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Santa Clara

Service Above Self

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Bay Club Santa Clara
3250 Central Expressway
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Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/22/2015

Steve Fisher of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority gave a presentation on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project that is proposed for sections of El Camino Real from Palo Alto to

Santa Clara. The project proposal has been in the works since 2010 and is entering the engineering and construction phase.

The purpose of the Project is to improve transit product efficiency, cost effectiveness and provide a competitive option to auto travel. The plan calls for dedicated bus lanes as well as some mixed use lanes (bus and auto). Dedicated bus lanes would be set up on the El Camino in Santa Clara. The project is expected to improve ridership along the El Camino and reduce bus transit times.

The project will also improve the aesthetics of the El Camino. Included in this message is an attachment containing the slides presented at the meeting.

Miles Barber was the Emergency Throw Back Thursday Past President for the meeting. Thanks Miles for stepping in on such short notice. I understand he kept his reputation as the king of the presidential fines.

Our Speaker this week is Chris Cavanaugh. Chris will be speaking about his Olympic Journey which has provided him with a platform to help youth, adults, and leaders. Chris is the winner of multiple Olympic Medals in swimming. Chris is also a wealth manager with Morgan Stanley and possess many other skills. We are looking forward to Chris’s talk.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board Meeting Jan 21, 2015- Holders Country Inn, 6:30-8:30 PM

 Jan 21 & 22 ELC RTA Training at St. Lawrence Academy 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

International Convention-

São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-9 2015

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/15/2015

We will get back to our "normal" type of meeting following last week’s Club Assembly.

Lizzy Barron received her Blue Badge at last week’s meeting after completing, in possible record time, her Red Badge Requirements. Congratulations Lizzy!

The BBQ committee kicked off the 2015 Silicon Valley BBQ Championship Competition event with detailed presentations on what will be new and different for this year’s event. Miles Barber described the new "Garden of BBQ" where tables will be available for purchase and patrons will not pay for food or drink. Miles is spearheading the campaign to sell the tables. This has the potential to significantly increase event revenue. More information will be coming out about the table sales.

Other changes and additions for this year’s BBQ:

- Longer hours on Friday night

- Larger stage

- More areas with Pop-Ups

- Incentives for the Pro Teams to offer more people’s choice

- Increased prize money

- Space for more Pro Teams

- One large ten where beer, margaritas (over ice no machine this year) & wine served

- No watermelon this year but we will have BBQ corn and lemonade

- It is planned that non-food Venders will be managed by a third party

This year’s event, our fourth, will be the biggest yet and we will need all hands on deck to help in the planning and execution. Please see committee members for areas where you can help. Expect at least monthly progress updates.

Phil Dolan gave us an ELC 2015 update. This year we are taking 60 students (10 teams) to Asilomar. Applications have been turned it and team selection will start soon. We have a critical need for Rotary Teaching Assistants (RTA’s). There are 2 RTA’s per team so we need 20 Rotarians from the three clubs to help. There will be a RTA training session on 1/21 and 1/22 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Saint Lawrence Academy. Please plan to attend one of the sessions if you are a new RTA and if you have done it before. Talk to Phil if you have questions.

Steve Fisher of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will be this week speaker. This is your chance to get the latest news on transportation programs and projects taking place in the valley. Maybe we will hear plans for reducing commute times for Valley residents. This will be an interesting and informative meeting.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Blood Drive at John Mlnarik office- Jan 14 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC RTA Training Jan 21 & Jan 22 6-7:00 PM at St Lawrence Academy- Check with Phil Dolan

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

1/6/2015

Happy New Year Everyone!

We ended the year with the Club’s Annual Holiday Dinner which I hope everyone attending found enjoyable. A big thanks to Erich Smith and Heather Knight along with the Hilton Staff for providing an excellent meal, to Jim Landes and Jennifer Flippen for the BRV wines and tastings, to Dan Holder for arranging the entertainment, to Joe and Linda Sweeny for managing the check-in, and to Diamond Mike for the special gifts a few attendees won. Ken Rowell provided the inspiration and did what you would expect him to do—made it fun and led the Club in singing Silent Night.

Keeping with tradition for the Holiday Dinner, Bob Ricks, Chairman of the 2016-2017 President Selection Committee introduce Miten Marfatia as the President Elect-Elect. Also introduce were Maria Daane and Tressa Williams to serve a two year term on the board of directors staring July 1, 2015. Congratulations to all of you.

Chief Mike Sellers arranged for the Club and five other local service organizations to participate in the 49er Toy Drive prior to the game on Dec. 20

 

th. Volunteers were asked to roam the parking lots seeking cash and toy donations. Combined, the six groups raised over $6,000. The funds were divided between the six organizations and the Clubs portion will go towards next year’s Christmas for Kids. Thanks to Pastor Bill and wife Sheila, Mario Bouza, Miten Marfatia, Frank Walsh, Harbir Bhatia plus friend, and I plus friend for working the lots. It was fun and, thanks to Chief Sellers, it looks like this will be an annual event for the Club.

