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Traveling and a Service Mindset

Meeting for the week of August 12 – August 18, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Traveling and a Service Mindset

Speaker: Rushton Hurley

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.

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Special thanks to member Olukunle Abolade for putting together the information for each week’s meeting into this program page for all of us to enjoy. Thanks Olu!

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

I hope you are all enjoying the summer (if you are in the northern hemisphere). I spent last weekend relaxing in the mountains of Zimbabwe. Building even more appreciation for the beauty of nature and the relaxing effect it has on our busy lives.

This week we have a special program by our Charter President Rushton! Looking forward to seeing your comments and questions below.


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!

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Happy Birthday!!

Carlos Gabuardi (Aug 17)
Nick LaGarde (Aug 12)

From around the world,
Wishing you all the best, on your birthday and always!

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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!”

This week, we’re going prehistoric with our jokes. But don’t worry; they’re still dino-mite!

What does a triceratops sit on?
Its tricera-bottom!

Why was the stegosaurus such a good volleyball player? 
He could really spike the ball!

Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the restroom? 
Because the “p” is silent!

Weekly Inspiration

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

The indigenous people who live along the Amazon River in Brazil have a word for the tidal bore that rushes in from the Atlantic Ocean. They call the wave Pororoca, which translates to “big roar.” You can actually hear it coming. That’s how loud and powerful it is. It’s risky to surf the Pororoca because it is full of debris as well as snakes and piranha. But surfer Serginho Laus has mastered what is one of the longest waves in the world.

Surfing the Amazon River’s Endless Wave

World of

RYLA in Madagascar unites cultures

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/07/15/ryla-in-madagascar-unites-cultures/

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.

A favorite location for photographers is the Palouse area in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho where I grew up. It is known for its rolling hills of wheat, barley and lentils along with many old barns. On one trip, we rented a small plane with the door removed so we could get a clear view. I attached a GoPro camera to the wing strut to get this shot and was able to operate it with an app on my iPad. We were well strapped to our seats.

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.

Outside of the state of Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, is the most chili-crazed city in the United States. Cincinnati prides itself on being a true chili capital, with more than 180 chili parlors. Cincinnati-style chili is quite different from its more familiar Texas cousin, and it has developed a cult-like popularity.
What makes it different is the way the meat is cooked. The chili has a thinner consistency and is prepared with an unusual blend of spices that includes cinnamon, chocolate or cocoa, allspice, and Worcestershire sauce. This is truly the unofficial grub of Cincinnati.

The people of Cincinnati enjoy their chili spooned over freshly made pasta and topped with a combination of chopped onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, refried beans or kidney beans, and crushed oyster crackers.

If you choose “the works,” you are eating what they call Five-Way Chili. Make sure to pile on the toppings – that’s what sets it apart from any other chili dish.

Cincinnati chili lovers order their chili by number. Two, Three, Four, or Five Way, let you and your guests create their own final product.

Two-Way Chili: Chili served on spaghetti

Three-Way Chili: Additionally topped with shredded Cheddar cheese

Four-Way Chili: Additionally topped with chopped onions

Five-Way Chili: Additionally topped with kidney beans


* 1 quart cold water
* 2 lbs ground beef, or ground turkey, or shredded/ground jackfruit
* 2 cups crushed tomato
* 2 yellow onions, diced
* 4 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or a vegan version if you don’t eat anchovies)
* 1.5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
* 1/4 cup chili powder
* 1 tsp cayenne
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* 2 tbsp cider vinegar
* 1 whole bay leaf
* 1/4 tsp ground cloves
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1 1/2 tsp salt
* 1 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper

1 (16-ounce) package uncooked dried spaghetti pasta
Toppings (see below)


In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, saute onion, ground beef, garlic, and chili powder until ground beef is slightly cooked. Add allspice, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, unsweetened cocoa or chocolate, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours. Remove from heat.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions and transfer onto individual serving plates (small oval plates are traditional).

Ladle chili over spaghetti and serve with toppings of your choice. Oyster crackers are served in a separate container on the side.

Oyster Crackers
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chopped Onion
Kidney Beans (16-ounce) can, drained and rinsed

Shags Shagrin

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 Rory from Houston, TX, USA.

Rory (and Jazzmin Rory’s lovable cat) and I had a great CWR catch up. My second one and both have been great value. I could easily see myself and Rory talking for hours and the 40 minutes we had did not seem long enough.
I learnt quite a bit about Rory’s job as a judge, his cats (a special mention to Boo Boo on that one), insights into Obamacare and his love of reading.

