KatieBooserThis Meeting’s Highlights
Program: Funding Good Jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area
Speaker: ICA Fund Good Jobs
Meeting for the week of November 7, 2016 to November 13, 2016

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Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Message from President Mitty

A moment in honor of our veterans.

Members and returning guests, it’s great to see you again!

New visitors and visiting Rotarians, welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley! My name is Mitty, and I am president of this Rotary club. Every week we bring to you a new meeting and a new program on education, innovation, technology, or humanitarian service. We are a group of global and local leaders who love helping make our communities a better place.

Veteran’s Day falls on this week, and so we recognize all of the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces.

On November 11, 1919 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the first Armistice Day. November 11th represented the end of major hostilities from the First World War, when hostilities formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Armistice Day used to be celebrated in the United States, until it was renamed Veteran’s Day in 1954. Armistice Day and Remembrance Day are still celebrated in other countries.

This week I simply ask — regardless of the country you live in — please take a brief moment of silence to remember those who have come before you, and have sacrificed themselves to protect our future and make our world a safer place.

Thank you!

I would also encourage each of you to consider doing something nice to a veteran this week. Whether it is just giving them a compliment or buying them a cup of coffee the next time you’re at the coffee shop, let’s give thanks to their service.

Guests and members, thank you each for being here. Enjoy the meeting!

Yours in service,
Mitty Chang, President
Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley
[email protected]

Weekly Inspiration: Meet the Voice of Siri

Every week we bring you videos of innovation, inspiration, and entrepreneurship. This week we are featuring a video from the Oprah Channel Youtube on Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri!

It’s inspiring to hear the start of a career and even fame sometimes is as easy as saying yes to an opportunity that lands your way!

Laughing Out Loud (L.O.L.) with our Lady of LOLs

yvonnebubbleWe believe that laughing a little every day keeps you healthier. Every week we try to share with you something that will make you smile! This section is curated by Rotarian Yvonne Kwan, our club’s “Lady of LOLs.”

Jokes!! November 8th is National STEM/STEAM Day!!
Haha! Hope that cracked a smile on your face!

Member Spotlight: Chris Cochrane

Our members are the lifeblood of our club, and we are thrilled to have so many community and global leaders in our Rotary family! This weekly segment is dedicated to a different member every week.

This week’s spotlight is a different structure than our previous spotlights. Club member Chris Cochrane is a professional film and TV producer based in Canada. Chris submitted three of his video works as suggested content for this week’s meeting due to Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Day.

While the videos may be geared for Remembrance Day from a Canadian perspective, they are fitting for the week. They’re also a great look into some of Chris’s work. One of the three has been appropriately selected and embedded below for your viewing.

We’re lucky to have you part of our club, Chris!

If you are interested in seeing the other two videos, please feel free to check them out below on your own time:

World of Rotary: A Rotary Conference on a Cruise

Rotary is a 1.2 million member organization that exists in over 165 countries. This segment is dedicated to sharing a story or an update of what is going on in the global world of Rotary. This week we are featuring President Mitty’s recent experience at a Rotary Conference that was on a cruise!

From President Mitty:

Some 12 years ago when I had first joined the Rotary family as an Interactor, I never dreamt that Rotary would allow me to travel the world, let alone on a cruise to the Bahamas. This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of being invited as a guest speaker at the Rotary District 7730 Conference that happened on a cruise from Florida to the Bahamas! It was my first time on a cruise, first time in the Bahamas, and also my first time attending a Rotary conference that was on a cruise!

District 7730 is Northeastern North Carolina, and the last time they had a conference on a cruise was in the early 2000s. Every Rotary conference I travel to and attend, I always walk away with more ideas, wisdom, and friendships. It’s these type of international experiences that I believe makes Rotary so unique. It’s when you go on Rotary travel experiences outside of your home district that you are really exposed to how international Rotary is. This is one of the main reasons why I continue to go to Rotary International Conventions year after year. (This upcoming year is in Atlanta, Georgia in June — I hope to see many of you there!)

I want to encourage each of you to consider connecting with Rotary the next time you travel. Or if you are looking for an excuse to travel, Rotary might be able to fill that need for you. From hands-on service events in other countries to conferences on cruises, the world is your oyster when you are a Rotarian!