This week’s meeting, the first for 2015, will be a Club Assembly. We will get updates on ELC 2015 and BBQ 2015 among other items. A great chance to ask questions, offer suggestions and listen to our members as we map out some of the events over the next six months.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone as we start the New Year. I can hardly wait.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Feb. 14, 2015—Valentine Dinner at Justins hosted by President Elect Andy Ratermann

 ELC – March 11-13, 2015

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 District Conference- April 17-19, 2015

 Far West PETS- March 6-8, 2015

Rotary International Events:

 

 

12/10/14

At last week’s meeting we hosted our annual Speech Contest. Four students from Santa Clara and Wilcox high schools were given 5 minutes to speak about "Light up Rotary". All of the speeches were excellent. The students had done their homework and presented their topics with facts and passion. The contest was attended by parents, school teachers and the Principals from each of the high schools. Prize money was increased this year to $300 for first place, $200 for second, and $100 for third. The first place contestant will move on in the competition.

At the meeting, two more outstanding members were inducted into the Club. Harbir Bhatia and Suds Jain bring a lot of service experience to the club and we look forward to their participation and contributions. Be sure to take the opportunity to get to know our newest members.

Remember, this week is Christmas for Kids at Stevens Creek Lexus. A "Big Storm" is headed our way but as Sandy Allen said, "Rain or Snow it’s a go" for the event. If you didn’t attend the "Gift Wrapping" party on Wednesday evening you missed a fun event. Instead of the usual filling bags with toys, the bags were already filled and one present from each bag was gift wrapped by those who attended. Great idea that will no doubt stick.

Invitation are out for the Club’s Holiday Dinner on 18 Dec followed by an e-mail blast. If you haven’t contacted me and are planning on attending please respond by Dec. 12. The Hilton needs a meal count. The event will have a surprise or two. Don’t miss it.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

Our next meeting at the Bay Club will be Jan. 8 and is a Club Assembly or, basically the State of the Union for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

See you at Christmas of Kids on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

12/16/14

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Despite the stormy conditions our annual Christmas for Kids went off without a hitch last Thursday. The Royal Coach buses braved the rain and as the kids got off the buses umbrellas kept them dry as they walked into Stevens Creek Lexus. The Interactors helped them to their tables where they got busy making Christmas cards for the drivers and a few get well cards for Mike Moul. Holders Country Inn delivered the lunch that was served to the kids by Members and the Interact students. A lot of questions from the kids about Santa arriving and how he would stay dry on the trip. Not to worry, Santa rolled in with the top up on his Lexus convertible. The top came down and our jolly Santa was ho hoing all the way to his chair. The 150 kids received a new coat and a bag of toys. One wrapped toy was in each bag and the kids were asked to put that one under the tree and wait until Christmas day. Not sure if that really worked.

A big thanks to all of those who helped make this a memorable day for the kids. Lots of Photos were taken and the TV Channel for the City and Santa Clara Unified School District recorded the event. Also recorded but yet to be released were a few Rotarians dancing to some Christmas Music. A sight to behold, it may go viral.

The Club’s Holiday Dinner is this week (12/18/14) at the Hilton in Santa Clara for those who have signed up. The event starts at 6:00 PM, some entertainment at 7:00 PM, and dinner around 7:30PM. There will be some announcements and a couple of other surprises.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

Our next meeting at the Bay Club will be Jan. 8 and is a Club Assembly or, basically the State of the Union for the Rotary Club of Santa Clara

See you at the Holiday Party on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Dec 18: Our Holiday Dinner at the Santa Clara Hilton.

 Jan 8, 2015 Club Assembly at the Bay Club. Please let me know if you have something to bring up at the meeting.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

Rotary International Events:

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

12/2/14

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Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday there was no meeting last week. I hope you all had an enjoyable, restful, and thankful few days. Yes the 49ers lost to their main rival, my Cougars were beaten by the Huskies in the Apple Cup, and I know Michigan fans were not pleased with the outcome of their game with Ohio State. It was rivalry week for a lot of college teams so I hope your team did well.

This week’s meeting is a special one for the Club as we host our annual Speech Contest. Students from our local high schools compete with the winner advancing to the next round. The contest allows students to test and improve their speaking abilities while in front of a group of adults and we always seem to be surprised by how well they do. The meeting will be attended by the student’s parents, school teachers/administrators, and the panel of judges. Let’s show our support for our local students.

Invitation went out for the Clubs Holiday Dinner on 18 Dec and an e-mail blast will go shortly for those that might not keep their Clubrunner address up to date. Please respond by e-mail or call me if you plan to attend.

Want an easy and painless way to contribute to our Club’s Foundation? Anton Morec has the answer. Anton has set up an

 

SC Rotary Foundation Amazon Smile Account that will send 0.05% of the cost of anything you purchase on Amazon to our Foundation. Go to: http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Santa Clara Rotary Foundation as your designated charity.

This will be the last meeting at the Bay Club for the calendar year. The following week is Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek and on Dec. 18 the Holiday dinner will be at the Hilton in Santa Clara. We will be Dark for the last two weeks of December.

See you at Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Dec 18: Our Holiday Dinner at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

See

 

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

Rotary International Events:

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

11/25/14

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Last week we were treated to an excellent talk by Phil Gonsalves, Associate Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Phil started off by handing out some math problems to members and guests asking them how they would arrive at the answers. He then went on to describe several ways to solve the problems and how the different methods worked for different students. It doesn’t have to be the old borrow, cancel, and carry method that a lot of us may have learned but never really understood. Phil is on loan to the SCUSD to help bring Common Core State Standard in Mathematics to the district in an effort to improve math proficiency and real understanding of the subject.

Larry Marsalli was presented a check of $2026 in support of his family’s annual Thanksgiving dinner for those that may not have a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This was the largest donation the club has raised for this event. The best part, all of the donations were voluntary since we passed the hat. Once again the generosity the club continually demonstrates is outstanding. Thank you all for helping those less fortunate.

