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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

Walking & Backpacks (Separately)

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A U G U S T 2 5 , 2 0 0 9 CAMPBELL Rotary W W W . C A M P B E L L R O T A R Y. O R G CHARTERED FEB., 1948 z Youth Certi?cation Training z Arley Marley, Chairman of the ELC#2 Team, has set up a Youth Protection Certification class to be conducted during the Sunnyvale Star Rotary Club meeting on Sept. 3.The meeting will start promptly at 7:00 PM. at The LOOKOUT Restaurant at the Sunnyvale Municipal Golf Course 605 Macara Ave,Sunnyvale, CA 94085. Back-to-School Back Packs Today! The Second Annual “Packing of the Back Packs” will take place after this afternoon’s served by EMQ. After we hear from Campbell Chief of Police, Greg Finch, members will be asked to stay here at EMQ to organize and assemble the back packs for this year’s students. Relay for life results are in: meeting. Members David Keller, Janine Payton and Justin Toms went to Target over the weekend to shop for 150 back packs and assorted school supplies for students Walkers representing the Rotary Club of Campbell donated $1,102.00. The Campbell event, as a whole, raised $215,999.57 for the American Cancer Society. Sept. 3: Youth Certi?cation Training, 7:00 PM Sept. 11: Memorial Blood Drive Coming Events Sept. 13: Project with West Valley Community Services, 12:00 Noon Sept. 14: Dinner Service @ EHC, 4:30 Sept. 21: Board Meeting @ Hickory Pit, 5:30 PM Oct. 3: Child Advocate’s Picnic