Rory mentioned he was currently reading about Behavioral Economics. At my work and in my space we have people working in this area which really interests me. So we could have talked about this for hours.
From my end hopefully Rory learnt a bit more about my work and my life on my 5 acre farm.
To finish we talked about what brought us together – Rotary, and how we both see the huge potential within our club.
Rory it was great catching up with you and look forward to meeting in person one day.

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.
After seeing and hearing the program on the Rotary Foundation, I need to say that my gift should be applied to Polio Plus.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Last week before school starts: it’s been a good summer.

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.

Mitty Chang said:

Thanks everyone for the well wishes last week! Yvonne and I just moved to a new apartment this past week, so life has been a little bit hectic and we haven’t had the chance to reply back to everyone. We are feeling well loved by our Rotary family, so thank you everyone!

Keith – Very cool photo this week! Love your work.

Sam – Thanks for taking the time to speak to our eClub! Always good to hear from you.

Tanya Martin said:

For women in the States, having supplies for their cycle is not a big deal, but in poor societies, it can make a difference between having a completely miserable cycle vs. a tolerable cycle. Good work.

Nick LaGarde said:

I loved both the message about trust and the message about time from Sam. Trust is earned however we can use our membership as a way to meet people we can trust. Thanks for the presentation!

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: Traveling and a Service Mindset

Speaker: Rushton Hurley

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!

What does traveling do for how we think of service? In this talk, Rushton will share perspectives he has explored as part of his work on recent trips to Japan, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, and other places.

Rushton Hurley is an educator and social benefit entrepreneur who has been a Rotarian since joining the San Antonio (Texas) Downtown Club in April of 2004. Beginning in January of 2015, Rushton served as the charter president of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. As he puts it, the club is an effort to explore how technology can serve the business of service.

After moving from Texas to California in 2005, Rushton joined the Rotary Club of Santa Clara, and when his work schedule changed, he transferred to the Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA, serving as its president in 2013-2014 before leading the team that began the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley. Rushton has more than fifteen years of perfect Rotary attendance, and loves the chance to be inspired every week.

Rushton Hurley – Travel and a Servce Mindset

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

Additional Resource

I mentioned a number of things in my talk that you might explore further. Here are a few; if I forgot to add something you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments, below.

I mentioned several of our club’s programs you may want to see or see again:

Jahir Dimaté – Bogotá Graffiti Tour (week of June 18, 2018)
Jahir introduced us to the art of Bogotá’s streets, and the creative community that speaks up for the powerless in Colombia. https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-6-18-2018/

Jeff Heil – “I Did Not Choose My Profession, It Chose Me” (week of Feb. 7, 2017)
Jeff spoke to us about following your passion, even when it meant steps in unknown directions.

Mitty Chang – Travel the World for Just a Few Dollars by Travel Hacking (week of Sep. 26, 2016)
Past President Mitty gave us some wonderful tips for traveling far and not spending much doing so.

Laura Pickel – Design Thinking: Design with your User in Mind (week of Feb. 25, 2019)
Laura introduced our club to the principles of design thinking, and why these are of importance to those working to make projects as successful as possible. https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-02-25-2019/

Ben Schumaker – The Memory Project – Portraits of Kindness (week of May 16, 2016)
Ben’s story of how his organization connects kids in orphanages around the world with the talents of high school artists in North America is one of my all-time favorite Rotary programs.

Cecelia Babkirk – Retirement: How you can serve humankind after your work years – One Rotarian’s Perspective (week of May 27, 2019)
Cecelia is our club member now in Ethiopia as part of the Peace Corps, teaching English to children in a remote village. Cool way to spend some of one’s retirement, that.

Edward DeAguilera – “Project Amigo” (week of Dec. 10, 2018)
I forgot to mention this one, but it certainly applies to the topic. Traveling to Cofradía (in Colima, Mexico) was one of the most powerful experiences of my life for learning the power and nuances of service to others.

other resources:

Those interested in the pictures and stories Rushton shares from his travels might give his Instagram account a look. Find it here: https://www.instagram.com/rushtonwastaken/

Teachers curious about Google’s Certified Innovator Program can find the information, including prerequisites, here:

Anyone wanting to see more images from the teamLab Borderless digital art museum in Tokyo can click on their site here: https://borderless.teamlab.art/

June 25th Kids Against Hunger Food Packing Service Project
Finally, anyone interested in joining us and members of the Fremont Bridge Rotary Club on the 25th can find the details at our Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/siliconvalleyrotary/events/263733676/

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.

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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.

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