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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.

Regular Attendance

ABCs of RotaryFrom The ABC’s of Rotary

Regular attendance is essential to a strong and active Rotary Club. The emphasis on attendance is traced back to 1922, when RI announced a worldwide attendance contest that motivated thousands of Rotarians to achieve 100% attendance year after year. Many Rotarians take great pride in maintaining their 100% record in their own club or by making up at other Rotary club meetings.

Rotary e-clubs make it easy for members to make up meetings online. To earn an attendance credit, Rotarians log on to an e-club’s website, read online material on a range of subjects, post comments, and submit a form to the club secretary. Find a complete list of Rotary e-clubs and the languages “spoken” at

Although the RI Bylaws require members to attend only 50% of all meetings, many clubs encourage more frequent attendance because the absence of any member deprives the club of the value of its diversi?ed membership, the contributions of all members to ongoing club projects, and the personal fellowship of each member. The club’s board of directors may determine appropriate reasons for excusing absences.

The RI Board of Directors approved the Meeting Frequency pilot (2007-13), which allows participating clubs to meet on any schedule other than a weekly meeting. If the pilot clubs prove successful, the Council on Legislation could adopt policies making
these innovations permanent.

If you have any questions about Campbell Rotary attendance requirements, please email President John Shannon.

More Rotary Firsts…

  • The First Rotary Convention held outside the U.S. was in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921.
  • The First head of state to address an RI Convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis, Missouri.
  • The First Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Center Rotary club) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut club member Frank Borman on the Apollo 8 ?ight in 1968.
  • Rotary first established Paul Harris Fellow recognition in 1957 for contributors of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Concert Benefits EPN

D-Squared Concert 2014On Sunday afternoon, member Debbie Davis presented her third annual musical concert to benefit the End Polio Now campaign of Rotary International. Funds received from the happy concert goers and others will be eligible for the double-match grant of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, thus tripling our club’s contribution!

Debbie paired herself with Mezza Soprano Deborah Rosengaus, creating the twosome dubbed “D Squared.” The duo wowed the assembled crowd with hits from Broadway shows featuring hits by Oscar Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, the Gershwin Brothers, Steven Sondheim and others. Debbie, a masterful pianist, played perfect accompaniment to the very talented singer who also shared delightful stories from her musical and personal past.

From “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” through a beautiful bi-lingual version of “Man of La Mancha”, Debbie and Deborah performed magically and left the audience completely enthralled. The show included a couple of crowd friendly “sing-a-longs” ending with “The Sound of Musics” “Edelweiss.”

Adding to the wonderful music was the unmatched hospitality of Rick and Doris Davis at their beautiful Silver Creek home.

Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss next year’s concert!

A Special “Thirsty Thursday”

Rotary Valentines DayTwo of the hallmarks of modern Rotary are “having fun” and “building friendships.” Our club’s “Thirsty Thursday” ?ts the bill for both of these goals. And this month’s venue will add a special nostalgic touch to the monthly gathering.

Thanks to social chairs Cindy Method and Cassandra Bowers and with the help of Bill Highley, we will get together at the home of Ginny Miskulin, 2202 Gunar Dr., SJ 95124.

Ginny is the widow of former Rotarian George Miskulin and a long time supporter of our club. For years Ginny provided, among other things, the beautiful camellias for our Valentine’s Sweetheart Luncheon.

George was a revered Rotarian for 50 years, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Campbell. He was a long time educator in the Campbell Union High School District, the ?rst Principal of Del Mar High School and the namesake of our annual scholarships to high school graduates from Del Mar. This year, the scholarships will also be awarded to a worthy senior at Willow Glen High School as well!

So, mark your calendar and plan to meet Ginny, a most gracious hostess along with her daughter Susan, another long time Rotary supporter as they host Rotarians–new and veteran alike–in their lovely home.

Thank you Cindy, Cassandra and Bill for this special treat!

Annual EREY Drive Approaching

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A message from our President…

Last Saturday, Past-President Janine Payton and I attended a District 5170 workshop on The Rotary Foundation and District Grants. We’ll save info on the Grants program for a later day. Today’s column will deal with The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

“Rotary happens at the club level” is a popular refrain in the Rotary world. And, here in Campbell, we do spend most of our money and all of our time working with other groups helping to make our local area a better place. What is unique about us is that we are also a part of a larger, international organization that spends its time and money making the world a better place.

At this year’s Rotary International Conference in Sydney, I learned about clubs doing some amazing things around the world: There is a U.S. club that helps bring Nigerian sex workers off the streets, giving them sewing machines and the skills to go with them to allow the women to regain their dignity, and provide for their families in a safer way; clubs embark on water projects to allow women and children in third world countries to obtain clean, safe water in their own villages, thereby eliminating the need for hours of walking each day to collect water at some distant watering hole; we learned last week of the work of the Los Altos Club’s Childrens’ AIDS Prevention Project, and on and on. At first I thought how great it would be if our club could support projects like these. But WAIT. We DO! We do support these and other projects around the world every time we donate to TRF.

Here’s how that works: When we contribute to TRF, those funds are recorded along with contributions of other clubs in District 5170. Three years later, half of those funds come back to our District as “District Designated Funds” (DDF), the other half are retained by Rotary International for use by clubs around the world for matching global grants. When the District receives the funds each year, they use a mathematical formula to distribute funds back to each club in a proportion that the club donated to TRF. The more we give, each year, the more we get back, three years hence. It is worth noting that District 5170 is one of the few districts that provides DDF back to local clubs.

So this year our club is receiving over $3,400 in DDF based on our giving during the 2011-2012 Rotary Year. We are using these funds to help pay for back packs and to help fund scholarships for our local high school senior(s).

My goal for our club this year is to have 100% of us contribute SOME amount to TRF. So, when Dick Garland hands out the pledge cards in the coming weeks, lets all step up to the challenge and put our club into a better position three years from now!

- John Shannon