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Meeting Notes: Sept. 2, 2014

Franklin BondonnoGuest Speaker

Superior Court Judge Franklin Bondonno explained his compassionate approach to drug sentencing at today’s lunch. Bondonno received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Union College in 1965, then completed his Juris Doctorate at Santa Clara University in 1970.

After practicing law privately for two years, he was employed by Popelka Allard, A.P.C. in San Jose, concurrent with his one-year term (1972–73) as deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County. In 1997, after 25 years of service to the firm, Bondonno assumed the role of Managing Partner.

Bondonno has also served as judge pro tempore in the Santa Clara County court system. He has over 32 years of trial experience, primarily in environmental law. He is currently serving as a California Superior Court Judge for the State of California in Santa Clara County, having been appointed to this position by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in July 2005.

Frank is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and resides in Los Gatos, California.


  • Donations of school supplies – mostly paper and dry-erase markers — are needed for Rosemary School. We plan to present the gift to their principal at lunch on Sept. 30th.
  • We have 81 golfers committed to the annual tournament, but we need 100. Meanwhile, prizes are coming in left and right!
  • The annual Campbell Rotary Blood Drive is coming up on Sept. 12th. Contact Jerry Cummings for more info!
  • You can also contact Jerry to sign up to feed the homeless at HomeFirst on Sept. 8th.
  • There was a reminder of the upcoming Campbell Wine Walk on Sept. 17th, which will feature 30-40 wineries pouring from 5-9pm.
  • The Board has agreed to sponsor Interact clubs at Archbishop Mitty and Harker Schools.

Meeting Notes: Aug. 26, 2014

Five Minute Talk: Rick Davis

Did you know that Rick has always loved learning about the great rivers of the world? Here is just a sample of where he has been:

The Amazon River – But that’s not all. 1,000 miles up river, the Rio Negro flows into the Amazon and because one is fresh water and the other salt, they have different colors, speeds and consistencies. They are such large rivers that when they come together, you cannot see both sides at the same time. There are no dams or levees on the Amazon, so in the rainy season it rises 30 feet and creates a new set of ecosystems!

The Yangtze flows down from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Pacific Ocean and, cuts the most amazing gorges along the way.

The Rhone and Saone converge in Lyon France where there is a footbridge crossing both rivers.

Rio de la Plata actually means “River of Silver”. It flows south from Brazil through Argentina and is so brown it appears silver in the sun.

Bosphorus – For Rick, this is the most interesting river in the world. 30,000 years ago, the Black Sea was a freshwater lake. The Mediterranean Sea broke through and made the Bosphorus River. Since then, salt water from the Mediterranean has mixed with the fresh water of the Black Sea.

Bill KenvilleGuest Speaker

Debbie Davis introduced her dear friend, William Kenville, pianist and impresario. Bill has been winning awards in the music world since the 1970’s. He helped create Bay Concert Arts in 1984. He frequently plays at Terminal B at San José Airport.

The piano we have in our meeting room marks the beginning of Bill’s career as it belonged to his grandmother. He estimates it probably dates back to the 1800’s. So, we are lucky to have it.

One of his other pianos is a 1988 custom-built American concert grand from Steinway. It is currently in storage. However, Bay Area Concert Arts is looking for a venue willing to give the piano a good home and use their facility as a concert venue for BCA to perform their works.

Bay Concert Arts is a small grass roots group designed to introduce people to classical music, particularly children and seniors. The group markets by word of mouth and personal connections with people who wait anxiously to hear about the next concert.   They are currently in a rebuilding phase and hope to bring their magic alive once they find a concert home for the Steinway.

Their outreach has reached over 30,000 kids by going directly to them and playing at their schools. The kids bring the parents in. Wow the kids, and they will be fans.