Lizzy Baron is well on her way to earning her Blue Badge following her Red Badge talk. Great talk complete with photos and many insights about who she is and why she joined Rotary.

Please note we are dark this week for Thanksgiving. You all have your special traditions for this holiday so enjoy and give thanks. I would also ask that you turn your thoughts and prayers to Mike Moul. Mike is still battling an infection and had to return to the Hospital this past Monday.

Invitations are about to be sent out for our annual Holiday Dinner. I hope you are all able to attend.

Have a great Thanksgiving and we will see you all at the Dec. 4

 

th meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

See

 

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

Rotary International Events:

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

11/18/14

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It was Throw-Back- Thursday last week with Past President Bob Ricks running the meeting since, according to Bob, I was attending and important educational convention in the Evergreen State. Thanks Bob for taking the gavel. I am sure you had as much fun as I always do.

Last week’s speaker was Brad Mattson, current CEO of Silva Power. Brad made his case that relying on traditional sources there will not be enough energy available to meet future US and Global needs. The clean solution to this problem is tapping the endless supply of solar power. While solar power usage is growing it currently represents only a small percentage of our overall energy production. Brad also argued that the U.S. can be a major player in the expansion of solar power usage through advances in solar technology. Specifically, he spoke about the production of solar panels using Thin Film Technology as opposed to the Silicon Based technologies currently used. Thin Film based solar panels will be more effective in the creation of electricity than those based on silicon and can be produced in the U.S. at cost that are completive with China’s production of silicon based panels.

This week’s speaker is Phil Gonsalves, Associate Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Phil will be discussing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is the largest-ever attempt in the United States to set unified expectations for what students in kindergarten through 12th grade should know and be able to do in each grade in preparation for college and the workforce.

At this week’s meeting we expect to hear a red badge speech, an update on ELC, and the presentation of the Club’s donation to the Marsalli Thanksgiving Dinner event. This will be the last meeting before the Thanksgiving break. Could this week’s lunch be a classic Thanksgiving meal? Probably. See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board Meeting" November 19, 6:30 PM. Holders Country Inn

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Dec 4: Speech Contest

 Dec. 9: Wrapping party 5:30 PM at Eastern Furniture, Santa Clara

 Dec. 11: Christmas for Kids at Lexus of Stevens Creek

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up

See

 

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

11/04/14

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It is November so that means elections and politics and we had the perfect speaker at last week’s meeting. Dan Schnur, the Executive Direct of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, was the guest speaker. Don is no stranger to our club as he has accepted our invitation to speak on several occasions. At this meeting he spoke about the electorate and how basically each party, Democrat and Republican, can count on about 40 % of their respective backers voting the party line. That leaves roughly 20% of the electorate that are "salvageable" and he likes to say. This 20% are the independents and undecided that campaigns’ focus on. He also pointed out that female voters rule since they are the group that generally decides the winners. Many other points were brought out about elections and how they are decided. It was a very informative meeting and hopefully we can get Mr. Schnur back sometime next year. Given the credentials of Mr. Schnur, many members took the opportunity to invite guests to the meeting. Thank you for doing so.

Karen Suty is now the newest member of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara. She was inducted at last week’s meeting and brings our current membership to 90. Karen’s sponsor is Phil Dolan so you might guess that she is in the education field. She is a Bay Area Native having graduated from San Jose State and obtained a Masters in Education Administration from Santa Clara University. Karen has spent over thirty years is education and is the Principal of St. Justin School in Santa Clara. She is a great addition to the club so take the opportunity to welcome her.

Rotary Means Business (RMB) is a networking group for Rotarians. This group has monthly gathering. If you have an interest please see the attached flyer.

The Christmas for Kids committee is in full swing. The event will be held at noon on Dec 11 at Lexus of Steven Creek and replaces our normal meeting place. Please see Elizabeth Mayo for volunteer opportunities.

The Clubs Holiday Evening Dinner will take place on Dec 18

 

th at the Santa Clara Hilton. Save the date, more details to come.

Our speaker this week is our own Bob Ricks. As we approach Veterans Day our thoughts go out to the men and woman who have served our country. Bob, as a Veteran, will give a personal account of his visit to the Normandy beaches. Yet another not to be missed Club meeting.

See you all at this Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 November 27: We are Dark for Thanksgiving

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Rotary Means Business Meeting: Nov. 6 sees attached flyer for details

 Mexican Project Safari – Sign up See

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/5170//HTML/231985//WheeledAdventuresMonterrey2015.pdf

for details.

Rotary International Events:

Nov. 3-9: Rotary Interact Week

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

10/28/14

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District 5170’s Partners in Rotary program brought us Lindsay Ford and his wife Allison as last week’s speaker. Lindsay and his wife currently live in Norfolk Island, Australia where he is a member of the Island’s Rotary Club in District 9910. Lindsay spoke about Rotary International projects he has been involved in and the impact The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has had on education, health, clean water, and sanitation for people living in impoverished areas. His message was about the importance of donations to TRF, the difference those donations make, and the image they project about Rotary that the community needs to know about. The slides he showed of children with severe physical disorders and how, through TRF, surgeries were performed that put smiles on faces and pride for all Rotarians.

This week’s speaker is one we have had several times over the past few years. Dan Schnur of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California will give us a glimpse of the political scene in the State of California and Nationally. Dan is very knowledgeable about politics and is a superb speaker. This is defiantly a meeting to invite potential members to as they will not be disappointed. So please, invite someone you feel would be a great Santa Clara Rotarian to this week’s meeting.

