//2019 RI Convention – Hamburg

2019 RI Convention – Hamburg

Meeting for the week of March 11 – March 17, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: 2019 RI Convention – Hamburg

Speaker: Florian Wackermann/Phillip Franke

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 Florian Wackermann and Phillip Franke here to talk to us about the upcoming 2019 RI Convention. Having gone to the the convention last year in Toronto, I’d highly recommend it. It’s a great excuse to travel and an excellent way to make new passionate friends. Also, members of our e-Club tend to be more excited than most other Rotarians to see each other in person there!


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!”

Many of us in the United States turned our clocks forward one hour for the start of Daylight Saving Time this past Sunday. Don’t get too wound up — here are some jokes to fuel you through your lost hour!

What does a clock do when it’s hungry?
It goes back four seconds.

What animal keeps the best time?
A watch dog!

What kinds of bugs live in clocks?

Weekly Inspiration

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

London is full of green spaces, but there is one many people walk by on a daily basis, unaware of its existence. A serene hideaway, it’s tucked within the remains of St. Dunstan-in-the-East, a church that was bombed during World War II. Come visit this sweet spot with us.

Inside London’s 900-Year-Old Secret Garden

World of

Take a virtual tour of Room 711

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/02/22/take-a-virtual-tour-of-room-711/

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.

Photography is all about capturing light. These impalas in Kenya were photographed on an overcast day in ideal lighting conditions. I used a long lens (400mm) and fast shutterspeed from a parked vehicle. The Rotarian Magazine will be publishing this photo in a future issue (June-July).

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 Mitty from Fremont, CA, USA.

Mitty and I finally found a mutually convenient time to connect for this month’s CWR visit. From mid-February through June, he travels to about 15 different Rotary related conferences and events talking to Rotarians about different topics of interest. We chatted about many things – Rotary and otherwise. And we posed some interesting questions: Are you a folder or a scruncher? (That’s a way to split a group in two cohorts!) Is it Dave’s Killer Bread or Killer Dave’s Bread? (He is an ex-con but not for homicide.), and even more mundane things. He’s working on the early stages of a non-profit that will help those in remote areas of the world that have high poverty rates learn how to program and write code so that they can earn a living via the internet. He is indeed Mighty Mitty!

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 inquiries@siliconvalleyrotary.com

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.

eClub vs. Cancer!

Our club annually gets together to support the fight against cancer, and our 2019 effort starts this week – we would like every member of this club to get involved! You can walk as part of our group at the Santa Clara Relay for Life on April 27th, donate to help fund medical research, or honor a friend or family member battling cancer.

Watch this section of the meeting for the next six weeks, and also keep an eye on your inbox, as we’ll be sending notes with more details on how to get involved soon!

Relay for Life Santa Clara

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.
Today the weather has been unseasonably cold. It will drop down to freezing tonight. Other than the bought of coldness, all is well.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Planning a trip to Space Camp this summer with my son.

Rushton Hurley made a $20 donation.
I’m excited we’re starting our Relay for Life efforts!

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.

Tzviatko Chiderov  said:
Great getting to know you a little more Celine! I loved the video you showed! It seems like Belize is such a beautiful place. I hope to visit one day. 
It was wonderful to hear about the experience and impact you had through the min-e-grant project. Well done!

Raquel D. Juncal said:
Thanks for your presentation, Celine! Glad you decided to apply for the Min-e-Grant! Well done!

Nathan Gildart said:
Celine, you’re clearly a passionate individual. Thank you for sharing. I would LOVE to travel to Belize! I loved the Great Big Story as well. (and SG is one of my favourite cities ever!)

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: 2019 RI Convention – Hamburg

Speaker: Florian Wackermann/Phillip Franke

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.

Both Florian Wackermann and Phillip Franke are member of the Public Relations committee for the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg Germany. They hope that as many members of our club as possible will attend this event.

Hamburg RI Convention

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.

You’re Almost Done! Please complete The Attendance Survey…

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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