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The Quinan Street Project: Fighting for arts education

Meeting for the week of February 4-10, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: The Quinan Street Project: Fighting for arts education

Speaker: Anna Smith

Is this your first time to visit us? If so, welcome to our weekly online meeting! To complete our meeting, please continue reading from here to the bottom of this page.

Each Monday our week’s meeting is posted early in the morning, U.S. Pacific Time. These meetings are designed so that you can read and watch what we post anytime during the week. The entire meeting takes about 60 minutes to complete, with the video conference recording of the program being the bulk of the time.

Note that you can easily read this meeting with your favorite device, so feel free to take our meeting on the go with you; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! Please also make sure to complete the attendance form at the bottom and leave a comment. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Andrew:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This week we have an incredibly important topic about arts education and its connection to traditional academic subjects. With the drive to achieve success in whatever form or metric that may take, subjects like art may sometimes be overlooked. But it’s also easy to see how art can be a point of access into many different fields (as we learned from Marissa Renee, the speaker for the week of 12/24. Da Vinci’s dissections also comes to mind). It’s a great reminder that knowledge doesn’t come in rigid categories, innovation comes from unpredictable places, and meaning is built from visiting where ideas meet. Sounds like a certain corner of the internet I know, doesn’t it?


Andrew Taw, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Weekly Funny with the Lady of Laughter (LOL)

We believe laughter is an important part of life, and we should all make time to laugh a little. This segment of our meeting is meant to tickle you just enough. These funnies are curated by member Yvonne Kwan, our “Lady of Laughter!”

Happy February! We all know that Valentine’s Day is this month, but did you also know that February is National Library Lovers Month, too? Prepare yours(h)elf for some novel jokes!

What does the librarian say when she has to leave?
Time to book!

Why does an elephant use his trunk as a bookmark?
Then he nose where he stopped reading!

Why didn’t the burglar break into the library?
He was afraid he’d get a long sentence!

Weekly Inspiration

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.

Off the coast of Tuscany sits a picturesque town where white mountains cascade over the landscape. Composed of the highest quality marble, these behemoths have attracted artists to Italy’s Pietrasanta for years. In fact, many of Michelangelo’s masterpieces were sculpted out of this very marble in the 15th century. Today, over 40 marble studios still exist within the city, with artisans leaving their own unique mark on the cherished marble. Join us as we explore the beauty of the City of Marble.

Here’s Where the Marble for Classic Sculptures Comes From

World of

Looking back at 10 years of riding to end polio

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/01/18/looking-back-at-10-years-of-riding-to-end-polio/.

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. Back by popular demand, Keith Marsh’s photography will feature in this new section, curated by member Keith Marsh himself!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

On Sunday January 20, 2019, we had the rare viewing of a Full Blood Wolf Moon (lunar eclipse). Using a 400mm lens and tripod, I had to experiment to get the exposure correct. — Keith Marsh

Coffee With a Rotarian

A natural part of Rotary is the networking and the fellowship you get out of meeting other Rotarians. Coffee With a Rotarian is a monthly program of our club where we match participating club members for one-on-one virtual (or in some cases in person) coffee meetings, so they can learn more about each other. This program is organized by member Tzviatko Chiderov.

This week we have Brian from Corralitos, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Olukunle from Lagos, Nigeria.

Olukunle Abolade and I spoke by Skype. Olukunle is in Lagos, not only the largest city in Africa but perhaps the largest urban area in the world. Like most Nigerians that I have met, Olukunle speaks better English than I do. He’s a computer programmer that works in IT for a banking firm in Lagos. He was able to give me some great advice for teaching computer science to my kids. Olukunle is working to find a good in-person Rotary Club in Lagos that he can attend: we both commiserated on the problem of leading working lives and trying to find a Rotary club with meetings that fit our schedule! A really nice guy, Olukunle is a great addition to our club.

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Service Report

Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey


On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!

D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel
Volunteer at the 2018 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship

Plested, Roger
In December I helped the Salvation Army in their Kettle campaign

leConge Ziesenhenne, Monique
Fundraising for The Quinan St. Project (https://www.quinanstreet.org/)

For Members Only

February 2019 Club Announcements

  • “Hi! Do you have any questions about the club?” – The New Facebook Chatbot on Main Pages. If you have visited any of our non-meeting pages in the past few days, you’ll notice that we now have a Facebook Chatbot active on our site. This is one of our new initiatives to try to convert more prospective leads into members, as well as to increase interaction between guests and our club. Messages will be responded to by our social media team. Please note this messenger chat isn’t designed for club members. Members, if you still want to contact someone, please direct your notices to the email of the member or the officer you want to reach.
  • 2019 Homepage Refresh! After hearing feedback from members, the webmasters can now say that we have finally gotten around to updating the main hero image on the homepage into something that we believe better represents the global and the digital nature of our club. We’ll be periodically changing the graphic throughout the year, as we continue to refresh different parts of our site.
  • Join page updated! The webmaster team has done a much-needed facelift for the Join page. The start of a new year is the perfect time to share with friends and colleagues our Join page!
  • Weekly Meeting Disqus Reactions Updated. Did you know you can leave a reaction for each of our weekly meetings now? Right above the comments for a weekly meeting, you’ll now find four different reactions you can vote for. We’ve also added some comment policy, and are working on fine-tuning a few other pieces to the comments and the meetings.
  • New year, new posts! eClub Rotarians – haven’t joined the conversation on Facebook yet? Consider joining the conversation by signing into our club members-only Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rotarysiliconvalley/

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we do regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of the events and service projects listed here.