See you all at this Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

TRF Campaign – on going

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

Rotary International Events:

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

10/20/14

District Governor Club visits always seem to be special. DG Ed Jellen’s visit this past week was no exception. Over the past few years a project has been identified by the incoming district club presidents that would benefit the local community. This year’s presidents picked donating school supplies to schools in a clubs area. Mike Sellers with some help from Stan Rose asked School Principals in the SCUSD what additional supplies they may need to get through the school year. Seventeen schools responded. The Club, as usual, stepped up and raised about $2800. Mike and Pastor Bill purchased the supplies at good prices with the help from our Wal-Mart members Ryan Plesha and Karina Arvizu. About ten Principals attended the meeting and the supplies were distributed to the schools after the meeting. Truly a Rotary moment with the Principal expressing their gratitude.

Recognitions pins were also handed out by DG Ed Jellen based on member donations to The Rotary Foundation this rotary year. Participation to date has been outstanding. There were 27 Double Sustainers, 7 Super Sustainers, and 4 Paul Harris Fellows. And we aren’t done yet. Paul Harris Fellow pins were also handed for donations from the previous rotary year.

Another highlight of the meeting was DG Ed Jellen’s talk how he came into Rotary, how he almost quit, and the event that turned him into a lifelong Rotarian. The meeting really ended on a very high note.

Avenues of Service took place on 15 Oct. About twenty Club members attended and were treated to an outstanding presentation by former Santa Clara Rotarian Rushton Hurley. Andy came through but we may have to rethink the duties of the PE for this event.

This week’s speaker is brought to us by the District’s Partners in Rotary. Lindsay Ford of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Island, Australia is the speaker. Lindsay was recently introduced by a Rotary Institute Conference Chairman, as the most Passionate Rotarian he had ever met, Lindsay tells the story of Rotary, maybe not the Rotary you see, the Rotary you don’t know, the Rotary the community needs to hear about. Yet another meeting not to be missed.

See you all at this Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn, 6:30 PM

 Save the Date: Our holiday meeting will be the evening of Dec. 18, 2014 at the Santa Clara Hilton. Members, Spouses and Friends are all invited. More information to come.

District Events:

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

 

 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

10/13/14

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It is election time again and Measure H in on the ballot for those living in the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) boundaries. Mark Allgire and Michal Healy of the SCUSD were last week’s speakers and they presented the district’s case for putting the measure on the ballot. The Measure proposes issuing bonds in the amount of $419,000,000. Funds from the bond sale can only be used for infrastructure and development and cannot be used for such items and salaries. The North First street area of San Jose in actually within the Santa Clara Unified School District so as this area continues to be developed there is a need upgrade facilities to support the growing population of students. The text of the Measure explicitly defines the areas where the funds would be used. The use of the funds to add air conditioning to classrooms sparked a lively exchange among the members. To pass , the Measure needs a 55% majority vote.

The last day of Steps for Success 2014 was completed on Oct. 11. The event was held at Scott Lane and George Main elementary schools. We ran out of some shoe sizes but will deliver the proper shoes to those students this week. Thanks to all of you who helped and a special thanks to Lidia and her committee for another successful year. I trust you all had fun and are ready to help next year. And, yes Miles does have shoes for bunny ears.

This is a busy week for our club with the District 5170 Avenues of Service being held on October 15 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose from 5:30 PM- 9:00 PM. If you pre-registered, your meal will be paid by the Club. President Elect Andy Ratermann will be your favorite person at the gathering and former Santa Clara Rotarian, and current ELC speake,r Ruston Hurley will give the keynote address.

For this week’s meeting, District Governor Ed Jellen is visiting the Club and is the speaker. The meeting will be marked by the presentation of School Supplies to principals of the SCUSD. We are expecting approximately 10 representatives in attend the meeting. They will receive the supplies purchased using the funds the Club raised. Additionally, Club members will be recognized for their donations to The Rotary Foundation. Let’s show our support for the District Governor by attending the meeting at the Greatest Rotary Club in the World.

See you all on Wednesday at the Avenues of Service and at Thursday’s meeting.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn

District Events:

 

Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

 

 
 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

10/7/14

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Kevin Matheny of KGO/KSFO was the speaker at last week meeting. He provided some perspective on the evolution of Radio Broadcasting stations over the past several decades. A major change took place when rules governing the ownership of Radio stations were modified following the enactment of the Telecommunication Act of 1996 which deregulated ownership of radio stations. Prior to this Act there were limitations on how many radio stations one person or an organization could own. With deregulation there is basically no restriction on the number of stations a company or individual can own for both Radio and TV. The result has been a consolidation of ownership to a handful of large media companies.

Police Chief Mike Sellars, working with Pastor Bill Schultz, is in the process of finalizing purchase of School Supplies to be handed over to Santa Clara School representatives at the District Governors’ Club visit on October 16, 2014. Last year for the District Governors’ visit we presented undergarments to Santa Clara’ Bill Wilson Center. It is a recent development that during the District 5170 Governors’ Club visits donations are given to non profits in the local area in lieu of gifts to the DG’s spouse. This year the District’s Club Presidents voted to make donations of school supplies. To date our Club has raised over $2600 for this project.

