Although he’s an established Realtor in our community, Campbell Rotarian Rod Hibner actually addressed us today about one of his community service projects. Rod and his wife have been an active donors and supporters of the Hunger Project for more than ten years.
The Hunger Project aims to empower women and men to end their own hunger, focusing primarily in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
The project is less about providing direct hunger alleviation with shelters and food shipments, and more about enterprise development and enrichment. They have identified three critical elements to their success:
Mobilizing people to build self-reliance.
Empowering women. When women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.
Forging Partnerships with local government.
The Hunger Project has also collaborated with Rotary International and other local clubs in various projects, including restoring clean water services to the Jaldu earthquake epicenter in Ethiopia. Rod tells us that Rotary and The Hunger Project are continuing to investigate new projects, including international grant support and local club partnerships.
After sharing the dismal statistics for local graduation rates and statewide educational spending — including the disappearance of performing arts funding — Louis proposed performing arts as an inspirational tool that can be used to keep kids in school and to motivate them to succeed.
“Performing Arts educations is not about the manufacture of artists. Performing Arts education is about inspiration … unleashing that natural creativity that all of us have.”
Among the many arts groups and children’s theater companies in Santa Clara County, the Audacity Performing Arts Project is unique in bringing productions directly to children and families.
In addition, every child who shows at an audition plays. The learning experience and the benefits articulated elsewhere are made stronger when more people participate. Everyone benefits and grows in the performing arts, regardless of their starting position of experience. Audacity also teaches technical theater skills and backstage activities.
As an example of a recent program, Louis shared the “Shakespeare News Network,” produced by school children in Milpitas.
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a comprehensive conservation strategy aimed at protecting dozens of species of fish and wildlife, while permitting the reliable operation of California’s two biggest water delivery projects.
Frost argues that several elements of the BDCP are too risky and are irresponsible for future allocation of water resources across California. He is especially concerned about the role of some water districts and valley farmers spread across the San Joaquin Valley.
The draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) has been made available for public review, with the public comment period running through April 14, 2014.
Restore the Delta is a grassroots campaign committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta – a coalition of Delta residents, business leaders, civic organizations, community groups, faith-based communities, union locals, farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists – seeks to strengthen the health of the estuary and the well-being of Delta communities.
Santa Clara County was an early home of the EMQ mental heath and foster care services, and continues to be the central customer service center for all of EMQFF, which now provides services in 33 counties across the state.
Sarah announced plans for a psychiatric bed facility on the northwest corner of the Campbell campus. At the moment, there are not enough county-wide beds for children in stressful psychiatric holds, who currently end up in adult hospital rooms at Valley Medical Center, although most remain in crowded rooms with multiple adult roommates. Last week, the Campbell Planning Commission voted to grant EMQ FamiliesFirst a change of use permit so a building on campus can be converted to a crisis stabilization unit for youth at risk for suicide.
If all goes as planned, a building owned by EMQ FamiliesFirst will be converted into a crisis stabilization unit for youth at risk of suicide.
At a meeting on Nov. 12, the Campbell Planning Commission voted 5-1 to grant EMQ a change of use permit, which allows the organization to begin converting the business building into a treatment facility. …
Laura Champion, executive director of the Bay Area Region, said the unit is an important step for the county.
“There are children who on any given day are hurting so badly that they’re thinking about hurting themselves. And right now, in Santa Clara County, the only place for those children is the adult psychiatric facility on Bascom Avenue,” she said.
Assuming the Planning Commission’s ruling is not appealed, EMQFF expects to provide youth services in the refurbished facility by April 2014.
Most of EMQFF’s ground-breaking services are provided in Santa Clara County, and the new facility will expand the excellent care already provided to children at risk in our community.
Today we welcomed Andrew Bales, founder and president of the Symphony Silicon Valley. Following a career of performing and managing stage and dance companies. He was the director of the Cleveland – San Jose Ballet, and transitioned full-time to the Symphony in 2003. He is also the founder of ArtSPARK, which brings music and art appreciation sessions to elementary school children across the South Bay.
Founded in 2002, Symphony Silicon Valley has progressed from daring idea to exciting reality, rapidly becoming the greater South Bay’s premiere orchestra and a notable community success story.
