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Campbell Rotarian of the Year

Cindy MethodEach year the Campbell Chamber of Commerce anoints a “Citizen of the Year” and a “Business of the Year” as part of a gala evening called “Celebrate Campbell.” In addition, the Chamber recognizes outstanding individuals who provide community service via the local civic organizations.

It is with great pride and pleasure that we announce this year’s Rotarian of the Year: Cindy Method! Cindy is a Manager at Cisco Systems. Although only in Rotary since October of 2013, Cindy has wasted no time in making a profound impact on the club and the greater community. Cindy co-chairs our Social Committee that put on a wonderful Holiday Party, several creative Thirsty Thursdays and has added a note of festivity to our regular meetings by bringing table decorations to EMQ.

Cindy is also among the first to sign up or volunteer to help at events —Dinner Service at Home First, Willow Glen and Campbell Wine Walks, Park Restorations, and just about anything else that needs to be done. A major contribution to the club is Cindy’s taking on the role of advisor to the Willow Glen High Interact Club. Cindy said, “Community service truly is where my heart is and I’m so thankful to be a part of the Campbell Rotary with so many opportunities!” She is both humbled and excited about the recognition.

A team of former Rotarians of the Year had the task of proposing a couple of nominees to the executive committee. Cindy’s name came up more than any other, making the executive’s decision very easy. Cindy is the type of intelligent, energetic and vivacious person who really adds to all the Rotary delivers in the local community and beyond. Congratulations, Cindy!

Join us at the 47th Annual event on March 21st. (Details to come!)

Who’s Coming to Lunch?

In our ongoing attempt to be transparent with all things fiscal that began with the presentation about our “Three Buckets” of money — Club Budget, Club Foundation and RI Foundation — today, we would like to address the subtle and not-so-subtle aspects about paying for lunch.

“Meal Income” and “Catering Expense” are the two largest items in our Club Budget. First, the basics: We have arranged with Chef Antonio at EMQ/FF to prepare our lunches almost every Tuesday throughout the year. In order to insure that we have enough food and that EMQ/FF gets a fair price, we guarantee to pay for 55 meals each week, at a cost of $8.50, and Chef Antonio prepares enough delicious food for at least 55 people.

Some meetings we have more people, some meetings we have fewer. There is no way to determine accurately, how many people will walk in for a Tuesday meeting. Will all members attend? Who will bring a guest? How many Visiting Rotarians will there be? Who knows? So, we agreed on the number 55, which is pretty close, most weeks.

We charge members $10 per meal — whether you eat or not; whether you attend or not. Two exceptions here: If you miss one of our meetings and attend a “make-up” meeting at another club, and pay for your lunch there, you are given a “credit” of $10 for the meal you paid for at the other club. So, if you do make up at another club, be sure to inform Secretary Dave Crowley that you did so.

The second exception is if you are an “Exempt” member (aka “Senior Active” or “Rule of 85”) you are billed only for the meals at meetings you attend.

Visiting Rotarians pay $15 for lunch with us. If you have ever made up at another Bay Area club, you know that this a real bargain for our Visiting Rotarians!

But, what if you bring a guest? Guests pay, or you pay for them, the same rate as Visiting Rotarians. For example, for our Valentine’s meeting, I invited Pam to join us for lunch. I paid the $15 for her lunch. If your brother-in-law from Toledo is in town for a visit or your business colleague is in from Denver and you want to bring them to lunch, please do, and pay the $15 for them at the door with Treasurer Kathy Williamson.

Now, if your guest is a potential club member, they are allowed up to three free lunchesso they can find out more about us and get a feel if we are a good fit for them. After their third “visit,” the expectation is that they will either submit an application to join or that you or they will pay the $15 for a visitor’s lunch.

So, if all goes well, the club plans to make a little money on lunches throughout the year to help pay for the day-to-day expenses and some of the surprise expenses of the club. But, nobody is getting rich off our lunches. Our guest speakers are, of course, treated to lunch as our guests.

Every Rotary Club handles meals differently. Our arrangement has been in effect for many years and seems, for the most part to work well for us. If you are passionate about doing things differently in the future, this would be a good time for you to volunteer for a leadership position on the Board of Directors, so you can help shape the future of lunches. Also, if you would like any other information about the workings of our club, send John an email and maybe your question will be answered in a future edition of “President’s Corner.”

Doing more than you think.

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.


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
    unique ways.
  • We think di?erently: We apply leadership and exper-se to social issues—and ?nd
    unique solu-ons.
  • 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.


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!

County Recognizes Rotary Awareness Month

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors encouraged all citizens to join them in recognizing Rotary International for its 110 years of service to improving the human condition in local communities around the world, announced Dave Cortese, President.

“It is a great honor to be acknowledged by the SCC Board,” said Ed Jellen. “Every year the collaborative effort of 4,000 Bay Area Rotarians donate on average $1.5 million dollars and thousands of volunteer hours and expertise to help sustain vital community programs.” Jellen is Rotary District 5170 Governor.

The source of project funding begins with the club fundraisers. The events are designed to captivate the interest that best serves the cultural tapestry of our Bay Area neighborhoods.

Funds are allocated to strengthen the capacity of communities by providing scholarships, youth leadership training, art and STEM education in the classroom, computers, books, school supplies, hot breakfasts and luncheons, warm clothing, medical supplies, free health clinics for the uninsured and the global eradication of Polio to mention just a few. At the core of the projects is Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self”

SCC Proclaims Feb. Rotary Month

Receiving the SCC Proclamation from left to right are Stew Park, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose; Robbie Izat, President of the Rotary Club of San Jose East/Evergreen; Yolette Merritt; Ed Jellen, District Governor; and Dave Cortese, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Board Meeting Review

On Wednesday, January 14th, our Board of Directors met at a very noisy Rock Bottom Brewery. This year, the Board has made an attempt to meet at various Campbell area businesses and locations in an attempt to be a slightly more visible entity.

Below are some of the highlights and decisions from this latest meeting…


Previously, the Board has appropriated $2,000 to be given to the VRC at West Valley College. President John Shannon had a follow up meeting with the staff at the center in early 2015 and found that what they needed the most at this time is more scienti?c calculators (our club has previously given them two others) and funds for the veterans’ text book fund. This year’s $2,000 has now been sent.

WVC is providing services for more than 100 veterans this school year, almost 10% of whom are women vets. WVC has one of the most successful VRCs in the Bay Area, and they appreciate the support from our club. We will be looking for other ways to support our veterans at WVC later in the year by volunteering at some of their school events.


A few weeks ago we heard from a speaker from the YMCA about their school-based Project Cornerstone. The presentation so inspired members Rod Hibner and Bettina Kohlbrenner to request $500 be donated to the Project for use at nearby Rosemary School. The Board granted unanimous approval.


Our club has joined together with the Rotary Club of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, to help fund a $500,000 international project in Kitgum District of Northern Uganda. The project is conducted in conjunction with World Vision, a well regarded Non Governmental Agency (NGA) and will expand the number of potable water sources with more wells and more protected springs, as well as ensure a latrine for every household, tiptap hand washing stations, dish drying racks, rubbish pits and community
showers. The Board approved $1,000 for our share of this project.


The Board approved $300 to offset the cost of this mid-year leadership opportunity for Interactors at the three high schools that we support; Mitty, Harker and Willow Glen High.