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Verity – Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis, Trauma, and Healing Center

Meeting for the week of November 5-11, 2018

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Verity – Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis, Trauma, and Healing Center

Speaker: Chris Castillo

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,

If you’re living in California or another place that practices Daylight Savings, you might have been able to sleep in an extra hour. Maybe for some of you, this “extra hour” came at just the right time. It may be worth wondering: what would you do with an extra hour, day, or year? In my most contented moments, my answer is “more of the same, please!”

I hope each of you find a week of more of the joyful same.


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 No Shave November! Each November, men and women put down their razors and embrace their hair in an effort to raise awareness for cancer. Post picture updates in the comments if you’re going to be participating in this hairy event!

What kind of hair do oceans have?

How did the barber win the race?
He took the short cut.

Saying you have a beard when you don’t makes you a bald-faced liar.

Weekly Inspiration

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

As of 2018, there are around 2.5 billion smartphone users in the world. If we broke open all the newest phones and split them into their component parts, that would produce around 85,000 kg of gold, 875,000 of silver, and 40,000,000 of copper. How did this precious cache get into our phones–and can we reclaim it? Kim Preshoff investigates the sustainability of phone production.

What’s a smartphone made of? – Kim Preshoff

World of

In its work with the United Nations and other international organizations, the Rotary Representative Network advances a century-old tradition of fostering global harmony

Learn more at https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-representative-network-fosters-global-harmony.

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 Maxi from Mountain View, CA, USA reporting on a chat with Rushton from San Jose, CA, USA.

Rushton just finished a series of conferences on education across the states of Indiana, Virginia and Iowa (he is currently there). He is looking forward to getting back to the Bay Area and enjoying a week with his wife and his cats, and then getting ready for a trip to Japan.
I shared my plans of starting a graduate program next year and he shared his points of view, which I really appreciated. It is always great talking with Rushton, and I look forward for the next CWR!

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!

Abbasi, Ferheen
Volunteered at Stanford Hospital

A., Catherine
Donate $40 worth of wine each month to South Bay Traditional Jazz Society raffles, to help raise money for performances of name bands at their events. Do online and print promotions plus Web updates for that group monthly.
Designing a new Web site for the non-profit, South Bay Traditional Jazz Society, which should be online some time in late 2018.

Herron, Nan
Spent 5-days at a symposium volunteering to help write a book on Yoga and the Treatment of Sexual Trauma for the Yoga Service Council

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.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Brian Liddicoat made a $15 donation.
Big trial win today: two trial wins in two months: that kind of streak never lasts but it feels good to do good for good clients who deserved these wins.

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.

Catherine A said:
Aloha, President-Elect Mark Maloney! I really appreciated your ideas about creating new meeting methods and content, plus multi-meeting special events to aid District Governors in contacting all meetings in their region. On a personal note, joining this Rotary eclub helped me take off 40 lbs. and save $2600 each year, since I was no longer eating $22 catered lunches each week nor paying high fees and mandatory donations and fines, at “bricks and mortar” Rotary club meetings. Now, my retiree money goes toward supporting local charitable efforts and service projects. I applaud your focus on partnerships with the United Nations as well. Global collaborations and affiliations promote peace and goodwill, healing divisions. Best wishes on your coming year of service.

Steven Shags Shagrin said:
Great to “meet” you and sorry to not be at the recording, RIPE Mark! I’ve been a Rotarian since the age of 3 when my dad joined, and his uncle was a charter member of the Youngstown, Ohio, Club in 1915 and was the first Rotarian to be closing in on 50 years of perfect attendance when he died 6 months shy. My dad had 46 years of PA at his passing, and I’m now at 36, so Rotary is very much a family thing. I remember running the film-strip projector at home when my dad hosted Fireside Chats to recruit his friends and clients, so I was able to talk about Rotary and the Avenues of Service since age 7 or so! The Club always was focused on family involvement: Girard-Liberty, Ohio. Thanks for sharing your time with us!

Nathan Gildart said:
Thank you for the presentation Mark. I’m heartened to hear your feelings with regard to equity in Rotary and family-friendly initiatives. Your ideas, including that to establish more clubs, has potential to make Rotary more impactful. I was also interested to hear about Rotary’s work with UN agencies – something we don’t often hear about. I’ll do a little more reading on my own as my interest has been piqued. As Rotary grows hopefully we’ll see in Rotary leadership a more realistic representation of the people we share the planet with.

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: Verity – Sonoma County’s Rape Crisis, Trauma, and Healing Center

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.

Chris Castillo, Verity’s Executive Director, presented on an overview of the history and services offered at Verity as well as the philosophy of moving their clients from “victims”” to “”survivors.” She also touched on the importance of outreach to all over the Bay Area and how to support survivors in your life.

Verity Sonoma County's Rape Crisis, Trauma, and Healing Center

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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