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Celebrating Leadership

This week, we had a fun time celebrating leadership as 2015-16 President Mason McKown passed the baton to incoming President Jennifer Carauddo for the new Rotary Year.

President Jen skit

Mason reads from a “short” list of to-do’s for our incoming President, as the new board looks on during our Tuesday lunch meeting. Click here to see more pics on our Facebook page.

To mark her first meeting, Jennifer organized a fun skit for the new board that brought music, dancing, and fun to our weekly lunch. Later in the week, Past President John Shannon helped fete Mason with a “debunking” at Rock Bottom Brewery.

Thanks to Mason for his dedication to our club, and congrats to Jennifer as we embark with her on this new adventure!

A Fond Farewell

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!

Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method

Celebrate Campbell Rotary group

Cindy Method (front row, third from left) had a huge cheering section from the Campbell Rotary

At Saturday evening’s Celebrate Campbell event, sponsored by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, our very own Cindy Method was honored as Campbell’s “Rotarian of the Year.” In her comments to the crowd, Cindy expressed her appreciation for being honored simply “for doing what I love to do — serve the community.” Although a Rotarian for less than 2 years, Cindy has jumped right into the volunteer spirit exemplified by Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”

Congratulations, Cindy!

Celebrating Club Presidents

The following current members of our club have “stepped up to the plate,” or taken on the challenge, or had the golden opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on the good that Rotary does at home and around the world by serving as our Club President. Some have even served more than once!

Let us acknowledge and thank all of our Past Presidents:

  • Mike Anderson
  • Marv Bamburg
  • Bill Beck
  • Ravi Chari
  • Dave Crowley
  • Jerry Cummings
  • Sharon D’Amico
  • Rick Davis
  • Bill Ellington
  • Dick Garland
  • Warren Gilbert
  • Jim Morelan
  • Jim Neal
  • Phil Nielsen
  • Rex Osborn
  • Janine Payton
  • Jerry Scott
  • John Shannon
  • Marc Wagner
  • Kit Whitney
  • Kathy Williamson
  • Andy Zenzel

If your name is not on this list, and you’ve been in the club for a while, we encourage you to take the leap. You’ll have a year to remember!

The Good News

During this Rotary Year, we have added some wonderful new Rotarians. If you haven’t met them yet, please make a point to introduce yourself and welcome these nice folks to our club: Renee Hazel, Yvonne Kendall, Stella Ralph, and Jimmy Zien.

The Not-So-Good News

During the current Rotary year, we have also lost some wonderful members. Most have cited increased demands at work as the reason for their departure. We are sad to see so many quality members on this list. Nonetheless, we thank them for their prior service to Rotary and wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

The people who have left our club during this Rotary year: Leonard Cino, Megan Hill, Dr. Sue Klear, Dr. Jane Lo, Jesse Meddaugh, Gurpreet Sachdev, Noelani Sallings, Armen Shamamian, and Mike Stonehouse.