Meeting for the week of March 02 – March 08, 2020
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Road to the 2020 Census
Speaker: Anne Karoly
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Table of Contents
- President’s Message
- Guests Recognition
- Weekly Funny
- Weekly Inspiration
- Member Spotlight
- World of Rotary
- Through a Rotarian’s Lens
- Learn Something New
- Coffee With a Rotarian
- New Member Introduction
- Oscar Winners!
- Club Announcements
- Our Events & Projects
- Happy Dollars
- Selected Comments
- This Week’s Program
- Upcoming Program Recording Schedule
- Attendance Survey
Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!
Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:
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.
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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
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Kelly from Munich, Germany
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Tzviatko Chiderov (Mar 3)
From around the world,
Wishing you all the best, on your birthday and always!
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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!”
March is National Noodle Month! Here are some jokes for you to slurp up.
What is the most humorous kind of pasta?
What do you call a fake noodle?
What is the dress code at the pasta convention?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
The courtyard behind Bai Junping’s workshop is packed with lanterns, rows and rows of red and gold lanterns. It’s a traditional occupation in the village of Tuntou, China, dating back to ancient times. Bai makes tens of thousands of lanterns every year. Some of Bai’s lamps are small, but he is also known for his giant lanterns. And he wants to go even bigger.
This week’s Member Spotlight is Maxi Bustos! Here is what they have been up to lately:
I started this year visiting my family in my hometown in La Rioja, Argentina. I had such a great time, enjoying the warm summer, swimming pool, nice view of the mountains, and of course having many barbecues and good Argentinian wine (Malbec).
During my stay in La Rioja, I met with my old friends from the Interact Club La Rioja, a club for which I am the Charter Secretary (this is back on 2006 when I first learned about Rotary). It was so great to catch up with good Rotary friends and hear about their work in Rotaract and Rotary. We all took different paths on our Rotary journey, but we keep committed to this amazing organization 14 years later.
Here is the swimming pool with the mountains in the back. We have construction going on, but we still enjoyed it!
Then I traveled to Buenos Aires and attended the ERAUP 2020. ERAUP is one of the largest Rotaract training events in the world. It gathers 400 rotaractors from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay for one week, with 4 days of 8 hours of training each, one day of community service and really cool theme parties every night!
I attended this event many times in the past, both as a participant and trainer, and once as an organizer (organizing an event for 400 people was one of my best Rotaract experiences). This was my first time attending as a Rotarian, although I managed to mix up very well 🙂
I gave a couple of talks on innovation and project management, and of course talked a lot about our club! I also had the opportunity to talk with RI Director Mário Cesar de Camargo for almost two hours over lunch and coffee, and it was great to see his support for Rotary youth programs and the changes they are making to elevate Rotaract.
I also met Rotaractors working on a project to build a public university in a small city in Cordoba, Argentina. I loved the project, so I am syncing with them often and looking for opportunities of collaboration with our club (specially since we are so passionate about education here!)
Here is a picture of my ex Rotaract District back in Argentina, together with Mário
Here is a training session with Rotaractors and Rotarians (we decided to remove most of the chairs and sit forming a big U).
I got back to California for one week, and traveled to NYC for work. I love NYC! I made a few new Rotaractors and Rotarians friends and participated of the Rotaract Club at United Nations fundraiser for Australian koalas in danger during the fires.
I got back to California for two weeks, and then headed up to Zurich for work. Again, I made new Rotaract friends, but this time I didn’t find any service project to participate. While walking in the city I found this:
I had one free weekend so decided to take a train to Munich to visit a friend I haven’t seen in 3 years. While there, I also met fellow club member Kelly, and we did an unofficial “gin tonic with a rotarian” (sorry Tzviatko, it was too late for coffee!). Masha, a rotaractor from Russia that I met in Hamburg Rotary Convention last year also joined us.
I think that’s all I have for now! 2020 has been a great year so far, and I am very thankful of all the opportunities life is presenting to me.
Thanks for reading.
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.
In 2012, I went to India for Polio Plus with Rotary. Children followed us everywhere. This portrait of two Indian girls is a good example of how to “fill the frame”. Don’t be afraid to get in close when taking people pictures and try to get your subject’s to express themselves. The first step is to get them to feel relaxed by interacting even if you don’t speak the language.
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.
Revisiting: Green Garlic with Shags
Shags here! Four years ago I created a little video about Green Garlic, also called Spring Garlic. Available only at farmers markets from about mid to late March until around mid-May, it’s garlic in the early stages of development, and the flavor is much more subtle. Once it develops the husks around the cloves, it’s left to mature to become what we know as dried garlic heads. Two seasons ago I made about 4 pounds of sliced green garlic that I froze and used for the past two years, with about a half-pound still remaining. The pungency is still strong with that batch! Last year, I went into overdrive drying it and making a few pounds of my “green garlic dust”, which I love using on almost everything. I also tried the drying/grinding/powdering technique on spring onions, and that came out equally amazing. This year I’m going to work on some infused olive oil. Here’s the video again. 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 Shags from Walnut Creek, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Mahmood from San Jose, CA, USA
Rather than coffee, which makes me more jumpy than I care to be, Mahmood and I (and my wife, Karen, and pup, Truffle) met for lunch in between where we live. A great Italian place in Pleasanton, CA, called De La Torre’s Trattoria. Again, a big “”thank you”” for treating us to a delightful lunch, with leftover pizza that stretched into dinner for us and our grandson, with whom we visited on the way back home, then two more lunches for Karen and me. (Mahmood — as I said, I’m keeping score, so it’s our turn to treat next time!)
