Grateful Garment Project

This is the meeting for the week of January 8, 2018 through January 14, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:
Program: Grateful Garment Project
Program Description: Growing up in America
Speaker: Lisa Blanchard

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 Stephen:

Welcome to our meeting this week, Rotarians and guests!

If you have any New Years resolutions, please feel free to share them in the Disqus below. If your New Years resolutions include getting more involved in our Club and joining 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 Inspiration: This Farm of the Future Uses No Soil and 95% Less Water

Every week we start our meetings with a short video highlighting innovation, inspiration, entrepreneurship, or social change. This week we are featuring a video about a farm using no soil and 95% less water!

“Vertical farms” – is this a term you’ve heard? If not, you’ll likely hear it soon enough. This under-four-minute video tells about the work of a company in New Jersey bringing several technologies together to grow food in warehouses in faster cycles than on land. Get your students to identify the claims, and come up with the questions for how to validate them!

Thanks to member Rushton for sharing this video with us! Have a video you want to suggest? Post it in the meeting comments or email [email protected]


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)

Saturday, January 13, 2018 – New Year Outdoor Expedition at Mission Peak in Fremont

Members and guests! We’ll be taking our first social at Mission Peak in Fremont this Saturday, January 13th. We’ll be meeting at Mission Peak at 8:30 AM for a leisurely 1 to 2-hour hike. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Also, bring your own bottled water. Meeting location will be the trail gate for the Stanford Ave entrance to Mission Peak.

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 to PolioPlus. Rory had this to say:
“Here in Houston we are enjoying a spell of freezing weather, which for us is very unusual. Other than that, all is well. Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.”

Thank you to member Monique Ziesenhenne for her generous $20 donation to The Rotary Foundation – Annual Fund! Monique had this to say:
“Happy 2018! TRF-Annual Fund!

Thank you to member Brian Liddicoat for his generous $15 donation. Brian had this to say:
“It’s raining in Northern California? Water! Falling from the Sky! Our prayers have been answered (maybe).”

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 Safe Spaces in Random Places:

Member Keith Marsh (California, USA) had this to say:
“WOW, I’m usually not a big fan of poetry, but this was awesome. Thanks, Lee.

 

Member Carlos Gabuardi (Mexico) had this to say:
“Great session!!! Inspiring heroism around us on the face of tragedy is a strong remainder about hope and the wonderful side of life. There is a fantastic fresh air in the poetry of Lee Knight. Congratulations!!! Where can I find these and other poems so that I can continue enjoying your work?”

Member Catherine A (California, USA) had this to say:
“Lee, what an evocative and powerful presentation.
In Northern California the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam is listed as one of the Top 10 events in the Bay Area every year (http://youthspeaks.org/yout…, providing a safe place for hundreds of students to share their beliefs, stories and experiences.
One of my fond memories was hearing Francisco X. Alarcon at the Ft. Mason Firehouse during a Poetry Slam there years ago. https://www.poetryfoundatio…  Thanks for adding your talented voice to those in support of the arts, creativity, poetry and the spoken word.”

Member Ferheen Abbasi (Osaka, Japan) had this to say:
“Lee, I am in awe of your presentation. I have always LOVED slam poetry and wished that I knew how to speak like you. Similar to Yvonne, I too wrote poetry as a child and wished I could perform it but never felt confident enough to. But your story is inspiring!! Maybe one day I will try it!

Member Monique Ziesenhenne (California, USA) had this to say:
“Thank you, Lee, for an engaging, thoughtful program. I love to hear storytelling and the poetry is delightful and thought-provoking! I’ll remind our members that libraries often offer storytelling, open mike, and slam poetry contests. They are open to anyone to attend, and are often looking for volunteers or mentors to help out.

Member Rushton Hurley (California, USA) had this to say:
“Lee, your stories inspire. Crafting a message as you do takes it beyond information and makes it into an experience for the listener, and experiences are much more powerful for learning. The video about the flooding in Houston was powerful, as well. As a native Texan, it sings to my heart to see people celebrate their abilities to take care of others.”

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: Grateful Garment Project

Every week we bring to you a new program on innovation, education, technology, and humanitarian service. This week our guest speaker is Lisa Blanchard, the Executive Director and Founder of The Grateful Garment Project.

As the founder, Lisa has been the guiding force and visionary of The Grateful Garment Project. Lisa’s unique combination of experience in nonprofit, customer service, law, and management produces the creative and conceptual leadership required to bring The Grateful Garment Project to the State of California and beyond. She has dedicated significant amounts of time to working with people not only professionally, but also in a volunteer capacity. Lisa holds an AS in Business, a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration. It is her vision that no victim of sexual assault ever experiences further suffering due to lack of resources.

Members and guests, please welcome Lisa to our meeting!

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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  • Andrew Taw

    Thank you for your presentation, Lisa! This was really eye-opening for me; there’s so much that’s needed that I’ve never thought about regarding supporting sexual assault victims.

  • Tzviatko Chiderov

    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!

  • Keith Marsh

    Lisa, thanks for the program. I also loved the video on vertical farming. I guess you really can grow potatos on Mars.

  • Raquel D. Juncal

    Child 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. Lisa, thanks for your presentation and the work you do!

  • Megan Breyer

    Vertical farming has fascinated me for a long time – I just don’t have the gift of being able to keep plants alive. Great mini video!

    • Megan Breyer

      Lisa – thank you so much for your work and your presentation. It’s horrifying to look at the full spectrum of consequences and turmoil stemming from sexual abuse, and it helps a little to know that there’s kind people like you working to easy a little of that burden in tangible ways. All the best to your organization!

  • Catherine A

    Lisa, thanks so much for your compassionate work for victims and for creating a portal for information and donations on victims’ behalf. Currently our club does not have a Rotary community project scheduled, so I am proposing here that we employ the members of Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley and their technical expertise to create a free crowdsourcing platform for The Grateful Garment Project and its allied efforts, as our first club philanthropic project for 2018. Setting up a crowdsourcing Web page is not difficult. The page would be a powerful tool to assist sexual assault victims and your project on an ongoing basis, plus provide an online means to challenge other Rotary clubs to donate as part of Rotary International’s efforts to fight human trafficking and aid sexual assault victims.

  • Rory Olsen

    Lisa,

    Thank you for your very interesting program.

  • Lisa, wonderful work, and thank you so much for sharing the story! Rory, stay warm, my friend!

  • Nathan Gildart

    Lisa, this is a great program you’ve developed over the years. You’re right in that some of these conversations are difficult to have, but very necessary. I agree that Catherine has a good idea in terms of crowdsourcing.

    That vertical farming platform is awesome!

  • Lisa, excellent program. Kove the video on vertical farming

  • Mark Dohn

    Thank you Lisa for committing to a decidedly difficult topic.

  • Richard Knaggs

    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.

  • Brett Sham

    The vertical farming is so cool – it reminded me a bit of a ride we went on at Epcot last year that looked at farming and agriculture.

    Lisa, thanks for your presentation and keep up the good work supporting such a vulnerable section of the community.

  • 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!!!

  • Ferheen Abbasi

    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?

  • Lisa, thank you for enlightening us to emotional impact experienced by women after the actual traumatic event. I had not even considered that they would be given just a gown to return home. How horrible! Thank you for the work you are doing

  • john lozano

    Lisa, thank you for your presentation and the work you are doing to help others.

  • Nicole Pham

    I’ve heard many wonderful things about Grateful Garment through Interact District 5170. Thank you Lisa for your dedication!

  • Celine Neal

    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.

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