  • We still need a few raffle items for the Golf Tournament, especially gifts for kids. We also need tee sponsors and gift certificates from different restaurants. We may ask members to bring in a nice bottle of wine.
  • Jane Low asked that club members sign up to be greeters at luncheons.
  • Community service: The Campbell Wine Walk is fast approaching with a sign-up sheet to come. Members were asked to take brochure cards to their offices for folks to sign up.
  • International service: Bettina announced that there will be a committee meeting in two weeks after lunch on Sept. 9th.
  • Rotary International has a focus on attendance. President Shannon reminded members that they can get credit for a “make up” by visiting another Rotary Club or participating in a Campbell Rotary service or social event.
  • Our marble draw has less than 15 blue marbles in the cup!

Meeting Notes: Aug. 19, 2014

Stella Ralph red badge

Our newest member, Stella Ralph, gets her red badge from President John Shannon.

New Member

We were honored to welcome the 59th member of Campbell Rotary, Stella Ralph. Stella is a Realtor with Intero Real Estate. She works in Campbell and lives in San José with her husband Phil and their 12-year-old child. Stella has served her community in a number of ways, including assisting seniors with transportation, shopping and companionship.

Stella has also volunteered with Kids Club — an after school program for elementary school students. She likes to bike, hike, do Bikram yoga, reading and politics. Most notably, Stella is a living organ donor who gave a kidney to her best friend six years ago.

Stella joins the club at a great time for growth and service opportunities, and she’s ready to pitch in. Please join us in welcoming her to the club!

Guest Speaker

If you love adventure, even from an armchair, we had a special treat from our guest speaker Craig Edgerton, adventurer extraordinaire. Craig has backpacked and hiked in the likes of Nepal, and the Inca trail to Machu Pichu. Craig shared a 30-minute video diary of his trek on the John Muir Trail in 2012.

So, what is it like to hike 220 miles over a period of 22 days? Exhausting! Craig and his partner hiked over 10 miles a day over rocky terrain and over 9 named mountain passes, and heaven knows how many unnamed passes.

His trek on the Muir Trail took him from Yosemite Valley, to the backcountry behind Yosemite, past Cathedral Peaks, Lyle Canyon, Donahue Pass (a mere 11,000 feet elevation) and the glacier at the headwaters of the Tuolumne River where San Francisco gets its drinking water. Up and onward to Reds Meadow and Thousand Island Lakes… and that was just the first 5 days!

By Day 18, Craig and his partners had hiked past Devils’ Post Pile near Mammoth on to King’s Canyon to Glen Pass (12,000 foot elevation) and ever onward to conquer Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous U.S. at 14,496 feet. All without oxygen!

Craig reports the trip was fairly monotonous. Every day was the same routine, but it was grueling and satisfying at the same time. The John Muir trail is actually pretty heavily travelled so Craig and his partner ran into about 30 people a day on the trail. They saw no bears and resupplied a couple of times along the way. Fully loaded, his pack weighed in at 42 pounds.

It was a wonderful journey, and we were glad to see the video and not have to walk it ourselves!


  • Golfers are needed for the Annual Campbell Rotary Golf Tournament on September 19th! Get out there and lend a hand. The new Marketing and PR committee is helping with the Golf Tourney as well to get the word out.
  • We are down to 15 blue marbles for the next draw… Come try your luck.

Meeting Notes: Aug. 12, 2014

Rotaract visitRotaract Visit

We were happy to hear from the new leadership of the Silicon Valley Rotaract Club at today’s lunch. President Andrew Lin and VP Janel Alimboyoguen gave a brief update on their club activities and expressed an interest in collaborating with Campbell Rotary.

Rotaract is a club for young adults ages 18-30 that meets twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and socialize. While Rotary clubs serve as sponsors, Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club and what projects and activities to carry out.

You can learn more about Rotaract on the Rotary International website. To get involved with the SV Rotaract, check out their their Meetup page.

Alan Varni Los AltosGuest Speaker

Alan Varni of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project joined us to give an impassioned update on their current Child AIDS Prevention initiative in Liberia.

The Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was formed in 1989 by members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, with a goal of alerting and educating Rotarians worldwide about the AIDS pandemic. A 30-minute video, The Los Altos Story, was produced, translated into six languages and distributed worldwide to encourage other Rotarians to initiate AIDS awareness projects of their own. The award-winning film with its message of compassion and understanding has now been seen by millions of people throughout the world.

Now more than a decade after the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project was founded, members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos are still working to promote AIDS education and awareness. In addition to continuing to distribute “The Los Altos Story” to call attention to the AIDS pandemic, one of the most important goals of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project is to motivate Rotarians to become involved in the global fight against AIDS.

Each year, over 2 million HIV-infected pregnant women give birth to 700,000 HIV-infected infants. The life expectancy of infected babies is three years. A single dose of a new drug given to the mother and infant could prevent 350,000 infant infections each year. You can click here to make a donation in support of the Los Altos Rotary’s efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

If you’d like to learn more about the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, please visit their website.


Meeting Notes: Aug. 5, 2014

Guest Speaker

SV Quilts for KidsBonnie Stearns was a registered nurse and also did clinical research for Bronchus Technologies. She retired in 2008 and in 2011, founded Silicon Valley Quilts for Kids, one of 97 chapters across the country. Their mission is to comfort children who are seriously ill and/or abused by making and donating quilts to local children. As a local chapter, they decide where their quilts go.

What it takes to make a quilt:

  1. Fabric – Lots of it, some from a donation from Cupertino Rotary
  2. Time – About 10 hours per quilt
  3. Space – Two shops in Sunnyvale donate space in the evenings and the group rotates between them twice each month.
  4. Thread – A lot
  5. Batting – $7 per quilt
  6. Quilters – Including the current president of Cupertino Rotary
  7. Long arm quilting machines – One of the members makes 20 to 30 quilt tops for the club each month.

Where do they go?

  • Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Burn, Pediatric & Neonatal ICU’s
  • Hospice of the Valley – They create custom designs for children.
  • LACY (Legal Advocates for Children and Youth) – Foster kids and teens
  • Packard Children’s Hospital Oncology, ICUS & Organ Transplant Units
  • The Nest – A new shelter for trafficked kids 12 to 17 years old that opened in January. The kids can stay until they are age 18 in order to become reoriented to normal life.
  • EMQFF – 30 a year for the holidays
  • Maitri – A shelter for south Asian women which is spun off from Next Door.
  • George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro – A hospice for kids, palliative care and respite center

The group has donated a total of 1,102 quilts in three years from a group of 60+ quilters.


  • Vocational Talks (Fred Meyer): It’s your 5 minutes of fame in front of the group. If you did it last year, take your name off the list. Newbies, who just did their 15 minutes talks are also exempt but can always sign up if they want to. Remember, if you don’t sign up, Fred will come for you. If you don’t want to speak, ask Fred or John who will set you up with something to read to the group.
  • Golf Tournament (Jim Neal): Sept 19th at the Villages. We have a couple more prizes, but still need prizes and players. Fred Meyer donated 49er tickets for the Chargers game on Dec. 20th. John brought in coupons, and Bill Highley donated a football signed by Dwight “The Catch” Clark.
  • Sally Howe mentioned our work last week stuffing backpacks in her column in the Campbell Express.

Meeting Notes: July 29, 2014

A small but mighty group met at the Orchard City Banquet Hall and was treated to box lunches.

Guest Speaker

Campbell Library brochuresJane Cronkhite, our Campbell Community Librarian, began by reading We are In a Book by Mo Willems. Jane then took us on a journey of the Campbell Library past, present and future.

The Campbell Library is part of the Santa Clara County Library District and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The current Campbell Library facility opened in 1975 using funds from a 1967 bond measure. It was remodeled in 1989. It is a two-story building that once housed a senior center.

Today, the library has 24,000 square feet of space, 200,000 items in the collections, and 300,000 visitors a year. Our library has been ranked as one of the top 10 libraries in the nation. Measure A passed in 2013 and now provides 18% of the revenue for the library including the bookmobile, research materials, and children’s programming.

