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Half-Year Review

Stella and CindyDear Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”, and the ?rst rule of Rotary is said to be “Have fun.” Judging from our efforts so far in 2014-15, we are on the right track! The smiling faces and many different local projects shown in the photos on our Facebook page are evidence of our commitment to both service and fun.

Our Rotary Year began with a sponsorship of the Campbell Relay for Life and serving breakfast to the brave cancer survivors who lead the walk-a-thon. From collecting school supplies for teachers at Rosemary School in the summer to this week’s sorting and packing of toys for the Campbell Toy Drive Program, Campbell Rotarians can be counted on to lend a helping – and a leading – hand. Our collection and stuf?ng of over 400 backpacks for local school children is a hallmark of our commitment to youth and the community.

And we like to have fun, too – even when we work! We help out with both Willow Glen’s and Campbell’s Wine Walks as well as taking time for our own “Thirsty Thursdays”, never missing an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company.

As we look back at the ?rst six months of this Rotary Year, we can be proud of our contributions and continue to be excited about what we can do in the next six months. TRF, Club Foundation, Student Speech Contest, ELC, and our excellent array of weekly guest speakers give us wonderful things to look forward to.

Thank you for your past and continued efforts to make Rotary the “go to” service organization for Campbell and Willow Glen. Happy Holidays!

- President John Shannon

Upcoming Service Projects

Rotarians at Founders Day 2014Thursday, October 2: Rosemary School Fall Festival/Health Fair

Sign up with Jimmy Zien to help out at this unique annual event at our favorite elementary school. We may help with games and/or with BBQ.

Saturday, October 4: Child Advocates’ Picnic

For over 25 years Rotary has sponsored this annual event at Oak Meadow Park, giving some much deserved recognition to those who look out for the best interest of children in Santa Clara County. Sign up with Marc Wagner.

Monday, October 13: Dinner Service @ Home First

Sign up with Jerry Cummings to serve at the homeless shelter. This service project is a long standing Campbell Rotary Club service opportunity.

Wednesday, October 15: Avenues of Service @ SJ DoubleTree Hotel

This is not an actual community service project, but it is a great way to ?nd out more ways to perform service here in Campbell and around the world as well as learn more about what it means to be a Rotarian. Sign up with Janine Payton.

Saturday, October 25: Willow Glen Beer Walk

Sign up with Peter Allen to help our our partners in downtown Willow Glen as they put on an annual Beerfest.

Friday, October 31: Books for Treats in Downtown Campbell

Sign up with Bob Carlson to bring some joy and literary fun to children on Halloween. Details are forthcoming.

Campbell Rotary Visits West Valley Veterans’ Resource Center

Rotary at VRCRecent studies have indicated that veterans, in general, are reluctant to ask for help upon their return to civilian life, except if those offering assistance are veterans themselves. This may explain why the Veterans’ Resource Center at West Valley College is considered to be one of the best VRCs in the state. With VRC President Andrew Rocha, a veteran of recent Middle East conflicts, helps lead the services provided to student vets at the Saratoga campus. Starting out as simply “a couch”, West Valley’s VRC is now housed in a suite of offices, includes a few computers and printers that vets may use to print out their schedules, research topics for class reports and find the kind of personal help and support that is so valuable to a successful return to civilian life.

On Wednesday, August 6th, Campbell Rotarians Dr. Sue Klear, Adrienne Grey (a Trustee of West Valley College), and President John Shannon visited the VRC. West Valley President Brad Davis and Vice President of Student Services Victoria Hindes along with Bernadette Walker and Rocha welcomed and thanked the visiting Rotarians for their past support of the center.

Campbell’s Rotary Club provided special graphing calculators and Smartpens for use by student vets. A plaque outside the VRC’s office expresses appreciation to our club. With it’s recent growth, the VRC continues to have special needs. The computers in the VRC, though useful, are quite dated and in need of replacement. Even the small refrigerator that the center uses to provide vets with water and drinks on their visits is in need of a replacement.

The VRC serves over 100 veterans of wars in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and service around the world. Dependents of veterans also benefit from the center’s outreach and support activities. Our Board of Directors will discuss ways to continue to support the great work that the VRC does right here at the nearby campus. We will look for a way to be a more constant source of support for the center that does so much to support those who have done so much for our country.

You can click here or on the picture below to read a report from the VRC thanking Campbell Rotary’s support!

Veterans Resource Center Report

400 Backpacks

Backpack Drive 2014

Assemblyman Paul Fong (center) fills backpacks with Field Rep Patrick Ahrens and Campbell Rotary Member Cassandra Bowers

On July 29th, in cooperation with EMQ Families First, the Rotary Club of Campbell purchased and filled 400 backpacks with school supplies for children in need. This was the sixth year for this project and the largest number of donated backpacks.

“Partnering with the Rotary Club of Campbell on this project allows us to help more than 400 students in need begin their school year with the necessary tools for learning,” said Darren DeMonsi of EMQ, who has worked with the Rotary Club on this project every year.

“Starting off the school year without needed supplies puts these kids behind before they even start,” said project coordinator Janine Payton, Immediate Past President of Campbell Rotary. “Most of us think nothing of spending $50 on supplies for our kids each year, but these families often have to choose between food and shelter or supplies.”

EMQ Families First identifies the students who need the help, and Campbell Rotary is happy to provide both the items and the workforce needed to assemble the packs. A Rotary Club member procures the back packs at wholesale prices and Target at Westgate helps out every year by assembling all the supplies needed for the project for easy purchase and pick-up.

This year, the assembly took place in the Orchard City Banquet Hall at the Campbell Community Center immediately following the club’s regular lunch meeting. Joining us were Assemblyman Paul Fong, his Field Representative Patrick Ahrens, three students from the Willow Glen High School Interact Club, and several other local city officers.

Packs were completed about every 10 seconds. Now that’s what we call service above self!

Campbell Rotary “Sweeps” ELC 2014

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Rotary ELC — Follow Along on Twitter!

From March 13 … Campbell Rotary is a proud participant in the Rotary ELC (Enterprise Leadership Conference) program … and it’s happening right now!

Follow along on your own with our intrepid Twitter reporter, Peter Allen.