“My Rotary Education”

This is the meeting for the week of January 15, 2018 through January 21, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: My Rotary Education
Program Description: David has been a Rotaractor for years, serving Rotaract and Rotary on regional committees to international committees such as the Rotary International Rotaract and Interact Committee. David comes from a family of Rotarians, and shares with us his story about Rotary.
Speaker: David Postic, Rotaractor, Rotarian, & Founder of the Rocky Mountains Rotaract Multi District Information Organization

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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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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Stephen:

Welcome to our meeting this week, Rotarians and guests!

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. week, everyone! As the incoming Rotary District Governors are having their worldwide training this week in San Diego, California at the annual Rotary International Assembly, Andrew and I are starting to get ready for the next Rotary year as well!

If you would like to get more involved with our awesome team in the next Rotary Year, please contact me at [email protected] and President-Elect Andrew Taw at [email protected].

Yours in service,

Stephen Zhou, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

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!”

From Yvonne: “We went on a beautiful hike at Mission Peak this last weekend and ran into some of the famous Mission Peak cows. So you could say I’m in a moooo-d for some cow jokes.”

Why did the cow cross the ocean?
To get to the udder tide.

What did one cow say to the other while playing chess?
Your moooove!

Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?
Because they lactose.

Weekly Inspiration: Keeping Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Alive

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. week.

For the past 15 years, Stephon Ferguson has been traveling the world reenacting the mighty speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With his uncanny cadence, Ferguson found his calling channeling the voice of Dr. King, making certain the power of his words are never forgotten. As the only person licensed by Dr. King’s estate to perform, Ferguson uses his platform as an opportunity to spread King’s philosophy of love and nonviolence.

You can make anything happen when you put your mind to it, and when great movements happen — sometimes they become immortalized. What will you do this year?

World of Rotary: 2018-2019 Rotary Theme Revealed

Our club is part of a 1.2 million member international organization called Rotary. There are clubs all around the world, and Rotarians making a difference in each of those clubs. This segment of our meeting features stories about Rotary beyond our club.

Rotary International President-elect Rassin Reveals his Presidential Theme for 2018-19

Excerpt By Hank Sartin with Photos by Monika Lozinska

Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization on Sunday, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first.”

Rassin asked the incoming district governors to “inspire the club presidents, and the Rotarians in your districts, to want to change. To want to do more. To want to reach their own potential. It’s your job to motivate them — and help them find their own way forward.”

Read more here: https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-international-president-rassin-theme-2018

For Members Only: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. This section includes announcements and new initiatives. Guests, you are welcome to read this section or just skip it.

Past Member Announcements:

  • Member namebadge orders delayed; more info coming soon!
  • Active members now have [email protected] email forwarders! Your forwarder should be your full first name plus the first initial of your last name. Emails going to your @siliconvalleyrotary.com email will be forwarded automatically to the email you have on file with our club. If you want your email forwarder changed to a different variation of your name, please email Webmaster Mitty at [email protected]
  • Members Only Facebook Group: If you haven’t joined our members-only Facebook Group, consider joining! Request an invitation from [email protected]
  • Service Blotter Submissions: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our 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!

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Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Thursday, January 25, 2018 starting at 5:30 PM – Leaders in Motion Speaker Series at Oakland

Get inspired and recharged! Join leaders and community members from throughout the San Francisco bay area on Thursday, January 25th in Oakland for a TEDx style speaker series called Leaders in Motion, hosted by local Rotary clubs and co-sponsored by ours. Listen to executives from Google, Back to the Roots, and Copia.

Register and receive more information at leadersinmotionoak.org

Other Upcoming Club Events:

  • Saturday, February 28, 2018 – Save the date for a club skydiving event (Details TBD)

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! What would you like to do? We’re working on putting together some exciting socials and impactful service projects for our upcoming quarter’s event calendar. 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!)

