Through a grant from Campbell Rotary five beautiful historic plaques have been
installed on key downtown historic properties:
The Country Women’s Club (Palazzi Salon)
First Bank of Campbell/Farley Building (Allied Financial Network)
Downing Building (Village Style and others)
B.O. Curry Building (Blue Line Pizza)
First Bank of Campbell (Campbell Café)
Each of the property owners have agreed to have an all-weather 17×11″ plaque on display depicting the history of their property.
The project was spearheaded by a group of downtown community leaders that included Neil Collins, Susan Blake (Historic Preservation Board member) and Sally Howe. Specifically, Susan Blake prepared the grant application and worked closely with Karen Lange to secure some great photographs from the museum’s archives.
So take a stroll downtown to check out the plaques and be sure to stop in and visit all the fantastic merchants and eateries while you are there!
Today we welcomed Kathy “KC” Costa, from the REACH Program in Santa Clara County (“Raising Early Awareness and Creating Hope”). She discussed her programs’ intervention efforts to prevent the development of mental health issues among youth and young adults.
REACH is a collaborative effort between Momentum for Mental Health and Starlight Community Services. Together we provide education for the community in early detection and prevention of psychosis in youth. We work with young people ages 10-25 and their families to build support and promote success in relationships, education, and employment. REACH is one of the Early Detection Models from the PIER Training Institute in Portland, Maine, and is funded by the Mental Health Services Act.
REACH’s Mission is to “raise early awareness, reduce stigma through understanding of mental illness within the community and create hope while offering culturally competent and evidence informed treatment to underserved youth and their families.”
Half of those are who will go on to develop a mental illness are already showing the early warning signs before the age of 14.
KC’s presentation included a review of some early warning signs for mental health diseases, including trouble reading and speaking, changes in hygiene or appearance, extreme social withdrawal, and other behavioral concerns. There are also several genetic and social risks for mental instability.
She talked about catching problems before teens and young adults begin to lose insight into their problems, the loss of which can itself reinforce negative outcomes.
Thirteen women have been named recipients of the 2013 Campbell Women of Distinction awards.
This is the fourth year of the program that is intended to recognize the contributions of women who live and work in Campbell. It is held in conjunction with the national Women’s History Month.
“It is important to honor distinguished women in our community because there are still inequalities and challenges that women face every day,” Mayor Evan Low said in a press release. “Through the Women of Distinction Awards program, the city of Campbell seeks to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment demonstrated by the honorees in advancing the status of women towards full equality.”
This year’s theme was “women inspiring innovation through imagination.”
Former Campbell Rotary Club president Sue Klear; Campbell city clerk Anne Bybee; student and community volunteer Manda Lam; and Jacquie Davidson, manager of global mobility at Google, were honored for demonstrating leadership … Read the rest of the story in the SJ Mercury News.
Court Appointed Special Advocates staff and volunteers work to support children who have become wards of the court or part of the foster care system through no fault of their own, often as parents become adjudicated or incarcerated. Today, we heard from their Director of Development Debbie Lee, who told us more about this long-time Rotary partner.
Advocates become each child’s best friend and mentor. Adult volunteers entertain children on outings, park visits, play dates, and sporting events. And then they become a voice for them in court.
Debbie shared a variety of success stories, and invited us all to become more involved. Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is long-time recipient of Campbell Rotary’s volunteer support. Every October for the past two decades, Rotary has hosted a “Thank You Picnic” for the court-appointed volunteers and their children. The Los Altos Rotary Club is also a major sponsor of the organization.
If you are interested in learning more, please watch this short (5-minute) video:
We were pleased to welcome Sally Ashton as the guest speaker for our Valentine’s lunch meeting. Sally is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor of the DMQ Review, an online journal featuring poetry and art. She is currently finishing up a two-year term as Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County. This honorary post was created by the Board of Supervisors in 2008.
The mission of the Poet Laureate is to:
Elevate poetry in the awareness of Santa Clara County residents and to help celebrate the literary arts;
Serve as an advocate for poetry, literature, and the arts;
Lead a community project that makes poetry more accessible; and
Contribute to Santa Clara County’s poetry and literary legacy.
Sally was appointed to the post of Poet Laureate beginning April 1, 2011, for a two year term expiring March 31, 2013. She is the second poet laureate, following Nils Peterson, Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University.