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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

Bits & Tidbits

News and notes from Campbell Rotary…

  • Soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. President-Elect (Mason & Zibby) were joined by a hardy group of Rotarians who wished the young couple all the best as they prepare for their May nuptials.
  • Sunnyvale Rotary’s “Conversation about Aging” will cover legal and ?nancial issues around aging, living at home, hospice, end of life care, and much more – Wednesday, May 14, 5:30pm, Belmont Village Senior Living Center, 1039 E. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale. RSVP to rwexler@pointso?
  • District 5170 Interact members will be delivering over 5,170 “indestructible” soccer balls to the children of Vietnam this coming summer. If you would like to be a chaperone, please contact Rotarian Nick Leon of the San Jose East/Evergreen Club.
  • The next Rotary Means Business meeting will be this Thursday, May 14, at Travel Advisors, 56 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos, 95030. Contact Mike Balistreri (408) 802-8743.
  • Rotary District 3292 in Nepal set up a disaster relief fund to help victims in the areas hardest hit by the recent earthquakes. Immediate funds will go towards food, water, medical supplies and shelter. If you wish to contribute to this fund, you may send funds to the Rotary District 5170 Foundation with a note in the memo line for “Nepal Earthquake Relief ”. Mail checks to the attention of Dennis Young, District Foundation Treasurer, 2570 W. El Camino Real, #150, Mountain View, CA 94040. The District Foundation will then send the funds on to Rotary District 3292’s disaster relief fund.

World Roundup


The Rotary Club of Nairobi hosted an eye care camp in November, marking 30 years of the club’s commitment to ending rural blindness. A local bus company provided free transportation to and from Hema Hospital in Kisii, near Lake Victoria, so people from across western Kenya could receive cataract screening and surgery at a cost of $52 per patient. The club also works with Baltimore-based Tissue Banks International to treat keratoconus, a structural disorder of the cornea and a leading cause of blindness among the young in East Africa, and has hosted eye camps in rural areas throughout Kenya. Medical professionals have performed more than 14,000 surgeries and 200 corneal transplants through the blindness eradication project.

New Zealand

Rotarians from across Ne Zealand assisted with the Stroke Foundation’s sixth annual blood pressure awareness campaign in October. Volunteers gathered at 182 supermarkets and health centers, as far as Kaikohe to the north and Invercargill to the south, where they encouraged shoppers to have their blood pressure taken by representatives from the health charity St. John and Wellington Free Ambulance. They also handed out information about hypertension and its connection to stroke and other medical issues, and collected health data. In a follow-up survey, 37% of participants reported taking action as a result of their blood pressure reading that day.

Sri Lanka

District 3220 (Maldives and Sri Lanka) kicked off its One Million Tree Stories campaign in December to combat deforestation in Sri Lanka. Working with 2,500 local farmers and the departments of forestry and irrigation, the Rotary Club of Ibbagamuwa is leading the initiative to plant one million trees along the banks of protected reservoirs in Kurunegala District this year, and four million more over ?ve years. The public can sponsor a tree for $1 and share a personal tree story on the project’s Facebook page.

RI President’s Visit

Huangs Highleys ShannonsThanks to a travel schedule that brought him to Pasadena to ride in the Rose Bowl Parade, we were treated to a local visit by RI President Gary Huang last Saturday at the Cupertino Community Center. The intimate gathering of local Rotarians and their signi?cant others was the brainchild of Rotary Club of Cupertino’s President Hung Wei.

President Huang thanked all Rotarians for their clubs’ contributions in support of the RI Float in the New Year’s Day Parade. President Huang and his wife, Corina, rode on the ?oat for the 5-mile parade waving to the hundreds of thousands of people along the parade route as well as the millions of spectators in front of their TVs.

The RI ?oat cost over $80,000 to design and build with much of the last minute hand labor done by Rotaract and Rotary volunteers. Considering the number of people who were exposed to the work of Rotary by the TV commentators, this was considered a PR bargain!

President Huang mentioned that Rotary is growing world wide and is making diplomatic inroads in The Peoples’ Republic of China, where currently, only ex-pats are allowed to join Rotary. But in the next few years, China’s millions may be allowed to join the rest of the world in service to the needy. In addition to District 5170 Governor Ed Jellen, Campbell Rotarians and wives, Bill & Emilie Highley and John and Pam Shannon were in attendance.

Rotary World Roundup

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From the pages of The Rotarian Magazine


A Rotary Foundation District Grant helped fund a literacy project in District 4420 (part of Sao Paulo), where the literacy rate dropped from 55% in 2007 to 50% in 2011. Twelve clubs in the district set up 13 reading rooms in hospitals, community centers, and other public spaces. Each one, staffed by a monitor and tutor, offers books and toys for children ages 5 to 12. The project has received support from the Colegio Rio Branco, part of a Rotary club-supported education complex, and the local Municipal Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents.


Violence Free Families, a nonpro?t created with help from the Rotary Club of Brighton in Victoria, has worked to prevent domestic violence since 2009, and dozens of clubs across the country have supported the organization’s efforts. The rotary Club of Balwyn has donated close to $30,000 to fund the latest project: an online behavior-change program for violence-prone men that provides an alternative to traditional group therapy.


On the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people in South Dakota, the per capita income is among the lowest in the United States. Since 2012, the Rotary Clubs of Brattleboro and Brattleboro Sunrise, Vt. have helped support the Lakota nonprofit radio station, a vital news source on the 2.8 million-acre reservation. The clubs’ annual International Film and Food Festival has raised $7,500 to buy equipment, as well as 85 refurbished laptops and six sewing machines for students and other residents.