Meeting for the week of June 24- June 30, 2019
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: What is next?
Speaker: Tzviatko Chiderov
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,
In this last week of the Rotary year I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to our President Andrew Taw and the rest of our Board for their leadership, guidance, and hard work over the past 12 months!
I know you will love this week’s program! 🙂
In all seriousness, I look forward to your comments and ideas on how I can help make this coming Rotary year a great one for our club and for each of you! I’m excited about what’s to come and I hope you are too.
Please don’t forget to fill out the attendance survey below.
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!”
I’m spending this week at our district’s Camp RYLA along with 200 young leaders. You could say that it’s quite in-tents!
What’s another name for a sleeping bag?
A nap sack!
What do you call a camper without a nose or a body?
What do you get when you cross a fish and an elephant?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
From the time she could walk, Sasha Christian has been riding waves. She discovered her love of wakeboarding at the age of five and has been testing the limits of the sport ever since, earning the title of Singapore’s National Wakeboard Champion four years in a row. Now, the homegrown darling is training Singapore’s next generation of female wakeboarders to push through the fear and set new standards.
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.
I call this photo “Cows on Mars”. Some may think I used Photoshop to create the red and blue colors, but this was taken before digital cameras were in wide use and Photoshop was in early development. For this photo, I used a film camera with color infrared film. Green plants reflect infrared light differently and this results in the colors you see here. Since the cow hides do not have chlorophyll, they look normal. For Black and White infrared film, the grass and hills would turn mostly white.
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 Rory from Houston, TX, USA reporting on a chat with Olukunle from Lagos, Nigeria.
Olu and I just finished our CWR meeting a few minutes ago. Olu is involved with computers with a bank where he lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He has two young children and enjoys his work. Prior to joining our club. Olu belonged to a traditional Rotary club. I enjoyed our meeting.
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
- 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!
Our members Ferheen, Raquel, and Cecelia at a get-together during Raquel’s recent visit to the Silicon Valley!
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.
I spent most of this week at a seminar in Rushton”s home town of San Antonio. Great week!
Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Back from a great week exploring Civil War battlefields and old railroads in Alabama, Tennessee and N. Georgia while my son was in Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. When I suggested that my wife and daughter come along for a great week of history and battlefield hikes, they laughed uproariously and told me to enjoy myself.
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.
Nathan Gildart said:
Wow. I’ll echo Ferheen – there is a lot going on with your club Ajang. That’s really impressive. I’m wondering what we can learn from your examples given in this presentation.
Carey Lai said:
Thank you for sharing the meaningful project with us. Keep up the good work! =)
Mark B said:
Just echoing the sentiments, AJ your club is inspiring. Quality and Quantity of projects being done.Maybe an opportunity for our club to partner with your club on one of your projects.
Another great photo Keith. Do you sell any of these as prints? I could see a couple of your photos hanging on my walls.
Also enjoyed Kommy’s video as well. Very creative guy.
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: What is next?
Speaker: Tzviatko Chiderov
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.
Tzviatko Chiderov is the President-Elect of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley and in this program he will tell us about his goals for our club in the new Rotary year.
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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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.