Photos from President Mitty’s trip:

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If any club member is looking to travel and needs help connecting with local Rotary clubs or Rotarians, please connect directly with President Mitty at [email protected]

Remember members — one of the perks of being in this club is the global connections you can get connected! Just like our grant programs, these benefits are available to each of you but require you to reach out and use them!

P.S. Perhaps a club cruise in the future could be in the works for 2017. If anyone is interested, mention it in the comments!

Youth Service: Update from KIPP San Jose Interact

This segment is curated by our club’s Youth Service Chair, Yvonne Kwan, and is dedicated to providing updates about Interact! Interact is one of Rotary’s youth programs and is a community service club for ages 12 through 18.

Last week was World Interact Week, and we reached out to the club officers at Interact Club of KIPP San Jose Collegiate Prep to ask them for a video update on how their club is doing! For our guests and newer members, KIPP San Jose Interact Club is sponsored by our Rotary club!

Every year we help send two of their leaders to the annual Interact Presidents Winter Retreat (PWR) and the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp! Our club is also available to their club as mentors and as a resource.

Members of Interact Club, or “Interactors,” are the future of Rotary and also the future leaders of the world.

Let’s get introduced to the KIPP San Jose Collegiate Interact Club Officers and hear about what they’ve been up to!

We’re thrilled to see so many young leaders!

For members interested in getting more involved with our youth programs or connecting with Interactors, please reach out to our Youth Service Chair, Yvonne Kwan or email President Mitty at [email protected] to have your message forwarded!

For Members: Updates

This segment of the meeting is dedicated to our club members. Includes announcements.

Weekly Update:

President Mitty is looking for more qualified and engaging speakers to be recorded as online programs. He would love some email introductions. Please include him at [email protected]

We also still need more Member Spotlight videos! Please email those to [email protected] or get in touch with President-elect Stephen Zhou, who will be coordinating the scheduling for these spotlight videos!

Need updates for the November Blotter! Tell us what service you’ve been doing lately!

Members, want to get your service update into the next service blotter? Please share what you’ve been up to, as it allows us to get to know each other better in the process! Just click on the link below to let us know!

For Members Only: Click here to fill out The Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley Service Survey

Happy Dollars

Each week we ask our members to share news with the club and toss in a few dollars to support our efforts. The primary goal for this section is to provide a fun way of getting to know each other, while giving back to a good cause.

Last week’s happy dollars went towards supporting our club activities! 

From member Rory Olsen ($15):

“Polio plus please”

From member Brian Liddicoat ($15):

“My kids just go to meet their favorite author (Raina Telgemeier) at a book signing in San Jose. The whole audience got to do a book reading with sound effects. Tons of fun.”

From member Martin Fix ($10):

“So much to be grateful for.”

Thank you all for your donations last week!

Wondering about what is Happy Dollars?

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!)

This week’s happy dollars go towards supporting our club activities.

So what are you happy about? Share with us below!

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 Our Events & Projects

We hold our meetings online, but we hold regular service projects and social events in the Silicon Valley every month! This section is updated every week with our upcoming events. We welcome guests to all of our 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!

Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

Dining with Ferheen (Santa Clara), Thu. Nov 17, 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

One of our global club members, Ferheen, will be visiting the Silicon Valley, so we’re hosting a dinner event in her honor! Rotarians and friends, come join us for this social with one of our Japan-based members! Tentative location will be somewhere in the Santa Clara area. Exact location is still to be announced.

Event chair: Yvonne Kwan

Bowling with Rotary (Fremont), Sun. Nov. 20, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 1 PM

Whether you are a three-time bowling league champion or a beginner with bumpers on, join us for this family-friendly Rotary bowling Sunday! We will be bowling at Cloverleaf Bowling in Fremont, California from 9:30 AM ot 1 PM. Family members, friends, and guests are welcomed! Look for the Rotary shirts.

Event Chair: Ken Oku

Los Altos JW House Service Project (Santa Clara), Tue. Nov. 29, 2016, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Join our members and members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos for a food-service related service project at the JW House in Santa Clara!

Event Chair: Ken Oku

Rotary White Elephant Potluck (Fremont), Sat. Dec. 10, 2016, from 10 AM to 2 PM

Members, join us for a white elephant potluck party! We will be eating lunch at a private residence, while we do a present exchange in the form of white elephant! If you have never done white elephant before, just bring a present of your choosing that is completely wrapped in unidentifiable wrapping paper. We will randomly pick up presents, and share what we got!

