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Bunnies & Bonnets

Campbell Easter ParadeLast Saturday, The Rotary Club of Campbell had the honor of leading the Annual Bunnies and Bonnets Easter Parade down Campbell Ave. Jimmy Zien, Carol Hoffman, Kit Whitney, Bob Siudzinsky, Stella Ralph, Sonya Paz, and John Shannon were joined by Brooke Ramirez and Sally Howe’s’ granddaughter as they lead the parade carrying photos of the late Sally Howe.

Sally was the founder of this annual event, and she was traditionally honored by heading the parade each year. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Campbell Business Association and includes participants from local school bands, students and parents from schools and youth groups as well as local civic dignitaries.

This year’s parade was preceded by a children’s chalk drawing contest. Children were provided colorful chalk and encouraged to draw all over the street pavement prior to the parade. Children were also provided with bubbles to blow as the parade participants marched by.

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.

Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method

Celebrate Campbell Rotary group

Cindy Method (front row, third from left) had a huge cheering section from the Campbell Rotary

At Saturday evening’s Celebrate Campbell event, sponsored by the Campbell Chamber of Commerce, our very own Cindy Method was honored as Campbell’s “Rotarian of the Year.” In her comments to the crowd, Cindy expressed her appreciation for being honored simply “for doing what I love to do — serve the community.” Although a Rotarian for less than 2 years, Cindy has jumped right into the volunteer spirit exemplified by Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”

Congratulations, Cindy!

Campbell Rotarian of the Year

Cindy MethodEach year the Campbell Chamber of Commerce anoints a “Citizen of the Year” and a “Business of the Year” as part of a gala evening called “Celebrate Campbell.” In addition, the Chamber recognizes outstanding individuals who provide community service via the local civic organizations.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce this year’s Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method! Cindy is a Manager at Cisco Systems. Although only in Rotary since October of 2013, Cindy has wasted no time in making a profound impact on the club and the greater community. Cindy co-chairs our Social Committee that put on a wonderful Holiday Party, several creative Thirsty Thursdays and has added a note of festivity to our regular meetings by bringing table decorations to EMQ.

Cindy is also among the first to sign up or volunteer to help at events —Dinner Service at Home First, Willow Glen and Campbell Wine Walks, Park Restorations, and just about anything else that needs to be done. A major contribution to the club is Cindy’s taking on the role of advisor to the Willow Glen High Interact Club. Cindy said, “Community service truly is where my heart is and I’m so thankful to be a part of the Campbell Rotary with so many opportunities!” She is both humbled and excited about the recognition.

A team of former Rotarians of the Year had the task of proposing a couple of nominees to the executive committee. Cindy’s name came up more than any other, making the executive’s decision very easy. Cindy is the type of intelligent, energetic and vivacious person who really adds to all the Rotary delivers in the local community and beyond. Congratulations, Cindy!

Join us at the 47th Annual event on March 21st. (Details to come!)

Who’s Coming to Lunch?

In our ongoing attempt to be transparent with all things fiscal that began with the presentation about our “Three Buckets” of money — Club Budget, Club Foundation and RI Foundation — today, we would like to address the subtle and not-so-subtle aspects about paying for lunch.

“Meal Income” and “Catering Expense” are the two largest items in our Club Budget. First, the basics: We have arranged with Chef Antonio at EMQ/FF to prepare our lunches almost every Tuesday throughout the year. In order to insure that we have enough food and that EMQ/FF gets a fair price, we guarantee to pay for 55 meals each week, at a cost of $8.50, and Chef Antonio prepares enough delicious food for at least 55 people.

Some meetings we have more people, some meetings we have fewer. There is no way to determine accurately, how many people will walk in for a Tuesday meeting. Will all members attend? Who will bring a guest? How many Visiting Rotarians will there be? Who knows? So, we agreed on the number 55, which is pretty close, most weeks.

We charge members $10 per meal — whether you eat or not; whether you attend or not. Two exceptions here: If you miss one of our meetings and attend a “make-up” meeting at another club, and pay for your lunch there, you are given a “credit” of $10 for the meal you paid for at the other club. So, if you do make up at another club, be sure to inform Secretary Dave Crowley that you did so.

The second exception is if you are an “Exempt” member (aka “Senior Active” or “Rule of 85”) you are billed only for the meals at meetings you attend.

Visiting Rotarians pay $15 for lunch with us. If you have ever made up at another Bay Area club, you know that this a real bargain for our Visiting Rotarians!

But, what if you bring a guest? Guests pay, or you pay for them, the same rate as Visiting Rotarians. For example, for our Valentine’s meeting, I invited Pam to join us for lunch. I paid the $15 for her lunch. If your brother-in-law from Toledo is in town for a visit or your business colleague is in from Denver and you want to bring them to lunch, please do, and pay the $15 for them at the door with Treasurer Kathy Williamson.

Now, if your guest is a potential club member, they are allowed up to three free lunchesso they can find out more about us and get a feel if we are a good fit for them. After their third “visit,” the expectation is that they will either submit an application to join or that you or they will pay the $15 for a visitor’s lunch.

So, if all goes well, the club plans to make a little money on lunches throughout the year to help pay for the day-to-day expenses and some of the surprise expenses of the club. But, nobody is getting rich off our lunches. Our guest speakers are, of course, treated to lunch as our guests.

Every Rotary Club handles meals differently. Our arrangement has been in effect for many years and seems, for the most part to work well for us. If you are passionate about doing things differently in the future, this would be a good time for you to volunteer for a leadership position on the Board of Directors, so you can help shape the future of lunches. Also, if you would like any other information about the workings of our club, send John an email and maybe your question will be answered in a future edition of “President’s Corner.”