By Janine Payton
Immediate Past President, Campbell Rotary
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Our di?ering occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:
- We see di?erently: Our mul-disciplinary perspec-ve helps us see challenges in
- We think di?erently: We apply leadership and exper-se to social issues—and ?nd
- We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create las-ng change. • We make a di?erence at home and around the world: Our members can be found
in your community and across the globe.
HOW DO WE WORK?
Our impact starts with our members—people who work restlessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities’ toughest challenges. Their e?orts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization’s mission and values in their elected roles.
You probably know that Rotary International is the group to which Bill Gates and his foundation turned years ago to fund the global battle on polio. In the mid-nineties Rotary helped to immunize 165 million children in China and India in a single year. Rotarians themselves have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the ?ght against polio. Rotary is winning this battle: in 1988 when Rotary launched their global initiative (individual clubs had been active in the e?ort long before) there were 125 “polio endemic” countries in the world; today there are just three.Ethics have a large role in the club’s foundation. Each Rotary member is asked to apply a “Four Way Test” to his or her personal and business interactions. The Four Way Test asks a Rotarian to be truthful, fair, build goodwill and beneficial to all concerned.
The Rotary Club of Campbell was chartered in 1948 and meets for lunch each week in the Community Room at EMQFamilies First. The luncheon meetings at our Campbell Club are fascinating. They remind me of the best of Ted Talks, with experts visiting each week and sharing insights on local hospitals, city services, other non-profits, the Symphony and so much more.
Campbell Rotary is committed to our community, including West San Jose and Willow Glen in our ‘area of in?uence’. Serving our Youth is important to Rotary. Each summer we work with EMQ Families First to purchase and ?ll 250 back packs and for the holidays we collect toys and gift cards for children in need in our community. We sponsor a business camp called Enterprise Leadership Conference each spring, working with 60 high school juniors teaching the principles of business. In the summer we will send 6 high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp.
We currently sponsor 3 high school Interact Clubs and give scholarships to graduating seniors at Del Mar and Willow Glen High Schools. We also support Health and wellness in our community. You can ?nd us at least twice a year maintaining the city parks — working alongside other community members spreading ?bar and sand around play equipment. Soon we hope to begin the restora-on of the Campbell Park Par Course. For the last several years we have been a sponsor of the American Cancer Society Campbell Relay for Life and cook breakfast for the ‘survivors’ to help kick-o? the event. In September we will again host our Remember 9/11 Blood Drive for the Red Cross at EMQ.
Lest you think it is all work, we also enjoy a monthly gathering called Thirsty Thursday, some-mes in a members home and also in venues in the community.
Doing good and having fun while doing it!