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Coping with Uncertainty and Anxiety

Meeting for the week of April 13 – April 19, 2020

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Coping with Uncertainty and Anxiety

Speaker: Nan Herron

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from Rotary Club of Santa Clara and the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley:

Greetings from the Rotary Club of Santa Clara and the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Rotary Club of Santa Clara and the 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?

Rotary's Four-Way Test

Members of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley from around the world

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!”

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? While many of us are spending more times inside, here are some jokes to get you lit(erature).

When is a blue book not a blue book?
When it is read!

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.
It was tense.

Where do pencils come from?



Weekly Inspiration

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

Wine has been produced in Georgia for 8,000 years, making it the oldest winemaking country in the world. Like her ancestors, winemaker Baia Abuladze ferments grapes with their skins intact, in big clay pots known as kvevri.

This traditional technique—not to mention access to 525 varieties of indigenous grapes—makes Georgian wine unlike any other.

Behind Georgia’s 8,000-Year-Old Winemaking Tradition


World of

Please welcome Rotarian Les Walsh from the Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Passport who stopped by during a previous meeting!

Les spent his working life in banking and investment, and established his own financial planning practice in 1991. He retired in July 2006 and relocated to Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Australia in October 2016 where he has continued his volunteer work for Rotary. A Rotarian for almost 20 years, he is currently involved in establishing what will be the Sunshine Coast’s newest Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Sunshine Coast Passport.




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.

One thing the Coronavirus can not shut down is the beauty of spring flowers.

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.

Nan Teaching Breathing

Our speaker this week is Member Nan Herron, who shares some techniques and insights for breathing in yoga.

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 Kelly from Munich, Germany reporting on a chat with Tanya from Atlanta, GA, USA

Tanya and I had a great CWR meet-up today. We talked about her past trips to Montreal and Toronto. She previously attended the Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. This surprised me as I did not know those festival were well known outside of Canada. Very cool! Of course, we also chatted about our careers. I was intrigued to hear Tanya has three different jobs: one as an Editor for various websites, working as a Virtual Assistant and also managing her own Wellness Blog.

Her online work allows her to work from home and offers her the flexibility to work from anywhere. She hopes to move to D.C. in the near future – its diversity being the primary draw. We also spoke about the current news and how each of the cities we live in are responding to the virus. While discussing which items were sold out vs. not, I discovered Tanya eats a ‘clean diet’ – meaning, she only eats organic foods.

Furthermore, I learned she often shops at Trader Joe’s. The store is kind of a big deal to Canadians as well, some of whom have become addicted to their products. I’d really like to go there at some point and check it out! All in all, Tanya and I had a great time getting to know each other and shared some laughs. Also, how cool are her frames?! Hope you all stay safe and healthy.

We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!

Relay for Life

Hello, eclub folks!

As you know, our club is engaged in its annual drive to help in the fight against cancer. We raise funds for research, support, and educational programs. We buy luminaria to honor and remember those affected by cancer. We walk as part of the Wild Walkers team in the Santa Clara Relay for Life.

We also share messages like the ones below.

We want every member of our club to take part! You can send an email to Rushton with a message, plan to join the team when the postponed event takes place in October, or send a donation via this page: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rushton

Next week we’ll share a list of all who have joined in so far – we hope you’ll be part of it.

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!

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:

April Online Social

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 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

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.

MONIQUE ZIESENHENNE made a $20 donation.
For Relay for Life! My mom (now 89) is a breast cancer survivor and I’m always grateful for this!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Warm gloomy day. The tree pollen has subsided, so I was able to go for a long walk. Jazzmine is on the back of my chair looking down on me.Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Unless otherwise stated in your message, this week’s Happy Dollars will go to the non-profit Maker Nexus, to support their work in producing COVID-19 protective equipment for healthcare workers. Learn more about Maker Nexus and their innovative approach for creating face shields using 3D printers at https://www.makernexus.com/covid1

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.

Sarah Tuberty said:

Such an amazing program!! Education and personal development are so important to help transition our workers and help to lead more meaningful lives! Thank you for your program Brandon and better yet, thank you for the work you do!!

Rushton Hurley said:

Loved the video about the girls basketball team. It’s always cool to see people persevere. Tanya, good to hear you’re hanging in there – may those health issues stay on hold! Very cool to get the message from Rotarian Ebrin, as well – we’re glad to have you visit. Great picture, Keith, as always. Shags, that was a fun video on the snow globes – nice share. Emily, good to be reminded about the help you’re giving friends with their dogs. A righteous service, that is!

Brandon, it was great to be reminded of your story. There are so many people that are just a short step away from regaining their sense of self-worth, and your work is making that happen in your part of the country in wonderful ways.

Mitty Chang said:

Great to see some familiar faces in this meeting.

Brandon, thanks for taking the time to speak to our Rotary club! Some incredible work you and your team are doing. It sounds like your team has come a long way. Kudos to you and your team!

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: Coping with Uncertainty and Anxiety

Speaker: Nan Herron

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!

Nan will be talking to us about methods and ideas for coping with uncertainty and anxiety.

Inspired by the current news with Covid-19, Nan has offered to present on this topic. We feel this is incredibly timely with the daily, ever-changing news and the uncertainty and anxiety it can bring up for people.

This talk will deal with the psychological side of anxiety and uncertainty, whether related to Covid-19 or any other issue, and will not be able to address purely medical questions related to Covid-19.

Nan Herron presents to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley about uncertainty and anxiety.

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 http://zoom.siliconvalleyrotary.com/. 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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