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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!

Valley Flavors 2015

Campbell Rotary Valley Flavors 2015By Janine Payton, Past President

The Rotary Club of Campbell announces the Fourth Annual Valley Flavors, to be held Sunday, June 7th, from 4-6pm in the beautifully renovated Orchard City Banquet Hall in Campbell. This is a great opportunity to meet Rotarians and friends while tasting dishes from many area restaurants along with wines and beers from local producers.

Campbell Rotary is known for its commitment to the community and especially youth, providing back packs and supplies to the children served by EMQFamiliesFirst, running leadership programs for high school students, a speech contest and scholarships for graduating seniors at Del Mar and Willow Glen High Schools. But that is not all the club does.

“We love the hands-on stuff like serving dinner at HomeFirst, park improvement projects and serving breakfast to Cancer Survivors at the Relay for Life in July,” says John Shannon, Club President, “and we always have fun while working together with the community.”

This year’s Valley Flavors will feature wines from nine local wineries, including Stefania Wine, Regale, Thomas Kruse, Il Cuore, Satore Cellars, Joseph George Fine Wines, J.Lohr, Travieso and Loma Prieta Winery; and taste offerings from Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Tessora’s Barra di Vino, Rock Bottom, The Olive Bar, Whole Foods Market, Buca di Beppo, Snake & Butterfly, Steeper’s Tea and more. Last year craft beer was added to the event, and this year will feature local breweries Gordon Biersch and Rock Bottom.

Guests will vote on the “Best Taste” in several categories and have an opportunity to bid on many fantastic auction prizes. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

For more information, please email

Fun & Service

Campbell Rotarians enjoyed a great month in April, volunteering at community events like the Willow Glen Wine Walk and topping it off with a well-attended Thirsty Thursday social at the home of Bill and Emilie Highley.

MEETING ALERT: Next week, the Campbell Rotary will meet at Home Church on Winchester Blvd. at Latimer Ave. Box lunches will be served, and Membership Chair Peter Allen will discuss the results of a recent members survey.

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!