Last week’s happy dollar contributions went towards our club projects. Here are some of the happy dollar messages from last week:

 Thank you to member Rory Olsen for his generous $15 donation. Rory had this to say:
Reconstruction has finally started on my house. Last week I had a nice visit with Andrew Taw, his fiancee and two of his male friends in Austin, Texas.

Thank you to guest Paul Andrus for his generous $10 donation! Paul had this to say:
“Happy New Year!

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation. Brian had this to say:
“Looking forward to first 2018 skiing trip with my son this weekend.”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

Happy dollars is also a great opportunity to share with the group about something good that has happened to you, while giving back to a great cause. Next week’s happy dollars will go back to powering our club’s projects locally and globally.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below to help with doing good around the world.

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Selected Six

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 six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting featuring the program on Grateful Garment Project:

Member Tzviatko Chiderov had this to say:
“The vertical garden video was amazing! Lisa, thank you for your important work and for taking the time to share it with our club. I like the various micro fundraising ideas you talked about – people can be so creative when doing good!

Member Carlos Gabuardi (Mexico) had this to say:
“I think that the vertical farming video is a clear example about the capability of human beings to adapt to new circumstances, a great example of innovation at its best. I hope we could find more of that everyday in our own settings. Congratulations to Lisa Blanchard!!! Working for human dignity makes this world better and I am pretty sure that what your organization is doing for those persons that you help to keep that piece of dignity in such difficult circumstances will have beneficial implications far beyond them. Thank you for improving our world!!!”

Guest Celine Neal had this to say:
“I love vertical farming. Thanks for sharing the video. Lisa you are an amazing individual. Like you said with one person change can occur. I had no idea victims were treated that way. After such an experience clean clothing would comfort them more than we think. Keep up the work and thank you for sharing with us Grateful Garments.”

Member Raquel D. Juncal (San Diego, California) had this to say:
“Sexual abuse is an alarming problem and although there are data on the epidemiology and consequences of sexual violence, it is not valid to stick to them or to the stereotypes that the population tends to have. We definitely can do more to assist sexual assault victims. Lisa, thanks for your presentation and the work you do!

Member Richard Knaggs (South Africa) had this to say:
“My New Year’s resolution is to REALLY LISTEN this year. Thank you for the vertical farming video. We are experiencing a terrible drought in Cape Town. We are 100 days from day ZERO, when they turn the taps off, so I have forwarded this to some people who are running a Water Hackathon soon. Wonderful work Lisa. I would never have thought of this need. Keep up the great work.

Member Ferheen Abbasi (Osaka, Japan) had this to say:
“Lisa, thank you so much for your presentation. When I was in college, I was a part of the Sexual Assault Task Force which focused on how to combat sexual assault on campus. Your presentation was so eye opening on how clothing can impact survivors. Thank you for all that you do. May I suggest one thing though? On the task force, we talked a lot about language and how we talk about folks who have experienced sexual violence. We decided that instead of using the word “victim,” we use “survivor” to be more affirming of the experience they had. Have you considered that terminology?”

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: My Rotary Education

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is Rotarian David Postic.

David Postic is an estate-planning attorney in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. A past President of the Norman Rotaract Club and past District Rotaract Representative of District 5770, he served on the Rotary International Rotaract-Interact Committee from 2013-2015, where he advised the RI Board of Directors on Rotaract and Interact policy issues. In 2016, he founded Rocky Mountain Rotaract, the official Rotaract Multi-District Information Organization (MDIO) for Rotary Zones 21b and 27, and serves the organization as General Secretary. He is currently the Secretary of the Oklahoma City Midtown Rotary Club and serves as the District Rotaract Chair for District 5750. David discusses his Rotaract journey and what those experiences taught him about how Rotaract and Rotary can (and should) grow and evolve.

Members and guests, please welcome David to our meeting!

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Share with us your thoughts in the comments at the bottom of this meeting page! If you have questions for Lisa, feel free to ask in the comments!

Upcoming Program 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.

