//Min-e-Grant Report: Nurture the Youth of Vietnam

Min-e-Grant Report: Nurture the Youth of Vietnam

Meeting for the week of February 11-17, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Min-e-Grant Report: Nurture the Youth of Vietnam

Speaker: Nicole Pham

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-Elect Tzviatko:

Dear Rotarians and Guests,

It’s Valentine’s Day this week. Happy holiday to all!

It is also election week for our club – time for us to pick the club’s leaders for the 2019-2020 Rotary year. Members, please check your emails for your election ballot. It you haven’t received the link please email me at [email protected] ASAP.

If you are not on the ballot, there are plenty of other opportunities to get involved! Please let me know if you are interested in helping find speakers, welcome new members, organize online or in-person socials, or do anything else to help our club grow and be better!

The election results will be announced in next week’s program. Thanks and looking forward to going through this process with all of you.

Yours in Rotary,


Tzviatko Chiderov
President-Elect, 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 Valentine’s Day! Whether you celebrate with your loved one, your friends, or just yourself, here are some jokes to make the day sweeter.

What do you say to an octopus on Valentine’s Day?
I want to hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, and hand!

What did the stamp say to the envelope?
I’m stuck on you!

What did the cucumber say to the pickle? 
You mean a great dill to me!

Weekly Inspiration

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

What do Skrillex, David Bowie, Salt-N-Pepa and basically every drum and bass track have in common? They’ve all used the Amen break, a four-bar drum solo that has become the most sampled loop in music history. Recorded in 1969, the six second sample originates from the song “Amen, Brother” by The Winstons, a funk and soul group from Washington, D.C. For many years, the solo was buried deep in musical archives—that is until hip-hop pioneer Lou Flores, aka “Breakbeat Lou,” featured it on his compilation, “The Ultimate Breaks and Beats.” Once producers caught wind of the solo, it took off, going on to change music forever.

The Most Sampled Loop in Music History

World of

The best way to find yourself

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/01/21/the-best-way-to-find-yourself/ .

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.

The Chinese New Year-“Year of the Pig” was February 5th. The parade in San Francisco will be February 23rd so there is still time to attend. This photo was take a few years ago. I used a delayed sync flash for the effect and was not offended by the “white face”.

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 Nan from Penngrove, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Andrew from Oakland, CA, USA.

Andrew and I just finished a wonderful CWR!
What an energetic and interesting individual! He explained his evolution as a grant-writer, stemming from his great love and skill of writing and literature. We then talked for a long time about our mutual love of books, and our gratitude for the existence of audio-literature! We exchanged ideas for next-books-on-audible, and talked about how we both love to read fiction as well as works focusing on human behavior, economics and neuroscience. We are hoping to connect in vivo one of these days since we live only an hour from each other!

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!

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.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is well. First draft of my novel is about one-third done.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Wow! Rare snow in the Santa Cruz Mountains! My kids’ school had their first-ever snow day. Tons of fun.

Catherine A made a $25 donation.
Wishing everyone who visits our Web site a Happy Valentine’s Day.
This donation is for RESV operations, grants and projects.

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.

Rushton Hurley said:
The video about the town in Italy is truly marble-ous! Ha ha ha. I really enjoyed reading about El Tour de Tucson, as well. In the club that Keith, Shags, and I belonged to before ReCSV started, several of our members would ride in that each year, as that eclub was based in Arizona. Awesome, too, to have Keith’s photos back in our meetings! Finally, thanks to Anna for all the work you are doing to connect kids with their possibilities. Kudos!

Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne said:
Thanks to Yvonne, for the funnies! I actually laughed out loud…and then realized I may be one of the few folks doing that. Ha. Ha. And as the host of this week’s recording, thanks to Ferheen and Roger for helping me out. Really great to share such a wonderful program with my Rotary club – thanks, Anna! I hope you all take a look at the website – maybe sponsoring a classroom is something we could do with a min-e grant or fundraising challenge. I’ll keep on it!

Sandy Stabile said:
Great program Anna. The Arts are so important in education.

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: Min-e-Grant Report: Nurture the Youth of Vietnam

Speaker: Nicole Pham

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.

Growing up as a child of Vietnamese immigrants, I heard first hand the stories my mom would share to me about her love for education despite living in poverty during the Vietnam War. With 5 other siblings, my mom oftentimes had to share her school supplies and even her clothing. My mother and her elder sister took turns sharing a backpack. One would go to school in the day time and the other at night. When my mom’s pencil became a small stub, she would use her knife to sharpen what little was left of her pencil. Despite her poverty, she was accepted into medical school. Because of her pursuit for freedom in America, she was unable to become the doctor she had dreamed to be. My whole life, I have admired my mother and her strength for sacrificing her own future so that I could succeed in America. My life goal is not only to be a caring physician but to help children in poverty achieve their educational goals. I aspire to lessen the burden with all that I can give to them. I was told by a wise Rotarian that “we stand on the shoulders of those before us,” and I will stand firm and strong for the future generation to stand on my shoulders.

My goal was to collaborate with VN Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization, that provides healthcare for the Vietnamese population. VN Hope was formerly a part of Project Vietnam, in which I attended two medical missions in 2014 and 2015. I returned as a student leader for VN Hope summer of 2018.

VN Hope allowed me to properly distribute the school supplies and children multivitamins as needed during their Summer medical mission. Thousands of people from all ages receive treatment during our two week medical mission. After going through the various health stations, patients are led to the final two rooms; pharmacy and gifts. There they received our generous donations.

Nicole Pham – Nurture the Youth of Vietnam

Additional resources:

Organization: http://vnhope.org
Book discussed during the talk: https://www.amazon.com/Spirit-Catches-You-Fall-Down/dp/0374533407

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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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.

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