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Fujikawa CPA’s 10th Anniversary

In honor of his family firm’s 10th Anniversary, Derek Fujikawa hosted a client event over the weekend, which included food and an opportunity to raise money for our local RotaryCSJw Foundation. Fujikawa & Associate, CPA is proud to contribute $200 to the foundation. Thanks, Derek!

D5170 Avenues of Service

District 5170 hosts its annual “Avenues of Service” event on Thursday, October 19, in Hayward.

The Avenues of Service is a mid-year event which is held for all Club Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs and Rotarians. The purpose is to inform all District 5170 Rotarians about the four Rotary Avenues of Service: Club, Community, International and Vocational Service … plus Youth Services, Membership, and the R. I. Foundation. This year there will be a special session covering Abuse & Harassment, which is fast becoming mandatory training for all Rotarians.

Rotary CSJw pays for its member to attend, if you sign-up prior to the October 13 registration deadline. If you are interested in attending, contact Derek Fujikawa.

Vocational Spotlight

Our first meeting of 2006 featured a collection of presentations from a few of our newer members, including a set of “icebreakers” and a travel report.

Anne Lauzon presented her life story, gleefully accepting the nickname “Trash Lady,” reflective of her role in developing CIWA into a broker for businesses and their garbage and recycling services. She revels in the low tech industry that is highly political, and could talk about it for hours … 😉

Mary Arenas has followed a windy career path to her current business of creating gift baskets for individuals and corporate clients. She was born in San Jose, spent a few years in Texas, and returned to attend SJSU. She’s been a dental assistant, an office manager, and a special education teacher. Just For You By Us has been in business for seven years, and is a great success.

Ravi Chari recently spent some vacation time in India, visiting his brother’s Rotary Club in Madras (now Chennai). He toured tsunami damage first-hand, and was amazed at the devestation … but also heartened by the impact Rotary is having in the community. He also presented our Club with a banner from his brother’s club.

Vocational Spotlight

Your Vocational Committee at Work!

This week, we held a successful working meeting, that featured a presentation from two students who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp this past summer. Jessie from Westmont HS and Jillian from DelMar HS talked about the friendships and experiences they had at Camp Campbell.

We also enjoyed presentations from new members Ravi Chair and Jason Baker, who each shared their professional background and some of their personal observations about life. Jason is a class action lawyer who finds the law to be a great way to stand up for little guy. Ravi is one of the premier data design engineers, and demonstarted the evolution of disk data storage over the past 30 years. We’re glad to have them in the Club!