//Spotlight on Membership: Alexandra Heller

Spotlight on Membership: Alexandra Heller

Meeting for the week of July 08 – July 14, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Spotlight on Membership: Alexandra Heller

Speaker: Alexandra Heller

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 Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

The new Rotary year is in full swing! We had our first board meeting over the weekend and all of our members should have received a link to our member survey in your emails (please let me know at [email protected] if you haven’t).

Please take the time to complete the survey over the course of this week – the Board looks forward to reading your comments and using them to drive our plans for the year!

In this week’s program we get to learn about one of our own – Alexandra from Switzerland. I had the great pleasure of meeting Alexandra in Hamburg a month ago. She is so friendly and nice!

To all our current members: if you’re interested in presenting to the club please leave a note in the comments below! It would be great to have more of these types of programs!

Have a great week everyone!


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!”

July 12 is Collector Car Appreciation Day! Do we have any collectors here? Whether you collect them or appreciate them from afar, here are some jokes to get some vroom into your week!

What kind of cars do cooks drive?

What part of the car is the laziest?
The wheels because they’re always so tired!

Why did the car have a stomach ache?
Because it had too much gas!

Weekly Inspiration

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

In Hollywood, everything is magic and make-believe, even sounds. When you watch a film that immerses you completely in its world, you’re probably hearing the work of sound artists. If the work is done right, you won’t be able to tell that the “natural” sounds on screen are manufactured with studio props. That’s the challenge for Warner Bros. Foley artists Alyson Moore, Chris Moriana and mixer Mary Jo Lang. Theirs is a practice in recreation, one creative element at a time.

The Magic of Making Sound

World of

Thank you for a wonderful year, Rotaractors

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/06/27/thank-you-for-a-wonderful-year-rotaractors/

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.

Last week I posted a photo of the Milky Way taken over Caples Lake south of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada. Since I am usually out for several hours at night, I set up a second camera on a tripod and pointed it to the North Star-Polaris. I set this camera to take 100 continuous photos of 30 second each.

As the Earth rotates around its axis that is pointed at the North Star, each star creates a star trail that over 24 hours is a complete circle. For 30 seconds, this star trail is only a small elongated exposure. But, then I take these 100 photos taken over 50 minutes and put them in a “stacking” program called StarStak.

This program added the photos together and this is the result of adding all this small 30 second exposures. I included the old stump in the foreground for visual interest and to show how low the lake levels had dropped on this once submerged stump.

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 Sandy from Fremont, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Roger from Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Today, I had my first Coffee With a Rotarian with member Roger Plested. Even though we have never met, we talked as if we were old friends. Rotary connects you with some of the best people on earth.

I learned that Roger first joined Rotary in 1979. He told me about a program that his first club is still involved with. It is a wilderness camp for children at McQueen Lake. There is no electricity or internet there. The camp is open year round. I also learned about the food drive that happens twice a year in Kamloops. Very inspiring how everyone works together.

Roger is married and has four children, the youngest is 22. We talked about challenges of health care in our countries. It was very interesting to hear what single payor healthcare is like in Canada.

We talked a great deal about one of my favorite things, traveling. Roger took time off during college and hitch hiked around Europe for six months. His favorite country during this time was Austria.
I would encourage those who have not tried CWR. What a great way to meet other members from our club.

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!

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.

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.
Good week! Very sunny!

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:

That presentation was so powerful! I really appreciate the tactics used to combat this situation by not only empowering the victims but also teaching both genders about an individuals rights so the cycle doesn’t continue.

Angela Hoang said:

Thank you for your presentation Nikole and I loved the story with Justice, I’m glad he spoke up in the class, even a lot of adults find it daunting to be the voice of one against many! Good luck in the future with your education program, you’re doing amazing work!

Tanya Martin  said:

Nikole, this is great! I love the “holistic” portion. So many times we only want to address one portion instead of looking at all parts. It’s disheartneing that girls have to work just in order to pay for school fees.

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: Spotlight on Membership: Alexandra Heller

Speaker: Alexandra Heller

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.

Alexandra Heller Specialist | Germany, Switzerland and Russia

Alexandra was born in Moscow/ Russia and grew up in Nuremberg/ Germany where she obtained A-levels. After her apprenticeship as “Eurokauffrau” at the company Pfleiderer AG in Germany she studied Business Administration in Zurich. Before joining Rotary International in July 2013 as Coordinator in the German/English team, Alexandra worked for the ETH Zurich. Her mother tongues are German and Russian; she also speaks English, and understands French and Spanish. Alexandra is married and has a daughter. Her hobbies are literature and travelling.

Spotlight on membership with Alexandra Heller

Share your thoughts or ask our speaker a question in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page!

Additional Resource

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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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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