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Half-Year Review

Stella and CindyDear Fellow Rotarians,

Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”, and the ?rst rule of Rotary is said to be “Have fun.” Judging from our efforts so far in 2014-15, we are on the right track! The smiling faces and many different local projects shown in the photos on our Facebook page are evidence of our commitment to both service and fun.

Our Rotary Year began with a sponsorship of the Campbell Relay for Life and serving breakfast to the brave cancer survivors who lead the walk-a-thon. From collecting school supplies for teachers at Rosemary School in the summer to this week’s sorting and packing of toys for the Campbell Toy Drive Program, Campbell Rotarians can be counted on to lend a helping – and a leading – hand. Our collection and stuf?ng of over 400 backpacks for local school children is a hallmark of our commitment to youth and the community.

And we like to have fun, too – even when we work! We help out with both Willow Glen’s and Campbell’s Wine Walks as well as taking time for our own “Thirsty Thursdays”, never missing an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company.

As we look back at the ?rst six months of this Rotary Year, we can be proud of our contributions and continue to be excited about what we can do in the next six months. TRF, Club Foundation, Student Speech Contest, ELC, and our excellent array of weekly guest speakers give us wonderful things to look forward to.

Thank you for your past and continued efforts to make Rotary the “go to” service organization for Campbell and Willow Glen. Happy Holidays!

- President John Shannon

Bits & Pieces

  • Great Holiday Party last Friday night! Big thanks to Cindy Method, Cassandra Bowers, Jerry Cummings & many more for their organizational efforts!
  • Thanks also to Bob Carlson and his many volunteers who joined with Jimmy Zien and his crew from Home Church along with Cindy Method and her Willow Glen High School Interact’ers, who helped put together Campbell’s annual “Carol of Lights” this past weekend.
  • EMQ’s Giving Tree: Pick an ornament off the tree at our meeting and help make a child’s Christmas bright. Bring your gift(s) to our meeting next week.
  • Rotary International Foundation invoices have arrived. You may pay at your leisure, even in installments if that ?ts your needs better. We hope to have Every Rotarian contribute Every Year. Checks go to Dick Garland.
  • Past-President Janine Payton made a contribution of $500 to the Campbell Community Toy Drive at the kick-off event last Thursday.
  • Speaking of the Toy Drive, save some time on Dec. 18, 19 & 20to help sort and package toys for the needy children in our area.
  • Remember you can take part in a hands-on international project with other District 5170 Rotarians. Contact District Governor Ed Jellen right away if you are interested in going to Monterrey, Mexico to help deliver wheel chairs, build a school, and engage in other projects.
  • After today, we have just one more meeting in 2014. Plan to be here next week for our Holiday Fellowship, and then enjoy the Holidays with family and friends while we take a brief hiatus from weekly meetings. We’ll return to action on Tuesday, January 6, 2015!

Board Update

The Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Campbell met last Wednesday evening (Nov. 19th). Below are some of the highlights of that meeting…

Golf Tournament Update

It was reported that our golf tournament netted a profit of $11,661.92 on revenue of $26,902.68 and expenses of $15,240.76. The single largest expense was, naturally, the cost of the golf course for green fees and all the meals, at $12,431.69. It was also noted that there are still a few dollars to be collected.

Funding Requests

The Board approved measures to fund:

  • $3,000 to ELC from the Wells Fargo Grant, bringing the club’s total contribution to this outstanding student event to $6,000 for this year.
  • $500 to reimburse the Home Church for food and supplies supporting Rosemary School’s Fall Festival, in which several of our members also contributed volunteer time.
  • $108 to Sonia Paz for the design and printing of book marks to be used for Books for Treats. Although this year’s BFT was rained out, the bookmarks, touting Rotary’s sponsorship, are not dated, so they will be used for next year’s Halloween event.
  • $500 to the Campbell Community toy Program for this year’s holiday toy drive. Past-President Janine Payton will deliver this check to the toy drive organizers at a kick-off event next Thursday at the Orchard City Banquet Hall.

Based on a request from EMQ/FF, the Board decided to take part in the EMQ Holiday Giving Tree. In the past our members have provided gift cards to EMQ. This year we will select “ornaments from the tree in our meeting room, and shop for the gifts requested by the families served by EMQ/FF.

Future Projects:

  • Renovation of the Garden at the Campbell Museum
  • International Hunger Project for the Spring of 2015

Our next Board meeting will be on January 14, 6pm, at Rock Bottom Brewery in The Pruneyard.

A Special “Thirsty Thursday”

Rotary Valentines DayTwo of the hallmarks of modern Rotary are “having fun” and “building friendships.” Our club’s “Thirsty Thursday” ?ts the bill for both of these goals. And this month’s venue will add a special nostalgic touch to the monthly gathering.

Thanks to social chairs Cindy Method and Cassandra Bowers and with the help of Bill Highley, we will get together at the home of Ginny Miskulin, 2202 Gunar Dr., SJ 95124.

Ginny is the widow of former Rotarian George Miskulin and a long time supporter of our club. For years Ginny provided, among other things, the beautiful camellias for our Valentine’s Sweetheart Luncheon.

George was a revered Rotarian for 50 years, and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Campbell. He was a long time educator in the Campbell Union High School District, the ?rst Principal of Del Mar High School and the namesake of our annual scholarships to high school graduates from Del Mar. This year, the scholarships will also be awarded to a worthy senior at Willow Glen High School as well!

So, mark your calendar and plan to meet Ginny, a most gracious hostess along with her daughter Susan, another long time Rotary supporter as they host Rotarians–new and veteran alike–in their lovely home.

Thank you Cindy, Cassandra and Bill for this special treat!

Upcoming Service Projects

Rotarians at Founders Day 2014Thursday, October 2: Rosemary School Fall Festival/Health Fair

Sign up with Jimmy Zien to help out at this unique annual event at our favorite elementary school. We may help with games and/or with BBQ.

Saturday, October 4: Child Advocates’ Picnic

For over 25 years Rotary has sponsored this annual event at Oak Meadow Park, giving some much deserved recognition to those who look out for the best interest of children in Santa Clara County. Sign up with Marc Wagner.

Monday, October 13: Dinner Service @ Home First

Sign up with Jerry Cummings to serve at the homeless shelter. This service project is a long standing Campbell Rotary Club service opportunity.

Wednesday, October 15: Avenues of Service @ SJ DoubleTree Hotel

This is not an actual community service project, but it is a great way to ?nd out more ways to perform service here in Campbell and around the world as well as learn more about what it means to be a Rotarian. Sign up with Janine Payton.

Saturday, October 25: Willow Glen Beer Walk

Sign up with Peter Allen to help our our partners in downtown Willow Glen as they put on an annual Beerfest.

Friday, October 31: Books for Treats in Downtown Campbell

Sign up with Bob Carlson to bring some joy and literary fun to children on Halloween. Details are forthcoming.