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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

Inspiration, Education & Fun!

The recent Rotary District 5170 Celebration in San José was a fantastic event. Many of our members and club leaders attended, and were entertained by the likes of keynote speaker Ruby Bridges, who helped to integrate New Orleans public schools in 1960. Ruby mesmerized the crowd with her compelling story of this significant national event as seen through the eyes of a 6-year-old girl. Her message of the power of love and acceptance was very moving.

Campbell Rotarians Kit Whitney and Janine Payton were joined by fellow Rotarian Debbie Rice at Friday night’s dinner event. The dinner featured presentations of Rotary Awards to outstanding District 5170 Rotarians and live entertainment from the Gilroy High School Chamber Singers. On Saturday night, the fabulous Cirque Encounters wowed the dinner crowd.

Even Rotary luminaries, like Past RI President Rick King and RI Presidential Rep., Al Frumkin, stopped by the Area 8 hospitality suite to pose for a photo with some of the visiting aliens from “Area 51”. Mr. King was also Saturday night’s keynote speaker and, as always, touched the hearts of those who heard of his experiences as a Rotarian over the past several decades.

Each hospitality suite offered yummy things to eat and delicious beverages for any taste and age. Campbell Rotarian Bill Highley was greeted by a “Star Wars Queen” in the hospitality suite hosted by the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz. Bill also attended many of the informational forums offered throughout the conference on topics like “Membership,” “Fundraising,” “Interact,” “Mission to Mars,” and many more.

An Historic Night

John and Pam Shannon with RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corina

John and Pam Shannon with RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corina

On Saturday night, October 4th, Governor Ed Jellen presided over the chartering of a new club in District 5170. And for the ?rst time in Rotary’s 109 year history, the Rotary International President, Gary C. K. Huang, was on hand to present pins to each of the 42 charter members of the Rotary Club of Huaren in Silicon Valley.

In addition, three Past RI Presidents, Mat Caparas, Cliff Dochtermann, and Richard King, were also in attendance to welcome the new Rotarians. The new club also received congratulatory remarks from Li Peilong, Consul General of the Consulate in San Francisco of The People’s Republic of China.

The evening event, full of pomp and ceremony, as well as live entertainment, was chaired by Richard Flanders, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton and advisor to many District Governors. The assembled crowd began the evening with the ?ag salute, recitation of the 4-Way Test and the singing of the National Anthem by Lena Zee, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Fremont.

We enjoyed a sumptuous 7 course feast at Ming’s Restaurant as well as the camaraderie of the many Rotarians from throughout District 5170.

– President John Shannon

District Governor’s Visit

Ed Jellen

District 5170 Governor Ed Jellen

Mark your calendars! Save the date! Tuesday, September 30, will be a big day for The Rotary Club of Campbell. That is the day of our annual visit from the District 5170 Governor, Ed Jellen. The Governor will meet with members of the club’s Board of Directors prior to the start of our regular lunch meeting to learn about the many projects and programs of which we are so rightfully proud.

During the regular meeting, Ed will be our main speaker. The Governor’s visit is always a big event in the life of a local club and a big day for the club’s President. Like when favorite relatives visit for the Holidays, we want to put our best foot forward.

This annual visit is a good time for the Governor to thank and recognize those members who have pledged or who have already made a contribution to The Rotary Foundation, so help out Dick Garland when he distributes this year’s pledge cards and be one of the “Every Rotarian” who contributes “Every Year!”

The other big event this year is our club’s participation in the annual “President’s Project.” As you know, Governor Ed has challenged all of the clubs in District 5170 to gather school supplies to present to the teachers of a local school. We have selected Rosemary School and have already — thanks to your generosity — gathered many of the items that Rosemary’s Principal, Brian Schmaedick, has suggested would be most appreciated by his staff.

My plan is to have a large pyramid of school supplies on hand for the Governor to present to Mr. Schmaedick on September 30th. We have done well in gathering cases of copy paper for the 25 teachers at Rosemary. All we need is to collect a relatively few more pencils and dry erase markers to make the “pyramid” complete. We will have one last “pass the envelope” opportunity at this week’s meeting.

We will invite the local press, of course, for what should be a golden photo opportunity. The one snag in all of this is that we have been displaced from our regular meeting place on that day. No worries — we will find a suitable local change of venue.

– John Shannon, Club President