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What is Yoga Service?

Meeting for the week of October 14 – October 20, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: What is Yoga Service?

Speaker: Pamela Stokes Eggleston

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Table of Contents


Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

This week Massie (my girlfriend) and I are headed to the US. We’ll spend some time in New York, New Orleans and of course Chicago, which is where my immediate family is! The last time I saw my nieces, my brother and my sister-in-law was 10 months ago. Looking forward to some quality family time.

Our speaker this week is Pamela Stokes Eggleston. Pamela will tell us about her work with the Yoga Service Council, and how they make yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all.


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!

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!”

October 16 is National Dictionary Day!

The past, present, and future walked into a bar.
It was tense.

What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
One has claws at the end of its paws, and the other has a pause at the end of its clause!

Knock knock! Who’s there?  To. To who?
Actually, it’s to whom!


Weekly Inspiration

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

You’ve probably spritzed rose water on your face, or drank rose water tea. It’s trendy now, though the aromatic liquid has been a staple for centuries in the Middle East. The world’s best rose water is made by experts like Moshen Ghaffari in Iran’s Qamsar District.

The soil content, sea level, temperature and gentle winds make the area perfect for growing roses. Moshen’s family uses copper pots to produce “double-fired” rose water. How many freshly-picked flowers does it take to make one liter? The answer might surprise you.

How the World’s Best Rose Water Is Made


Member  Spotlight

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

In early July, my daughter Malila who lives in Melbourne, Australia, visited us for a couple of weeks.

It was a fantastic opportunity for my family and I to share with her many activities, included her birthday.

One of the father — daughter activities that we have was to first have a good Mexican breakfast to later make a short trip to a mountain chain in the outskirts of Monterrey called La Huasteca.

I am sharing with you some of the pictures we took while she was here.

World of

My mother’s dream

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/09/13/my-mothers-dream/


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.

In the spirit of fall colors, these Aspens are in the Abajo Mountains of Southern Utah. I cropped it to an aspect ratio of 2:1 for a dramatic view.


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.

Ring…Ring…Chicken Wing!!

Shags here — I’m a wing lover, and if you are too, are you like Daniel (and me), leaving just the bone behind? Or do you leave things that I can pick off for my dog, Truffle? Here’s a video on the right way to leave a chicken wing for the compost bin. BTW, my new fave way of cooking them is in a hot air fryer, which lets the fat drip out and leaves them crispy outside, soft & juicy inside!

Click to watch video



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 Vandana from New Delhi, India  reporting on a chat with Mitty from Fremont, CA, USA

On 12th Sept, 2019 Mitty and I had our first face to face meeting via whatsapp video call. I got to learn that Mitty has had a long association with Rotary. He was an Interactor and Rotaractor. He is a second generation American of Taiwanese origin.

His parents migrated to US. They live in Silicon Valley as does Mitty.  Mitty has his own business , a digital marketing & design agency based in California. Mitty, his fiancee Yvonne Kwan and some others founded our Rotary eClub.Mitty has attended many international Rotary conventions. He has made many local and international friends from different age groups through the Rotary network. He is of the view that Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship.

Mitty wants to serve and give back to Rotary because he thinks that Rotary has helped in his personal and professional growth. It is nice to be a member of Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley which is able to attract enthusiastic and energetic young leaders like Mitty who want to provide service to both local and international communities.


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.

MONIQUE ZIESENHENNE made a $20 donation.
Club General Fund! Just glad to have such great weather.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
All is well. Tomorrow I will be traveling to a neighboring county seat to spend the whole day as a visiting judge. Go Astros! 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.

Angela Hoang  said:

Thanks for your presentation Dr Posner, simulation in education is of huge importance to me which is why I’m 100% behind doing a hands on CPR/First Aid course at least every year for us practising vaccinating pharmacists in Australia – you really want to feel prepared just in case anything happens! (Touch wood!) The last time I did the CPR course the mannequins we worked on recorded statistics like how deeply we were pressing down on their chests etc which the instructors could then discuss with us afterwards. I felt like this was a really useful tool in the learning process!

Also cheers to Rushton for posting a photo of our cake – the profits of our baking goes into a ‘fundraising jar’ for our amazing club, looking forward to tallying up all our baking money soon!

Mark Dohn said:
Thanks Glenn for a great program! I’m appreciative of the work that you do with doctors. The PERLS framework you mentioned brought up one of the advantages to having our meetings recorded. In the middle of the meeting, I was able to pause the meeting, take a few notes (which required replaying sections- another advantage!) and then find more information online to read later. Hey Shags! glad to hear you are on the mend and loving the “Grumps” part of your life. Keith’s image is absolutely stunning and I’m glad luck was on your side as you shot it. Lastly, A big happy birthday to Mitty, Stephen and Tanya this month!

Kelly  said:

Is there anything you can’t cook in a mug? Thanks for sharing the video, Shags and Ruston.Brett – I’m curious to hear what kind of cookie cutters you’ve created. That’s really cool.

Dr. Posner, your talk was very interesting. I think simulation definitely helps people become more comfortable in a crisis situation, whether it’s communicating with others or problem solving and figuring out what course of action to take. I took a first aid course for work and now I feel I would not be as scared when faced with having to perform CPR on someone or using a defibrillator. I commend you for offering simulation trainings to medical teams in order to help them offer the best care possible. I’m certain that it makes a difference.

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: What is Yoga Service?

Speaker: Pamela Stokes Eggleston

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!

The Yoga Service Council (YSC) is a collaborative community that welcomes yoga and mindfulness teachers, social service providers, health professionals, educators, researchers, and all others who share our mission and vision. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization formed in 2009 in collaboration with the Omega Institute.

Our mission is to maximize the effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of individuals and organizations working to make yoga and mindfulness practices equally accessible to all. Our vision is a world where everyone has equal access to yoga and mindfulness practices that support healing, resilience, self-development, community building and positive social change.

This is all accomplished through Yoga Service as a growing field; to be sure, Yoga Service is the intentional sharing of yoga practices that support healing and build resilience for all, regardless of circumstances, taught within a context of conscious relationship rooted in self-reflection and self-inquiry.

Pamela Stokes Eggleston – Yoga Service Council

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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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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