//Rotaract, RI Assembly 2019

Rotaract, RI Assembly 2019

Meeting for the week of April 01 – April 07, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Rotaract, RI Assembly 2019

Speaker: Elyse Lin

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. 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:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

It’s the week of April Fools. I hope you got to play some practical jokes on those around you. If so please share them in the comments below.

A highlight of my last few days was a chat I had with our newest member – Alexandra. Alex is our first member in Europe as she is based in Switzerland. It’s so incredible to know that our club has members in Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, South America, and now Europe! Anyone have friends in Antarctica we can talk to? 🙂

Have a great week!


Tzviatko Chiderov
President-Elect, 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!

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 April! (And Happy April Fool’s Day to anyone reading this on Monday!) In honor of National Humor Month, I asked my students to give me their best jokes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

What is the richest cookie?
A fortune cookie!

Why don’t bears like to wear shoes?
Because they prefer bear feet!

What does Batman like in his drink?

Weekly Inspiration

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

Drive around the North End of Wichita, Kansas, and you’ll find an explosion of color. It’s the work of Horizontes, a community project that fuses activism and creative expression. Created by artist and community organizer Armando Minjarez, who immigrated to the United States in 2001, Horizontes is now at work on the world’s largest acrylic mural by a single artist: a towering, historically accurate piece that honors the Mexican laborers who built the city’s train tracks a century ago.

The Artist Enshrining a Town's People in Murals

World of

What do beer, brats, and Rotary have in common?

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/03/06/what-do-beer-brats-and-rotary-have-in-common/

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.

Star Trails show the rotation of the Earth around the North Star (Polaris). This one hour exposure was captured in Yosemite on a cold January night.

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 Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Shags from Walnut Creek, CA, USA.

My CWR with Shags was a good one, as time with Shags always is! He showed me pictures of Caleb (his grandson who is six months old), shared a story of an epic $8 eBay purchase of a car part that the dealer wanted $385 to order, and showed me the green garlic he picked up from a farmer this morning. If you missed the eclub video of Shags’ recipe for green garlic powder, find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tUu5q5ntEE
We also took time to remember Shags’ mom, aunt, and brother-in-law, all of whom have passed as a result of cancer, and honored a dear friend who is still fighting. Join us both in our club’s effort to raise awareness and research funds to find a cure!

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!

  • Herron, Nan: Working as a Board member for the Yoga Service Council at a 3-day Meeting to plan our annual conference
  • Hurley, Rushton: canvassing for Relay for Life
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Fundraising for a nursing home
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: New generations programs presentation for high school students and team building activities
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Search of international projects for the eClub for a Global Grant

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.

Helloooo, all! Did you get my email on Saturday? Was it Sunday in your part of the world? Either way, I hope you saw how participation has grown in our effort as a club to help end the scourge of cancer!

This week, a big shout-out goes to Brett and Ange, whose tea and pastry side business is donating April’s profits to our effort. Curious what that looks like? Feast your eyes on this bundle of yumminess:

(cinnamon roll image)

As a club dedicated to service, we are a team making the world a better place. Helping fun research to end cancer is not just a good way to do that, it’s also a chance to come together as a group. If you haven’t joined in yet, email Rushton (rushton@siliconvalleyrotary.com) and he can send you the list of ways to get involved.

What can you do now? Well, one especially fun way to get involved is to join the group attending the San Jose Earthquakes match on April 6th! Contact Rushton (rushton@siliconvalleyrotary.com) if you (and friends!) are up for a great outing, soccer style!

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.
Breaking my usual routine by going to Austin on Wednesday. The weather is great. All is well.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
My son and I are excited to get some stargazing in now that the weather is clearing up a bit.

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Happy it’s Spring! Donate to TRF-Annual Fund, please.

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.

Heather Shaw  said:
Cheryl, thank you for the enlightening presentation! I, too, had no idea of the reading level of the majority in the US. it is a great reminder for me as I interact with people

Nan Herron said:
Thank you, Cheryl! Your pursuit is such a useful, obvious resource for our world!

Rushton Hurley said:
As one who writes not infrequently in more convoluted fashion than most would desire or require, I found the program a good reminder for better production! 8^) I also was impressed by the Rotary page post about the couple who asked those who attended their wedding to donate to the effort to end polio. Very cool!

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: Rotaract, RI Assembly 2019

Speaker: Elyse Lin

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.

Elyse is the Rotaract Moderator of 2019 International Assembly and Rotary International Rotaract and Interact Committee Member this year. Inspired by her participation in volunteer work in college, she joined Rotaract in 2013 as the Charter President of Rotaract Club of Taipei Tin Harbour in District 3840, Taiwan. She then served in several district leadership roles and was elected as District Rotaract Representative in the year 2016-17. She was also the Host Organizing Committee Chair of Interota, the triennial Rotaract World Conference, in 2017.

Elyse graduated from National Taiwan University with a major in Life Science. She did her internship at Singapore Immunology Network with the focus on antibody engineering and then joined the government institute and hospital in Taiwan as a biomedical science research assistant. Elyse is currently the Project Manager at Manta Sleep and helps with e-commerce business operations and project management.

Rotaract + RI Assembly with Elyse Lin

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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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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