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Signature Projects



Signature Projects

Silicon Valley Barbecue Championship

Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Association as the 2nd largest Championship on the West Coast, the Silicon Valley BBQ is back for its 6th year! Join us as The Rotary Club of Santa Clara hosts 60 professional teams competing in: Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, Chicken Thighs and Brisket. The event is sure to draw a crowd as they enjoy live music, great food, drinks, the Kids Zone and various business/art and crafts vendors.

Proceeds raised from this event will help support various projects sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Clara. These projects include Steps for Success, Christmas for Kids, Enterprise Leadership Conference, scholarships and other youth-orientated programs. All of these projects directly impact various students in local schools within the City of Santa Clara.

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Enterprise Leadership Conference

The Enterprise Leadership Conference (ELC) is a Rotary sponsored 3 day scholarship program for high school juniors. It is designed to provide an intensive introduction to the entrepreneurial opportunities in America. Students are challenged and inspired to consider the opportunities in starting and running their own business. The conference is held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove.

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Christmas for Kids

The Rotary Club of Santa Clara will continue its tradition of providing gifts and new winter jackets to some very special children from our local schools. Lexus of Stevens Creek will graciously host our event. Our club members, their family and friends, Interactors from community high schools, other sponsors and volunteers will actively man this event at Lexus.

Our Christmas for Kids program directly touches over 150 children and is sponsored in part through the efforts of the Rotary Club of Santa Clara and its very own Santa Clara Rotary Foundation, which raises money through annual Silicon Valley Barbecue Championships and other fundraising events.

Severa hundreds of man-hours over the course of the year prepares us for this annual event. These hours include shopping, purchasing, transporting, sorting, wrapping and delivering the event at Lexus. In addition, Holder's Country Inn in San Jose provides a hearty lunch on the event day, as the children and others await a special visit from a little portly man in a red suite. Its true, Santa Claus will come to Santa Clara Rotary and its guests on this very special day.

Christmas for Kids is a very special event that touches many in so many different ways. Help change the World!

Steps for Success

Santa Clara Rotarians volunteer their time and donate funds to organize an annual community giving project called Steps For Success. The project is dedicated to providing young school children, from low-income families, with a new pair of shoes, socks, and a library book. This ensures that students will have properly fitted shoes for school and physical education classes. It also ensures that each student receives a book to read and call their own. The Rotary Club of Santa Clara partners with the Santa Clara Library Foundation to provide students these new books.

The Steps for Success takes place in the September-October time-frame for Santa Clara Unified District elementary schools.

On the day of this event, the Santa Clara Rotary and The Interact Club, a Rotary sponsored high school community service club, work together to provide a fun craft project for the children as they collect their shoes and book.

For 18 years, the Rotary Club of Santa Clara has given over 8,000 pairs of shoes to children of low income families attending the Santa Clara Unified School District. These shoes, socks and books are provided to preschool, kindergarten and first to fifth grade students.


The Rotary Clubs of District 5170 sponsor the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest each year with three goals in mind for the Club Members and each Speech Contest Participant:

  • To increase the personal knowledge and awareness of the importance of being able to speak effectively before a group.
  • To increase public knowledge of what Rotary is and does throughout the world, especially among young people. Through this knowledge, we hope that they will learn, as we have in the past, "He who serves best profits most."
  • To increase participation in the contest and to provide all high school contestants an opportunity to win prizes as top speaker, or runners-up, in District 5170.


Contests are open to student speakers in grades 9 through 12 who attend a local public, private or home high school within District 5170. Contestants may be sons or daughters of members of Rotary Clubs in District 5170. Students may compete in only one club level competition. Once a student participates at one club, she/he is ineligible to compete at another club. The monetary prizes are awarded with "no strings attached." However, it is hoped that the prizes will be used to further the student's education. Our goal as Rotarians is to recognize and to support these young people who are tomorrow's leaders.

The speech must be the original work of the contestant.