For our members who are abroad and cannot make it in-person for this event, we would encourage you to be online during this time! We’ll have our webcam on and would love to do some story exchanges with you online!

This event is open to all club members and their family members or guests. Please RSVP accordingly. Event Chair: Mitty Chang

Rotary Wilderness Expedition to Big Basin (Boulder Creek), Sun. Jan. 29, 2016 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join fellow Rotarians and friends for an adventure expedition into the gorgeous redwood giants of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. We will be meeting at 11 AM (exact location to be announced) and will aim to return to our cars by 3 PM. Please pack your own lunch and water.

Event chair: Andrew Taw

Rotary Area 8 Talent Show (Cupertino), Sat. Feb. 4, 2016

Join Rotarians from through Cupertino and Sunnyvale for an area-wide social featuring talent from every club! Details to be announced.

Selected Six

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 six comments every week from last week’s meeting to be featured during this week’s meeting.

Here are six comments selected from last week’s meeting about the Rotary Peace Fellowship by Peace Fellow Lauren Coffaro:

From member Shags Shagrin (California, USA):

Mitty – I didn’t dress up for Halloween, but Truffle, our sort-of-official Club Rotary Dog did.


Lauren. So sorry that “Cal” – UC Berkeley – pulled out of the Peace Fellowship program. I honor your commitment to Rotary and all that it can bring to the world for peace and understanding. Mitty – good meeting all around, as always! Great humor, Yvonne — I should share that more often. Your stuff most always gives me a chuckle, and I’ve been around long enough and been a student/teacher of humor forever, so that’s a good thing! Good to hear from Monique (right up the road from me down in Walnut Creek — but for Petaluma and the Cotati Grade), and Richard — ROBOTS RULE!!! An amazing demonstration — an article is going around the US newspapers from AP about how robotics has replaced human labor. Hmmmm…no more paychecks — is that a good thing or not?“

From member Yvonne Kwan (California, USA):

“Canada just got even cooler — I love how the Canadian police are issuing these positive tickets to youth! Welcome again, Monique! Richard, I was blown away by the robotics work of your students! I loved seeing a project in action. I didn’t catch if you mentioned what grade these three students are in? Lauren, thank you so much for sharing your story with us! I have always had such a great respect for Rotary Peace Fellows. I love how you are aiming to use the arts, dialogue, exchange, and play to promote peace. I can’t wait to see what unfolds for you after your program!“

From member Richard Knaggs (South Africa):

“Happy Halloween past! Positive ticketing is such an amazing initiative! Need to speak to some people about this. Welcome Monique. How very sad that Polio has resurfaced in Nigeria. Thank you Lauren, what incredible opportunities this program offers, a bit jealous actually.“

From member Mahmood Khan (California, USA):

“Lauren. Your presentation reminded me of Manchester where I went to Study in 1970s. Thanks for a great presentation. cheers“

From member Brian Liddicoat (California, USA):

“Thank you, Lauren! As an aside, I once visited Bradford (West Yorkshire) for work and really enjoyed that historic city. Hope you are making many lifelong friends there.“

From guest Helena Pleinert:

“Another inspiring meeting! I learned a lot about the Rotary Peace Fellowships. I am also impressed by the short video about Canadian police giving out positive tickets.

Thank you everyone for attending last week’s meeting!

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!

The Program

Every week we bring to you a program on innovation, education, entrepreneurship, and humanitarian service. This week our program’s guest speaker is Katie Booser from ICA Fund Good Jobs.

KatieBooserMeet Katie.

Katie Booser is the Senior Operations Manager at ICA Fund Good Jobs. ICA Fund Good Jobs educates, accelerates, and invests in high-growth small businesses in order to create accessible good jobs that lead to equitable communities for all. ICA Fund Good Jobs educates, accelerates, and invests in good jobs. ICA Fund Good Jobs recently became a Certified CDFI, as overseen by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Their mission continues to be to help small business owners create accessible good jobs.

Members and guests, please join me in welcoming Katie Booser, who will share with us the ICA Fund Good Jobs mission and her story!


Related Links:

Reach out to Katie

If you have any questions for Katie, please feel free to leave a comment or question at the bottom of this meeting page.

Meeting Schedule

All of our guest speakers and programs are recorded live online. 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. (Sometimes speakers cancel on us!)

Upcoming Records:

  • No recordings at this time

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Week of November 14 – TBA

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 though. 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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