//Let the Children Live

Let the Children Live

Meeting for the week of February 24 – March 01, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Let the Children Live

Speaker: Fr Peter Walters

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

ReCSV President’s Message for the week of Feb 24, 2020

President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Guests, we are happy to have you join us this week!

As we see it, our flexibility as an online, asynchronous club allows a special type of service to Rotarians around the world: we make it easier for anyone to strive for and maintain 100% attendance. That keeps you engaged with Rotary’s events and ideas, and provides a moment of inspiration for devoting your creativity, talents, and resources to good causes.

You are certainly not required to pay anything in order to attend our meetings. However, if you would like to make a small contribution to our service efforts, you are welcome to do so in our secure Happy Dollars section down the page. This could be what you normally pay at your own club’s meetings for lunch, for example. Any amount is welcome, but first and foremost, we’re happy you’ve joined us, and hope you will share with others who we are and what we do to help inspire Service Above Self.

And don’t forget to fill out our attendance form so you get an email you can pass on to your club’s secretary!

The Four Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships.

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The Four Way Test – Suzanne

Suzanne from Napa, CA, USA

Club 5 Year Anniversary Reflections

My favorite memory so far is our personal getting-together in Hamburg (RI Convention 2019). It was so lovely to meet some of our club members in person!

Alexandra from Zurich, Switzerland

🎂 🎈 🎉 🎁 🍾
Happy Birthday!!

Carl Mianecke (Feb 25)

From around the world,
Wishing you all the best, on your birthday and always!

🎂 🎈 🎉 🎁 🍾

Members and guests, consider donating in their honor in our Happy Dollars section below.

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!”

Don’t cry over spilt milk — instead, laugh over these milk jokes!

What do you call a dwarf cow?
Condensed milk!

Where do cow astronauts stop for a drink?
The Milky Way!

Did you know that milk is the fastest liquid?
It’s pasteurized before you even know it!


Weekly Inspiration

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

At the Domaine du Capitaine Danjou winery in southeastern France, retired members of the French Foreign Legion harvest grapes and bottle red, rosé and white wine. The work is hard but therapeutic, providing a sense of purpose and peace. And you can’t beat the scenery. The property is also the site of a retirement home for those who have served in the elite branch of the French Army.


Visiting a French Winery Run by Veterans



Member  Spotlight

This week’s Member Spotlight is Mahmood Khan! Here is what they have been up to lately:

This week’s Member Spotlight is Mahmood Khan! Here is what they have been up to lately:

Since 2009 I have been hosting breakfast meetings for Silicon Valley local PMI (Project Management Institute) Chapter’s members and others to discuss their Profession, Job related issues, resume, brand creation, how to apply for a job, interview techniques, all related topics for their profession (Project/Program Management, IT, emerging Technologies, etc.)

After the 2008 financial meltdown, there were a lot of professionals out of work and needed professional help in getting re-positioned and prepare for transition. To help them I created a program called Mentor Train Recruit (MTR). To my amazement, I continue to have professionals that still attend the weekly breakfast meetings and workshops on professional topics.

Over the past 11 years there have been more than 700 individuals that have taken my one-day workshop and/or attended my job search and resume preparation seminars and/or attended multiple breakfast meetings. The breakfast meeting are free (each individual pays for their own breakfast) and the workshops range from $25-$75 all inclusive (breakfast, lunch and refreshments, and location rental expenses), depending on what the individual can afford (unemployed and people unable to pay can attend for free).

I have also been involved as a board member at San Jose Conservation corps and charter school – The latest is the program for Corps Members and Teachers and their families building Mobile Tiny homes. SJCCCS has a very extensive program and I help with programs where I can.

My latest passion is to help the homeless and folks with mental illness at a local level and am trying to launch an eRotary Initiative. Sandy and I have been talking and I have a short plan. I have been socializing it with the local Rotary clubs and hope to get enough combined support to get the program officially launched soon (in a month or so sponsored by our club).

World of

My first Rotaract Preconvention

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2020/01/15/my-first-rotaract-preconvention/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. In this section Member Keith Marsh shares his incredible photography!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

The Race Track is a dry lake bed in a remote part of Death Valley. Large rocks mysteriously slide over the mud in random patterns but no one has reportedly ever seen this happen. I took this photo in 2008.


Learn Something New

This section is curated by members Shags Shagrin and Rushton Hurley and aims to teach our members and guests something new, fun and useful! If you have any ideas on a fun trick or skill you’d like to share please contact Rushton or Shags.

Leap Day 4-Layer Pie!!

Found on the website Taste.co, “Leap Day only comes around once every 4 years. That means we have to make up for everything we could be eating if we had that extra day every year. Enter the 4-Layer Pie: each layer, separated by pizza dough, is a different course: garlic knots, spinach dip, pasta bake, and a giant cookie base. Don’t @ us, just dig in!” Video below and recipe here: https://tasty.co/recipe/leap-day-4-layer-pie. Enjoy!!

