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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!

An Historic Night

John and Pam Shannon with RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corina

John and Pam Shannon with RI President Gary C.K. Huang and his wife, Corina

On Saturday night, October 4th, Governor Ed Jellen presided over the chartering of a new club in District 5170. And for the ?rst time in Rotary’s 109 year history, the Rotary International President, Gary C. K. Huang, was on hand to present pins to each of the 42 charter members of the Rotary Club of Huaren in Silicon Valley.

In addition, three Past RI Presidents, Mat Caparas, Cliff Dochtermann, and Richard King, were also in attendance to welcome the new Rotarians. The new club also received congratulatory remarks from Li Peilong, Consul General of the Consulate in San Francisco of The People’s Republic of China.

The evening event, full of pomp and ceremony, as well as live entertainment, was chaired by Richard Flanders, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton and advisor to many District Governors. The assembled crowd began the evening with the ?ag salute, recitation of the 4-Way Test and the singing of the National Anthem by Lena Zee, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Fremont.

We enjoyed a sumptuous 7 course feast at Ming’s Restaurant as well as the camaraderie of the many Rotarians from throughout District 5170.

- President John Shannon

Welcome Governor Ed Jellen!

Ed JellenThis week, we are honored to have as our special guest speaker District 5170 Governor Ed Jellen. The meeting will be held at the Orchard City Banquet Hall of the Campbell Community Center on Winchester Blvd.

District Governor Ed Jellen is a California native born in Los Angeles, and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and of U.C. Berkeley School of Law, also known as Boalt Hall.

After graduating from law school, Ed practiced law in San Francisco for 15 years. And then, in 1987, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appointed Ed to serve as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. He held that position for 25 years. Ed served seven of those years as Chief Judge of the nine-judge Northern District Bankruptcy Court. He has also served as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judge Education Committee and Chair of the Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges.

Additionally, Ed has served as a member of the adjunct faculties of both U.C. Berkeley and Stanford law schools, teaching courses in federal bankruptcy law.

Ed is a member of the Rotary Club of Oakland. He joined the club in 1997, several months after being invited to attend a meeting as the club’s guest luncheon speaker. Ed went on to serve as chair of many of the club’s committees, a member of its board of directors, and President during the club’s Centennial year, 2008-2009. At the District level, Ed has served, among other things, as Asst. Governor for Large Clubs, Asst. Governor for Area 1, and he was Chair of our 2013 District Conference in Napa.

During his years as a Rotarian, Ed has participated in numerous Rotary trips. These include visits to Ghana as part of District 5170’s first polio eradication mission to that country; Vietnam and Cambodia, helping deliver school supplies and clothing to a number of orphanages; and Guatemala, where Oakland Rotary installed sanitary stoves and helped bring clean water to the Mayan village of Chibaquib.

Ed is an avid reader and crossword puzzler, loves American and English history, and also enjoys photography, bridge, and listening to 50’s rock and roll music. He resides in Oakland with his wife, Julie, who works as a paralegal for a San Francisco law firm.

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.

Tee off this Friday!

Rotary GT bugIt’s that time of year for our club — all of our clubs, actually: drivers, nine irons, putters! This Friday, September 19th, our annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held at The Villages Golf and Country Club in East San Jose. Registration will begin at 11am with tee-off at 1pm.

Registered golfers will be treated to a beautiful 18-hole round of golf, carts, practice bucket of balls, a BBQ lunch, gift bags, and beverages on the course, all capped with a delicious buffet dinner and prize presentations.

Tournament Co-Chairs, Jim Neal, Mike Anderson, and Sue Klear and many more Rotarians have done all of the planning and hard work “beating the bushes” to gather prizes, gifts, golfers, and to put all the extra touches on the tournament to make it a premier event.

Members have solicited sponsors, golfers, and prizes for this major fundraising effort, but there is still work to be done. Sign up at today’s lunch to help out at Friday’s tournament. Many hands are still needed to help register golfers, organize the gift bags, give directions, help out at the beverage holes, putting contest, live and silent auction, raf?e, and much, much more.

Speaking of prizes: We have a vacation in Cabo (post-Hurricane), Sharks & 49ers tickets, sports memorabilia, hotel stays, wine tasting parties, golf packages, restaurant gift certi?cates, gift cards… and on and on. Don’t miss a minute!

- President John Shannon