Upcoming Recordings:

If you would like to join us for any of the live recordings, you are welcome to join us. Our online video conference room link for these recordings is always https://zoom.us/j/5104080000. Please note the timezone for all recordings are listed for San Francisco, California, USA time (Pacific Time).

You’re Almost Done! One last thing: The Attendance Survey…

Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done. First, 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.

More importantly, for all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment below 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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  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    David, I enjoyed hearing your story – thanks for sharing. It was great to hear how observing the way things are done differently in other clubs and districts inspired you to take a new approach at home, leading to great success. Well done!
    There is clearly a lot still to be done at Rotary to engage and retain younger leaders, and I thank you for your efforts in moving that forward.

  • Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne

    David, thank you for sharing your interesting Rotary story! Really great information. Thanks.

  • David, thank for sharing.

    Especially enjoyed the video about Stephon Ferguson, the man who pays tribute through imitation of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I had the honour and pleasure of attending a live speech by Dr. King ( and meeting him after ) in October 1967, a mere 6 months before he was assassinated.
    It was in Grinnell College, Iowa. When I listen & watch Stephon, it’s uncanny. He nails Dr. King’s cadence, sound & mannerisms perfectly.

    Makes one wonder if there are other tribute artists doing JFK, Churchill and other leaders to the level Stephon does King.
    Would be a great to have a perfect JFK, Churchill, Dr. King ( and possibly others) tribute by bringing all of the best together for a live lecture.

    • Steven Shags Shagrin

      Indeed, Chris — Stephon was amazing in his channeling of MLK. After spending time with you yesterday and learning of your opportunity to meet and speak with so many extraordinary people while pursuing your passion of media production, I would love to have you put on a program about your experiences over the decades — who you met, what you discussed, and more. Lastly, how’s the eye doing?

      • Eye Spy now, Shags. Cleared up overnight. A program about my experiences? Will give it thought especially how to present without putting viewers to sleep or coming off as a conceded “ so & so “.

  • Keith Marsh

    David, thanks for the program and your service to Rotary. I also loved the video on MLK that keeps his message alive.

  • Steven Shags Shagrin

    Good meeting, and I loved the presentation. As a child and grand-nephew of Rotarians (see more in a program I did for the Club about 3 years ago at https://www.siliconvalleyrotary.com/meeting-03-02-15/), I share your love and passion for Rotary and service. Your sharing about being the president of a two member group — just too funny, and I honor and champion your commitment to making it work.

    I was around the age of the younger members of our Club who came from Rotaract when I joined Rotary (26), and most were older men, such as I am now (61). However, I did start in Rotaract at The University of Miami (FL) in the late 70’s because of the family’s legacy in Rotary going back to Club #137 in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1915. It’s great to know that the future of Rotary is in the hands of some fantastically enthusiastic, committed, and blessed individuals.

    Those in Rotary not knowing of Interact or Rotaract clearly don’t read the Rotarian Magazine, nor — in the case of DGs — do they read information given to them on youth services. For crying out loud — it’s in all the materials distributed at PETS and scheduled at the Division Meetings and District Conferences. There’s really no excuse for that, especially in this day and age of multiple forms of communication.

    I agree with “Don’t be quiet about what you do”. I read the following rhyme on a sugar packet in Valdosta, GA, while driving to school one winter and stopped for coffee.

    One who has a thing to sell
    and goes and whispers in a well
    is not so apt to make the dollars
    as one who climbs a tree and hollers.

    That was a great idea about the Rotaract/Rotary speed networking night. That should be written up and submitted to RI for publication.

    Hoping you come out to visit our eClub sometime and we can meet!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Thank you for the presentation David. Your take on how Rotary needs to grow makes a lot of sense. I find that becoming static can happen to a lot of organizations, institutions, etc. It’s your forward, innovative thinking that helps move things forward. Cheers for sharing your experiences and thoughts!

    Loved the MLK video and moo moo gags.

