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Celebration of Our Marriage

Meeting for the week of November 12-18, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Celebration of Our Marriage

Speaker: Brett and Ange

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,

What a wonderful celebratory meeting we have this week! It isn’t every day that we get to celebrate the marriage of two of our e-Club members. I was blessed to meet Brett and Ange in person a little over a year ago and they are just the coolest people with aspirations to do good and to have fun doing it! Please join me in congratulating them on their beautiful partnership. Wherever you are in the world, whatever you happen to have in your mug/glass/cup, let’s raise on to the happy couple and send them thoughts of love!


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, we have a collection of jokes courtesy of some punny fifth graders! Below, you will also find a visual representation of my class’s (lack of) reaction whenever these jokes are told.

What is a hyena’s favorite cookie?
A snickerdoodle!

What do sick geese have?

What did one eye say to the other?
Between you and me, something smells!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Sheela and Pratima Devi get up early. Traveling by foot, the healthcare workers go door-to-door, village-by-village through Northern India to spread awareness about elephantiasis. This treatable and preventable disease, spread by mosquitoes, affects 120 million people worldwide. Sheela and Pratima’s visits are part of a wider government effort to combat preconceived ideas that elephantiasis comes from a curse, not a causative agent—and it’s working.

Racing to End Elephantiasis in India

World of

Rotary Peace Fellow Susan Stigant puts political theory into practice

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-peace-fellow-susan-stigant-puts-political-theory-practice.

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 Suzanne from Napa, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Nate from Nagoya, Japan.

Nate and I met for CWR today and I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed our conversation. Nate lives in Japan and teaches social studies in an international school there. He is a very interesting person and we covered a lot of territory during our call. It was fun to see how much we have in common including our commitment to education and innovation. We looked at our common interests and discovered that we both appreciate history, East/West philosophies, Rotary, and wine. He will be posting a video about our call.

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.

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.
All is well for the moment.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to a birthday weekend in Yosemite: enjoying this great California fall weather.

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.

Rushton Hurley said:
The TED-Ed video on cell phone components was disturbing, but a good one to have watched. I’ll share it with my teacher network, and perhaps a student in one of their classes will think of a revolutionary way to create communication devices that don’t have the same impacts on the environment.

The article on Rotary’s history with the U.N. was a great read. In an age in which the U.N. has been politicized in the U.S. for partisan gain, it’s nice to read of the vision that our forebears had for imagining paths to peace.

Very powerful, also, to hear from Chris Castillo and her organization’s work to help those who have been victims of sexual assault. I like that Ferheen’s question yielded ideas on how to help friends and loved ones who have dealt with being assaulted. Chris’ final words in the recording are beautiful.

Nan Herron said:
Who knew that there was cell phone pollution?? Good to put on my list of things to learn more about and teach others! 
And, Chris, thank you so much for your presentation and emphasizing the huge role that shame and secrecy plays for survivors. As a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD (in a hospital in Santa Rosa), I see the profound impact of sexual trauma, and that it is SO much more common than people realize. If we can get the shame out of it, encourage support and communication, and continue the momentum of education, it’ll be an enormous contribution to making our world safer and happier! Folks like you are crucial to making the changes our world so badly needs! Thank you!!

Raquel D. Juncal said:
Chris, thanks for the important work that you do! Great program!

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: Celebration of Our Marriage

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.

Two of our members, Brett Sham and Angela Hoang, recently took the plunge and got married! Hear about how they met, their journey down the aisle and what life holds for them now.

Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley: Brett Sham & Angela Hoang Get Hitched!

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!

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