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President Mason’s Year Begins

Today marks the beginning of a new Rotary year and new leadership here at the Rotary Club of Campbell. President Mason McKown will officially preside over his first meeting today. But he has been busy for several months leading up to today’s meeting.

Through meetings with past club presidents, to participating in PETS (District President-elect training), to the RI Convention in Sao Paulo, Mason has been thinking of ways to take our club to the next level.

One thing Mason shared with his new Board at last night’s Board of Directors meeting was his emphasis on finding and sharing the value of being a Rotarian. Although this may take different forms for different members, but we can trust President McKown to help each of us find that value. He also encouraged his Board to try new things, and is open to all of our members doing just that.

Other discussions and actions taken at last night’s board meeting include:

  • Approved an annual budget of $41,468 (this is the “operational” budget for our club.)
  • Discussed our club’s charitable giving plan (action to be taken up at next month’s meeting.)
  • Approved Sharon D’Amico’s status as a “Senior Active” member according to the “Rule of 85”
  • Endorsed the “Friends of Campbell Rotary” application

This last item shows the leadership and vision of President Mason as he has been working on this topic for several months. He will introduce this long-awaited program at Tuesday’s Club Assembly. What a great way to start off a great year. Be there!

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

Highlights & Updates

The Board of Directors held their last meeting of the 2014-2015 Rotary Year. While most of the meeting was a traditional “thank you” for their service, they did approve the following:

  • Adding Fred Meyer and Bill Ellington to the Board of the Rotary Club of Campbell-San Jose West Foundation.
  • Approved a donation to the Starbird Community Center for use in their summer program benefitting students from the Rosemary School neighborhood.

Best of Valley Flavors

Framed certificates have been delivered to the winners of this year’s Valley Flavors “Best Flavor” contest. Thanks to Yvonne Kendall and Sonya Paz for creating these beautiful mementos.

Dancin’ on the Avenue

On Saturday afternoon, several Rotarians worked a shift at one of the beverage “pods” in Downtown Willow Glen, supporting Willow Glen Business Association’s 20th Annual Dancin’ on the Avenue.

Wishing Them All The Best

Rod Hibner will be joining the Rotary Club of San Jose. Bettina Kohlbrenner is focussing on her own business venture in the San Francisco area. Both will be missed!

Valley Flavors a Hit!

Valley Flavors babyWhat do you get when you have wonderful food from local restaurants, great wine from local vintners, cold fresh beer from local breweries, and fabulous people with whom to share an afternoon? Valley Flavors! Add to all that the fun and excitement of bidding on great silent auction items all with beautiful soothing music in the background and you’ve got a signature event that was a hit with everyone!

Board Highlights

At last week’s Board of Directors meeting, the current board met with the incoming board for the coming Rotary Year. In their last major meeting of the year, the Board did the following:

  • Approved without objection our club’s sponsorship of graduate student, Crystal Catalan, who is working on her Master’s Degree in International Development at Eastern University of Pennsylvania. Crystal is currently employed as a Community Involvement Moderator at Presentation High School.
  • Approved a contribution to Home Church in recognition for their fine hospitality for our regular and Board of Directors meetings.
  • Authorized the printing of updated, tri-fold flyers for the club.
  • Tabled discussion of our club’s involvement with 21st Century Skills for Campbell middle school students.
  • Found that we are not needed after all at Rosemary’s 4th grade promotion BBQ.
  • Approved our “sponsorship” of the July 1st Campbell Senior Citizens Independence Day BBQ. (Thanks to Bill Ellington, Mike Anderson, and Bob Carlson)
  • Heard of the possibility of our club taking over the set up, tear down, and volunteers for Campbell’s two downtown wine walks.
  • Approved the purchase of a Shelter Box for Nepal.
  • Learned that we will distribute two scholarships for local high school graduates – one at Del Mar and one at Willow Glen.
  • Learned that the mural produced by Delphi Academy and Rosemary Elementary students, partially supported by our club, will hang in the State Capitol in Sacramento. The banner’s theme is Human Rights.



The final, mostly ceremonial meeting of the current Board of Directors will be Wednesday, June 17th, 6pm at Kyoto Palace.