In addition to its regular subscription concerts, the Symphony produces free outreach programs for thousands of our community’s children each season. It accompanies many Ballet San Jose performances, and performs for other community events that range from San Jose State University’s recent 150th Anniversary Gala Concert to concerts of music and visuals from popular video games.
Symphony Silicon Valley is setting an example of an innovative business model in the arts — market driven and financially conservative, with low overhead and the flexibility to match its programming to its support base. It earns 60% of its revenue each year – an extraordinarily high proportion for a symphony of its size.
ArtSPARK brings a moment of inspiration to students with age-appropriate performances by professional arts troupes at their home theaters. Classroom materials based on the new Common Core State Standards will support performances; transportation is provided, and the events are totally free to the school, district and students.
When ArtSPARK is fully operational, it will bring every 3rd through 6th grader in Santa Clara County to professional-quality arts experiences every year, giving them a shared basic cultural vocabulary and the “spark” that can ignite a lifelong pursuit of excellence.
It would be OK if you get all your news from Campbell Rotary weekly luncheons! Because we have the best — and most timely — speakers every week.
The big national news is about the Affordable Care Act (ACA and aka ObamaCare), so Campbell Rotary has you covered with implementation details presented by a long-time South Bay and second-generation family business, Storz Insurance.
Mika Storz joined Storz Insurance Services, Inc. and became a health insurance specialist shortly after graduating from UCLA in 2003. Her current focus is providing solutions that help clients work through their health insurance options, including the looming implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She actively volunteers as a Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and previously served two terms as a Silicon Valley Association of Health Underwriters(SVAHU) Board Member.
Mika’s presentation focused on the pending switch for individual private policies from current policies to new ones that comply with the law effective January 1. Even with that deadline, Mika says it’s OK to hold tight for some time while waiting to see which program and implementation changes will arrive before the deadline. The Caifornia exchange is open, and will remain open until March. Mika recommended a target of enrolling in December to see the best options.
She also warned everyone to be vigilant against scams related to confusion and misunderstandings about the new law. If someone is calling you at home — especially with scary pressure tactics — it’s probably a scam.
The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation carries out missions to help the poor and educate the rich while reverently accepting Buddha’s teaching of “expressing great kindness to all sentient beings, and taking their suffering as our own.”
“Tzu Chi” means “compassion and relief.”
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization registered with UNESCO. The foundation focuses on four major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture, with programs for international disaster relief, bone marrow donation, community volunteerism, and environmental protection.
Tzu Chi has responded with disaster and fire relief locally and across the country, funds regular medical clinics in the South Bay and Southern California, and operates schools serving elementary children through college students. Locally, they support student backpack donations, host a weekly breakfast at Campbell Middle School, and are bout to launch programs in the troubled Cadillac-Rosemary neighborhood of Campbell.
Addressing us today on the topic of end-of-life awareness and choices, Jordan Posamentier introduced us to the Compassion & Choices organization. Jordan is the chair of their advocacy team, and currently works for StudentsFirst, headquartered in Sacramento.
Compassion & Choices of Northern California seeks to educate terminally-ill individuals and their families about their rights to a dignified, humane, and peaceful death. They offer a series of free services that focus on comfort care and pain management.
Some terminally-ill individuals are able to experience their last days of life with relative ease. Others have prolonged suffering and want to explore pain management, hospice, comfort care, and other alternatives. It is to these patients that we offer free counseling and support.
Our vision is to live in a society in which all people have freedom in making end-of-life decisions.
Compassion & Choices hosts seminars across Northern California and the country, including several upcoming events in the Bay Area. Jordan’s discussion focused on the legal and ethical side of end-of-life care, including state and federal regulations that influence the treatment and palliative care we receive at the end our lives.
Home Health Care is a rising industry on our community. The local San Jose & Almaden branch of Visiting Angels agency is owned and operated by today’s speaker, Richard Clarke.
A home-based health care professional since 2002, Richard discussed many of the benefits and risks associated with a variety of Home Health Care agencies, and explained to us why his company organizes the business and service delivery in a way that protects and enhances the health of clients. One of the most important considerations is the management of staff, especially completing background checks, providing fair wages and taxes, and supervising staff appropriately.
Richard and his company are big supporters of our Rotary Golf Tournament, and are sponsoring one of our beer and refreshment booths.