Please remember that The Rotary Foundation (TRF) drive for 2014-2015 is underway. Make your donation check out to Rotary International and either mail them to the Santa Clara Rotary Club, P. O. Box 111, Santa Clara, CA 95052 or bring the check to a meeting and give it to Ted Moorhead, myself or Miles Barber. Donations are tax deductable. Let’s achieve 100% participation this year.

This past Saturday, Oct 4, the first day for Steps to Success 2014 was held at Montague and Briarwood elementary schools. Shoes and books were passed to students. Thanks to all of the Club Members and Interacters who spent their Saturday morning helping at the schools. This Saturday, Oct. 11, Steps will be held and George Main and Scott Lane schools. Please check your e-mail or with Lidia Blair for the times you have signed up to work a shift.

This week we will hear from two members of the Santa Clara Unified School District. Michal Healy and Mark Allgire will present information on Measure H which is on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Measure is to provide infrastructure funding to support future growth of the Santa Clara Unified School District. This will be a very informative meeting.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Steps to Success: Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supplies Donations to Governor Ed.

 Board of Directors Meeting Oct. 22, Holders Country Inn

District Events:

 

Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

 

October- Vocational Month (Celebrate & share your vocation)

 

 
 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Ever wonder if any of those stars we see at night might be similar to Earth? Puragra Guha Thakurta, also known as Raja, an Astronomer with the University of California Santa Cruz was last week’s special guest speaker and he tried to shed some light what is happening out there in deep space. Actually, he described events that took place millions of light years ago as it has taken that long for light from distant galaxies to reach Earth’s observation telescopes. The Hubble telescope, launched into orbit around Earth in 1990, has been a main source for gathering data used to study distant galaxies, determine the age of the universe (about 13-14 billion years old), and support theories about how stars and planets are formed. Raja presented, in layman’s terms, how galaxies form and evolve as well as what cosmic events must take place to potentially create an earthlike planet.

Police Chief Mike Sellars reported on funds raised for purchase of classroom supplies for schools in the Santa Clara Unified School District. To date over $2500 has been raised. Congratulations to all of you for your contributions. The presentation of the gifts will be on October 16, 2014 as part of District Governor Ed Jellen’s Club visit.

Please remember that The Rotary Foundation (TRF) drive for 2014-2015 is underway. Make your donation check out to Rotary International and either mail them to the Santa Clara Rotary Club, P. O. Box 111, Santa Clara, CA 95052 or bring the check to a meeting and give it to Ted Moorhead, myself or Miles Barber. Donations are tax deductable. The "Greatest Rotary Club in the World" should have no problem achieving 100% participation.

This week we will get an update on what is happening in Santa Clara as the city’s Mayor, the Honorable Jamie Mathews, will the speaker. This is your chance to be enlightened regarding the state and future of the city of Santa Clara.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

 

TRF Campaign – on going

 Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

 

 
 

 

 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Last week’s meeting was on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, and Washington D.C. In New York, hijacked passenger jets crash into both towers of the World Trade Center. Both towers collapsed a short time after the attacks. Our guest speaker, Michael Harding was in one of those towers at the time of the attacks. Michael, the partner of our own Colleen Noll, told the story of his own survival and the survival of others on that day. He covered the events he experience from the crash of the aircraft on the first tower followed by the second, his survival from the collapse of the first tower, his trek to a nearby office building where he new many of the workers and the efforts to get those workers back to their families and homes. It was an experience he will obviously never forget and feels strongly that this country must always remember.

Dan Holder read a letter he had written to the Club following the 9/11 attacks sharing the decision made by the Club to go forward with the annual Art & Wine event. The proceeds from the event that year were delivered to the family of Danny Suhr, the first firefighter to die from the attack. The donation was presented in New York by Ted Keech, Anton Morec, George Delucchi and Steve Duffy. Our thanks to you Dan for keeping those moments alive within the Club.

Stan Rose made a case for continued donations to raise funds for classroom supplies. This is in support of the District Governor’s visit on 16 Oct.

The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival was held this past weekend. Proceeds from the sale of Chinese Chicken Salad and Pulled Pork Sandwiches will go to students in the Santa Clara Unified School District. Thanks to Denies Donahue and Mario Bouza along with all those who showed up to work a shift in the booth. Also thanks to Dave DeLozier for his knowledge of the rules associated with the booth set-up.

For this week’s meeting we are in for a Galactic treat. Puragra Guha Thakurta an Astronomer with the University of California Santa Cruz will share with us what is happening outside our word. Don’t miss this one.

See you all on Thursday

COMING UP….

Club events:

Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014

 Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

 

 
 

Rotary Club of Santa Clara

Message From President Steve Rainbolt

Weekly Club News Update!

Thought you knew everything about Santa Clara County statics and government? Last week’s speaker, County Supervisor Mike Wasserman laid out some facts that few probably knew. Superior Wasserman dazzled us with facts about the county from the 2014 estimated population (1.9 Million), to the number of languages spoken in the county (more than 100), to the percentage of property taxes paid to Santa Clara County that go to fund county services (18%). He spoke of the many services the county has the responsibly to provide including over 700 miles of road maintenance. One issue that he is very proud of is helping to facilitate the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Route. The route is marked with special signs that will take you on a 28 mile tour of the wineries in the Moran Hill, San Martin, and Gilroy wineries. The trail is closer, maybe better, and defiantly less costly than a trip to Napa Valley. Visit www.santaclarawines.com to learn more about the trail.

Supervisor Wasserman publishes a monthly newsletter covering happenings in the county. The newsletter can be found at www.supervisorwasserman.com.

