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Groundswell Community Project

Meeting for the week of May 06 – May 12, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Groundswell Community Project

Speaker: Natalie Small

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,

This week we have Natalie Small who will be talking to us about Groundswell Community Project and the healing effect of nature. I’m sure you’ll all enjoy her talk.

This is also the first full week of the month, which is when we recognize our members who have done (and have reported on) their service work over the past month — see the Service Report section below. I know we have many members doing community service all the time and we often forget to fill out the form. I’m guilty of this myself and I’m making a commitment to do a better job in reporting this going forward! I hope you’ll do the same! 🙂

Finally, check out the Announcements section below for more info on the upcoming Rotary 5170 District Conference in case you missed the emails from our District leaders!


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 May! This month is full of cool stuff from National Egg Month to National Salsa Month to National Mental Health Awareness Month. Whatever you honor, may it be the best!

What did spring say when it was in trouble?
May Day!!

Which state loves May the most?

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Weekly Inspiration

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

Join us for a vegetarian’s dream tour of Delhi. Make room for fruit chaat, frozen desserts, samosas of many persuasions and an omelet made of moong lentils. (Omnivores, you’ll like it, too.)

4 of the Best Street Food Finds in Delhi

World of

Rotary makes it a small world after all

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/04/03/rotary-makes-it-a-small-world-after-all/

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.

This photo was taken in 2009, but a few years later, what you’re seeing, Arch Rock at Point Reyes National Seashore, collapsed and tragically killed a hiker. It’s a powerful reminder that nothing is permanent. Value beauty when you see it, and value the people in your life while they are with you.

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 Alexandra from Switzerland reporting on a chat with Nate from Nagoya, Japan.

Nate and I met today and for me, it was a very special experience because Nate was my first Rotarian I had an online coffee with 😉 Thank you very much Nate! And also thank you, Rushton, for inviting this cool guy to our club! Nate and I spent great time discussing various topics like the school system in Japan or the Japanese vacation regulation. It was very interesting to learn how different the Rotary clubs are around the world. We particularly compared the Japanese clubs and the Swiss clubs and also talked about the diversity in Rotary or better to say the lack of diversity…
There is only one negative thing I can report about – Nate had a job offer in Stuttgart, Germany and he said no! What a pity! Otherwise we would have had another club member from Europe 😉


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!

  • leConge Ziesenhenne, Monique: Fundraising event; trivia contest
  • leConge Ziesenhenne, Monique: Fundraising trivia contest to benefit the Richmond Museum of History
  • Stabile, Sandy: Worked as Sargent of Arms at the District Training
  • Stabile, Sandy: School Painting Project with Niles Fremont
  • Rotary Hurley, Rushton: preparation for and participation in Relay for Life
  • Abbasi, Ferheen: Volunteered at Stanford Hospital
  • Abbasi, Ferheen: Volunteered as a scribe in a clinic
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Keynote Speaker at Lone Star PETS
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Pan-American Rotaract Conference Planning
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: ShelterBox Ambassador Field Experience
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Meeting with community leaders to plan the construction of a community park with recyclable products
  • D’Garay-Juncal, Raquel: Park cleanup and collection of recyclable materials

We also appreciate the 22 members who helped out with the American Cancer Fundraiser, Relay for Life, last month. Let’s keep making good happen in our communities!

For Members Only

Club Announcements

Come Aboard the USS Hornet for the Rotary 5170 District Conference!

Saturday Night Keynote Speaker: Former Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly

DAY 1: Friday, May 17 – 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Premiere of 2019 Sundance Film Festival Award Winning Documentary “Apollo 11”, Reception, Dinner Dancing, Honoring Those Who Serve

DAY 2: Saturday, May 18 – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm – Parade of Club Flags, Forums/Breakout Sessions, Richard D. King Speech Contest Winner, Dinner with former Astronaut Scott Kelly and Big Band Dancing

DAY 3: Sunday, May 19 – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm – Rotarians Day of Service

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 [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.


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.
Life is good.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
My 13yr old son Richard and I just finished reading “First Man: the Life of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen. Put aside all the interesting technical details of the moon landing: you can learn a ton about being a good human being from this book. If you read the original 2005 version like me, there’s a lot of useful new material in the new release. As Richard put it, “that was way better than the movie…”

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $25 donation.
I’m happy that as of next week, I will no longer be the interim Community Services Director – they are appointing a permanent one! I’ll go back to being the Library Director…AND the interim Assistant City Manager! Excited about this new opportunity. And happy to donate to TRF-Annual Fund.


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.

Nathan Gildart  said:
Thanks for that Tzviatko. Pretty impressive what you’re doing. I was learning about GETS and PETS from Alexandra when we had CWR. Was nice to have that understanding before you spoke.

Rushton said:

The Rotary.org article about Alex Ritchie was very impressive – I reached out in the hope of getting her to speak to us after watching the video, and before I’d finished the program, she’d written back! Seriously cool. Nan, your comment in the CWR article, “the supreme fabulousness of cats,” was one that resonated with me. Great word choice is a wonderful thing.

Tzviatko, your program was great – thanks! I was really intrigued to learn about the WhatsApp-based eclub. Perhaps we can get Tatenda or another member to present to us about their club and its service projects.

Finally, thanks again to all our members who took part in Relay for Life – it’s great to know we are striking a blow against cancer!

Vandana Agrawal said:
Thank you Rushton’s ‘ Relay for Life’ event efforts.
Enjoyed Tzviatko’s presentation on Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) in Harare, Zimbabwe . It was nice to learn that the President Elect took the initiative to attend PETS in Africa.
Liked the photo taken by Keith taken Milky Way at Crater Lake in Oregon.
Ferheen and Nan your CWR was interesting read.
Update from Brett Morey of Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship (March 2018 https://www.siliconvalleyro… was nice to watch. I would like to soak in the atmosphere of a similar event along with friends from our Rotary eClub during one of my visits to the Valley in Rotary year 2019-20


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: Groundswell Community Project

Speaker: Natalie Small

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.

Groundswell Community Project is a California based non-profit with the mission to heal, empower, and unite women in the waves through surf therapy and ocean conservation projects. Groundswell brings women from all over the world together who are overcoming abuse, trauma, trafficking, addiction, displacement, depression, and anxiety to diver deeper into self love, ocean love, and sisterhood.

Groundswell’s founder Natalie Small is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Trainer and Facilitator of First Aid Arts, and received training in using the arts for trauma recovery in Buenos Aires under Graciela Bottini with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. Natalie has 10 years of experience using the arts, yoga, sailing and surf as platforms for therapeutic healing and has combined her trainings, expertise, and experiences to build the Groundswell Community Project’s 8 week Surf Therapy program. Women from all different trauma stories and backgrounds come together, no longer as their cultural labels but as women united in the process of learning to surf Mother Ocean’s waves.

Groundswell Community Project with Natalie Small

Additional Resources


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]

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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