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 Vandana from New Delhi, India reporting on a chat with Maxi from Mountain View, CA, USA

Maxi and I had a WhatsApp video call on 16th Jan, 2020.
After completing his computer engineering in Argentina, Maxi moved to the Silicon Valley and joined Google. Maxi joined our Rotary eClub soon after moving to US .
Maxi is about 29 years old. Maxi has been a Rotarian for over a decade. He was a Rotaractor in Argentina for about 7 years and was also the founding member of a Rotary Club.
Maxi has had the experience of starting an e-commerce business in Argentina before joining Google. During our conversation he mentioned about his desire of getting back to entrepreneurship and starting a company.

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


February 22nd – Salaam Food Pantry with the Fremont Bridge Rotary Club

Ferheen was invited by the Fremont Bridge Rotary Club to help out the Salaam Food Pantry at the Islamic Center of Fremont run by Samreen Suleman and her husband Naseer Irfan. There were dozens of other volunteers, from youth to adults, that feed community members on the 4th Saturday of each month. More than 100+ people from the community were served of various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. Should out to the Fremont Bridge Rotary Club (Geeta Kadambi, Linea McPherson, Tejinder Dhami, Raji Nagarkar & Paul Andrus) for inviting the eClub to such a wonderful event. Interested in volunteering? The next one is on March 28th!

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

Club Announcements

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.

Past Events:

February Online Social

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 Events

Area 8 Service Project – Rise Against Hunger
Feb 29, 2020, 10am-12pm
Monta Vista High School Cafeteria, 21840 McClellan Rd., Cupertino, CA 95014
More info at https://tinyurl.com/area8serviceproject

Community Service Project Faire
Mar 14, 2020, 9am-12pm
DRYCO Fremont , 42745 Boscell Rd., Fremont, CA 95014
More info at https://events.rotarydistrict5170.org/

Training Assembly

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 inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

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.

Carl Mianecke made a $25 donation.
Going on a 15 day cruise this Friday. Hoping we don’t encounter any Corona Virus.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Gloomy week. Temperature in the low sixties.

Otherwise, all is great!

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.

Serah Tuberty said:

Another amazing meeting!! I LOVE the great big story videos, and often re-post them on my FB pages! Thank you for choosing them and sharing them.

Thank you so much for your presentation Judson, I appreciate your moments of realization. I have been thinking a lot about this idea of “Raising your hand.” In my RYE training I remember one past YRE student saying “just say ‘yes!” and have taken this in a lot of my decisions I have made in my life- and leaning into the fear or unknown of what exactly this “yes” entails, but showing up anyway. Thank you for the work you are doing!

Nathan Gildart  said:

Thanks for the presentation Judson. You’ve had some very unique experiences, and clearly see the “potential” opportunities for learning and community building that are all around us. Good show!

Love the GBS. We’re spending time talking about languages in our school this week so me thinks I’ll add that to the list of a few other short inspirational/inspiring activities we’ve planned. I could have used that bottle-top chopstick holder idea 23 years ago when I first came to Japan…

Mark B  said:

Thankyou for all participants for another great program.

Judson – Thanks for sharing your journey and insights. I look forward to reading your book.

Shags – I would be interested in your whistle-tune as well. Would love to see how it works with my dog.

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: Let the Children Live

Speaker: Fr Peter Walters

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.

The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley seeks to explore perspectives on service from across the world. The views of the speakers in our programs are their own, and unless stated otherwise, are not necessarily reflective of the views of our eClub nor Rotary International.

If you have an idea for a cool speaker, please feel free to reach out to them directly
or submit THIS FORM so our Program Committee can contact them!

Father Peter Walters was born in 1954, and was brought up England. Having been ordained in the Anglican (Episcopal) Church, he served in a parish in Newport, Wales, and then at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, England. He visited Colombia in 1982, and from 1984 onwards he returned there every year to spend his vacations there working as a volunteer with street-children. In 1992 he set up a charity called Let The Children Live! to raise funds in the UK to help them.

Tragically, many street-children fell victim to the violence that was then raging in Colombia, so in 1994 he went to live in Medellín, where the violence was worst and the need was greatest. He then started a Colombian charity called Fundación ¡Vivan Los Niños! (Funvini) to aid children at high social risk. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church, and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1995.

Since then, Fr Peter has helped Funvini to develop programmes for children who live or work in the street; for pre-teen and teenage mothers and their babies; for children with special educational needs; and for child refugees who have fled to Medellín from Venezuela. These programmes are currently helping about 500 children.

To raise funds in the the US to support this work, in 2012 Fr Peter founded Let The Children Live! Inc., a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation domiciled in Orinda, CA. He now spends half of the year working with Funvini in Medellín, and the remainder making appeals in the UK and the US.

Fr Peter has been a member of the Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon, England, since 2014.


Let the children live with Fr Peter Walters

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 programs@siliconvalleyrotary.com.

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