jason Baker, Marv Bamburg, Bill Beck, Cassandra Bowers, Jennifer Carauddo, Bob Carlson, Ravi Chari, Dave Crowley, Jerry Cummings, Sharon D’Amico, Debbie Davis, Rick Davis, Bill Ellington, Dick Garland, Rod Hibner, Bill Highley, Carol Hoffman, Yvonne Kendall, Ruth Kohan, Mark Linder, Cordie McGhee, Mason McKown, Cindy Method, Fred Meyer, Carl Middione, Jim Morelan, Jim Neal, Phil Nielsen, Rex Osborn, Janine Payton, Sonya Paz, Stella Ralph, Neil Reid, Paul Resnikoff, Karen Russell, Steve Salmon, John Shannon, Bob Siudzinski, Alan Tanenbaum, Marc Wagner, Kit Whitney, Kathy Williamson, Bob Yager, Andy Zenzel & Jimmy Zien

Bunnies & Bonnets

Campbell Easter ParadeLast Saturday, The Rotary Club of Campbell had the honor of leading the Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Easter Parade down Campbell Ave. Jimmy Zien, Carol Hoffman, Kit Whitney, Bob Siudzinsky, Stella Ralph, Sonya Paz, and John Shannon were joined by Brooke Ramirez and Sally Howe’s’ granddaughter as they lead the parade carrying photos of the late Sally Howe.

Sally was the founder of this annual event, and she was traditionally honored by heading the parade each year. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Campbell Business Association and includes participants from local school bands, students and parents from schools and youth groups as well as local civic dignitaries.

This year’s parade was preceded by a children’s chalk drawing contest. Children were provided colorful chalk and encouraged to draw all over the street pavement prior to the parade. Children were also provided with bubbles to blow as the parade participants marched by.