Mahmood and I are about the same age and have experienced similar things in life, which was a blessed connection. I’m hoping to be of support to him with some things he is going through, and it’s so touching to be a person to be of comfort and understanding on things that are outside of our control.
Vocationally, he’s working on something that is vital to online security, and having had a bit of experience with software development, I wish him all the best in getting it to work, as there are people out there every day who wake up and then try to get others to part with their hard earned money through fraud, theft, and deceivery. Not just individuals, but companies, municipalities, and even the federal government. (Really?!?)
As a last note, we talked about another paella event, perhaps one with a Pakistani flavor, at Rushton’s place this summer. The big pan I have isn’t partial to any cuisine, and his description of his handmade meat skewers got me thinking about an alternative way of using it!
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
Our first ever March Madness basketball tournament bracket! The games start on March 17th. We’ll follow the same basic rules as the Oscar Pool. Donate $10 to Happy Dollars and indicate it’s for March Madness. Next, set up your bracket.
Sign up by March 16th and select the winners in your bracket by end of day on March 16th. First game is on March 17th!
Tell us about service you’ve done recently in your community.
Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey
Attended the Passport Club meeting with a potential new member
RI Membership Referral Chair for our District. Contacted potential new members.
Worked Membership Table at District International Expo Fair
Helped set up for the Watermark Women’s Conference
Worked the Rotary Membership Table at the American Ancestry Festival
Census 2020 Volunteering with CAIR
AVolunteering at a homeless youth shelter
Volunteering at Stanford Hospital
Volunteered with the Fremont Bridge Rotarty Club at the Salaam Food Pantry
Planning committee for “Camp Winning Hands” a week long summer camp experience for children + teens (7-17) with congenital limb differences, a safe and supportive place where they can meet other people like them and have fun exploring how to engage in all camp things!! (archery, here back ridding, kayaking etc).
On the first meeting of every month, we feature service reports from club members for the previous month. Thanks for your service everyone!
Happy Birthday Peace Corps!
March 1, 2020 was Peace Corps’ 59th birthday! Here are some messages of thanks to the Peace Corps and to our very own Cecelia Babkirk who is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia!
- 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.
February Online Social
Grateful Garment (organization that presented to us in Jan 2018) Gala Dinner and Auction
May 1, 2020, 6pm-10pm
Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014
More info at https://gratefulgarment.org/grateful-gala-dinner-and-auction/
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/
District 5170 Training Assembly
April 18, 2020, 8:30am-2pm
University of Silicon Andhra, 1521 California Circle, Milpitas, CA 95035
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@example.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.
Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Rainy the last day. But since Jazzmine is in my lap, I am happy.
Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Getting over a cold and visited Nashville, TN, for a Public Library Association Board meeting (3rd from last for me!) and conference. Wonderful.
John Dutra made a $5 donation.
Lots of great connections and updates on projects — good to see Paul Andrus and the group from the Bridge!
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:
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: Road to the 2020 Census
Speaker: Anne Karoly
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!
The “Road to the 2020 Census” talk will share the tremendous benefits the once-a-decade population count has for each of American including representation in government, how much funding each community receives, and how it provides data for businesses and community organizations to plan for the future. The talk will highlight the efforts that are being made to reach hard-to-count groups and how each household will be able to respond beginning in March 2020. The presentation will highlight how businesses, government entities, nonprofits and community organizations can become partners with the 2020 Census through developing solutions to effectively reach everyone and encourage them to respond to the 2020 Census. Lastly, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the decennial census, and for our members outside the United States to share how the census works differently in their countries.
Our speaker, Anne Karoly, joined the U.S. Census Bureau in January 2019 as a Recruiting Assistant promoting 2020 Census jobs in her local community. In July, Anne became a Partnership Specialist working with local organizations to raise awareness and encourage participation in the 2020 Census. She is assigned to Santa Clara County engaging community organizations, networks and leaders on the importance of a complete and accurate population count.
A native Californian, she has returned after 23 years living on the East Coast. Most recently, in Alexandria, Virginia, as the Associate Director for Continuing Education at Virginia Theological Seminary, which is the largest and second oldest seminary in the United States. Anne designed and implemented programs for adult learners, servicing diverse populations of the Mid-Atlantic region. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in non-profits, senior programs and faith-based organizations. When not working, Anne enjoys being out-of-doors, reading and quilting.
Members and guests, please welcome Anne Karoly!
For more information about the U.S. census, go to: https://2020census.gov/
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.
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