The Bookmobile goes throughout the library district serving seniors and others with physical limitations, as well as children. It makes its rounds every two weeks and also visits the Children’s recovery center, Corinthian House

Our library has strong ties to education including, story time, summer reading club, college career and test prep, home work help, school visits and tours, adult literacy program, ESL, computer and technology help, Business, finance, legal, health and wellness resources. There are often free community events for hands-on learning in crafts, math and science, cooking, and more.

The library also focuses on learning technology with early literacy stations in the children’s area. They all look like games but they are based on learning standards. The Tech Tool Bar is like a petting zoo where you come in to play with some of the tech tools and toys. This new feature is coming in September and will be open eight (8) hours a week.

Everyone with a county library card can access the online/virtual library, which includes resources for test preparation, language learning, and health science. You can even download a mobile app that allows you to check out any item throughout the library district. And here’s the biggie… The SCCO Library mobile app (on iTunes or Android) provides free downloadable music you can keep.

The city has approved a master plan for the Civic Center area, including the Ainsley house and the library. The library has big plans to expand to add a larger community room, more square footage, and more services. The plans call for building an entirely new facility. A design workshop is scheduled for August 13th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the OCBH.

A library anniversary fair will take place September 13th from 12 to 3 p.m.. And don’t miss the monthly book sale by the Friends of the Library!

To contact Jane:

Jane Cronkhite, Community Librarian
(408) 866-1991 x3200


  • Golf Tournament: Jim Neal announced that we need MORE players. Right now, there are maybe have 6 or 7 foursomes. We need more prizes. They are tricking in, but keep ‘em coming.
  • Sue Clear announced the idea of having theme baskets. Once a theme is determined, a list of suggested items will let members know what to go out and bring in for us.
  • The American Red Cross Blood Drive will be at EMQ from 11am to 5pm on September 12, 2014. Do not give blood between now and then or you will be ineligible to donate on the 12th.
  • Join the Campbell Memorial Veteran’s Foundation on November 8th at OCBH to help fund the work they do.
  • Willow Glen Interact Club: Laurel Fisher and fellow members spoke briefly about their club’s goal to reach 80 members (currently 30 members) and send 40 of them to the Fall Leadership conference.

Meeting Notes: Club Assembly, July 22nd

Jane Low at AssemblyThis week, we held our regular Club Assembly to update members on current projects and provide insights into where our club fits in the Rotary universe.

John Shannon introduced himself as our Club President for FY14-15 — joking that he volunteered when no one else wanted the job — and recounted his trip to the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia, in June. John said he is excited to be following dynamic leaders like Dr. Sue Klear, Marv Bamberg, and Janine Payton, and added: ”Boy are we in for a change!”

John invited Bob Carlson (Chair of the club’s Community Service Committee) and Dr. Jane Low (Director of Club Services) to outline our many upcoming local activities.

It was explained that our club is part of Rotary District 5170. On September 30th, District Governor Ed Jellen will pay an annual visit to our club. We will use that opportunity to present and display all of the school supplies we are donating to Rosemary School as part of Ed’s big initiative for his Governorship.

The District holds regular cabinet meetings every other month, which are open to all members — and part of our red-to-blue badge requirements. We will hold an evening meeting to provide updates on Rotary Avenues of Service. Additionally, Rotary University is available for new officers. Next year’s International Conference is slated for Sao Paulo, Brazil.

To close the assembly, John walked the members through “A Tale of Three Buckets,” his primer on the different “pots” of Rotary funds. Ever wonder where your money goes?

