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Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Again with the timely Luncheon Speakers!

Days after the Governor announces the emergency drought declaration for California, Campbell Rotary welcomes Michael Frost, vice president of the steering committee for Restore the Delta, to discuss Restore the Delta’s concerns with the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is a comprehensive conservation strategy aimed at protecting dozens of species of fish and wildlife, while permitting the reliable operation of California’s two biggest water delivery projects.


Frost argues that several elements of the BDCP are too risky and are irresponsible for future allocation of water resources across California. He is especially concerned about the role of some water districts and valley farmers spread across the San Joaquin Valley.

The draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) and associated Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) has been made available for public review, with the public comment period running through April 14, 2014.

RestoreDeltaRestore the Delta is a grassroots campaign committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California. Restore the Delta – a coalition of Delta residents, business leaders, civic organizations, community groups, faith-based communities, union locals, farmers, fishermen, and environmentalists – seeks to strengthen the health of the estuary and the well-being of Delta communities.

Community Service Day

Happy New Year 2014!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Another Busy Month

Dinner Meeting Tonight!

Community Service & Fun!

Announcing Enterprise Leadership Conference 2014

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.

ELC_header_2The mission of Enterprise Leadership Conference is to enhance leadership skills of high school juniors through a working introduction to the opportunities, benefits and challenges of establishing a business
or providing services in the free enterprise system.

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
virtual product. Team building activities, as well as time to enjoy Asilomar, are included. At the conclusion, company business plans are presented by each team to a panel of senior Rotary business judges to secure financing and feedback on the excellence (quality?) of their presentation and business plan elements.

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.”

To learn more, please visit the ELC West website.

New EMQ FamiliesFirst Clinical Facility

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from our weekly luncheon hosts, EMQ FamiliesFirst, so it was a pleasure to welcome EMQFF’s clinical director Sarah Pack.

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.

Campbell Planning Commission grants use permit change for EMQ treatment facility

San Jose Mercury News

If all goes as planned, a building owned by EMQ FamiliesFirst will be converted into a crisis stabilization unit for youth at risk of suicide.

At a meeting on Nov. 12, the Campbell Planning Commission voted 5-1 to grant EMQ a change of use permit, which allows the organization to begin converting the business building into a treatment facility. …

Laura Champion, executive director of the Bay Area Region, said the unit is an important step for the county.

“There are children who on any given day are hurting so badly that they’re thinking about hurting themselves. And right now, in Santa Clara County, the only place for those children is the adult psychiatric facility on Bascom Avenue,” she said.

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.