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Rotary Foundation

Meeting for the week of December 02 – December 08, 2019

This Meeting at a Glance:

Program: Rotary Foundation

Speaker: Peter Schnell

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Table of Contents

Welcome to the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley!

Here’s a message from President Tzviatko:

Greetings Rotarians and Guests,

Members, you should have received an email from me asking you to submit a video of yourself saying Rotary’s Four-Way Test (please let me know if you didn’t).

We’ll combine the submissions into a single video that we’ll include in these weekly program pages, so I hope many of you participate.

The work of the Rotary Foundation is a source of pride for every Rotarian. This week we’ll hear from Peter Schnell who will be talking to us about his work at the Rotary Foundation in Switzerland.


President, Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

Guests, we are happy to have you join us this week!

As we see it, our flexibility as an online, asynchronous club allows a special type of service to Rotarians around the world: we make it easier for anyone to strive for and maintain 100% attendance. That keeps you engaged with Rotary’s events and ideas, and provides a moment of inspiration for devoting your creativity, talents, and resources to good causes.

You are certainly not required to pay anything in order to attend our meetings. However, if you would like to make a small contribution to our service efforts, you are welcome to do so in our secure Happy Dollars section down the page. This could be what you normally pay at your own club’s meetings for lunch, for example. Any amount is welcome, but first and foremost, we’re happy you’ve joined us, and hope you will share with others who we are and what we do to help inspire Service Above Self.

And don’t forget to fill out our attendance form so you get an email you can pass on to your club’s secretary!


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 December! For us northern hemisphere folks, there’s snow day like today!

What does a polar bear do with a camera?
Take polaroids!

Where does a snowman keep his money?
In a snow bank!

What do snowpeople call their offspring?

Weekly Inspiration

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

Dinesh Gale is a cattle farmer who makes chhurpi in Tipling, Nepal. It’s a hard cheese that comes from the milk of chauri—that’s a cross between a yak and a cow. Chhurpi smells smoky and tastes sweet, and you chew it like you would a piece of gum.

It is also extremely tough and is considered to be the hardest cheese in the world. People have been making this cheese in remote parts of the Himalayas for centuries. It keeps for a long time—up to 20 years if you stash it in a special yak skin.

Trying the Hardest Cheese in the World

World of

Water and peace in the Aral Sea basin

Learn more at https://blog.rotary.org/2019/10/10/water-and-peace-in-the-aral-sea-basin/

Through a Rotarian’s Lens

Sometimes a photo can capture an amazing moment. In this section Member Keith Marsh shares his incredible photography!
If you’d like to submit a photo for this section please contact Keith.

This photo take of Mt McKinley in Denali National Park in Alaska has a strong leading line with the road curving to the right and then back to the mountain.



Learn Something New

This section is curated by members Shags Shagrin and Rushton Hurley and aims to teach our members and guests something new, fun and useful! If you have any ideas on a fun trick or skill you’d like to share please contact Rushton or Shags.

Gift Wrapping Tricks & Hacks

With the gift-giving holidays coming up, this video may be of help when wrapping them!

Life-Changing Gift Wrapping Hacks

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 Rory from Houston, TX, USA

A New Friend in Texas

Rory and I had a fun CWR conversation this morning and I feel like I have a new friend in Texas. We learned about our common interests, backgrounds in Rotary, occupations, and passion for animals. We are both semi-retired and Rory told me about his cats. I even met his cat named Jazzmine. I introduced Rory to my two dogs named Doodlebug and Freckles.

Rory is a very interesting person, and he keeps very active. We have so many outstanding members in our club, Rory is a terrific example of a wonderful Rotarian.


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!

Club 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.

Past Events:

November Online Social


Upcoming Events:

All times are Pacific Time! (San Francisco time)

District 5170 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]

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.

Nick LaGarde made a $Other Amount donation.
I loved getting together with Ferheen, Maxi, Sandy, May & Mitty!

Many people contributed to the donation!

Caleb LaPlante made a $5 donation.
We’ve had a long run of warm, sunny weather here in Southern Oregon (unseasonably so) but today the rains have finally come, and we’re expecting a winter storm this week… just in time to usher in the holidays. Grateful for the change in seasons, and for the traditions that come with.

Catherine  made a $25 donation.
I am thankful for a great year and good friends.

Rory Olsen made a $20 donation.
One of the interesting things about living in Texas is that the weather is changeable. Last week the weather was in the forties as night and approached sixty during the day. At Central time the temperature was at eighty degrees here in Houston. Things are rarely dull in these parts.

Please apply my gift to Polio Plus.

Monique Ziesenhenne made a $20 donation.
TRF-Annual Fund. Happy for Thanksgiving in the US and for the rain!

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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.

ShagaCA said:

So sorry to have missed the live recording, as I have so many things to talk about with Sue! My work as a Certified Money Coach practitioner and Master Money Coach/Trainer with the Money Coaching Institute, our work is all about trauma, experienced and inherited, and helping people to see how these may have formed their belief system about money and influenced their resulting patterns of behavior which may not be constructive. I’m eager to read the book and learn more about her work and how I can use some of the modalities she shares in my work in helping people to heal their relationship with money and better their relationships with others where money has become a point of contention. Things you said come out of our client’s mouths every day: rejection, disconnection, self-judgment, not good enough, and more.

Regarding your sharing of feeling you are responsible for fixing something, we approach responsibility as something very different from obligation. Obligation is that sense of feeling that something has to be done by you to solve a challenge. Responsibility is the way you approach that something by taking the word apart: “response ability” — that is, what is your ability to respond to that challenge in an appropriate and healthy manner, if at all?

Rory Olsen  said:

Today’s program was mind boggling interesting. We started off with a big by teaching us about the wigs worn by Barristers and Judges across the pond. Wow!

The Thanksgiving Day program was great, particularly the pics of the cats and dogs.

Finally, the presentation given by Sue Jones was informative and interesting to the nth degree.

Great job, y’all!

Caleb LaPlante said:

All these cat photos (above) inspired me to share a recent photo of our own! Liza is new to our family. My wife loves cats, and we’ve been without a feline family member for a number of years. Our 5 year old daughter is a cat fanatic as well (she has loads of stuffed animal cats, and her favorite YouTube show is Cream Heroes about six real-life cats). Liza came to us a few months ago from the shelter at 3 months old. We’re very thankful that she’s joined our clan. And I’m thankful so many of the rest of you in the club love cats, also! Happy Thanksgiving to all near and far.

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 Foundation

Speaker: Peter Schnell

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.

If you have an idea for a cool speaker, please feel free to reach out to them directly
or submit THIS FORM so our Program Committee can contact them!

At this point of time of the year, each of us should consider what our giving will be for the 2019 year and consider that prior to the holidays.

Our speaker today is Peter Schnell. Peter works for the Rotary Foundation as a Major gifts officer in RI’s office in Switzerland.

Peter joined Rotary International 10 years ago. He first worked for the Club & District Support Team, supporting District Governors and other Rotary leaders in various European countries. Four years ago, he switched to The Rotary Foundation, where he now work in a fundraising position.

Peter has a Master’s degree in Translation with further degrees in Journalism, Event Management and Fundraising.

Peter was born and raised in Belgium, but also has German roots. After having lived in the USA and Spain for a few of years, He moved to Switzerland 18 years ago, where he now live with his wife and two daughters, aged 12 and 15.

Rotary Foundation with Peter Schnell

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]

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Thanks for reading and watching this week’s meeting. You have two last things to do before you’re done.

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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.

For all members and guests — we strongly recommend and ask that you leave a comment 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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