1. Campbell Rotary Club

What comes IN:

  • Annual dues ($210; We are the least expensive club in our region!)
  • Payment for meals ($10 per member per week)
  • Happy/sad dollars
  • Weekly marble draw (half the pot)

What goes OUT:

  • RI and District dues for members
  • Catering for lunches
  • Marble draw winners
  • Child advocate picnic
  • Avenues of Service registration
  • Speakers’ books
  • Chamber of Commerce dues
  • Sending kids to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy)
  • Social events
  • New member breakfasts
  • Club runner website
  • Speech contest prizes
  • And more…

Note: Kathy Williamson is our Club Treasurer for FY14-15.

2. Campbell Rotary Foundation, our 501(c) (3) non-profit

What goes IN:

  • Tax-deductible donations
  • Capital campaign
  • District Designated Funds (DDF come from Rotary International. When our members contribute to RI, in three years the money comes back to the District. We then get a pro-rata share of the money our members contributed)
  • Investment Income
  • Fundraiser proceeds (Valley Flavors and Golf Tournament)

What goes OUT:

  • George Miskulin Memorial Scholarships (George was the first principle at Del Mar HS)
  • Relay for Life
  • ELC (Enterprise Leadership Conference)
  • Campbell Toy Drive
  • Rotacare
  • Back to school backpacks
  • Shelter boxes
  • Doris Dillon school
  • West Valley Veterans’ Resource Center
  • Other charitable giving

Note: Former Club Treasurer Phil Nielsen has stayed on as our Foundation Treasurer.

3. Rotary International Foundation

What goes IN:

  • Voluntary contributions (EREY: Every Rotarian Every Year)
  • Sustainers ($100+ per year)

What goes OUT:

  • DDF (District Designated Funds)
  • RI projects: Polio Plus, Peace fellowships, etc.

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Jane Cronkhite, Campbell Librarian

Linda LeZotte – Santa Clara Valley Water District

Linda LeZotte at lunchOur guest speaker this week was Santa Clara Valley Water District Director and former San José City Councilmember Linda LeZotte, who gave a brief history of Santa Clara County aquifers and how we have related to our water supply over time.

Linda also spoke about the current drought conditions and provided an update on several rebate plans offered by the Water District in order to incentivize conservation. These include rebates for landscape conservation, “gray water” reuse, installation of high-efficiency appliances, and commercial conservation.

Linda reported that Santa Clara County residents already use less water on average than most of the state, but she noted that the district is looking for any way to improve on our success. You can visit the Water District online at to learn more. Or contact the Water Conservation Hotline at (408) 630-2554 or by email at

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

Today’s guest was Al Mabanag, an officer based in the Dublin field intelligence office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

The Shifting Path – Elder Care

Today’s speaker is also a visiting Rotarian!

Lisa Huening has launched “The Shifting Path” to help family caregivers navigate challenges of elder care. In addition to being a member of the Saratoga Rotary Club, she is on the board of the Saratoga Senior Center, and is the founder/owner of The Shifting Path.

California has long been one of the younger states (on average), but our elder community is growing rapidly. By 2035, California will be home to more than 8.4 million senior citizens. Lisa asserts our state’s health care system is too fragmented and confusing for our elder population to manage without significant help from family members, which extends the stress of managing health care to another generation.

Taking Care of Yourself

Lisa presented the following key considerations for making sure you,

Health – “Put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others.” She encourages people to develop a strategic plan that includes limits and meeting for all of the family members. You also need to take time for yourself every day to recharge.

Support System – “A strong individual is someone who asks for help.” Ask family, neighbors, and friends for support with simple tasks that relieve your stress. Consider connecting with local churches, government agencies, caregiver support groups, and other service providers. Also be aware of family dynamics, and consdider a care manager to navigate conflicts and find other resources.

Organization – The more organized you can be, the more time you’ll have to enjoy your loved-ones. Documents are heard to keep track of, including birth certificate, health care directives, care waivers, contact details, insurance cards, etc. Home safety is also dependent on good organization!

Fianancial Plan – Discussing parental finances can be very tricky, but it critical to understanding what services can be brought into your situation. Its also common for only one parent to know the financial details. Consider a certified financial planner as a starting point, and look into long-term care insurance.