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Air Watch Bay Area: Reporting Air Pollution Incidents

Meeting for the week of October 15-21, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Air Watch Bay Area: Reporting Air Pollution Incidents

Speaker: Gwen Ottinger and Sufyan Abbasi

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 Members and Guests,

This is the first year I’ve noticed that the internet has changed how I observe the seasons. Over the past month, I’ve been seeing more and more beautiful pictures of trees changing color. At first, these pictures were coming from National Parks in the northern States in Washington and Montana. Over the last couple weeks, pictures from Oregon and the northern parts of California have popped up on my feeds. You can almost track the spread of Fall through the origins of social media images. There’s something wonderful about experiencing the seasons this way; it’s a collective celebration of fiery colors for areas that have seen devastating fires as they spread southward like migrating birds.

Through this e-Club platform, we get to see together and celebrate together. Members, if you haven’t already, sign up for Coffee with a Rotarian (please e-mail President-elect Tzviatko at [email protected]), brew up a fresh mug, and let’s celebrate together as leaves blush for some of us and wildflowers explode for some others.

With Wonder,

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!”

October 16 is World Food Day! This is a day to bring awareness to world hunger and take action to diminish it. Here are some tasty jokes to get you in the mood.

Why shouldn’t you tell an egg a joke?
Because it might crack up!

Why did the banana go to the doctor?
Because it wasn’t peeling well!

Why should you keep an eye on your cheese?
Because it’s up to no Gouda!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Once an epicenter for the kingdom of Pagan, this valley is now a majestic, ancient city in the heart of Myanmar. The Bagan archaeological zone was once home to over 10,000 temples built by past leaders of the ancient kingdom. Due to Mongol invasions and earthquakes, only 2,000 remain in the valley. With ongoing restoration efforts, the temples are periodically worked on to prevent any further deterioration.

The Valley of 2,000 Temples

World of

A Rotaractor ventures deep into her native Uganda with a polio vaccination team as part of Rotary’s newest virtual reality film, Two Drops of Patience.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/go-journey-polio-vaccinator-uganda.

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 Tanya from Atlanta, GA, USA reporting on a chat with Roger from Kamloops, BC, Canada.

Roger Plested, who has been a Rotarian for forever, lives in Kamloops, British Columbia. Yes, Kamloops. It’s safe to say that he is the only person I know who lives there, so that makes him Kamloops’ unofficial tour guide. He said the city’s green landscape is very beautiful, and he should know since he has a green thumb. Roger is an attorney by trade, and he is the proud father of 4 kids and proud grandfather of 5 grandkids. He’s very wise. After discussing some of my goals, Roger helped me to come up with a six-month plan to transition to a Digital Nomad or as I like to call it: Luxury Hobo. I asked him for his life’s advice and he simply said, “Do it!” Whatever it is you want to do, do it!

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!

For Members Only

Past 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.

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!

Past Events & Projects:

Here is a screenshot from our last online member social!

Here is a picture from our recent school supply donation to Scott Lane Elementary School:

Upcoming 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]

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.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
We are officially finished with work on the interior of my house. (We will work on the driveway at a later date.)
Send my gift to Polio Plus.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Well, looks like I’m set up to do three trials in three months. That’s some kind of legal marathon but very exciting. Nothing more fun for a lawyer than conducting a trial.

Share your happy dollars thoughts with us and help with doing good around the world.

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.

Olukunle Abolade said:
It is amazing to see youths at work, helping and leading in their community because it will become an habit that will help them make the world a better place to live.

Nan Herron said:
The bonsais are such a remember of the preciousness of life! And, Elizabeth, thank you so much for your passion and clarity! I love how simplicity and power of your organization. It’s a reminder that with some common sense, energy, focus and determination our world can be so much better and our connecting to others is just one step away. I LOVE the Rotary theme of empowering others to create hope is our wonderful universe!

Immac Latte said:
Thank you Elizabeth, so thoughtful and positively insightful to do the same in my community!

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: Air Watch Bay Area: Reporting Air Pollution Incidents

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.

Air Watch Bay Area website and reporting app are digital tools to reveal and act on air pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area, focusing on community air quality near the region’s five oil refineries. We will present the reporting and data viewing features of the platform and discuss how the Rotary Club can help with its sustainability going forward.

Air Watch Bay Area: Reporting Air Pollution Incidents

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]

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!

Fill out my online form.

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