Nick Streit summarized what he, Miles Barber, Tim Ford, Joe Sweeney & Gary Citti discover from their visit to Reno’s "Best in the West BBQ Cook Off" –over 500,000 people and it’s all about the food. I sense some beneficial changes coming to our 2015 event. Thank you all for taking the time to learn how we can grow and make our event even better.

The Santa Clara Art and Wine festival is coming up this weekend. If you haven’t signed up please do so at this week’s meeting or check with Denise Donahue or Mario Bouza. This year we are doing Chinese Chicken salad and Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

Police Chief Mike Seller kicked off our drive for getting classroom supplies as part of the District Governors’ visit on 16 Oct. Mike did a great job auctioning of a Dwight Clark autographed 49er football fetching $500 from Mike Moul’s winning bid. Thanks Mike, thanks to those that have pledge a donation to date, and thanks to Lou Ann Alexander for providing the football.

This week’s meeting falls on a historical day, 9/11. Our speaker comes via Colleen Noll and is one we welcome back. Mike Harding was in New York on that day and will offer a firsthand account of what he observed.

See you all on Thursday.

COMING UP….

Club events:

Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014

 Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014

 District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.

District Events:

Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details

 Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014

 Fall Leadership Conference, Sept 28, Independence High

Charter Night: Oct 4th. Ming’s in Palo Alto 6:00 PM, $50 per person. Go to http://goo.gl/vW1xK4 to purchase tickets

 Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details

 Avenues of Service: Oct 15. Doubletree Hotel, San Jose. Bring your unique auto.

Rotary International Events:

September-New Generations Month

 October- Vocational Month

 

 
Most of us in the Club remember the Unabomber. At last week’s meeting we got to hear a firsthand account of the search for and capture of Ted Kaczynski. Max Noel a retired FBI agent was part of the team of investigators assigned to find and arrest the Unabomber. Between 1978 and 1995 Kaczynski engaged in a bombing campaign targeted at people involved in modern technology. During that period he sent 16 bombs through the postal system resulting in the death of 3 people and injuries to 23. After a lengthy and costly search he was arrested in April, 1996 at his one room cabin in an isolated area in the mountains of Montana. Max Noel was one of the arresting agents.  Mr. Noel shared many interesting facets of the case that one normally doesn’t hear about and had many more details to pass onto us.  Thirty minutes just wasn’t long enough to cover all of the nuances of the case. Mr. Noel presentation was excellent and he could be a future speaker to shed more light on the Unabomber case.
 
A few members were missing from the meeting as they attended the “Best In the West Reno Rib Feast”.  Joe Sweeney, Nick Streit (celebrating 31 year in the Club), Miles Barber, Tim Ford & Gary Citti attended the event to get ideas for expanding our own BBQ competition.  We expect to get an update at this week’s meeting. Thank you all for taking the time to learn how we can grow and make our event even better.
 
We have the Santa Clara Art and Wine festival coming up along with Steps to Success.  Signup sheets were passed around and will be available at this week’s meeting.  Please put your names down for a shift or two.
 
A video on OPERATION SURF was presented.  This is a program put on by a group of volunteers to honor and heal our wounded military heroes. The method of healing is by teaching wounded active duty and veterans to surf.  The event will be April, 2015 in Santa Cruz and there are volunteer and donation opportunities. The Club is considering how we may participate. Your feedback on the program would be appreciated.
 
At this week’s meeting we will be kicking off the event to provide supplies to our local classroom as part of the District Governors visit in October.  A very valuable item will be auctioned off to start this campaign.  You will want to be part of the bidding with Police Chief Mike Sellers as the auctioneer.
 
Our speaker this week’s comes via Marguerite Padovoni. The Honorable Mike Wasserman, Santa Clara County Supervisor, will give us an update on happenings in the County. Be there to get the scoop.
 
See you all on Thursday.
 
 
        
                                                                                                        
COMING UP….
 
Club events:
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
  • District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.
 
District Events:
  • District Cabinet Meeting: Sept 3, 2015 Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
  • Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Charter Night: Oct 4th.  More Details to come
  • Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details
  • Avenues of Service: Oct 15.  Doubletree Hotel, San Jose.
 
 
Rotary International Events:
  • September-New Generations Month
  • October- Vocational Month
 

 
 
Christian Albrect, the Northern Cal Director of the California Alcohol Control Board brought us all up to date on the functions and roles of the state’s Alcohol Control Board at last week’s meeting. Topics ranged from how alcohol sales are handled at Levi’s Stadium given that one can order drinks from a smartphone app while sitting in their seat to what is happening relative to Cannabis legalization in the sate. The Hi Tech nature of Levi’s stadium posed some challenges to Control Board and Mr. Albrect guaranteed that Cannabis legalization in the State will be on the November, 2016 ballot. The Alcohol Control Board will be the agency responsible for establishing procedure and rules should the ballot measure pass. It was and interesting talk and depending on how legalization vote going we may want to have him back as a speaker in 2016-2017.
 
John Mlnarik announced that 47 tickets for the “Day at the A’s” have been ordered by Club members and guests.  That is a great turn out with the proceed going to support RYLA. Thanks to John and all who ordered tickets.
 
