//The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation

Meeting for the week of November 19-25, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: The Rotary Foundation

Speaker: Cecelia Babkirk

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,

Many of us in the U.S. are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a time of much movement and activity. Travel plans have been made, packing has been procrastinated, kitchens will begin to steam, broil, fry, and sautee. Family members will squabble in ways only family members can, folks will be missed and those present will be embraced. Even the outdoors will be in a hurry to lose leaves or bury nuts for the winter. But, hopefully, for many of us, there will come a pause, a moment not to hurry. There will come a time to be grateful for what lives we’ve lived and the people we’ve shared it with.

As members and guests of this e-Club, we hail from far and wide; so we won’t be able to bustle together in a kitchen or around a table so I wanted to say, ahead of time, that I am grateful to have gotten to know so many of you and I am thankful for the opportunity to know so many more. I know there is both cooking talent and voracious appetites in this club so, whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, let’s share what we’re cooking or what we’re about to eat (or plates licked clean) with photos or videos in the Disqus below so that, in some small way, we get to share a table with each other.


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 Thanksgiving! I’m thankful that each of you continue to find my jokes worthy of a chuckle each week. Here are some more that you can gobble up.

What does a turkey’s phone sound like?
Wing, wing! Wing, wing!

Why did the turkey get kicked out of the band?
He lost his drumsticks!

What do you call it when it rains turkeys?
Fowl weather!

Weekly Inspiration

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

Sometimes, against a uniform, bright background such as a clear sky or a blank computer screen, you might see things floating across your field of vision. What are these moving objects, and how are you seeing them? Michael Mauser explains the visual phenomenon that is floaters.

What are those floaty things in your eye? – Michael Mauser

World of

One hundred years ago this month, World War I came to an end. At least 1,800 Rotarians from North America and Great Britain served in the military during that war; hundreds more enlisted in the Red Cross, the YMCA, and various government departments. More than 50 gave their lives. On the anniversary of Armistice Day, we look back at how the war unfolded in the pages of The Rotarian.

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/looking-back-wwi.

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 Rory from Houston, Texas reporting on a chat with Angela from Sydney, Australia .

Angela and I just finished a nice CWR. We introduced ourselves to each other and then introduced our cats to us and the other cats. The cats were not impressed with the other cats. Angela and I hit it off better.
Angela is a pharmacist and I am a probate judge, so we had much to talk about because our respective occupations overlap, both being affected by changes in the overall society, medicine and social services.
CWR is a valuable program which I strongly encourage all of our club members to participate in monthly.

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.

Sandra Stabile made a $10 donation.
Was in Seattle last week and went to visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Center. They are doing so much good in the world and it was awesome to see Rotary mentioned with Polio Plus and Shelter Box.

Rushton Hurley made a $5 donation.
Just finished a series of travels that have kept me busy (and mostly away) for months. It’s great to be back home!

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
I am going to start my retirement in January.
Please give my gift to Polio Plus.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Looking forward to a great Thanksgiving

Anonymous made a $10 donation.
I attended this meeting along with my daughter Pallavi, who is now a rotaractor. We were both here to make up for a missed meeting at our respective clubs, but this is an amazing addition to my list-of-things to do with my daughter!! I am so happy!

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
My oldest child, Josh, turns 30 this week! I’m happy to celebrate with him. Please give to Club 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.

Nan Herron said:
That was SUCH a sweet program! That was the most lovely wedding video, with amazing music. Thank you for inviting us to your wedding! Such a moving, intimate view into your families and your special day.

Brett Sham said:
Here are the photos with the Rotary pin Ange had in her bouquet, and mine on my suit lapel:

BDL said:
This is so cool! Nothing puts me in a good mood like hearing two newlyweds relive their wedding. Lots of work getting ready for the big day but it should be the best day of your lives! Super-Congratulations! And what a spectacular-looking bride! 
Obligatory ‘best marriage advice”, from my late father: “Marriage is not give and take: it is 100% give on both sides”.

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: The Rotary Foundation

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.

What it is, What it does and Why it matters to the Rotary e-Club of Silicon Valley

Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley: The Rotary Foundation

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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