Meeting for the week of April 08 – April 14, 2019
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Food Share
Speaker: Bernadette Siracky
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 Andrew:
Greetings Rotarians and Guests,
This week we have Bernadette Siracky to present about the Kamloops Food Bank and how they are helping alleviate food insecurity. Fulfilling basic needs is incredibly important for every community and food banks are amazing pieces of social infrastructure for mass generosity. I’m excited to hear what she has to say and I’m sure you are as well! Please let us know what you think in the comments section below, whether you’re a member or a guest!
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!
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!”
April 8 is National Zoo Lovers’ Day! Are you a fan of your local zoo? Even if you’re not, hopefully the jokes this week will have you roaring with laughter!
Why don’t they play poker in the zoo?
Too many cheetahs!
What do you get when two giraffes collide?
A giraffic jam!
What do you call an alligator in a vest?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
Sorry to shatter the illusion, but that expensive, bottled kombucha iced tea you’ve been drinking isn’t anything close to the authentic stuff—and, believe us, you’re missing out. Come along as we travel to Japan’s Rishiri Island and meet Chiharu Hirakawa, a shop owner and master of creating the real-deal drink. Located off the coast of Hokkaido, the remote island is famous for its locally-harvested kombu seaweed. Hirakawa uses the kombu, after it has been dried and powdered, to create traditional kombucha tea.
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.
Here is Rushton at our charter party in March 2015. How time flies.
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 Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Rebecca from Sydney, Australia.
Bec is the cutest!! We had such a great time chatting about Rotary and Australia and health care and beaches. Bec lives in Sydney near the beach. She is moving a little bit farther away from the city but even closer to the beach!!! How lucky is that. I tried to use my Australian lingo on her but I failed haha! Apparently, no one actually uses “”dunny”” to say bathroom anymore… I asked her about her Rotary journey and she explained that she spent a LOT of time deciding which Rotary club to join. I think that is so important and I am also really happy that she picked us! (Good job Mitty lol) Bec is such a Rotary powerhouse. I hope she becomes the International President one day. I’m rooting for you, Bec!!!! 🙂
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
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!
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.
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.
It’s Relay news time! Two of our members were at last Saturday’s Earthquakes match, and Rushton took some to help out at the table where the group from our Relay event passed out information about detecting cancer early, getting involved in the April 27th event, and honoring people who are battling cancer (or caring for those who are).
One of our newest members, Vandana Agarwal, kicks off our sharing of images with this message: “I join the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley team in supporting our club’s fight against cancer!”
Won’t you join in, too?
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.
Weather was down in the forties last night. Other than that, all is well.
Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Fantastic weekend event with my son’s Boy Scout troops in the forest learning how to load and shoot Revolutionary War-era flintlocks and Civil War era muzzle-loading black powder rifles. Made me a lot more appreciative of early Californian settlers who had to use these tools to hunt for food.
Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.
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.
Carey Lai said:
Elyse, Thank you for your informative presentation.
Anna Weltman said:
Elyse, Thank you for your report. This was a very worthwhile presentation!
Tzviatko Chiderov said:
Elyse, I love your energy 🙂 It’s so great to see Rotary putting more focus on young people and supporting your ideas. With leaders like you I have no doubt we’ll continue to innovate and evolve in all the right ways.
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: Food Share
Speaker: Bernadette Siracky
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.
Bernadette Siracky is the Executive Director of the Kamloops Food Bank. Under her direction the food bank has developed the program called FOOD SHARE.
Bernadette began her career as a teacher and was responsible for district-wide planning for students with learning disabilities. She moved to Kamloops in 2007 and started volunteering at the Food Bank. She took on the role of Executive Director in 2008 and has been here ever since.
Why the Food Bank?
The Kamloops Food Bank is a true example of generosity, compassion, and the power of community. I am grateful to work with a dedicated group of staff, volunteers and Board of Directors that ensure our vision of a hunger-free community remains a priority.
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.