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Rotary International Presidential Priorities for Year 2019-2020

Meeting for the week of October 29 – November 4, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Rotary International Presidential Priorities for Year 2019-2020

Speaker: Rotary International President-Elect Mark Maloney

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,

This week we have a very special presentation. Our guest speaker for this week is the Rotary International President-Elect Mark Maloney. Members of Rotary belong to a family of more than a million people in over 200 countries. This is to say that Presidents and President-Elects travel a lot and are very busy! So I’m incredibly grateful that the President-Elect found the time to chat with us for a bit.

Feel free to ask questions or leave comments in the Disqus below!


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!”

Happy Halloween week! Here are some jokes to get your spook on.

Why did the skeleton cross the road?
To get to the body shop!

Why are ghosts so bad at lying?
Because you can see right through them!

What does a witch use to keep her hair up?

Weekly Inspiration

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

As if driving wasn’t stressful enough, imagine a man ushering your car everywhere you went, blowing horns and waving red flags. In a time before the car horn, all automobiles in Britain were required to be escorted by a flag man. With motorists only allowed to travel as fast as the flag man in front of them, a quick milk run down the road wasn’t very, well, quick. With many unhappy with the new legislation, Miller Rees Hutchison decided to take on the problem himself, eventually inventing the first electric car horn.

Before Horns, Every Car Had a Flag Man

World of

Polio: where we are now

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/where-we-stand-polio-2018.

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 Andrew from Oakland, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Mahmood from San Jose, CA, USA.

Although Mahmood and I had a short phone call, I really got a lot out of it. We talked about our work and other little tidbits going on in our lives. Currently, Mahmood is actively working on a startup that would improve the job recruitment process using artificial intelligence. He shed light on how AI will revolutionize so many different industries and, as the technology gets better and machine learning improves, systems will only improve as they learn from their users. By producing multimedia, Mahmood’s daughter works as a connector between philanthropic funders and non-profit organizations seeking funding. As a grant writer, I think this is just so cool! We talked a bit about how compelling it is to build stories for funders and how AI might be able to help funders figure out which projects to fund in order to maximize a desired impact. This was quite a bit a fun for a 20-minute conversation!

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:

Our club recently did a school supply donation to Scott Lane Elementary School.
This donation was even featured in the Silicon Valley Voice – a local newspaper! Read the article here.


Each year, the District Council of Interact 5170 hosts a Fall Leadership Conference (FLC) to inspire Interactors to learn how to grow as leaders and give back to their communities through service. This year’s event drew 3,000 Interactors from around the district and beyond. It’s also a tradition for Interact 5170 to reveal its theme, community project, and international project during FLC. This year’s theme — chosen by the Interact District Governor and Lt. Governor — is “Remember Your Roots”; the community project — chosen by the Community Coordinator — is “Future in Focus,” which will focus on helping foster youth in the community have access to food, transportation, and vision tests; the international project — chosen by the International Coordinator — is “Se Necesita Un Pueblo,” translating to “It takes a village,” focusing on the Venezuelan crisis. Visit their website interact5170.org for more information.

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.

Catherine A made a $20 donation.
My donation to support the Safari Doctors.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
My cat, Jazzmine, visited with me and Angela Hoang during our CWR last week.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to kicking off Halloween week with a visit to San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House this weekend. Haven’t been since childhood: really looking forward to going back inside this wonderful piece of local (spooky) history.

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
Please contribute to TRF-Annual Fund!

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.

Raquel D. Juncal said:
Joyce, thanks for your presentation. I feel identified with your determination to provide healthcare to remote communities. As a Medical Doctor, I have had the opportunity to go on medical missions in Central America and Southern Mexico, but unfortunately I have not been able to go to Africa. I will definitely get in touch with you to get more information.

Keith Marsh said:
Joyce, thanks for the program. I am happy to report that our group from H2Open Doors was able to raise $3,000 for a “Sail” in January. This will bring needed medical supplies to remote villages on the coast of Kenya. Joyce’s program helped with this fund raiser.

Ferheen Abbasi said:
Joyce, it was an honor to host you! Learning about Safari Doctors was an incredible experience and I am so grateful for the opportunity! I am following you all on social media and I absolutely love all the pictures that are posted. One day, I hope to join you all in Lamu 🙂

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: Rotary International Presidential Priorities for Year 2019-2020

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.

Rotary International President-Elect Mark Maloney talks about his Rotary story and his priorities for his Presidential term in the year 2019-2020.

Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley: President-Elect Mark Maloney

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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