Also be sure to join our Meetup Group for automatic calendar updates and to RSVP for our events! These are open to all guests as well!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

More events coming soon! All events are open to guests, unless otherwise mentioned. Feel free to join us! If you ever have questions, please email [email protected]

What would you like to do?

Hey Members! Let us know what you want to do by posting in our members-only Facebook Group (if you don’t have access, please request it with Webmaster Mitty). Remember, you’re only taking advantage of the full impact of Rotary when you’re stepping up to get involved.

Happy Dollars: Do Good by Sharing Something Good

Each week we ask our members to share stories with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal of this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each fellow members and guests, while giving back to a good cause.


Happy dollars is an opportunity to share something positive that has happened in your life whether it is personal or business. Think of it as your opportunity to brag a little, but also put a little bit into a karma jar. The money donated through happy dollars is put to charitable use, and the message that you leave for happy dollars will be posted in our online meeting the following week for the entire week for folks to see! (Pending that it’s appropriate!)

Here are the happy dollars contributions from last week!
This section is usually updated on the early hours of Saturday, so contributions made over the weekend may not be listed here.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Enjoying studying astronomy with my 7th grade son. Learning about white dwarfs!

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Had a great library conference in Seattle last week! Annual Fund, please.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
The weather has cooled off a bit. Other than that, things are great!

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

Fill out my online form.

Selected Comments

Every week at the bottom of our meetings, there is a comments section for members and guests to tell us what they enjoyed about the meeting or to ask questions to the speaker. We select a few comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.


Here are the comments selected from last week’s meeting.

Rebecca Fry said:
Blown away by David’s innovation with lego! Well done Kat for running such an incredible event. We also work with Foodbank in Australia and it’s great to see products going to families in need, rather than landfill.

Tzviatko Chiderov said:
The “Hand Solo” video is amazing! David Aguilar is such a cool kid!
Bernadette, I enjoyed your talk. It sounds like you’re putting together an incredible event every time. I love that you are getting the whole community involved including other organizations and even stores. I’d be curious to hear more about how you are tackling food waste and how you got grocery stores on board to support that effort.

Catherine A said:
I agree with Mitty–Let’s ask David Aguilar to speak to our club about his Lego “Hand Solo” work. Let’s also use our Google connections to find David an engineering mentor and college scholarship fund at Google. What he has accomplished could help so many, at low cost, if he had a backer and the connections made through an Ivy League engineering education.Bernadette, thanks for sharing your Rotary project and super work with us. Rotary in my area supports daily hot lunches at a local church hall, where Trader Joe’s, among other food stores, donate soon-to-expire boxed food. Those who come for lunch may take the composed salads, sandwiches, burritos and wraps, etc. from TJ’s with them, to have a second and third meal. If we could encourage all of the fast food spots to participate and donate their surplus, pre-made food, we could help so many going hungry, many of whom are kids and teens.

Be sure to leave a comment at the end of this week’s meeting after you watch the program below, and perhaps you’ll see your comment featured next week!

Program: The Quinan Street Project: Fighting for arts education

Speaker: Anna Smith

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, entrepreneurship, and education, and how those contribute to service to others. Special thanks to member Roger Plested for leading our club’s Programs Committee in finding us amazing speakers each week.

This presentation is an overview of the importance of arts education accessibility in public schools, and how to use the arts to connect to more traditional academic fields. Accessibility to arts education can help with whole-child education and building community in schools and classrooms.

The Quinan St. Project: Fighting for arts education

Additional resources:


To view QSP curriculum: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b93026_a4e9b3c8bc1740078c23f99075015fb4.pdf

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Upcoming Program Recording Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online over Zoom video conference. We welcome members and guests to join us in one of these upcoming recordings. Recordings are approximately 30 minutes long and are subject to change without notice.

Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. You are welcome to join us! Please note the timezone listed for all recordings is US Pacific Time (San Francisco, California, USA).

If you can’t join the live recording, please send your questions for an upcoming speaker to [email protected]

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Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done.

We have a very short attendance survey below for you to fill out to record your attendance.

Visiting Rotarians, this is how you can get an email receipt to pass along to your club’s secretary as proof that you’ve attended our meeting if you need it for makeups.

Non-Rotarian Guests, we would love to see who is dropping by our meetings! This part is optional for you. If you think you may want to join our eClub at some point in the future, we would strongly recommend you fill out the attendance form as it will improve your chances of success for your membership application.

For all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment in our comments area below. Tell us how you enjoyed the program. Ask this week’s speaker any questions you might have. Or just stop by and say hello and tell us where you’re from!

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