Andrew Lin and Janel Alembeyogan of the Silicon Valley Rotaract Club provided information on the Philippines Typhoon Relief Silent Auction & Fashion Show to be held on September 18, 2014. Proceeds from this event will benefit Revive Farms. This organization focuses on the rehabilitation of villages affected by Typhoon Haiyan through long-term sustainability programs for farmers and fishermen. The Club presented Andrew and Janel with a check for $500 in support of the effort. For more details about the event contact William Cambra at wcambraiv@gmail.com or call (408) 607 5109. They are also accepting donated items for the auction.
 
On a lighter note, we finally caught up with Gerry Kosko and had him give us a blow by blow account of his hole-in-one a couple of weeks ago.  Gerry generously donated to the club to help celebrate his special accomplishment.
 
Denise Donahue kicked off signups for the Club’s booth at the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival. We need club members to work a shift at the two day event.
Andy Ratermann has arranged for another outstanding topic/speaker for this week’s  meeting. It will be Max Noel, a retired FBI agent. Max will be talking about the Unabomber case that the FBI solved several years ago.
 
See you all on Thursday.
    
                                                                                                     
COMING UP….
 
Club events:
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
  • District Governor’s Visit. Oct. 16. Present School Supply Donations to Governor Ed.
 
District Events:
  • District Cabinet Meeting: Sept 3, 2015 Doubletree Hotel, San Jose
  • Club Trainer Workshop: Sept 13, Los Gatos Lodge. See Steve R. for Details
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Charter Night: Oct 4th.  More Details to come
  • Partners in Rotary: Oct. 11-24. See Steve R. for details
  • Avenues of Service: Oct 15.  Doubletree Hotel, San Jose.
 
Rotary International Events:
  • August-Membership Month
  • September-New Generations Month
  • October- Vocational Month
 

 
 
Last week U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Pauley presented his account of being severely wounded in the Iraq conflict and his struggle to overcome his physical and mental injuries. The Wounded Warrior Project is what he turned to for help in facing the challenges associated with injuries sustained while in combat situations. His story was very touching and demonstrated what the project can do to help wounded soldiers through extremely difficult times.  Following his talk, and a standing ovation, the Club presented Jeremiah with a $1500 donation to the Project.
 
Congratulations to Susan Lucas & Marguerite Padovoni. Susan Lucas returned from here European Tour and announced her engagement to the person that our Club acted as match maker and Marguerite who earned her Blue Badge following her Red Badge personal presentation.
 
It was also announced during the meeting that John Mlnarik’s young daughter will be undergoing heart surgery in early October. John has organized a Blood Drive in support of the operation. Visit   https://www.sbcdonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=13708&zc=95051 to sign up for a donation. The date is Aug 13 and the location is at the Mlnarik Law Office.
 
The speaker for this week is the Honorable Robert Cartwright. Mr. Cartwright is the Icelandic Consulate General for San Francisco which serves the citizens of Iceland located in the area and Iceland’s business and travel interests. So, as Andy Ratermann says “…it will be a really cool talk”.
 
Please note that the Club’s Foundation Board Meeting in on Aug 20th. Board chairman Anton Morec has asked that any requests for foundation funding be submitted to him along with an attached budget. Requests to date include ELC and Steps for Success.
 
See you all on Thursday.
 
                                                                                                              
COMING UP….
 
  • Santa Clara Rotary Board Meeting August 20, 6:30 PM, Holders Country Inn on Saratoga Ave
  • Santa Clara Rotary Foundation Board (SCRF) Meeting August 25, 6:00 PM, Hay Market Restaurant
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
 

 
 
Last week was a busy week for the Club.  The speaker for the day was the Honorable Kevin Sheahan of Limerick Ireland who spoke about the economic development taking place in Ireland. He was also presented with an Earthquakes jersey signed by the team. His gift to the Club was a bottle of scotch which was auctioned off for $250. The Club also hosted him at Earthquakes game on Aug 2 which was attend by several Rotarians and marked the first public event at Levis Stadium. I hope everyone got home with ease.
 
The inaugural TBT was launched with Past President Bill Carver presiding and as I understand it he was pretty light on the fines. Thank you Bill for filling-in and I hope you had fun.
 
Bob Gustke was recognized for his outstanding 55 years as a member of the Club. Congratulations Bob and thanks for your many contributions.
 
This week’s speaker is Jeremiah Pauley of the Wounded Warriors Project.  The Wounded Warriors Project is designed to help wounded military personnel adjust and succeed despite injuries received while serving their country. Jeremiah is himself a wounded warrior. To learn more about the project visit:
 
See you all on Thursday
 
COMING UP…
  • ELC Committee Meeting Aug 7, 7:30 AM Denny’s Restaurant in Santa Clara
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014   
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
 
 

 
 
This past week we were fortunate to learn about the new San Francisco 49ers Museum along with the 49ers STEM program for youth. 49ers Museum Director, Jesse Lovejoy, gave us an early peak of the new Museum at Levi Stadium, which will be opening in August. The Museum is unlike any other in the NFL with 11 gallery and exhibit spaces depicting the history and heritage of the NFL team. More information about the museum can be found at http://www.levisstadium.com/museum/. Special pricing is available for residents of Santa Clara. The Museum will be open daily. On game days a game ticket is required.
 
Jesse also spoke about the new STEM Leadership Institute the 49ers Foundation is sponsoring in collaboration with Chevron, the Santa Clara Unified School District, and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math The STEM curriculum targets 7th graders and is designed to teach the students how the components of STEM can be applied to everyday life.  The initial ribbon cutting for the Institute took place on July 18, 2014 at the Chevron STEM Zone interactive classroom at Santa Clara’s Cabrillo Middle School. To learn more about STEM visit: http://www.levisstadium.com/2014/07/49ers-foundation-launch-stem-leadership-institute/.
 
