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Rotary in North Macedonia: A work in progress

Meeting for the week of July 29 – August 04, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Rotary in North Macedonia: A work in progress

Speaker: Cal Mann

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,

Members, this week you would have received an email asking you to join a committee. Chances are you’ll find at least one with which your skills and interests align! Being a part of a committee is a great way to get more connected to our global club, get to know your awesome fellow club members, and contribute to the smooth running of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Please click on the link from the email or just indicate your committee interest here – https://forms.gle/Xhrg5cWBo4Z15MxR6

In this week’s program Cal Mann tells us about the Peace Corps and Rotary in North Macedonia, and the clear benefits of collaboration to both organizations.

Enjoy the program everybody, and please let us know what you thought in the comments section at the bottom of this page.


President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Congratulations Yvonne and Mitty!!

Two of our club’s most amazing leaders just got engaged! Congratulations!

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!”

If you’re having a slow week, read through some of these jokes! Hopefully they can give you something to shell-ebrate.

What do you get when you cross a turtle with a porcupine?
A slow-poke!

What do you call a famous turtle?
A shellebrity!

What do you call a turtle chef?
A slow cooker!

Weekly Inspiration

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

How many people can say they invented a sport? Very few, and Jason Lee is among them. In the early 1990s, Lee and a buddy built a snowboard/skateboard hybrid with a little mountain bike thrown in, dubbed it the mountainboard and created what would become mountainboarding. The board sport offers the thrills of snowboarding, but you don’t need snow. Or mountains even. We’ll let Jason show you where and how it’s done.

Snowboarding Without the Snow

World of

“My role was to educate”

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/06/04/my-role-was-to-educate/

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 of my favorite photographers is Henri Cartier-Bresson. He is known for his ability to “capture the moment” back when film photography was not so easy or fast. This photo is an example of capturing the moment in a boxing match in Havana, Cuba.

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.

I got this recipe from my wife’s cousin. She was attending a cooking school in New York City when her daughter was in college there. Late in life she learned some great new skills, which we all can, of course! She shared this with us and I made it when she came to visit. She said that mine was much better than what she made from the same recipe. That’s because I had a few tricks to use to make it richer in flavor and thicker in texture. It’s easy to make, vegan, and can be used for not only spaghetti, but with lasagna, pizza, calzone, and anything that calls for a red sauce. My daughter-in-law likes it so much that she eats it in a bowl as is! Yes…it’s THAT good!!! Nothing gets left on the plate, as you’ve got to have some good bread to sop it all up. Below is a standard recipe, but I always double it (at least) and at times have made 6x the recipe in my huge deep pot, as the photo will show.

2 count of 28 ounce cans of San Marzano variety tomatoes. They cost a bit more, but it’s worth it. If your local market carries San Marzano Style, you can get away with those, but the real ones are best. They can be crushed, diced, or whole — I get whole and hand crush them,

6 tablespoons olive oil
2 (or more if you love garlic) cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Heat the oil, then saute the garlic until soft but not brown. Add the fresh basil and toss to coat with hot oil to release the fragrance. Add the tomatoes, sugar and salt, then cook at medium heat to reduce by about 1/3 in volume. Don’t burn it, but it’s OK to slightly scorch the bottom, scraping it as you cook and mixing it into the sauce. It intensifies the flavor. Sometimes I will take a cup per batch (2 cups for double, etc.) of the sauce out of the pot and and cook it to a dark red paste in a skillet, then add it back to the sauce after it has become a thick paste. Yummers!!!


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 Mark from Perth, Western Australia reporting on a chat with Maxi from Mountain View, CA, USA.

I learnt a lot about Maxi in regards to him coming through Interact, Rotaract and then through to Rotary. A very committed Rotarian to follow through and continue his good work from Interact. We talked about his work at Gmail (and I am smiling as I type this knowing that this is the product that Maxi is currently involved in at Gmail).

We discussed the different University structures in Australia and Argentina (where Maxi studied). Argentina is free which is brilliant. Not so lucky in Australia where we basically get a loan from the government and then pay it back when we start earning a certain amount of money. Or you can pay up front if you do have the money.

A side note was that I have been to the city that Maxi studied at called Cordoba . A lovely city and I was actually doing some volunteer work in a small town called Rio Ceballos which is approx. 200 km from Cordoba. I also found out a bit about what Maxi likes to do in his spare time and that he does have a lot of interests.

I do look forward to speaking with Maxi again.
I hope Maxi got as much out of our chat as I did.

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.
Great week. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Rushton Hurley made a $20 donation.
Just got back from a wonderful trip to Europe, with stops in Denmark, Russia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. Please put this gift to the Rotary Foundation. I’d have done so last week (given the program) while on the trip, but prefer to do donations when I’m not on a public network!

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Very grateful for my brilliant physical therapist Ruby who is helping me get through shoulder injury rehab much faster than I ever thought possible. Wow!

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.

Tanya Martin said:

Alex, at one point, I was a biomedical engineering major, so I can relate to your presentation. What struck me is how you coorelated Rotary with your innovation ideas. I thought about how it is true that Rotary is not in a silo — it penetrates other parts of my life.

BDL said:

Alex, good luck on your studies and thanks for the program!

May Yam said:

Alex, wow, you have achieved so much in a short time span. I was one of those people afraid to get an epidural! Great work! Keep it up!

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: Rotary in North Macedonia: A work in progress

Speaker: Cal Mann

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.

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!

Learn about Rotary’s small but growing activity in the Eastern European country of North Macedonia. Rotarian and Peace Corps Volunteer Cal Mann will share his experience and insights from his current volunteer service there.

Cal Mann (Rotary in North Macedonia)

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

Additional Resource

Backgrounder on Cal: http://CalMann.com
Explore Peace Corps North Macedonia: http://peacecorps.gov/north-macedonia/
Explore Rotary Clubs of North Macedonia: http://facebook.com/RotaryInMacedonia/

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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