Several West Valley Rotary Cubs have jointly launched the 5th annual Enterprise Leadership Conference, and are now recruiting high school juniors for next year’s three-day training program at the Asilomar Conference grounds in Pacific Grove.
Rotary Club are joining forces to recruit some 60 students who will be divided into 10 teams (three girls and three boys) from 20 high schools in Santa Clara Valley. Deadline for applications to the program is December 20, 2013.
Business leaders drawn from Rotary membership present key business concepts: management structure, finance, marketing, product/service development, human resources etc. to help the students to develop a virtual company with a
The three-day conference will begin with a keynote address by Clint Severson, founder of the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy at Minot State University and CEO and President of Abaxis, a medical devices company in Union City, CA. Helen Pastorino, founder of Alain Pinel Realtors will also be speaking. This past year’s conference held in March featured Richard Lowenthal, former mayor of Cupertino and co-founder and CEO of ChargePoint Technologies, who is also a Rotarian.
“The students really take to this program,” Michelle Lewis & Shane Jacksteit, program coordinator’s for the Sunnyvale Rotary Club reports. Following this past year’s conference, one student attendee stated: “I learned lessons you can’t be taught in a classroom. It’s an experience I will never forget.”
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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.
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.
Every October, we welcome our Rotary District 5170 “Partners in Service” visiting from countries around the world.
Today, we heard from Henrique Vasconcelos, past district governor of Rotary District 4490 and the Rotary Club of Fortaleza-Alagadico, Brazil. Henrique was a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Pennsylvania in 1988. He is now a civil engineer working with civil construction and equipment rental since graduating from Universidade de Fortaleza.
Henrique gave a presentation on Partners in Service and the 3-H project at the Gravatai River in southern Brazil that was supported by Rotary donations from across the world. Gravatai is an 80km long river basin with the final 20 kms being heavily polluted as it passes through the cities of Cachoeirinha, Alvorada and Gravatai, before discharging into Lake Guiaba in Rio Grande do Sul the southernmost state in Brazil, en route to the Atlantic Ocean. The River is of central importance to millions who rely on it for drinking water and to carry away their sewage and industrial waste. The Rio Gravatai and its tributaries also irrigates large areas of intensive agriculture.
The Rio Gravatai is distressed by over abstraction by farmers in summer and by agricultural, industrial and sewage pollution, and dies (becomes eutrophic) in hot weather, killing the fish and causing a great stinks. Bankside communities and industry use it as a dump. Swamp drainage results in silting of its channels, and flooding of the lower reaches in the wet season. Riverside trees felled for firewood or building material cause bank erosion. The urban stretches of the river are an eyesore and unusable as a source of drinking water.
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