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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

Past Presidents Honored

Newsletter – Mar 10 2009

M A R C H 1 0 , 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 z Register for Celebration z Past-Presidents Honored Join Kit and John and any other recent registrants at this year’s District Celebration, slated for April 17-19 @ the Santa Clara Marriott. Register online at and follow the links. Board Highlights On March 2, our Board: Approved sponsorship of the Campbell Cub Scout troop, Approved total contribution to $3,400 for our international Digital Villages project. Reported our support of two students for RYLA, one from Westmont, one from Del Mar. Next Board meeting is set for Mon., 4/6 at 5:30 at Emil Villa’s Hickory Pit. ??????????? On Saturday, February 28, we enjoyed a social event hosted by Rick and Doris Davis and John and Pam Shannon at the Davis’ lovely home. Wonderful homemade appetizers and baked goodies along with delicious wines and soft drinks made the afternoon most enjoyable. The purpose of the gathering was twofold: 1) to enjoy the good company of our fellow Rotarians and 2) to honor our clubs’ past presidents. Each Past President in attendance was given the ?oor for an impromptu speech about the most memorable events of their presidency. Regina Reynolds, who is a Past President from the Apr. 15: District Tennis Tournament Apr. 17-19: District Celebration Rotary Club of Keane, New Hampshire started off the orations with a memory of an exchange person from Africa who defected to the U.S. while on her Rotary visit. We then heard of the highlights of the last 40+ years with stories from Dick Garland (1966-67), Marv Bamburg (73-74), Jerry Scott (74-75), Bill Ellington (86-87), Phil Nielsen (93-94), Jerry Cummings (94-95, 07-08), Paul Bacosa (96-97), and Kit Whitney (04-05). Ask Marv about sitting on ice or Bill Ellington about the location of the RI Convention to relive some of the highlights. ???????? Mar. 13-15: “Our Town” @ Campbell Heritage Theater Apr. 6: Board Meeting Apr. 13: Dinner Service @ EHC Coming Events Members Busy at End of February , Start of March The “Cool Cat in the Hat” Jerry sat in the Hat About a dozen Campbell Rotarians celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Monday, March 2 by reading his stories to students at nearby Rosemary School. Bill Highley did another great job organizing this event. Past Presidents were honored at a social event on February 28th at the home of Rick and Doris Davis. Fun, food and friendship made for a wonderful day. Janine Payton, Chairperson of the Area 8 Speech Contest is shown congratulating ?rst place winner, Amog Havanur, (winner from the Cupertino Club) and Runner up Katie Hawn, (winner from the Campbell Club’s contest). Also pictured at far right are all of the contestants with Area 8 Assistant Governor, Darrell Manda and Janine Payton.

Octoberfest a big success

Newsletter — Oct 23 2007Bill Ellington and his mighty band of volunteers manned a booth at downtown Campbell’s Octoberfest over the weekend. Thanks to pleasant weather and hardy work crews a good time was had by all. Early reports are that Saturday’s business was so good, we covered our expenses so all of Sunday’s sales should show up in the “profit� column.

October Board Meeting

At the October meeting of our Board of Directors, the Board decided to:

  • Donate $250 to the local RotarAct Group toward a “Giraffe bedâ€? for pre-mature infants.
  • December 8th as the Holiday Party date
  • Decided to increase the number of club assemblies starting in January
  • Decided to have a “Visioning Meetingâ€? for the club, with facilitators from the District, probably in January.

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