Meeting for the week of January 28-February 03, 2018
This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Kamloops Rotary Food Drive
Speaker: Bernadette Siracky
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; read it while on public transit, waiting in line for coffee, or even at the park! 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 Andrew:
Greetings Rotarians and Guests,
For those of you who make New Years Resolutions, we’re now on the first month of the year! How well did you do? Whether you kept at it since New Years Day or if you forgot about it by the second week, keep at it or get back on! Personally, I’ve slipped a bit on my resolutions the past couple weeks but I’m getting a friend to two to keep me accountable. According to some studies, it takes roughly two months to build a daily habit. So there’s plenty of time to fulfill your resolutions in 2019! In the meantime, what are some of your best habit-building strategies? I’ll certainly be taking notes.
Andrew Taw, 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!”
This week’s jokes come courtesy of Past President Mitty, who recently went on a dad joke rampage.
Have you ever tried blind archery?
You don’t know what you’re missing!
What is a caveman’s favorite pastime?
What’s a bug’s most hated vegetable?
Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change.
Ever since he was a kid, David Aguilar was obsessed with Lego. He spent his childhood building cars, planes, helicopters, and eventually, his own prosthetic. Born with a deformed arm, the self-named “Hand Solo” decided to take his Lego-building skills to the next level. At age 18, he perfected his designs with the MK2, a prosthetic arm with the ability to bend and pick up objects with a pincer-like grip. Now, he’s the coolest kid on the block.
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 Ferheen from Santa Clara, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Brett from Sydney, Australia.
As many of you know from the recent meeting recordings, Brett is a phenomenal human being. When I met him a few years ago before a meeting recording, I knew that we would get along quite well. And that feeling has only intensified after learning that not only does he love animals, he has 2 of the cutest cats I have ever seen in my life. We pretty much talked about his cats for like 20 minutes. And I said that I want to visit those cute kitties one day!! And maybe after I can meet with Brett (and Angela~!) but only after spending a few hours with the cats. Haha. Nonetheless, I had a wonderful Coffee with Brett and hope to talk to him again soon!
We encourage all club members to participate in Coffee With a Rotarian. You can sign up here!
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!
For Members Only
February 2019 Club Announcements
- “Hi! Do you have any questions about the club?” – The New Facebook Chatbot on Main Pages. If you have visited any of our non-meeting pages in the past few days, you’ll notice that we now have a Facebook Chatbot active on our site. This is one of our new initiatives to try to convert more prospective leads into members, as well as to increase interaction between guests and our club. Messages will be responded to by our social media team. Please note this messenger chat isn’t designed for club members. Members, if you still want to contact someone, please direct your notices to the email of the member or the officer you want to reach.
- 2019 Homepage Refresh! After hearing feedback from members, the webmasters can now say that we have finally gotten around to updating the main hero image on the homepage into something that we believe better represents the global and the digital nature of our club. We’ll be periodically changing the graphic throughout the year, as we continue to refresh different parts of our site.
- Join page updated! The webmaster team has done a much-needed facelift for the Join page. The start of a new year is the perfect time to share with friends and colleagues our Join page!
- Weekly Meeting Disqus Reactions Updated. Did you know you can leave a reaction for each of our weekly meetings now? Right above the comments for a weekly meeting, you’ll now find four different reactions you can vote for. We’ve also added some comment policy, and are working on fine-tuning a few other pieces to the comments and the meetings.
- New year, new posts! eClub Rotarians – haven’t joined the conversation on Facebook yet? Consider joining the conversation by signing into our club members-only Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/rotarysiliconvalley/
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!
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! 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!)
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.
Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Thinking good thoughts for my “indestructible” friend Mark Lord, just starting chemo for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. As my Dad used to say, “we’re all rolling the dice, every day”….
Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is well!
Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Super-proud of my son Richard passing his exam for Boy Scout promotion to the next rank.
Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.
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:
Loved the program, Kat! Thanks so much for sharing your message with our club! Loved the Book Selfies! Also really enjoyed the video about caffeine in this week’s meeting!
Steven Shags Shagrin said:
What an outstanding program you run, Kat! Thank you for your wonderful service to youth. The caffeine video was quite interesting — after about 3 months of drinking morning coffee at my first job out of law school, I noticed how bad I would feel as it wore off. Turns out I have a reaction to it and should stay away. But dark chocolate still tempts! As for a recent cool book, Andrew, I’d go with “Historic Theaters of Youngstown (OH) and the Mahoning Valley” by Sean Posey. My grandfather was involved in the theater as an usher at age 10 or so, then worked the box office, and then became the youngest theater manager in the country at age 16. These were live theater days, hosting vaudeville and traveling Broadway shows, so he knew all the stars of the day. One that he managed was co-owned by George M. Cohan, who was a life-long friend. This book highlights many of the theaters he worked with, as well as the neighborhood theater he built and ran from 1938 until the late 1960s.
Grant Lee said:
A good reminder about caffeine but I always do limit myself 1-2 cups of coffee but always forget the contents from drinking soda too. Thanks Kat for the program. Not many kids get the chance or opportunity due to their situation and it’s great you’re out there doing this.
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: Kamloops Rotary Food Drive
Speaker: Bernadette Siracky
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.
Our special guest is Bernadette Siracky, the executive director of the Kamloops Food Bank. Her talk is on the Kamloops Rotary food drive. It is a partnership event between the Food Bank and the 5 Rotary clubs of Kamloops, BC. The drive is easily organized and very successful in Kamloops, BC. It has become a community event.
The Food Drive occurs in the spring and the fall on a Saturday morning. It is well advertised. On the selected morning, the citizens of Kamloops put out bags of non parishable food with a notice attached. The 5 Rotary clubs divide the City into parcels and each club with their members go through the streets picking up the bags of food. All the food is taken to a central location where it is sorted by volunteers and delivered to the Food Bank. On each drive, between 55,000 lbs to 60,000 lbs of food is collected for the needy in the City of Kamloops. It is a fun event.
Note: There was a small technical issue about 2/3 of the way through the recording.
Kamloops Food Bank homepage – https://www.kamloopsfoodbank.org/
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 programs[email protected]
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.
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