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District Governor’s Visit

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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

Bits & Tidbits

Some news and notes from our President:

  • In the first two months of this Rotary year, club members have put in over 100 hours of service to our community!
  • If you do a “make-up” activity or club visit, let Leonard Cino know within two weeks of your make-up event.
  • Do you know who was President of the Campbell Rotary Club in ’99-2000, 2001-’02, ’02-’03, ’03-’04? Those names are missing from our list of Past Presidents. Tell John if you know.
  • 17 of our current members have served as Club President at least once.
  • The Rotary Club of Campbell will sponsor 3 Interact Clubs this year: Willow Glen High, Archbishop Mitty High, and Harker Academy.
  • District 5170 will charter a new Rotary Club this year located in the Fremont-Newark Area! Their “Charter Night” event will be October 4th. Save the date!
  • The Rotary Foundation is one of the highest-rated charitable organizations in the world, earning a “4-Star” rating from The Charity Navigator, including a 100% rating for Accountability & Transparency?
  • Last year, 37 clubs in District 5170 reached 100% of their Rotary Foundation (TRF) goals. Our club had over 95% of members contribute to TRF. This year, let’s reach 100%!

Annual EREY Drive Approaching

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A message from our President…

Last Saturday, Past-President Janine Payton and I attended a District 5170 workshop on The Rotary Foundation and District Grants. We’ll save info on the Grants program for a later day. Today’s column will deal with The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

“Rotary happens at the club level” is a popular refrain in the Rotary world. And, here in Campbell, we do spend most of our money and all of our time working with other groups helping to make our local area a better place. What is unique about us is that we are also a part of a larger, international organization that spends its time and money making the world a better place.

At this year’s Rotary International Conference in Sydney, I learned about clubs doing some amazing things around the world: There is a U.S. club that helps bring Nigerian sex workers off the streets, giving them sewing machines and the skills to go with them to allow the women to regain their dignity, and provide for their families in a safer way; clubs embark on water projects to allow women and children in third world countries to obtain clean, safe water in their own villages, thereby eliminating the need for hours of walking each day to collect water at some distant watering hole; we learned last week of the work of the Los Altos Club’s Childrens’ AIDS Prevention Project, and on and on. At first I thought how great it would be if our club could support projects like these. But WAIT. We DO! We do support these and other projects around the world every time we donate to TRF.

Here’s how that works: When we contribute to TRF, those funds are recorded along with contributions of other clubs in District 5170. Three years later, half of those funds come back to our District as “District Designated Funds” (DDF), the other half are retained by Rotary International for use by clubs around the world for matching global grants. When the District receives the funds each year, they use a mathematical formula to distribute funds back to each club in a proportion that the club donated to TRF. The more we give, each year, the more we get back, three years hence. It is worth noting that District 5170 is one of the few districts that provides DDF back to local clubs.

So this year our club is receiving over $3,400 in DDF based on our giving during the 2011-2012 Rotary Year. We are using these funds to help pay for back packs and to help fund scholarships for our local high school senior(s).

My goal for our club this year is to have 100% of us contribute SOME amount to TRF. So, when Dick Garland hands out the pledge cards in the coming weeks, lets all step up to the challenge and put our club into a better position three years from now!

- John Shannon

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.


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Rotary Partners in Service: Brazil

Every October, we welcome our Rotary District 5170 “Partners in Service” visiting from countries around the world.

Today, we heard from Henrique Vasconcelos, past district governor of Rotary District 4490 and the Rotary Club of Fortaleza-Alagadico, Brazil. Henrique was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Pennsylvania in 1988. He is now a civil engineer working with civil construction and equipment rental since graduating from Universidade de Fortaleza.

gravataiHenrique gave a presentation on Partners in Service and the 3-H project at the Gravatai River in southern Brazil that was supported by Rotary donations from across the world. Gravatai is an 80km long river basin with the final 20 kms being heavily polluted as it passes through the cities of Cachoeirinha, Alvorada and Gravatai, before discharging into Lake Guiaba in Rio Grande do Sul the southernmost state in Brazil, en route to the Atlantic Ocean. The River is of central importance to millions who rely on it for drinking water and to carry away their sewage and industrial waste. The Rio Gravatai and its tributaries also irrigates large areas of intensive agriculture.

The Rio Gravatai is distressed by over abstraction by farmers in summer and by agricultural, industrial and sewage pollution, and dies (becomes eutrophic) in hot weather, killing the fish and causing a great stinks. Bankside communities and industry use it as a dump. Swamp drainage results in silting of its channels, and flooding of the lower reaches in the wet season. Riverside trees felled for firewood or building material cause bank erosion. The urban stretches of the river are an eyesore and unusable as a source of drinking water.

Dist 5170 Governor Coming Next Tue

New Rotary International Logo & Website

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Rotary International has a brand new mobile-friendly logo, along with a new website design.

The main page introduces Rotary to the world, and the new “My Rotary” section is intended for members. Check it out!

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