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Service with Rotary and Youthlinc in Fiji

Meeting for the week of September 23 – September 29, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Service with Rotary and Youthlinc in Fiji

Speaker: Nan Herron

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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!

Table of Contents


Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

Welcome to another week of fun and inspiration with the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley! :)As a response to your valuable feedback you’ll see an improvement to our Events section below – we now have a new calendar featuring upcoming online socials, board meetings, committee meetings, volunteer opportunities and more!

This week, our member Nan will tell us about her exciting recent service trip to Fiji! Looking forward to your comments and questions.


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!!

Olukunle Abolade (Sep 24)
Tatiana LaGarde (Sep 24)

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

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Members and guests, consider donating in their honor in our Happy Dollars section below.


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’s jokes are sponsored by my students! Disclaimer: they’re a little nutty.

What kind of nuts always seem to have a cold?

How do you make a walnut laugh?
You crack it up!

What is the softest nut?
A donut!


Weekly Inspiration

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

How much would you realistically pay for a pound of potatoes? A few dollars? Well, you won’t believe how much these expensive spuds once fetched at auction. These artisanal vegetables are grown in sandy soil fertilized by seaweed on an island off the Atlantic coast of France.

They’re so delicate they must be harvested by hand, and they’re only available 10 days a year. These are the Bonnottes de Noirmoutier, and they are one of a kind.

Try the World’s Most Expensive Potatoes


Member  Spotlight

This week’s Member Spotlight is Nick LaGarde! Here is what he has been up to lately:

This week’s Member Spotlight is Nick LaGarde! Here is what he has been up to lately:

In August, I started a new job with Slalom Consulting. As part of the larger leadership team in Canada, I made a quick trip to Toronto to meet with all our Canadian leaders for a day. During that time, we got to discuss our awesome growth and plan how we grow our organization by 150% in the next two years. What energy, excitement and engagement! It’s very cool to be part of such a cool team.

When I visit Toronto, I stay near Toronto City hall and it makes for great pictures.


World of

How Rotary changed my career

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/08/27/how-rotary-changed-my-career/


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 very rare photo of the Milky Way over Half Dome was my most difficult to plan and execute. To position the Milky Way over Half Dome, the photographer needs to shoot from a remote location on the north rim near Basket Dome.

It took me several years and three attempts with the help of Google Earth to find the ideal spot at the crest of the Snow Creek trail. The least strenuous access requires a five mile hike from Porcupine Flat on Hwy 120 from an elevation of 8,000 ft. I carried about 30 pounds of camera equipment, food and water to last the night. I was extremely happy with the result.


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.

6 Amazing Cooking Tips

I love to watch videos on cooking tips, and here’s one that I found very useful.

6 Amazing Cooking Tricks


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 Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA  reporting on a chat with Mark from Perth, Western Australia

Many moons ago (1991, specifically), I spent a year in Perth, Western Australia. As such, it was especially cool for me to connect for CWR with our member there now, Mark Busani! We talked quite a bit about the universities in Perth, as I was at the University of Western Australia for language studies (Japanese and French) when I was there, and he has worked with Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University as he explored career possibilities with digital marketing and analytics. He now does such work with the biggest banking group in WA. I can also add that he loves Rotary for its service focus, that he has a cool dog named Bluey, and that I look forward to talking with him again.

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.

Past Events:

September Online Social!

Thanks Carlos for hosting this fun online social, and thank you Rushton for the screenshot!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 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]

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.

Celine Neal made a $10 donation.
Please donate to the the Rotary Foundation.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Deep into a lawsuit about faulty construction of a solar energy array for a hospital: having to learn electrical and solar engineering on the fly! Wow! My brain hurts.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
We have had a wet several days.

Mitty did a great job with my website. https://roryolsenmediation.com

Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

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.

Rushton Hurley  said:

Happy birthday, Susan! In answer to President Tzviatko’s question in the greeting, one of my favorite apps is Duolingo, a free tool for language learning. It makes a game out of developing your vocabulary and listening skills – good fun, it is. While I can’t say I’m a major boxing fan, I take from the Great Big Story videothat these girls are learning confidence and self-defense, which is clearly a good thing. Celine, I just donated – good luck with the goal!

The Rotary blog post about the Rotaract project (Gosha-e-Ilm) in Pakistan was inspiring. It would be interesting to hear more about the logistics for how those Rotaractors are helping provide schooling to child laborers. Hopefully we can get them to speak to us – I’ve left a note on their Facebook page (which I found via a search – it wasn’t the one on the Rotary blog page).

Suzanne and Martin, thanks for your presentation. I may have missed it during a distraction that popped up, but I don’t remember a detailed discussion of trial feedback from teens. Is that something you have, or that you plan to get in the near future? Brian, good to have you join us, as well.

Carey Lai said:

Great presentation. I love your app idea. Keep up the good work.

Nathan Gildart said:

Leveraging technology that is accessible is so important in the world of service these days. Great stuff!

Love the GBS video, as usual. It’s a discussion we often have with students at school. (still a long way to go before girls’ and womens’ sports are given the respect and support deserved) Hope you had a nice b-day Susan!

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: Service with Rotary and Youthlinc in Fiji

Speaker: Nan Herron

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!

Nan spent 2 1/2 weeks in Fiji this past summer, working on a project that was cosponsored by a Rotary club in Salt Lake City along with an organization based in Salt Lake City called Youthlinc, which supports high school students who are interested in pursuing service work.

This program involved 12 adults and 22 high school students who spent many months before traveling doing local service work and creating detailed projects to share with a small village of 300 people in northeastern Fiji. Nan’s role in this project was to be the group’s physician as well as to facilitate a project on community health for the village in Fiji.

Service with Rotary and Youthlinc in Fiji with Dr. Nan Herron

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]

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