At this week’s meeting our guest speaker is the City & County Mayor of Limerick Ireland. Limerick is a Santa Clara Sister City and the home of our own Club’s sister Club.  The Honorable Kevin Sheahan is in the area this week and he will not only speak at our meeting but will be our guest at the August 2nd Earthquakes’ soccer game being held at Levi Stadium.  Being Irish this is sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting. The meeting this week may also have historical significance so plan on attending.
 
                                    
                                                                             COMING UP…
  • Earthquakes Game Aug 2
  • Santa Clara Art & Wine Sept 13-14, 2014    
  • Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, 2014
  • Steps to Success: Oct. 4 & Oct. 11, 2014
 

 
 
The delayed debunking of Lou Ann’ presidential year took place this last week.  Lou Ann’s family was in attendance as Past President Stewart Cusimano held nothing back trying to identify all of the snafu’s she experienced this past year. He employed props to comment of the location for board meetings held at Holder’s Country Inn. He then dug up the rules book and had the Club’s expert on rules, Ted Keech, explain the different badge colors to be used for the different club positions. Of course he fined Lou Ann for having the wrong badge color.  When all was said and done everyone seemed confused about what color went with what position.
 
In the end, Lou Ann was fined for so many things, along with a few other members, that no one is probably able to track.  Lou Ann spoke of the Club’s accomplishment for the year which are all very significant and she thanked the many members of the club who contributed to her outstanding year. She is now in the history book of the Club and holds a very special place as the first female Club President and currently the only female Past President. Thanks Lou Ann for contributions and leadership this past year.
 
During the meeting we also heard form Jarrell Harris, a scholarship recipient from Santa Clara High School. Jarrell recently graduated from Mission College and is going on the San Jose State. Jarrell is an example of what our Scholarship program is designed to do.
 
This week the planned speaker is Jesse Lovejoy, the Director of the 49ers Museum. In addition to discussing the museum Jesse will talk about the 49ers contribution to your and community programs. Please note that there is always the possibility that the speaker may change do to uncontrollable events.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Club Board Meeting: July 23, 6:30 PM Holder Country Inn. Members are welcome to attend.
Earthquakes Game at Levi Stadium: Aug 2 (Andy Ratermann)
Santa Clara Art & Wine: Sept 13-14, 2014, Central Park
Rotary Day At the A’s: Sept 20, more info to come
See you all on Thursday. 

Yours In Rotary,

Stephen Rainbolt
President,
Rotary Club of Santa Clara
 

 
 
Last week was the kick-off for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  During the Club Assembly new board members were introduced as were the various program/project chairs.  Lidia Blair provided an update on Steps for Success and has things well in hand. The Fab Five provided a post mortem on the highly successful BBQ .  The bottom line was that we raised more funds from this event that any other event the Club has held. Fantastic effort by all! Jan Eric was recognized (as were others) for his special 50th birthday and given a present by Bob Ricks to celebrate the moment.  The gift was the book titled “The Red Badge of Courage” which was passed around for members to inscribe comments for  our illustrious Past President who still holds the record for being the longest Red Badger in history.
 
This week Lou Ann will be back so Stewart Cusimano will lead the meeting with commentary on Lou Ann’s outstanding year as the first woman President of the Cub. Stewart has been working on this for a while and I am sure he will entertain us all with a factual account of Lou Ann’s year.  A meeting not to be missed.
 
Up Coming Events
July 16, District  5170 Roast Toast. For those that signed up the event is held a Saratoga Springs on Big Basin Way
July 17, Foundation Board Meeting Immediately following Thursday Meeting
July 19.  District 5170 Membership Seminar, Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton
 
See you all on Thursday.

Yours in Rotary,

Stephen Rainbolt
President
Rotary Club of Santa Clara
 

 
 
Greetings Santa Clara Rotarians & Happy Rotary New Year
 
The Club has ended Lou Ann’s year on a very high note with an
extremely successful 3rd Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Competition. The
Rotary International theme for last year was “Engage Rotary, Change Lives”
which, as a club, we accomplished though all of our local community projects and
the international efforts where we were engaged.  Without doubt if you were to pick a label for
our Club last year if would be the “Year of the Woman".
 
This year’s theme is “Light Up Rotary” and our club is in a
great position to do just that. Look around Santa Clara, it is booming which
means there are greater opportunities for our club to increase membership with
quality leaders and doers and expand our fund raising efforts resulting in a
bigger impact on our community and abroad. And, have fun by enjoying our
fellowship along the way, keeping the meetings fun & informative, the
bantering flowing, and the wisecracks at their best.
 
So Happy New Year Rotary Club of Santa Clara, I am proud, nervous,
and happy to represent this great club for the next year.  So I ask, what label will we have at the end
of the year?
 
Sincerely,
Steve Rainbolt
President, Rotary Club of Santa Clara
 

 
 

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Speakers

Jan 29, 2015
Andrew Bales
Symphony Silicon Valley
Feb 05, 2015
Keith Blackey
Founding of the Kabul Rotary Club
Feb 19, 2015
Brian Adams VP Marketing/Communications
Bellarmine College Prep. - Oscar Predictions
Feb 26, 2015
Tim Richie
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Mar 12, 2015
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ELC
Apr 02, 2015
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Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
Apr 16, 2015
John Ifcher
Department of Economics SCU
 

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