  • Rory Olsen


    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  • Celine Neal

    Hi David,
    I enjoyed your video and I share the same sentiment.
    I am currently a Rotaractor and I believe Rotarians should work more with Rotaractors when it comes to idea sharing, advice and decision making.
    We are the clubs who are pushing for Rotary International to be known.
    In my country we don’t seek Rotary for any financial assistance or ask for any training.
    I am glad little by little Rotary is partnering with Rotaract.
    And I hope this will allow more Rotaractors like myself to move on to Rotary.
    I love being a part of Rotary International 🙂

    • David Postic

      It definitely works both ways, and Rotaractors (like you) taking the initiative to bridge the gap is a huge step in the right direction!

  • Yvonne Kwan

    David, it’s always a pleasure to hear you speak! I think you’ve brought to light some sobering facts — the fact that Rotary membership is in decline in North America, the fact that an extremely small percentage of Rotaractors actually go on to become Rotarians, and the fact that Rotary clubs may not be fully engaging their youth programs in effective ways. Your idea of “influence sharing” is something that we can all take from; finding a way to cross these program barriers and make Rotary as a whole — Rotary, Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange — more inclusive to everyone is absolutely crucial. Thanks again for your presentation! I’m proud to be able to call you a friend in Rotary. Hope to see you in Toronto!

  • BDL

    David, thank you so much for speaking to us. Rotaractors should be a strong funnel to adult Rotary membership: if that’s not happening, then Rotary has a serious problem that needs to be fixed. Look forward to meeting you one day.

  • I think there is always a light of guidance in the rotary theme and moto that each president choses each year for his time in office at Rotary International, the one for this year is very strong: “be the inspiration”. I think that rotarians and the rotary clubs are and should always be an inspiration for each community and its individual members, and among many others ways, spreading the word about the good work that the rotary clubs and even non-rotarians are doing for the benefit of our communities is highly inspirational.

    Also, since I began attending the weekly meetings of this club, inspiration is the common theme I find in every week meeting, I think that such inspiration has contributed in a very positive manner in my life. Martin Luther King words and speeches are timeless and their message is as strong today as when they were originally spoken. Congratulations to David Postic, also an inspiration about what we — the people — can do, not only in Rotary but in all sections of our lives, after all, we should always be preparing the next generations because the future is for them to be.

  • Nicole Pham

    Thank you for sharing your Rotary journey with us, David!

  • john lozano

    David, thank you for presenting this week. I appreciate your information about growing Rotary.

  • David’s point that Rotary attracts people when they hear what Rotary does is an important one. It’s both what our club does (which we can always improve upon), and what we do as part of Rotary International, and in particular, the Rotary Foundation. Brett, nice work hosting the program!

  • Brett Sham

    David, thanks again for speaking.

    I saw this quote on social media over the weekend – it’s from RI President Elect Rassin and it’s quite timely – “Today we have a quarter million Rotoractors in about 10,000 clubs. But only 27% of Rotary clubs sponsor a Rotaract club. I am asking Rotarians to double this number to 20,000 Rotaract clubs”. Imagine if we could firstly grow the number of Rotaract clubs and then improve the rate that they join Rotary – would really help combat some of the membership challenges our organisation is having.

    David, hopefully your message inspires Rotaractors that get to hear it of the opportunities available to them and they follow in your footsteps.

  • David what an impressive road you have been on with Rotary. The growth rate when you took over was impressive and an inspiration

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    David, always a pleasure to hear from you! For almost two decades I have been part of this great family and I’m still surprised by the lack of information (or interest) of many Rotarians about the different programs we have and the importance of getting involved with young people. We certainly need to break those barriers and make Rotary as a whole! We need to be more inclusive and work together as it provides a lot of value on both sides. Thanks for sharing your experiences and thoughts. Hope to see you in Toronto! 😊

  • Mark Dohn

    Thank you David for your insightful and thoughtful ideas about Rotary.


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