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Celebrating Leadership

This week, we had a fun time celebrating leadership as 2015-16 President Mason McKown passed the baton to incoming President Jennifer Carauddo for the new Rotary Year.

President Jen skit

Mason reads from a “short” list of to-do’s for our incoming President, as the new board looks on during our Tuesday lunch meeting. Click here to see more pics on our Facebook page.

To mark her first meeting, Jennifer organized a fun skit for the new board that brought music, dancing, and fun to our weekly lunch. Later in the week, Past President John Shannon helped fete Mason with a “debunking” at Rock Bottom Brewery.

Thanks to Mason for his dedication to our club, and congrats to Jennifer as we embark with her on this new adventure!

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!

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.

400 Backpacks

Backpack Drive 2014

Assemblyman Paul Fong (center) fills backpacks with Field Rep Patrick Ahrens and Campbell Rotary Member Cassandra Bowers

On July 29th, in cooperation with EMQ Families First, the Rotary Club of Campbell purchased and filled 400 backpacks with school supplies for children in need. This was the sixth year for this project and the largest number of donated backpacks.

“Partnering with the Rotary Club of Campbell on this project allows us to help more than 400 students in need begin their school year with the necessary tools for learning,” said Darren DeMonsi of EMQ, who has worked with the Rotary Club on this project every year.

“Starting off the school year without needed supplies puts these kids behind before they even start,” said project coordinator Janine Payton, Immediate Past President of Campbell Rotary. “Most of us think nothing of spending $50 on supplies for our kids each year, but these families often have to choose between food and shelter or supplies.”

EMQ Families First identifies the students who need the help, and Campbell Rotary is happy to provide both the items and the workforce needed to assemble the packs. A Rotary Club member procures the back packs at wholesale prices and Target at Westgate helps out every year by assembling all the supplies needed for the project for easy purchase and pick-up.

This year, the assembly took place in the Orchard City Banquet Hall at the Campbell Community Center immediately following the club’s regular lunch meeting. Joining us were Assemblyman Paul Fong, his Field Representative Patrick Ahrens, three students from the Willow Glen High School Interact Club, and several other local city officers.

Packs were completed about every 10 seconds. Now that’s what we call service above self!

The Week in Photos

Rotary Newsletter Nov 2 2010